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    Once the eastern kingdom of the Saxons, Essex stretches from Suffolk in the north to London and the Thames estuary in the south. Its proximity to London and the function of many of its settlements as dormitory towns often overshadows the geographic impact of its long coastal reach and the beautiful countryside of its interior.

    Things to do in Essex

    The 17th century Audley End House at Saffron Walden was once renowned as one of the finest Jacobean houses in England; although now much reduced in size, it still has some stunning architectural features and varied collections to entice visitors.

    Colchester Zoo and Colchester Castle are popular local attractions, whilst the Essex coastline has great beaches, rivers and estuaries to delight the visitor. At Southend-on-Sea, Clacton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze, visitors can enjoy typical seaside fun. The Stour Valley, which forms the border with neighbouring Suffolk, offers pretty countryside, whilst the coastal estuaries provide bird-watchers with amazing opportunities to view species such as curlew, sandpipers, sand martins, waders, gulls and terns.

    Top Destinations

    Dedham - Close to the town of Manningtree, and in the heart of ‘Constable Country’, Dedham has some of the most beautiful lowland landscape in England, much of it water meadows surrounding the River Stour.

    St Osyth - The driest recorded place in the UK, the village of St Osyth has a fine mediaeval abbey, and takes its name from a female saint. The Martello tower on the coast at Point Clear has now been converted into a war museum.

    Frinton-on-Sea - A town with a well-established reputation for its conservative nature, Frinton has only recently allowed pubs to open within its environs. A mile-long sandy beach makes it a popular location for swimming, sailing and windsurfing.

    Mersea Island - The most easterly inhabited island in the UK, Mersea is situated just off the Essex coast in the estuary of the Blackwater and Colne rivers. Joined to the mainland by a causeway, known as the Strood, the Island is cut off at high tide. The small town of West Mersea and the village of East Mersea, together with the small hamlet of Barrow Hill, are the main areas of population. Commercial activities focus on farming, fishing (particularly oyster gathering) and the leisure boat industry.

    Colchester - The oldest recorded town in Britain, Colchester is noted for its Victorian architecture, not least its Jumbo Water Tower - a well-appointed local landmark. Historic Colchester is also the home of Colchester Castle, an 11th century Norman keep, which was built on top of an old Roman temple. By way of contrast, just outside the town are the modern towers of the University of Essex. Colchester was the inspiration for many famous English artists, including John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough and Sir Alfred Munnings. Other notable locals include (Old) King Cole (of nursery rhyme fame) and Dermot O’Leary.

    Maldon - Once a Saxon settlement, Maldon first started to attract leisure visitors in the 18th century, with the growth in interest in saltwater bathing. As with many small towns, Maldon was made more accessible by the extension of the railway - in this case to neighbouring Burnham-on-Crouch. Now the old railway line from Witham to Maldon has become a popular route for walkers and cyclists; whilst the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation - rivers formed into a 14 mile stretch of canal - offer a non-tidal route for leisure sailors. The town is still home to one of the last sea-salt  harvesting companies in England.

    Stock - Located just six miles from Chelmsford, this small village boasts four pubs within its main boundaries, together with three churches.

    Halstead - A popular rural town in the Colne Valley, Halstead derives its name from the Old English meaning ‘safe place’ or ‘place of refuge’. Local visitors can take a riverside walk across the town, or exercise in the nearby Forestry Commission-owned Broaks Wood.


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    photo of The Beach House , Holland-on-Sea, Essex, Colchester
    The Beach House is situated just 300m away from the beach and has been lovingly renovated to a high standard. Perfect for a couple, it is set all on one level with luxurious real wood flooring throughout. It has a spacious ...
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    photo of Turpins Ride , Chalfont St Giles, near Amersham, Buckinghamshire, All Buckinghamshire
    Situated in the heart of the Chilterns, Turpins Ride, named after the famed highwayman, is an attractive double fronted, detached chalet-style property, that accommodates up to thirteen guests. Set in a semi-rural location ...
    Bedrooms: 6
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    photo of The Old Calf House , Little Baddow, near Chelmsford, Essex, Maldon
    Situated in the Chelmer Valley with stunning views towards the River Chelmer, The Old Calf House is set on the owner’s 500-acre farm with footpaths and bridleways. This single-storey detached farm building is located in ...
    Bedrooms: 2
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    photo of Woodlands , Elsenham, near Bishop’s Stortford, Essex, Maldon
    Ground floor: Living/dining room with door to veranda/kitchen with breakfast area. Shower room with eco toilet. Steep, open tread stairs to first floor: King size bedroom.Elec CH inc. Woodburner in living room (initial ...
    Bedrooms: 1
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    photo of Dairy Cottage , St Osyth, Essex, Colchester
    Nestling within 3 acres of grounds, abundant with wildlife, these holiday cottages enjoy far reaching views over rolling countryside. Fishing and boating can be enjoyed at the nearby lake. This is excellent walking and ...
    Bedrooms: 1
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    photo of The Glass Room , Ardleigh Heath, near Colchester, Essex
    This delightful, holiday cottage is attached to the owner’s period property and its name refers to the stunning floor-to-ceiling window in the bedroom. It is set in an AONB in the Dedham Vale where the artist John ...
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    photo of Hillcroft , Purleigh, near Maldon, Essex
    Boasting panoramic countryside views, Hillcroft is the perfect couple’s countryside retreat. Located in the quaint village of Purleigh in Essex, guests can enjoy numerous walking routes and access to the local pubs. A ...
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    photo of Meadowview Cottage , St Osyth, Essex, Colchester
    Nestling within 3 acres of grounds, abundant with wildlife, these holiday cottages enjoy far reaching views over rolling countryside. Fishing and boating can be enjoyed at the nearby lake. This is excellent walking and ...
    Bedrooms: 2
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    photo of Mulberry Cottage , Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, Maldon
    From its enviable elevated position in Leigh on-Sea overlooking the estuary, Mulberry Cottage is ideal for those looking for a world away from the hustle and bustle, yet it is only 45 minutes from London on the train. ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 3
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    photo of Bee Cottage , Langdon Hills, near Thurrock,, Maldon, Essex
    All on ground floor: Living room with double bed/dining room. Steps down to kitchen. Steps down to bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet. ...
    Bedrooms: 1
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    photo of Dovercourt Hall Cottage , Dovercourt, near Harwich, Essex, Colchester
    Dovercourt is a very old town listed within the Domesday Book of 1086, though the nearby historic port of Harwich is better known. Dovercourt Hall is a timber framed building with a wealth of exposed beams and an inglenook ...
    Bedrooms: 4
    Sleeps Max: 8
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    photo of Peartree Cottage , St Osyth, Essex, Colchester
    Nestling within 3 acres of grounds, abundant with wildlife, these holiday cottages enjoy far reaching views over rolling countryside. Fishing and boating can be enjoyed at the nearby lake. This is excellent walking and ...
    Bedrooms: 2
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    photo of The Cartlodge At Lee Wick Farm , Lee Wick Lane, St. Osyth, Clacton on Sea, Essex
    The Cart Lodge is a beautifully converted farm building in a peaceful location in St. Osyth. Sensational views across the Colne and Blackwater Estuaries. Peaceful walks and cycling opportunities. The cottage has four ...
    Bedrooms: 4
    Sleeps Max: 11
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