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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 Sea View , Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, Colchester
    A stone’s throw from the beach and offering sea views from nearly every one of its large windows, coastal fans will simply love Sea View. A first floor apartment, it offers an unrivalled glimpse of the sea, and the ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 5
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    photo of Eldred House , Layer-de-la-Haye, near Colchester, Essex
    Eldred House is a glorious, Grade II* listed Georgian property located on the edge of Colchester. The oldest part of this beautiful property is believed to date from the 15th century. Surrounded by 52 acres of private ...
    Bedrooms: 8
    Sleeps Max: 16
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    photo of Sea Folly , Brightlingsea, Essex, Colchester
    Sea Folly is a comfortable three-bedroom terraced house in the seaside town of Brightlingsea. Located just walking distance from the beach, this is a fantastic location to enjoy a coastal holiday with friends and family. ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 5
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    Pets: pets allowed

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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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    Pets: dog friendly

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    photo of Hycliffe , St Osyth, Essex, Colchester
    Hycliffe is a tastefully furnished, single storey detached holiday property with the beach a few yards away and extensive sea views over Point Clear Bay and the bird sanctuary. Known as the sunshine coast, this part of ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 6
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    photo of Willow Tree Barn , Purleigh, near Chelmsford, Essex, Maldon
    This quaint, detached property is located in the charming village of Purleigh. Set within the owners’ grounds, it makes a quiet country retreat with good access to London and the local town of Chelmsford. Formerly a ...
    Bedrooms: 1
    Sleeps Max: 2
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    photo of Little Willows , Naphill, near Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, All Buckinghamshire
    Little Willows in Naphill is an end-of-row, brick and flint character cottage, next to the owners’ home and located close to the town of Princes Risborough, and offers visitor accommodation of an excellent standard. The ...
    Bedrooms: 1
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    photo of Plum Tree Cottage , Dovercourt, near Harwich, Essex, Colchester
    Situated close to the beach in the coastal town of Dovercourt, about a mile from the port of Harwich, Plum Tree Cottage is a terraced holiday property ideal for families and those looking for a classic seaside break. The ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    Pets: dog friendly

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    photo of Chinook , Castle Hedingham, Essex, Colchester
    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin with 2 additional singles. Wet room with toilet.Satellite TV (basic package). iPod dock. T/dryer. Wheelchair access. ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 8
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    Pets: pets allowed

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    photo of Rosemary Cottage , Langdon Hills, near Thurrock,, Maldon, Essex
    Ground floor: Living/dining room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and wooden floor/kitchen area with beams. 1 double bedroom with beams. 2 steps up and then 2 steps down to bathroom with shower over bath and ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    Pets: pet friendly

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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
    Sleeps Max: 6
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    Pets: dog friendly

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    photo of Farthngs , Colchester, Essex
    Located in the peaceful village of Boxted in the Dedham Vale, Farthings is a single-storey holiday home with valley views from the garden. One of a pair, furnished and equipped to a very high standard, the property has ...
    Bedrooms: 4
    Sleeps Max: 8
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    Pets: pet friendly

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    photo of Lake House Cottage , Finchingfield, near Braintree, Essex, Maldon
    Lake House Cottage is a quaint, thatched, semi-detached cottage with original beams and so much charm. Set on almost 2 acres of the owner’s grounds and surrounded by picturesque landscape, the highlight to this holiday ...
    Bedrooms: 1
    Sleeps Max: 2
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