Destination guide

Take in the waterfront beauty of Essex

The riverfront and wildlife provide a pleasant backdrop to your holiday home in Essex. This city is well-known for its boating and bars. Many rental homes come with outdoor spaces, separate dining areas and full kitchens, perfect if you want to enjoy some home-cooked meals.


Activities and attractions in Essex

Are you looking for attractions to visit while you're in the area? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that makes Essex a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. Here are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Essex Steam Train (0.3 mi / 0.5 km)
  • Chamard Vineyards (8.1 mi / 13.1 km)
  • Cedar Ridge Golf Course (9.7 mi / 15.6 km)
  • Chatfield Hollow State Park (10 mi / 16 km)
  • Childrens Museum of Southeastern Connecticut (10.6 mi / 17.1 km)
  • Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art (10.8 mi / 17.4 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Essex

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to appreciate the scenery, Essex is a great place to get outside. Here are a few of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Plattwood Park (3.5 mi / 5.6 km)
  • Gillette Castle State Park (5.2 mi / 8.4 km)
  • Harvey's Beach (5.3 mi / 8.6 km)
  • Rocky Neck State Park (9 mi / 14.6 km)
  • Cockaponset State Forest (9.2 mi / 14.8 km)
  • Devils Hopyard State Park (9.2 mi / 14.8 km)
How to get there

Travelling to and around Essex

The nearest airport is in New London, CT (GON-Groton - New London), located 18.4 mi (29.6 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Fishers Island, NY (FID-Elizabeth Field), which is 20.4 mi (32.8 km) away.

How many holiday rentals are available around Essex?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 374 holiday lettings around Essex. From 234 houses to 100 bungalows, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Essex?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Essex:

  • Westbrook Center: 67 holiday homes
  • Niantic: 159 holiday homes
  • Madison Center: 39 holiday homes
  • Clearwater Beach: 96 holiday homes
  • Silver Beach: 45 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Essex? offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Essex. From travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Essex Library: 604 holiday lettings
  • Logee’s Greenhouses: 734 holiday lettings
  • Essex Island Marina: 609 holiday lettings
  • Connecticut River Museum: 614 holiday lettings
  • Hattitudes: 614 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Essex listed on where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Essex?

Yes, of course. offers 234 Houses in Essex. Our other popular types of Essex holiday rentals include:

  • Bungalows: 100 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 100 self catering accommodations
  • Flats: 20 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Essex?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 40 holiday homes with pool available in Essex. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.