Where to stay around Essex?

Our 2018 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 291 holiday lettings near Essex. From 91 Houses to 90 Studios, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Essex for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Essex?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Essex. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Southend-on-Sea: 74 holiday homes
  • Colchester: 213 holiday homes
  • Clacton-on-Sea: 91 holiday homes
  • Chelmsford: 106 holiday homes
  • Mersea Island: 122 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Essex! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Essex?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Essex with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Southend-on-Sea: 74 holiday lettings
  • Colchester: 213 holiday lettings
  • Clacton-on-Sea: 91 holiday lettings
  • Chelmsford: 106 holiday lettings
  • Frinton-on-Sea: 89 holiday lettings

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

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Essex?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Essex are:

  • Stansted Airport (STN): 157 self catering accommodations
  • Duxford Aerodrome Airport (QFO): 294 self catering accommodations
  • Southend Airport (SEN): 229 self catering accommodations

For other airports, 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 in Essex?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Essex. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • East Anglian Railway Museum: 367 holiday rentals
  • Southend Pier: 396 holiday rentals
  • Epping Forest: 11,312 holiday rentals
  • Westcliff Gardens: 400 holiday rentals
  • University of Essex: 388 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Essex listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

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Make a holiday rental home or property to rent in Essex your home away from home

Essex is a beautiful county with a stunning and largely unspoilt coastline, as well as a long in history, as home to Britain’s oldest town, Colchester. The seaside is a huge attraction in Essex, bringing people from across the country to traditional seaside resorts including Clacton-on-Sea and Southend. Whether you are looking to submerge yourself in history, take to the sea or simply enjoy the unspoilt countryside, a holiday property to rent in Essex in the East of England is the ideal base.

Things to do in Essex

The coast is of huge appeal, and provides a vast range of things to do in Essex. The coastline provides a real haven for wildlife in the unspoilt salt marshes, mudflats and estuaries, and the coastal paths are a delight to walk, cycle or ride. There are some wonderful Essex cottages along the coast, perfect for quiet walking holidays, sailing holidays and beach holidays. Sailing is hugely popular in Essex, and there will never be a shortage of sailing opportunities, whether you would like a lesson or to hire a boat and head out yourself. If you would like to sail during your stay in a property to rent in Essex, Burnham-on-Crouch and Brightlingsea are the main sailing centres. Beach holidays are also excellent in Essex, England. Filled with arcades, water sports centres and cream tea cafes, Clacton and Leigh provide a taste for seaside holidays of old, both of which provide excellent family days out in Essex.

There are a great range of historical attractions to explore from a holiday property to rent in Essex too. The dramatic Norman Keep and Roman ruins found in Colchester are of huge importance and interest, but throughout the county are a host of monuments and sites worth investigation. Waltham Abbey, Audley End House and Hedingham Castle, the medieval village of Thaxted and the folklore ridden Epping Forest all provide fantastic opportunities for a family day out in Essex.

There is a great deal of walking, riding and cycling to be enjoyed in Essex. The coastal routes are particularly special, and the paths that carve up Hatfield Forest, Epping Forest and the landscapes of the Sunshine Coast are a joy to explore on foot, by bicycle or on horse back. Golf also thrives in Essex, with the Epping Golf Course being one of the finest 18 hole pay and play courses in the county.

Places to visit on holiday in Essex

Southend-on-Sea is the largest and probably most well known town in Essex. It is a fantastically vibrant seaside resort, blessed with over seven miles of beaches. It is a fantastic option for a family day out in Essex, as it is filled with attractions, from the Adventure Island theme park to the iconic pleasure pier, the Sealife Aquarium to the endless beaches.

A holiday home in Essex is also a great base for day trips to London or Suffolk

Travel to Essex

A holiday rental in Essex is fantastically easy to reach. The county’s proximity to London means that road and rail networks are excellent, and there are no shortage of flights into Essex’s Stansted (STN) airport from throughout the UK.