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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.

    Wonderful! 4.9/5
    (17 reviews)
    avg/night
    • 3 BR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 5
    Cottage #1786409
    17
    Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
      • 2 BR
      • 2 BA
      • Sleeps 6
      Apartment #6550788
      2
        • 2 BR
        • 1 BA
        • Sleeps 4
        Multiple rentals Cottage #8122313
        9
          Excellent! 4.6/5
          (27 reviews)
          avg/night
          • 1 BR
          • 1 BA
          • Sleeps 2
          Cottage #836526
          27
          Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
            Wonderful! 4.8/5
            (6 reviews)
            avg/night
            • 2 BR
            • 1 BA
            • Sleeps 6
            Cottage #6085898
            6
            Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
              avg/night
              • 2 BR
              • 1 BA
              • Sleeps 4
              Cottage #1902757
              1
              Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                Exceptional! 5/5
                (7 reviews)
                avg/night
                • 1 BR
                • 1 BA
                • Sleeps 4
                Apartment #8032330
                7
                Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                  Excellent! 4.6/5
                  (8 reviews)
                  avg/night
                  • 2 BR
                  • 1 BA
                  • Sleeps 4
                  Cottage #6810025
                  8
                  Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                    Exceptional! 5/5
                    (9 reviews)
                    avg/night
                    • 1 BR
                    • 1 BA
                    • Sleeps 3
                    Apartment #8129110
                    9
                    Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                      Excellent! 4.7/5
                      (11 reviews)
                      avg/night
                      • 3 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Sleeps 6
                      Cabin #6518639
                      11
                      Viewed 26 times in the last 48 hours
                        Very Good! 4/5
                        (5 reviews)
                        avg/night
                        • 2 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Sleeps 4
                        Cottage #6816737
                        5
                        Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                          • 1 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Sleeps 4
                          Barn #8164242
                          3
                          Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                            Excellent! 4.6/5
                            (10 reviews)
                            avg/night
                            • 2 BR
                            • 1 BA
                            • Sleeps 7
                            Cottage #1747781
                            10
                            Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                              avg/night
                              • 2 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • Sleeps 6
                              Cottage #6801442
                              Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                • 2 BR
                                • 2 BA
                                • Sleeps 4
                                Multiple rentals Cottage #8122313
                                12
                                Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Very Good! 4.2/5
                                  (6 reviews)
                                  avg/night
                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 1 BA
                                  • Sleeps 3
                                  Cottage #6516060
                                  6
                                  Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                    (10 reviews)
                                    avg/night
                                    • 1 BR
                                    • 1 BA
                                    • Sleeps 2
                                    Apartment #845337
                                    10
                                    Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                      (4 reviews)
                                      avg/night
                                      • 3 BR
                                      • 1 BA
                                      • Sleeps 6
                                      Cottage #8159224
                                      4
                                      Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                        Excellent! 4.6/5
                                        (10 reviews)
                                        avg/night
                                        • 3 BR
                                        • 1 BA
                                        • Separate Toilet
                                        • Sleeps 6
                                        Bungalow #1694523
                                        10
                                        Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                          • 10 BR
                                          • 10 BA
                                          • Sleeps 20
                                          Chateau / Country House #6900702
                                          1
                                          Viewed 26 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Exceptional! 5/5
                                            (7 reviews)
                                            avg/night
                                            • 2 BR
                                            • 2 BA
                                            • Sleeps 4
                                            Barn #8164757
                                            7
                                            Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                              • 3 BR
                                              • 2 BA
                                              • Separate Toilet
                                              • Sleeps 4
                                              Multiple rentals Cottage #8122313
                                              10
                                                Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                (14 reviews)
                                                avg/night
                                                • 3 BR
                                                • 1 BA
                                                • Sleeps 7
                                                Chalet #1688796
                                                14
                                                Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  • 3 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                  Cottage #1967804
                                                    • 2 BR
                                                    • 2 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                    Cottage #6972027
                                                      Exceptional! 5/5
                                                      (9 reviews)
                                                      avg/night
                                                      • 3 BR
                                                      • 2 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                      House #1806991
                                                      9
                                                      Viewed 29 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        • 2 BR
                                                        • 2 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 5
                                                        Cottage #1967397
                                                          Exceptional! 5/5
                                                          (5 reviews)
                                                          avg/night
                                                          • 1 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 2
                                                          House #8130571
                                                          5
                                                            Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                            (6 reviews)
                                                            avg/night
                                                            • 2 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 5
                                                            Chalet #1474963
                                                            6
                                                            Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              Exceptional! 5/5
                                                              (4 reviews)
                                                              avg/night
                                                              • 4 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Separate Toilets
                                                              • Sleeps 10
                                                              Farmhouse #8093779
                                                              4
                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                Caravan #6812225
                                                                2
                                                                Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                  Cottage #6829190
                                                                  1
                                                                  Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    avg/night
                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                                    • Sleeps 8
                                                                    Caravan #6814288
                                                                    2
                                                                    Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      avg/night
                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                      Apartment #1038925
                                                                      Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        • 9 BR
                                                                        • 6 BA
                                                                        • Separate Toilet
                                                                        • Sleeps 25
                                                                        Villa #6973066
                                                                        1
                                                                        Viewed 24 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          avg/night
                                                                          • 3 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                          • Separate Toilet
                                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                                          Bungalow #6808011
                                                                          Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            • 3 BR
                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 5
                                                                            Cottage #8067459
                                                                            1
                                                                              • 3 BR
                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 6
                                                                              House #1819163
                                                                              2
                                                                              Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                avg/night
                                                                                • 4 BR
                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 8
                                                                                House #1903114
                                                                                Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 8
                                                                                  Caravan #6728756
                                                                                  Viewed 24 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                    Cottage #6810427
                                                                                    1
                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                      • 3 BA
                                                                                      • Separate Toilet
                                                                                      • Sleeps 8
                                                                                      Barn #471146
                                                                                      12
                                                                                        Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                        (4 reviews)
                                                                                        avg/night
                                                                                        • 3 BR
                                                                                        • 3 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 6
                                                                                        House #6492691
                                                                                        4
                                                                                        Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          • 4 BR
                                                                                          • 2 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 9
                                                                                          House #6839049
                                                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                            (46 reviews)
                                                                                            avg/night
                                                                                            • 3 BR
                                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 6
                                                                                            House #733662
                                                                                            46
                                                                                            Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              • 1 BR
                                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                                              Multiple rentals Barn #857581
                                                                                              2
                                                                                              Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                                • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                • Sleeps 8
                                                                                                Caravan #6814286
                                                                                                1
                                                                                                Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                  House #4475335
                                                                                                  1
                                                                                                    avg/night
                                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                    Cottage #1968920
                                                                                                    Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      avg/night
                                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                      Cottage #1966551
                                                                                                      Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Beautiful house for friends & family

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The house is truly breathtaking. Full of original features and beautiful furnishings! I rented the house for my partner's 30th and we had a great weekend with 18 of our friends. The pool provided fun during the day and the basement provided fun at night! Sam was more than helpful and stayed in touch throughout our stay. The house is fully equipped with everything you'd ever need and the instructions were clear and concise... although the arger took some getting used to! Would definitely hire this place for a weekend again! Highly recommended! Katie & Pals!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: May 15, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Apr 2017

                                                                                                      Perfect accommodation for our stay in Manuden

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The Garden Barn is situated in a lovely village setting. The accommodation is clean, bright and compact. Everything has been thought of (even down to candles for a birthday cake). The fridge contained fresh milk and butter. Tea , coffee and sugar were provided. A lovely touch was a freshly baked lemon drizzle cake. The owner was hospitable and extremely helpful. The mezzanine bedroom had plenty of storage space, a comfy bed and nice ensuite. We had a small, private walled garden accessible through the patio doors. The little robin which came every day was a bonus. We couldnot fault our stay and will definitely be back later in the year. Thank you for a perfect week.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: May 12, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: May 2017