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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.

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    Excellent! 4.6/5
    (10 reviews)
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    • 3 BR
    • 1 BA
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    • Sleeps 6
    Bungalow #1694523
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    Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
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      • 2 BR
      • 1 BA
      • Sleeps 4
      Cottage #6810025
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        Excellent! 4.5/5
        (6 reviews)
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        • 2 BR
        • 1 BA
        • Sleeps 5
        Chalet #1474963
        6
        Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
          • 2 BR
          • 2 BA
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          Multiple rentals Cottage #8122313
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          Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
            • 2 BR
            • 1 BA
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            Multiple rentals Cottage #8122313
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            Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
              • 3 BR
              • 2 BA
              • Separate Toilet
              • Sleeps 4
              Multiple rentals Cottage #8122313
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                • 2 BR
                • 2 BA
                • Sleeps 5
                Apartment #6560417
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                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                  (12 reviews)
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                  • 3 BR
                  • 2 BA
                  • Sleeps 5
                  Cottage #1786409
                  12
                  Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                    Excellent! 4.7/5
                    (7 reviews)
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                    • 1 BR
                    • 1 BA
                    • Sleeps 2
                    Apartment #1821140
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                      Very Good! 4.2/5
                      (5 reviews)
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                      • 2 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Sleeps 3
                      Cottage #6516060
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                        Exceptional! 5.0/5
                        (5 reviews)
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                        • 2 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Sleeps 6
                        Cottage #6085898
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                        Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                          • 1 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Sleeps 3
                          Apartment #8129110
                          6
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                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                            (13 reviews)
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                            • 3 BR
                            • 1 BA
                            • Sleeps 7
                            Chalet #1688796
                            13
                            Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
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                              • 2 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • Sleeps 4
                              Cottage #6824405
                              Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                Excellent! 4.7/5
                                (23 reviews)
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                                • 1 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Sleeps 2
                                Cottage #836526
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                                Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                  • 3 BR
                                  • 3 BA
                                  • Sleeps 6
                                  House #6492691
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                                    Excellent! 4.5/5
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                                    • 2 BR
                                    • 1 BA
                                    • Sleeps 7
                                    Cottage #1747781
                                    8
                                      • 1 BR
                                      • 1 BA
                                      • Sleeps 2
                                      Apartment #8166291
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                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                        • 3 BR
                                        • 2 BA
                                        • Sleeps 7
                                        Bungalow #1631810
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                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                          • 1 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 2
                                          Apartment #845337
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                                          Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                            (5 reviews)
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                                            • 3 BR
                                            • 1 BA
                                            • Sleeps 6
                                            Cabin #6518639
                                            5
                                            Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                                              • 2 BR
                                              • 1 BA
                                              • Sleeps 4
                                              Cottage #6829190
                                              1
                                                • 2 BR
                                                • 1 BA
                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                Caravan #6812225
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                                                Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                  • 2 BR
                                                  • 2 BA
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                                                  Caravan #6745719
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                                                  Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                    • 1 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
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                                                    Apartment #8032330
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                                                    Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      • 3 BR
                                                      • 2 BA
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                                                      House #6744693
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                                                        • 4 BR
                                                        • 2 BA
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                                                        House #6839049
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                                                          • 3 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
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                                                          Caravan #6814287
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                                                          Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                            • 2 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
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                                                            Cottage #1902757
                                                            Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              • 2 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
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                                                              Cottage #1968920
                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                • 2 BA
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                                                                Chalet #6122524
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                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                                  • Sleeps 8
                                                                  Caravan #6814288
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                                                                  Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                                    • Sleeps 8
                                                                    Caravan #6814286
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                                                                    Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
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                                                                      Cottage #1965692
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                                                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                        (8 reviews)
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                                                                        • 1 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
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                                                                        Cottage #8147454
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                                                                        Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          • 3 BR
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                                                                          Caravan #6728756
                                                                          Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                            • 2 BR
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                                                                            Cottage #6801442
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                                                                              • 4 BR
                                                                              • 2 BA
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                                                                              House #1903114
                                                                              Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                (12 reviews)
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                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                • 1 BA
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                                                                                Multiple rentals Barn #814044
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                                                                                Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                                  • 2 BA
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                                                                                  Multiple rentals Barn #814044
                                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                                    • 1 BA
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                                                                                    Multiple rentals Barn #814044
                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
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                                                                                      Multiple rentals Barn #814044
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                                                                                        • 4 BR
                                                                                        • 4 BA
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                                                                                        Multiple rentals Barn #814044
                                                                                          • 15 BR
                                                                                          • 12 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 30
                                                                                          Multiple rentals Barn #803410
                                                                                          Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            • 1 BR
                                                                                            • 1 BA
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                                                                                            Multiple rentals Barn #803410
                                                                                              • 3 BR
                                                                                              • 1 BA
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                                                                                              Cottage #8159224
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                                                                                              Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                                                • 1 BA
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                                                                                                Apartment #1689906
                                                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                                                  • 3 BA
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                                                                                                  Cottage #1861543
                                                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
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                                                                                                    Cottage #1767702
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                                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                                      • 1 BA
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                                                                                                      Caravan #6782890
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Lovely

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      Too nice to share, lovely stay and back very soon, with sponge for door way ouch!!!!!!!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 29-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                      Seaside peace and quiet

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Cute, seaside cottage with a nautical theme throughout. Much of our stay was conducted on foot, Mum, Dad, 8 year old and not quite 2! The Lane is quiet and relaxed. People of West Mersea are lovely; very friendly. The Cabin is comfortable and well equipped and so close to everything you may need. We did not want to leave!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 28-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                      Cottage heybridge basin

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We had a lovely stay. The cottage is beautiful, cosy, and very well equipped. We loved heybridge basin, great walks and friendly pubs/tea room with good food. Totally recommend it.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 24-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016