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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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                                                                                                  Amazing log cabin,quiet, peaceful, relaxing, beautiful, heaven !!

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                                                                                                  Loved this log cabin exactly how it looks in pictures set in beautiful woodland, decking onto lake shared only with two elegant swans. Most relaxing, quiet, tranquil break in a beautiful setting. The cabin is stylish and comfortable a credit to the owners. Can't wait to return and thanks Nat for making us feel very welcome.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 23-Sep-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                  Ideal location, modern and well equipped.

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                                                                                                  Ideal location offering easy access to London via the underground and Epping Forest whilst also offering ample local services e.g restaurants/pubs, coffee shops and supermarket. The property sits just down from a local family orientated pub which we found to be very friendly and provided good quality food. Surprisingly,we were unaware of any noise or associated activities following closing time. The property is exactly as described on line: cosy with modern furnishings and is well equipped, clean and well maintained. We would highly recommend this property and look to revisit in the future. The owner is very friendly and thoughtfully provided provisions which we had not expected but greatly appreciated. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                  Lovely peaceful cottage.

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                                                                                                  Tucked away up a quiet lane a stone's throw from the sea, Anchorage Mews is a lovely cottage in which to get away from it all. Clean and well maintained, with tea bags, coffee and milk provided on arrival it seemed that everything had been thought of to make our stay as stress free as possible; even a stair gate for our toddler grandson. Hilary was so helpful and gave us lots of information about the facilities as one of our daughters is disabled (the cottage is not suitable for those who cannot climb stairs however). We enjoyed the Coast Inn one evening which is close by, and had a lovely meal. They were great with the children too (2 year old and 4 month old). Would love to go back again one day and stay a bit longer. Highly recommended.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016