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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
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    • 3 BR
    • 1 BA
    • Separate Toilet
    • Sleeps 6
    Bungalow #1694523
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    Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
      Excellent! 4.7/5
      (7 reviews)
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      • 1 BR
      • 1 BA
      • Sleeps 2
      Apartment #1821140
      7
      Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
        Exceptional! 5.0/5
        (5 reviews)
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        • 2 BR
        • 1 BA
        • Sleeps 6
        Cottage #6085898
        5
        Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
          • 2 BR
          • 1 BA
          • Sleeps 4
          Multiple rentals Cottage #8122313
          5
          Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
            • 2 BR
            • 2 BA
            • Sleeps 4
            Multiple rentals Cottage #8122313
            5
            Viewed 30 times in the last 48 hours
              • 3 BR
              • 2 BA
              • Separate Toilet
              • Sleeps 4
              Multiple rentals Cottage #8122313
              9
              Viewed 38 times in the last 48 hours
                • 2 BR
                • 2 BA
                • Sleeps 5
                Apartment #6560417
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                Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                  (14 reviews)
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                  • 3 BR
                  • 2 BA
                  • Sleeps 5
                  Cottage #1786409
                  14
                  Viewed 39 times in the last 48 hours
                    Very Good! 4.2/5
                    (5 reviews)
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                    • 2 BR
                    • 1 BA
                    • Sleeps 3
                    Cottage #6516060
                    5
                    Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
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                      • 2 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Sleeps 4
                      Cottage #6810025
                      4
                      Viewed 74 times in the last 48 hours
                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                        (17 reviews)
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                        • 5 BR
                        • 3 BA
                        • Sleeps 9
                        House #8057585
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                        Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
                          (8 reviews)
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                          • 1 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Sleeps 2
                          Apartment #845337
                          8
                          Viewed 24 times in the last 48 hours
                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                            (13 reviews)
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                            • 3 BR
                            • 1 BA
                            • Sleeps 7
                            Chalet #1688796
                            13
                            Viewed 37 times in the last 48 hours
                              Exceptional! 5.0/5
                              (9 reviews)
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                              • 3 BR
                              • 2 BA
                              • Sleeps 6
                              House #1806991
                              9
                              Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
                                Excellent! 4.7/5
                                (25 reviews)
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                                • 1 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Sleeps 2
                                Cottage #836526
                                25
                                Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Excellent! 4.5/5
                                  (8 reviews)
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                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 1 BA
                                  • Sleeps 7
                                  Cottage #1747781
                                  8
                                  Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                                    • 1 BR
                                    • 1 BA
                                    • Sleeps 3
                                    Apartment #8089995
                                    4
                                    Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Excellent! 4.5/5
                                      (6 reviews)
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                                      • 2 BR
                                      • 1 BA
                                      • Sleeps 5
                                      Chalet #1474963
                                      6
                                      Viewed 26 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 86 times in the last 48 hours
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                                          • 1 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 4
                                          Apartment #8032330
                                          4
                                          Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                            (6 reviews)
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                                            • 1 BR
                                            • 1 BA
                                            • Sleeps 3
                                            Apartment #8129110
                                            6
                                            Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
                                              • 3 BR
                                              • 3 BA
                                              • Sleeps 6
                                              House #6492691
                                              4
                                              Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                (8 reviews)
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                                                • 3 BR
                                                • 2 BA
                                                • Sleeps 7
                                                Bungalow #1631810
                                                8
                                                Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  Very Good! 4.2/5
                                                  (9 reviews)
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                                                  • 3 BR
                                                  • 3 BA
                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                  • Sleeps 8
                                                  Barn #471146
                                                  9
                                                  Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    • 3 BR
                                                    • 3 BA
                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                    • Sleeps 8
                                                    Multiple rentals Barn #857581
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                                                    Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                      • 1 BR
                                                      • 1 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 2
                                                      Multiple rentals Barn #803410
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                                                      Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                        (8 reviews)
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                                                        • 1 BR
                                                        • 1 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                        Cottage #8147454
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                                                        Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          • 1 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                          Multiple rentals Barn #857581
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                                                          Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                            (12 reviews)
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                                                            • 2 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                            Multiple rentals Barn #814044
                                                            12
                                                            Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                              • 2 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 5
                                                              Multiple rentals Barn #814044
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                                                              Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                • 15 BR
                                                                • 12 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 30
                                                                Multiple rentals Barn #803410
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                                                                Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  Very Good! 4.2/5
                                                                  (5 reviews)
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                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                  House #8044007
                                                                  5
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                                                                    • 5 BR
                                                                    • 3 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 12
                                                                    House #8069395
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                                                                    Viewed 98 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                      (6 reviews)
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                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                      Barn #8164757
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                                                                      Viewed 24 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                        • 2 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 6
                                                                        Apartment #6550788
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                                                                        Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          • 3 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
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                                                                          Cottage #8159224
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                                                                          Viewed 34 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                            Cottage #6816737
                                                                            1
                                                                            Viewed 26 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 6
                                                                              Cottage #6801442
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                                                                              Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 5
                                                                                Cottage #1967397
                                                                                0
                                                                                Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
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                                                                                  Caravan #6812225
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                                                                                  Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                    Cottage #1902757
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                                                                                    Viewed 51 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
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                                                                                      Cottage #1967804
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                                                                                        • 4 BR
                                                                                        • 2 BA
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                                                                                        House #1903114
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                                                                                        Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                                          • 1 BA
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                                                                                          Cottage #1968920
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                                                                                            • 3 BR
                                                                                            • 1 BA
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                                                                                            Caravan #6728756
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                                                                                            Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                                              Cottage #6829190
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                                                                                              Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                                • 1 BA
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                                                                                                Cottage #6824405
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                                                                                                Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                  • 4 BR
                                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 9
                                                                                                  House #6839049
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                                                                                                  Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    • 10 BR
                                                                                                    • 10 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 20
                                                                                                    Chateau / Country House #6900702
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                                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 8
                                                                                                      Caravan #6814287
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                                                                                                      Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      A charming home away from home.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Wonderful walks in the morning. Enjoyed our Christmas holiday so very much. Lovely cottage. We could not have been more impressed with the cleanliness and the amenities of the cottage. Truly, a home away from home.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 17-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

                                                                                                      A super venue for Christmas with the family

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The size of the barn was something of a surprise. The accommodation is very spacious, yet we felt cosy and very comfortable throughout our stay. Everything was very clean and tidy and we were left treats of farm fresh eggs and christmas chocolates as a welcome gift. We were looking for somewhere to have our Christmas with my mother who is unable to climb stairs and was delighted to find Vince's Barn within easy travelling distance from her home. My husband and I had come up to Essex from Hampshire and brought everything for Christmas with us in one car (quite a feat!), but were delighted to find such a well equipped kitchen. Christmas celebrations were a great success and we were able to have family members to stay together who would normally not have been able to. Additional camp beds are to be found in the bedrooms which would increase the flexibility further if required. There was plenty of parking space for our visitors throughout the festivities. We were greeted on arrival and shown around the building and told how to turn the heating up or down. Our initial correspondence with the owner was also most helpful. Altogether, a very good find. I would recommend it to others looking for comfortable accommodation.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 11-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

                                                                                                      High quality, cosy and beautifully decorated lodge

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We spent more than 2 months in the lodge and the stay was wonderful. The house has been restored with excellent taste. Open spaces, full of natural light, exposed wooden beems, decoration in light beige colours, chimeneys, lots of kitchen modern facilities and courtesy food and toiletries provided made our stay incredibly confortable and enjoyable. Also to remark, the initial and weekly cleaning was superb, as well as the attention of the owners Archie and Anna, and the cleaning ladies. They helped us in everything they could. The area is amazing with hectareas of fields with walking paths, gardens, lakes. Only 1 mile (lovely walk for a sunny day) to Finchingfield village, one of the most beautiful villages I have ever seen in the UK. I would definitely like to come back and I'll recomed it to everyone.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 09-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016