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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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    Wonderful! 4.9/5
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    • 2 BA
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    Cottage #1786409
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      Apartment #6550788
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        Excellent! 4.4/5
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        Cottage #6516060
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          Multiple rentals Cottage #8122313
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            Excellent! 4.6/5
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            Cottage #836526
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              Exceptional! 5/5
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              • 1 BA
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              Apartment #8032330
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                • 2 BR
                • 1 BA
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                Cottage #1902757
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                  • 1 BR
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                  Barn #8164242
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                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                    (12 reviews)
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                    • 3 BR
                    • 1 BA
                    • Sleeps 6
                    Cabin #6518639
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                      Excellent! 4.7/5
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                      • 2 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Sleeps 4
                      Cottage #6810025
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                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                        • 2 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Sleeps 6
                        Cottage #6085898
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                          Exceptional! 5/5
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                          • 1 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Sleeps 3
                          Apartment #8129110
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                            Very Good! 4.1/5
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                            • 2 BR
                            • 1 BA
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                            Cottage #6816737
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                              • 2 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • Sleeps 6
                              Cottage #6801442
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                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                • 3 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Sleeps 6
                                Cottage #8159224
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                                  Excellent! 4.6/5
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                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 1 BA
                                  • Sleeps 7
                                  Cottage #1747781
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                                    • 2 BR
                                    • 2 BA
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                                    Multiple rentals Cottage #8122313
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                                    Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                      • 1 BR
                                      • 1 BA
                                      • Sleeps 2
                                      Apartment #845337
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                                        • 3 BR
                                        • 2 BA
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                                        Multiple rentals Cottage #8122313
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                                          Excellent! 4.6/5
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                                          • 3 BR
                                          • 1 BA
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                                          Bungalow #1694523
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                                            • 10 BR
                                            • 10 BA
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                                            Chateau / Country House #6900702
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                                              • 2 BR
                                              • 1 BA
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                                              Cottage #6829190
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                                                Exceptional! 5/5
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                                                • 2 BR
                                                • 2 BA
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                                                Barn #8164757
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                                                  Exceptional! 5/5
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                                                  House #8130571
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                                                    Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                                    • 3 BR
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                                                    Chalet #1688796
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                                                      • 3 BR
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                                                      Cottage #1967804
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                                                        • 3 BR
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                                                        Cottage #8067459
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                                                        Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Exceptional! 5/5
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                                                          • 3 BR
                                                          • 2 BA
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                                                          House #1806991
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                                                          Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            • 2 BR
                                                            • 2 BA
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                                                            Cottage #6972027
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                                                              • 3 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
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                                                              Cottage #8303178
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                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                • 2 BA
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                                                                Cottage #1967397
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                                                                  Very Good! 4.2/5
                                                                  (12 reviews)
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                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                  • 3 BA
                                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                                  • Sleeps 8
                                                                  Barn #471146
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                                                                    • 4 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                    • Separate Toilets
                                                                    • Sleeps 8
                                                                    Farmhouse #8093779
                                                                    4
                                                                    Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                      (7 reviews)
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                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 5
                                                                      Chalet #1474963
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                                                                      Viewed 44 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 6
                                                                        Caravan #6812225
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                                                                          • 3 BR
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                                                                          Caravan #6814288
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                                                                            • 4 BR
                                                                            • 2 BA
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                                                                            House #1903114
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                                                                              • 9 BR
                                                                              • 6 BA
                                                                              • Separate Toilet
                                                                              • Sleeps 25
                                                                              Villa #6973066
                                                                              1
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                                                                                • 3 BR
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                                                                                Caravan #6782890
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                                                                                  Apartment #1038925
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                                                                                    • 3 BR
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                                                                                    Bungalow #6808011
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                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
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                                                                                      Caravan #6814286
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                                                                                      Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                        (46 reviews)
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                                                                                        • 1 BA
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                                                                                        House #733662
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                                                                                        Viewed 32 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                          (23 reviews)
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                                                                                          • 2 BA
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                                                                                          Cottage #8126013
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                                                                                          Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            • 3 BR
                                                                                            • 1 BA
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                                                                                            House #1819163
                                                                                            2
                                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                                              • 1 BA
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                                                                                              Cottage #6810427
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                                                                                                • 2 BA
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                                                                                                Caravan #8177819
                                                                                                Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                  • 4 BR
                                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 9
                                                                                                  House #6839049
                                                                                                  1
                                                                                                  Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
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                                                                                                    Barn #6937623
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                                                                                                      • 1 BA
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                                                                                                      Multiple rentals Barn #857581
                                                                                                      2
                                                                                                      Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                       

                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Beautiful cottage

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Made to feel really welcome by the owner Kirsty on arrival. The cottage had a cosy friendly feel and was immaculate with all modern amenities and the back courtyard was lovely. It was an ideal location, close to a lovely pub with excellent food and welcoming to children. Lovely shops and high street 2 minutes away and 5 minutes to the tube station. We loved our stay and our daughter is counting down the days for our return. Thanks to Kirsty and Tom for a great experience.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2017

                                                                                                      Sea-water lapping

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      It was a great week and we could really hear the sea wavelets lapping on the shore while we lounged on the timber deck, idly watching the goings-on of the various sea birds. The weather was warm and sunny which always helps but the Safe House is indeed a little haven away from it all. The accommodation is very good with 180 degree views and sunlight. We hope to go there again. Glenn McLernon
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2017