Essex sometimes gets bad press, but in reality it is a county with a huge amount to offer visitors, from charming villages and magnificent stately homes to picturesque seaside towns and unspoilt beaches. A holiday cottage in Essex is a truly good bet for an English countryside break. Click here to see all our holiday rentals in England.
In terms of history and architecture there’s plenty to see, whether you visit Audley End mansion, explore Hadleigh Castle or take the family to Tilbury Fort. And if you’re looking for a seaside break, a holiday cottage in Essex is the perfect choice. With an impressive 350 miles of coastline it offers everything from fishing villages and bustling harbours to peaceful beaches and wildlife-filled estuaries. A holiday in Essex is ideal for coastal walks, boat trips, water sports and sampling fresh seafood. Further inland, there is just as much to see and do. The countryside is characterised by farmland, woodland and winding lanes which lead to pretty villages. Whether you explore on foot, horseback or bike, a holiday cottage in Essex is an excellent base from which to enjoy the great outdoors. You could play a round of golf on one of the attractive courses or sail and kite surf at the coastal resorts. Alternatively you could stroll along a Victorian pier or learn about the region’s maritime history. And at the end of the day you can savour some local cooking, whether that’s fish and chips on the beach or the cuisine of an award-winning restaurant. If you want to experience the traditional British seaside at its best, a holiday cottage in Essex would be a great place to start.