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Whatever your preconceptions, holiday cottages in Essex can help you discover the perfect English break which is sure to be full of surprises. Whether you want the glitz and glamour for which the area has become known or a hideaway retreat in a quaint village, the diversity of Essex makes it an intriguing, exciting and enchanting destination for your next holiday.

Among its hidden gems are unique testaments to the rich heritage of the area, including the Roman history on display in Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, or Hedingham Castle which dates back to Norman times and is set in beautiful grounds next to a medieval village and Norman church making it well worth a visit during you Essex holiday break. You may even be able to take a step back in time at a number of special events such as jousting displays, battle re-enactments or open air theatre.

Despite its proximity to London, Essex is a predominantly rural county and it boasts beautiful rolling countryside, fields and woodland, populated with charming villages and picturesque market towns. Perfect for walkers, runners or cyclists, country lanes, paths and trails help you traverse this picture-perfect corner of eastern England, taking you all the way to the unspoiled Essex coastline. Aptly named the Discovery Coast, it stretches out along 350 miles with plenty just waiting to be discovered during your stay in Essex.

Donkey rides, piers, sandcastles and other traditional seaside favourites can be enjoyed in the resort towns of Southend-on-Sea, Clacton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze, while the county’s maritime heritage can be enjoyed in abundance with a trip on an historic Thames Sailing Barge which you’ll find moored at Maldon, while yachts bob gently on the water at Burnham-on-Crouch.

Essex’s infamous night-life can be enjoyed in all its glitzy glory in the affluent suburban towns of Brentwood, Buckhurst Hill and Chigwell, where hit television series The Only Way is Essex is filmed, but delving deeper into Essex you will find a wealth of other night-life, restaurants and welcoming country and village pubs and no end of cultural entertainment, with a bustling arts scene made famous by painter John Constable. The artistic traditions continue with the Harlow Sculpture Trail, the Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden and Naze Tower, an historic landmark on the Naze cliffs, now hosting eight floors of artwork. The brand new contemporary visual arts base Firstside, set in a striking piece of modern architecture in Colchester, continues to fly the flag for artistic innovation in Essex and offers attractions for visitors of all ages.

Plan your next UK break by browsing our selection of holiday cottages in Essex and you will discover a county full of surprises and perfect for an invigorating and intriguing rural retreat.

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