Holiday Cottages In Essex To Rent

Despite being a stone's throw from the hustle and bustle of London, Essex is a peaceful retreat that couldn’t feel further away. Here you’ll find miles of rolling countryside and lush green fields. It’s an excellent location for a cottage holiday getaway.

After a sunny day walking in the countryside pick up some local delights to enjoy at your holiday cottage. From oysters to jam, Essex has a varied and delicious local fare. If you’re looking for more than miles of countryside Essex also has top attractions to choose from. Kids will love Colchester Zoo, there are numerous gardens and stately homes to explore, and for something a little different, gain a new perspective from the air with a hot air balloon ride.

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Essex cottages

  • Last Minute Cottages - Old Applecroft Farmhouse
  • Last Minute Cottages - Old Applecroft Farmhouse
  • Last Minute Cottages - Old Applecroft Farmhouse
  • Last Minute Cottages - Old Applecroft Farmhouse
  • Last Minute Cottages - Old Applecroft Farmhouse
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Great Henny

Old Applecroft Farmhouse

Ref: S80377

Reviews 15

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Haven Hideaway
  • Last Minute Cottages - Haven Hideaway
  • Last Minute Cottages - Haven Hideaway
  • Last Minute Cottages - Haven Hideaway
  • Last Minute Cottages - Haven Hideaway

Harwich

Haven Hideaway

Ref: S139823

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Chinook
  • Last Minute Cottages - Chinook
  • Last Minute Cottages - Chinook
  • Last Minute Cottages - Chinook
  • Last Minute Cottages - Chinook
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Castle Hedingham

Chinook

Ref: S18119

Reviews 7

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Hillcroft
  • Last Minute Cottages - Hillcroft
  • Last Minute Cottages - Hillcroft
  • Last Minute Cottages - Hillcroft
  • Last Minute Cottages - Hillcroft

Purleigh

Hillcroft

Ref: S57587

Reviews 7

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Willow Tree Barn
  • Last Minute Cottages - Willow Tree Barn
  • Last Minute Cottages - Willow Tree Barn
  • Last Minute Cottages - Willow Tree Barn
  • Last Minute Cottages - Willow Tree Barn

Purleigh

Willow Tree Barn

Ref: S73207

Reviews 8

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  • Last Minute Cottages - The Annexe
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Annexe
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Annexe
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Annexe
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Annexe

Clacton-on-Sea

The Annexe

Ref: S101147

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Plum Tree Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Plum Tree Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Plum Tree Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Plum Tree Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Plum Tree Cottage
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Dovercourt

Plum Tree Cottage

Ref: S88778

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  • Last Minute Cottages - The Old Bakery - 30315
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Old Bakery - 30315
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Old Bakery - 30315
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Old Bakery - 30315
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Old Bakery - 30315

Langham

The Old Bakery - 30315

Ref: S18120

Reviews 7

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Lavender Cottage - E5298
  • Last Minute Cottages - Lavender Cottage - E5298
  • Last Minute Cottages - Lavender Cottage - E5298
  • Last Minute Cottages - Lavender Cottage - E5298
  • Last Minute Cottages - Lavender Cottage - E5298
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Langdon Hills

Lavender Cottage - E5298

Ref: S18122

Reviews 10

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Walnut Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Walnut Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Walnut Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Walnut Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Walnut Cottage

Takeley

Walnut Cottage

Ref: S18134

Reviews 3

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Bee Cottage - E5574
  • Last Minute Cottages - Bee Cottage - E5574
  • Last Minute Cottages - Bee Cottage - E5574
  • Last Minute Cottages - Bee Cottage - E5574
  • Last Minute Cottages - Bee Cottage - E5574
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Langdon Hills

Bee Cottage - E5574

Ref: S18133

Reviews 3

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  • Last Minute Cottages - The Stable
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Stable
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Stable
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Stable
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Stable

Steeple Bumpstead

The Stable

Ref: S33544

Reviews 3

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Old Applecroft Farm Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Old Applecroft Farm Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Old Applecroft Farm Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Old Applecroft Farm Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Old Applecroft Farm Cottage
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Great Henny

Old Applecroft Farm Cottage

Ref: S78553

Reviews 2

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Sea Angel
  • Last Minute Cottages - Sea Angel
  • Last Minute Cottages - Sea Angel
  • Last Minute Cottages - Sea Angel
  • Last Minute Cottages - Sea Angel

Clacton-on-Sea

Sea Angel

Ref: S129227

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  • Last Minute Cottages - The Glass Room
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Glass Room
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Glass Room
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Glass Room
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Glass Room

Ardleigh Heath

The Glass Room

Ref: S18101

Reviews 10

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Ladysmith Annex
  • Last Minute Cottages - Ladysmith Annex
  • Last Minute Cottages - Ladysmith Annex
  • Last Minute Cottages - Ladysmith Annex
  • Last Minute Cottages - Ladysmith Annex
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Brightlingsea

Ladysmith Annex

Ref: S126984

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Baytree Cottage 1
  • Last Minute Cottages - Baytree Cottage 1
  • Last Minute Cottages - Baytree Cottage 1
  • Last Minute Cottages - Baytree Cottage 1
  • Last Minute Cottages - Baytree Cottage 1
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Birch

Baytree Cottage 1

Ref: S25143

Reviews 8

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Mulberry Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Mulberry Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Mulberry Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Mulberry Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Mulberry Cottage

Leigh-on-Sea

Mulberry Cottage

Ref: S114157

Reviews 1

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  • Last Minute Cottages - The Showman's Wagon
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Showman's Wagon
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Showman's Wagon
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Showman's Wagon
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Showman's Wagon

Alphamstone

The Showman's Wagon

Ref: S18100

Reviews 4

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Easthorpe Retreat
  • Last Minute Cottages - Easthorpe Retreat
  • Last Minute Cottages - Easthorpe Retreat
  • Last Minute Cottages - Easthorpe Retreat
  • Last Minute Cottages - Easthorpe Retreat

Easthorpe

Easthorpe Retreat

Ref: S135055

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Diablo
  • Last Minute Cottages - Diablo
  • Last Minute Cottages - Diablo
  • Last Minute Cottages - Diablo
  • Last Minute Cottages - Diablo
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Castle Hedingham

Diablo

Ref: S18107

Reviews 14

5
10

  • Last Minute Cottages - Joan's Gem
  • Last Minute Cottages - Joan's Gem
  • Last Minute Cottages - Joan's Gem
  • Last Minute Cottages - Joan's Gem
  • Last Minute Cottages - Joan's Gem

Walton on the Naze

Joan's Gem

Ref: S25328

Reviews 2

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  • Last Minute Cottages - FCH27851
  • Last Minute Cottages - FCH27851
  • Last Minute Cottages - FCH27851
  • Last Minute Cottages - FCH27851
  • Last Minute Cottages - FCH27851

Colchester

FCH27851

Ref: S13401

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Woodpecker Lodge
  • Last Minute Cottages - Woodpecker Lodge
  • Last Minute Cottages - Woodpecker Lodge
  • Last Minute Cottages - Woodpecker Lodge
  • Last Minute Cottages - Woodpecker Lodge

Mersea Island

Woodpecker Lodge

Ref: S106909

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Andrew - verified booking

"When we arrived at the premises S57587, it was blowing a gale and raining. However when we entered the premises there were electric storage heaters installed, but they we not switched on. The only other heating was an electric convector heater on the wall in the bedroom! Also, there was only a thin summer quilt on the double bed, and no additional bedding in the premises. When the owner arrived at 6:00PM, she stated that we could not use the storage heaters as they used too much electricity! Instead she offered a small oil filled electric radiator, and a winter quilt for the bed! We then found that there were no instructions for the bath shower, and the plug in the bathroom since did not hold the water in. As a result, we had to wash in the kitchen sink! The toilet seat was loose, and when you flushed the toilet it flushed twice by itself. There were no coat hangers in the wardrobe, so coats and shirts could only be hung on the back of the front door at the bottom of the stairs. The kitchen equipment was basic, with only essential utensils, the light over the cooker did not work, and was replaced by a battery light, but the batteries were dead! Need I say anymore! As a result of the cold accommodation, and the other points above, we have left the premises this morning. From the initial response by the owner I did not bother to raise these points with her."
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Diane - verified booking

"Enjoyed our stay after the first weekend was over as the other unit had a hen party and kept us awake until 3am each night. The unit was well equipped but really smelled of stale smoke. The doors would not shut properly and the showers had no pressure. The toilet handle also didn’t work. Most of the beds were uncomfortable to sleep in. On the plus side the kids really enjoyed the pool even though it needs a good paint job. The games room were quite tatty and we had to repair the table tennis bats before we could play. The owner went away for a few days and switched off the wi fit whilst he wasn’t there. The whole of the outside of the building needs cleaning and repairing with weeds growing everywhere. On our last day we decided to stay in and use the BBQ area. When we arrived one of the windows on the games room had blown open and the window and frame had broken. I reported this to the owner who said he would get it sorted. On our departure I was told we would have to pay for the window and he blamed the children for the damage. When we explained the kids were in the pool when that happened he still insisted it was our damage. He refused to give us our £200 deposit back saying he will refund what is left after repairs. This really spoiled the holiday."
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Warren - verified booking

"This should have been a fantastic property. Owners have neglected it. Cobwebs, dirty windows, overgrown enclosed garden, dirty towel, unemptied bins, lack of blinds and curtains just took the sparkle off our stay.The weather was great so we thoroughly enjoyed walking around the garden where there was a mowed route for people to enjoy. Not sure how much we would have enjoyed this had there been somebody in the neighbouring cottage which looks as open to being looked in on as the property we stayed in with the exception of the hall between the two wings which was all glass and no curtains (this is the only way from the downstairs bedroom to the downstairs bathroom), and the fact the next door cottage windows look straight into the conservatory.The conservatory is a great seating room with table tennis table and pool table.The granny annex was nice but isolated from the rest of the property with its own lounge and bathroom.We wanted a nice quiet getaway and it certainly was that."
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Annie - verified booking

"I enjoyed a lovely week at the two properties and would have rated them both higher if it was not for the lack of such things as basic condiments and tea bags etc. on arrival. Although there was a large garden area, there was only one croquet set with missing hoops to keep both youngsters and adults amused. We did buy a couple of outside games which we have left at the property for others. We have also left a supply of the basic condiments for the next family that follows us in. I had requested a cot which we thought had been forgotten but then found under seating two days into our holiday. I believe this is a fairly new holiday rental and so assume these to be teething problems. They are both lovely properties, well maintained and in a beautiful setting. I would recommend them to anyone that wishes for a quiet holiday away from the hurly-burly of modern living and away from busy roads."
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Mike - verified booking

"Took the family away for a long weekend 7 adults plus two grandchildren and two dogs farmhouse was very good plenty of room for everyone.We spent a lot of time in games room, table tennis + pool table and two large leather sofas to sit and chat.Location very good plenty of space to walk with the dogs on the public footpaths however quiet enough not to be disturbed.If I had anything constructive to say would be1 The heating could have been put on for our arrival as it’s February and it took quite a while to be warm ( once heating kicked in it was fine)2. The road on the way up to the farmhouse has a lot of quite big potholes which is q unite a concern because if you went a little too fast could be tricky.All in all I would recommend you stay in the farmhouse if you looking for a relaxing place to have a fabulous family weekend."
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