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Essex is a great place to go with family or friends if you are looking for a relaxing country cottage break. With plenty of pretty villages to choose from and cottages in all shapes and sizes, we are sure you’ll find the perfect spot for your group.

Although Essex might be more well known for its vibrant coastline, it’s countryside is equally wonderful as a holiday destination. Choose from top attractions, numerous walks and delicious cafes, restaurants and pubs for a meal out. From visiting historic houses to strolling around beautiful gardens, there is lots to see and do in Essex.

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Essex Cottages

  • 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 - Rainbows End
  • Last Minute Cottages - Rainbows End
  • Last Minute Cottages - Rainbows End
  • Last Minute Cottages - Rainbows End
  • Last Minute Cottages - Rainbows End

St. Lawrence

Rainbows End

Ref: S181300

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Maderia House
  • Last Minute Cottages - Maderia House
  • Last Minute Cottages - Maderia House
  • Last Minute Cottages - Maderia House
  • Last Minute Cottages - Maderia House
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Holland-on-Sea

Maderia House

Ref: S168366

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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 - 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 - The Croft - 28243
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Croft - 28243
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Croft - 28243
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Croft - 28243
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Croft - 28243
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Sible Hedingham

The Croft - 28243

Ref: S18108

Reviews 15

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  • 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 - 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 - 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 - The Bull Pen
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Bull Pen
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Bull Pen
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Bull Pen
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Bull Pen

Lawford

The Bull Pen

Ref: S81465

Reviews 11

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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 - Winterbeck
  • Last Minute Cottages - Winterbeck
  • Last Minute Cottages - Winterbeck
  • Last Minute Cottages - Winterbeck
  • Last Minute Cottages - Winterbeck

Ugley

Winterbeck

Ref: S105870

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Russet Bramley, Stoke by Nayland, Colchester
  • Last Minute Cottages - Russet Bramley, Stoke by Nayland, Colchester
  • Last Minute Cottages - Russet Bramley, Stoke by Nayland, Colchester
  • Last Minute Cottages - Russet Bramley, Stoke by Nayland, Colchester
  • Last Minute Cottages - Russet Bramley, Stoke by Nayland, Colchester

Colchester

Russet Bramley, Stoke by Nayland, Colchester

Ref: S44954

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  • 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 - 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: S106913

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Red Kite Lodge
  • Last Minute Cottages - Red Kite Lodge
  • Last Minute Cottages - Red Kite Lodge
  • Last Minute Cottages - Red Kite Lodge
  • Last Minute Cottages - Red Kite Lodge

Mersea Island

Red Kite Lodge

Ref: S106906

Reviews 1

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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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  • Last Minute Cottages - Little Lodge
  • Last Minute Cottages - Little Lodge
  • Last Minute Cottages - Little Lodge
  • Last Minute Cottages - Little Lodge
  • Last Minute Cottages - Little Lodge
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West Mersea

Little Lodge

Ref: S80858

Reviews 10

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Bay View
  • Last Minute Cottages - Bay View
  • Last Minute Cottages - Bay View
  • Last Minute Cottages - Bay View
  • Last Minute Cottages - Bay View

Clacton-on-Sea

Bay View

Ref: S57586

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 - 119 Hadleigh Road
  • Last Minute Cottages - 119 Hadleigh Road
  • Last Minute Cottages - 119 Hadleigh Road
  • Last Minute Cottages - 119 Hadleigh Road
  • Last Minute Cottages - 119 Hadleigh Road
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Frinton-on-Sea

119 Hadleigh Road

Ref: S187914

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  • Last Minute Cottages - 38 The Parade
  • Last Minute Cottages - 38 The Parade
  • Last Minute Cottages - 38 The Parade
  • Last Minute Cottages - 38 The Parade
  • Last Minute Cottages - 38 The Parade

WALTON-ON-THE-NAZE

38 The Parade

Ref: S162148

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Willowtree Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Willowtree Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Willowtree Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Willowtree Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Willowtree Cottage
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St Osyth

Willowtree Cottage

Ref: S18093

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Chelmsford Lodge
  • Last Minute Cottages - Chelmsford Lodge
  • Last Minute Cottages - Chelmsford Lodge
  • Last Minute Cottages - Chelmsford Lodge
  • Last Minute Cottages - Chelmsford Lodge

Clacton-on-Sea

Chelmsford Lodge

Ref: S139571

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Hugh - verified booking

"This is a delightful, quaint and quirky cottage set in a lovely rural village with a small idyllic, well maintained, pretty and secluded garden to the rear. Stunning Rose of Sharon bushes in full flower and other shrubbery provides total privacy. The garden is fully enclosed which enabled our pet to wander round at his leisure without the worry of him escaping. There was also a summerhouse with a small decked area and even a barbecue for the BBQ enthusiasts.The cottage was extremely well appointed throughout with absolutely everything thought of to make our stay as smooth and comfortable as possible. Whilst the stairs are not suitable for people with mobility issues, the bedrooms were nicely furnished with extremely comfortable beds in both rooms. Unusually, the master bedroom had a super king sized bed comprising two singles joined together and plenty of storage space. Really good sized bathroom on the ground floor with a bath and a really good, powerful shower. It was a bonus having a dining room separate from the lounge and a kitchen which also had a table and chairs. The owners Darren and Karen were very welcoming and accommodating; as was the landlord of the White Lion next door who allowed us to use his car park to avoid on street parking.We were astonished to read the negative review of the previous visitors. Quite frankly there was no evidence of the problem they referred to and there would have been. That said, why visit the countryside if you can't cope with what goes with country life. Equally the garden was certainly not overgrown - it was very much in keeping with such a lovely 15th century country cottage.We stayed for 5 days and hope to have the opportunity of staying again.We were amazed to read of the previous negative review."
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Cameron - verified booking

"This is a fantastic cottage with lots of character, not for those that want perfect straight lines and smooth surfaces, but for those looking for character and comfort. The cottage had all that we needed for a family including two late teenage sons. wifi worked perfectly, including outside to the patio which is perfect for an early evening drink. Kitchen is well stocked with the usual pans etc, and the cooker looks barely used, the dishwasher a lovely help to allow you to relax. Plenty of shops, takeaways etc within a 5 minute walk, including a well stocked coop. Previous reports have talked about squirrels, well we didn't see or hear anything during our week, but we did keep food locked away as this is a rural location. The fire in the sitting room looked very appealing, but we were here when the temperature barely dropped below 25 degrees, so no need for us to light it. There are plenty of relaxing walks from the footpath and bridleway starting from right outside the front door, so miles of open countryside begging to be explored. We visited the pub nest door on our next to last evening, what a mistake. Very friendly staff with real ale served straight from the barrel, absolutely wonderful! The only reason I have marked the location down is because the pub has music evenings, I loved them but others may not. Would I recommend - Yes, would I go again - Yes. Darren was great to contact and answered my questions very quickly and efficiently, thank you."
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Andrew - verified booking

"When we arrived at the premises Hillcroft, 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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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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