Holiday rentals in Essex

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Best holiday rental deals in Essex

-18%
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Rowhedge, East Donyland, Essex
from £115 £139
HomeAway
5.0
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-24%
House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Colchester, Borough of Colchester, Essex
from £46 £61
HomeAway
4.7
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-36%
House ∙ 3 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Leigh-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
from £85 £133
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You can compare 4,083 beautiful holiday lettings from 40 providers in Essex, with prices starting at £21 a night. Our website directly compares the accommodation options, allowing you to save up to 31%.

Recommended holiday lettings in Essex

Rent a holiday home, apartment or cottage in Essex from just £21 per night

House ∙ 5 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Southend-on-Sea, Rochford District, Essex
from £52
Sykes Cottages
4.0
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House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Wethersfield, Braintree District, Essex
from £20
Airbnb
5.0
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House ∙ 3 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Great Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex
from £31
Airbnb
5.0
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House ∙ 3 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Clacton-on-Sea, Tendring District, Essex
from £33
Airbnb
4.5
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Chalet ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Walton on the Naze, Frinton and Walton, Essex
from £99
Airbnb
5.0
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House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex
from £41
Airbnb
5.0
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Cabin ∙ 6 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Kirby Cross, Frinton and Walton, Essex
from £21
Airbnb
5.0
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Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Clacton-on-Sea, Tendring District, Essex
from £70
Airbnb
5.0
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House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Leigh-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
from £33
Airbnb
5.0
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Recommended pet-friendly holiday lettings

Pet-friendly
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Burnham-on-Crouch, Maldon District, Essex
from £82
Airbnb
5.0
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Pet-friendly
Bungalow ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Dedham, Borough of Colchester, Essex
from £135
Airbnb
5.0
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Pet-friendly
Cottage ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Wrabness, Tendring District, Essex
from £59
Airbnb
5.0
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Most popular holiday lettings with a fireplace

Fireplace
House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Southend-on-Sea, Rochford District, Essex
from £20
Airbnb
4.5
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Fireplace
House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Chafford Hundred, Thurrock, Essex
from £39
Airbnb
4.5
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Fireplace
House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Fyfield, Epping Forest District, Essex
from £103
Airbnb
5.0
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Best holiday homes with a patio or terrace

Balcony/Patio
Holiday park ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Allhallows, Castle Point District, Essex
from £50
TUIvillas
4.3
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Balcony/Patio
Apartment ∙ 2 guests
Chelmsford, Essex, United Kingdom
from £113
Booking.com
4.7
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Balcony/Patio
Apartment ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Brentwood, Brentwood District, Essex
from £195
Booking.com
4.1
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Popular holiday rental amenities in Essex

  • Internet (2,967)
  • Kitchen (2,949)
  • TV (2,723)
  • Washer (1,888)
  • No smoking (1,476)
  • Microwave (1,302)
  • Parking (1,294)
  • Garden (1,014)
  • Pet allowed (807)
  • Dishwasher (742)
  • Fireplace (576)
  • No pets (443)

Price and Availability Index in Essex

Holiday Letting Price Information in Essex

We analysed price data and summarised them in this graph, which shows holiday letting prices for the next twelve months in Essex. The week with the highest average prices is in August (03/08 - 10/08). During this week, a night will cost on average £119. Prices drop in March to an average of £65 per night (23/03 - 30/03).

Holiday Home Availability Information in Essex

Check out the graph above to find out how many holiday rentals are available in Essex (in %). Be careful if you plan to go to Essex in February, as it is the busiest week of the next 6 months (01/02 - 08/02). It will be easy to find a holiday home that suits you in one week in October (05/10 - 12/10), when 88 of the rentals are still available.

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Accommodation options in Essex

Users who are looking for house rentals in Essex will have many alternatives, since this is the most prevalent holiday accommodation type there. The average size of house rentals in Essex is 63 m², and they cost, on average, £122 a night. Furthermore, these rentals are excellent for medium-sized groups and families, as that is the average number of people that house rentals can welcome in Essex. You could also compare other types of accommodation in Essex. For example, apartment rentals are another popular accommodation option in Essex, with 1,069 offers to compare. Apartment rentals in Essex are 78 m² on average, with prices averaging £122 a night.

Take a break in Essex with your very own holiday home

The beautiful county of Essex is located just east of London. This sought-after area is home to towns, villages and seaside resorts. Easily reachable via a wealth of transport options, you'll be amazed at the diversity of this eclectic county. Essex holiday lettings provide the perfect base from which to explore the natural beauty of Epping Forest, the seaside town of Southend and the many castles and historical attractions that adorn the area.

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Getting There

How to get to Essex holiday lettings

If travelling to Essex holiday lettings by air then the most convenient airport is London Stansted, which is located within the county of Essex. However, Heathrow, Gatwick and other London airports also lie in relatively close proximity to Essex and can be reached by train, coach or London Underground (the eastbound Central line extends into the county). Renting a car from the airport is also an efficient way to reach your final destination with ease.

If arriving by car, your approach will vary depending on where in Essex you're visiting. However, two of the main access roads are the A127 and the M11.

There are many train stations in Essex, with Basildon, Southend and Epping being some of the largest. All routes serve London and some continue further afield.

Attractions

What to see and do during your Essex visit

Essex is a large and diverse county, meaning that there is a wide variety of attractions and sights to explore. Those looking for a beach getaway should head to Southend. This classic English seaside resort boasts the world's longest pier – at over a kilometre long, there is even a train to take you to the end.

Other Southend attractions include Two Tree Island, a stunning nature reserve situated in the Thames estuary, and Adventure Island, a theme park with rides and attractions catering to thrill-seekers of all ages. For animal lovers or those travelling with children, Colchester Zoo and the Tropical Wings Zoo (which focuses on butterflies) won't disappoint.

There is no shortage of history on hand when you rent Essex holiday homes. The region has several grand estates complete with palaces and gardens to delight the whole family. Some of the most notable and worth visiting are Colchester Castle (which is also a museum), Hedingham Castle (boasting lovely picnic areas and a café) and Mountfitchet Castle (which forms part of a wider Norman settlement).

Fans of the outdoors won't be disappointed either. Epping Forest is a vast area of woodland located to the west of the county which is perfect for long walks, picnics and cycling. Formerly the site of numerous royal residences, the forest is nowadays home to a wealth of protected wildlife species and is thus a special area of conservation.

Art & Culture

Art and culture in Essex

There is a world of art and cultural experiences ready to explore from Essex holiday lettings. Southend Central Museum offers intriguing artefacts from the local area as well as a planetarium built by the astronomer Harry Ford. For anyone with a passion for locomotives, there are several museums to choose from. These include the East Anglian Railway Museum and the Museum of Power.

Live performance is also prominent in Essex, with the Civic Theatre, the Palace Theatre, the Lakeside Theatre and many more venues presenting productions of plays, musicals, dance and comedy. Galleries and exhibits are also commonly found in Essex. From your Essex holiday home, you can easily visit Beecroft Gallery (home to contemporary British works) and Firstsite (which has a focus on international artists).

Local Attractions

London and Brighton are perfect day trips from Essex holiday lettings

London makes for the perfect day trip from Essex and is easily reached by one of the many London Underground stations serving the county. These include Epping, Loughton, Grange Hill and Chigwell. Many main line trains also depart for Liverpool Street station on a regular basis, so your trip to visit Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the London Eye couldn't be easier.

If the Southend coast awakens a yearning for the British seaside then Brighton can be reached in around an hour by rail or road. From its famous pebbled beach to the numerous restaurants dotted along the Laines, Brighton is a wonderful destination for solo travellers, couples, families or groups.

Sights & things to do in Essex

The best of Essex

Colchester Zoo

This large, modern zoo is home to several rare and endangered species. Get up close and personal with orangutans, elephants, tigers and much more. Fun events occurring throughout the day include a public giraffe feed and animal training sessions.

Tropical Wings Zoo

An interactive zoo with a petting farm, children’s play area, interesting keeper talks and a tropical house with butterflies, Tropical Wings is an excellent choice for a family day out.

Boydells Dairy Farm

Open to the public for visits, this working farm provides fun and educational activities for children and adults alike. Highlights include cow milking and donkey rides.

Castle Park

This beautiful manicured park in Colchester is perfect for a leisurely stroll or picnic. It's also home to regular concerts and music festivals.

Adventure Island

Located in Southend-on-Sea, Adventure Island is an amusement park with 32 exciting rides, numerous restaurants and a gift shop.

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