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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 accommodation provides 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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You can compare 2,725 beautiful holiday lettings from 29 providers in Essex, with prices starting at £46 a night. Our website directly compares the accommodation options , allowing you to save up to 54%.
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Holiday rentals with wifi
Whether it's for working remotely or streaming your favourite shows, internet access can be an indispensable amenity when it comes to choosing a holiday home. Check out HomeToGo's range of holiday lettings with WiFi in Essex and enjoy a fast and reliable internet connection during your stay.
Apartments and holiday lettings with a kitchen
Looking for self-catering accommodation in Essex? Find the perfect letting for you with our selection of Essex holiday rentals with kitchens. Well-appointed and equipped with plenty of cooking appliances, these holiday homes are great for self-catered stays.
Holiday homes and cottages with a garden
Aiming to enjoy time outside during your stay in Essex? Book a holiday home with a garden for your trip. See our range of accommodation with gardens and find a holiday rental today - al-fresco dining, lawn games and outdoor fun with friends, family and pets await!
Popular holiday rental amenities in Essex
Rentals can be chosen based on various criteria. Just above, you can see the number of rentals that provide a specific feature in Essex. You can easily choose a letting matching your needs in Essex if you can't imagine a holiday without internet or you never miss an episode of your favourite show, as a lot of the lettings include Internet or TV. Not as many holiday lettings in Essex are available if you want a letting with a fireplace or you want to sweat it out in a sauna , as Fireplace and Sauna are not very common amenities in Essex.
Waterside Holiday Homes in Essex
Looking for a holiday home by the sea in Essex
From pet-friendly options to deals with pools, the perfect beachside holiday home for you in Essex is waiting - book it today through HomeToGo. Browse holiday homes close to the sea in Essex and get ready for a trip defined by ocean vistas, beach access and days of fun along the shores of Essex. From basking in the rejuvenating sea breeze and enjoying a morning wander along the beach, to watching the sun setting across the waves towards twilight, book a holiday home on the coast and render your Essex trip even more memorable.
City Centre Holiday Apartments in Essex
Searching for a holiday apartment in Essex city centre?
Stay in the middle of the action during a holiday in Essex when you choose an apartment in the city centre.
Price and Availability Index for 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 July (09/07 - 16/07). During this week, a night will cost on average £163. Prices drop in October to an average of £55 per night (01/10 - 08/10).
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 December, as it is the busiest week of the next 6 months (17/12 - 24/12). It will be easy to find a holiday home that suits you in one week in March (18/03 - 25/03), when 70 of the rentals are still available.
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Accommodation options for your holiday in Essex
Users who are looking for apartment rentals in Essex will have many alternatives, since this is the most prevalent holiday accommodation type there. The average size of apartment rentals in Essex is 88 m², and they cost, on average, £256 a night. Furthermore, these rentals are excellent for medium-sized groups and families, as that is the average number of people that apartment rentals can welcome in Essex. You could also compare other types of accommodation in Essex. For example, cottage are another popular accommodation option in Essex, with 185 offers to compare. Cottage in Essex are 109 m² on average, with prices averaging £194 a night.
What are the top sights in Essex?
What to see and do during your Essex holiday
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.
What are the best places to discover the arts and culture of Essex?
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).
Where are the unique attractions in Essex?
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.
What are the must-see attractions in Essex?
The best of Essex
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.
This beautiful manicured park in Colchester is perfect for a leisurely stroll or picnic. It's also home to regular concerts and music festivals.
Located in Southend-on-Sea, Adventure Island is an amusement park with 32 exciting rides, numerous restaurants and a gift shop.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to rent a holiday home in Essex?
Prices for holiday accommodation in Essex start at £46 per night.
How many holiday homes are available to book in Essex?
March is the time of year with the highest amount of Apartment rentals and Cottage available in Essex, so you'll find plenty of great holiday deals during this month.
What is the most popular holiday home amenity in Essex?
Travellers planning holidays to Essex most often look for Internet, TV, and Garden when it comes to accommodation amenities.
How many holiday homes are on offer in Essex?
With 2,725 holiday rentals available in Essex, you're sure to find the perfect accommodation for your visit.
Am I allowed to bring my pet when staying in a Essex holiday home?
Dogs are welcome in Essex, which is home to 519 pet-friendly holiday homes.
What's the best time of year to travel to Essex?
Sun lovers should visit Essex in July and August to enjoy the warmest weather.
Where can I see discounts on holiday lettings in Essex?
You can get fabulous discounts on holiday accommodation in Essex with the cost per night for a letting starting at just £46 - and HomeToGo has launched a range of filters that make it a piece of cake to uncover the top offers. When thinking about the timing for a trip, you can use HomeToGo's flexible dates technology to easily look for low-price time periods and get savings of up to 54%. Furthermore, HomeToGo's 'distance from' filter enables you to uncover hidden treasure holiday rentals in lower-price, under-the-radar locales that are just as close to the area of your choice, whether that's sand and sea, a mountain for snowboarding, or a city's urban hub. Start searching with time to spare to get the best of a wide range of offers and the best deals - and do so free from stress by utilising HomeToGo's 'free cancellation' filter as you look for the perfect holiday home.
What are the pros of booking a holiday home in Essex with HomeToGo?
From serenity away from the crowds to more space to enjoy with your family, friends or partner, holiday lets in Essex have plenty of advantages. HomeToGo surfaces real reviews written by previous guests, and searching is secure, easy, and hassle-free - so with 2,725 deals from 29 providers in the area, you're sure to discover the right holiday home with all of the amenities you need in Essex.
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