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Stunning Lakeside Shepherd's Hut - Hot Tub & Sauna
Shepherd’s hut · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bathroom

Stunning Lakeside Shepherd's Hut - Hot Tub & SaunaStunning shepherd's hut in a beautiful lakeside location. Set at the back of a working farm & equestrian centre the hut is well-appointed with modern decor. Visitors will have the use of the hut, stunning firepit & BBQ. A beautiful wood-fired hot tub is attached & available for a small fee (£25 per stay, exclusive use). There is also a sauna a few steps away. The lake is well fenced, secure & very private. Visitors are welcome to fish the lake & there are facilities to bring a horse along too.

"Landscape" New Eco Lodge Flatford Mill
Entire residential home · 4 guests · 3 beds · 1 bathroom

"Landscape" New Eco Lodge Flatford MillTranquil, Stylish and Luxurious. "Landscape" is a brand new 2 bedroom Eco Lodge in Flatford in the heart of Constable Country . With views over Dedham Vale an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Sleeps 4 in 1 king double room and 1 twin/double room . Open plan kitchen lounge with log burner and bi-fold doors opening on to a beautiful patio with superb pond and countryside views . Separate utility/boot room and luxury bathroom. Newly built to the highest standards and luxury finish.

Quiet cabin overlooking open fields
Entire cabin · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bathroom

Quiet cabin overlooking open fieldsPeaceful cabin at the bottom of our garden complete with rear terrace overlooking fields and private patio for alfresco eating. Parking on drive access through coded gate to cabin. Open plan, with double bed and ensuite with shower, kitchen complete with full crockery, coffee machine, kettle, toaster and halogen hob.

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Popular amenities for Essex holiday rentals

  • Kitchen
  • Wifi
  • Pool
  • Free parking on premises
  • Air conditioning

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  2. Holland-on-Sea
Little Gem
  1. Entire rental unit
  2. Essex
New 2021 Lovely 1 bed flat, 200 metres from beach.
  1. Entire guest house
  2. Colchester
Berrimans self-contained apartment for two
  1. Entire rental unit
  2. Southend-on-Sea
Stylish apartment with amazing sea views
  1. Barn
  2. Assington
Dyers Barn, set in rural Suffolk surroundings
  1. Entire bungalow
  2. Saint Osyth
The Former Exchange in the heart of St Osyth
  1. Entire chalet
  2. Hadleigh
Holbecks Barn
  1. Entire apartment
  2. Clare
The Globe’s Flat
  1. Entire residential home
  2. Brightlingsea
Cottage - child+dog friendly, near sea & marina
  1. Entire apartment
  2. Thorpe Bay
Beachfront Penthouse with Parking 🖤 Estuary Views
  1. Entire rental unit
  2. Saffron Walden
The Vinery
  1. Shepherd’s hut
  2. Essex
Fosters meadow shepherds hut

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  • Cambridge Walking Tour
    Our walking tour takes in some of the famous colleges and historic sights of the city as you meander down quaint alleyways and tread the cobbled streets. You will hear quirky facts and stories of the colleges and their colourful alumni, all set within the context of English and world history, plus many fascinating tales of city life through the ages not generally mentioned in the guide books. We will take you to a church 1000 years old and reveal it’s hidden secret, down side streets to places of interest visitors don't normally see. You will go back in time to medieval Cambridge to discover how the University all started, visiting colleges over 700 years old and hearing their history. We will show you what it is to experience life as a student in a Cambridge College. All our tours are unique as we specialise in small groups and encourage interaction and questions. Highlights of our walking tour include The Senate House, The Colleges of Gonville & Caius, Trinity, St John’s, Kings, Clare, Corpus Christie, Pembroke, Peterhouse and Queens. St Benet's church, an unusual clock, the historic Eagle pub, The Cavendish Labs, and the Mathematical Bridge Other things to note As it's a walking tour, on city streets, just be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and be sure to dress for the English Climate.
    From Price:£22/person
  • Fish and Chips cooking class in London
    You'll start your unique experience when you first enter through my doors. You will be offered a local British beer that goes well with your dish, or a soft drink if you like. First I will take you through the main ingredients which you will be using on the day, what they are and why they are best used for Fish and Chips. Then we will begin with the the preparation of the "proper" chunky chips. Followed by the fun part of dipping the fresh white fish in a number of different ingredients to give a tasty, golden coating and then deep frying the fish for a few minutes. After we are finished cooking we will all sit together at my dining table, and enjoy the dish you have contributed to cooking, knowing that you have the knowledge of making authentic Fish and Chips. The experience will be really funny, informative and suitable for everyone, all the cooking utensils and ingredients are provided by me. Other things to note Please let me know if you have any allergies.
    From Price:£40/person
  • Sci-fi London Photo Experience
    When I come to a new city I want to find those cool places that I've seen on Instagram but have no idea how to find them. Most places will take a day to find and then how do I get a good shot? London is a city that is at the cutting edge of architectural innovation, with not only buildings but tunnels and walkways that could be transported into a sci-fi film. We will explore a small corner of London, where we will visit 4 of the most photogenic hidden gems that London has to offer. We will talk about how to create images with minimalism and simplicity resulting in visual impact. We will also practice using concepts such as leading lines, symmetry, visual balance, and touch on technical points such as depth of field and focusing. Just so you know, most of the locations we will visit are undercover, so we wont be affected too much by bad weather (which can happen IS England ;)) and I make sure there are no more than 4 participants so that I have enough time to spend with everybody. Other things to note This workshop aims to cater for all levels of photographer. There will be some instruction on techniques and compositional theory and a lot of exploring of some of the less touristic places in London
    From Price:£45/person
  • Learn Woodcut Printing With An Artist
    Due to COVID-19 I will be running my current workshops as either on a one-one basis or as a group maximum of 3 people - this helps to ensure safe social distancing and good hygiene in my studio. The workshop is about learning the use of traditional Japanese hand tools, the process of inking wood blocks, printing on different types of handmade printing paper and developing a new understanding of various techniques in woodcut art. All of which enable you to make numerous fine art prints to take away at the end of the session! Intro - Cups of tea, coffee or soft drinks followed by some words from me on my printmaking career and a round the table 'meet and greet' from everyone to begin the day. Stage 1 - We will cover the use of hand tools to design, draw and cut woodblocks and explore the process of hand printing using traditional Japanese barens (circular discs wrapped in bamboo) and rollers on three types of paper. Stage 2 - Delve a little deeper, showing you how to use multiple blocks and reduction-cutting techniques to create more complex multi colour prints. Stage 3 - This a perfect opportunity to make multiple prints through editions, ending the final part of the session by experimenting with your favourite design or playing various colours. Stage 4 - Everyone’s individual prints wrapped in sheets of tissue paper and rolling up into tubes for safe passage home. Other things to note Please bring any visual material that may be of inspiration - photos, drawings, patterns, text, books etc. I do have a lovely library of books on printmaking, plus a brilliant portfolio of prints other workshops. Aprons will be provided but please do wear sensible work clothes as it may get messy!
    From Price:£75/person
  • Private Balcony Football Experience
    You will experience the match VIP style and watch the match from the comfort of a first floor private balcony with uninterrupted views of the all the action. You will have the luxury of a private bathroom and a kitchen for drinks (BYOB) and nibbles (provided). You will also have access to a big open plan living space for a half time chill out. The balcony is close to the home stand on the first floor! You can have access to the fridge to chill any beverages. You can arrive 30 minutes before the match Due to social distancing measures a maximum of 6 people on the balcony* Other things to note Bring a camera to capture all the action!
    From Price:£25/person

Your guide to Essex

Welcome to Essex

The misconception of Essex as a sort of eastern suburb of London — encouraged by its commuter towns and a much popularised nightlife scene — belies both its ancient history and its natural beauty. Its coastline of broad estuaries backed by thousands of acres of wildlife-rich saltmarsh measures a whopping 350 miles. The former royal hunting enclosure of Epping Forest contains more than 50,000 ancient trees.

Its gentle, green countryside is dotted with olde worlde villages, market towns, and country estates, including the imposing Audley End at Saffron Walden, and the 18th-century Hylands House near Chelmsford. Stour Valley and Dedham Vale are so picturesque they inspired some of Britain’s most beloved painters, while Colchester, once the Roman capital of Britain, can celebrate two thousand years of architecture, including a Norman castle. But yes, Essex locals are also known for their friendliness and their love of a good time. Famous seaside towns like Clacton-on-Sea and Southend, home to the world’s longest pleasure pier, offer plenty of entertainment.

How do I get around Essex?

Being so close to London makes getting to Essex especially easy. London Stansted (STN) is only 15 miles away by road, while London itself is quick to reach by rail. Heathrow (LHR), Gatwick (LGW), and Luton (LTN) airports are all easily accessible. The county is well connected by train, even the coast. You can get around Essex’s towns and villages by local bus, and there are many walking trails to enjoy around the countryside and along the coast. Its largely flat geography makes the county great for cycling, while e-scooters are available to rent in a number of towns including Colchester, Chelmsford, and Clacton.

When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Essex?

Summer is when the weather is at its most reliable in Essex, and a popular time to head to Essex’s coast. The seaside towns can be quiet out of season, although they rarely shut down entirely. Facing the North Sea means that it can get chilly any time of year, however, so make sure to pack accordingly and bring a waterproof jacket in case it rains. Spring and autumn are both mild and offer different but delightful experiences of the countryside, with many of the towns and stately homes in their best bloom between March and May, and Epping forest clothed in autumn colours in September and October. The event season peaks in summer with county fairs, the Estuary arts festival in May/June, and the Clacton Airshow in August, not to mention the Dunmow Flitch Trials in July, a curious 900-year-old tradition celebrating marriage with bacon.

What are the top things to do in Essex?


Located on a peninsula at the mouth of the rivers Stour and Orwell, this harbour is best known for its ferries to Holland. But its old town, dating back to the 13th century, is a charming destination itself, with maritime heritage, the wooden Ha’penny Pier, and a pretty beach on Dovercourt Bay. You can also go seal spotting at the nearby Hamford water nature reserve.


With the River Colne running prettily through its centre, this market town, full of independent shops and merchants, is a floral delight year round, from its Victorian gardens to its blooming churchyards. Drive 15 minutes in any direction and you’ll come to more attractive villages — Coggeshall, Finchingfield, Earls Colne — while the Norman keep of Hedingham Castle lies just to the north.

Blackwater Estuary

From the Dengie peninsula south of the river to Mersea Island to its north, the vast flat horizons of the Blackwater salt marshes are a place to lose yourself in nature. The estuary’s banks, lakes, and meadows are breeding grounds for wildlife while the surrounding villages, like Maldon, Burnham-on-Crouch, and Bradwell-on-Sea, retain their fishing and boat-building traditions.