Discover a selection of 2,000 holiday rentals in Essex, GB that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo holiday homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including pool and internet/WiFi. Prices start at £ 72 per night, and barn homes and cottages are popular options for a stay in Essex. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Discover Essex with holiday lettings

Holiday lettings in Essex offer you an unforgettable trip to a region with a deep history stretching back to ancient times. This county in southeast England played a key role in unifying the various kingdoms of the ancient island into a single nation, the birth of the United Kingdom we know today. From natural wonders to historic attractions and family fun, there’s always something to do in Essex.


Historic sites near Essex holiday homes

Essex is a cradle of history for England, which means that holiday homes in this area place you central to outstanding cultural attractions. Roman Colchester is Britain’s oldest recorded town. Nearby Norman Village will transport you back to 1066. Also nearby is Layer Marney Tower, a Tudor gatehouse that was visited by Henry VIII. Visit the historic Harwich Guildhall, where the mayor throws pastries called Harwich kitchels to the town’s children in a 400-year-old tradition.

Things to do

Things to do near Essex holiday homes

Essex holiday homes put you in close proximity to exciting and fun attractions of all different varieties. The Colchester Zoo might be a more modern attraction, but it allows you to see over 250 animal species. Colchester Castle offers immaculate gardens and grounds, and a still-standing 11th-century edifice. The Audley End House and Gardens dates to the 17th century and offers acres of perfectly-trimmed green grounds. You can also view hundreds of varieties of plants at the Beth Chatto Gardens.

How to get around

Transport to Essex holiday homes

You have plenty of options when it comes to ways to get to Essex holiday homes. Trains run regularly across the British countryside, a great way to see all the sights. You can get a hire car for self-driving opportunities, or utilise the bus and carriage routes. Many people prefer cycling and hiking around town to get to the sights. Whatever your preference and wherever your holiday rental, you’ll find the means at your fingertips.

Food & drink

Sample regional delicacies in Essex

A range of famous foods comes from Essex, which you can experience not far from your holiday lettings. Ginger pudding is a traditional dessert from the region made from flour, suet, egg and, of course, ginger. Elderberry wine is another regional delicacy that you should absolutely try while in the area. Others include potato leek soup, blackbird pie and the hard, sweet buns called rock cakes.

Family friendly

Family fun in Essex holiday homes

There are lots of options for family fun in Essex as well. After you get settled in your Essex holiday homes, you’ll enjoy a visit to the Promenade Park, a Victorian riverfront park with an ornamental lake, lush green spaces and a children’s adventure play area. At the Colchester Castle Museum, you can build a Roman archway and even excavate a Roman doctor’s grave. You can visit the Norman castle at Stansted-Mountfitchet, which houses a toy museum. The Royal Gunpowder Mills offers fun and interactive educational exhibits.

Good for couples

Romantic retreat in Essex holiday cottages

There are a wealth of attractions for couples in Essex as well. After spending some time snuggling up in your holiday rental, visit the Tiptree Jam Museum & Tea Room to learn about the historical process of making jam, then enjoy a quiet cup of tea. The exciting Adventure Island theme park gives you all the classic excitement and romance of amusement rides, games and park food. The RHS Garden at Hyde Hall allows a hand-in-hand walk among open skies and far-reaching views with traditional and modern gardening styles represented. You can also enjoy a leisurely stroll over the lush green meadows at Weald Country Park.

How many holiday rentals are available around Essex?

Our 2021 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,832 holiday lettings around Essex. From 26 barn homes to 213 cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Essex?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Essex. From Vrbo UK travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Clacton-on-Sea: 320 holiday homes
  • Colchester: 520 holiday homes
  • Walton on the Naze: 236 holiday homes
  • Harwich: 380 holiday homes
  • Frinton-on-Sea: 259 holiday homes

Vrbo UK offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Essex! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Essex?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Essex with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Clacton-on-Sea: 320 holiday lettings
  • Colchester: 520 holiday lettings
  • Walton on the Naze: 236 holiday lettings
  • Harwich: 380 holiday lettings
  • Frinton-on-Sea: 259 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.