Rural Retreats And Seaside Stays For Your 2017 Holiday

Consider Essex for your UK holiday this year. It offers a wide range of self-catering holiday ideas, which are flexible to your needs.

If you’re looking at a staycation for your next holiday, then look no further than the historic county of Essex. This large region has plenty to offer all holiday-makers, whether you’re looking for a culture trip, rustic rural delights or a seaside retreat. Self-catering holidays offer flexibility in that you can eat what you want, when you want. Instead of being confined to a hotel’s set menu on a half-board basis, you can dine out at local pubs at whatever time of day suits you. It is also an affordable option for those who prefer to prepare their own meals. Here are some of the best self-catering holidays in Essex.

Panfield House

This self-catering holiday let in Braintree is perfectly placed for those wanting to visit the beautiful surrounding Bardfield villages, as well as Colchester Zoo and Hatfield Forest. The cottage is fully serviced and has a luxurious kitchen `with underfloor heating.

Walnut Cottage, West Mersea

This break is the perfect solution for looking for dog-friendly accommodation. The property is a spacious stylish detached cottage for up to 5 guests. Spend your time wandering around this quaint island, or perhaps crabbing or feasting on fresh oysters.

Willowbeach Caravan and Beach Hut, Walton on the Naze

This is a unique, but truly idyllic location to enjoy a short break on the coast. This old-school way of holidaying brings back childhood memories with board games and a rope swing to play with. Nature enthusiasts will also love the opportunities to spot seals or go bird-watching.

Pond Cottage, Clacton-on-Sea

If you’d like the opportunity to become fully involved in rural life, this accommodation is ideal. The self-catering cottage is an annexe to the attached Victorian farmhouse. It is a working farm which offers a chance for woodland walks next to ponds, beef cattle and sheep. The seaside towns of Clacton, Frinton, and Walton are all close by.

The Lodge, Felsted

This accommodation is suitable for up to 4 people and features a garden area with its own barbecue. Felsted is a beautiful village that won Essex Village of the Year in 2015. It also hosted the Tour de France in 2014 and attracted 6,000 visitors. The village has a handful of pleasant pubs, restaurants, and shops.

Grain House, Halstead

This romantic setting is the perfect getaway for angling fanatics as it permits coarse fishing from the river bank. The property is a self-catering farm which features two sitting rooms and sleeps up to 8 people. Log fires keep the place cosy in winter.

Scarlett’s Cottage, Colchester

This modern and chic accommodation is within walking distance of central Colchester, where visitors can enjoy the Mercury Theatre, Colchester Castle Park, and the oldest town centre in Britain. The luxury accommodation includes a games room and sitting room with piano, darts board and flat screen TV.

Chelmsford Serviced Apartments

If you wish to base yourself in beautiful accommodation, within easy reach of London and its wide range of entertainment options, then Chelmsford is a great place to be. There are a range of apartments to suit your getaway, including a penthouse for extra luxury. The apartments also include access to a fitness centre.

Many people have already started planning their 2017 holidays, so if you’re hoping to get away to Essex later this year, then book soon to avoid disappointment.