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Dog-friendly Essex

Featuring fascinating towns and villages, gorgeous landscapes, and staggering coastlines Essex is a lovely destination for a dog-friendly holiday. With an abundance of beaches, woodlands and rich farmland to discover, you and your furry friend can enjoy some of the most amazing walkies!
  • Down Hall Hotel & Spa, Essex
    Hatfield Heath, England
    4.60

    A luxury four-star country house hotel, dog-friendly Down Hall & Spa in Essex is a beautiful getaway for those with dogs. 

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  • The Cricketers, EssexInstant Book Overlay Image
    Nr Saffron Walden, England
    4.75

    Just as village cricket is the hub of an English rural community, so is the dog-friendly Cricketers gastropub at the heart of the charming village of Clavering in Essex and is also super dog-welcoming.

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  • Ace Lodge, EssexInstant Book Overlay Image
    A serene and cosy one-bedroom lodge, situated in a privately gated residence, overlooking unspoilt countryside and natural garden. This modern property boasts a bright and airy living room with panoramic views, fully fitted kitchen, double bedroom and main bathroom. Set in the beautiful Essex/Hertfordshire countryside near the renowned Lea Valley regional nature park, you will be truly spoilt for choice for things to see and do locally from fantastic scenic walks, horse riding, water sports, boating, golfing and fishing on the stunning Dobbs Weir and nearby lakes, all within walking distance. A perfect spot for picnics or a spot of pub lunch by the nearby waterside. Slightly further afield you can reach London by train in less than half an hour. Stansted airport is just 28 minutes by car. Food and groceries can be pre-ordered on request.
    £89
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  • The Oast House, EssexInstant Book Overlay ImageNew In Overlay Image
    Welcome to your charming retreat in the heart of Saffron Walden, where history meets modern comfort. This inviting one-bedroom Oast house offers a serene escape just a stone’s throw away from the iconic Audley House. Nestled amidst picturesque countryside, this accommodation seamlessly combines the rustic charm of a traditional Oast house with contemporary amenities. As you step through the welcoming doorway, you’re greeted by a cosy living space that exudes warmth and relaxation. The interior boasts a harmonious blend of tasteful furnishings that create an inviting atmosphere. There is a small balcony to sit on with a glass of your favourite tipple and if you do not fancy the short stroll then you can sit and listen to some of the glorious music from Audley End House. The kitchen, though compact, is well-equipped with modern appliances, allowing you to whip up delicious meals with ease. The bedroom is a haven of tranquillity, adorned with soft linens and plush pillows on the comfortable bed.
    There is no garden area around the property, however, but there are plenty of dog walks and a beautiful large common just off the centre of the town, which is a fantastic meeting place; the town is also very dog friendly in terms of pubs, cafés and tea rooms.
    The Oast House is ideally located, allowing you to explore the nearby Audley House at your leisure. Immerse yourself in its rich history and elegant architecture, a testament to the grandeur of a bygone era. The medieval town of Saffron Walden with its array of shops, bars, restaurants and museum is a short stroll away. A walk around the Saturday market is perfect. If you fancy a day at the coast the pop along to Mersea Island. Mersea gets cut off for about an hour when there is a very high tide, usually once a month, so it’s worthwhile checking the tides, all adding to the uniqueness and charm. It is a beautiful island with lots of coastal and nature walks, seafood restaurants with the famous Mersea oysters, delis, takeaways, supermarket and child friendly pubs with craft beer. Why not visit Mersea Island vineyard and brewery where a beer festival is held at Easter and you can buy real ale, wines and even Mersea Island gin. The Mersea Regatta, which has been running since 1838, is held every August and should not be missed. There is a variety of rowing races, an outboard motor balloon race, swimming race and ‘walking The Greasy Pole’ and ends in a firework display in the evening. Just a bit further the popular seaside towns of Clacton, Frinton and Walton are great for a traditional day at the seaside, with amusements on the pier and lovely walks along the sea wall. For more traditional seaside fun with amusements and candy floss then Southend on Sea or Clacton is ideal. Pop on a train to London for a trip to the theatre, shopping in famous Oxford Street or have a lovely meal. Experience the fusion of history and comfort in this unique accommodation, where you can create cherished memories amidst the beauty of the Essex countryside.
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  • Baytree Cottage 2, EssexInstant Book Overlay Image
    4.00
    Located in the quaint village of Birch, these semi-detached, cosy cottages (31049 and 31050) have been built with the purpose of a holiday home in mind. Adjacent to the owner’s home, both properties comfortably sleep 2 guests with the option of extra guests with the sofa bed in the living space. Wood burners give a warm and welcoming feel to the cottages which have a contemporary theme throughout. It is a good base for exploring Essex and Suffolk, birdwatching on the nearby nature reserves, sea angling from Mersea Island, or just enjoying the local beaches and countryside. Close to Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town with a castle, museums, art gallery, many Roman remains, a good shopping centre, Colchester Zoo and a mainline rail link to London (40 minutes). Mersea Island is 8 miles away for its locally caught fish and oysters, as well as its sailing and beaches. Within easy driving distance are the popular sightseeing destinations of Flatford Mill, Lavenham, Finchingfield and Kersey. Shop 4 miles, real ale pub serving food 300 yards.
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  • Evie Rose Cottage, EssexInstant Book Overlay Image
    4.00
    Surrounded by 6 acres of paddock and woodland, Evie Rose Cottage is a stable conversion which is semi-detached with the owners’ home, and offers a private bolthole, making it a perfect base for touring the area or just relaxing by the fire. It has been restored, decorated and furnished to a good standard and is a quaint, comfortable property.
    Located next door to a state of the art, brand new driving range which is flood lit for guests to enjoy; 9-hole golf course, adventure golf, club house with bar and restaurant, plus a well-equipped gym (at cost). Pets are welcome too, so why not bring along your 4-legged friend and enjoy the open space? A village shop, hairdressers, post office, pub and takeaway can be found within 1 mile, whilst the village of Stansted, 3 miles, has a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. Local attractions include Audley End House, Stansted Mountfitchet Castle and Toy Museum, and Hatfield Forest. Also nearby are many attractive historic villages, including Thaxted and Finchingfield. There are also excellent train links from Elsenham train station, 1½ miles, to Cambridge 30 minutes and London 45 minutes and only 2 miles from Stansted airport. Shop 1 mile, pub ½ mile and restaurant ¼ mile.
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  • Oasis, EssexInstant Book Overlay Image
    5.00
    Oasis is a stunning end of terrace cottage which has been lovingly updated and extended to a high standard. It is perfect for families and couples wanting to explore the Essex countryside. Oasis is a gem with a fabulous open plan modern living space, featuring underfloor heating, a 43” Smart TV, Laura Ashley leather sofas and a large snuggler armchair. The dining area can easily seat eight, and the kitchen is well-equipped. There is also a cosy snug with an ornate wood burner, 46” Smart TV and a chaise-style couch and armchair. From here a door leads to some steep, 18th-century stairs to two of the bedrooms, which both have casement windows with lovely views over the front garden and village street. The snug also leads to a wet room with a multi-jet ’tower’ shower, and a utility room with a washing machine, tumble dryer and a butler sink, and there is a half size door through to to a patio area and garden.
    Upstairs there is a master bedroom with Juliet balcony and stunning views over the garden. The generous 1/3-acre garden is laid mainly to lawn, with a variety of mature trees, including ash, birch, horse chestnut, walnut, palm trees and various fruit trees. The rear garden is enclosed, whilst the side garden is laid to gravel and provides parking for five cars.
    Bradwell-on-Sea is a friendly unspoilt village located on the Dengie Peninsular. Here you will find the oldest chapel in England (St.Peter’s) dating back to 653 AD. There are excellent water sports available on the Blackwater estuary and nearby attractions include RHS Hyde Hall, and the town of Maldon with boat trips and fantastic splash parks for children. Beach 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.
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  • Flat 19 By The Beach, EssexInstant Book Overlay Image
    4.00
    A contemporary, first-floor apartment overlooking the sea in Harwich, Essex. Open-plan living. Close to beach and amenities. Bedroom with en-suite. Clacton-on-Sea 15.9 miles; Colchester 18.9 miles.
    £81
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  • River View, EssexInstant Book Overlay Image
    Manningtree, England
    Bring the whole family to this relaxing home ideal for exploring the Suffolk countryside. Sleeping nine guests across five bedrooms. Saskia’s Place is a stylish, comfortable holiday home, located in the village of Brantham.
    There is also a cloakroom, shower room, kitchen, dining room and a sitting room with a gas fire and panoramic views of the countryside and river stour. There is a large, enclosed garden, featuring a large hot tub and outdoor seating area, as well as off-road parking for two cars.
    Saskia’s Place is the perfect location for an indulgent escape to Suffolk. Brantham village has a small village shop which is open daily. Larger supermarkets and shops can be found in Manningtree, Ipswich, and Colchester. A few minutes’ walk from the cottage is the Brantham Bull pub, an inn dating from the 16th century.
    Jimmy’s Farm, owned and run by Jamie Oliver’s friend Jimmy Doherty, is off the A137 to Ipswich at Wherstead. You can take a trip to Alton Water, a large reservoir, with nature trails, cycle hire, sailing and footpaths.
    There are several attractions in the towns of Ipswich and Colchester, including a Norman Castle, Roman ruins, and a zoo, while historic Ipswich is home to the historic Christchurch Mansion, as well as a newly revitalized waterfront. For security purposes the owner has CCTV installed covering the exterior of the property.
    No single sex groups, hen or stag parties permitted.
    £102
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    Charming Grade II listed Sail Loft on Maldon’s historic quay. Nestled along the picturesque quayside of Maldon, Essex, this property invites you to experience the timeless allure of this historic maritime town. This beautifully restored and carefully curated property traditional in its style, with a wealth of beams offering an idyllic retreat for couples and adventurers seeking a unique escape. As you step through the entrance, you’ll be greeted by the authentic atmosphere of maritime history. The exposed beams, original wooden flooring and nautical accents are a testament to the loft’s past, while tasteful furnishings ensure your stay is comfortable and stylish.
    The property features a spacious bedroom area with a sumptuous kingsize bed, offering a cosy haven for a restful night’s sleep. Wake up to the gentle lapping of the river and the soft glow of the morning sun through the windows. The soothing decor and charming details create an atmosphere of tranquillity, making it the perfect retreat after a day of exploration. The open-plan living area boasts comfortable seating, a double sofa bed, a large dining table and kitchen area. There is an outside utility room which also has a shower, ideal for washing down your pets or children after a day in the water.
    The Sail Loft’s location couldn’t be more enchanting. It overlooks the quayside, offering you a front-row seat to the ebb and flow of life along the river. From here you can also watch the annual firework display or join in the Maldon mud race. Sip your morning coffee as fishing boats bob gently on the water and watch the sunset cast a warm glow over the historic town.
    Maldon is renowned for its maritime heritage and offers a charming array of shops, cafés and restaurants, all a short stroll away. This quintessential English town has much to offer, including traditional pubs and ancient architecture. Stroll along the quay and watch the famous Thames sailing barges, visit the Maldon Promenade Park, or take a scenic boat trip along the Blackwater estuary. There are plenty of walks along the Blackwater estuary where you will see beautiful wildlife.
    A visit to Colchester is a perfect way to spend the day. Visit the famous castle, zoo or stroll around the shops then stop for a bite to eat in the many cafés and restaurants. There are many pretty Essex villages to enjoy just a short distance away. Just a 30-minute drive will take you to Mersea Island which is famous for its oysters, check the tide times though as it gets cut off at high tide. The Combined Military Museum is a very interesting place to visit. The Sail Loft is the perfect relaxing retreat by the water and can be booked together with Cos I Can (UK45570) to accommodate up to 8 guests.
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