Enjoy Summer in an Essex Hotel

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What This County Has to Offer

Essex has something for everyone, from shops to history. It’s also home to a wide range of hotels and holiday properties too.

Essex is a beautiful county, and there’s no better time to visit than during the summer. The cities and towns are full of things to see and do; and the stunning countryside always looks its best in the warmer season. So it’s only natural that plenty of tourists head to Essex during the summer months. If you’re planning on joining them, where should you base yourself during your visit? Well, there are some great places to stay in the area, from chic boutique hotels to idyllic cottages.


Colchester is a historic city that dates back to the times of the Roman Empire. There’s lots to do in the area, from soaking up some of that history in one of the museums to hitting the shops. Oh, and there’s a fantastic zoo too. Head a little further out into the countryside and you’ll find Castle Hedingham, a charming village. Make sure to visit the local castle while you’re there. One of the best places to stay in the area is the Prested Hall Hotel. Here you’ll find a great spa and some fantastic leisure facilities – so it really does suit everyone.


Braintree is a shopper’s paradise. It’s home to Freeport, a great designer outlet village where you can pick up some great bargains. There are some great little beauty spots too. Both Cressing Temple and Braintree & Bocking Public Gardens are great places for an afternoon stroll – as is nearby Finchingfield, often referred to as the most beautiful village in England.  If you’re looking for somewhere to call home during your visit, look no further than the Panfield House Hotel in Braintree, a fully serviced cottage. It’s the perfect place to kick back and relax after a long day.


Halstead is located right in the heart of Essex, and is surrounded by stunning countryside. The town itself has a pretty high street, with a number of high street shops and independent boutiques for visitors to choose from. There are also plenty of pubs and cafés to sit down and have something to eat and drink in. If you’re planning to stay for a little while, book Mashay Cottage for a few days. It’s been lovingly decorated and has a really cosy atmosphere – making it perfect for a relaxed weekend away.

Saffron Walden

Saffron Walden is a favourite of tourists, thanks to its beautiful traditional buildings and the bustling local market. It’s also boasts some of the county’s most beautiful buildings in Audley End House and St Mary’s Church – perfect for history buffs. It’s home to a lovely boutique hotel too – The Cross Keys. This charming little hotel has beautifully decorated rooms as well as lively restaurant and coffee shop.

Where will you choose?

So there you have it – the most charming hotels in Essex. Whether you’re looking for a weekend of pampering or want to relax at your own pace in a self-catering retreat, Essex is a county that really does offer it all. With so much to see and do in the area too, there’s never been a better time to visit than this summer. So you better get booking fast!

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