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Perfectly placed on the Essex Sunshine Coast, Brightlingsea Holiday Park is a perfect coastal haven for you and your family.
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Coopers Beach

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Perched on the shores of Mersea Island near Colchester, Coopers Beach Holiday Park is a jewel in the crown of holiday destinations.
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Highfield Grange, positioned in the vibrant county of Essex, offers a comprehensive holiday experience with its array of on-site facilities and convenient access to local attractions.
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Naze Marine Holiday Park, situated in Essex, is a family-oriented destination offering a variety of activities and facilities designed to cater to guests of all ages.
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The Essex Country Club is beautifully set within the grounds of an 18-hole Championship golf course.
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Valley Farm Holiday Park in Essex offers a welcoming retreat for families and visitors seeking a balance of relaxation and activity in their holiday experience.
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Warren Lodges

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Warren Lodges is part of our Evermore Lodge Holidays Collection, an idyllic rural retreat nestling in 325 acres of exquisite countryside and woodland within the Warren Golf and Country Club.
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Essex Visitor's Guide

Welcome to Essex, a county where vibrant coastal life meets serene countryside. Dive into a fresh seafood platter in Leigh-on-Sea, or sip on fine English wine at a local vineyard. Thrill-seekers can tackle water sports at Southend, while nature lovers explore the vast wetlands of the Essex Wildlife Trust reserves. For a unique stay, choose a cosy lodge or cabin, perfect for couples seeking a quiet retreat, families on an action-packed holiday, or a group of friends planning a fun escape. Did you know? Essex is home to the oldest recorded town in Britain, Colchester. Discover Essex, where memories await.

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in Essex?

Essex is a county that surprises you. It's not just about the reality TV show glitz; it's a place with a rich tapestry of history, from Roman conquests to Saxon settlements. In 2024, Essex is upping the ante with fresh attractions and events. The Epping Ongar Railway is hosting vintage events, and the Chelmsford City Racecourse is introducing new family days. Lodge breaks in Essex offer a homely feel that hotels often can't match, plus the freedom to explore at your own pace. Essex is unique for its blend of countryside, coastal retreats, and vibrant towns. You can visit the historic Colchester Castle by day and enjoy Southend's modern seafront by night.

If you're visiting Essex with kids

Absolutely, Essex is a playground for the little ones. Adventure Island in Southend-on-Sea offers thrills with its rides, and Colchester Zoo is a must-visit, with its wide range of animals and interactive experiences. Lodges give families the space to spread out and the flexibility to cater to unpredictable schedules – nap times and early dinners are easier to manage. Plus, the self-catering aspect means you can keep fussy eaters happy with home-cooked meals.

  1. Comfortable walking shoes for the whole family
  2. Swimwear for beach days or pool facilities
  3. Sunscreen and hats for protection during outdoor adventures
  4. Raincoats and wellies – just in case!
  5. Any favourite toys or games for quiet evenings in
  6. Portable snacks for day trips
  7. Camera or smartphone for capturing memories

Pet Friendly Essex Adventures

Essex is a haven for pets, with plenty of open spaces to run around and lodges that welcome furry friends. Look for lodges with enclosed gardens to give you peace of mind. The county boasts pet-friendly pubs and eateries like The Owl in Loughton or The Cricketers in Clavering, where your dog can relax by your side as you enjoy a meal. A top tip: always check the lodge's pet policy to avoid any surprises.

Dog walking ideas in Essex

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Hadleigh Country Park 3 Woodland & Coastal SS7 2PP
Walton-on-the-Naze 2.5 Beach & Cliffs CO14 8ES
Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation Varies Canal Path CM2 6NX
Epping Forest Varies Ancient Woodland IG10 4AF
Thorndon Country Park 5 Woodland & Meadows CM13 3RZ

Essex is a county that's full of surprises, with a rich history and a variety of experiences for families and pet owners alike. Whether you're exploring ancient woodlands, enjoying the seaside, or attending vibrant events, a lodge break here offers the freedom and comfort to make the most of your stay.

Romantic Breaks for Couples

If you're looking to fan the flames of love, Essex has some top-notch lodges that are perfect for couples seeking a romantic getaway. Imagine unwinding in a secluded lodge, complete with a hot tub under the stars – it's the ultimate in relaxation and romance. Many lodges offer pamper packs upon arrival, setting the mood with bubbles, chocolates, and scented candles.

For those who enjoy being pampered, some lodges in Essex are situated near spas, offering couples massages and treatments. Dining out is also a treat, with many lodges having partnerships with local eateries, providing a romantic setting for a meal for two. Think about places like The Magic Mushroom Restaurant or Le Bouchon Brasserie for an intimate dinner.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

Essex is a treasure trove of culinary experiences with its fresh seafood and traditional English dishes. The county is known for its oysters, especially from Mersea Island. For a family-friendly dining experience, check out The Cricketers in Clavering – it's got a great vibe and menu that caters to all ages. Couples might prefer the more intimate setting of The Company Shed in West Mersea, where the seafood is as fresh as it gets.

For a good night out

When the sun sets, Essex comes alive with a variety of night-out options. For a traditional pub experience, The Sun Inn in Dedham is highly recommended, boasting great reviews for its atmosphere and local ales. If you're after something more upbeat, Chinnerys in Southend-on-Sea is the go-to for live music and a buzzing scene.


Essex is a haven for anglers, with numerous lakes and rivers offering a peaceful fishing experience. Here's a list of some prime fishing spots:

  • Chigborough Fisheries - CM9 4RE
  • Colne Valley Fisheries - CO6 2JZ
  • Lake John Fishery - EN9 2BJ
  • Arran's Lake - CM3 6PZ
  • Willow Park Fishery - CM3 8HX

Outdoor Adventures

For adrenaline junkies, Essex offers a plethora of outdoor activities. Essex Outdoors is the go-to place, offering everything from archery to zip-lining. Water sports enthusiasts can head to Aqua Park Essex for some inflatable obstacle course fun. Prices vary, but you can expect to pay around £15-£30 for most activities, with seasonal opening times typically from March to October.

Shopping and Souvenirs

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Lakeside Shopping Centre Shopping Centre High-street and designer brands RM20 2ZP
Bond Street Luxury Shopping Boutiques and upscale brands CM1 1GD
Colchester's Red Lion Yard Historic Market Independent shops and vintage goods CO1 1DX
Clacton Factory Outlet Outlet Shopping Discounted brands CO15 4TL
Leigh-on-Sea Broadway High Street Boutiques, cafes, and gifts SS9 1PA

Essex offers a diverse range of shopping experiences, from the vast Lakeside Shopping Centre to the quaint boutiques of Leigh-on-Sea Broadway. Whether you're after high-street fashion, designer labels, or unique gifts, there's something for everyone.

Top lodge breaks for 2024 in Essex

Warren Lodges, Essex

Driving Distance: About 11 minutes (4.48 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Warren Lodges offers a serene getaway nestled in 325 acres of stunning countryside within the Warren Golf and Country Club, complete with native deer, luxurious lodges, and sumptuous outdoor hot tubs.

Who will love these lodges? Warren Lodges is a sanctuary for those seeking tranquillity and indulgence. It's perfect for families, couples, and golf enthusiasts looking for a picturesque retreat with the convenience of London just an hour away.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite, guests can enjoy the indoor heated pool, gym, and a range of golfing facilities including a driving range and putting green. For dining and entertainment, there's a charming period clubhouse and sports bar with Sky TV.

What's nearby? Nearby Burnham on Crouch, known as the 'Cowes of the East', is bustling during yachting season and is just a short drive away. Chelmsford, with direct trains to London, is 6 miles away.

Accommodation options: Warren Lodges offers the Orchard and Bassetts accommodations, catering to groups of 4 and 6 respectively. Both options are pet friendly, and the Orchard features a luxury outdoor hot tub.

The Essex Golf and Country Club, Essex

Driving Distance: About 28 minutes (16.66 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Set within an 18-hole Championship golf course, The Essex Golf and Country Club offers a blend of leisure and luxury with an Aura Spa, indoor pool, and a selection of beauty treatments.

Who will love these lodges? Ideal for golf lovers and those in need of pampering, this resort caters to active guests and relaxation-seekers alike. Families and couples will find the facilities and serene setting to their liking.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Besides golfing, guests can enjoy the indoor heated pool, spa treatments, gym, and tennis courts. The bar and restaurant provide excellent dining options.

What's nearby? The lodge is well-placed for exploring the local countryside or taking a short trip to nearby towns for additional dining and shopping experiences.

Accommodation options: Accommodations include the Coggeshall Lodge Pet and Chappel Lodge Pet, both welcoming up to two pets and featuring outdoor hot tubs, with options for groups of 4 or 6.

Please note that the following lodges are not located in Essex, but rather in Edinburgh & the Borders. If you are looking for lodges specifically in Essex, you may want to consider the first two options provided above. If you are open to exploring lodges outside of Essex, the following information will be relevant.

Thirlestane Woodland Lodges, Edinburgh & the Borders

Driving Distance: About 35 minutes (23.36 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Thirlestane Woodland Lodges are set within the Lauderdale Estate, offering guests a chance to immerse themselves in nature with scenic views, walking routes, and private hot tubs.

Who will love these lodges? Outdoor enthusiasts and families will adore these lodges for their proximity to walking trails, golf courses, and the opportunity to fish on the River Tweed.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Guests can explore the estate with a complimentary grounds pass, enjoy the private hot tubs, and visit Thirlestane Castle for guided tours.

What's nearby? The Scottish Borders town of Lauder is nearby, offering eateries, a golf course, and a gallery. Edinburgh is less than an hour's drive away for a city day out.

Accommodation options: Options such as the Hunters Lodge and Heron Lodge offer luxurious stays for groups of 4 or 6, with pet-friendly choices and modern amenities.

Coopers Beach, Essex

Driving Distance: About 41 minutes (23.58 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 8 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Coopers Beach Holiday Park is a seaside escape on Mersea Island, offering direct beach access, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and family entertainment.

Who will love these lodges? Families and beach lovers will find Coopers Beach ideal for a traditional seaside holiday with plenty of activities for all ages.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The park features tennis courts, an adventure playground, and an entertainment venue. The Boathouse Bar and Restaurant serves delicious meals with sea views.

What's nearby? Cudmore Grove Country Park is a short walk away, and West Mersea offers sandy beaches and seaside fun.

Accommodation options: The Dove Lodge and Linnet Lodge can accommodate up to 8 guests, with modern facilities and verandas for outdoor relaxation. Note that these lodges are not pet friendly.


This is our first lodge break, what will it be like?

Expect a cosy retreat with all the comforts of home, often surrounded by tranquil nature. Many lodges in Essex offer modern amenities like fully equipped kitchens, spacious living areas, and sometimes even private hot tubs. It's a chance to unwind and enjoy the countryside or coastal views.

What should I pack when visiting Essex?

Pack for comfort and the season. Bring layers for changeable weather, walking boots for exploring the countryside, and swimwear for hot tubs or coastal visits. Don't forget a camera to capture the scenic views and any personal items you need for a self-catering stay.

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in Essex provide on-site parking, often right outside your accommodation. It's super convenient for unloading your gear and perfect for those planning to explore the county by car. Do check with your specific lodge as some may have designated parking areas.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

Rain can't spoil the fun in Essex! Lodges often come with entertainment systems, board games, and cosy spaces to relax. Nearby, you'll find indoor attractions like the Colchester Zoo or the Sea Life Adventure in Southend-on-Sea to keep everyone entertained.

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

Absolutely! Many local restaurants and takeaways in Essex offer delivery services to lodges. Plus, services like Just Eat or Deliveroo often operate in these areas. For a special treat, some lodges even offer hampers or private chef services – just ask when booking.

Is Essex a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Essex is a year-round destination with each season offering its own charm. Off-season visits mean fewer crowds and often better deals on lodges. Enjoy crisp winter walks, autumnal landscapes, and cosy evenings by the fire. Plus, many local attractions stay open all year.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Definitely. Lodges with hot tubs in Essex pride themselves on hygiene. Your hot tub will be thoroughly cleaned and water quality checked before your arrival. So, you can slip into the bubbles with peace of mind, knowing it's all been taken care of.

Are there any pet-friendly lodges in Essex?

Yes, there are plenty of pet-friendly options for lodge breaks in Essex. Places like Lee Wick Farm and Blakes Lodges welcome furry friends, so they can join in on the adventure. Always check the lodge's pet policy before booking to ensure a smooth stay.

What local attractions are near lodges in Essex?

You're spoilt for choice! From the historic Colchester Castle to the serene Dedham Vale, there's plenty to explore. For family fun, check out Adventure Island in Southend. Nature lovers will adore the walking trails at Hanningfield Reservoir.

How accessible are lodges for those with mobility issues?

Many lodges in Essex cater to guests with mobility concerns, offering features like ramp access, ground floor bedrooms, and walk-in showers. It's best to discuss your specific needs when booking to ensure the lodge is fully equipped to provide a comfortable stay.

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