Thinking about a holiday in Essex? Essex offers a rich tapestry of everything that makes Britain great. The county's gently rolling green landscape is speckled with picturesque towns and villages which have inspired a range of well-known artists and gardeners to work their magic. Scattered throughout the county are many famous gardens, country parks and nature reserves that are all well worth a visit. The green countryside contrasts sharply with the vast coastline which is over 350 miles long. Vibrant seaside towns merge with quiet, isolated beaches that in turn become networks of tidal inlets and estuaries, rich in wildlife and perfect for a relaxing day out or a short break away.

Must see attractions in Essex

Essex is a county of contrasts with a wealth of hidden treasures to be explored.

Audley End House is just one hidden gem of Essex. It is a massive Jacobean house set deep in the Essex countryside and yet a short drive from London.

Others include Hylands House in Chelmsford, a neo-classical style villa in around 500 acres of landscape; Layer Marney Tower near Colchester, which was built in the reign of Henry VIII; Ingatestone Hall, built in the 16th century by Sir William Petre, Secretary of State to no less than four monarchs, and whose family still live there today.

The Naze Tower is an historic landmark dramatically situated on the cliffs at the Naze. The 86ft tall octagonal tower has played an important part in maritime history and is grade II* listed, as the only building of its type and era in the country.The Tower is located at the Naze an attractive natural coastal location popular with the public for leisure pursuits. There is lots to explore - beach, cliff and seawall walks, a nature reserve and two SSSI's (Site of Special Scientific Interest).

Colchester Castle Museum, Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe.

A visit to Colchester Castle is now bigger, brighter and better than ever before, with brand new interactive displays including new finds and star exhibits. There are regular family events to keep the children occupied and expert led tours can be booked for a small charge.

Whether you are looking to book a short break in North Essex or are thinking of unlocking the potential of your property in this area give valentines a call, we are more than happy to help.