If you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life for the weekend, Essex could be the perfect retreat. Bordering London, the county is home to 350 miles of coastline, beautiful woodlands and even Britain's first city - Colchester. Foodies will enjoy indulging in oysters on Mersea Island or visiting Tiptree's famous tearooms for afternoon tea. Visit stately homes, castles and gardens - and learn more about Essex's long history.

Our experts have carefully curated the best Essex hotels - ranging from cosy inns to luxury country house hotels, and whether you're looking for a couples retreat, a family-friendly getaway or somewhere dog-friendly so your pet pooch can come too. View our hand-picked hotels in Essex.

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