8 weekend retreats in Essex you need to visit

Check out these getaways in Essex

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We have found 8 unique getaways all around Essex from grand hotels to cabins on the river, from luxurious spas to glamping holidays, we have it all


The Luxury Historic Hotel

Contemporary blends seamlessly with the historic in the Grade II listed Wivenhoe House in Colchester which was originally built in 1759. The stunning refurbished rooms will ensure a luxurious weekend that will make you feel like you’re walking through a Constable painting when you stroll through the picturesque grounds.


The Modern Beach Hotel

You can’t get a hotel much closer to the sea than Roslin Hotel in Thorpe Bay. Enjoy your breakfast whilst gazing out over the point where the River Thames meets the North Sea or feel like Miss Marple enjoying an afternoon tea with fine bone china and delicious food.


The Spa Hotel

With a spa, a gym and even a hair salon at your fingertips, nobody can resist the relaxing charms of the grand Orsett Hall. With over 40 unique rooms and 12 acres of gardens to peruse, it’s not hard to give in to the serenity.



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The Spa Retreat

Located just two miles from Colchester, you can be relaxing all day in the Clarice House spa with treatments such as facials, massages, manicures and so much more before enjoying the night life of the city. There’s a swimming pool, spa bath, sauna, classes and you can top it all off with an afternoon tea.


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The Glamping Escape

Far from being a fad, glamping is merely an elevated form of camping and it seems there’s no better place for it than at Lee Wick Farm in St. Osyth. With accommodation including the Cart Lodge, a spacious cabin that sleeps 11 – 12 people and has views over the sea, or Megapods for the full “glamping” experience, which can sleep two adults and two children comfortably for a cosy night’s stay.

The Cabin on the River

For a true taste of the outdoors, you have to book a weekend on The Raft at Chigborough Farm. This “floating” wooden cabin has two stories and with practically panoramic views from within, you will really feel immersed in nature. Wake up to bird song, go fishing on the river or explore the wildlife, for a therapeutic weekend that will leave you feeling at one with the flora and fauna.

The Country Bed and Breakfast

This building, once a 15th century Tudour farmhouse is now a wonderful boutique bed and breakfast in the beautiful Essex countryside. For a peaceful, home away from home weekend break, why not visit Channels Lodge in Little Waltham that even has a restaurant and bar to indulge yourself on an evening.

The “Amazing Place”

To really escape from the hustle and bustle of every day life, visit That Amazing Place. Formerly a monastery in the 15th century, this uniquely named hotel and spa retreat has been refurbished with gorgeous boutique rooms nestled in the Essex countryside.

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