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  • Holiday Lets

    Holiday let locations in Essex?

    Does anyone have a list of towns you would suggest for holiday let’s in Essex?

    (*Moderator note:  This is a new thread following drift on another topic*).

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    No, I don't Essex.  But there are surely plenty in Essex that meet the following criteria:

    ​1.  Within a 1.5 hour drive of a major city - to capitalise on the long weekender trend.

    2.  A year-round programme of activities and events in the area to increase occupancy into the low-season months.

    3.  A great safe and sandy beach for families to enjoy.

    4.  Fine dining options in the area.

    5.  A property that is externally attractive, or has great sea views, that will stand out in marketing photos on the portals.

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    I don’t think Essex has as many places as you would first think.

    Southend is for your day trippers, Clacton has it share of holiday camps.

    Moving into Suffolk, some great places like Southwold but very expensive.

    Further up into Norwich there is Wells Next The Sea, again expensive and starts being a little far If wish to use yourself.

    Roads also become narrower and congested as you go further from London

    Maybe I am restricting myself to places I would like to stay rather than just looking at potential rental income.

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    What about places like Maldon, Tollesbury, and Mersea?  We visited them in our motorhome and saw lots of potential.

    Maybe some inspiration here:

    Pubs for Sunday lunch in Essex: 12 tasty places you should visit 

    Best cafes in Essex

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    Thanks for the suggestions.

    Interesting different perceptions of places.  Make reasonably regular day visits to Maldon and Heybridge Basin and hadn’t considered them as holiday places, Tollesbury, don’t remember there being much there, Mersea, only visited once, may be worth another visit.

    I’m not sure I would consider any of them as typical costal retreats as I would say Broadstairs, Southwold, Wells Next The Sea, Hunstanton or similar.

    I will be interested to see others views of the Essex coastline or if people would venture further afield.

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    They are not coastal retreats in the context of candy floss, funfairs, donkey rides, amusement parks etc. but I believe they have potential for those looking for a relaxing break - probably more suited to couples than families so a 2 bed house would be what I would be looking for in these areas, as may also appeal to couple with small child/baby.

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    .... and if financing is required, all areas mentioned so far are on our doorstep, so you can get qualified and expert advice from local Brokers too.

    Our Head Office is in Colchester and we have Advisers based in Southend, Clacton and also up and down the A12 from Dagenham, Upminster, Basildon through to north Essex as well.



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    Yes they may have that appeal, I am very risk adverse and lean to the traditional and what I understand, I perhaps lack the creative thinking.  Maybe I need to get out more.

    All suggestions welcome.

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    If we are to have hotter summers due to climate change caused by climate change cos the climate just changes as it always has without any effect from man then coastal property suitable for traditional holidays might be returning to pre-eminence.

    Make it cheaper than being able to fly abroad with all the hassle that involves and people will stay in the UK.

    But I reckon any coastal area is attractive.

    People just want to get away from the rat race for a few days. A walk on a beach and sea air is all they're after.

    Peace and quiet normally comes with coastal property.

    London is just too oppressive and so many seek a break from all that.

    So just look at any Essex coastal areas.

    They will be of interest to Londoners if easily reachable by car and possibly by train.

    I definitely believe coastal property is in for significant value uplift.

    It is not as though they can build much more; the sea being quite a factor here!

    There is a massive London catchment area that can reach the East coast in about 1.5 hrs.

    Of course the beauty of such coastal property is it can be changed almost at will to different tenure types giving total flexibility.

    Even the Stamford Hill Jewish community is moving out to Canvey Island due to unaffordable property prices.

     I would avoid Kent as that will soon become a giant lorry park

    Essex will be quieter

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    " I would avoid Kent as that will soon become a giant lorry park"!

    I'm guessing when we look back in 18months or so it will be fine.

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    Too right,  it's all "Project Fear" which is politically motivated.

    I wonder if the giant lorry park comes before or after the plague of locusts and World War Three?

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