Take time to completely unwind at The Essex, found in the picturesque countryside of Earls Colne near Colchester, the former capital of Roman Britain and a thriving town with popular attractions including Colchester Zoo and Colchester Castle. Enjoy our fantastic fitness facilities, including a modern gym, 20m pool indoor and outdoor tennis courts in addition to our superb 18 hole championship course and 9 hole short course. Or relax in our Aura Spa. Whatever the perfect trip looks like to you, discover your you place at one of our premium hotels.

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The Essex is home to spacious Deluxe Rooms, Double Rooms and Accessible Rooms, including child-friendly family rooms that offer a blend of luxury and comfort.

Guests at The Essex hotel are invited to enjoy our state-of-the-art health & fitness facilities including gym, swimming pool, sauna and steam room.

For an additional fee, book a round of golf on our 18-hole or 9-hole course.

Pamper yourself with a relaxing, luxurious treatment from our Aura Spa. We offer a wide range of treatments from Elemis and Jessica, carried out by expert therapists. Please book well in advance to avoid disappointment. 

  • 18-hole Championship Golf Course
  • 9-hole Golf Course
  • Strike Shack Driving Range
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Spa, Sauna, Steam Room & Hydro Pool
  • State-of-the-art Gym
  • Restaurants

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Keep active with our Technogym powered fitness centre, which overlooks our pristine golf courses and compliment every workout with a tranquil soak in our wet spa and hydro pool. 

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    Health & Fitness

  • 18 Hole Golf Course

    18 Hole Golf Course

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Golf Breaks in Essex

The jewels of Essex are our superb golf courses. The Essex is home to an incredible championship golf course and 9-hole golf course. 

Our 18-hole championship course provides a challenge for advanced and beginners alike.

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Strike Shack

Practice your game and warm up before your round of golf at our Strike Shack Driving Range. Located at The Essex, Strike Shack offers more than a driving range. Track every strike on a Toptracer-powered driving range, relax in comfortable heated bays and order some delicious food at the nearby Club House and drink as you watch the action unfold.

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When you book direct with us we promise you will receive:

  • Receive a complimentary drink on arrival when booking via our website*
  • Guaranteed Double for Single Occupancy when booked 24+ hours in advance
  • We will price match Online Travel Agent Rates
  • Complimentary Upgrade on the day if available

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  • Complimentary Drink*

    Complimentary Drink*

  • Price Match*

    Price Match*

  • Free Upgrade*

    Free Upgrade*

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Enjoy complimentary access to our gym, swimming pool and sauna when you book to stay.

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Our fully refundable rate gives you total peace of mind, cancel up to 24 hours prior to arrival for no cost

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Our non-refundable rate gives you 10% off when you book

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Things To Do In Essex

  • ​Colchester Zoo

    ​Colchester Zoo

    Colchester Zoo is the perfect place to visit with all the family. Visit the array of animals from all parts of the globe.

    30 min drive.

  • ​The National Trust Ickworth House

    ​The National Trust Ickworth House

    The National Trust Ickworth House, Park & Gardens is a stunning estate with many things on offer, one being a fantastic adventure playground for the children and a range of nature trails for everyone to enjoy.

    1 hour drive.

  • ​Adventure Island

    ​Adventure Island

    Adventure Island is free entry to all, with an array of rides and attractions on offer, such as the Big Adventure rides including the Dragon's Claw, Rage and Vortex. There are also rides for the younger children like the Cow Jump, Over the Hill and Dragon.

    1 hour drive.

  • National Horse Racing Museum

    National Horse Racing Museum

    This is a must-see attraction if you are into horse racing. Learn all about Horse Racing and take a guided tour around the museum, or even walk through the museum yourself if you choose to do so.

    1 hour drive.

Getting Around

  • <strong>Free Parking</strong><p>On-Site Parking</p>

    Free Parking

    On-Site Parking

  • <strong>Kelvedon Station</strong> <p>21 Minute Drive</p>

    Kelvedon Station

    21 Minute Drive

  • <strong>Stansted (STN)</strong><p>43 Minute Drive</p>

    Stansted (STN)

    43 Minute Drive

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*Book Direct Promise Terms & Conditions - One glass of house Red/White, One glass of Draught Beer, One Spirit (Smirnoff Vodka, Captain Morgans, Gordons Gin with Mixer) per adult and a soft drink for Children. Voucher must be redeemed at time of stay. In order to obtain complimentary drink, the voucher must be handed to the bar upon ordering). This offer only applies to our best available rates and excludes promotions or negotiated corporate rates. Online price matching will be based on the same room type for the same stay dates and number of people, at the time of booking.