Top 12 Airbnbs in Colchester - Updated 2021

airbnb Colchester, Great Britain

Want to explore a place where Roman Emperor Claudius once wielded power? Colchester is Britain’s oldest recorded town and former capital of England. Located in the county of Essex, where you can find lots of theme parks and amusement parks, this lovely town has so much to offer. With a rich history that dates back 2,000 years ago, Colchester offers visitors ancient sites, like the Roman Theater and St. Botolph’s Priory. Visitors will admire mosaics from Roman households at the Colchester Castle, the town’s top tourist attraction. The thriving town center, bordered by the Roman Wall in the country, offers plenty of lively attractions, as well as the green oasis of Castle Park. A gateway to picturesque villages, mind-blowing historical sites, and minutes from the coast, Colchester is ideal for a long weekend excursion or nice day trip. Whether you are looking for houses for rent in Colchester or budget-friendly rooms, this historic town offers plenty of accommodation options. Enhance your Colchester adventure, and check out the top Airbnbs in Colchester.

1. One-bedroom apartment for four (from USD 94)

This lovely apartment features one bedroom that can easily fit up to four guests. It is situated only 10 minutes away from the town center, allowing guests to explore with ease. There is free parking on the premises, so if you are planning to drive, you need not worry about where to park your vehicle. A washer and dryer unit is also available for your laundry needs.

Colchester, England, United Kingdom
58 reviews
Entire apartment 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
excellent apartment - calm peaceful serene relaxing ambience
lovely spacious apartment with scenic views and close to town
warm and comfortable and well enough equipped that you could cook full meals
and very clean flat
lovely clean and bright flat
clean stylish well appointed flat
very tidy clean immaculate flat
clean cozy and spacious
host friendly and helpful
any questions were answered quickly and efficiently by hosts
lovely flat helpful hosts couldn't ask for more than that
we had a lovely stay at flatfive tracey was a perfect host with quick responses
excellent host - proactive thoughtful and considerate
good location in colchester
in a good location
great location short walk to shops and restaurants
a lovely flat in a quiet area within walking distance of the main street
location is perfect for walks to town and the flat is in impeccable condition
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2. Compact coziness at Fawkes Perch (from USD 78)

About 24 minutes from Colchester lies the beautiful West Mersea seaside community and the lovely accommodation of Fawkes Perch. This studio apartment in Colchester on the ground floor boasts a comfortable double bed, large sofa bed, en-suite bathroom, and compact kitchen with a fridge and oven. Fresh flowers, tea, coffee, and milk are provided guests upon their arrival. Guests can relish strolls on gorgeous Monkey Beach, which is just a five-minute walk away. Explore the many restaurants, shops, and local pub scene from this rental.

Fawkes Perch
West Mersea, United Kingdom
147 reviews
Entire apartment 2 Beds 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the bed is very comfy and having a sofa and table and chairs is a nice addition
there is also an excellent choice of coffee shops serving great breakfasts within a 5 minute walk
lovely walk in shower en suite comfortable double bed and sofa bed for two
plenty of room for our two boys as well would definetly stay again
useful information book in apartment
clean and functional bathroom
very clean and nice big shower
the apartment was clean and well equipped
very clean everything what was needed
comfy clean and cosy
thank you gareth and your local host shelley
gareth was a friendly helpful host made us feel very welcome
the host is very helpful and always responded to all my queries
unmatched hospitality and helpful tips aplenty
gareth whom we only met briefly was a lovely host
excellent location walking distance to everything we needed
the location is great
excellent short stay location for couples close to sea
very close to everything you’d want to be close to but also tucked away nicely
great place in a great location
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3. Centrally located and cozy room in Victorian house (from USD 43)

This single bedroom is perfect for a solo or business traveler. The Victorian terraced house is found in the Cultural Quarter of Colchester, near art galleries, museums, shops, park, and the Castle. The beach is only 15 minutes away. Along the river, biking enthusiasts can enjoy the off-road cycle route to Wivenhoe, that’s also close by. Along with the lovely, quiet room, guests have free reign over the house’s bathroom, living room, kitchen, and courtyard garden with barbecue. Additional amenities include WiFi, linens/towels, and bicycle. Older travelers or those with limited mobility should be aware that the stairs of this classic Victorian house are quite steep and narrow.

Single Room in Central Town, Victorian House
Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom
178 reviews
Private room in house 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms
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Amenities & Room:
beautiful room with garden view
the room was a comfortable warm space to be in
room is perfect for commuters bed is lovely
great location for town centre and comfortable room with stylish furniture
the room is sara's place is nice and comfortable true to the pictures and description
bedroom is very clean
room very clean indeed good facilities
sara's place is lovely - clean comfy and well located
the room is clean and has all the required amenities
the room was cozy and clean
first class hospitality very good host
host is lovely and friendly
thanks to sarah for being a fantastic host
very good hospitality sara is a perfect host
sara was a great host
great location walking distance from all the attractions
very responsive and the location was ideal
great location at the heart of the town yet very quiet
excellent location close to the coach station shops restaurants attractions (some) all within walking distance
comfortable and pleasant surroundings great location for the town centre all in easy walking distance
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4. Stay in an 18th-century windmill! (from USD 74)

Looking for the best Airbnb in Colchester? This spacious, cozy, and secluded home is located in the market town of Sudbury, Suffolk, which is a 29-minute drive from Colchester. Dubbed as “artist’s retreat,” this room is housed in the windmill’s base. Heated by a wood-burning stove, fully stocked with wood, this rental has many sleep options that include a double bed, sofa bed, and an airman’s cot. There’s even a caravan parked outside that can accommodate two people. Guests have access to a private garden that features a barbecue. This lodging only offers breakfast and snacks, but a variety of food choices are nearby. A full-service bathroom, with a power shower, is located in the main house. The room itself offers a basic bathroom area for emergencies. Additional features include a galley kitchen with kettle, fridge, mini-stove, and microwave. Other amenities include WiFi, Bluetooth HiFi, HDTV, DVD, and Chromecast.

Ballingdon Mill Retreat; LDN 1hr20
Sudbury, Suffolk, United Kingdom
576 reviews
Windmill 5 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the wifi is very good in the mill
great wifi connection for using the chrome cast meant we could watch a film (without our kids ) easily
the boys loved the outdoor space and the chickens as well as the delicious breakfast at the cyclist
we loved the roaring wood burner and breakfast included was a nice extra
really special place was a real treat and felt so comfortable
very charming clean well organised
sumptuous pillows and bedding really clean smelling crisp linen
clean and tidy with a roaring wood burner lit for our arrival
friendly hosts clean and peaceful place great stay
bike storage is excellent and kept our tandem dry
owner is very nice and friendly
perfect hosts great local tips and immediate responses to communications
our hosts were accommodating approachable and knowledgeable of local area such as great walks and cycle routes
theodore is a friendly and attentive host and supplier of excellent flapjacks
a very charming little mill with welcoming hosts
such a great location
the location is good especially for walking
a real unique gem of a find great location
gorgeous location and a truly quirky place to stay
really different and interesting place to stay
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5. Unique flat in a converted Victorian schoolhouse (from USD 71)

With high ceilings and lots of storage space, this two-room flat in a former schoolhouse is ideal for the adventuresome traveler. Lovely hardwood floors and wood accents distinguish this self-contained flat near many of the town center’s attractions, like restaurant, shops, and galleries. Free WiFi is on hand along with complimentary coffee/tea. The kitchen is well-equipped with microwave, mini oven, fridge, and basic cookware. A TV set with a Blue-Ray video player is available in the bedroom/common area. The nicely tiled bath offers a great walk-in shower. The Roman Wall/Castle can be seen from across the road, and next door is the St. Botolph’s Priory ruin, so guests can get a taste of both the ancient and modern ambiance of Colchester.

self-catering flat towncentre east
Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom
137 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the apartment was equipped with all necessary equipment which makes your stay easy and pleasant
if you are a fan of grand designs you will love this place
had all of the amenities one would require very comfortable clean and spacious
the apartment was stunning with its private kitchen and bathroom
beautiful array of breakfast items left for us and communications great
it was clean and very well equipped
the flat is amazing and clean with everything that's needed
the flat was clean well organised and very well stocked
jo was very flexible with arrival times and everything was clean and well organised
comfy bed nice shower very clean
jo is a wonderful host
jo is a great host
excellent host situation changed quickly and she was adaptable and understanding
jo has been really helpful and accommodating throughout our stay and a really kind host
an excellent host jo was extremely helpful polite and considerate from start to finish
excellent location very close to the castle
close to colchester town railway station so easily accessible
great location close to the train station and hardly 5/10 mns walk from restaurants/pubs close by
nice place and good location
really beautiful building great location in town
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6. Quaint shepherd's hut with free parking (from USD 46)

This quaint shepherd’s hut has one bedroom with a cozy double bed, easily accommodating up to two guests. The rental has a dedicated workspace for guests who need to catch up on some work. The spacious outdoor area boasts comfortable seating, where you enjoy some lovely views while you have your morning coffee. WiFi is also available for those who want to stay updated on social media.

Shepard’s Hut in Small Orchard
Colchester , England, United Kingdom
109 reviews
Shepherd's hut 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
all facilities you need good wifi and washing machine and dryer
everything was very straightforward and the ‘kitchen‘ facilities were a pleasant surprise
lovely breakfast courtesy of andrew for a small charge
don't worry about storage because there is loads of room under the bed
comfortable bed and nice hot shower
place is clean and cosy
the pod was sparkling clean with towels and toiletries provided
clean comfortable bed nice area to sit outside
nice and clean slept well
very comfortable and clean place for a good stay
great hosts quick response to messages
the host was really friendly and helpful
welcoming and friendly hosts
andrew was a great host
andrew is a lovely host
a good location for walkers
good location close to the coast and nearby countryside walks
by far the best location in essex to stay
great quiet location in garden next to andrew's house
lovely little place right around the corner from the bus stop
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7. Double room with private en suite (from USD 42)

Located in a remote area of Colchester, this private room is within walking distance of the town’s center, where guests will find many great bars, local shops, and other fun diversions. A good restaurant pick is The Noodle House. If you’re in the mood for a nice steak, Beefeater is a great choice. The locale allows guests access to bus routes and the mainline station, so it is easy to get around. This room is simple, yet very cozy and comfortable. There’s a clean and tidy en-suite bathroom, offering a top-notch shower. Guests are allowed the use of the fridge and a kettle to make drinks, but full access is reserved for long-term visitors.

Double room with private ensuite
Colchester, United Kingdom
361 reviews
Private room in apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
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Amenities & Room:
good size bed and extremely comfortable
elaine's place is lovely quiet and comfortable with a nice view and close to the town centre
the room is good and the privat en-suit is great
excellent stay lovely comfortable room
comfortable private and cosy room with en-suite
a nice clean room with attached bathroom
very clean and tidy place to stay
nice and clean i had a very good and deep sleep
clean smart friendly and peaceful
a clean space with all needs met
elaine was an excellent host
good room nice host
elaine is a great host
elaine is a very kind and helpful host
elaine was more than helpful to accommodate my requests
place is great and location is very central
what a great place the location is a short walk from both the train station and town
the location is really good not far from the town center and the north station
location is great too and quiet
good location can easily walk into town quiet location and comfortable bed
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8. Colorful double bedroom with private bath

This accommodation is located in a peaceful neighborhood. It is just a five-minute walk to the train station and a 20-minute stroll to the town center, where guests can find plenty of fabulous shops and eateries. This homey, nicely furnished, and well-maintained home offers a lovely room on the ground floor, with a comfortable bed, sturdy desk, and pretty floral accents. Microwave, kettle, toaster, and refrigerator are the only appliances guests are allowed to use in the kitchen. No cooking or use of the washing machine is permitted.

Double bedroom with private bath.
130 reviews
Private room 1 Bed 2 Guests

9. Seamstress' bright and breezy room near train station

Clothing design fans will love this accommodation near the Colchester train station. The host is a seamstress and the room is also a space used for wedding dress fittings and the storage of showpieces, so expect to admire some beautiful dresses. The bed provided is a nice futon, and the room is bright and breezy. Roam the rest of the home with ease. The living room has a cozy sofa and there’s a TV, though it only plays DVDs. The renovated kitchen has everything you need for cooking. A dishwasher and washing machine are also available. The outdoor garden is a pretty highlight, and guests are allowed to smoke in this area.

Light airy room near train station
88 reviews
Private room 1 Bed 2 Guests

10. Middle of the action: High Street Colchester

This simple, yet comfy room in a modern apartment of a classic building offers a quiet atmosphere. Even though it is situated in the heart of Colchester’s High Street, in proximity to shops, evening venues, coffee houses, and restaurants, you can still get a good night’s rest here. The Castle and the bus and train stations are within walking distance. There are bus stops just across from the apartment. This spacious room has a splendid soft bed, and the fireplace is a relaxing and toasty highlight. Just like a nice, affordable hotel room, this rental also includes tea/coffee-making amenities and a mini-fridge.

High Street Colchester
19 reviews
Private room 1 Bed 2 Guests

11. Snug room in lovely home near many local attractions

Overlooking a garden, this compact, private room in a detached family home is provided with free WiFi, tea/coffee-making facilities, breakfast biscuits, and bottled water. This cheerfully decorated room is comfortable, offers a lot of sunlight, and has blackout blinds if needed. The large tiled bathroom is shared, and guests are welcome to explore the kitchen but can only use the microwave/oven and fridge. Eat at your leisure in the dining room and lounge in the lovely garden. If you’re allergic, be aware that this is the home of two cats. This accommodation is a five-minute walk to many fast food spots and a nice pub/restaurant. Local attractions in the area include the Castle, Colchester Zoo, and the Dutch Quarter, where the remains of the Roman Theater can be found, along with a pleasant array of Tudor structures.

Small room in det fam house+ parking in quiet rd
15 reviews
Private room 1 Bed 2 Guests

12. Room close to Essex University, town center

Surrounded by lots of greenery in a quiet neighborhood near the river, this top-floor room with a private and spacious bath is an ideal lodging for solo travelers, couples, and students. Essex University and Colchester’s center are easily reached on foot. The area provides fantastic views of the surroundings, particularly the beautiful sunsets. This cozy room has a bed that is comfy, and, upon request, a homemade breakfast is served every morning in the simple, but stylish dining room. Many guests have given high marks for the host’s generosity, helpfulness, and friendliness. The location and the comfort level of this accommodation have also received excellent marks.

Double Room close to Essex Uni&Town
Colchester, United Kingdom
316 reviews
Private room in house 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the wifi is great and the room is very cosy
the room was really comfortable private and a nice view over the river
great location and a lovely view out my room window over the river
bathroom for guest only use is large and generous
very comfortable clean bedroom in beautiful house in quiet close with lovely view of the countryside from the bedroom
clean and tidy would recommend
excellent communication and sparkling clean
the bathrooms are clean and tidy
a great palce to stay very clean and made to be welcomed
everything was clean and the family were friendly and welcoming
friendly host and family
michaela is a lovely host too
michaela is really a great host
1) michaela is such an amazing host
michaela was a great and willing host
excellent location for the university
amazing location close to train station and town centre
it’s really well located for castle park - just a short walk along the river
michaela's place is in the perfect location
what a fantastic place in a great location
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Cheers, Colchester!

Located in Essex, where there are plenty of interesting things to do, this quaint town can captivate the hearts of many. With quite a few of England’s most important historical events taking place in and around Colchester over the past two millenniums, it’s easy to believe that Colchester is only about history. But Colchester is more than that. It has something for everyone, from top-notch specialty shops on High Street to a rare white rhino on display at the Colchester Zoo, to beautiful woodland gardens, and to top-rated museums and galleries. With plenty of homes for rent in Colchester, this town can offer lots of amazing destinations you can explore. Plan your next escape to charming and mesmerizing Colchester, and book a stay at one of these best-rated Airbnb lodgings for the experience of a lifetime.

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