County Hotel

“Soundly appointed, comfortable rooms in a popular and stylish hotel” - AA Inspector



Official Rating
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  •   Social distancing and safety measures in place
  •   Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
  •   Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
Opening status: Soft/partially open
Our COVID-19 measures:
One way system where possible in the hotel. Ventilation as much as possible. Ozone/ air purifier of the bedrooms and areas each evening or service Air purifier in the Reception area all time

Our Inspector's view

Established in 1928 in the grounds of the Old Rainsford Manor, County Hotel is just three minutes from the rail and bus stations, and 10 minutes’ walk from the city centre. It has an award-winning restaurant, comfortable bedrooms, banqueting and conference rooms, and three rooms licensed for civil ceremonies. There's a relaxing south-facing terrace where you can enjoy a drink, and free parking for guests in the city centre is a bonus. Chelmsford Museum, the Essex County Cricket Club, Riverside Ice and Leisure, and Chelmsford Cathedral are all within walking distance.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

4 Star Hotel
4 Star Hotel
Breakfast Award
1-Rosette restaurant
ROSE Award
Breakfast Award
County Hotel
29 Rainsford Road, CHELMSFORD, Essex, CM1 2PZ


  • En-suite rooms: 50
  • Family rooms: 3
  • Free TV
  • Broadband available
  • WiFi available
  • Hearing loop installed
  • Children welcome
  • Ironing facilities
  • Cots provided
  • High chairs
  • Children's portions or menu
  • New Year entertainment programme
  • Lift available
  • Night porter available
  • Outdoor parking spaces: 60
  • Accessible bedrooms: 2
  • Walk-in showers
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
Room rates
  • Single room, minimum price: £90
  • Double room, minimum price: £100
  • Holds a civil ceremony licence

About the area

Discover Essex

Essex is full of pleasant surprises. It has the largest coastline of any county in England, with its fair share of castles, royal connections and scenic valleys. Take Colchester, for example, which was built by the Romans and is Britain’s oldest recorded town. Its castle contains the country’s largest Norman keep and yet, a stone’s throw from here, East Anglia’s newest arts centre promises to put Colchester firmly on the map as Essex’s capital of culture.

Tidal estuaries are plentiful and their mudflats offer migrating birds a winter feeding place. Essex was known as the land of the East Saxons and for centuries people from all over Europe settled here, each wave leaving its own distinctive cultural and social mark on the landscape. Walking a little off the beaten track will lead you to the rural retreats of deepest Essex, while all over the county there are ancient monuments to explore: 

  • the great Waltham Abbey
  • Greensted, thought to be the oldest wooden church in the world
  • the delightful village of Pleshey has one of the finest examples of a former motte-and-bailey castle
  • Hedingham Castle, magnificently preserved and dating from the 11th century.

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