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'High Hoe' Sleeps 6 - Mersea Island Cottage with BEACH HUT, WiFi, sorry no pets

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Romantic holiday retreat, suitable for families and couples. Sleeps 6. BEACH HUT

Includes COMPLEMENTARY use of 'High Hoe Hut' a FRONT ROW BEACH HUT at West Mersea, your children will love it (and the adults!)

Phil & Carol invite couples & families to stay at their romantic holiday retreat for short and long breaks. Lying only 1 hours drive from the M25, ‘High-Hoe’ in the East of Mersea Island is the perfect escape from the stresses of the modern world.

Ideally placed for cycling, walking and wildlife. Additionally enjoy 'High Hoe Hut' a front row beach hut at West Mersea for a traditional beach holiday.

A very old dwelling that almost fell down, it has been rescued, lovingly restored and modernised. Essentially a thatched cottage in a wood it dates back some 500 years when it started life as a tiny medieval hall.

If you’re looking to escape a hectic life or want a romantic break or perhaps just to get away from it all, ‘High Hoe’ is waiting for you!

Chances are you’ll be amazed at the sight of a hunting barn owl or one of the newly introduced red squirrels, see no one other than the occasional walker and be woken only by the wind in the trees or the sounds of nature. 'High Hoe Hut' is a short drive away at West Mersea Beach.

This is secret Essex, remote but accessible and remarkably a range of beaches, shops, pubs and restaurants including the world famous Company Shed, are all within 5 to 15 mins drive.

High Hoe is suitable for up to 4 adults and 2 younger children. A highchair is available on request. There are 2 upstairs bedrooms which have a white washed loft feel and a single bedroom downstairs which has french doors to the lawn. There is one small downstairs wet room. An open plan kitchen and dinning area with double french doors to the garden, gives on to a beamed sitting room and inner hall. Outside is a very private garden and parking for two vehicles.

‘High Hoe’ Cottage is situated at the far end of Shop Lane, the final approach is a passable unmade road adding to the sense of seclusion. The cottage is only 200 metres from the coastal path and Cudmore Grove Country Park lies a further mile along the path. Sorry no pets and non smokers only.

For further details visit the 'High Hoe' website at www.highhoe-mersea.co.uk

For a glimpse of Mersea & it's wildlife go to https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vL4o0vUlkxI

More Details

Phil & Carol Torr
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 April, 2018

About Phil & Carol Torr

Phil is retired with a lifelong interest in antiques, period property and gardens. Carol is a professional artist and teacher. They live in Essex with their 3 children.

Phil & Carol Torr purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Phil & Carol Torr chose East Mersea

Having lived in Essex for most of our lives we had long been in love with Mersea and it's unique atmosphere and attractions. We were delighted to have a chance to acquire such a beautiful property in one of our favourite places.

What makes this cottage unique

'High Hoe' is at the same time easily accessible and wonderfully secluded. Even at the height of the holiday season it resists the rush and stress of the modern world. You feel so close to nature and the sea and yet only a few minutes walk or drive from all the amenities the island has to offer. High Hoe is suitable both for couples and families. There is free Wifi available. The free use of the beach hut will give your kids endless fun on the sandy beach at West Mersea.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in East Mersea in Borough of Colchester

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • No open fires inside or outside (thatched cottage)
  • No Dogs
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - One small downstairs wet room
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Sloping ceiling, loft feel
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Child Bed , Sloping ceiling, loft feel, for children only.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Child Bed , 1 Cot , Downstairs bedroom
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Front row BEACH HUT available FREE of charge. Look out for RED SQUIRRELS in the garden.


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'High Hoe' Sleeps 6 - Mersea Island Cottage with BEACH HUT, WiFi, sorry no pets
average rating of 4.75 based on 8 reviews

Beautiful, peaceful and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great time. The house is old and beautifully restored and maintained. The setting is tranquil with nice walks nearby and a friendly pub 20 mins walk away. And Mersea is always fun with some great walks and restaurants. We felt very welcome, the house had everything we needed and was extremely comfy. Many thanks

  • Review Submitted: 27-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nicely situated and charming retreat

  • 5 of 5

And having access to the beach hut was much appreciated on a warm late winter's weekend.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful, cosy and quirky

  • 4 of 5

lovely old dwelling in interesting surroundings: walking distance to the sea and a country park.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fairy tale cottage

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed a peaceful 3 night stay here. Situated at the end of a single track road, the cottage is laid back from the track and surrounded by trees. It is a peaceful location, ideal for walks and relaxation. No facilities locally, car is needed for shops, though there is an excellent pub at the end of the road (approx 20 minute stroll) which serves very good food.

The cottage itself is well equipped, with comfy beds, and is warm and cosy. Quirky in places, which adds to the charm. The surrounding garden is a haven for wildlife.

The beach hut is a short drive away, and very well kept.

This break will suit families, as the cottage is good for children, they will have freedom running around the garden or spending time on the beach. Also suitable for those wanting to explore the Essex coast and countryside, and for people wanting a relaxing break.

Thoroughly enjoyed our mini break, and would recommend to anyone. The pictures do not do it justice.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Super relaxing and gorgeos

  • 5 of 5

The picturesque cottage was beautifully presented and ideally located for a complete get away! It was idyllic with all the requirements you could wish for to make for an enjoyable and comfortable stay.

The large bed was a dream, with crisp white sheets and a wonderful feather duvet to keep the winter chill away.

It is situated down a quiet road surrounded by trees and wildlife and you are not overlooked at all, apart from the very occasional dog walker across the fields.

The cottage is a short walk away from the sea wall, but it was too chilly for us to enjoy this for any length of time due to the time of year.

We had a wonderful seafood meal at a quirky little restaurant called Mehalah's as The Company Shed was full on both occasions that we tried to get in. Mehalahs has the same owners as The Company Shed, so the seafood was as good and wonderfully fresh.

The Dog & Pheasant that is just around the corner from the cottage serves good traditional "pub grub" and is very friendly and full of locals.

This cottage was gorgeous and we will definitely return.

David & Victoria


  • Review Submitted: 03-Mar-2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely place to get away from it all

  • 4 of 5

We had a very enjoyable stay at High Hoe Cottage. We found the place to be cosy, clean and well equipped for our needs with a cot and high chair supplied on request. Staying at High Hoe made us feel we were 'away from it all' but with the added benefit of being 5 minutes drive to the centre of town. We particularly enjoyed our daily visit from a gang of grouse? partridge? who would wander around the garden at about 6 o'clock every day and we were lucky enough to see a red squirrel on our last day.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
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Nearest Airport
38 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Dog & Pheasant Pub
Nearest Ferry
700 Metres
Brightlingsea foot ferry
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Five Lakes
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Mehalah's Oysters & Ale
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Sea Wall/Coastal path
Car: recommended

Free WiFi, 200 meters from coastal path, good food in local pub 1 mile away.

Great wine from Mersea Island vineyard and fantastic seafood all within easy reach. Sorry no pets.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £100

For Christmas period please enquire
All payment must be made by cheque or bank transfer
A non-refundable deposit of 25% is payable at the time of booking.
Balance due 6 weeks prior to arrival and to include a refundable good house keeping deposit of £100.
For bookings made less than 7 weeks before arrival the total cost is due immediately.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.