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Charming period cottage

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

This 300 year old dock workers cottage is in a conservation area a few yards from the quayside in this quaint and picturesque riverside village. Convenient for London, Colchester, Essex University and the Seaside within minutes from Trains, buses and ferries. Wivenhoe is a surprisingly cosmopolitan area for its size with varied cafes pubs and restaurants and a good supply of live music and the arts.

There is a comfortable living room, well equiped kitchen with gas cooker,microwave,fridge, toaster, kettle etc. Attached to the kitchen is a conservatory and enclosed rear garden with seating areas. Upstairs is a double bedroom and a small single bedroom with a 2'6'' bed suitable for a child or will accomodate an adult for a short stay. Please note-There is no clothes hanging facility in the small bedroom apart from a hook and only a small bedside cabinet. In some circumstance the sofa/daybed could be used to provide additional sleeping accomodation. The bathroom has an enclosed shower with toilet and basin. There is gas central heating and a real fire in the front room which you may use in colder weather. Some fuel is provided for this purpose. The enclosed back garden means its suitable for small children and pets and is a sun trap in warmer weather.

I am only 3 miles away and can provide local knowledge, advice on entertainment and places to visit. In particular we are connected to the local music scene and can advise those wishing to access it. Please ask if you have any special requests.

More Details

Penny B
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
23 June, 2018

About Penny B

My husband and I are recently retired and have 6 adult children and 4 grandchildren. We enjoy circular walks in the local countryside and live music. I have an interest in Art and Poetry and draw myself. We are both from the area and have good knowledge of local facilities so ask us if you have a special interest you want to pursue during your stay.

Penny B purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Penny B chose Wivenhoe

We recently aquired this property as a complete renovation project and it has been hard work. Its now ready to have visitors and I hope you will enjoy its traditional charm as much as we do. It was originally one of 4 timber clad dock workers cottages and the plans we were given show a shared garden area with outside toilets and shared wash house. With modernisation you no longer have to share these facilities but we haven't changed much apart from making it more comfortable. The property is evidently 300 years old and is located in a conservation area.

What makes this cottage unique

Its location is very near the waterside and for the size of the property includes a generous sized enclosed walled garden which is a sun trap in hot weather. Wivenhoe is unique in its cosmopolitan feel and local facilities for such a small village. It has 6 pubs several restaurants including two cafes and a co-op, 'one stop' and its own post office and library. Its self contained but very close to Colchester and the University and the village regularly holds literary, film and other events. Late May bank holiday the local pub the Greyhound holds a mini live music festival and there is a popular regatta in the Summer. A ferry from Wivenhoe takes you across to Rowhedge and further upstream to Brightlingsea. Additionally, it is possible to get a ferry from Brightlingsea to Mersea Island just 7 or 8 miles from Colchester. Whether you want to visit the sights of London, Colchester, spend time at the seaside, or just chill out in Wivenhoe the location has a lot to offer.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Wivenhoe in Wivenhoe

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower toilet and basin -Note there is no bath at this property.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • 2 bedrooms one double with a double bed and one very small bedroom with a 2'6'' bed. This has limited storage and is most suitable for a child although the bed will sleep an adult. If you have a baby let me know and I will put the travel cot into the double room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
Colchester zoo the castle Essex University and seasides are nearby and its only an hour from London on the train.


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Charming period cottage
average rating of 4.5 based on 22 reviews

Delightful period style cottage near to lovely walks and lots of pubs and restaurants!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in this delightful cosy little cottage! Penny had provided everything we needed to make our stay as comfortable as possible. It was in a perfect location too for walking our dogs by the river and lots of places to eat within walking distance . We didn’t want to go home!! Thank you Penny!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a lovely review. Really glad you enjoyed it and hope to have you back sometime? All the best and happy new year, Penny
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Sweet, homely cottage

  • 4 of 5

Lovely cottage with garden very close to the river and pubs, restaurants and lovely walks.

  • Review Submitted: 22-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lovely stay

  • 5 of 5

We have just got back from a glorious week at the cottage in Wivenhoe. We have two dogs who had never seen the sea before so were in heaven as we used the place as a focal point as we toured the Essex coastline. It was beautiful. Wivenhoe has some very nice eating and drinking places and we took advantage of those as well. Penny left the place looking beautiful with everything you could wish for there on your arrival. Only problem was we could not stay longer, so we will have to just go back another time instead.

Thanks Pennie

Lorraine and Robin

  • Review Submitted: 14-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Calm peaceful relaxing great holiday

  • 5 of 5

Would definitely come back had a fantastic few days away

  • Review Submitted: 29-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We were overwhelmed by this quirky but comfortable and welcoming cottage and the hospitality of the owner. Would love to visit again

  • Review Submitted: 28-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cosy and well placed for a lovely stay

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed using the cottage for our base. It’s well placed in a nice town, and our dog very much enjoyed walks by the water and the safety of the lovely garden

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
37 Miles
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Car: not necessary

Wivenhoe is 3 miles from Essex University and Colchester and both can be reached by a picturesque riverside cyclepath/footpath.

There are resteraunts and pubs within minutes of the cottage and the quay is a few metres away where you can sit and enjoy a drink at the Rose and Crown or Fish and chips from the local chippy. Within 15 mins to half an hour you can be at Brightlingsea, the nearest seaside and Colchester Britains oldest recorded town with its own castle, museums, art galleries, arts centre theatre and zoo. Colchester can be easily reached by train or bus and Brightlinsea by a short bus trip. Clacton Walton and Frinton larger sea side towns can be easily reached by train or bus.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Wivenhoe, East of England

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Mid Season
20 May 2018 - 14 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
High Season
15 Jul 2018 - 5 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Christmas and new year
21 Dec 2018 - 1 Jan 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Pets by arrangement and small fee of £5 per night for additional cleaning.
The street has residential parking which is only restricted to residents with permits for 1 hr 7.45-8.45am. If you wish to park at the property during this hour you will need to pay £1 per day extra and supply your car reg in advance.
Please note the 2 nd bedroom is small and does not have much storage and no wardrobe. Although it has a full length bed it is 2'6'' wide and is most suitable for a child.The sofa/ day bed in the front room can be used as an alternative at your discretion.
The property has a shower but no bath.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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