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Cottage In A Quiet Lane, Sleeps 6 In Three Bedrooms, With Sunny Decked Garden.

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


Minimum Stay
1 - 3 nights

About the property

Cottage in West Mersea, Colchester, Essex, England - Very Well Located, With Beach, Sailing, Public House, Cafe And Estuary Walks Within Two Minute Walk

This well located holiday cottage sleeps 6 easily in three good sized bedrooms. Featured in the Guardian Travel supplement "Cool Cottages to Stay". The living room has a wood burner, and the farmhouse style kitchen leads out to the sunny decked courtyard garden. Wifi is free. Whilst situated in a quiet lane, the cottage is only two minutes walk from the beach, estuary walks, public house, cafes and oyster bar. Within five minutes walk are more cafes, restaurants. Sailing is a key attraction, with dingy launch two minutes away. Dogs welcome. Mersea is ideal for a family beach holiday, with plenty for children to do: crabbing, swimming, art classes. Mersea attracts windsurfers, sailors, kite surfers and canoeists, as well as being good for cyclists and walkers. The cottage is also great for winter breaks, to cosy up in front of the fire after visiting the local nature reserves. Plus you will be staying on a real island! Please contact owners re short stay prices, which are difficult to show accurately on the rates page.

hilary holden
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
22 February, 2017

About hilary holden

Despite living in Suffolk for years, I didn't discover Mersea Island until a few years ago. I fell in love with it! Unspoilt, beautiful estuary walks and sunsets, fabulous seafood especially the oysters, friendly people, lovely cafes, pubs and restaurants, swimming in the sea, watching the boats...perfect. It's our family holiday home, and with grandchildren now, it is a wonderful place for children to have a proper, old fashioned, British seaside holiday. We have had such fun, relaxing times on this special island, and we hope you do too.

hilary holden purchased this cottage in 2012

Why hilary holden chose Essex

The really special thing about Mersea Island is....it's a bit of a well kept secret. It isn't "Hampstead-by-the-sea" as some parts of the east Anglia coast have been labelled now. It's not overly touristy, there are lots of local people born and bred here, there is still a fishing and sail making industry here. There are lots of independent local shops. The bottom line is, it hasn't been spoilt. It's peaceful, but not remote. There is lots to do, but equally, it's somewhere you can kick back and relax. The sea air does that. As we drive over the "strood" (the Roman roadway on to the island), it's like we pull up the drawbridge, take a deep breath, and r-e-l-a-x

What makes this cottage unique

One of our favourite things we like to do as a family, is take a glass of wine with us down to the sea, all of a minutes amble, sit on the sea wall and watch the sun go down over the water. When we have little ones at the cottage, a favourite past-time is crabbing off the pontoon, making sandcastles, swimming in the sea, going out on the water taxi, taking toddlers for an art class session in the town (then leaving them there with Dad, while mum pops next door to the art cafe for a cappuccino with friends).

We've become very lazy, popping round the corner to the Blackwater Pearl cafe for a cooked breakfast, before walking the dogs to get up an appetite for scallops and oysters for lunch at the Oyster bar. It's a hard life....

Guestbook comments from the owner

The house is so well equipped, we particularly liked the big comfortable beds! And the location is perfect. We had a lovely time.
Jul 2015
  • 1 of 4


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(34 traveller reviews)


relaxing homely retreat

  • 5 of 5

we were staying to attend my sons wedding and needed 3 double rooms for adult couples, we were so pleased with the comfort of each room, space and the necessary 2 shower rooms. Blissfully relaxing place to be, Oyster Bar was great, as was the coast inn. walks in the sun and spotting Sammy the seal all made for a wonderful weekend--including the wedding of course! detail of provision on arrival and flowers were a lovely homely touch. thank you for sharing your home.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much. It is very much how we feel as a family about the cottage, homely and relaxing with lots of space for us all without getting under each others feet! Very glad too that you saw Sammy the Seal!
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Lovely peaceful cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Tucked away up a quiet lane a stone's throw from the sea, Anchorage Mews is a lovely cottage in which to get away from it all. Clean and well maintained, with tea bags, coffee and milk provided on arrival it seemed that everything had been thought of to make our stay as stress free as possible; even a stair gate for our toddler grandson. Hilary was so helpful and gave us lots of information about the facilities as one of our daughters is disabled (the cottage is not suitable for those who cannot climb stairs however). We enjoyed the Coast Inn one evening which is close by, and had a lovely meal. They were great with the children too (2 year old and 4 month old). Would love to go back again one day and stay a bit longer. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Val. I know it was a much needed break for you all, and so pleased you all had a lovely time. I very much hoped you would. Best wishes, Hilary
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Grand place to stay in west mersea

  • 5 of 5

Very well equipped house, spotlessly maintained with spacious bedrooms.close to good eateries and all waterfront facilities. We would be happy to come again [also thanks to Essex sea fishing - scott and Stacey Belbin]

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much. Very glad you went sea fishing too with Stacey and Scott
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home from home

  • 5 of 5

set in a small lane very near the sea front and pubs at which we had some good meals, good walks along the beach with our two dogs, the coast Inn is dog friendly as well, the cottage was clean, tidy, and had every thing you could need, really nice beds, and a small yard, the utility room at the back was great for the dogs, to dry off and sleep, we took a baby gate to put across the door to this room, as our dogs are used to that at home, The owner gave us all the information we needed , and we will use this cottage again some time soon .

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much. We have dogs too, so always want dogs to be as happy as the owners!
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home from home

  • 5 of 5

set in a nice lane, a short walk to the seafront, the cottage was clean and tidy, lots of room, nice beds, great for us with two dogs, as the small room at the back was ideal for them to dry off and sleep, we took a small gate to put across the doorway, which is what they are used to at home , we will use this cottage again, the owner provided all we needed to known, we ate at most of the restaurants and the food was good at all of them, walked for miles on the beaches, all in all very good

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much. Very glad you are thinking of returning.
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peaceful, spacious retreat

  • 5 of 5

A lovely cottage in a quiet little lane, with all you need for a peaceful break. We were attending a wedding, so rented it for a long weekend.There were 6 of us and we found the cottage spacious and very clean and comfortable with comfy beds and quality bedding and a well equipped kitchen( including a cafetiere) The decor is calm and unfussy, creating a relaxed atmosphere. There is a large fridge freezer and a washing machine (in attached utility room) and efficient cooker and dishwasher (w.up liquid and dishwasher tabs were provided).The outside area is small and private and has a nice decked area, edged with trees and plants, where we sat out around the table and had breakfast, listening to the birds-bliss! Towels were provided for everyone, but no spares. You will need to take shower gel/soap, though liquid hand wash is provided. If you are staying for a weekend or longer, don't forget extra toilet rolls! Tea/coffee sachets and pint of milk provided (and very welcome) for that much needed 'cuppa' after travelling! There is a Co-op a short drive from the house, for supplies, including beach toys (and good selection of wine!)The cottage is a very short walk from the shore, where you can look at the boats, go crabbing, buy hats and ice creams, go on a boat trip, or eat at one of the restaurants or cafes. 'The Company Shed' is a must if you eat seafood and The Coast Inn does great lunches as well as being a good place to sit outside with a drink and look out over the water. The cottage owner, Hilary, was very helpful and booking was simple. We will definitely be going back!

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
low season 2017
24 Jan 2017 - 24 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
mid season
25 Mar 2017 - 27 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
high season
28 May 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
mid season
3 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
autumn low season
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas and New Year
23 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
spring low season
7 Jan 2018 - 24 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:

Due to high demand, July and August are 7 night breaks only.
For guests staying two weeks, a free linen change is provided by our housekeeper mid stay

Once you have emailed me a request, I will send you an invoice for the deposit (30% of the holiday). The remainder is paid 28 days before your holiday. We also ask for a damage deposit cheque of £200 at this time, to be returned un cashed after your stay. We charge £20 per dog.

It is difficult to load the proper prices for 3 and 4 night stays on this website. They are as follows:
Low season 3 night weekend, 4 night midweek £390
Mid season 3 night weekend, 4 night midweek £400
High season 3 night weekend, 4 night midweek £490 (excepting July and August which are usually 7 night stays only)

Changeover Day:
7 day stays: arrival after 4pm Saturday, leaving by 10am next Saturday.
Weekend stays of three nights: arrive after 4pm Friday, leaving by 10am Monday.
out of season 2 to 4 night stays can be more flexible

2 night stays are available in mid and low season for £300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Colchester in East of England

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • beach
  • village
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1, wc and Family bathroom with wc and shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with super-kingsize bed, ensuite bathroom, view of the sea, Bedroom 2 with twin beds/kingsize double, Bedroom 3 twin beds/super-kingsize double. Travel cots can be accommodated in bedrooms 1 and 3
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Notes on accommodation: This is a non-smoking cottage. The accommodation is light and airy, stylish without being "precious", so that you will feel comfortable bringing dogs and children here. The bedrooms are all very good sizes, with comfortable beds and white bedlinen. They all have wardrobes and storage space. Bathrooms are clean and uncluttered, with spacious modern showers. The kitchen is big enough to seat everyone around a large table, and well equipped. The garden is private, quiet and enclosed for dogs and children. Outside: The sunny decked garden is fully enclosed , and equipped with garden furniture for 6 people. Well stocked with plants,passionflower and grapevine, it is a perfect quiet retreat with a glass of wine. There is a barbecue, washing line, area to hose off dogs and welly boots, plus hanging space for wetsuits. Utility Room: Washing machine, fridge-freezer, space for welly boots, coats and dogs Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bedlinen included, please bring beach towels with you. The property is cleaned by our housekeeper before and after your visit. Other: We can provide travel cot, highchair and stair gate on request. Please bring your own cot bedding.

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