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Excellent venue - whatever your needs, so comfortable/convenient. Special Offers

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Detached house, Chadwell St Mary, Nr Grays, Essex, England - close to picturesque historic villages - Great destination, whatever your needs-call now-special prices-easy access to London & countryside.

The Butterfly's is a stunning three bedroom house and garden has been recently renovated; it's stylish, very clean and comfortable - a real home from home, decorated for the festive season, with everything you'll need for fantastic pre-Christmas stay, Christmas and New Year holidays with special deals available with many extras included in the price- a great base to maximise your holiday enjoyment with all that London has to offer, explore Essex countryside, country parks, historic English villages, cosy pubs and restaurants, places of interest, River Thames, coastal areas/ beaches.

London is only 20 mins by train from the local station and only 4 mins by car from A13 and close to trunk roads M25, A12. A130, A127. Travelling to this destination couldn't be easier with good road, rail, and air links. Local buses are 1 minute walk away from the house.

You can reach the coast in 30 minutes; the countryside all around this area is beautiful with the Thames only 5 minutes away by car. Easy access to outdoor pursuits such as golf, walking, horse-riding, cycling, white water rafting, go-karting, educational farms/parks with crafts. A choice of leisure/sports centres, swimming/splash pools, roller, ice skating or ten- pin bowling venues, cinemas, theatres, art galleries, museums. Excellent shopping at Lakeside & Bluewater.

More Details

Ms Joan Shaw
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, Italian
Calendar last updated:
25 November, 2016

About Ms Joan Shaw

My name is Joan; I am 69 years young. I love meeting people and through letting have met some wonderful couples and families from all over the UK and different parts of the world.

Having taught for over 35 years, I am now semi-retired (teaching part-time) but always busy, being out & about enjoying life, whether it be in Essex or Norfolk.

I have really enjoyed renovating both properties being very proud and pleased with the results. They are both distinctive in their own special ways.

My family live near me and I am very much involved in their lives especially my grandsons. We have enjoyed many wonderful times at Merridays, a beautiful holiday home in Norfolk (Ref. 8068814)

My daughter Vicky helps me with all the 'letting administration & running of the 'Butterfly' and 'Merridays; we personally clean and prepare the properties for our holiday guests to ensure it is completed to the standard we would expect and desire for our holidays - attention to detail is our watch word!.

Ms Joan Shaw purchased this house in 2002

Why Ms Joan Shaw chose Essex

As soon as I walked into this house, I felt its warmth and homeliness. Yes, it needed renovating but the house, garden & location were perfect. So I eagerly set about transforming the house and garden into the outstanding property it is today. Also, as I taught in the nearby college,the location was ideal, whilst enabling me fast access to London and the coast to enjoy all the variety that was on my doorstep and on offer all year round. I was able to enjoy all the surrounding history, leisure, sports, theatres, cinema, great shopping besides all the beautiful countryside and coast.

I love gardening & wanted to renovate it with masses of plants to attract the bees & butterflies. Butterflies are my passion; hence I renamed the house 'The Butterfly'. When you're in the garden, you feel you're in the middle of the countryside with bird song attracted by the many trees around. I've even had blackbirds nesting this year in the honeysuckle.

What makes this house unique

The Butterfly is in a quiet cul-de-sac, It's a bright, airy and very comfortable 'home from home' holiday base following its recent renovations & with every convenience. When you're in the back garden, you'd think you were in the heart of the countryside and yet it is so convenient for all your needs and getting to so many places

The house is located in the Thames Gateway in Essex and as such benefits from major trunk roads and rail to the countryside, coast and all over England.

The location is perfect no matter what you want to do but at the same time being nestled in such a lovely convenient spot.

All the necessary amenities are on the door step including shops, supermarkets, doctors, pharmacy, post office, library, Esso garage/Tesco Express, ATM. Frequent local buses are only 1 min. away & fast train to London & coast.

Besides 2 local pubs, other lovely old English pubs in the nearby historic villages set amongst the surrounding.countryside.

Guests from all over the world, whether business trips, tourists, trips to visit and see family; guests are delighted with their stays and often revisit.

Guestbook comments from the owner

January 2014 - Tom & Christine (Tenerife) "This was a perfect venue to allow us to visit family and friends. The house was comfortable with everything we needed and the extra touches like flowers, milk etc. made us feel really at home."

April 2014 -Akinscrinmi family (UK/Nigeria) "This was soooo lovely, facilities are excellent. We absolutely have had a fab time, especially the Easter bunnies 'chocs' for the kids and all the little extra touches. Thanks!!!"

June 2014 -Jan & Lyn (Spain/Wales) "A lovely house with a fab garden. Great location for visiting. Everything in the home we could possibly need and loved the little extras. we will definitely be back to the 'Butterfly house' in the near future. Thanks".

July 2014 - Anke, Carsten & family (Germany) "Thank you Joan! It's been a pleasure since the first contact. Your house was the ideal place for our discoveries of London and a neat place to stay."

August 2014 - Agbesusi family (Nigeria/UK) "Thank you for making our stay in the UK pleasant ad wonderful, your house provided us all the comfort we needed. It was a home away from home. We will not hesitate to come back again."

August 2014 - Hodgins family (USA/UK) "Thank you Joan! Everything was perfect for a great stay - so convenient for visiting family, shops, the coast and more! We really appreciated the extras and the swift change to a new fridge, it really has been a home from home."

September 2014 - Bob Lejkowski-Clark & family (Poland) "Truly a home from home".
Aug 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Thurrock in Essex

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • town
  • village
  • waterfront
  • 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
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Separate shower cubicle; hand-held shower unit with bath.
  • 1st floor family bathroom - recently renovated, has separate shower, bath, basin & WC. A separate clean bright airy ground floor cloakroom with WC has been recently renovated. All towels, toilet paper, cleaning materials are provided for your comfort.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: All three bedrooms are fully furnished bright, clean. There are two double bedrooms and one single bedroom on the first floor. The double bedrooms have comfortable double beds, fresh, clean bedding & linens, ample storage, chair, mirror. TV/freeview, radio alarm, CD/radio player, tea/coffee making facilities & hairdryer. The single bedroom has a single bed, storage and is most comfortable and welcoming. All bedrooms are supplied with ample and clean bedding and bath towels.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The Butterfly is a relaxed, happy & comfortable home from home suiting non-smoking young & not-so-young people. Families are welcome. All you have to bring are yourselves, your luggage & food. Everything else you expect to find in a home will be there for you. This accommodation is let by Joan; the Butterfly is Joan's residence but she will not be staying in the property during your stay, so that you may be assured of having the opportunity to enjoy all that it has to offer in peace & quiet. Having lived in the area all her life, Joan is able to advise you on travel & has a wealth of knowledge about the local and surrounding areas. Joan has welcomed numerous visitors from all over UK and the world with her aim to help make wonderful holiday memories for her guests. A welcome pack greets you on your arrival & includes flowers, tea, coffee, milk, biscuits & fruit. If you have any other requirements or queries, please call and let Joan know. Everything will be done to assist Outside: The recently renovated rear garden comprises a decking area with BBQ, artificial lawn area for relaxing and a raised decked area for the patio table, chairs & umbrella. This pretty garden enjoys sun most of the day, is quiet with trees around encouraging many species of visiting birds, making it a very relaxing spot at the end of a day out, or to enjoy 'al fresco' dining any time of day on a lovely day. Relaxing chairs are available for a taking the weight off your feet with the little bistro table & chairs outside the stable door is an excellent way to start the day with your coffee or tea or finish the day with a glass of wine; the sunsets are beautiful. The raised flower beds are well maintained, packed full of flowers attracting bees and butterflies & all in all make this a wonderful spot to enjoy. The front of thee house has been recently paved to accommodate 3 cars so parking is no problem. Utility Room: Hospitality/utility room has a freezer & an additional fridge. This room is linked to the lounge/dining room & leads out to the newly designed pretty garden/relaxation area. Picnic set, food containers, picnic bag & rug is available for your holiday use. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: House is immaculately prepared for your arrival by Joan, owner/teacher (non-resident during bookings). Ample towels/linens, kitchen basics, paper roll, cleaning materials are supplied for your stay. All is done to maximise your enjoyment/comfort. Other: The welcoming hall has a large 'cloaks cupboard' for outdoor coats etc and could store some sports equipment but there is more room in the utility room for golf clubs etc. Wheel chair or buggy could be stored there when not in use.


5/5 -
(2 traveller reviews)

Excellent venue - whatever your needs, so comfortable/convenient. Special Offers
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

we returned for another stay because we love it !

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at the Butterfly House and once again it was absolutely brilliant ! Very clean, everything you need and more ! Close to shops, the coast and countryside....and easy access by road to the tube and London.

A big Thank you to Joan, we were so sad to leave !

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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family of 4

  • 5 of 5

The Butterfly is a beautifully kept, spotlessly clean, convenient home with everything you could possibly need for a family or couple to stay comfortably. We had a wonderful time there, if really feels like home from home. Joan is a lovely lady who is always available for advice or help. We hope to stay again next time we are home to visit family in England !

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Melanie and James for your excellent review. It was lovely meeting you all and I look forward to seeing you all again on your next visit for another successful trip. Best wishes to all and I hope all your plans will come to fruition. God bless Joan
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Southend, Stanstead, Luton, City, Gatwick, Heathro
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Chadwell St Mary
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Tilbury Ferry
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Orsett Heath Chadwell St Mary
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Tilbury; Grays; Upminister
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
A13, M25
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Chadwell St Mary
Nearest Beach
18 Miles
Southend on Sea, Westcliff & Shoeburyness on Sea

Brilliant shopping at Lakeside Shopping Centre, one of the largest in Europe, just 10 mins away. Theatres, cinemas, restaurants, old English pubs, sports centres, varied outdoor and indoor activities for all ages near and accessible. Easy access to local and Christmas lights and festivities. Special interest holidays like visiting nearby historic places such as Tilbury Fort close to where Queen Elizabeth 1st reviewed her army at the time of the Spanish Amada were blocking the English Channel in the 16th century & many other historical sites & places of interest abound in this area with many links to Queen Elizabeth 1st. Much architecture evidence of Romans, Saxons & Normans with churches & castles.

Lovely country walks, beautiful woodlands, country parks & countryside with historic villages including East & West Tilbury, Bulphan, Orsett, churches, old English pubs & surrounding areas, Horndon-on-the-Hill's woolmarket & famous historic Bell Inn are all within a very short distance but really worth a visit.

You can enjoy great shopping, theatres, cinemas, museums, art galleries, concerts, varied activities such as horse riding, golf, skubba diving, leisure, spa, swimming, gym & sports clubs, tennis, go-kart racing, archery, white water rafting, river/canal trips, rollers skating, ice skating & ten-pin bowling and much more.


18 to 20 miles approx. to beaches & activities at Leigh on Sea (famous too for its fresh sea food), Westcliff on Sea, Southend on sea, Shroeburyness.

25 to miles approx. to famous coastal areas of Burnham on Crouch & Maldon.

30 to 35 miles approx. to lovely sandy beaches with safe swimming at Mersea Island, St Osyth, Frinton on Sea, Clacton on Sea, Walton on the Naze.

25 miles + approx. for beaches in Kent


Car is not essential but will give more flexibility for travelling.

Car hire & taxis are easily available.

Local buses 1min walk from house

Easy access to main trunk roads A13 (5mins), M25, A127, A130 (15mins), A12 (20mins).

Local rail train station (c2c) 5mins away direct quick route London or coast (20mins) Liinks to London Underground at Upminster or Barking (20mins)

Southend, Stanstead, Luton, City, Gatwick (London) airports easily accessed.

Dover, Folkestone, Harwich ports easily acc


4 miles to Tilbury

4 miles to Orsett

4 miles to Horndon-on-the-Hill

5 miles Grays

8 miles to Bulphan

10 miles to Ockendon

10 miles to Lakeside, Thurrock

15 miles Brentwood

15 miles Upminster

15 miles Chelmsford

20 miles to Colchester

20 miles London

18 miles Leigh on Sea

20 miles Southend

Further Details:

Kindly note that the Butterfly is not a suitable holiday destination for same sex groups and the primary person booking needs to be over 21

Coal Fort - West Tilbury (4 miles)

Tilbury Fort - Tilbury (4 miles)

Historic churches & castles (1 to 12 miles)

Historic 'World's End' pub next to Tilbury Fort.

2 country pubs in walking distance in Chadwell St Mary serving food.

Historic & lovely old English pubs (3 to 8 miles)

Children's playing areas and parks in Chadwell St Mary.

Large children's parks with lots of activities (5 to 10 miles)

Sports & leisure venues (4 to 10 miles)

Nature reserves (4 to 10 miles)

Country parks (4 to 8 miles)

Lovely woodlands & forests (5 + miles)

Retail shops in Grays, Lakeside Thurrock & Bluewater in Kent (5+ miles)

Excellent restaurants & old English character pubs in close local villages within 4 miles.

Sports centres, gyms, swimming pools, spas, leisure centres within 5 miles.

Horse riding within 1 miles .

Golf courses within 2 miles.

Tennis courts within 5 miles

Archery (5 miles+)

Large sports fields at Blackshots Grays within 4 miles

White water rafting (18 miles)

Antiques centres, art galleries & museums from 5 miles.

Heritage railway & railway museum - Epping to Ongar (18 miles +)

Children's farm with animals for petting & feeding, arts & crafts.

Art & craft centres.

Balloon flights

Private aerodromes g& a chance to fly a Tiger Moth at a WW1 aerodrome.

Secret Nuclear Bunker

Canal & river boat trips on surrounding waterways & rivers (4 miles +)

In Chadwell St Mary there are many takeaways for pizzas, fish & chips, Chinese, Indian, kebabs, burgers.

2 pubs serving food.

Local mini-markets, various shops/newsagents, pharmacy, doctor, dentist, post office, library, Esso petrol/Tesco Express with ATM in Chadwell St Mary.

Large Asda at Tilbury (4 miles) & Lakeside (10 miles)

Morrisons at Grays (8 miles),

Tesco at Thurrock Lakeside (10 miles)

HSBC, Barclays, Lloyds, Halifax, Nationwide banks &


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Thurrock, East of England

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
Email or call Joan on 07905535276 for availability &/or booking/payment details methods. Dates are provisionally kept for 7 days. Short & longer term lets are available, call for quotes.
On receipt of your non-refundable deposit £150 per week, Joan confirms your booking, (final payment needs to be received within 6 weeks prior to arrival date). A £200 refundable security/damage deposit is required and returned dependant on no damage and the house being left clean and tidy (as you find it); charges for additional cleaning will deducted from this deposit.
All prices quoted are in GB pounds sterling.
Kindly note that your own insurance is needed for cancellations and personal cover.

Changeover Day:
Changeover days are flexible especially for short & longer stays & at different times of the year. In busy times Friday, not Saturday is preferred.
Arrival is 10.00am, departure is 2pm usually
Please ask Joan who will try to accommodate your requests.

Notes on prices:
Please contact Joan if you wish to check availability and confirm prices.
Depending on your request, there may be a possibility of flexibility in prices quoted, especially in non-peak times or for longer letting periods.

Please contact owner regarding availability and costs as the house is the owners residence and may be available on the dates you are requiring. The price quoted may vary dependent on visitors needs and time of year.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.