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CHARMING HOUSE IN NATURE RESERVE WITH BREATHTAKING VIEWS. PEACE AND QUIET!

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Elizabeth Montague-Black.

Speaks English
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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CHARMING HOUSE IN NATURE RESERVE WITH BREATHTAKING VIEWS. PEACE AND QUIET!

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday bungalow in Lee over Sands - The Safe House

Two bedroom house in serene surroundings.

History

The property was built on the highest point on Beach Road, Lee-Over-Sands, level with the top of the sea wall, by a past honorary coast guard. It was built as a shelter for sailors cast ashore on local beaches by shallows, difficult tides and weather conditions, who had no idea where they had come ashore due to its remoteness. It became known locally as The Safe House.

Location

The Safe House is situated in a unique location which will appeal to people who love nature or are seeking solitude and tranquillity, away from the madding crowd.

The property is next to the Essex Wildlife Trust (EWT) reserve on Colne Point which has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Access to the beaches and the wildlife reserve is restricted to residents both permanent and temporary (so our guests are welcome) and members of the EWT, so could be described as an exclusive experience. The beaches are a mix of sand banks and shingle. Beachcombers find plenty to interest them, fisherman occasionally cast from the shore and bird watchers marvel at the rich diversity of bird life.

Late evening walks along a deserted beach, watching the often spectacular sunsets, can leave you with the feeling of being the only people on the planet and leave unforgettable memories.

Rush hour here occurs twice a day when the tide ebbs and flows!

Activities

Beachcombing

Bird Watching

Canoeing / Kayaking

Crabbing

Sea Fishing

Swimming

Gyro Tennis (Swing Ball)

Walking

Wind Surfing

Links

Colne Point Nature Reserve http://www.essexwt.org.uk/visitor_centres__nature_reserves/colne_point_nature_reserve/

Dukes Bistro & Tea Room http://www.dukesbistro.com/

Essex Wildlife Trust (EWT) http://www.essexwt.org.uk/

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) (Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Site_of_Special_Scientific_Interest

The Company Shed http://www.the-company-shed.co.uk/

Tourist Information http://www.visitessex.com/

More Details
Suitability:
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome

Elizabeth Montague-Black.

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Speaks English
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Reviews

Reviews for this holiday bungalow rental in Lee over Sands, United Kingdom

Charming house in Nature Reserve with breathtaking views. Peace and quiet!
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews
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Charming house in Nature Reserve with breathtaking views. Peace and quiet!
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p1026731
Lee over Sands Essex
5

There & Back Again ...

There & Back Again ...
  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
We returned for another stay at The Safe House after such a wonderful holiday here last year. All the great memories of last year came flooding back on arrival, only this year the weather was even better.

Five out of the seven nights we had fantastic sunsets and clear skies after sunset enabled star gazing and meteor watching. There is so little light pollution that the Milky Way was clearly visible to the naked eye ... really breathtaking!

The resident Egret colony appears to have grown since last year and sightings of these birds were very regular. We also saw a Marsh Harrier, Hobby, Whimbrel's and Greenshank's inter alia.

No trip to the Safe House is complete without a trip to the Company Shed on Mersea Island (www.the-company-shed.co.uk/?) which was superb. If you like or love seafood this MUST be on your bucket list.

During our stay, we also visited Woodbridge in Suffolk (about an hour away) and Beth Chatto's Gardens (www.bethchatto.co.uk/?) (about 20 minutes away) which were wonderful. The Kings Head Inn in Woodbridge sells the best pork crackling I have tasted anywhere and the Wherry is second to none.

For all the wonderful experiences we had visiting other places during our stay, you simply cannot beat this place for its effortless peace and tranquility. It really is a tonic for the body, mind and soul, such a contrast to the banal stereotypical pulp that is pedaled about Essex on the television.

Our thanks to the owner / manager of the Safe House for sharing this amazing place with us. We love it!

And so to the review title, taken from Tolkien's Hobbit ... if you have little or no experience of this area it is quite simply 'an unexpected journey'.
Owner's Response: What a wonderful review! Thank you so much. We look forward to welcoming you back next year.
business
Charming house in Nature Reserve with breathtaking views. Peace and quiet!
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p1026731
Lee over Sands Essex
5

Cozy getaway in remotest Essex

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2013
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2013
We had a lovely time at the Beach House and Safe House, which we booked together for a group of 10 (including a six-year old). It's a superb setting. The weather was fantastic, and a few of us even went for a chilly dip in the sea! On walks near the beach, we saw lizards, Corn Buntings, Avocets, and (for me at least) the first Swallows of the year.
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. You are welcome back anytime!
Helpful votes: 1/2
business
Charming house in Nature Reserve with breathtaking views. Peace and quiet!
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p1026731
Lee over Sands Essex
4

Solitude

  • 4 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 08-Nov-2012
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2012
We found the bungalow a very clean and comfortable retreat from our normal busy town life.
The huge skyline has views right out to the Thames estuary and it is certainly a quiet and relaxing place to stay. It's also a great place for bird watchers and walkers.
A car is very important as it is a remote area and you need to watch the tides as you can get cut off for a little while..... which is rather fun!
We look forward to returning and can recommend Safe House to those looking for something different.
Helpful votes: 2/3
business
Charming house in Nature Reserve with breathtaking views. Peace and quiet!
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p1026731
Lee over Sands Essex
5

Simply sublime

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 23-Oct-2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
The Safe House offers a peace and tranquility that is hard to find anywhere else so close to a major city, on our increasingly over-populated island.

The accommodation is simple, clean, well stocked and maintained but, this place is all about LOCATION.

As keen photographers, walkers and nature lovers, we were in our element. The land, sea and skyscapes were constantly changing with the transient light throughout the day and on a clear night you can see the Milky Way because there is so little light polution.

The beach offered almost complete solitude, just the sound of lapping waves on the shore and wading birds chatting to each other whilst they feed. We managed to pick up some bargains for my garden from the beach whilst beachcoming which, now act as a daily reminder of our stay at this very special place.

A couple of evenings, I sat on the deck (chairs and recliners in the shed) watching the sun go down and listening to all the sounds on the marshes all around. This kind of activity is best done with Champagne or fine wine, as the screen between the kitchen and living area bears testament to.

Having a car here is essential as its nearly two miles to the nearest shops in St. Osyth. The nearest supermarket is in Clacton some 5 miles away.

You need to be aware of the tide and tide times in the area. High tide is approximately 8 minutes later than at Harwich and on the bigger tides the Safe House is cut off from the mainland which, makes it even more exclusive. However, it can delay your exit for a while if you wish to go further afield.

A local ordanance survey map is useful to take full advantage of the local walks and inns/pubs on offer.

Eating out locally is a bit difficult (quality issues) but, Dukes in St. Osyth got the thumbs up otherwise you need to travel further afield.

There is a lot to do and see within an hours drive or so from the Safe House. We took fresh bread and a rather nice bottle of Chablis to the Company Shed on Mersea island and had a seafood platter which was sensational. We did trips to Colchester Castle, Casle Park and the natural history museum in Colchester, Beth Chatto gardens, Dedham, Finchingfield, Woodbridge, Orford Castle and Orford Ness and Bury St. Edmunds. All recommended!

If you enjoy hustle and bustle and lots of creature comforts this is NOT the place for you but, if you are after a simpler less cluttered existence look no further ... its simply sublime! 10/10

We will return ...
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review. It is much appreciated and a warm welcome back is waiting for you!
Helpful votes: 7/8
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Location

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Stansted
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Harwich
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Great Bentley
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
A12
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Lee-Over-Sands
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Several in St Osyth
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
Water ski-ing!
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Clacton
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Several in St Osyth
Car: recommended

Lee-Over-Sands is a hamlet of a few houses and chalets built in the 1930s as a holiday camp. What remained after WWII and the Great Flood of '53 was allowed to fall to rack and ruin until recent years when people have realised what a unique location it is; within a Nature Reserve and with half the hamlet actually over the sea wall! You can't get much closer to the sea than this. With a tidal creek separating the bungalow from the deserted beach you are never far from water, especially at high tide when the water comes up into the garden.

The peace and quiet is astonishing. You would never believe that you are less than two hours from the hustle and bustle of London.

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Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday bungalow in Lee over Sands, Essex

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
Summer
1 Jun 2014 - 31 Aug 2014
7 night minimum stay
£600
for 7 nights
£600
 
 
Standard Tariff
1 Sep 2014 - 20 Dec 2014
3 night minimum stay
£375
for 3 nights
From
£125
From
£125
Fri,Sat,Sun
£500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas
21 Dec 2014 - 2 Jan 2015
3 night minimum stay
£450
for 3 nights
From
£150
From
£150
Fri,Sat,Sun
£600
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes Our rates include taxes, electricity and water rates. We can provide linens (bed linen, tea towels and bath mat) and towels at the rate of £20 per room or you are welcome to bring your own.

For long stays during the winter we charge the electricity (at cost) on top by taking meter readings before and after your stay.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday bungalow in Lee over Sands in Essex

Property Type:
  • bungalow
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 50 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • beach
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Thermos Flask
  • Activities Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • 4 Ring Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Bath with Shower
  • The bathroom comprises a WC, sink and bath with a shower. Towels provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • The spacious master bedroom has a double bed, wardrobe, bedside cabinet, chest of drawers, a desk with internet access (Orange dongle) and an oil fired radiator. All bed linen provided. The second bedroom has two single beds, a bedside cabinet, chest of drawers and a walk in wardrobe.
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Radio
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Binoculars
  • Gated Community
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
Attractions:
  • churches
  • theme parks
  • zoo
  • water parks
  • museums
  • live theatre
  • botanical garden
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • paddle boating
  • walking
  • bird watching
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
Notes:
The accommodation is a timber framed rendered building on concrete piers (stilts) and comprises two bedrooms, bathroom and open plan lounge, dining, kitchen and utility area leading to the south and west deck and storage shed. The lounge / diner comprises two wall units, a three seat sofa, a two seat sofa, an armchair, two oil fired radiators, television with Freeview box and DVD player, together with an extending dining table and four chairs. The galley kitchen and walk in utility room comprises fitted units with an electric cooker, microwave, washing machine and fridge freezer. All cutlery, crockery and utensils provided. South & West decks have a table and four chairs for al fresco dining and a range of reclining chairs, sun loungers and parasols. South Deck has views over Ray Creek across the Thames Estuary and the West Deck views across the marshes, and the Blackwater towards Mersea Island.
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