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

hilary holden

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Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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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!

Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
hilary holden (Owner)
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About hilary holden

Despite living in Suffolk for years, we didn't discover Mersea Island until four years ago. We 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 on the horizon it will be a wonderful place for children to have a proper, old fashioned, British seaside holiday. New to the market for the season of 2013, we have tried it out on friends and family. 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 Colchester

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, 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 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

"Our family and I had the most perfect weekend at Anchorage Mews! well done Ross and Hilary : The bloomfields, Suffolk, Uk"





“We had a great time at the beautiful Anchorage Mews. The house is very bright and really very clean. It is also fully equipped for a family (2 adults and 3 children in our case) and we really appreciated the comfortable king size bed! Even if we stayed in winter, the house warmed very quickly and we loved the wood burner. We really felt like at home! Congratulations to Hilary and the housekeeper!” Claire S, London, Uk
Nov 2012
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4.7
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Cottage In A Quiet Lane, Sleeps 6 In Three Bedrooms, With Sunny Decked Garden.
average rating of 4.7222223 based on 19 reviews
United Kingdom
5

An unexpected treat

  • 5 of 5

We've never been to the coast of Essex before, and all our friends in Cheshire looked a little puzzled when we said we'd booked a cottage in West Mersea. The idea of holidaying on the Essex coast didn't seem to hold the same cachet as jetting off to the Bahamas....

But we spent the week on Mersea feeling a little smug that we'd discovered a real gem. It helped that the weather was fantastic throughout our stay, resulting in sunburn and a quick trip to the shops to buy more 'summery' T shirts and shorts, not a priority when packing for a holiday in England in early April.

The cottage itself was delightful. It doesn't have a WOW factor from outside, being a modern-ish terrace set back a little from the very quaint Lane. But once you are inside it was great.

Whoever thought out the design and equipping of Anchorage Mews was great. It is so good to arrive to a place which is spotlessly clean throughout, with all the appliances in excellent working order (and all switched on ready for us). The free WiFI was fab as we are both techno-geeks, and it was really fast too.

So practical too for anyone who has pets, or children, or wetsuits. There is no need to go through the house if you arrive back sandy or muddy, and the hose with the power shower head is perfect for washing down said pets, children or wetsuits. There is even a hook for hanging up kit as well as the clothesline. The utility area is a complete boon as is the laminate flooring downstairs.

Little touches such as the fresh yellow roses on the dining table were most appreciated, as were the loo rolls, coffee and tea and the pint of milk left for us.

The location of Anchorage Mews is perfect. Great dog walks from the doorstep, great pubs, cafes and restaurants minutes from the door. Really what is not to love?

We're already planning another trip with some Austrian friends who we think will go completely mad for the delights of Essex, especially as West Mersea is only 30 minutes from Constable country as well.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
United Kingdom
5

great cottage

  • 5 of 5

Spent 9 days here recently, comfy warm and well furnished in good location for waterfront. Log burner a nice extra and very quiet area, hardly heard the gales outside. Coast Inn nearby friendly with good food, as was the nearby Oyster Bar. Company Shed not very attractive looking and seems to attract the London Hooray Henrys, so did not use, other eateries supported by locals. Blackwater Pearl cafe good and local, Arts Cafe in town good but pricier and cafe along at beachut area very good,

Good local butcher, fruit and veg shop and baker, also 2 delis.

Found local people very friendly and helpful and traffic not too busy. If in Colchester take care at 5 roundabout area on Clacton road, 2 main roundabouts close together with several mini roundabouts incorporated in system as well. a bit like Wacky Races.

Maldon worth a visit for boating heritage and marsh walks

Will be back again

  • Review Submitted: Mar 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
London, United Kingdom
5

Lovely seaside bolthole

  • 5 of 5

Rental places with a seaview are hard to come by in Mersea but this cottage a stone's throw from the harbour was the next best thing. Very close to both the Company Shed and West Mersea Oyster Bar as well as two great pubs there isn't a shortage of places to eat local seafood. The cottage is spacious and well equipped with huge beds and two bathrooms. A woodburner in the kitchen/diner/living room keeps it cosy in the colder weather and an enclosed garden is handy for dogs and children.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Brittany
5

Absolutely delighted!

  • 5 of 5

A lovely cottage, tasteful decoration, fully equipped, big comfortable beds and a woodburner - oh, and not to forget - very clean and well cared for!

An ideal place for a holiday either snuggling up in the warm in Winter or sitting out in the lovely, private, decked garden in Summer.

The cottage was even nicer than we were expecting, customer service was really friendly and good and I would definitely recommend Anchorage Mews.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
east mersea
5

4 week stay

  • 5 of 5

my wife myself & a jack russell spent almost all of jan 2015 at this lovely cottage it is dog friendly & very well equipped extremely nice & helpful owner ideally situated for short or long term visits to mersea island highly recommended

  • Review Submitted: Feb 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
5

perfect weekend

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely bolthole. The cottage was ideally placed - one minute to wak to the seafront. perfect for popping along to see the sunset and to stretch our legs in the morning. The woodburner is very cosy and the beds very comfortable. The owner was very helpful and responded to emails very quickly. I went with a group of friends and we loved the estuary walks, seafood restuaurants and local pubs. I would recommend this property and am hoping to return this year with my family.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway

Location

Coast/Beach:

The beach is a two minute walk, and is pebbly with sand. Crabbing is done from the pontoon, a three minute walk. The best swimming in the sea is a five minute car drive or twenty minute walk along the beach.

Travel:

Nearest airport is Stansted, an hour away. London is an hours drive, or 50 minutes by train. Harwich port is 45 minutes away.

Distances:

Historic Colchester, with a modern shopping centre, cinema, leisure centre, zoo is only 8 miles away. Ipswich, similar, is thirty minutes drive. There are picturesque estuary villages , wildlife reserves such as Fingringhoe wick and Merseas Cudmore grove. Take the foot ferry from East Mersea to Brightlingsea, . Within easy driving are beautiful historic local towns such as Halstead, and villages like Lavenham and Kersey. Plus Constable country is only half an hours drive.

Further Details:

Within two minute and five minute walks are quiet country walks, two public houses,which also serve food, two seafood bars, two sailing clubs, two cafes. One of the cafes sells wine, milk etc. A short 15 minute walk or 5 minute drive brings you to the centre of West Mersea with supermarkets, banks, post office, cafes, delicatessens, petrol station, restaurants, takeaways, etc. The island is an attraction for windsurfers, canoeists, sailors, kite surfers, paddle boarders, cyclists and walkers. Plus Colchester, a main town with leisure centre, cinema, zoo and high street shops is only 8 ,miles away.

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Prices & Availability

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Prices for this holiday cottage in Colchester, Essex

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29 Mar 2015 - 30 May 2015
3 night minimum stay
£640
 
 
31 May 2015 - 5 Sep 2015
3 night minimum stay
£780
 
 
6 Sep 2015 - 31 Oct 2015
3 night minimum stay
£640
 
 
1 Nov 2015 - 19 Dec 2015
2 night minimum stay
£540
 
 
20 Dec 2015 - 3 Jan 2016
3 night minimum stay
£780
 

Notes

  • Booking Notes:
    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.

    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

    Notes on prices:
    Low season: week £ 500 weekend £380 mid-week 4 nights £380
    Mid season: week £600 weekend £380 mid-week 4 nights £380
    High season: week £750 weekend £490 mid-week 4 nights £490
    Easter, Christmas and New Year: High Season
    Half term school holidays: Mid Season
    2 night stays are available in mid and low season
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Colchester in Essex

Property Type:
  • cottage
Location Type:
  • beach
  • village
General:
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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
Entertainment:
  • Television
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Notes:
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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