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By the sea and surrounded by fields, ideal for those who want to escape reality

Bedrooms 3
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

A comfortable holiday home, 2/3 bedrooms, all mod cons and no added extras.

Our family have owned Humperdink, our cottage, since 1965 and we have recently brought it into the 21st century, retaining its charm and character while adding some new creature comforts, including gas central heating with radiators and running hot water (which is a first for us never having this luxury at our cottage before!) to make any stay a memorable and pleasurable whatever the weather, or time of year.

We have no hidden extras with our home, bed linen, towels, tea towel and cleaning are all included in the price. All pillows and mattresses have protector covers.

Check in is 3 pm and check out is 11 am.

The surrounding area is fields, however the river, sea and beach are just over the sea wall, where you can walk with or without your dog and enjoy the views, swim in the summer or you can stay at our cottage, sit in the front garden watching the sheep in the field opposite or sit on the patio on the comfy rattan chairs at the back of the property and listen to the wildlife right on your doorstep, away from the hustle and bustle of reality. Your dog is very welcome, please just notify us about this when you book.

The cottage has two bedrooms upstairs, one with a wooden Shaker Kingsize bed that has views to the sea and a second bedroom with a wooden double bed, as well as a single bed, so this room can actually sleep three. This room has spectacular views across the fields and also to the sea, where you can see the Wind Turbines near Clacton.

There is a room downstairs, at the back of the property, that can either be a bedroom or a playroom. This has a new very comfortable double sized sofa bed from Ikea. This room has french doors which open out onto a decking area, complete with rattan chairs and a table, all ready for you to enjoy your meal or drink a la fresco.

In the summer you wake on a lovely sunny morning with the sun streaming in, encouraging you to open the patio doors and take in the peace and solitude of the area.

Our cottage has a delightful open living space where you can cook, eat and socialize. There is a fitted, fully equipped kitchen, with a washing machine, electric oven and hob, slow cooker, George Foreman Grill, coffee machine that uses Dulce gusto pods and microwave. In the living space there is a TV/DVD player/ radio in the comfy sitting area and a dining room table and 7 chairs. The bathroom, again, has been recently completely revamped with a shower over the bath.

There is 4 G connectivity via a dongle, however, this is not suitable for games playing or for downloading films.

The unique location on the Essex coast, which incidentally is one of the driest places in the UK, is adjacent to the Essex Wildlife Trust EWT ( reserve on Colne Point which has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) affording habitat for many different birds both resident and migratory. As a guest you are allowed access to the beaches and wildlife reserve, which could be described a very exclusive experience as only members and residents are usually allowed.

London is only 2 hours away by car and there is a main train station at Colchester which is approximately 20 mins away from Humperdink. However, there are smaller train stations at Gt Bentley and Clacton.

The nearest village is St Osyth and it's only about an hour away by foot or ten minutes by car. Clacton with the pier, amusements and nightlife, Frinton with a long sandy beach and old fashioned seaside resort, Walton, Brightlingsea with an excellent fish and chips shop down on the quay and Colchester which has the cultural side with shops, theatre, Zoo, Spa to name just a few things to do, are all, at the most, thirty minutes away by car offering you a variety of amusements and shops or different beaches.

Escape to our comfy and welcoming Cottage and have a holiday you will always remember, away from the hustle and bustle of reality. The sea air will help you to also have a really good night's sleep and should you be lucky the most beautiful sunset.

Don't forget your wellies, old pair trainers or binoculars!

More Details

Simon and Diana Wakefield
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

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Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
19 September, 2018

About Simon and Diana Wakefield

This is a photo of my husband and I taken recently. We live about 45 mins away from our cottage so we won't meet you but there is a keysafe at the property. You will be given the code approximately a week before your stay and we are happy to answer any questions you have and are at the end of the phone should you have an emergency.

Simon and Diana Wakefield purchased this chalet in 1965

Why Simon and Diana Wakefield chose Lee-over-Sands

The Cottage, as we call it, or HUMPERDINK to give it its proper name, has been in our family since the sixties when my dad gave it to my mum as a wedding anniversary present! Four generations of my family have enjoyed many a happy summer holiday, or lazy weekend there. We feel our cottage has a welcoming charm and a homely atmosphere with hopefully all you need for your stay. There are some lovely walks around the property and should you be lucky to have a warm sunny day you can walk to the beach and take a picnic, you will find it is almost deserted.

The nearby village of St Osyth is just 10 mins away in the car where there is an excellent Fish and Chips and Balti House, both of which will deliver, couple of pubs and an excellent butcher. The bigger supermarkets, also which will deliver, are in Clacton or Colchester. Our cottage offers you the opportunity of having a break, away from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life and feel it is just ready for you to turn back the clock, unwind and be together.

What makes this chalet unique

Around the cottage there is beautiful countryside teaming with birds and wildlife. Then over the sea wall there is a river with creeks that, at very high tides, floods the marshes giving the area a totally different perspective and the sea, which at low tide reveals the mussel beds. You can enjoy views across to Mersea Island or Bradwell, on a clear day, and watch the various boats out on the Blackwater from the upstairs front bedroom. Also, the sunsets are spectacular and the clear night skies are full of stars due to the lack of light pollution.

In the village of St Osyth not only is there the Priory there is now the Curve Wake Park ( if you are interested in water sports.

Out cottage is in unique surroundings and this is not really appreciated until you visit. It has lots to offer, the kitchen is fully equipped should you want to cook, there are games, DVDs and books that you are welcome to use and enjoy and the living space allows everyone to spend time together even when cooking, very different from when I grew up there when my mum was stuck in a tiny kitchen with me to help whilst the rest of the family were in the other room. The downstairs back room allows you to take yourself away and be on your own or to be a space where the children can play. We are only able to put a few photos on the website but hopefully this will give you a brief view of what is to offer - a break in a unique cottage with unique surroundings!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chalet around the Lee-over-Sands around the Saint Osyth

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Downstairs bathroom with shower over bath
  • White bath with shower at one end, shower screen and pretty curtain, corner basin, eco flushing toilet with soft closing lid, large ladder towel rail which is heated when heating on.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Downstairs Bedroom 3/ Playroom - 1 Cot , 2 Sofa bed/Futon , Sofa bed provides a comfortable double bed.
    Main bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Main bedroom with King Size bed, bedside cabinets and lamps, hanging space and 2 small chest of drawers. Second bedroom with double bed and large pine single bed, bedside cabinets and chest of drawers. Downstairs in the back room, as we call it, there is a sofa bed which turns into a decent double bed and a canvas wardrobe. It has large french doors that open out onto a raised deck so can used as a bedroom or playroom. A travel cot is also available although no bedding. Spectacular views of the surrounding coast and farm land to both front, side and rear.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Your dog is very welcome, however, we would appreciate it if you would notify us about your dog when you book our cottage please. At the top of Lee Wick Lane turn left and 500 metres on the same side you will come to a Nisa convenience store. They sell most things and at good prices. However the village of St Osyth with two pubs, excellent Indian Balti House,= and fish and chips, (both of which will deliver), Boots, post office, coffee shop is only 10 mins away by car. If you want major supermarkets they can be found in Clacton or Colchester. A Train station with connections to Colchester and London is at Bentley, 15 mins away by car. St Osyth now has a Curve Wake Park, ( and also a Village Gun Club (


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By the sea and surrounded by fields, ideal for those who want to escape reality
average rating of 4.7083335 based on 24 reviews

Peaceful and cozy getaway location

  • 5 of 5

The property is cute and homely. The location is perfect as a base for a variety of nearby things to do (Mersea Island, Clacton, Beth Chatto gardens, local walking) and Humperdink is great for just relaxing. We had a lovely bank holiday weekend here.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely unspoilt beaches but basic cottage

  • 3 of 5

If you want to get away from it all to total peace and quiet then this is the place for you. However, it is very basic, tired, and quite cramped for space, with several basic things missing like tea towels. Also, the kitchen utensils weren't clean and had to be washed before use, eg the cheese grater was completely covered in grated cheese and had just been put away unwashed, and unchecked too! Although the owner has thought to put a safety gate at the bottom of the steep stairs, any self respecting small child or dog could get through the massive gaps between the bannisters or even fall through. We slept in the downstairs bed but I have to say it THE MOST uncomfortable bed I have ever tried to sleep on, and there are no facilities like convenient mirrors which can be used downstairs. I am disabled and unable to use the stairs for any facilities which might have been up there. I also have to say that whereas I understand the owners want to use things that belonged to her parents, the cottage did seem like a shrine to them, complete with photo, and it was as though we had stepped into someone else's home rather than a cottage meant for visitors. On the plus side, we had no problem in having our deposit returned. So, if you want long walks by the beach in an unspoilt part of the coast next to the nature reserve, and love the birds, snakes and just the freedom of the fresh air, then I'm sure you will find this area just right for you.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm very sorry that you had a disappointing stay. Up until now everyone has loved our cottage. We had previously ordered a new sofa bed and two new sofas for the living room which have now been delivered and we hope now everyone has an even more enjoyable stay.
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Idyllic Location

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Humperdink (3 adults, 1 child and 2 dogs). It's a lovely cosy seaside chalet/cottage on a nature reserve. The setting is so peaceful, and the bumpy ride from the main road is definitely worth it (just take it slow). The beach is mainly pebbles with some sand, we took a picnic down and watched the boats go by whilst having lunch. We had the entire beach to ourselves! The Fish and Chips in St Oysths is worth the trip out to get, they had to be the best and biggest I've ever had! We ventured out to Frinton-on-Sea, it's a huge stretch of pure sand and the water is very shallow for the little ones. We had the most amazing and comfortable stay.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you had a lovely stay and you enjoyed what our cottage and its surroundings are able to give. The fish and chip shop also deliver, which is free over a certain amount and they now know where our cottage is!
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What a find! Unique and Quirky

  • 5 of 5

The owners were very prompt with all email contacts and very helpful with information supplied about the property. The photos on the website give a great indication of the remoteness of Humperdink- two miles from a road, so incredibly peaceful. I loved the wooden floors and tiny stairs which added to a "beach house" charm and the squishy sofas were welcome when we did get a day's bad weather. We were there for the hot Bank Holiday and the sunset was stunning.

I have rented many holiday lets and Humperdink is certainly the most impressively equipped I've stayed in .

The owners are gracious about dogs who are welcome everywhere except on the beds. The garden isn't enclosed and next door have sheep and cats but all of this is made clear on booking. My dog had a lovely time.

Overall I wish I'd booked for longer just to laze around the cottage!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write your review. It's good to hear when our guests have a lovely time and enjoy our cottage with all its quirks and foibles.
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Warm and comfy home from home

  • 5 of 5

We have just spent a Mon-Fri here and had an amazing few days.. there was 3 Adults 2 kids and 2 dogs. I honestly don't know where to start first ! The house is gorgeous , very clean with everything you need , you have a large garden to the front with picnic table and even bigger garden at the back with raised decking and garden furniture. The neighbours were so friendly and will help with anything you need to know and the gentleman enjoys a good chat lol. The location is perfect for a quiet peaceful holiday. You have a 15/20 min walk to the beach that's only because we walked down to the bridge that crosses the river, when the tide is out and if you have wellies you could walk across the river straight to the beach. We went there every day and didn't see another single person the whole time. The beach is stones the a section of lovely sand and then stones and see shells. I would recommend an old pair of trainers to go exploring as the sea goes out. We enjoyed a swim in the sea which was very clean, surprisingly when the sea is coming in the first few feet out was luke warm. The walk to the beach is thorough a nature reserve with many wild birds. We did a bit of crabbing off the bridge with some string and some bacon which the kids enjoyed. We didn't travel out at all as we was so relaxed and content in this cosey quiet location, although was told of many diff places locally you could visit. We had a birthday while there and even managed to get a takeaway delivered lol. We didn't have a bad thing to say while here, there are comments in other reviews about the road which makes you worry a little but we found it totally fine if you drive sensibly! The Tarmac drops on one side so either drive with that in the centre of your wheels or if enough room on one side of it. It was totally fine and couldn't see what all the fuss was about. We struggled to find the beach (as we didn't read the info left in the house lol ) so text the owners who responded in 5 mins to explain how to find it. The children enjoyed the games that are there, also some films for the evening. I can't honestly fault this holiday in anyway and could only keep going over again and again about how happy we was and what a wonderful time we all had. Will certainly recommend this to family and friends and will defiantly be back again ourselves. Thank you so much for a wonderful break. 👍🏻👍🏻😀

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely, reassuring, helpful and informative review. We love it there and are so happy to share our home with our guests. It is so unique is so many ways and it is not until you go there you believe what you are told and then find our for yourself. The sunsets are absolutely beautiful and sometimes the whole sky is lit up. We have recently enjoyed all the starlings gathering and dancing in the skies as well as the Clacton air show which we enjoyed from standing on the bridge and could see the spectacular display by the Red Arrows.
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Perfect to get away from it all!

  • 5 of 5

Had a marvellous long weekend with family and my daughter's dog Alfie, who loved the deserted beach. House very comfortable and very well equipped. Simon and Diana were accommodating and responsive hosts. All perfect!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Delighted that you had a lovely time and enjoyed our cottage.
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Nearest Airport
46 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Red Lion Pub in St Osyth
Nearest Ferry
24 Miles
Nearest Golf
5.3 Miles
Clacton on Sea
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Clacton on Sea or Gt Bentley
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
St Osyth - pubs, Indian & tea shop
Nearest Ski
2 Kilometres
Water skiing at Curve Wake Park St Osyth
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Walk over Ray Creek to sandy/shingle beach
Car: necessary

There is a Nisa convenience store located on the road to Point Clear. At the junction of Lee Wick Lane turn left and the store can be found about 500 yards on the left hand side. They sell just about everything and the prices are very keen too. If you need major supermarkets you can find them all in either Clacton or Colchester. Clacton has a safe, sandy beach, Pier, cinema, restaurants and nightlife. Frinton also has a lovely sandy beach and is much quieter. Colchester is more cultural with a Castle, old city wall, theatre, Zoo, swimming complex and Spa as well as shops and nightlife. However, Humperdink and it's surroundings has a lot to offer such as walks, peaceful surroundings for you to unwind in and just enjoy, recharge your batteries and forget about the outside world! Gt Bentley is the best train station to use from London to reach the Cottage.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chalet around the Lee-over-Sands,

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
New year
30 Dec 2018 - 1 Jan 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £10
Refundable Damage Deposit £150
each dog £10

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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