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Waterfront Cottage In The Lovely Village Of Rowhedge, Near Mersea Island

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom Cottage, Sleeps 5. Suitable for Families and Couples

Our lovely waterfront cottage provides flexible, light and airy accommodation in the lovely village of Rowhedge which is is ideally located for easy access to the Essex seafront at Mersea Island, Brightlingsea, Walton and Clacton as well as being 10 minutes from Colchester town centre, an hour from London and 45 minutes from the popular Suffolk coastal region including Snape, Aldeburgh, Thorpeness and Southwold.

The property is right on the waterfront in the heart of this quiet and welcoming village. The house is surprisingly spacious and has been newly refurbished. It very comfortably sleeps 5 and has a double bedroom with en suite, a twin bedroom, a single bedroom and family bathroom and there is easily room for a travel cot as well. There is a large living area with comfortable seating, a dining table and chairs, a modern kitchen with all the appliances and a small back garden which is a real sun trap and lovely for outdoor dining. There are two assigned parking spaces.

This is our much loved home and is regularly used by us and our family and friends.

Rowhedge is a quite village with a welcoming community and is convenient for access. There is a Co-op, a post office and the excellent Anchor pub and restaurant as well as the Albion a little further along the village.

The cottage's pièce de résistance is the view across the river Colne estuary to the picturesque village of Wivenhoe and the nature reserve, it is a tranquil and lovely start to every day.

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Heather Waugh
Member since: 2015
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This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
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Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
18 July, 2018

About Heather Waugh

Our parents originally bought this house as their retirement home and my brother and I now own it. We grew up in Colchester and although our parents moved to Kent when we grew up they returned to the area when they retired and stumbled upon this lovely cottage whilst out for a walk one day, it was love at first sight.

We are both busy professionals with families but our roots remain in the Colchester area and we love this house for its tranquil location, it's warm atmosphere and its happy family memories.

We all regularly use the cottage as a retreat and for family get togethers.

Heather Waugh purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Heather Waugh chose Colchester

If you've ever dreamed of a house on the river then you couldn't fail to love the location and views from here.

What makes this cottage unique

You just can't beat the view, it's quite something to open the curtains in the morning and gaze out across the uninterrupted river view. The house is spacious and adaptable and Rowhedge is quite and friendly and very convenient with easy access to roads. In 10 minutes you can either be on the beach in one direction or in the town in the other. The surrounding area provides a large and diverse cross-section of sights, activities, entertainment, shopping and restaurants.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Colchester in Borough of Colchester

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En-suite to bedroom 1
  • Both bathrooms have been recently re-fitted
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed , Travel cot also available in this room
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , With en-suite shower room
  • 3 Bedrooms, sleeps 5 plus baby in travel cot. Bedroom 1: double bed, lots of wardrobe and storage space, en-suite shower room and a lovely view across the river Bedroom 2: twin single beds Bedroom 3: Single bed and room for a travel cot
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Garden ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(26 traveller reviews)

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Waterfront Cottage In The Lovely Village Of Rowhedge, Near Mersea Island
average rating of 4.923077 based on 26 reviews

Excellent cottage just by the river

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was very nice, great use of space, a perfect place for both family and friends. Clean, practical and with it's own parking space. Necessary in a village like Rowhedge.

Charming location just next to the river with a short stroll from two nice pubs one of them with super food.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Outstanding accommodation in Rowhedge

  • 5 of 5

Loved this 3 bedroom cottage on the river at Rowhedge [only a footpath between you and the river.] It is spacious, well-equipped and superbly presented. Lots of extras like games, books, DVDs and important small touches like good quality towels. Excellent kitchen to work in with pretty well everything you might need. And with three separate toilets there is room for all! Heather was an attentive host responding swiftly to dumb questions. Already looking forward to my next visit.

  • Review Submitted: 15-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely cottage with a beautiful view

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is clean, cozy and well equipped. Besides, it is really quiet, as it faces the river and offers a beautiful view. Great location to visit Colchester!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rowhedge Waterfront Cottage — an astonishing River Colne-side house, 5* for Little Egrets & others!

  • 5 of 5

The house itself struck me firstly as charmingly quirky, and grew on me until by the end of my 7-night stay I felt quite at home. Rowhedge has ten-star nostaligia value for me as it's where I met my first love, and I returned after all this time to remember it, before leaving Essex soon after many decades for the Atlantic Ocean, and Braunton, North Devon. However what will stay in my mind forever in Rowhedge is the bird life on the River Colne. It has obviously been better in the past, but then everything in the natural world now seems to be declining at such an alarming rate. It's a fairly clean river as there is plenty of life under those rather drab brown/grey mudflats, ragworm and lugworm certainly and much else. Redshank aplenty, Black-tailed Godwit, a few Curlew, always good to see, as they're in a spot of trouble at the moment; Teal, Mallard, Dabchick, Cormorant, the inevitable Black-headed Gulls, several thousands of them flying upriver each morning in the pre-dawn light (makes a wonderful film!). One of the days was sunny and 20 degrees, there were four Swallows, Red Admirals, bumblebees, with midges in the evening, most unusual for late October; a few Lesser Black-backed Gulls, the occasional Grey Heron, but the icing had to be that Mythical White Bird, the Little Egret, wonderful to watch foraging along the waters edge and spearing prey with that long black beak, occasionally comical in its modus operandi – just has to be watched – but in flight it becomes one of the most graceful birds you could wish to see, particularly just after sunrise when I managed a few shots of it in flight low above the saltmarsh with the houses of Wivenhoe behind, sidelit by an orange fire as the day began. One of those rare magical moments in wildlife photography, and I hope very much to return. Two local waterfront pubs, The Anchor and The Albion, both welcoming and friendly, make excellent places to relax after a day out, with the river carrying much interesting boat traffic. The people are pleasant & kind, however I feel for them now with all the building that's taking place – it will unfortunately change the spirit of Rowhedge, although naturally it will have also have changed since I was there. I remembered virtually nothing of it, and it was as if many little lights began slowly coming on seeing it again. I look forward very much to returning next year!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful and quiet with a beautiful location.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was clean ,well equiped and comfortable. Nicely furnished with a wonderful view.We watched several sunrises over Wivenhoe woods, and saw a seal one day. We made visits to Beth Chattos garden, West Mersea,Fingringhoe nature reserve Wivenhoe and Colchester: all within easy reach. We would definitely like to return.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage and location

  • 5 of 5

Cottage was lovely and located right on the river with ex pub a few yards away.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
36 Miles
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
The Anchor
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Colchester North Station
Nearest Motorway
48 Miles
M25 J28
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
The Anchor Restaurant & Pub
Nearest Beach
7.5 Miles
Mersea Island
Car: recommended

Rowhedge is a quiet village 4 miles east of the town centre of historic Colchester with its excellent shopping, restaurants and entertainment facilities. Rowhedge is also within very easy reach of the sea front at East and West Mersea, Brightlingsea, Clacton and Walton, and less than a hours drive from the Suffolk coastal towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold.

the village is a delightful place with good local amenities including a Co-op, Post Office and the Anchor pub and restaurant.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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