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Stunning sea views on the Essex Sunshine Coast under two hours from London!

45 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Lee-over-Sands - Beach House - perfect peace

Three bedroom house right across the creek from a beautiful beach.

The Beach House is situated on the Essex Sunshine Coast next to a Nature Reserve right on the bank of a tidal creek with stunning views of the sea in front and the river behind. The huge, usually empty, beach is just over the creek so you can wade over (barefoot or in wellies if you prefer - there are some pairs at the house but bring your own if you can) at low tide or walk down to the end of Beach Road to the nature reserve and through to the beach. Or you can stroll through the reserve, along the beach and back along the sea wall or stop and bird-watch from the hides or the sun deck. A booklet is in the house along with binoculars and bird books if you don’t know a plover from a pigeon. We have a list of birds spotted (34 in one weekend including Marsh harrier, linnets, Reed buntings, oystercatchers and kestrel) and can email it to you if you ask. Jaywick is about 20 minutes walk along the sea wall (about 30 minutes along the beach) where you will find pubs, shops and amusements.

The Beach House is in the tiny hamlet of Lee-Over-Sands which is about three miles from St Osyth and about five miles from Clacton-on-Sea in Essex. There are three bedrooms (two doubles with washbasins and one with single size bunk beds), a large living room with integral kitchen and an upper sun room and deck with wrap-around views of the sea and river. The house is clean and comfortable and the Seventies-style shower won’t be winning any design awards but is actually very efficient. There's parking for two or three cars along the side of the house and a slipway into the creek for the nautically-minded.

The real joy is the sheer tranquility, waking up in the morning to flocks of geese and sitting in the sun room or on the deck gaping at the views over the creek, sea, river and marsh. At night sit in the nautically-themed sun room and watch the ships’ twinkling lights or gaze at the spectacular night sky including the occasional shooting star.

We are very flexible, extremely friendly and we genuinely want others to share this unique spot so just ask. Most things are possible!

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

Property Manager
Elizabeth Montague-Black.
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 October, 2016

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a wonderful stay in the Beach House and didn't want to leave! To be so close to the sea was something we have been searching for for years and now that we have found this lovely retreat we hope to return. A fantastic place with uninterrupted views in which to relax and get away from it all. What a gem!
Aug 2012
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based on 45 holidaymaker reviews

Stunning sea views on the Essex Sunshine Coast under two hours from London!
average rating of 4.888889 based on 61 reviews

Total peace and quiet in an idyllic setting

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for an opportunity to get away from the crowds and to be surrounded by nature, then this place is hard to beat. You're made fully aware of the rhythm of the tides and how the wildlife reacts to it. There are options of walking and cycling to enjoy the area. Within Colne Point Nature Reserve, extensive walks (tide permitting) are at your doorstep, with options towards along the coast towards Clacton. Options are increased further if you you have a small boat or kayak.

Views from both the terrace and the balcony are stunning and tempt you to hang around, rather than venture further afield.

The accommodation is comprehensive and we found everything we needed for cooking, relaxing and enjoying ourselves. TV and Broadband allowed us access to the outside world on the few occasions we were inclined. Comprehensive instructions ensure all runs smoothly, and communication with the owner and housekeeper (if necessary) are good.

We aim to return soon!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Perfection. Real British seaside escape.

  • 5 of 5

Just wonderful. The setting is unique. True feeling of separation from the world - something we usually have to travel a lot further than this to achieve. The marsh wildlife is stunning - if birds are your thing, then you don't have to leave the top deck. If seals are your thing, then you don't have to leave the bottom deck. If deserted ( that's DESERTED) beaches are your thing then cross the creek and walk in either direction for miles. The house is superbly equipped and wonderfully quirky but such a part of the landscape that it all feels normal. My instinct is not to tell anyone about it to keep it a secret. Too good to be a secret.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Unique and wonderful

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved this wonderful wooden house, and really want to return. The light on the top viewing platform is extra-ordinary, a real cheer to the spirits at this time of year. Loved the care, and attention taken by the owners, fab communication, well equipped, clean, spacious, and even better than we expected. Such and incredible location, both interesting and peaceful. We are composers, and felt so inspired we did a composition with the house as central, we were the envy of friends and fellow artists all over the UK and beyond. Thank you so much!!!! Isabel and Duncan

  • Review Submitted: Jan 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
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Beautiful, wild, rugged coastline retreat.

  • 5 of 5

What a find! Perched right on the beach, with a creek to cross - just to add to the adventure, this property is remote yet accessible. The upper deck was perfect. Even the rain didn't dampen the views. We are already looking forward to planning a return visit.

Excellent communication from the owner allowed us to find it in the dark too!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
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Remote, quiet, splendid escape

  • 4 of 5

Easy to find, extremely clean and well equipped, this is a super place to get away from it all. You'll need a car because there is nothing in walking distance, but that's perfect if you want to get away from it all.

Warm and comfortable, the upper deck offers lovely views – even in bad weather it's fascinating to gaze out.

The owners provided an excellent service, checking that all was well, providing lots of useful information.

It's misses out on the full-house five stars due to the fact that while there was wireless internet, the bandwidth was so tiny, you couldn't even stream music let alone Netflix or some other cosy entertainment on the dark nights.

Otherwise, highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to leave a review but it seems very unfair for you to deduct a star because of something we have no control over! If you had asked us we would have told you that the wifi was the best we could get but the house is over the sea wall so it obviously won't be as strong as in a town; and we really cannot help the strength of the signal. We would not recommend the house for those who wish to download music or movies; it is perfect for those who like the peace and quiet and the beautiful scenery and wildlife. We do provide a library of books and DVDs for dark nights when you get bored of star-gazing.
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Deliciously 'Seaside' Shabby Chic!

  • 5 of 5

The photographs of the Beach House cannot do this wonderful holiday rental justice. The natural weathered shiplap exterior hides a cosy and warm environment. Sure the house is 'quirky', is the wrong side of the seawall, and isolated - but that is what makes staying there so great.

The experience is summed up by our first morning. When we opened the curtains in the front bedroom we were greeted by the sight of two Little Egrets fishing the creek right outside, two hot air balloons on the horizon and a Thames Barge under full sail. There is much to be said for this house, and we will be going back. Why don't you try it because the best reviews are in the guestbook!

A couple of tips:

To save packing food etc, try Click and Collect from a national supermarket chain whose name starts with a 'T', it's in Clacton just 5 and a half miles away. If you are taking a computer, log onto 'vessel finder' and enter Brightlingsea into the Ports tab, you will then have the track, name and destination of the ships you will be watching from the glorious upper deck sunroom.

You have got to give this a try

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
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Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
The Sailor Boy
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Miller's Barn Golf Park
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
The Red Lion
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Water ski-ing!
Car: recommended

We think the main attraction is the walking, beach-combing, bird-watching or simply enjoying the peace and quiet. It's a pleasant 30 minute stroll along the grassed sea wall or beach to Jaywick (with its famous sands) and the same again to the typically English seaside resort of Clacton-on-Sea, or you can drive in about twenty minutes. St Osyth is a charming village with unpretentious local pubs and restaurants or you can go further afield to Beth Chatto Gardens or the ancient city of Colchester with all its sights and facilities. Nearer you have the traditional seaside resort of Clacton with its pier, shops, restaurants and amusements.

Bird-watching is excellent. We know nothing yet about our feathered friends but regularly see quail, partridges (who scamper up to the house) and pheasants as well as a beautiful barn owl who comes out during the late afternoon sometimes.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Lee-over-Sands, Essex

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
23 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest

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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Lee-over-Sands in East of England

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 80 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The bathroom is compact and the shower is the original 1980 one - it is not very glamorous but actually works well. There is no bath in the house at the moment; the eventual plan is to remodel the house and add another bathroom. If you want us to let you know when the house has a bathroom as well as a shower room please get in touch now to be added to our contact list. Good-quality towels and bed linen can be provided at a cost of £20 per room as well as a household pack consisting of bath mat, hand towel and tea towels for £10 (to cover our laundering service costs).
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Bunk beds
  • The two double bedrooms have washbasins and fitted wardrobes. The third bedroom has a bunk bed with two single beds and a chest of drawers and small wardrobe. There is a travel cot available as well by prior arrangement. Good-quality towels and bed linen can be provided at a cost of £20 per double room or £10 per single as well as a household pack consisting of bath mat, hand towel and tea towels for £10 (to cover our laundering service costs).
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Decking
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Due to insurance stipulations, and the fact that the house is made of wood!, smoking in or anywhere near the property is banned. The house is thoroughly cleaned between stays and there is also an Essa air cleaner and dehumidifier in the house to improve the air quality. PLEASE NOTE that our specialist holiday let insurance does not allow us to rent the flat to groups of people under 25 years of age. We will require sight of the principal guest's ID and full names of everyone staying before confirming the booking. We do not allow parties and should any parties or other antisocial behaviour take place to the extent that there are complaints to the owners or the authorities then we reserve the right to terminate the reservation with immediate effect and with no refund of monies paid. We are sorry that we have to impose this new condition after many years of holiday letting but after a case of recent appalling behaviour we have to protect the house and the owners.

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