|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
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!
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!
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£200|