Cottage in West Mersea, Essex, England - Secluded position, backing onto the water with Estuary views and only minutes to the village centre
About Vanessa Roots
We are a forty something couple who have a passion for property and interiors. Most of our time is spent researching, designing and making either furniture for our properties or designing their interiors. We spend a lot of time doing hand on jobs ourselves, its not often you won't find us with a paintbrush or sander in our hands, its what we do to relax, we do enjoy it so much. We love creating relaxing, calming, beautiful spaces to spend time in. The trouble is we never sit still long enough in any of them to make full use of them. Instead we have decided to share the homes on Owners Direct with you, so you can enjoy these spaces aswell. We really hope you enjoy spending time in them as much as we did creating them! Please be sure to check out our other property, a beautiful stone Masters House in rural Brittany, France just 20 minutes from the beautiful Crozon Peninsular with its amazing beaches; http://www.ownersdirect.co.uk/accommodation/p8160881
Vanessa Roots purchased this Cottage in 2011
Why Vanessa Roots chose Colchester
We were brought up in rural Essex, so having lived in London for work for a few years we soon found ourselves missing the Essex coastline. We decided to look for a weekend home to escape from London and to spend more time with our friends and family. So the search began.. Having looked at other outlying villages in our part of Essex, we soon found that Mersea Island was the place for us. Although growing up only a stones throw from Mersea, we never fully appreciated it growing up. So when we found Crabtree Cottage in its amazing location, we soon realised we'd found a real gem in both this cottage and in Mersea Island. It really has its own charm. Mersea Island is a special and unique place that enchants you from your very first visit, you'll want to return time and time again.
What makes this Cottage unique
The many benefits of Crabtree Cottage include its secluded position down a long private driveway hidden from view. Even life-long Islanders have never heard of our location until they visit; we are so hidden away. However despite its secluded spot, the cottage is only a moments walk from the Anchorage part of the village, where the many Sailing Clubs, Pubs and Restaurants allow you to enjoy the coastal life! Venture out from the bottom of the garden and you can walk along the sea wall all the way round the Island should you so wish! Or just a few minutes round the corner is West Mersea's Monkey Beach. Just a 10 minute walk to the village centre allows access to all the amenities you could want. Once you've arrived no need to use the car, just leave it at home on the driveway! Perfect
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
We stayed at the property on a hot weekend in June and we couldn’t ask for more. Really home from home. We will be staying again.
Nice place to get away from it all
The property was in a quiet location, but not far from the centre of the village and the coastline, it was great for walking the dogs, it is an area that hasn't been spoilt by tourism. The house is quaint, low ceilings which, do take a little getting used to, bed comfortable and the outdoor area was a great suntrap, in the kitchen everything worked which is a nice change, we would come back again, maybe for a longer stay.
An early spring break
Crabtree Cottage was the ideal location for our little family get together. We had lovely walks straight from the cottage and could come home to a nice welcoming cottage with all the modern comforts and a log fire to boot.
We really enjoyed it.
A delightful stay in a cottage full of character
A delightful stay in a perfect location. Crabtree Cottage is snug, very well equipped and met all of our aspirations for a relaxing and restful stay.
Quirky property in beautiful location.
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay
A quaint cottage in a peaceful location.
We enjoyed our stay at Crabtree Cottage during Storm Gareth. The cottage is down a private lane with estuary views from the rear kitchen and downstairs bedroom windows. The garden has a lovely terrace overlooking the views and we experienced a glimpse of the sunset before the clouds got in the way. It’s just one of a handful of properties in a very peaceful location but within a few minutes walk from the waterside and eateries. We would say the cottage is in one of the nicest locations in West Mersea. The walk from the rear of the garden cannot be accessed but this is no problem because you can pick up the walk just minutes away.
We had the most amazing seafood platter to takeaway from West Mersea Oyster Bar and ate at The Coast Inn which is a friendly pub with very good food.
We walked miles locally with our dog and in Cudmore Grove Country Park. The park has a very good playground should you be staying with children. We walked around the water and a murmiration of starlings gave us a beautiful display. There was lots of birds and ducks so it’s a photographers paradise. It must be beautiful in summer.
We loved our stay in West Mersea and would like to return one summer to experience the yachting vibe and to eat fresh fish outside one of the little fish bars in the sunshine.
What a lovey review, how descriptive it is! For anyone that has not visited Mersea before they will certainly want to after reading this delightful review!
Its always so nice to hear from guests that enjoy the cottage and Island as much as we do!
We would love to have them back in the summer so they can see how its even better at that time of year!
Special interest holidays:
West Mersea is a sailing community with its two Sailing/Yacht clubs at its heart. Crabtree cottage is situated in the Anchorage area of Mersea, the heart of the sailing community. You will find all amenities for this sport within moments of the cottage. This is an ideal spot for a sailing holiday or simply a base for visiting West Mersea's famous Regatta week in August.
Just over the Estuary situated at Saltcote is the RSPB Old Hall Marshes for Bird Watching. In addition at the nearby Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre is Essex Wildlife Trusts' venue for Wildfowl Watching.
The Estuary is visible at the bottom of the garden where you can take walks along the sea wall, all the way round the Island if you are feeling energetic! Both East & West Mersea boast beaches. West Mersea's Monkey Beach is only a few minutes walk from the cottage along the waters edge, past the pubs and eateries and a 5 minute drive to Cudmore Grove provides access to the beaches of East Mersea with its mini cliffs.
West Mersea is situated just 10 miles from Colchester.
Access to the A12 is either via Colchester or alternatively via Braxted Park which can be reached in 20 minutes. From there it is 45 minutes to the M25.
Mainline railways can be accessed at nearby Colchester, Kelvedon or Witham with trains to London, Norwich and further afield.
The nearest airport is Stanstead situated 35 miles away.
Colchester is 10 miles away and is Britain's Oldest Recorded Town, which boasts a Norman Castle and Roman Wall among many other architecturally important sites.
Tiptree is just 11 miles away. With its world famous Jam Factory, this village is steeped in history with the Wlikins Family producing jams and preserves from this site for well over 100 years. Visit the Jam Factory Tea Rooms for lovely cream teas.
Vist Dedham only 16 miles away; the scenery depicted in Constables famous paintings.