Self catering holiday cottages to rent in West Mersea, Essex, England

Mersea Island is a sleepy coastal location in north Essex with a beach where people go to spend a few lesiuredly hours and to sail. It is Britain’s most easterly, populated island and offers holidaymakers five square miles of unique natural beauty. Rows of bright beach huts back the deep sandy beach. Toilets, car parking and other favilities are on Victoria Esplanade. Additional free car parking is available near the beach. The island tends to be divided into east and West Mersea, the eastern part is mainly agricultural.


What West Mersea, Essex offers for Self-Catering Holidays

Mersea is a relaxing location for a self catering cottage holiday. It is an unspoiled backwater, popular with the sailing fraternity and visitors eager to enjoy a good fish meal. There is a well-known fishmongers and eatery called the Company Shed that people visit, bringing their own wine and accompaniments to freshly caught oysters and sea food. Oyster beds run along this stretch of the Essex coastline. Seals can sometimes be spotted lazing on the shores. For self caterers on holiday, there is good organic local produce available, including locally-reared meat, fruit and vegetables, wine from the vineyard, beer from the micro-brewery and a fresh bread and cakes from the traditional bakers.

There is planty of sailing on the Essex coast and in common with many other coastal Essex towns, Mersea has its own yacht club and regatta. There are many water-filled landscapes in this part of north Essex. Mersea Island sits separated from the mainland by the Pyefleet Channel and in between the estuaries of the Rivers Colne and Blackwater. The only way to Mersea Island is across the historic Strood, a 1,300 year old causeway that is sometimes flooded at high tide. Boats bob up an ddown or sink into the mud at low tide in all the convoluted creeks and channels around Mersea Island. Fascinating villages and towns to visit nearby are Tollesbury where there are more boats and sailing, Brightlingsea with another yacht club to the east and a most pleasant waterfront area with a beach and family friendly facilities.

Abberton Reservoir, 5 km inland from Mersea island, is a nature reserve where people go to spot waders and a multitude of other birds.

Mersea Island is a good family self catering holiday destination, the sort of place one arrives equipped with fishing nets and crabbing buckets for the children and expects hours of simple fun outdoors.

Colchester is the nearest large town and offers everything that anyone might need during a self catering holiday. The splendid zoo is good for a family day out, there is a leisure centre with a swimming pool, enormous soft play centre, an intriguing narrow laned shopping area, a castle with plenty of hands-on interactive exhibits for children. The profile of Essex has been raised since the television programme 'the only way is Essex' was aired and it come highly recommended as a good place for a family holiday.

Rent a houseboat, apartment or holiday cottage in Mersea or Essex for a fun filled and relaxing self catering break with never a dull moment.

Book a West Mersea cottage and look forward to discovering some of the best of Essex on holiday.

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Broman's Barn, Colchester, Essex, East Anglia, England

1 bedroom Barn Conversion, West Mersea 2 miles away

sleeps 1 - 2 guests
1 - 2
1 bedrooms
1
1 bathrooms
1
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome
2

Part of the Grove Cottages collection, Bromans Barn is a romantic cottage for two situated on a farm close to Mersea Island’s Nature Reserve.

Weekly Price from: £399

The Wobbin, Tollesbury, Essex, East Anglia, England

3 bedroom Country Cottage, West Mersea 4 miles away

sleeps 2 - 6 guests
2 - 6
3 bedrooms
3
1 bathrooms
1
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome
2

Secluded pet-friendly country cottage near Tollesbury with distant sea views.

Special features: free internet access.

Weekly Price from: £556

Ropes Cottage, Colchester, Essex, East Anglia, England

3 bedroom Historic Cottage, West Mersea 8 miles away

sleeps 2 - 6 guests
2 - 6
3 bedrooms
3
2 bathrooms
2
no dogs allowed
4 star

Historic 3 bedroom cottage in the heart of Colchester.

Special features: free internet access.

Weekly Price from: £446
Next availability:
from 29 October to 30 October 20 from 01 November to 08 November 20

Wakes Hall Lodges, Colchester, Essex, East Anglia, England

1 bedroom Lodges, West Mersea 12 miles away

sleeps 1 - 2 guests
1 - 2
1 bedrooms
1
1 bathrooms
1
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome
2

High quality wooden clad holiday lodges set in the stunning Colne Valley close to the Essex/Suffolk border and Constable Country.

Special features: free internet access, outdoor hot tub.

Weekly Price from: £743
Next availability:
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Gladwins Farm, Nayland, Colchester, Suffolk, East Anglia, England

4 bedroom Cottages, West Mersea 14 miles away

sleeps 2 - 8 guests
2 - 8
4 bedrooms
4
1 bathrooms
1
dog-friendly cottage, 3 dog(s) welcome
3
4 star

A collection of 9 award winning holiday cottages benefiting from excellent shared leisure facilities including a heated indoor swimming pool and a tennis court, all located amongst 22 acres of gorgeous Suffolk countryside.

Special features: free internet access, pool (On the site), tennis court, games room, outdoor hot tub, sauna.

Weekly Price from: £250

The Herons, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, East Anglia, England

1 bedroom House, West Mersea 16 miles away

sleeps 1 - 2 guests
1 - 2
1 bedrooms
1
1 bathrooms
1
no dogs allowed

Well presented holiday cottage sleeping 2 in the pleasant town of South Woodham Ferrers, with riverside walks available near by as well as good train links in to London.

Special features: free internet access.

Weekly Price from: £300

Rafe Hall Coach House, Pebmarsh, Essex, East Anglia, England

2 bedroom Barn Conversion, West Mersea 16 miles away

sleeps 2 - 5 guests
2 - 5
2 bedrooms
2
2 bathrooms
2
no dogs allowed
5 star

Relax and unwind in stylish luxurious surroundings at this beautiful 2 bedroom coach house, within half an hour's drive of Constable Country, Colchester and Long Melford and Lavenham for days out.

Special features: free internet access, games room.

Weekly Price from: £605

The Bungalow, Bentley, Suffolk, East Anglia, England

1 bedroom Holiday Bungalow, West Mersea 18 miles away

sleeps 1 - 2 guests
1 - 2
1 bedrooms
1
1 bathrooms
1
no dogs allowed
4 star

One bedroom holiday bungalow set within the owner’s extensive grounds and featuring access to beautiful gardens, fishing lakes and an outdoor swimming pool (pool available in summer months only), set within the Suffolk countryside close to the coast.

Special features: pool (Shared use of owner's outdoor swimming pool in the summer months (June to September).).

Weekly Price from: £236
Next availability:
from 07 November to 21 December 20 from 28 December to 02 January 21

The Grove Cottages, Sudbury, Suffolk, East Anglia, England

3 bedroom Barn Conversions, West Mersea 19 miles away

sleeps 2 - 6 guests
2 - 6
3 bedrooms
3
1 bathrooms
1
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome
2
4 star

Grove Cottages specialise in fabulous romantic and historical cottages with character in Suffolk and Essex.

Special features: free internet access, Gold Award Winning Cottage.

Weekly Price from: £306

The Stables, Great Maplestead, Essex, East Anglia, England

1 bedroom Romantic Retreat, West Mersea 19 miles away

sleeps 1 - 2 guests
1 - 2
1 bedrooms
1
1 bathrooms
1
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome
2
4 star

High quality one bedroom holiday cottage with idyllic garden and a fantastic rural setting close to naturally beautiful countryside near Castle Hedingham in Essex, with a king-size bed this is an ideal property for a tranquil romantic break.

Weekly Price from: £222

Snow Cottage, Lavenham, Suffolk, East Anglia, England

1 bedroom Cottage, West Mersea 20 miles away

sleeps 1 - 2 guests
1 - 2
1 bedrooms
1
1 bathrooms
1
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome
2
4 star

Idyllic sleeps 2 romantic retreat in the Suffolk countryside, with access to large gardens and good walks from the door, come and discover the delights of East Anglia.

Special features: free internet access, Gold Award Winning Cottage.

Weekly Price from: £349