For a holiday home with a wonderful maritime feel, it doesn’t get much better than Hotspur in West Mersea, Essex. This welcoming self-catering houseboat is a 60-tonne vessel which dates back to 1874 and has been moored at its current location since 1914. Having been refurbished, this holiday houseboat boasts charming period features and benefits from a prime location right by the waterline with maritime views and stunning sunsets.
With accommodation arranged over two floors, this six-berth boat can sleeps up to 9 people in two double, one triple and three single bedrooms/cabins and offers an Essex holiday with plenty of fresh sea breezes.
Hotspur is constructed from two-inch teak on oak beams and this houseboat seems much larger on the inside than from the outside! Not to be compared to a narrowboat, this boat is very wide and spacious inside.
Unusual holiday accommodation in West Mersea for 9
Our houseboat is somewhat unusual accommodation for a self-catering holiday in Essex, but where better to watch the ebb and flow of the tides and experience the unique maritime environment? Enjoy a coastal holiday and the oysters and sea food of West Mersea.
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This owner/agency has featured on countrycottagesonline.com since 2010
Please visit http://www.sgwooldridge.com/hotspur to find out more about the holiday cottage, amenities, surrounding area and places to visit in Essex.
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Cudmore Grove Country Park. Fingringhoe nature reserve. Layer Marney Towers Colchester Zoo Dedham, Flatford, and Constable country Sailing, Swimming, Walking
Nearest Train Station or Airport: Colchester
Recommended Places to Visit: Colchester and Castle, Colchester Zoo Dedham, Flatford constable country. Cudmore Grove country park Layer Marney Towers
Annual Events: West Mersea Regatta end August or thereabouts. Annual firework display August Regatta week.
Recommended Places to Eat Out: Company Shed, Oyster Bar, both good fresh seafood on the front. Victory, Peldon Rose. Many more good local eateries too numerous to list.
Local Sports: Sailing, waterskiing, horseriding, swimming, crabbing
Mersea is Britain's most easterly, populated island - 5 square miles of unique natural beauty just off the Essex coast. Accessed from the English mainland solely via The Strood, a 1300-year-old, half-mile causeway occasionally flooded by high tides, Mersea boasts Britain's finest oysters, creek-riddled nature reserves, superb walking and birdwatching, excellent sailing and fishing, plus sandy beaches and warm summer seas. Wander among salt marshes rich with samphire and enjoy delicious sustainable produce: renowned Mersea native oysters, estuary and North Sea fish, a vineyard and micro-brewery, organic seasonal fruit and veg, locallly-reared meat, a working smokehouse and traditional bakers. Mersea's maritime heritage is manifested in its reputation as a world-class sailing centre.