Hotspur - West Mersea, Essex, England

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Seaview aft deck
Unique self-catering Unique self-catering
Upper Saloon
Self-catering houseboat Self-catering houseboat
Dining/Saloon below deck
Self-catering house boat Self-catering house boat
Kitchen/Galley below deck
Unusual self-catering accommodation Unusual self-catering accommodation
Upper deck bedroom

Key Cottage Information

Price range from £475 to £1250 per week
Number of units of accommodation: 1
Sleeps from 4 to 9 people in 5 bedrooms 
Number of bathrooms: 2 
Short Breaks: Yes - The minimum number of days for a short break is 3
Suitable for the disabled:  no
Children are welcome:  yes Cot available.
Pet Friendly:  no
Rating: Not assessed

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£475 per week
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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 since 2010

Special Features:
  • Historical Property
  • 1874 Gentlemans yacht. interior rosewood veneered panelling and oak beams.
  • With Exposed Beams
  • Swimming nearby, crabbing off gangway
Entertainment Facilities:
  • TV
  • Video or DVD
Kitchen & Dining:
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee Maker
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Washing Machine
  • Type of Cooker: Electric
  • Dining Table Seats: 8
  • 3 Double Bed(s)
  • 3 Single Bed(s)
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Ensuite Bathroom
  • Bath
  • Power Shower
  • Towels Provided
  • Central Heating
  • Wood Stove
Garden and Outdoors:
  • Garden: Freehold area of saltmarsh SSSI
  • Balcony
  • Parking
Special Facilities:
  • Sauna
  • Great sunset maritime views
Hotspur  - West Mersea,  Approached along the gangway to the deck, the top floor of Hotspur comprises a bright, spacious, modern lounge (22ftx16ft) with maritime views. Next to the lounge you will find the spacious master bedroom (17ftx14ft) which is complete with a built in wardrobe and en-suite shower room. Stairs lead down through to the lower floor through the original hatch (there is also a stairwell which leads from the master bedroom in to the saloon). Once downstairs, the narrow corridors, low berths and wood-panelled walls add plenty of character to this holiday houseboat. The saloon, measuring 16ft square boasts impressive original craftsmanship with oak beams, three portholes, built-in wooden benches and a multi-fuel burner that keeps the houseboat warm and cosy. There are also electric heaters and under-bunk heating. The galley kitchen features angled units and worktops, but with all the mod cons including a dishwasher and washing machine. The lower deck bathroom is located off the kitchen.

Eco friendly with Solar power heating the hot water and storage heater below reducing the carbon footprint of your holiday. Yet full mains power is always available too.

For larger parties, why not rent our other holiday home, Rookery Lodge, which is located just 25 minutes away. Or if you are simply looking for a smaller quiet country retreat try Rookery Lodge, which sleeps 2 to 9.

Please visit to find out more about the holiday cottage, amenities, surrounding area and places to visit in Essex.

Damage deposit may be required and payment in advance

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

West Mersea

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.

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