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“A special island with special hosts”
Island cottage
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Island cottage
Causeway and jetty at low tide
View of Island cottage
Friendly neighbours
Wildlife on the saltings
Lake at the west end of the island.
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Cottage -
3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6
Frinton-On-Sea, Essex, England

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TedBearSu...
Essex
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“A special island with special hosts”
Reviewed 28 October 2013 for a stay in October 2013
3
people found this review helpful

Island cottage and horsey island is the most magical special place where you can do as much or as little as you like.
Firstly the causeway , this really isn't as daunting as people may think. There's a 4 hr window for getting on and off the island 2 hrs before and 2 hrs after low tide. The drive across is an opportunity to see natural habitat for many different types of birds. My 82 yr old dad drove across with no worries at all.
Island cottage is spotlessly clean, well equipped with everything you could need and is cosy, full of character and has a lovely garden area with a picnic table and lovely views over the farmland and little lake in front of it . The 3 bedrooms are very spacious with comfy beds . The bathroom has a bath as well as a separate powerful shower.
The kitchen is well equipped with cutlery, pans double oven and fridge freezer, the dining room has a lovely large dining table and the lounge comfy sofas and a lovely log burner.
The island is just a peaceful haven with lots of animals including sheep, peacocks, ducks, horses and 2 of the cutest friendliest pigs this is a working farm but apart from the farmyard at the back of the cottage the rest of the island is free to roam about, plenty of fields to wander through and experience nature, a private beach with golden sand to swim from and just escape from the real world. Due to the remoteness there is no light pollution so the sky at night is just full of bright stars and amazing to see.
What makes the island even more special are Vicky, Joe, Olly and Noah Backhouse, they are the friendliest and kindest people who will go,out of their way to ensure everyone is welcome and made to feel special. Nothing is too much trouble for them . 3 other special backhouses are scoobie and Lucy the border collies and pixie the spaniel these dogs are seriously cute and very friendly.
Island cottage and horsey island is a very special magical place where adults can relax and kids can be kids in a safe environment and just have fun.
We all had a fab stay and I'm going to sneak back and become a squatter in the cottage :)

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Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
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theD&Jcol...
Sheffield
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A lovely stay on Swallow Island”
Reviewed 9 September 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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It's not every holiday that comes complete with its own book, but we were entertained by both the fictional and the real Horsey Island, and even saw lots of swallows! We were a little concerned about the crossing but our little car made it fine, laden with food as it was.

The cottage is picture perfect - clean and homely. There's a good kitchen for cooking and a spacious dining room. Our little one was also kept well entertained by books and games that were provided at the cottage. Evening sat out at the picnic bench as ducks waddle by, swallows swoop on the pond and the moon rises over the fields is something special. Having the run of the Island was the most marvellous thing though - so many places to explore and look about. It was a proper rest for all.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Having to leave!
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Ely, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 November 2012 for a stay in October 2012
5
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Travelling group: Teenagers
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Henry1812
Holt
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A very enjoyable stay in a picturesque spot”
Reviewed 9 May 2012 for a stay in April 2012
2
people found this review helpful

The five of us spent an excellent weekend here and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The house is well-equipped, comfortable and set in a splendid location. For a quiet, peaceful and secluded weekend - or longer stay - it's an ideal spot, although one has to be aware of the tide timings. (The owners are very helpful with this, as in all other matters.) Highly recommended.

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Liked best: The setting
Liked least: Not applicable!
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Brighton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 January 2012 for a stay in December 2011
2
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Liked best: Welcoming hosts, horses, pigs and sheep, canoeing, space and freedom
Liked least: Can't think of anything really. Even the causeway was an adventure!
Travelling group: Family with Young Children
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