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“Most wonderful different Christmas”
Island cottage
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38 reviews
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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3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6
Frinton-On-Sea, Essex, England

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jacquie44...
Basildon, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Most wonderful different Christmas”
Reviewed 3 January 2017 for a stay in December 2016

We had a most wonderful stay at Island cottage. The cottage had everything you could wish for a comfortable stay. Vicky and family were so friendly and helpful.
We loved watching the sheep dog herding his flock.

We were so lucky with the weather and the views from our bedroom window were outstanding.

Two of our party went fishing boxing day. There are plenty of games, dvds etc in the cottage.

Loved the log fire,
Once again a big thank you to Vicky and family, feel sure we will return.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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glewis717...
Colchester, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Brilliant location and cottage for a very special secret surprise”
Reviewed 5 December 2016 for a stay in December 2016
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Finding somewhere quite so lovely near to where we all live for a surprise for one of our dear friends was really amazing. The information provided by Vicky prior to our arrival was thorough and very accurate. The exciting journey over to the island on the first night in pitch darkness was breathtaking ...the sides of the causeway appeared to be dressed with sparkling tinsel ....the seaweed lit the way . Ghostly birds took flight as we approached them all adding to the experience. On arrival we were so pleased to find such a delightful, really warm cottage. Everything that you could wish for ..was thoughtfully provided, many items rekindling memories of relatives houses in the past.
The weather for December was kind to us...brilliant. Long walks along the beaches, collecting drift gifts and shells kept us amused. It is such a lovely magical place. Working with the tides gave us opportunities to go to local villages to visit restaurants and pubs, ample time if you stick to the guidance given by Vicky.
We really enjoyed a private, secluded weekend away from it all. In spite of being locals we felt a million miles away !

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Liked best: Feeling I was totally away from it all.
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 50-64
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Recommended for:
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MattAndFa...
Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
“Idyllic Holiday”
Reviewed 5 September 2016 for a stay in July 2016

We stayed in Island Cottage on Horsey Island with our two young sons (4 and 6). The owners were super helpful and friendly before (I skim read the directions and then had a slight navigational drama en route), during and after our stay. Our kids loved meeting Superman the horse who was hanging out in the paddock next to the cottage and they had a great (and hair-raising) time driving the tractor around in the field. We enjoyed lots of walks under huge skies Binoculars were a must for spotting the amazing array of birds and the lazy seals lounging in the estuary. Island Cottage is really cosy and beautifully renovated, there were plenty of toys for the kiddos to play with in the evenings (GeoMag = total revelation). We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, it was a really peaceful and relaxing holiday, we look forward to returning next summer.

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Liked best: The stunning location and exciting journey across the causeway.
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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billsuze
Watford, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Unexpected delight from rugged isolation and homely cottage...and Vicky!”
Reviewed 31 August 2016 for a stay in December 2015

Brilliant. We had one of our best ever Christmas/New Year breaks on Horsey Island in 2015/2016 – and I never expected it. The rest of the family were thrilled by the prospect of an isolated cottage at the remote end of a tidal causeway; what I saw was isolation, dampness and power cuts...plus that line from the film, Withnail and I, that runs “We've come on holiday – by mistake.” I was wrong; from beginning to end, we (two adults and four children, 11 to 20) all loved it, and so much so that two of the children invited friends along for the second half – which was okayed without any fuss by our fabulous host, Vicky, who lives on the farm next door. For starters, the cottage was modern, spacious and fully equipped, and very warm. There was one power cut, I think, but we hardly noticed as the standby generator kicked in. We struggled with wifi, even with a dongle, though we could have sorted it if we'd really wanted to; the break from computer screens was good. While it was essential to have such a great base, the thrills came from our tours of the island. It was strange to be the only ones out walking; tramping along the dykes with thousands of birds for company or wandering (and wondering) about the wrecks on the beaches. I found that I loved looking across the water and feeling that no-one could reach us; watching the water come in over the causeway was extraordinary; and then surveying the causeway at high tide, thinking that we're just driven across there, seemed almost biblical! The younger girls particularly enjoyed the haystacks and the boat trip with Joseph, Vicky's partner, to see the seals. We've decided to return in the sunshine for another break, and to make the most of the kayaks on the network of canals and waterways, among other things. If you're interested, ask Vicky anything: she's open, straight and witty. Oh yes – and we were thrilled by her flock of rhea. Great holiday!

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Liked best: Combination of isolation, homeliness and owner's attitude
Liked least: Having to leave
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Kuzza23
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Superman, Death Slide and beautiful isolation”
Reviewed 23 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016
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A lovely back to basics holiday. Two kids (5 and 6) a dog and Mrs K on an island. Fantastic. A holiday with a difference. Superman the horse was a fantastic companion in an adjoining field and the girls kept him well feed and groomed. We walked around the rugged, windswept island and the fresh air, space and isolation was amazing. Man may very well be an island. Then onto the canoes and some dare-devil rope slide shenanigans into the water. The cottage itself is great (no dishwasher or washing machine) stocked with books, games and DVDs. The beautiful beaches of Frinton are close by in case you miss the mainland. The dog is in clover amongst all the space and apologises for chasing some sheep. Forget your glamping, fancy resorts and spend some time with lovely Mother Nature and your kind and helpful host Vicky.

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