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Our island location gives you a rare opportunity to experience total peace and tranquility - isolation if you so choose! Horsey Island is set in the beautiful Hamford Water National Nature Reserve, an ideal place for coastal walks, bird watching, seal spotting and fishing. We are a 300 acre working livestock farm, and a designated SSSI site, SPA and an internationally important wetland area for birds (RAMSAR). The natural surroundings and beautiful wildlife make this a wonderfully peaceful retreat. This unique island offers year-round spectacular bird-watching, the winter and spring migrations being particularly special. In winter, you can expect to see some 1500+ brents landing within metres of the house. The drive across the causeway offers the keen photographer ideal opportunities for c...Our island location gives you a rare opportunity to experience total peace and tranquility - isolation if you so choose! Horsey Island is set in the beautiful Hamford Water National Nature Reserve, an ideal place for coastal walks, bird watching, seal spotting and fishing. We are a 300 acre working livestock farm, and a designated SSSI site, SPA and an internationally important wetland area for birds (RAMSAR). The natural surroundings and beautiful wildlife make this a wonderfully peaceful retreat. This unique island offers year-round spectacular bird-watching, the winter and spring migrations being particularly special. In winter, you can expect to see some 1500+ brents landing within metres of the house. The drive across the causeway offers the keen photographer ideal opportunities for close-ups of the waders and geese. In the spring, we are very lucky to have huge numbers of avocets, redshanks, oyster catchers and lapwing arriving to claim their nesting sites. Horsey is the perfect place to summer with children offering them total freedom to swim, canoe, bug-hunt, go crabbing or just relax! Arthur Ransome - well known for his “Swallows and Amazons” series of novels, set one of the books from this series - “Secret Water” - here on this island. The beautiful shingle beach is located to the north of the island, offering stunning views out across the Walton Backwaters. The 19th century newly refurbished cottage is welcoming, light and airy. It has 2 spacious double bedrooms, and one twin bedroom upstairs. The bathroom with separate bath and shower is also located upstairs. Downstairs there is a lovely well-equipped kitchen and spacious dining room, a cosy sitting room with a wood-burning stove, and a very useful boot room. Access to the island is by a tidal causeway which is suitable for all but the smallest of cars, due to good ground clearance being necessary. The crossing is a very bumpy two-thirds of a mile on what is essentially a track, but very much worth the journey once you arrive.The tide allows you 4 hours of low water crossings, tide timetables will be provided. Alternatively, why not moor up your boat and reach us that way?More
Electricity is provided by solar and wind power on Horsey Island so electricity is at a premium!
There is a good selection of board games and jigsaw puzzles, a few toys for little ones, and also a small library of family friendly dvds and books.
Linen and towels supplied.
Store cupboard essentials.
Wood for stove.
Beach towels not provided.
We stayed for a week in late August with some kids aged 3 to 14. The colours of the grasses, the changing shapes of the wetlands, the fields spotted with sheep, wild geese, a couple of horses and the friendly sheep dog called Scooby totally...More
We had a very magical few days in this gorgeous cottage. It is brilliantly equipped and spotlessly clean with lovely extras such as fantastic reference books, fiction books for all ages, beautiful fresh eggs and a supply of logs for the wood burner. Our children...More
The trip across the causeway sets the scene for the rest of your stay; a slow and relaxed approach to the crossing gives you time to admire the scenery and bird life and to begin the relaxing process that will continue throughout your holiday!
I can't speak highly enough of this gem of a holiday destination. I took my husband for a short break on Horsey as a surprise for his 50th birthday. I cannot think of a more magical start to a break than bumping slowly across the...More
We visited this beautiful cottage on the 23-26 December 2017. Vickys communication right from the start was excellent and what a lovely lady she is!
We spent Xmas here with our 2 children (5 & 6months) and it couldn't of been more magical! We arrived...More
Frinton on Sea is home to the Frinton Summer Theatre Season at the McGrigor Hall every summer. Started in 1937 by the Cambridge Academic T P Hoar for his own amusement whilst he was studying corrosion, it quickly developed a life of its own. Employing many famous actors at the start of their careers - Michael Dennison, Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Asher, David Suchet, Gary Oldman, Owen Teale, Linda Bellingham and Jack Klaff to name but a few. For many years it was run by the British actor Jack Watling with his son Giles and son-in-law Seymour Matthews. His daughters Debbie and Dilys often appeared on stage, as did 'Allo-'Allo star John D Collins. It is now run by the actor Edward Max.
The Frinton Literary Society offer a great program of events throughout the year. Their Literary Festival thi...
How to get there
From the M25 take junction 28, then at the roundabout take the 3rd exit merging onto the A12 towards Chelmsford/Harwich. Leave the A12 at junction 29, merging onto the A120 towards Harwich. After 6 miles branch left merging onto the A133 to Clacton. At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto the B1033 towards Frinton on Sea/Walton on the Naze. Take the 2nd exit at the next roundabout towards Walton on the Naze. Once you have driven through the village of Thorpe le Soken, turn left down Sneating Hall Lane, signposted to Walton on the Naze. Carry on through the village of Kirby le Soken, until you reach the 3rd turning on the left after the Ship Inn, which is Island Lane. At the end of the lane go up and over the sea wall and you will see the causeway ahead. We will have arranged a crossing t...