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Island cottage
Causeway and jetty at low tide
View of Island cottage
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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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NadineBle...
London
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A hidden gem of a location and property with a heart of gold!”
Reviewed 30 March 2016 for a stay in March 2016

It must be our 4th or 5th time on Horsey and is still the only destination we have ever gone back to because our whole family (3 children aged 14 to 9) love it so much here!!!!
The tidal island is truly beautiful with mesmerising skies and wildlife. This Easter was even more special as newborn lambs were hopping around everywhere and we even got to bottle feed some! What makes us come back again and again, is not just the amazing remote location, just 1h40 mns away from London, but the hearty welcome we are given by the island's owners. Vicky, Joe and their children are so generous and warm hearted in sharing their wonderfully warm and beautiful cottage with us, as well as letting us explore the whole island to our hearts' content!

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Travelling group: Teenagers
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JNHQ
London, United Kingdom
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“An ideal antidote to the urban scrum”
Reviewed 16 December 2015 for a stay in December 2015
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We came here in December as an escape from London.
It was ideal. The weather, of course, was misty, damp, and windy - this WAS December! But we still had a marvellous time.
Vicky gave us detailed instructions about the drive across the causeway - "don't try to avoid the puddles". We got across fine in our ordinary saloon car.

The cottage is well equipped, knives, chopping boards, dishes to cook in, proper cafetiere for coffee. We shopped at the butchers and fishmongers in Frinton (recommended) before we arrived. This was a good idea as then we didn't have to brave the causeway again until we left.

We read books, painted pictures, went running all round the island perimeter (5 miles), explored the island and even had a dip in the sea. There is a shingle beach which we found to be swimmable at all states of the tide. Two seals watched us.

There is a lot of mud on the island. Our running shoes were totally soaked through. Bring serious waterproofs, so you can get out there and enjoy the special scenery, the long low views, mud flats, wild life, and the strange mysteriousness of being on an island.

We saw 27 different species of bird, including a Marsh Harrier, and murmurations of starlings. It's very peaceful and the birds came close to the house.

The cottage itself is well laid out - there's a flagstone area inside the front door for wet shoes etc. It was plenty warm enough with the central heating. Loads of hot water. In good condition and looked recently redecorated. We enjoyed getting the fire going.

We loved it. Vicky was very welcoming and we felt welcome. Recommended. We'll be back.

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Liked best: The isolation and the peacefulness. The welcome.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Foodie186...
London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Paradise”
Reviewed 13 November 2015 for a stay in October 2015
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This was the best holiday I have ever had. Truly. The island is idyllic. Just a 5 mile walk round the whole island gives you an amazing experience. The landscape is just beautiful. So peaceful and unspoilt. The islanders are extremely friendly and civilised, giving you total privacy and unrivalled care and attention.
The real world is extremely easy to access if you wish but feels a million miles away. There are numerous shops, restaurants and pubs within 20 minutes but you won't want to go off the island unless you really have to, maybe for supplies; lots of shops nearby.
The cottage was perfect, everything you need to feel at home.
I'm hoping to back soon and often.

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Liked best: The Island
Travelling group: Solo Traveller
Your age range 35-49
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Karolina...
London, England, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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“Great fun surrounded by water”
Reviewed 4 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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Great cottage, 3 bedrooms, one bathroom, sitting room, dining area and well equipped kitchen. Plenty of space for all of us (4 adults and 4 year old).
Cottage situated on an island that you can get to by crossing causeway - remember to drive through it slowly (1st gear with your foot off accelerator), low tide times are provided by owners Vicky and Joe. There is a plenty of farm animals to interact with, 3 lovely dogs which are very friendly. You can walk all around the Island, you can use kayaks, you can swim in the sea or in the lake. If you like wildlife, open spaces for long walks and picnics then the place is right for you.
Vicky was kind enough to provide us with fresh eggs and home grown vegetables which were absolutely yummy.
There is a lot of games, books and DVD's for rainy days.
Also you can drive about 10 minutes from the Island to the nearest supermarket so don't worry if you forgot or run out of something.

Overall - we had great time, I've done lot's of photos, we enjoyed every moment even in the rain. Vicky, Joe and the kids are great and will look after you.

I recommend visiting Vicky and her family and their lovely place.

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Liked best: Location, owners and ability to be outside all the time
Liked least: crossing the causeway
Travelling group: Friends
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Suzy E
Billericay, United Kingdom
1 review
“Perfect island getaway”
Reviewed 6 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015

This was the perfect 'getaway from it all holiday'. The peace and quiet of the island was ideal for relaxing and unwinding but it also offered plenty to do. The canoeing was a particular hit with our son. The cottage was cosy and inviting with everything you need, especially when the British weather strikes! Vicky and Joe were great hosts and made us feel at home-so much so, we didn't want to go home!

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Liked best: Not having neighbours except sheep and peacocks!
Travelling group: Young Children
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