A tranquil retreat, a stones throw from the sea

Entire cottage hosted by Emma

  1. 6 guests
  2. 2 bedrooms
  3. 5 beds
  4. 1 bathroom
Self check-in
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Great location
100% of recent guests gave the location a 5-star rating.
Great check-in experience
93% of recent guests gave the check-in process a 5-star rating.


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'The Cabin' is a two bedroom cottage on Mersea Island, near Colchester. A few steps from the sea on a much sought after quiet lane. There are great walks and bike rides either along the sea wall or on the beach, and some fantastic seafood eateries. We also have a kayak that you can hire during your stay. Mersea Island is the most easterly inhabited island in the UK, situated off the coast of Essex and 9 miles southeast of Colchester, just one hour from London. It has fast WiFi and good 4G.

The space
Mersea still has an air of the past about it, retaining it's traditional sailing boats and fishing fleet. In the summer months it has a very active water sport scene with paddle boards, windsurfers and kayaks available to hire, we also have a kayak available for a small fee.

Seafood plays a large part in Mersea life with The Company Shed a few steps away and The Oyster Bar a five minute walk.

On land there are numerous walks and a nature reserve on East Mersea where the coast has a totally different feel. Mersea is also very special as it has its own red squirrels which were introduced in 2013. See if you can spot one on the garage roof opposite!

The house is decorated and furnished with high spec and comfortable furniture including a Tempur dual sprung king size mattress, medium on one side soft on the other, great quality linens and super comfy sofas.

Where you'll sleep

What this place offers

Garden view
Beach access – Beachfront
Free driveway parking on premises – 1 space
Pets allowed
HDTV with cable/satellite TV, standard cable/satellite, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix
EV charger
Free washer – In building
Free dryer – In building

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4.86 out of 5 stars from 98 reviews


Where you’ll be

West Mersea, United Kingdom

The Lane is a perfect base to explore the island and a very safe place for children as there is minimal traffic, everywhere (apart from East Mersea) is a short walk away. It is quiet and peaceful and we find it a total escape from our busy lives.

Hosted by Emma

  1. Joined in November 2015
  • 174 Reviews
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We are a family of 5 and enjoy an active outdoor life, walking, cycling, riding, sailing and skiing. We love cooking and especially sea food. We live in the countryside and love an open fire and a good movie too!

During your stay

We don’t live on the island but are always available on our phones and have a house manager who lives on the island and has many contacts.
  • Response rate: 90%
  • Response time: within an hour
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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 16:00
Check out: 10:00
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

Health & safety

Airbnb's COVID-19 safety practices apply
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

Cancellation policy