Mersea Island

vineyard-background_02The Guest Bedrooms, “Vine Cottage” and the “Hop Loft” are situated within the courtyard complex in the beautiful, unique surroundings of our 11 acre working Vineyard, where there are still opportunities to see and hear wildlife and birds around you. The seawall and beach are an easy walking distance away. Mersea Island, famous for its oysters, lies between the estuaries of the Blackwater and Colne rivers and is reached by a tidal causeway (this only usually floods for a short time on spring/high tides).

It is an unspoilt area, a place set back in time, ideal for bird watching, walking or sailing. Try Cudmore Grove Country Park which has access to the beach. Mersea has several friendly local places to eat, including the well known Company Shed and conveniently placed on the Vineyard, Maria’s Vintage Tea Room which serves light lunches and scrumptious homemade cakes. Should you wish to explore further afield, Colchester is approximately 9 miles to the north; here you will find a Norman castle, museum, zoo and a varied selection of shops and restaurants. A further short drive away is Beth Chatto’s gardens, Dedham Vale, Constable Country and picturesque Maldon with its riverside promenade and Thames barges.