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Island Cottage, Horsey Island – Home 138182 Cottage

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 6 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Island Cottage, Horsey Island – Home 138182

  • Cottage
  • 3 bedrooms
  • sleeps 6
  •  min stay varies

Excellent Excellent – based on 38 reviews

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Cottage / 3 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 6

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

Description from owner


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?

Further details

The cottage letting week begins on a Saturday and ends on a Friday due to the tides being rather dictatorial! This allows you plenty of time to arrive/leave without the added worry of a strict time for crossing the causeway. Therefore if you have travelled by car, you have 4 hours to play with. If you have arrived by boat then high tide is the crossing time for you. August we accept weekly bookings only. No smoking inside the cottage please. Plenty of outdoors on doorstep!! Dogs must be under control at all times whilst on the Island, so as not to disturb the stock or wildlife. Please accept that Horsey is a tidal island, and therefore governed by the tide. Please be on time for crossings, as time and tide wait for no man! Deposit of £100.00 required to secure the booking. Balance to be paid six weeks before arrival. Security deposit of £100.00 required, to be paid with the balance. This will be refunded within seven days of departure provided the house has been left in good order throughout.

Further details indoors

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.

Outdoor furniture.

Beach towels not provided.

Further details outdoors

The lovely pond at the front of the cottage offers great views of various waterfowl, and is a lovely place to sit and enjoy the evening. There is a large grassy area surrounding the cottage for the children to run off steam in. Looking out from the house you have a beautiful uninterrupted view of the front fields, with sheep and Arabian horses meandering past. Behind the house is the farm yard which is strictly off limits, due to Horsey being a working farm. You can, however, enjoy the other 300 acres of the island at your leisure. Take a walk to the beautiful beach with views across to Oakley and Harwich, and on a clear day as far as Felixstowe. Stroll along to the lake for a picnic, or head to Barge Creek for a swim. Horsey Island with all its natural beauty is a wonderful spot to relax and soak up the peace and quiet that a private island can offer.

With the Island being a bird sanctuary it is closed to visitors from mid-April to the end of June due to nesting birds. The beach is off limits in July, but once the little terns have vacated, the beach is once again available to be enjoyed by all.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
    Bedroom 2: Double Bed
    Bedroom 3: 2 Single Beds
  • 1 Family bathroom


  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Sea view
  • Private fishing lake or river
  • Boat available
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Kettle
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Video player
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users


This owner does not use online booking. Please contact them and they will be able to offer you a secure way to pay for your stay. Never pay for your holiday rental by wire transfer (such as Western Union or Moneygram) as this type of payment is untraceable.

Damage deposit: £100.00
No smoking at this property
Cancellation policy
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About the owner

Victoria B.
Average reply time:
1 hour 58 minutes
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Calendar updated::
05 Nov 2018
Years listed:
Based in:
United Kingdom
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Languages spoken: English

This Cottage has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 6. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 09 Sep 2010. Located in Frinton-On-Sea, it has 38 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £700 to £900.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 05 Nov 2018.


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Guest reviews

Excellent – based on 38 reviews Excellent
38 reviews

Very Good

“A peaceful, restoring and memorable holiday”

Reviewed 18 Nov 2012

We all really needed a restful October half term break and we wanted to find somewhere fairly close to home where we could have complete peace and quiet, read, sleep, walk and cook! The island cottage couldn't have been a more beautiful getaway . We and our kids (13 and 17) loved the cottage which is spacious, comfortable, and had been filled with flowers and candles by Vicky and enjoyed walking around the island and seeing the fantastic bird life. We felt incredibly welcomed by Vicky and her family and it was lovely to have the freedom to roam the island freely. Our old VW estate was perfectly happy crossing the causeway.and we would definitely like to return next summer.

“Our best Christmas ever!”

Reviewed 5 Jan 2012

We were so excited about spending Christmas in the cottage and it exceeded all expectations. Vicky and her family could not have been more welcoming and friendly and we spent 4 wonderful days splashing about in mud (LOTS of mud), canoeing, walking and feeding the various animals that roam around on the island (beautiful horses, pigs, sheep) and of course, getting cosy around the woodburner. The scenery is spectacular (very flat with huge skies) and the birdlife amazing. We would go back just to do some birdwatching with more books! (we are not normally interested in birds so it was a bit wasted on us). All round fantastic. The kids loved it (1 yr, 3, 5 and 13). but with no washing machine we would takes lots more pairs of trousers for them all next time. Highly recommended.

“Heaven on earth! We all adored our week! Can't wait to go back!”

Reviewed 29 Oct 2011

We have come back to Horsey after staying 3 nights in July. Everything was even more beautiful than we remembered. The cottage is very comfortable and has everything you need. The island is stunning, ever changing with the tide and the skies, with wonderful walks amongst the sheep and horses! The wildlife is mesmerising and fantastic to explore even more so from the sea in a canoe watching the adorable and inquisitive seals. The causeway is easy to access at low tide and it gives a sense of magic to be isolated from the mainland. Most importantly, what makes this such a unique and special place, is the warm welcome and generosity from the Backhouse family. They loved to share their world with you and we were so sad to leave. Thank you for everything, we are booking to go back, before anybody else does.


Reviewed 21 Sep 2011

The causeway was a bit off-putting. Full of holes. But once we were on the island it was wonderful to be cut off from the rest of the world. Walking round the island felt like exploring as a 10 year old - except at 50+ more tiring. Only went off the island for one day and it was probably the least enjoyable day of the week. If you can bring enough food and beer would recommend staying put for the week. (Clacton is certainly NOT worth a visit) The island is so quiet and beautiful. Full of wildlife and birds. Would love to own it myself.

“The most spectacular scenery coupled with a cosy cottage”

Reviewed 21 Sep 2011

I read Swallows and Amazons 'Secret Water' before I went and on arrival was not suprised that it inspired a classic book. Just getting onto the island across the wade is a great adventure - either by foot (bring welly boots), boat or a slow drive in the car. What we loved on the island was the isolation, the scenery, birds, private beach and the fact you could get off and visit the local beaches and traditional sea-side life if you craved more hustle and bustle. Best of both worlds. It is amazing that we got there in two hours from London. Normally we'd have to drive a lot further afield to find such a beautiful setting all to ourselves. The cottage is charming and been done up to a high spec with wooden floors and everything you need for self-catering. It was great to relax there in the evening after some hard walking. We made full use of the canoes on offer and saw seals basking on the mudflats. Vicky and Joseph Backhouse could not have been kinder - even lending us welly boots when we stupidly forgot ours. Vicky showed us where we could collect mussels and oysters and we ate like kings on a couple of nights for free! It is a great place to go if you fancy birdwatching, walking, beautiful scenery and just to get away from it all and feel wonderfully refreshed. There is a working farm, so lots of sheep and horses. Great for the kids to go cold turkey from all their gadgets and get back to nature. Great for us to relax. If I was younger and single I could also imagine it being very romantic!

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