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By the sea and surrounded by fields, ideal for those who want to escape reality

Bedrooms 3
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

A comfortable holiday home, 2/3 bedrooms, all mod cons and no added extras.

Our family have owned Humperdink, our cottage, since 1965 and we have recently brought it into the 21st century, retaining its charm and character while adding some new creature comforts, including gas central heating with radiators and running hot water (which is a first for us never having this luxury at our cottage before!) to make any stay a memorable and pleasurable whatever the weather, or time of year.

We have no hidden extras with our home, bed linen, towels, tea towel and cleaning are all included in the price. All pillows and mattresses have protector covers. Check in is 4 pm and check out is 11 am.

The surrounding area is fields, however the river, sea and beach are just over the sea wall, where you can walk and enjoy the views, swim in the summer or you can stay at our cottage, sit in the front garden watching the sheep in the field opposite or sit on the patio on the comfy rattan chairs at the back of the property and listen to the wildlife right on your doorstep, away from the hustle and bustle of reality.

The cottage has two bedrooms upstairs, one with a wooden Kingsize bed that has views to the sea and a second bedroom with a wooden double bed, as well as a single bed, so this room can actually sleep three. This room has spectacular views across the fields and also to the sea, where you can see the Wind Turbines near Clacton.

There is a room downstairs, at the back of the property, that can either be a bedroom or a playroom. This room has french doors which open out onto a decking area, complete with rattan chairs and a table, all ready for you to enjoy your meal or drink a la fresco. In the summer you wake on a lovely sunny morning with the sun streaming in, encouraging you to open the patio doors and take in the peace and solitude of the area.

Our cottage has a delightful open living space where you can cook, eat and socialize. There is a new fitted, fully equipped kitchen, with a washing machine, electric oven and hob, slow cooker, George Foreman Grill and microwave. In the living space there is a TV/DVD player/ radio in the comfy sitting area and a dining room table and 7 chairs. The bathroom, again, has been completely revamped with a shower over the bath.

There is 4 G connectivity via a dongle, however, this is not suitable for games playing or for downloading films.

The unique location on the Essex coast, which incidentally is one of the driest places in the UK, is adjacent to the Essex Wildlife Trust EWT ( reserve on Colne Point which has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) affording habitat for many different birds both resident and migratory. As a guest you are allowed access to the beaches and wildlife reserve, which could be described a very exclusive experience as only members and residents are usually allowed.

London is only 2 hours away by car and there is a main train station at Colchester which is approximately 20 mins away from Humperdink. However, there are smaller train stations at Gt Bentley and Clacton.

The nearest village is St Osyth and it's only about an hour away by foot or ten minutes by car. Clacton with the pier, amusements and nightlife, Frinton with a long sandy beach and old fashioned seaside resort, Walton, Brightlingsea with an excellent fish and chips shop down on the quay and Colchester which has the cultural side with shops, theatre, Zoo, Spa to name just a few things to do, are all, at the most, thirty minutes away by car offering you a variety of amusements and shops or different beaches.

Escape to our comfy and welcoming Cottage and have a holiday you will always remember, away from the hustle and bustle of reality. The sea air will help you to also have a really good night's sleep and should you be lucky the most beautiful sunset.

Don't forget your wellies, old pair trainers or binoculars!

More Details

Simon Wakefield
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2017

About Simon Wakefield

This photo shows quite a few members of my family. We're sitting on the sea wall watching a really really high tide, a memorable experience in April and October with the moon and tide cycles.

Simon Wakefield purchased this chalet in 1965

Why Simon Wakefield chose Essex

The Cottage, as we call it, or HUMPERDINK to give it its proper name, has been in our family since the sixties when my dad gave it to my mum as a wedding anniversary present! Four generations have enjoyed many a happy summer holiday, or lazy weekend there. The property has a welcoming charm about it and a very homely atmosphere, away from it all just ready for you to turn back the clock, unwind and be together. The nearby village of St Osyth is just 10 mins away in the car where there is an excellent Fish and Chips and Balti House, both of which will deliver, couple of pubs and an excellent butcher. The bigger supermarkets, also which will deliver, are in Clacton or Colchester.

What makes this chalet unique

Beautiful countryside teaming with bird and wildlife. Then over the sea wall is a river that at very high tides floods the marshes giving the area a totally different perspective and the sea, which at low tide reveals the mussel beds. You can enjoy views across to Mersea Island or Bradwell, on a clear day, and watch the various boats out on the Blackwater from the upstairs front bedroom. Also, the sunsets are spectacular and the clear night skies are full of stars due to the lack of light pollution.

In the village of St Osyth not only is there the Priory there is now the Curve Wake Park ( is you are interested in water sports. Out cottage is in unique surroundings and this is not really appreciated until you visit.


Lee-over-Sands Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Brand new bathroom downstairs with shower.
  • White bath with shower and screen, corner basin, eco flushing toilet with soft closing lid, large ladder towel rail which is heated when heating on.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Main bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Downstairs Bedroom 3/ Playroom - 1 baby crib , 2 sleep sofa /futon , Sofa bed provides a comfortable double bed.
  • Main bedroom with King Size bed, bedside cabinets and lamps, hanging space and chest of drawers, Second bedroom double bed and large pine single bed, bedside cabinets and chest of drawers. Downstairs in the back room, as we call it, there is a sofa bed. Travel cot is also available although no bedding. Spectacular views of the surrounding coast and farm land to both front, side and rear.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
At the top of Lee Wick Lane turn left and 500 metres on the same side you will come to a Nisa convenience store. They sell most things and at good prices. However the village of St Osyth with two pubs, excellent Indian Balti House,= and fish and chips, (both of which will deliver), Boots, post office, coffee shop is only 10 mins away by car. If you want major supermarkets they can be found in Clacton or Colchester. A Train station with connections to Colchester and London is at Bentley, 15 mins away by car. St Osyth now has a Curve Wake Park, ( and also a Village Gun Club (


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By the sea and surrounded by fields, ideal for those who want to escape reality
average rating of 4.7727275 based on 22 reviews

Idyllic Location

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Humperdink (3 adults, 1 child and 2 dogs). It's a lovely cosy seaside chalet/cottage on a nature reserve. The setting is so peaceful, and the bumpy ride from the main road is definitely worth it (just take it slow). The beach is mainly pebbles with some sand, we took a picnic down and watched the boats go by whilst having lunch. We had the entire beach to ourselves! The Fish and Chips in St Oysths is worth the trip out to get, they had to be the best and biggest I've ever had! We ventured out to Frinton-on-Sea, it's a huge stretch of pure sand and the water is very shallow for the little ones. We had the most amazing and comfortable stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you had a lovely stay and you enjoyed what our cottage and its surroundings are able to give. The fish and chip shop also deliver, which is free over a certain amount and they now know where our cottage is!
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What a find! Unique and Quirky

  • 5 of 5

The owners were very prompt with all email contacts and very helpful with information supplied about the property. The photos on the website give a great indication of the remoteness of Humperdink- two miles from a road, so incredibly peaceful. I loved the wooden floors and tiny stairs which added to a "beach house" charm and the squishy sofas were welcome when we did get a day's bad weather. We were there for the hot Bank Holiday and the sunset was stunning.

I have rented many holiday lets and Humperdink is certainly the most impressively equipped I've stayed in .

The owners are gracious about dogs who are welcome everywhere except on the beds. The garden isn't enclosed and next door have sheep and cats but all of this is made clear on booking. My dog had a lovely time.

Overall I wish I'd booked for longer just to laze around the cottage!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Warm and comfy home from home

  • 5 of 5

We have just spent a Mon-Fri here and had an amazing few days.. there was 3 Adults 2 kids and 2 dogs. I honestly don't know where to start first ! The house is gorgeous , very clean with everything you need , you have a large garden to the front with picnic table and even bigger garden at the back with raised decking and garden furniture. The neighbours were so friendly and will help with anything you need to know and the gentleman enjoys a good chat lol. The location is perfect for a quiet peaceful holiday. You have a 15/20 min walk to the beach that's only because we walked down to the bridge that crosses the river, when the tide is out and if you have wellies you could walk across the river straight to the beach. We went there every day and didn't see another single person the whole time. The beach is stones the a section of lovely sand and then stones and see shells. I would recommend an old pair of trainers to go exploring as the sea goes out. We enjoyed a swim in the sea which was very clean, surprisingly when the sea is coming in the first few feet out was luke warm. The walk to the beach is thorough a nature reserve with many wild birds. We did a bit of crabbing off the bridge with some string and some bacon which the kids enjoyed. We didn't travel out at all as we was so relaxed and content in this cosey quiet location, although was told of many diff places locally you could visit. We had a birthday while there and even managed to get a takeaway delivered lol. We didn't have a bad thing to say while here, there are comments in other reviews about the road which makes you worry a little but we found it totally fine if you drive sensibly! The Tarmac drops on one side so either drive with that in the centre of your wheels or if enough room on one side of it. It was totally fine and couldn't see what all the fuss was about. We struggled to find the beach (as we didn't read the info left in the house lol ) so text the owners who responded in 5 mins to explain how to find it. The children enjoyed the games that are there, also some films for the evening. I can't honestly fault this holiday in anyway and could only keep going over again and again about how happy we was and what a wonderful time we all had. Will certainly recommend this to family and friends and will defiantly be back again ourselves. Thank you so much for a wonderful break. 👍🏻👍🏻😀

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect to get away from it all!

  • 5 of 5

Had a marvellous long weekend with family and my daughter's dog Alfie, who loved the deserted beach. House very comfortable and very well equipped. Simon and Diana were accommodating and responsive hosts. All perfect!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Delighted that you had a lovely time and enjoyed our cottage.
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A lovely property with a family history, located in a unique landscape.

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a quiet break and were not disappointed. The weather was changeable but this actually added to the experience - huge skies, changing colours of the landscape. We loved it. My Mum is disabled and the downstairs bedroom was a great help for her. The cottage is well equipped and the owners and the neighbours could not have been more helpful.

There's been a lot written about the road to the cottage and I was wondering what to expect! However, it was absolutely fine. We couldn't see what the fuss was about. If you drive it with care, acknowledging that it's a farm track, it's absolutely fine. If you drive it like it's the A12, then you will have problems. It's used daily by local people and it really isn't an issue.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time to write a review and particularly comment about the road which has caused us no problems over the years. It just adds to the uniqueness of the area. So pleased you had a lovely stay.
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A lovely house in a stunning location

  • 4 of 5

There is something magical about Humperdink and its location. When we arrived I was a bit anxious about the long uneven lane that took us from the main road to the house, it felt as though we were driving into the middle of nowhere, but it was worth the trek.

The house is surrounded on three sides by fields, small winding creeks and wild reed beds. On the fourth side is the seawall. From upstairs, you can see the sea on the other side of the wall. When the tide is high and the wind's in the right direction, you can even hear the waves when you're dropping off to sleep. The house is light and airy with views across the countryside in all directions. The sunsets are especially stunning.

We were away with three generations of our family with great-nanny (88 years old) and great-granddaughter (4 years old). We all loved the house, although the stairs were a bit of a challenge to the oldest and youngest members and the one loo in the bathroom entailed some negotiation. But over all we were enchanted by the place and will have only happy memories of our stay.

Diana and Simon were always prompt in their communications, and helpful and accommodating. The house was spotlessly clean, there was plenty of hot water and the kitchen was well equipped. In the field opposite, we enjoyed watching the four sheep that belonged to the lovely neighbours who made us feel very welcome. All of us enjoyed crabbing by the sea-wall and watching the many wild birds especially the murmurations of starlings at dusk.

We did daytrips to the beaches at St Osyth, Brightlingsea and Mersey Island. We also visited a couple of National Trust properties: Bourne Mill near Colchester and Paycocke's House and Garden at Coggeshall. We also enjoyed the many walks straight from the house.

If you enjoy peace, quiet and the great outdoors, this is the place for you.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Delighted that you had a lovely time and welcomed the uniqueness of it's situation. The starlings are a sight and sound that is so unusual unless you are there at the right time of year. Every season has something different to offer.
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Nearest Airport
46 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Red Lion in St Osyth
Nearest Ferry
24 Miles
Nearest Golf
5.3 Miles
Clacton on Sea
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Clacton on Sea or Gt Bentley
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
St Osyth
Nearest Ski
2 Kilometres
Water skiing at Curve Wake Park St Osyth
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Ray Creek
Car: necessary

There is a Nisa convenience store located on the road to Point Clear. At the junction of Lee Wick Lane turn left and the store can be found about 500 yards on the left hand side. They sell just about everything and the prices are very keen too. If you need major supermarkets you can find them all in either Clacton or Colchester. Clacton has a safe, sandy beach, Pier, cinema, restaurants and nightlife. Frinton also has a lovely sandy beach and is much quieter. Colchester is more cultural with a Castle, old city wall, theatre, Zoo, swimming complex and Spa as well as shops and nightlife. However, Humperdink and it's surroundings has a lot to offer such as walks, peaceful surroundings for you to unwind in and just enjoy, recharge your batteries and forget about the outside world! Gt Bentley is the best train station to use to reach the Cottage.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Additional Guest Fee $27.15 per person per night
Damage Deposit $203.61

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.