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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, Frinton, Walton, Brightlingsea and Colchester 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.

Don't forget your wellies or binoculars!

More Details

Simon Wakefield
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
July 23, 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. Four generations have enjoyed many a happy summer holiday, or lazy weekend here. 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.

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 ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • 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. 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, Indian, 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.


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By the sea and surrounded by fields, ideal for those who want to escape reality
average rating of 4.75 based on 16 reviews

Relaxing escape to really quite countryside in a comfortable cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay. The cottage is very cosy and clean with beautiful views! It's a very secluded area and really relaxing. The neighbors are lovely people and they have some sheep and cats, it added to the experience. We'll definitely recommend this cottage and hopefully we will come back!

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. So pleased that you enjoyed your time at Humperdink. We love it there and always feel refreshed when we return home. Look forward to hearing from you in the future.
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Beautiful house and surroundings

  • 5 of 5

This property is so well placed for peace and tranquility, it really was an amazing place to stay to get some time out from the 'rat race'!

The neighbours were very helpful and friendly and with the property accepting dogs (with owners prior permission) we and the dogs had a great getaway.

The house is well equipped with everyday appliances and lots of board games for the whole family to enjoy & very comfy beds too!

All in all we will be back :)

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. So pleased you enjoyed your stay. We love our cottage and it's uniqueness and are delighted when others are able to appreciate it. Look forward to hearing from you again sometime.
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Sweet cottage but location quite bleak and difficult access

  • 4 of 5

Lovely house, however we found the location a bit too remote and the access drive is so bad that we burst two tyres and had to call out the AA.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad that you like our cottage. The remoteness is what appeals to those who like to get away from the hustle and bustle of town and city life and we have tried to show, in our photos, that there are just a few properties around and then the beach and surrounding area that lend themselves to some lovely walks. The access to our cottage belongs to the farmer who farms the nearby land and also has a holiday house opposite. It does mean that people drive more carefully and slowly to the properties.
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Beautiful location

  • 4 of 5

Although I used this property for work purposes, I had a lovely stay. The house is in a quite spot not far from the sea. I would recommend this property for a family holiday. I won't forget the stunning sunsets.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I agree, we stayed with the family last weekend and the sky was as though it was on fire, truly spectacular!
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Comfortable cottage in lovely surroundings

  • 4 of 5

Had a lovely short break in humperdinck.the cottage was very clean and comfortable. Perfect for seeing wildlife.we saw a barn owl,grass snake and lots of kestrels.lovely walks for the family and our little dog.A muddy walk to the beach after tide had come in,but my grand daughter just took her shoes off and walked through the mud.A little bit of care is needed on the stairs if you are a bit wobbly on your feet.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A quiet, peaceful location very near to a lovely beach. Clean and well eqipped.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time. The house is very well equipped and was very clean. Communication with the owners was good and they were helpful. The best thing for us was the location right near a beach. The beach was really good. We think it's essentially a private beach for the local houses so it was almost empty and we had it to ourselves. We'd advise you to take old shoes for the walk to the beach because the high tide comes over the path so it gets a bit muddy. We'd recommend this property to anyone who wanted a quiet, peaceful break.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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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 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

Lee-over-Sands Chalet Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
summer holidays
Jul 21 2017 - Aug 24 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
August Bank holiday
Aug 25 2017 - Aug 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
Aug 29 2017 - Sep 3 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
October half term
Oct 20 2017 - Nov 5 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
Christmas holidays
Dec 15 2017 - Dec 23 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
Dec 24 2017 - Dec 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
New Year
Dec 29 2017 - Jan 1 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $194.96

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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