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Stunning sea views in the Essex marshes over the sea wall next to nature reserve

Bedrooms 3
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Three bedroom house right across the creek from a beautiful little-used beach.

The Beach House is situated on the Essex Sunshine Coast next to a Nature Reserve right on the bank of a tidal creek with stunning views of the sea in front and the river behind. The huge, usually empty, beach is just over the creek so you can wade over (barefoot or in wellies if you prefer - there are some pairs at the house but bring your own if you can) at low tide or walk down to the end of Beach Road to the nature reserve and through to the beach. Or you can stroll through the reserve, along the beach and back along the sea wall or stop and bird-watch from the hides or the sun deck. A booklet is in the house along with binoculars and bird books if you don’t know a plover from a pigeon. We have a list of birds spotted (34 in one weekend including Marsh harrier, linnets, Reed buntings, oystercatchers and kestrel) and can email it to you if you ask. Jaywick is about 20 minutes walk along the sea wall (about 30 minutes along the beach) where you will find pubs, shops and amusements.

The Beach House is in the tiny hamlet of Lee-Over-Sands which is about three miles from St Osyth and about five miles from Clacton-on-Sea in Essex. There are three bedrooms (two doubles with washbasins and one with single size bunk beds), a large living room with integral kitchen and an upper sun room and deck with wrap-around views of the sea and river. The house is clean and comfortable and the Seventies-style shower won’t be winning any design awards but is actually very efficient. There's parking for two or three cars along the side of the house and a slipway into the creek for the nautically-minded.

The real joy is the sheer tranquility, waking up in the morning to flocks of geese and sitting in the sun room or on the deck gaping at the views over the creek, sea, river and marsh. At night sit in the nautically-themed sun room and watch the ships’ twinkling lights or gaze at the spectacular night sky including the occasional shooting star.

We are very flexible, extremely friendly and we genuinely want others to share this unique spot so just ask. Most things are possible!

More Details

Property Manager
Elizabeth Montague-Black.
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a wonderful stay in the Beach House and didn't want to leave! To be so close to the sea was something we have been searching for for years and now that we have found this lovely retreat we hope to return. A fantastic place with uninterrupted views in which to relax and get away from it all. What a gem!
Aug 2012
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Lee-over-Sands House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Bunk beds
  • The two double bedrooms have washbasins and fitted wardrobes. The third bedroom has a bunk bed with two single beds and a chest of drawers and small wardrobe. There is a travel cot available as well by prior arrangement. Good-quality towels and bed linen can be provided at a cost of £20 per double room or £10 per single as well as a household pack consisting of bath mat, hand towel and tea towels for £10 (to cover our laundering service costs).
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Due to insurance stipulations, and the fact that the house is made of wood!, smoking in or anywhere near the property is banned. The house is thoroughly cleaned between stays and there is also an Essa air cleaner and dehumidifier in the house to improve the air quality. PLEASE NOTE that our specialist holiday let insurance does not allow us to rent the flat to groups of people under 25 years of age. We will require sight of the principal guest's ID and full names of everyone staying before confirming the booking. We do not allow parties and should any parties or other antisocial behaviour take place to the extent that there are complaints to the owners or the authorities then we reserve the right to terminate the reservation with immediate effect and with no refund of monies paid. We are sorry that we have to impose this new condition after many years of holiday letting but after a case of recent appalling behaviour we have to protect the house and the owners.


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Stunning sea views in the Essex marshes over the sea wall next to nature reserve
average rating of 4.877551 based on 65 reviews

Cosy no frills cottage in idyllic location. Ideal for getting away and back to nature

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely (all too short) time with this cottage as our base. It had everything we needed, all was clean and beds really comfortable. Nice to have wash basins in rooms too...

The location really is away from everything and I can imagine sitting on the top deck drinking a glass of wine (or something warmer) whilst watching and listening to nature all around. We had some lovely walks down through the bird sanctuary and along the coast, hardly ever seeing another person. Hopefully we can come back for longer and spend more time relaxing on the deck...

One last thing - Elizabeth was extremely helpful and responsive in relation to any questions. ☺️

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Remote, Rural, Rustic...Perfect.

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay in this quirky beach house. The peace and quiet of its rural location is wonderful. Waking early in the morning to the ever changing views of sea, creek, light and shade and the plaintive calls of the curlews was mesmerizing. The house is extremely warm, well equipped, with everything you could possibly need, and we had excellent communication with the owner before, during and after our visit. The beach across from the creek was utterly deserted when we walked over there, and if you want to get away from it all, this might be the place for you. I suspect we will be back...Magical.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous views and perfect location.

  • 4 of 5

Only had two nights free but this was definately what we needed. Kids on school trip so a bit of R&R for me and the Mrs. Really quite with great access to the beach (if you don't mind a bit of wading or swimming depending on tide). We waded first day the walked into Clacton, took about 2 hours at a leisurely pace. Swam over creek second day and went in sea. Accomodation is made special by the sun room on the roof, we spent most of our time there. Clean on arrival and free tea and biscuits as a welcome treat.

Would definately recommend for a "get away from it all" time.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous property that gets you away from it all

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous stay at the beach house. It was fun, comfortable and relaxing. The house has good facilities and is lovely and quiet. We had a great time.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Total peace and quiet in an idyllic setting

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for an opportunity to get away from the crowds and to be surrounded by nature, then this place is hard to beat. You're made fully aware of the rhythm of the tides and how the wildlife reacts to it. There are options of walking and cycling to enjoy the area. Within Colne Point Nature Reserve, extensive walks (tide permitting) are at your doorstep, with options towards along the coast towards Clacton. Options are increased further if you you have a small boat or kayak.

Views from both the terrace and the balcony are stunning and tempt you to hang around, rather than venture further afield.

The accommodation is comprehensive and we found everything we needed for cooking, relaxing and enjoying ourselves. TV and Broadband allowed us access to the outside world on the few occasions we were inclined. Comprehensive instructions ensure all runs smoothly, and communication with the owner and housekeeper (if necessary) are good.

We aim to return soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfection. Real British seaside escape.

  • 5 of 5

Just wonderful. The setting is unique. True feeling of separation from the world - something we usually have to travel a lot further than this to achieve. The marsh wildlife is stunning - if birds are your thing, then you don't have to leave the top deck. If seals are your thing, then you don't have to leave the bottom deck. If deserted ( that's DESERTED) beaches are your thing then cross the creek and walk in either direction for miles. The house is superbly equipped and wonderfully quirky but such a part of the landscape that it all feels normal. My instinct is not to tell anyone about it to keep it a secret. Too good to be a secret.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
The Sailor Boy
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Miller's Barn Golf Park
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
The Red Lion
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Water ski-ing!
Car: recommended

We think the main attraction is the walking, beach-combing, bird-watching or simply enjoying the peace and quiet. It's a pleasant 30 minute stroll along the grassed sea wall or beach to Jaywick (with its famous sands) and the same again to the typically English seaside resort of Clacton-on-Sea, or you can drive in about twenty minutes. St Osyth is a charming village with unpretentious local pubs and restaurants or you can go further afield to Beth Chatto Gardens or the ancient city of Colchester with all its sights and facilities. Nearer you have the traditional seaside resort of Clacton with its pier, shops, restaurants and amusements.

Bird-watching is excellent. We know nothing yet about our feathered friends but regularly see quail, partridges (who scamper up to the house) and pheasants as well as a beautiful barn owl who comes out during the late afternoon sometimes.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $279.29

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.