Mersea Island is just off the coast of Essex attached to the mainland by the strood, a causeway that is covered at high tides cutting us off from the mainland for about an hour. Driving onto Mersea is like stepping back in time, the old part of West Mersea with traditional black wooden cad cottages, mixed with contemporary new buildings makes for an eclectic mix of new and old.
A short stroll from Number 40 takes you to the beach and the Beach Huts, colourful traditional old beach huts in all shapes and sizes along with new pretty pastel beach huts for a more contemporary location.
The Island itself is surrounded by muddy marshland accessible by boat at high tides. Mersea has two halves – East and West, West is more commercial with restaurants, shops, sailing yachts and clubs plus oyster farms. East is a rural bliss with open fields running down to the sea and a country park with dramatic muddy cliffs with falling trees.
One hour from Stansted Airport
One hour and a half from Gatwick Airport
Two hours from Heathrow Airport
50 mins from London Liverpool Street to Colchester
20 mins taxi from Colchester
One and a half hours from London
Two and a half hours from Birmingham
Four hours from Manchester