|Location of the cottage:||Mersea Island|
|Number of bedrooms:||1|
|Children / Babies:||No / 1 Baby under 12 months only, No Children|
|Arrival days (changeover):||Monday, Friday|
|Pets:||2 (Up to 2 large dogs, NO CATS)|
Great Walks and Interesting Seafood Restaurants.
Bromans Barn is an elegant mix of ecological build and sympathetic historical renovation. The cottage is situated right beside Mersea Islands wonderful Cudmore Nature reserve.
On the lovely Mersea Island, Bromans Barn is situated beside a very special Nature Reserve which rolls down to the sea.
It is a romantic self-catering cottage for two with an elegant mix of ecological build and sympathetic historical renovation. The farmhouse dates back to 1320 and was once one of the major farmhouses on the island.
This is a very creative conversion of an old barn; impressively spacious but also very cosy and relaxing. The sun streams in through the many windows and in the evenings there is a lovely cosy wood burning stove to enjoy.
At the end of the pretty courtyard of the historic Bromans farmhouse sits the lovely Bromans Barn, in front of it is a shingle patio partially shaded by the branches of an old tree offering shade to guests enjoying an evening drink and of course the odd free range chicken dozing in the suntrap.
You enter this old barn through double French Doors straight into the main room with its traditional Suffolk White brick floor extending throughout the cottage.
The high arched ceiling and ancient beams give this place an airy feeling and the cleverly designed lowered ceiling areas draw you into the cosy sitting area with the big Wood burning stove and comfy sofa and the kitchen area.
Bromans Barn is all on one floor and has a very large wet room, it is ideal for guests who have limited mobility. Please call us to discuss this further.
There is a very well equipped kitchen and dining table at the far end of the room and a wide curtained entrance to the bedroom at the other end (please note only a baby under 12 months can be accepted at this cottage, and no children).
As with all the cottages, everything is supplied to provide you with a stress free and enjoyable stay, including bed linen, towels, basic supplies, a lovely breakfast welcome basket, maps for you to explore the area and you can even bring your own dinghy, windsurf or kayak!
Unfortunately, bicycles are not available at this cottage.
Well behaved dogs are always welcome. Please refer to this webpage All About Bringing Pets for charges, rules and how this cottage may suit your pet.
There are two patio areas immediately outside the cottage with tables, chairs and deckchairs for guests to sit and enjoy this historic farm.
This beautiful Essex holiday cottage is right beside Mersea Islands famous Cudmore Nature Reserve. Bromans will suit guests who enjoy a good walk, the seaside, and some really good and unusual seafood restaurants.
This is an excellent place to enjoy the rich wildlife that Mersea Island offers, from the comfort of a romantic barn conversion on a lovely old farm; it is just a short stroll through the adjacent Nature Reserve to the beach.
As this is a pet friendly cottage you can really exhaust a dog with walks straight from the cottage.
There are special walks laid out where you can enjoy the beauty of the salt marshes where seals bask. You become very aware of the ever changing relationship between sky, marsh and sea as you wander along these coastal paths.
Bromans Barn has a special appeal - not only is it next to this famous country park but also just minutes’ walk from the sea and the Pyefleet Estuary.
Bromans Barn is very eco-friendly – it has sheep’s wool insulation and a ground heat source pump supplying hot water and under floor heating - it also has organic vegetable and herb beds for guests to freely use.
The Barn has been renovated using many reclaimed and locally sourced materials, the work carried out by expert craftsmen specialising in Historic renovation and ecological builds.
There is a wealth of wildlife and flora that has resulted in the Nature Reserve being created to protect it and with the sea shore just a few hundred meters away there are some special walks along the coast to enjoy seeing seals and picking up fossils.
In the fields around the farm you may catch sight of the hares and badgers and if you're lucky, red squirrels, along with some wonderful birdlife.
East Mersea is a recognised stopping point for many of the migratory birds coming to the UK over the different seasons. Read more about Mersea Island...
Mersea Island is well known for its oyster beds and wonderful harbour side restaurants like 'The Company Shed'. If you decide to check this one out remember to get there at least an hour or two before lunch time - you'll see why when you get issued with a ticket in the big queue – and it really is just a shed, and yes you have to bring your own bread and wine ! But all the famous chefs have been there.
Take a ferry trip from Cudmore Park landing stage to Brightlingsea across the estuary, which is rather fun - great fish and chips there too.
Bikes are provided for you free of charge to explore the local lanes, please check with the owner your requirements.
Our "Welcome Pack": Contains all the freshest ingredients for a 'Proper English breakfast': eggs, bacon, butter, some tomatoes, fruit, a lemon, a litre of milk and a loaf of fresh local bread.
Cottages with open fires are supplied with a complimentary first load of fuel after which you can buy more using an honesty box.
Most cottages also supply Bikes free of charge unless it is stated that no bikes are available.
Eggs from our own Bantams and Chickens
Now every place we have reviewed will come up in order of distance from your cottage
While you are staying with us why not have a special treat and go Sailing for the day.
London Liverpool Street station - Colchester station = 47 mins
Taxis at station - 20-30 mins to cottage (check tide times with owner)
Lovely stay, thank you
Blissfully quiet, cosy, comfortable, we loved it
Good weather. Did nots of walking along with birdwatching. Saw a single snow bunting on the spit shore line, rare in this location we think
Lovely few days here. Thank you for the welcome basket and helpful tips
Absolutely perfect weekend. Lovely barn and hosts. Peaceful and loved all the birds and animals. Thank you x
Thank you - a very welcome break. Poppy loved the walks xx
Thanks for a lovely stay, very comfortable cottage
A great little getaway. Can recommend the 'green' walk round to the Dog & Pheasant and a pint of Gorgeous George in the garden
Another lovely weekend, thanks. See you again soon
Perfect place, perfect weather, perfect seafood platter from The Company Shed
A truly wonderful stay - home from home
Idyllic position. Lovely location for walks, Boly loved it, relaxing peaceful week.
Lovely, relaxing week. The barn is delightful and we loved walking by the sea, eating crab and visiting Beth Chatto's garden. Many thanks to Ru & Jo
Perfect break for my 60th birthday. Lovely oysters at the Oyster Bar
Our third visit to the barn - all wonderful! Loved the chickens too
A wonderful escape to peace and quiet. The barn was fantastic, well done Ru & Jo
We came to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary as we were unable to celebrate the real date, due to lockdown restrictions. So, to Bromans Barn we came. We loved the barn, the peace and quiet, and the walk down to the beach - our Coco loved it. We enjoyed eating at the Coast Inn and the Oyster Bar. We had a very wonderful day on Saturday we hired a beach hut - great fun! Thank you
Lovely welcome. Quiet and peaceful First trip after lockdown. Welcome change of scenery
A perfect cottage in which to relax in wonderful countryside. Lovely walks on the beach and saltmarsh. Thank you
Very chilled weekend and lots of lovely dog walks. Big thanks to Jo & Ru for all their helpful advice on walks and eating options x
Lovely little cottage, highly recommended
A much needed break in this beautiful barn. Cold bright days were perfect for exploring - thank you for the recommended walks. The fire kept us lovely and warm in the evenings. Thank you
Really enjoyed our restful break away from it all. Lovely cosy cottage, Totally relaxed, Thanks.
Lovely weekend in atmospheric Mersea Island. Great little place to stay.
Thank you for a lovely stay
We were made very welcome, great four days, lovely walks for Woody. Thanks again
Lovejoy peaceful few days away. Best wishes and thanks
Just what the doctor ordered plus superb weather. Had enough seafood to last a lifetime. Nice walks from the barn - going home really chilled
Our first trip to Mersea and we loved it!! Spoilt rotten with fantastic weather, so we've done lots of walking and sampled as much fresh seafood as we could. The only time we left the island was to catch the foot ferry to Brightlingsea, which was great fun. Food at Mehala's and the West Mersea Oyster Bar was delicious. Thanks to Ru & Jo for everything! This barn is a real hidden gem!
What a lovely place to stay. Such thoughtful touches and perfect peace and quiet. Milo's first stay away from home with us. Loved the location, thank you so much
Thank you for your very warm welcome to the delightful Bromans Barn. It has everything you could possibly want and provides a very comfortable home from home. It's situation is so perfect, so close to Cudmore Grove and great walks. Thank you also for all the goodies and the eggs - so delicious
Our first time on Mersea island and certainly not our last. Lovely cottage, lovely hosts, lovely island, lovely seafood! See you soon
Absolutely wunder bar, vielen Dank! Brought back childhood memories of holiday on Mersea. Bromans Barn is super - perfect for a weeks retreat
Very comfortable and pretty barn and surroundings to celebrate a birthday in style with family. Delicious local food, lovely walks and beautiful weather - PERFECT.
Very comfortable and pretty barn and surroundings to celebrate a birthday in style with family. Delicious local food, lovely walks and beautiful weather - PERFECT
A great place to relax - and good weather too.
A great place to relax - and good weather too
Thank you for a lovely stay. The perfect base for our little family and a fabulous location. We have had a wonderful time.
Thank you for a lovely stay. The perfect base for our little family and a fabulous location. We have had a wonderful time.
lovely place, lovely location, lovely stay - see you again soon. X
lovely place, lovely location, lovely stay - see you again soon. X
Another incredible stay at your beautiful farm with wonderful memories of our wedding stay 5 years ago. Thanks as always for the very warm welcome and yummy fresh eggs. This has been one of our best holidays. We've loved every second, from chatting to the chickens and giving May and Bruno a scratch. What a special and enchanted place this is. We can't wait to come back. Love Louise & Martin x
First visit to Mersea Island and we have had a wonderful time. Lots of fabulous places to visit in the wider area. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this lovely peaceful accommodation. Flowers and welcome pack much appreciated
A lovely first weekend away with our little one. Relaxing and with lots of sleep! X
Thank you for the flowers and welcome pack. Wonderful stay in your beautiful barn
What a beautiful spot to discover! The barn has been an all in one perfect home. We would have loved to have seen the little and barn owls, but no luck this time - we will have to come back. We did however, see a badger and lots of fantastic birds from the hide in the park. It was also lovely to go inside a pill box. Lovely mix of outdoor and historical adventures. Thanks for having us.
Beautiful barn. Located of Cudmore Grove is perfect. Walks and relaxation galore. Thank you x
Thank you Ru & Jo. Loved the barn with all it's character and comforts. Saw a hare through the kitchen window. Setting wonderful and loved all the animals.
Lovely stay, beautiful barn and great hosts too. Thank you x
Comfortable well designed accommodation and friendly hosts. Enjoyed walks on the island and the red squirrels.
Stunning barn and very comfortable. Perfect relaxing atmosphere and we fell in love with the chickens.
Lovely stay in this most characterful of barns. The setting reminds me of 'Darling Buds of May'.
This is our 4th time and we never want to leave. Always venture out to different areas, would recommend The Black Buoy at Wivenhoe
Stayed her for a few very wet and windy days. Archie enjoyed the swimming in the sea and relaxing by the fire ! We loved staying in your lovely cosy Barn. Thank you !!
A superb place to stay and explore this island. Great fish and chips at the Coast Inn - we shall return .. Thank you !
Lovely stay with the log burner on at night. Thank you for the thoughtful items of food. Nice touch. Thank you. xx
A lovely peaceful stay in a beautiful place. Perfect x
Wonderful relaxing weekend in your beautiful, cosy cottage. Thank you
Will we be back? YES YES YES !! Very Zen !!!
Thank you - everything was perfect, we loved our cosy weekend in your beautiful cottage.
Thank you so much for an amazing winter honeymoon xxx
We had a wonderful time - thank you. Loved the barn and all the birding.
A relaxing weekend in a beautiful location, many thanks.
Thank you for the warm welcome and food goodies. The flowers were much apprecaited. Wonderful local walks made all the better by glorious weather. Very well equipped and cosy cottage. Mehalahs fantastic for food. Great fish and chip shop and Coast Inn with a visit. Had a really relaxing time. Thank you once again.
Another lovely relaxing stay, thank you.
It took us a couple of days to acclimatise but we have now fallen in love with Mersea and are planning our next visit. Big skies and wonderful sunsets. Great walks through Cudmore grove and down to Pyefleet Creek. Weâ€™ve enjoyed the birdwatching, especially the owl. Try Mehalahs early in your holiday - you will definitely go back - the grilled oysters and seafood pancakes are amazing as is the seafood platter. x
A lovely quiet place to unwind and enjoy the lovely coastal walks at Wivenhoe, Tollesbury marshes and the Mersea Island loop, to nourish ourselves on the local seafood. Mehalah's the best! Beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Thank you
A perfect week, thank you.
We have had a thoroughly restful and lovely week. Many thanks for allowing us to use the moth light ! It was lovely to meet you both and many thanks for your warm welcome and welcome pack.
Thank you for making our stay so enjoyable and an especially big thank you for your understanding. Will see you again to enjoy the walks, weather and water.
Our first time away with our dog Monty. He's really enjoyed the walks along the beach and into the country park, managing to get himself filthy most days - the hose came in useful! We've really chilled out, love the barn. Thank you for the welcome basket. Saw the barn owl, which was great. Perfect weather too. We hope to be back
A very restful few days. Thank you for the welcome pack. Tiptree jam factory and Layer Marney Tower were worth a visit on a rainy day. We will be back
Thank you - a great stay in a beautifully restored barn
Beautiful weather, loved the park every evening with the dogs - and the cheeky chickens!
Thank you so much for the wonderful stay. The barn is absolutely beautiful and we really enjoyed the walks and seaside. Everything was thoughtful and lovely
We've had a lovely week here, beautiful and relaxing. Thank you so much for your suggestions, we enjoyed the coast so much we went twice. We hope to visit again soon.
We know Mersea well as we have a daughter and grandchildren here. Staying in this lovely cottage made it an excellent half term seeing the family. Great to just walk to Cudmore Grove.
Lovely week, lots of dog walking and time spent relaxing
Lovely few days to relax - perfect dog walking. A fab lunch in Mehalah's and very friendly locals.
First visit to Mersea and surprised and delighted at how nice it is. The barn is a wonderful place to relax and unwind, is in an ideal situation yards from the parkland and sea. Thank you for the thoughtful touches and warm welcome - love to come back again
We saw a fox sitting in the lane! Great walks and lovely cottage xx
Thank you for a lovely few days in your beautiful and well equipped cottage and for being so friendly and welcoming. Good walks along the beach, especially by the Colne Estuary. Excellent fresh fish for the catch at West Mersea. Do not attempt the jigsaw unless the weather is completely terrible or you have no regard for your sanity! Thank you.
We've had a lovely relaxing weekend. Some enjoyable walks exploring the island with our dogs who have thoroughly enjoyed themselves and been completely relaxed in the cottage. A very comfortable cosy place to stay with some lovely comfortable touches. Many thanks.
What a lovely cottage especially for someone with limited mobility. We had the ‘beast from the East’ snowstorms, which meant we could not get out to visit the places we had come for, but Ru was so helpful and made our ‘lock in’ stay very enjoyable. Lovely clean, tidy cottage, with everything provided. Thank you.
Beautiful, quiet cottage. Perfect for writing and a happy doggy time. Loved the beach, seafood and the Coast Inn. But, more than that the relaxing peaceful atmosphere. Thank you Ru & Jo xxx
What a wonderful find. Beautiful cottage, beautiful setting, fantastic seafood - will definitely be coming back again xxx
Thank you Jo & Ru, for our stay. Bran enjoyed the wind, birds and beach (Bran is a collie!)
Had a great time, lucky with the weather, very relaxing break. Thank you
Lovely relaxing break. Loved the log fire and peace and quiet. The Company Shed is fab!
Lovely cosy and comfy cottage. Fabulous walks along the coast with our dog. Couldn't have asked for more.
The perfect escape to the country! The barn is beautifully decorated and well equipped. The location is superb, a quiet relaxing location surrounded by farms and countryside, close to the coast and near to the historic town of Colchester. Ru & Jo are very welcoming. Thank you for a very comfortable, pleasant, relaxing stay
Thank you, we have had an idyllic weekend. Walks galore, sumptuous food, oodles of relaxation. We're in fighting form for our return to the Big smoke. We shall be back soon x
Just FABULOUS! Plenty of fresh air, walks and exploring. Just great for a birthday weekend
Colder weather than last time but the same warm welcome from Ru & Jo. A fantastic week thank you
A lovely place to convalesce after nasty flu. Thanks for such a warm welcome
All we wanted for Christmas was a log fire, a comfortable cottage and peace and quiet, with a lovely carol service in an old church. We got our Christmas wish, thank you Ru & Jo x
Lovely warm welcome. Fabulous barn, so cosy especially with the snow! Great for walks, lovely shops and restaurants
Great walks along the coast. High tide was fun. Cottage with log burner kept us cosy and warm with all the facilities we needed
Absolutely perfect! In desperate need of some peace and quiet and it looks like we found it. Already planning a return. Thanks Ru & Jo xxx
Fabulous - relaxing and restful. Lovely walks and amazing seafood. Had the most wonderful time. Thank you.
Lovely cottage. Very restful week with lots of good seafood. Walking fabulous.
2nd time - this week last year, all still great, a wonderful scenic island with fantastic walks, again a very tired dog. This time found the ‘wet fish’ sale to the public every Tues and Thurs pm in West Mersea on the quay behind the public car park, highly recommended. A lovely cottage in an idyllic position. Thank you.
Lovely walks along the beach. The Company Shed was great. We loved the cottage and the log fire :)
We enjoyed our weekend on Mersea. Lovely Island. Thank you for the fruit, eggs etc a very nice welcoming gesture. Beautifully situated. Great to be able to walk to the Country Park. Teddy loved the sea.
We wanted a relaxing break with lovely walks for the dogs, that box was certainly ticked. Bromans Barn is adorable, cosy and tranquil. The breakfast package is a lovely touch and the Bread was superb. Our Huskies Nanook and Kane have loved the beach walks and we have had some lovely chats with local dog walkers. I would recommend Bromans Barn to anyone needing a break from the rat race, we feel refreshed and ready to go. Thanks.
We have loved being here with our dogs and wide skies. The barn has been heaven. We enjoyed the fresh eggs, fruit and homemade bread - with many thanks.
Idyllic spot, lovely cottage, great weather! Thanks. Spent the week walking inland and coastal footpaths. Spotted 2 red squirrels!
Lovely stay exactly what we needed. Very chilled and warm welcome. Definitely recommend.
Enjoyable stay, dogs had a great time.
Very warm welcome and delightful accommodation
Thanks very much - such a charming barn! We had a fantastic time relaxing while eating oysters and drinking fine wine from the island.
Wonderful stay. Thoroughly enjoyed the barn, walks, local food and drink. Very relaxing
Our third visit in a year, so you could say we are treating the barn as a home from home! Love this place.
Super place to relax and walk, Whalebone pub is worth visiting. Thank you for a great stay
Lovely walks with our old dog Moby
Peaceful, great chill out time. Lovely welcome and welcome pack. Great breakfast at Art Cafe, West Mersea. Delicious fish platter at the Oyster Bar. Great location and lovely well equipped cottage - we hope to be back
A perfect place for 2 days of peace and quiet, dog walking, bird watching and oyster catching. Thank you for all the lovely food left for us, the fresh flowers and the warm welcome
Super place to relax and walk. Thank you for a great stay
Such a beautiful place to spend our wedding night and relax after the big day
We had a wonderful time not least due to your lovely barn, which was a delight. We hope to come back soon
Great little place - we'll come back
What a perfect way to chill out. Lovely location on the island - quiet. The park is just a lovely stroll down the lane. The Oyster Bar is perfect for lunch and take away. Thank you.
This is a fantastic conversion - beautiful, warm, cosy and picturesque. We loved our peaceful stay here, the ducks, the heron, Bruno the horse! Stunning location and we loved the eggs (thank you to the hens) and the warm, relaxed welcome from the hosts. Thanks for the fresh flowers too x
What a beautiful place this is. We loved the little garden space too. The barn is so comfy and cosy, we felt very at home here. Thank you Ru & Jo for a lovely stay. I even had some horsey company while away from mine!
Thank you Ru & Jo for a lovely setting for our Easter break. Seeing the badgers and deer down at the hide was magical.
Our second and as enjoyable as the first. Visited Mehalahs for the first time and loved it. We will be back.
Thank you Ru & Jo for your warm welcome and walking tips. Purdey (dog) loved the barn as much as we did. Beautiful location, peace and quiet and gorgeous seafood everywhere we went. Loved Mehalahs, West Mersea Oyster Barn (both accept dogs outside only) and the Coast Inn (bar not restaurant). We will miss the hide on our doorstep too. An absolutely perfect mini break, thanks again for your hospitality. We have thanks the chickens personally for their gorgeous eggs too!!
Thank you for the opportunity to stay at your totally delightful barn. Thanks also for several days of perfect weather! We enjoyed everything about the area, about which we knew nothing previously. Having such superb walks on the doorstep is a bonus that dog owners will appreciate more than most. Thanks again, really lovely stay.
Loved the barn, loved the walks. Very relaxing anniversary weekend. Dogs loved it too!
Had a relaxing stay and the dogs are tired!
Thank you Ru & Jo for sharing your little oasis of peace. We have had a lovely time chilling, exploring and eating.
Just what we needed - peace and relaxation. Can recommend the Coast Inn (good if you have dogs) and Maria's kitchen.
Wonderful walks. Thank you Ru & Jo.
Lovely cottage and great welcome pack. Lovely walks around the country park. We also walked anticlockwise to West Mersea (about 7 miles). Walked back on inland footpaths - 4 miles! Recommend the Company Shed for fresh seafood.
We came to have a quiet weekend and that is what we got. Lovely walks locally and a great run for Rob (12 miles). We loved the Coast Inn on West Mersea who welcomed our dog.
Perfect in every way. Delightful cosy, fabulous barn. We absolutely loved it. Thank you Ru & Jo for everything. The bread was delicious as was everything everywhere we went. Can't wait to come back and see you very soon x
Thank you for a wonderful stay - just what we needed. The perfect place to stay.
Lovely cottage. A warm welcome and great dog walks - we would definitely stay again. Thank you.
Thank you for everything - a lovely cottage and great hospitality.
Colder weather than last time but the same warm welcome from Ru & Jo. A fantastic week thank you
Thank you for a lovely short break. Jo and Ru could not have been more welcoming.
Absolutely loved our stay, Jo and Ru were so lovely and helpful. The food Mehalah's, The Coast Inn and The Victory were delicious. Also worth going for a walk down by the sea to see the sunrise - we had some fantastic views! Sad to leave.
First time on Mersea Island and did not disappoint. Lovely walks, peaceful and tranquil, lovely cosy barn, love the log burner and lovely hospitality from Jo & Ru. We will be back with the dogs. Thank you.
Third time here and it is as fantastic as always. Lovely walks on the beach and food at Mehalahs. We finally made it to the Vineyard Tea Rooms - yum!
We finally made it back after 3 years and it is as beautiful, charming and relaxing as we remember. Thanks for everything x
Lovely barn. Peaceful few days, nice walks and views. Loved the Oyster Shed and Mehalahs - great oysters and local wine.
Perfect weekend, warm, friendly. Our dogs loved it even more.
We had the perfect weekend we were hoping for - lovely walks and a log fire. Thanks for all the tips. We stopped halfway around the island at Mersea Oysters for oysters, prawns and chips, lovely.
We have had a very peaceful weekend. Loved the cottage, warm and cosy
Enjoyed the very comfortable cottage, the lovely coastal walks and the Beth Chatto gardens
Lovely break, thank you. Enjoyed the walks and cottage.
Well needed mini break. Jasper (the dog) loved being so near to Cudmore Grove and the beach. Feeling refreshed.
We recommend the walk to West Mersea and back along the beach as a warm up for the walk around the island, anti-clockwise, stopping for lunch at the Coast Inn. Take away seafood from the Oyster Bar was excellent. Going home having had a lovely time with one tired dog. Nice evenings in a relaxing cottage. Thanks.
Lovely restful weekend. We will definitely come back, Recommend afternoon tea at the Tiptree Jam Company and visit to the Mersea Island Vineyard.
We've had a lovely weekend, beautiful place. Many thanks.
Lovely barn, nice peaceful few days - just what the doctored ordered!
Lovely barn, country park was great - such lovely walks.
Loved the barn and surrounding area. Love the Oyster Bar and Mehalah's both were excellent. Local beer and wine also sampled. We will be returning.
We enjoyed our stay at Bromans Barn. Great visit to Flatford Mill and watched an amazing sunset at West Mersea. Can recommend the Oyster Bar for good seafood.
Thoroughly enjoyable holiday at your fun 'cottage'. Thank you for organising such great weather and being there when we needed anything.
Our third time and very nice. Huge oysters at The Oyster Bar, West Mersea. Wow! Very comfortable, we feel much rested - thank you.
Thank you Ru and Jo for such a lovely welcome and for all the tips on where to go and what to eat. We've had a lovely week in your beautiful cottage and will be very sad to leave tomorrow.
Lovely short stay, weather good; found the foot ferry and explored the island, very quiet and restful.
Thank yo for the wonderful eggs, bread etc! The weather has been fantastic and we really enjoyed walks to Cudmore and around the sea wall to the north, as well as visiting West Mersea.
Many thanks for the lovely package. Had a lovely week - thank you.
An excellent stay in every way - even the weather was kind.
Best holiday in the UK ever. We will be back many times! Lovely to have the chance to have some mother and daughter bonding time without any stresses or work. Do we have to go home.......?? Our expectations were exceeded.
A perfect place for a relaxing time. The cottage is lovely and we had fantastic walks with Bella. Thank you so much.
Thank you so much for the amazing welcome (and gifts) to your wonderful farm. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole area. An amazing birding area and brilliant visitor centres. A very cosy, warm barn - a perfect holiday. Tag enjoyed all her walks, especially locally.
We have loved the barn, the peace and quiet and the walks.
The perfect place to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. Lovely walks with our dog. Lovely, lovely, lovely.
Bromans Barn is the perfect retreat for tranquil, natural surroundings - lovely barn and super unspoilt countryside and beaches.
Bromans Barn is the perfect retreat for tranquil, natural surroundings. Lovely barn, super unspoilt countryside and beach.
Although we have the moors on our doorstep it was lovely to explore the Essex countryside and estuaries. Dedham to Flatford Mill was beautiful - buttercup meadows everywhere. A walk around Brightlingsea sea walls was also invigorating, not too much for our dogs little legs. Thank you for the lovely welcome pack. A beautiful cottage and barn.
Good to walk the Essex estuaries again.
Second visit - thank you! As peaceful a retreat as you could hope for.
A lovely relaxing weekend, great walks, perfect weather and a fabulous cottage.
A fabulous Cottage, great walks, lovely owners, very relaxing.
Once again a wonderful stay. Thank you.
Beautiful cottage and we have enjoyed our stay. Seen many birds including lapwing, sandpipers, curlew, oyster catchers and green woodpeckers. Feeling very relaxed and ready to face the world again!
A very peaceful weekend in a very cosy place. Thanks!
We had a lovely time at the farm. Very relaxing in a perfect location far away from city life. We will be back! Thank you.
It would seem I chose the perfect week of weather for what has turned out to be a relaxing break. Great walks with some fabulous seafood lunches and dinners. Jo and Ru, your barn has worked it's magic, thank you so much for your laid back hospitality.
What a lovely break! Quiet and peaceful, cosy and warm, clean and comfortable. All you need for a relaxed break with the dogs. Thank you for the eggs, bread, bacon etc. Back soon, we hope x
We had a lovely stay - cottage was warm and cosy and we felt at home straight away. Great location for our dog Molly who enjoyed the many walks by the beach.
Lovely cottage and fire, comfortable stay. Thanks.
Blessed with cold, sunny, crisp weather, perfect for bracing walks along the coats. The Barn is a perfect base for relaxing between stints (and of course sipping wine by the fire). Everything we could have asked for - thank you Ru and Jo. Hope to be back in the summer and bring Jack the Scottie.
Enjoyed our very relaxing few days!! Comfortable, warm barn, thank you both for the welcome pack of fruit, eggs etc.
We have had a lovely peaceful few days away, just what we needed.A cosy retreat very quiet (which we loved!) and great walks within a 2 minutes.Very efficient wood burner and everything we needed. Also a lovely welcome, helpful hosts and freshly laid eggs from the girls! Thank you so much.
Thank you very much Jo and Ru for such a lovely stay. The Christmas touches around the barn made it a very special place to stay. We've loved relaxing with the animals and Edward found the chickens especially funny. Enjoyed the coastal walks and local seafood, and friendly islanders. Thanks for the welcome pack, delicious especially the bread and the other help you've given during our stay.
A great weekend in a fab barn and a very warm welcome from you both.
Everything perfect, thank you.
We had a lovely relaxing stay with great gusty walks along the coast and lots of fresh seafood. Everything perfect with the cottage - thank you.
Thank you for another lovely stay at Bromans. We really love this place and will be back again! Thank you for all the lovely little extras and recommendations. See you in 2016!
This was the perfect short break we needed after our wedding. The barn is very welcoming, cosy and homely and we felt at ease and at home straight away. It was great to be so close to the coast and just be able to pop out for a walk. The warm welcome and local knowledge were much appreciated!
This lovely barn exceeded our expectations by far. It is certainly a place we will return to in the future. We had a lovely relaxing time.
Thank you - all we hoped for and more! Lovely long walks with the dog. Afternoon tea by the fire, fresh flowers, bread, eggs and fruit. The barn is beautiful and in great surroundings. A much needed rest, ready to face the Christmas rush! Thank you too for the warm welcome.
Very happy day, very happy memories. We loved Bromans Barn, thank you for everything.
Thank you for such a relaxing, peaceful and idyllic stay in your comfortable and cosy barn. We loved every minute from a warm welcome to the brilliant music night at the Coast Inn.. Lots of great dog walks on beautiful atmospheric beaches. Thank you Jo.
Just what we needed, cosy cottage,beautiful unspoilt walks/runs and only a short cycle to West Mersea. We didn't travel far from home for this, but we could have been a million miles away.
We’ve had a lovely time and unbelievably blue skies and sunshine every day. Thank you so much to Jo and Ru for making the barn so warm and comfortable.
First visit to Bromans, having experienced other ‘Grove Cottages’ this is excellent. Beautiful barn, lovely and peaceful with fantastic sea food on your doorstep.
Fantastic barn with peaceful countryside surrounding but only 5 minutes walk to the beach. Loads of walks and great seafood on your doorstep. Ru was great when we arrived and very helpful with ideas to meet our needs.
We have had such a lovely comfortable stay here, thank you Ru, Jo and family for your hospitality. It was our first visit to Broman’s Barn, and indeed Mersea Island and we hope we are privileged to visit again.
Great stay, really comfortable and enjoyable weekend with the dog. The cottage and surroundings exceeded our expectations! Didn't want to leave. Will recommend to friends and will def be back again!
Definitely coming back, if only to kidnap one of the "girls" - their eggs are amazing!!
If you want a quiet and peaceful break, this is the place to stay. Being able to bring our dogs was a bonus and giving them good walks within five minutes, was great!
Lovely cottage and a very peaceful break. Our day was made when we saw a barn owl quartering the field behind the stables. Thank you to the chickens for the eggs!
Fantastic peaceful, cosy cottage. Very special location, great place to unwind and de-stress. We will return.
A wonderful stay in a beautiful place. Poppie just loved her walks at Cudmore (so did we!). Thank you for making us so welcome and for the lovely welcome pack x.
We have had such a lovely comfortable stay here, thank you Ru, Jo and family for your hospitality. It was our first visit to Bromans Barn and Mersea Island and we hope we are privileged to visit again. The welcome basket, fruit and flowers were really lovely touches to what was already a very comfortable, private place to stay. We have truly been able to unwind and relax. The beauty of Mersea Island and Cudmore Grove enthralled us. We are already planning our next trip.
Enjoyed a lovely couple of nights to celebrate Sharon's birthday. Thank you for the breakfast basket and making the place so welcoming. The peace at night and the easy walking with our dog was thoroughly enjoyed. We even saw a couple of seals - lovely, thanks!
Enjoyable few days - lovely walks and plenty of fresh air!
A fab place, very comfortable and relaxing - thanks!
A wonderful and relaxing spot to recharge your batteries - great ambience and comforts. Many thanks.
A wonderful stay in a beautiful cottage - thank you so much for everything.
A perfect way to celebrate our anniversary and recover from a busy week at work. This really is a beautiful spot and the barn is so relaxing/cosy. Thank you for your warm welcome.
A much needed and very relaxing short break. Cottage is beautiful and very comfortable. Dogs enjoyed the lovely walks at Cudmore Grove and along coast to West Mersea (so did I). Thanks to Ru & Jo for lovely welcome and delicious welcome pack of food.
Lovely well equipped and comfortable cottage. Easy walk to beach, we had a lovely relaxing stay.
Our first visit to Mersea Island which was blessed with dry and sunny weather. We thoroughly enjoyed the peaceful location with comfortable and well appointed accommodation. All very relaxing and we intend to return. Truly, a lucky find. Thank you most sincerely for everything.
Our third visit. We both love the island, it's like returning to a bygone age of tranquility and friendliness. The weather was perfect and the accommodation ideal and dog friendly. Ru is a a lovely host, always available but unobtrusive. The welcome pack is such a thoughtful touch. We always return home relaxed and determined to return next year. Thank you both for your hospitality, kindness and the ideal setting.
We really enjoyed our stay in your beautiful barn, very chilled and relaxing. Lovely food in the Oyster Bar and Coast Inn. Mersea Island is fabulous - a hidden gem! Many thanks.
A beautiful barn in a perfect location. We were made to feel very welcome by Jo & Ru. Mersea Island is a hidden gem.
Perfect relaxing break. Returning home with a very, very tired border collie!
We can't say we needed a weeks holiday, as we are retired and come from a beautiful place in the New Forest. We saw the barn in the Sunday Times and thought it sounded our kind of holiday, enjoyed everything about it. Thank you.
A peaceful and tranquil setting - perfect! Thank you, just what we needed, hope to see you again.
Lovely cottage in very pleasant surroundings. Plenty of good walks and altogether very relaxing - thank you!
Third visit in three years. So many reasons why we keep coming back. Beautiful cottage, lovely walks, fine food and a slower pace of life. Bring on a fourth visit in 2016! Thanks Ru.
Our second visit to Bromans Barn, just as lovely as the first. The barn is comfortable, warm, contains everything you need - walks are close - views and skies are tremendous - what more could two walkers and a dog ask for? Thank you , we'll be back in the autumn.
A cosy retreat - quiet, welcoming and peaceful. Just what we needed for a 'stress free' break. Thank you. An enjoyable weekend in a delightful part of the country. Lots of photographic opportunities along the coast line. We plan to stay again.
Never been to Essex or heard of Mersea before, but now we have discovered the area we will be back. Have had some lovely walks and memorable meals. Cottage was cosy, welcoming to return to and Ru and Jo friendly and helpful. Thank you.
We have enjoyed a relaxed, peaceful holiday, blessed with wonderful weather and the warmth of Jo and Ru's welcome and consideration.
Fantastic location and a lovely place for some downtime. Loved it!
An idyllic setting and the perfect opportunity to do as much or as little as you want! Our first visit to this part of the world - I'm sure it won't be our last. Many thanks to Ru, Jo and Libby for their warmth and hospitality.
Thank you so much for our wonderful relaxing weekend at your barn. It has been the perfect Easter retreat away from the city life. Please may I thank you sincerely for the splendid welcome pack, this was by far the best we have had. Tea laid out and the Easter eggs - a delightful seasonal touch. Thank you. A wonderful Easter weekend - we will recommend to our friends wishing to escape the city, just like us!
Peaceful, relaxing holiday. Remarkable cottage, everything one needs in a comfortable, compact package. Thank you Ru & Jo.
Delightful cottage - we valued the peace and quiet and explored the local area. Thank you for the produce, the eggs were lovely.
A perfect break and a welcome tonic away from work! A quiet, comfortable (and warm), barn with everything you need. Great walks and deserted beaches in a previously unknown part of the world. Recommended - thank you.
A lovely relaxing weekend. Accommodation comfy and cosy. The welcome food treats and flowers were a lovely touch. The eggs were fantastic - thanks girls! Ru was a great host with lost of local knowledge. Good walks, a lovely part of Essex unknown to us. The West Mersea Oyster Bar was great. Thanks x
This is my first visit to Essex and I'm so glad we chose Mersea Island. A very interesting island with lovely people. In particular we've enjoyed the little boat trip around the West Mersea coast. The coast road is a lively and interesting walk especially at a very high tide! Mehalah's is delightful.
What a lovely relaxed weekend in a beautifully converted barn. Very romantic Valentine's Day. We will definitely return, so thanks, until next time xxx
Just what we needed, felt relaxed as soon as we opened the door. Had a lovely relaxed birthday treat, helped by the very friendly welcome by Ru. Will recommend this place, what a find, loved it.
Thank you for a lovely stay and for all the little extras.
Outside wind, rain, sleet and freezing temperatures, but inside the barn we were warm and cosy. We've enjoyed our stay - the fresh eggs, homemade bread and fruit basket, were very welcome. We enjoyed our walks though they were rather bracing! We hope to come back when the weathers a bit warmer. We would/will definitely recommend.
Lovely cosy barn with a fab wood burner. Excellent location for walks with the dog, especially around the whole island to West Mersea and back.
Thank you Ru and Jo for welcoming us to your wonderful farm. We have had the most wonderfully relaxing weekend here. The local walks have been enjoyed by us, but even more so by Dinks. We will be returning to visit at this beautiful hidden gem, when the weather gets a little warmer. Thank you.
Made a lovely change to our home surroundings. The welcome was excellent and the "goodies" left for us were well received. Thank you.
Our third trip to Bromans Barn - you must be doing something night! Another lovely stay and thank you for your efforts to make the cottage feel so "Christmassy"!
Thank you for a wonderful break! The barn is beautiful. We loved the fire and nice walks along the beach, and highly recommend the seafood. It's been a fantastic holiday.
Thank you so much for a lovely, well deserved break. The bacon and eggs were fantastic and a lovely personal touch. Mehalah's platter was beautiful along with the oysters and Mersea Island wine. Thanks to Ru and Jo for making us feel so welcome - we will be back. Lora, Jamie & Morio xx
Busy time visiting family and friends in Essex and Suffolk. Lovely cosy barn to come back to and enjoy the peacefulness. Thanks for the provisions - very much appreciated.
Absolutely super! Wonderful cottage with lovely hosts! Really appreciate the entire experience from start to finish - the kind of place you have to visit again! Thanks so much - we've been to Water Cottage and Bromans Barn and both are to a very high standard. Very impressed! We will be back.
We've had a lovely cosy, restful weekend and have so enjoyed exploring Mersea Island. We'll be recommending the barn, a great place to stay. Thanks for all the breakfast itmes - the homemade bread was lovely and eggs from your chickens, a real treat.
Just a couple of days away from the stress of work, but we walked the island and loved it all! Mersea Island has been a great discovery. The Art Cafe was great for a cup of tea and a cake. The Oyster bar lives up to it's reputation - no pretentions, good local food and great service. The barn is really cosy and we loved the brilliant woodburner! Thanks Jo and Ru for your welcome and for a really lovely weekend.
A lovely little barn with all the home comforts you could need. So peaceful and comfortable (especially the 'marshmallow' bed!! Brill for lie ins!) We squeezed the very last sunshine out of the year and enjoyed a round the island walk - would recommend, or if not, the entire 13ish miles from here out to the Strood and back - very dog friendly. We recommend a drive to Dedham, very quaint and pretty with with a great pub (Sun Inn), fab food and dogs allowed in front bar.
What else can we say that hasn't already been said. It's been the most beautiful place to recharge and relax. Such a beautiful barn with the little touches that make you feel welcome. Thank you for all the info given. Highly recommend Mahalas and The Oyster Bar - the best fish and chips!! We look forward to returning again soon, it's been just perfect!
Our third visit and always enjoyable. Beautiful weather and a lovely chilled out weekend. A thank you to you both for those finer touches.
Lovely barn in an excellent location for island walks.
A lovely barn in a wonderful situation. Great walks for Jaffa. Very quiet and peaceful and the back yard is a great sun trap. Thanks
Thanks to Ru and Jo for a lovely welcome and for the fruit and breakfast pack. What a wonderful barn, a real home from home. We tried Maria's on the way here - a little vintage tea room. The Oyster Bar on the front - fantastic - oysters delicious, would highly recommend Mehalahs - fabulous. The barn is cosy, quiet, the chickens lovely, they come up to the back door if you call them. The beach is 5 mins walk away - this was a much needed break - and we will be back! Thanks again!
It was a wonderful surprise with the lovely barn and fantastic walks with our dogs, and the hospitality of the owners.
Thank you, simply perfect and beautiful. The best rest and walks. Highly recommend. Look forward to returning. What a find Mersea is, especially Bromans Barn.,
Wow!! Thank you, Bromans Barn is a great find! We have loved the walks, we saw a seal today and also spotted fly catchers from the local hide. Jo & Ru are perfect hosts and this cottage is ideal for a little holiday away from frenetic London. It's so silent and peaceful here. We love the chickens, horses and Barn owls. It's a haven!! Thank you.
A fabulous few days in a wonderful place. Everything was beautifully comfortable and Ru & Jo couldn't have been more friendly or helpful. Mersea Island is a real little gem and I can't believe we've never been before, despite both growing up in Essex! On the recommendation of Jo, we did the walk around the island - fabulous, with a well deserved feast in the Oyster Bar half way round! Plus we went on a great cycle around the outskirts of Colchester - a wonderful celebration for our 2nd wedding anniversary.
A lovely place, really peaceful and in a great location, didn't want to go home! Loved the chickens! We have cycled, walked and taken the ferry, which was a real adventure. Excellent accommodation - thank you for a great hols.
A real little gem in Essex. Perfect for complete rest and relaxation.
What can I say about Bromans Barn, that has not been written? This place is a little gem that has allowed us to re-charge our batteries, whilst keeping our dog 'super fit'! Just love the place! Thanks to Ru & Jo for their welcome!
This break for us has been romantic, exciting and extremely good fun from the start. The barn is fantastic, has everything you could imagine and more. Jo and Ru have been very welcoming from the start of our stay, nothing has been too much bother. Whilst here we have made the most of our break by canoeing along the River Stour, cycling around the island (and running), walking and sea kayaking. We have loved our stay and hopefully will return next year. Amazing place.
What a lovely place to stay. Breakfast was very good, thank you. I got up at 5.30am to watch the little owls - amazing! We had a lovely time, thank you Ru and Jo.
A lovely warm welcome on arrival. We enjoyed our walk along the sea, although will have to brush up on 'right of way' across the fields - a very nice landowner put us back on the right path! The Dog and Pheasant was a lovely friendly pub with a nice beer garden, where you can watch the world go by. Maria's Tea Rooms was also a nice place to go, and you must meet Max the labrador - again very friendly people. Just a final thank you to Jo and Ru, who made us feel very welcome.
A really lovely and well equipped barn with some thoughtful touches. Welcome tray, bacon, etc. Fruit and flowers in the rooms :-) This and the great walks with my dogs around cudmore park - Brilliant!
A lovely warm welcome on arrival. The barn is very pretty and cosy. We enjoyed our walk along the sea, although will have to brush up on 'right of way' across fields - a very nice land owner, put us back on the right path! The Dog & Pheasent was a very lovely & friendly pub with a nice beer garden, where you can watch the world go by. Maria's Tea Rooms was also a nice place to go and you must meet Max the black Labrador - again.
What a lovely surprise Mersea Island has been. Fantastic walking. Walk along the coast to West Mersea and then back via the inland footpaths - make a day of it! Evening walks in Cudmore Grove along the coast to Mersea Shore and beyond; stunning on a still warm summer evening. Enjoyed eating at The Coast Inn, Mersea Oyster Company and the Art Cafe. Thanks.
Really enjoyed our stay. Loved West Mersea, the Oyster Bar and sitting on the Quay. Also love Cudmore Grove & Maria's.
We thoroughly enjoyed our second stay at Bromans Barn and are very grateful for the welcome pack and the heaps of information from Ru on where to visit on the island. Our particular favourite was The Coast INN – amazing fresh fish! On a random drive in West Mersea we found a selection of beach lined with brightly coloured beach huts… absolutely beautiful! Looking forward to our next visit already!
Our second visit to this lovely, tranquil and welcoming cottage. We love the Island, seafood, fantastic walks, and the dog friendly people. Jo and Ru are the perfect hosts always available but do not disturb. The welcome pack is such a thoughtful touch. We hope to return in the autumn. Would recommend this location for its hospitality and consideration to detail.
It has been another relaxing, get away break in a lovely barn conversion, one great secret. (Mersey Island)
It seems we have found our perfect little escape! Every detail has been thought of and provided for. Thank you for a lovely weekend in this beautiful and peaceful reserve - we hope to return each year to witness it's growth to maturity.
We've had a wonderful time at Bromans Barn. The perfect getaway after our wedding - was very much needed. Fantastic location, warm welcome, amazing barn, wished we could have used the log burner, but the weather was too good!
With thanks for the warm welcome, your care and attention. We look forward to the next time with eager anticipation.
A lovely barn in a peaceful location. Good walks right from the door. Highly recommend Metalahs and Dog & Pheasant worth a visit.
We were looking for a special place to unwind, and found it here - wonderful Bromans Barn!!
As always a wonderfully welcoming cottage, cosy and perfect. Already looking forward to the next visit!
We have had a wonderful weekend at Bromans Barn. The Barn is wonderfully cosy, especially with the log burner. We explored the island, had lots of lovely walks, especially through the park to the beach, eaten fabulous seafood and the sun has shone nearly all weekend. The welcome pack was a lovely thought, thank you so much, will be recommending Bromans Barn as the perfect place to get away from it all.
Wished we could have stayed longer!? The log burner and the starry night skies from your outside bench were highlights for us ! Hope to return ... sorry forgot to mention the amazing sunny weather during our stay! Every day warm and sunny! What a treat !!
We had a wonderful stay at Bromans Barn.
Peace and quiet for a few days in this charming and cosy barn. Lovely welcome from Jo and Ru, the 'welcome tray’ is brilliant and thoughtful. Loved making friends with the chickens. Thank you both for your unobtrusive hospitality.
Just what we wanted - Everything was lovely - On par with Cornwall. Would recommend Oyster Bar for a great meal - Art Cafe for cake and tea - and the Deli next door. Wood burner most excellent, many thanks to you both.
Beautiful, peaceful cottage. Lovely walks on the doorstep. Recommend Dog and Pheasant for Sunday lunch.
A lovely escape from the city for the weekend. Oyster Bar was awesome.
What a wonderful barn ! Cosy, warm and perfect for beach walks. The welcoming package of food made us feel at home straight away. Cream teas at the local vineyard and local seafood at the Oyster Bar were truly memorable. A brilliant way to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary. Many thanks.
Fabulous Cottage, great walks, wild weather, fantastic hosts, a great time was had by All.
Lovely barn, great walks, Max had a fab time. Tried first ever oysters at Oyster Shack (not bad)but seafood platter fantastic and Peldon Rose fantastic pub and food. Thank you so much.
A lovely barn, perfect for a romantic break with the one you love.
Bromans Barn is set up beautifully. The owners are very accommodating. It is the small touches that make the difference, such as home-made biscuits on arrival. The local knowledge was great.
Thank you so much for having us. This has been the perfect place to recharge our batteries and hide away. This Barn is beautiful and we are very grateful. We look forward to coming again soon.
Have had a lovely relaxing break away in the cosy barn. Beautiful walks around the island and tasty seafood restaurants. Thank you
The perfect place for peace and quiet. Lovely cosy barn for P&R, great seafood and local walks nearby. Thanks for the lovely welcome pack.
Fabulous cottage, great walks, wild weather, fantastic hosts, a great time was had by all
-you for the welcome and the eggs (very tasty). This is a nice spot we know well and have enjoyed staying in the barn. Perfect for the dogs despite the rain.
We enjoyed our stay in Bromans Barn on this island very much. A nice quiet spot, near the beach, for splendid walks with the dogs. Thanks so very much for the hospitality, we had a wonderful time here. Splendid cottages for holidays with your dogs in rural beautiful locations.
2nd time we have visited Bromans Barn and once again had a lovely stay. Thank-you for all your attention to our comfort and in particular for the lovely Christmas tree.
A perfect bolt hole. Delicious bacon and eggs and plenty of relaxing in front of an open fire. Perfect.
conversion in perfect surroundings, beautiful landscape. Perfect hosts with Jo and Ru. Really enjoyed our stay, got to unwind and relax. Log burner was the finishing touch to a fab weekend.
2nd time we have stayed at Bromans and it is still lovely. Had great walks and cosy fires. Can’t wait to return again very soon.
Peaceful weekend break, much needed rest away from London. A walk to the beach and a December paddle was a treat. Cottage lovely. Fire great!
A short but perfect weekend away from our busy London life. Lovely walk at Cudmore and up to the Oyster Farm. Harry loved his first visit to the beach and I braved my first oysters at the Oysters at the Oyster Bar. Very cosy and comfortable cottage plus great hospitality. Would really recommend for nature lovers and peace and quiet. Sorry to be leaving so soon.
Beautiful accommodation and perfect for 2 people. Wonderful location right on the doorstep of Cudmore Grove Nature Reserve, so can walk form the cottage. Great for birders, walkers and lovers of the best sea food !’
A thoughtfully equipped cottage in a beautiful setting. Helpful and friendly hosts and not intrusive. The downside ? Not enough time to do all the wonderful walks or eat at the terrific restaurants. We’re preparing for our return already.
We have had a wonderful stay. The Barn is so lovely and welcoming. Jo and Ru are extremely friendly and helpful, we appreciate everything they did for us - especially the veggie sausages, home made cookies and delicious home grown fruit. This is a prefect place for a stay with dogs - loved being so close to Cudmore Grove. We had a wonderful time - thank-you.
What a perfect place for a romantic birthday tryst. Fantastic Oysters, scallops and crevettes - truly memorable. Thanks Jo and Ru for your wonderful hospitality. Great cookies !
A wonderful week in Mersea, walking the dog at Cudmore Grove, braving the tide over the Strood .... We feel so much more rested and relaxed then when we arrived, so thank-you. The bread and cookies were delicious and the cottage is even nicer then the pictures
We stayed Oct 2013 and I just wanted to say that this was our first time booking a cottage online and it was fantastic! We loved Broman's Barn and Ru made us feel very welcome. We took our 2 dogs and it could not have been more perfect for them with a short to the coast and lots of different areas to explore! We will definitely be back!!
Such a beautiful and relaxing place. We loved the cottage and being so close to the coast. Thanks Jo and Ru for being so welcoming !.
What a little gem, this has to be the best kept secret we have found. The walks are just beautiful, hopefully we will be back soon.
We had beautiful walks. Loved the cosy cottage, relaxed! Thanks!
Wonderful welcome, wonderful cottage, wonderful location.
A wonderful week in this lovely place, very relaxing and Bonnie loved the beach.
Thank you so much for a very nice stay in your Barn. Alfie loved the walks.
Bromans Barn is a beautiful holiday cottage, with great scenery, beaches and walks. You really feel 'at home' here, so much so, it will be difficult to go back. Jo and Ru are really welcoming, helpful and friendly. We can't wait to stay again. x
Bromans Barn is a great place to relax and unwind, private with options if you want to explore Mersea and the surrounding area, and a very short walk to the sea. Perfect.
Lovely cottage, beautiful surroundings and very friendly owners. Thank you for a lovely stay! All the good we read online was definitely confirmed. Despite the rain, we really enjoyed the beautiful landscape and scenery and for us it was the perfect escape from our busy lives in London. Will recommend it to everyone.
Our friends scoffed when we said we were going on holiday to Essex, but we knew better! Beautiful barn, beautiful location and beautiful weather. We had a wonderful week exploring this lovely island, revisiting childhood haunts, spotting badgers, muntjac deer and ostriches! Eating delicious local fish and seafood and drinking the local beer and wine. Wish it was all closer to Manchester, but we'll be back.
Overall a really fantastic escape for a peaceful weekend, beautifully done cottage. very comfortable and deceptively spacious. Very well equipped, perfect location and great hosts, will be sure to return.
We have really enjoyed this beautiful cottage and the peaceful surroundings. On tip of this we were really blessed and pleased by the hospitality of our hosts. Really recommend it.
Lovely cottage, everything you need for a few days holiday. Beach within 5 mins walk. Very peaceful. Jo and Ru couldn't have been more helpful. Really enjoyed myself.
We wanted to let you rknow that we had a wonderful stay at Bromans Barn at the weekend, it just wan;t long enough! Thanks again and hope to be back soon.
Unique accommodation in a really lovely location with beautiful walks, beach side, fresh fish and only 1 hour from London. The hosts were really accommodating.
Beautiful conversion. Very warm welcome. Plenty to do if you want to do it or just a great cosy retreat if you want to relax. Thanks for a lovely weekend.
Beautiful conversion. Very warm welcome. Plenty to do if you want or just a great cosy retreat if you want to relax. Thanks for a lovely weekend.
'Lovely, relaxing getaway'
Beautiful cottage- perfect location within walking distance to a nature reserve that leads down to a lovely beach. Perfect for couples and dogs. There were fresh flowers awaiting our arrival, fresh milk. bread, butter, eggs, fruit and bacon....absolutely perfect. Ru was lovely and stopped by to welcome us and give us some tips on places to visit and walks to take. There are some lovely places to visit. The Coast Inn ( restaurant ) in West Mersea was fab. We had a lovely chilled out week and will definitely recommend to friends and family
Jo and Ru have been perfect hosts (especially as the have only just moved it themselves!) and made our break a real “home from home” with a high level of care. As soon as we walked into The Barn – the welcoming sound of Classical music, 2 vases of daffodils and a little basket of Easter eggs. These little touches are so important and much appreciated. This is the perfect get away from it all, but NOT cut off! Shops within driving distance, superb walks from the farm.
Lovely warm, comfy cosy barn. A beautifully done conversion.
Super cosy barn, 5 min walk to the beach, relaxing and quite. Best way to escape from London
A delightful rustic cottage. Very quiet, relaxing, away from it all setting
From the moment we arrived Bromans Barn welcomed us with character and warmth. Despite being - early February and bitterly cold it was always a pleasure to the warmth and peace of Bromans Barn
Lovely barn conversion, we used the log fire constantly. The hosts very friendly. We really enjoyed the walks by the sea “being on the doorstep”
Amazing barn, amazing location! Best sleep in a long time.
Despite the extreme weather for the weekend, the cottage was warm and welcoming.
Peace and an opportunity to recharge and reflect following a mad year. Beautiful surroundings and wild life – a walkers paradise.
A great place to escape to at New Year!
We found the barn very comfortable and relaxing. Despite the rain our holiday was smashing!
We had a lovely week here and enjoyed the beautiful sunset in West Mersea and a nice walk around the east end of the island and back, past the Dog and Pheasant which does great chips!
Cosy, romantic and lovely bacon and eggs!
Splendid and relaxing weekend, right next door to the beautiful country park and wild beaches.
Wonderful place, wonderful time, great host. Hope to return
We enjoyed every minutes and recharged our batteries.
Thoroughly enjoyable stay. Peace and tranquillity very much appreciated.
The area and cottage is an ideal "doggy heaven".
The barn was beautiful very cosy and well furnished we had a really brilliant week with lots of walks thank you
Wonderful area for walking, bird watching ad sea food. Very peaceful
Lovely little cottage, very helpful hosts
Nice quiet place to stay - dog loved Laving his own field to run around!! Local for both park and beach just right for a short break!
A beautiful barn conversion in an idyllic setting on interesting island with great character.
Cosy, idyllic and well situated barn!! Wonderful!! Also perfect place for dogs!
Lovely, lazy and very relaxing stay. Enjoyed bring in the countryside and excellent walks/swim for our little dog
Lovely tranquil spot with a gentle stroll to nature reserve and beach. Perfect especially for our dog Bailey who had a great time - as did we!
Bromans Barn was just perfect
A beautiful cottage to escape from the busy lives. Perfect get away location.
A very restful place to stay
Excellent location walking from the door, but also plenty to see
Lovely place, beautiful surroundings a walk and all very welcoming
Lovely, comfortable barn. Mersea Island is a lovely place to explore and we were really pleased and surprised at how lovely it is. We also visited Frinton and Clacton, which is again very interesting place to visit.
Perfect weekend spend away quiet cosy comfortable. Everything we wanted in a beautiful little barn.
Lovely Barn in a beautiful location
Another fantastic short break at Bromans – lovely barn, delight hosts. Perfect coastline for walking dogs – they too had a wonderful time.
Gabriel’s place is a truly wonderful cottage in a very friendly village. A very relaxing break from normal busy lives
One of the loveliest cottages we have stayed in. Martin was ever so helpful and we had a wonderful break from “the grind”.
A great place for your dog to have a holiday!
Really enjoyed the cottage and local area. Very good for walking, cycling and eating!
A lovely cottage to stay at with a dog. Very cosy and lots of walks
Fantastic welcome – the personal touch was most appreciated. The cottage is great and every need is catered for. It was a truly special weekend. Thank you
Beautiful cottage as before, with the added bonus of glorious wall to wall sunshine in March. Courtyard garden now enclosed, which is a bonus with the dogs.
Lovely cosy barn. Great walks with the dogs
Excellent place for refreshing coastal walks and bird watching.
Fantastic location, very comfortable accommodation. Wonderful walks and bird life. Great seafood !
Loved the home-made bread and the cosy fire and the great walks !!
A very pleasant little cottage, beautifully made from a barn, with coastal walks and bird life a few minutes walk from your doors.
Bromans Barn is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate in this cosy barn. The beach and nature reserve is just ideal for dog walks.
If you like the sound of owls in the early evening- peace tranquillity and calm, this is the place for you. Cottage superb, extremely cosy and inviting. Thank You.
This is the 2nd time we have stayed in one of The Grove Cottage and again it has been delightful. Real log fires, immaculate and beautifully decorated. We will definitely come back
Lovely cottage for two with dog walking from the door -coast 4 minutes.
After an enjoyable walk with our dog it was great to come back to the Barn and cuddle up in front of the wood burner and enjoy a glass of local wine.
Wonderful stay, a real 'get away from it all' break.
We needed a relaxing Christmas and that is exactly what happened. Only problem was leaving.
Thank you for a wonderful stay in your beautiful barn. We had such a cosy and relaxed time here. A perfect December day without a cloud in the sky to explore the entire coastline of Mersea
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Bromans Barn. It will always be memorable to us as we got engaged at the barn - our young daughter and 2 border terriers also enjoyed their stay.
A really cosy barn in a wonderful location, perfect for long walks on the beach before heading back to the cottage to doze on the rocking chair in front of the fire.
An idyllic, fairytale cottage. Escapism at its best.
We came for the well documented seafood and discovered a cosy hideaway on a delightful island! Thank you.
Beautiful tranquil location. Perfect cottage for a romantic weekend away with world class seafood thrown in!
Beautiful accommodation, lovely setting. Fantastic food on the island. Highly recommend the Company Shed.
A cosy peaceful retreat very close to the wonderful Cudmore Nature Reserve. Consequently we had lots of great walks for our dog Red. Martin was a gracious and informative host.
A lovely, comfy barn conversion in a peaceful landscape at the junction of land sea and sky, with plenty of good walks and great seafood nearby - A little gem.
A lovely, comfy barn conversion in a peaceful landscape at the junction of land sea and sky, with plenty of good walks and great seafood nearby - A little gem.
A lovely welcome to a wonderful barn in a superb position for walkers next to the nature reserve and the sea. Fabulous !
A very warm welcome from Martin and a little oasis of calm and quietness. A time of relaxation we needed!!
The most beautiful barn, renovated to the highest standard, in the most tranquil setting. The perfect place to enjoy the fabulous local oysters!!
Very cosy cottage with very welcoming arrangements and feeling. Great location and lovely walks. Definitely intend to return.
This is a special place. An experience not to be forgotten, helped by hosts and treats of the house. Ideal location for cycling to the beach. A lovely welcome.
We had an enjoyable relaxing stay in very tranquil surroundings. Great walks and lovely accomodation
The perfect place to escape for a few days and from which to discover the delights of Mersea Island
Excellent information on local area. We had a very relaxing time and will definitely visit again.
Excellent peace & tranquility. A good base for exploring local countryside and places of interest.
Lovely cosy cottage in a superb location. Lots to see and do from your doorstep. Pleasant and helpful hosts. Enjoyed having the use of the bicycles.
A delightful barn. Good weather and a relaxing time.
An idyllic setting. A vert relaxing introduction to the joys of Mersea. Our hosts could not have been kinder.
Excellent spot. Very quiet, Great walking and excellent fish !!
Despite the rain we had a lovely relaxing break.
Fantastic location, barn beautiful, great for dogs.
Lovely area for walks, especially if you have dogs who like to swim!!
It really was a place to wind down and the local country park with its flora and bird life was a real bonus.
Perfect for a peaceful getaway from the noise of the city.
An enchanting cottage offering a warm, cosy welcome, full of character, for any time of year. Wonderful !!
Bromans Barn is comfy, relaxing and quiet. For the country lover - walker and dog owner it is ideally situated and safe, but it is also well situated to visit many interesting places in this area.
Fabulous peace and quiet, pure escapism from everyday life. We have been spoilt for choice in terms of places to visit, walks to explore and places to eat out. We highly recommend Bromans Barn.
As seasoned cottage renters we were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the cottage, the welcome and the ambiance. Truly a romantic and relaxing experience.
Bromans Barn is perfect - very comfortable, the owners are delightful and if you're looking for somewhere to take a dog on a beach holiday it can't be beaten. My spaniel had a splendid time charging round the virtually deserted coastline round here and we were all made to feel most welcome - highly recommended!
A lovely barn, very comfy, great walks, our dog loved his holiday.
Perfect peace and tranquillity with walks on the doorstep.
Even the weather performed! It was the hottest Easter ever! Fantastic cottage, great kayaking and fabulous fish/seafood - eat in or take away from the Company Shed.
Very comfortable 'Barn'. Delicious sea food. Excellent birds and wildlife generally. We saw Avocet, Marsh Harrier, Spoonbill, Nightingale and Adders.
Beautiful location, peaceful and charming cottage. Excellent base to explore Mersea Island. Really didn't want to leave!
We had a lovely time here. It was so quiet and the patio a nice surprise and complete sun trap!
Very nice. Cosy and in a good location for walking around the coastal path.
Had lovely stay! Owners were very welcoming with roaring fire prepared for our arrival. Barn was really quiet and therefore very relaxing.
Lovely barn in a very peaceful setting. Well positioned for man different walks recommend the Victory for a drink and lunch.
Bromans Barn is the perfect spot for a weekend away from London. We had local white wine and local seafood, a lovely place to stay, what else can we ask for?
Excellent location for dog walks along the estuary. Owners of Bromans Barn make visitors feel relaxed. The barn is a lovely cosy place to stay.
Fantastic stay, lovely peaceful location and superb barn. Thanks for the 'welcome basket' lovely bread and eggs and bacon!
Superb location, quiet but not far from all amenities. The woodburner made the barn a cosy retreat on cold days.
Delightful cottage, ideal for a quiet break. Well worth a stay.
This is our second visit to Bromans Barn for us it s a real treat away from all the hustle and bustle of normal life, the cottage and the owners made us feel so welcome.
I am not easy to please, however have no complaints here. The barn is beautiful with all you need to escape the rest of the world. The surrounding area is wonderful and the host quite lovely. The area is great for dogs.
Warm and toasty even when snowing outside(-7) A charming hideaway - great escape from the city! Beautifully Christmassy!
Had an amazing, relaxing, romantic weekend away. Thank you.
Excellent accommodation, location, everything was superb. Our Spaniel was in seventh heaven in the walks that we took, we loved it too. Would recommend to anyone who loves walking and fresh air and romantic accommodation!!
Just what we needed - a real 'get away from it all' weekend - peaceful setting and beautiful barn that met all our requirements. Thoroughly recommend it!
Even better than imagined. A peaceful and relaxing stay.
Far exceeded expectations - Even from the website. A fabulous stay.
Excellent, real cosy accomodation within a few minutes of the beautiful, epic coastline of Mersea Island. If you want seclusion, this is it !!
What a beautiful barn. We wish we could take it back with us !
A lovely barn conversion. Warm & Cosy. Welcome basket was great and Ruth & Martin were very welcoming. Our stay has been all we thought it would be.
A lovely barn conversion, great hosts and a beautiful area. Would love to come again.
Cosy stay in a lovely rural/coastal setting
Everything was as expected. A very warm welcome, a nice welcome basket and a lovely peaceful break with plenty of 'easy walks' and everything for the nature lover.
Excellent. Look forward to a return visit.
Relaxing short break with great walks.
Bromans Barn is a really lovely barn conversion superbly located for long coastal walks. Perfectly dog friendly.
It is such a calm, quiet and relaxing location, that can be recommended to anybody, who loves nature and remoteness.
We have stayed in a lot of self-catering properties and really appreciated those extra special touches of free bike use and the welcome breakfast basket. The personal welcome from Martin was lovely and we're only sorry that we could only stay for 2 nights in such a beautiful area.
The barn is in a wonderful position with easy access to the country park, the coast and well marked local walks. A great retreat.
Delightful barn conversion, great location. We had a perfect weekend, the barn was lovingly decorated together with the use of bikes and great host made it an ideal weekend! Thank you!
We have had a great 4 day break. Lovely walks/runs/cycles! Friendly welcoming hosts. Wildlife aplenty, especially birds. The birdsong is beautiful. Great fish@ The Company Shed. Lovely little suntrap of a garden. Would love to come back in winter to try the log burner.
A perfect hideaway. Bromans Barn is a wonderful place to spend the weekend - we had almost as much fun as the dog did!! Thank you.
Lovely cottage in a lovely setting - great walks and views.
A lovely cottage and a really relaxing holiday. Even though we only stayed two nights this has been a fantastic break. The cottage is beautiful and it's great to be so close to the nature reserve and the sea. Highly recommended!!
A wonderful relaxing week, another cosy cottage, lots of birds and wildlife - dogs enjoyed the country park and sea!
A beautiful and romantic place to stay with plenty of lovely walks on the doorstep. The sea is never far away.
This is our second stay at one of 'Grove Cottages' and it will not be our last!!! We have been so delighted by each cottage - even more than the website describes!
Peaceful and relaxing stay, wonderful walks nearby, excellent food and beer at the whalebone.
We have had a truely wonderful and relaxing stay, the cottage is perfect in every way. Highly recommended lunch at the company shed and a trip out to Deadham.
Mersea Island was great fun to explore. Lottie the Beagle loved the beach and was desperate to get into the thick brown mud!
A thoroughly enjoyable week with good weather, a fantastic host in Martin who saw to our every need in the absence of Ruth. The cottage is everything we expected having enjoyed a week in Cobblers Cottage last Spring. The overall attention to detail leaves nothing to chance and we will use Grove Cottages again - may even be back here next year.
A lovely peaceful place in the country to get away from it all. Lovely walks and sea close by. Our dog especially enjoyed it.
Enchanting barn conversion. Lovely private front garden which is a great sun trap. Lovely to enjoy tea/coffee/read in the sun. Fantastic bird-life and spent a lot of time with doors open, listening to them sing. Cudmore park literally two minutes from barn, which I walked in everyday with pooches. Lovely beach close by-good for shell collecting - beautiful in the evening if you can avoid the flies!!
Lovely barn, lovely location, lovely hosts, lovely weekend ! Thank you x
We received a very warm welcome. A great place to get away from it all. Super walks for the dogs. Ideal location to visit the 'Constable area'. Accomodation was very cosy especially when the weather was bad! Excellent service, Thankyou.
Another lovely addition to the Grove Cottages listings - excellent walks close by.
A super little place, cosy, and ideal for dogs, with lots of walks on the doorstep.
Very pleasant quiet friendly situation. We would be happy to return.
We had a lovely, quiet weekend, walking and relaxing. The cottage was lovely, very cosy and we'd definately recommend a visit.
Great location, cosy barn, super for dogs, great accessability to the sea. Barn owls, little owls!! Very enjoyable, relaxing short break! Very friendly hosts!
IF you're looking for a cosy, delightful cottage with fantastic walks by the sea, quiet and romantic, this is for you.
Cosy cottage in peaceful location for our anniversary.
We were celebrating 25 years together and Bromans was just perfect for us. Just fantastic we enjoyed every minute.
A very peaceful warm and cosy cottage in a great location next to the coast. Ideal for taking nice long walk with beautiful scenery.
We had a lovely, relaxing weekend here. Lots of good walks in beautiful surroundings. Even though we picked the coldest weekend ever the cottage was lovely and cosy.
Bromans Barn is a lovely, cosy get away from it all place. Lots of walks to enjoy, peace and tranquility. Warm welcome from Martin and Ruth. Thanks for lighting the fire.
Lovely place to stay, well placed for great walking - total peace and quiet.
Excellent Cottage, very warm and cosy.
We had a wonderful short break, the cottage and location are fantastic and we'll definately recommend it to friends. Look forward to trying out some of the other Grove Cottages !
Very warm welcome, comfortable cottage in peaceful setting.
Great location. Cosy and comfortable. Wonderful for our dog.
The peace and quiet were just perfect - gave us chance to recharge! Thank you. A gentle walk on the wild side, with excellent seafood up west! We will recommend.
Wonderfully peaceful location- just bird song on waking up. Perfect for two big healthy dogs (andowners) ! The barn has been tastefully restored - beautiful exposed beams - all making for a very happy holiday - many thanks - Pick of the dog friendly pub/restaurant was the Wholebone at Fingringhoe - great food.
The perfect place for a much needed break.
Top class accomodation and just a short distance to a nature reserve and beach. I'll be back!
This spacious and comfortable barn conversion was an ideal escape from the rat race and the closeness of the country park having two springer spaniels was an added bonus. Well done Grove Cottages and well recommended.
Fabulous as ever, so cosy and relaxing.
Incredible silence, lovely views, beautiful walks, friendly people, lovely barn, good food. What more could you want for a time away from home, and a very friendly horse!
What a little gem. Perfect location for walks, and just to get away for a few days. Will be coming back!
Delightful hideaway, lovely walking, very peaceful. Great for dogs
lovely weekend in tranquil setting but within easy walking distance of Cudmore nature park.
Thoroughly wonderful, peaceful and relaxing holiday. Barn's beautiful and our dogs loved the fields we were allowed to use. Ruth and Martin made us so very welcome, thank you. P.S the weather was just fabulous. It was just like being in the med!
Beautiful Barn, pictures don't do it justice, fabulous location for beach runs for the dog, West Mersea Oyster Bar a must. We have to return.
Delighted with the accommodation and its idyllic setting and everyone very friendly. Super getaway.
Bromans Barn lived up to all our expectations. An ideal place to relax and unwind. The barn is spacious and very cosy. Perfect for long walks with Charlie our labrador. We had whole stretches of beach to ourselves in the early evening, and plenty of doggy friends to play with at other times. A very romantic place with or wothout a dog.
Something special set in a stunning location. Shhh...Don't tell everyone!
Our stay here was exactly what everyone needs. pretty, quiet, relaxing, clean and enjoyable.
A wonderful and tranquil retreat-absolute peace and quiet with only the odd pheasant sound. Mersea island is a real treasure!
A great weekend in a very cosy cottage. Wonderful walks by the sea; the dog loved the whole experience!
An excellent location and everything met Grove Cottages high standard.
A lovely warm welcome at such a beautiful place. A proper bolthole away from the stresses and strains of life.
We've spent the weekend curled up in front of the log burner eating the amazing local seafood!
We found a gem when we picked Bromans Barn - cosy yet spacious - exceeded our expectations - beautiful location on the farm with horses and heron for neighbours. WE enjoyed our daily walk through the country park to the beach, lunch at the Company Shed, day in Colchester town and evenings with the log burner. Perfect
Close your eyes and listen - no evidence of human noise!
Lovely House, Lovely People, Lovely Location!!!
Our second visit in a month! Absolutely wonderful cottage; Ruth and Martin are very welcoming. Our little dog Molly loved it! Looking forward to visiting again.
An amazing barn in a beautiful & tranquil location - The perfect getaway!! we'll certainly be back!
Excellent Cottage. Very comfortable, very spacious. Extremely well thought out. Would definitely revisit!
Super Cottage in very nice surroundings. Very nice owners. Interior of Bromans Barn is very much to our country/rural taste and we are very much looking forward to our return visit! First class area if you are a dog owner, with super walks.
Ruth & Martin are so welcoming. A delightful cottage and ideal for a short break (with small doggies) Very peaceful and really close to the sea.
EVEN better than it looks on the pictures friendly, welcoming and some fantastic walks.
Ruth & Martin have worked very hard to develop their barn into a welcoming and comfortable holiday home. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The barn was a peaceful, tucked-away retreat for us and the dog. Loved the walks straight from the door through the country park and coastal path. We appreciated the pretty sitting area, complete with sun loungers - perfect for a good book and glass of wine!
Beautiful cottage in an idyllic location. Mersea Island is a hidden gem!
We would prefer to keep it a secret - otherwise we will never be able to get a space for another booking! Cannot wait to return!!
A hidden gem - great accommodation, great island. Local wine, beer, seafood, people - all fantastic !
Thank you for this cottage; we have spent two wonderful days here. My wife says that this was a special two days for us and she will never forget it !
The barn was very welcoming and cosy. It was ideally situated for dog walking, bird and wildlife watching. We will be recommending it to all our friends !
Bromans Barn is a charming and cosy home from home in a lovely peaceful location tucked away in a little known corner of Essex. A real hidden gem.
A perfect cottage for a short break. Excellent location and perfect hosts.
Lovely escape, barn is comfortable and well stocked, enjoyed the island. Thank-you.
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