Navigation Cottage

5 Star rating

Cottage Details

Cottage: Navigation Cottage
Location of the cottage: Navigation Cottage
Number of bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 4 (Sleeping 4 with the option to sleep 2 more in the twin bedroom at £60 Per person)
Children / Babies: Yes, babies in travel cots are not charged
Arrival days (changeover): Monday, Friday
Pets: 2 (well behaved dogs welcome)
Mark Scott

What a gorgeous coastal location

A stunningly beautiful historic cottage: Enjoy elegant luxury in a beautiful location beside a historic Sea Lock, Nature Reserve and the Sea wall.



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  • 1 Available Start Date (click for quote)
  • 1 Unavailable Date

Your quote for Monday 28 Jan, 2019.

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Facilities Checklist

  • Barbeque
  • Bath
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Bikes Provided
  • Cats Accepted
  • Central Heating
  • Clothes Airer or Washing Line
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Clothes Washer
  • Cooker and Hob
  • Courtyard
  • Dishwasher
  • Dog Friendly
  • Flame Effect Fire
  • Freezer-compartment
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • Garden - Enclosed
  • Ground Floor Bath
  • Ground Floor Bedroom
  • Ground Floor Shower
  • Ground Floor Toilet
  • High Chair Provided
  • Internet Access
  • Iron and Board
  • King Size Bed
  • Microwave
  • Off Road Parking
  • Open Fire or Wood Burner
  • Shepherds Hut Holiday
  • Shower, over Bath
  • Shower, Walk In
  • Single Storey
  • Smart TV
  • Television
  • Towels Provided
  • Travel Cot Provided
  • Village
  • Wifi



This is a really beautiful historic coastal cottage, furnished to very high standards and situated beside the Sea Wall, the Historic ships at Heybridge Lock and a large water Nature Reserve which extends from its back garden

It is in a great location and offers lovely sea view walks, and bikes are freely provided.

Navigation Cottage is a historic listed weather boarded cottage set back from a sea lock at the mouth of the Blackwater Estuary. Restored London barges and yachts of different sizes and countries come and go every day creating a cosmopolitan environment along the Essex coastline. The back of the cottage opens out to unspoiled marsh lake-land and is a pit stop for migrating birds on their way to Africa, Scandinavia or Maldon, depending on their inclination and size.....

This romantic cottage has been modernised to offer a well equipped kitchen. Two lovely shower rooms designed to revive you once you have enjoyed a day trip out on the boat, or a walk along the sea wall or returned home from the many local attractions. In winter you can unwind in front of a fire or should you wish to stay in touch with the world enjoy our internet and Smart TV.

Navigation cottage was originally built in the late 1700's and housed the foremen who worked on the canal. Thanks to their hard work, tonnes of cargo made its way along the waterway developing trade whilst creating an outlet for adventure. The world was everyone's oyster back then and we hope that spirit of exploration and escapism will be revived during your stay at this beautiful pearl of a cottage.


Cottage walk through:

  • You enter the cottage into a hallway with the cosy sitting room to your right and a marble bathroom to your left, ahead is the well equipped kitchen and stairs to the 3 bedrooms and bathroom on the first floor - please note that the only open fire is in the sitting room.
  • The kitchen opens out into the wonderful conservatory which catches the sun all day with views over the large garden and onto the Nature Reserve beyond. There is a lovely formal dining room off the kitchen as well as a handy well equipped utility room .
  • The Cottage sits snugly between the historic lock with is beautiful ships, the Nature Reserve and the Sea Wall: A unique position but also very private as the cottage is well set back and the conservatory looks away from the Lock.
  • The cottage is elegant and comfortable with beautiful antique and contemporary furniture rarely seen in a holiday cottage. It's position is exceptional for privacy, enjoying sea view walks, Nature and visiting local pubs and tearooms: a dream for doggies as everything is literally on your doorstep.

The Garden

  • Navigation cottage is set back from the Sea Lock and Canal by a swath of grass and then it's own front garden - you come through a Rose arch to the Front entrance of the cottage and the gorgeous big mature garden, there is an expanse of luxury decking beside the pond taking in beautiful views over the adjacent Lake Nature Reserve.
  • The beautiful rear garden is completely private and not overlooked.
  • You can have meals in the luxury Dining room or the comfortable Conservatory with views over the garden and onto the lake Nature Reserve, there are even BBQ facilities outside.



  • Well behaved Dogs are always welcome, please refer to this web page  All About Bringing Pets  for Charges, Rules and how this cottage may suit your pet.


Local Area

  • Set beside the Historic coastal 'Lock' of Heybridge Basin there is an ever changing parade of yachts and historic ships to enjoy, pubs and tearooms are just accross the lock.
  • The Sea wall runs beside the cottage and is a great place for a fresh air walk with views over the the tidal estuary and out to sea, you can trek along the Sea Wall into Maldon or 14 miles in the other direction up to Tollesbury - enough for the most ardent dog walker !


Standard Inclusive Features

All prices include vat and everything written below.


  • Kitchen: All cottages are complete little homes and facilities include modern central heating, refrigerator, hobs, oven and / or microwave, toaster, crockery & serving dishes, cutlery, many utensils, fire-extinguisher, lots of pots & pans, glasses & mugs, kettle, coffee maker, teapot, kitchen towels, oven gloves, olive oil & vinegar, salt & pepper, sugar, herbs, tea, fresh and instant coffee, washing up liquid, cloths, general cleaning materials, etc.
  • Complimentary "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.
  • Bathroom: The lovely large shower bathrooms downstairs and upstairs are provided with fluffy cotton towels, hair-dryer, bath mats, toilet brush and toilet rolls.
  • Bedroom: Cotton bed linen and duvets.
  • Living room: Wifi, Smart TV , books, games, magazines, local brochures, OS and other maps, folder with our special 'What To Do' insiders guide to the local area.
  • Heaters: Central heating throughout the cottage.
  • Bikes for adults and children: Please check with the owner that these are available before you arrive to avoid disappointment if they are in for maintenence  
  • Baby: Cot and high chair provided in cottages accepting babies (please bring babies bedding).
  • Dog: Water bowl and treat per dog is provided in cottages accepting pets.


* the canoes are only for experienced canoeists who have their own safety equipment - this is a private arrangement between the owner and the guests and are used completely at the guests own risk.


 Bikes are provided for you free of charge to explore the local lanes, please check with the owner your requirements.

Lovely bikes are provided free of charge

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.

Breakfast Basket Supplied

We can offer you your own Personal Chef at this cottage to create the perfect evening in. 

For Personal Chef Information

Public Transport

London Liverpool Street Station to Witham 45 mins

Taxi to Heybridge Basin 20 minutes

Taxis cost approx £15

  • Knights 01376 518 383
  • Crusader Cabs 01376 500 555
  • Waltham Taxis 01376 512 808
  • Terrys Cars  07710 778121

What the Guests Say

  • Saturday, 26th of October, 2019, Michaela & Tim:

    We've had a great four days away from the stress of work. Beautiful house, amazing location and great walks from the front door. Brilliant! x

  • Friday, 12th of April, 2019, Joanna & Mark:

    Beautiful cottage which helped us completely relax. The garden is so relaxing. Had some wild, wet and windy walks and some fab sunshine to enjoy time with a drink watching the world go by.

  • Sunday, 17th of February, 2019, Lisa:

    A beautiful location and cottage. One of the best we have stayed in

  • Friday, 8th of February, 2019, Alex & Rebecca:

    Thank you for a lovely stay at your beautiful cottage. We had an amazing time exploring the area that had previously been completely unknown to all of us. Our time here gave us a wonderful first impression

  • Monday, 21st of January, 2019, Janice & Martin:

    Great weekend in a comfortable, well equipped cottage. Enjoyed breakfast in the conservatory watching people walk along the river, before following their example. We couldn't decide which windows to look out of. The views were great from all.

  • Friday, 18th of January, 2019, Brenda & Ian:

    A wonderful few days in your unique cottage - loved every minute! Very unusual for such a lovely cottage to welcome dogs, ours loved exploring the garden and laying by the log fire! We hope to come back in warmer weather to enjoy the garden

  • Monday, 14th of January, 2019, Kelly:

    Had a wonderful week at Navigation Cottage. Lovely location, good walks, Jolly Sailor is good for food and the Purleigh Bell!! Lovely comfy cottage for a nice relaxing chill. Lovely hamper on arrival filled with food. Many thanks

  • Monday, 7th of January, 2019, Lydia & Bob:

    We had a wonderful three days in your cosy cottage. It was a great location, had lovely walks and was an ideal place to relax and chill. Many thanks

  • Friday, 28th of December, 2018, Malcolm:

    Wonderful cottage! Clean, comfortable and welcoming. A unique location - will absolutely return

  • Friday, 7th of December, 2018, Dawn & Andy:

    We have stayed in various lovely cottages, but this is our first Grove Cottage. We were not disappointed, great location and fabulous comfortable cottage. We came for a relaxing break for hubby's birthday and din't want to leave. Will definitely be back and would highly recommend

  • Sunday, 14th of October, 2018, Sarah:

    They say a change is as good as a rest. Perfect little bolt hole for a weekend away with our triplet daughters to escape 'doing jobs', and spend some quality family time. Great location, great cottage. Perfectly quaint with no expense spared mod cons.

  • Friday, 10th of August, 2018, Christine:

    Navigation Cottage is a lovely well fitted property. We felt immediately at home here. The immediate area is full of interest and we didn't need to use our car once as there are walks from the door. We hope to return in the not too distant future

  • Friday, 3rd of August, 2018, Colin & Carol:

    Lovely, large cottage, full of character but with modern twists. Super kitchen and showers!

  • Monday, 23rd of July, 2018, Martin & Jane:

    Interesting activities around the lock. Sightings of different birds very pleasing, as for the sailing barges. Local pubs solid and unpretentious.

  • Sunday, 15th of July, 2018, Jo:

    Lovely cottage in a great position. Beautiful garden! A hit with everyone! We will be back!

  • Friday, 13th of July, 2018, Claire, Kevin & Daisy the dog:

    Thank you! We have had a very relaxing few days. The cottage is lovely, the garden just divine. Lots of nice walks, good food in local areas, a very chilled few days. Many thanks

  • Friday, 29th of June, 2018, Jane:

    This is a fabulous cottage with lots of charm and atmosphere. The position is second to none. Beautiful scenery, dog walks and two pubs on the doorstep. What's not to like!

  • Sunday, 17th of June, 2018, John:

    The cottage is beautifully furnished and very comfortable with a well equipped kitchen. Its position is superb and the lovely garden is ideal for sitting in and enjoying the views and that's before you start on the walking! We look forward to coming back again.

  • Thursday, 31st of May, 2018, Peter, Nicky,Ame,Ella and Elaine plus the doggies:

    A perfect escape ! Beautiful cottage, very well appointed and stylish. Lots to do and even the weather was kind. Our hosts incredibly helpful and eager to please. We don't usually re-visit a cottage, but feel we shall make an exception for Navigation Cottage. Thank you so much

  • Monday, 28th of May, 2018, Peter:

    Just back from a wonderful three nights at Navigation Cottage. Lovely cottage, well designed, immaculate and very well equipped. Lots to do nearby. Wonderful garden. Will definitely book there again. Owners very friendly and helpful. Our dogs loved it too!

  • Friday, 25th of May, 2018, Justine, Amanda, Phoebe (12) and Emilia age 10:

    Written by Phoebe age 12 and Emilia age 10. We Had a wonderful stay in Navigation Cottage. The Cottage has a beautiful garden and a very homely feel. The views on walks are very pretty and everywhere around is super nice. The weather was great so all of us played lots of games of cricket ! We also really loved the pond in the garden ! The cottage is in an amazing location and we loved watching the boats sail by. we feel very privileged to have been the first family to stay in this cottage ! Thank you so much ! Justin, Amanda Phoebe and Emilia

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