|Location of the cottage:||Tollesbury|
|Number of bedrooms:||1|
|Sleeps:||2 (Bring a Tent to add kids to your booking from £15)|
|Children / Babies:||Yes, add 'pitch for Tent' if you want to bring children|
|Arrival days (changeover):||Monday, Friday|
|Pets:||2 (2 large well behaved dogs accepted)|
Wow... What a Location !
An Ex Radar Tower with an impressive viewing floor where you can see for miles over the Essex Marshes and bird sanctuaries to the sea
No neighbours - totally remote - fabulous location.
... and you can bring the kids if you bring a tent for them to sleep in.
The Hexagon is an impressive addition of open plan accommodation to the Radar Tower. The location is simply stunning as you are fields away from any neighbours, down a farm track leading to the wonderful Essex Marshes and bird sanctuaries.
The Radar Tower and Hexagon stand in a large hedged and fenced meadow surrounded by the owners fields.
The Hexagon is designed to sleep a couple with space for a travel cot.... but f you want to bring children to enjoy this experience then feel free to bring a tent with you. There is a small charge for a pitch from £15 for a weekend to £25 per week.
The bird life around you is amazing with marsh harriers, hawks, migrating geese, herons, kites, ducks, waders, plovers, larks, owls, egrets and many, many more, all around you.
At the end of the field you are in the Wildlife Nature Reserve, with endless walks along the sea wall where you can take in the beautiful changes in landscape from marshy wilderness to hidden creeks and farmland. Looking out to sea or along the Blackwater Estuary you will often see the impressive sight of an historic Thames Barge under full sail or a fleet of competing yachts.
The Hexagon is a completely self contained living area all on the ground floor with one en suite king sized bedroom and a well equipped kitchen .
It is accessed from the entrance to The Radar Tower and guests may use the Tower to take in the magnificent views, from a high vantage point over the marshes to the sea.
The owners have put in a wood burning stove and sofas on the top viewing floor, for guests to enjoy bird watching and the magnificent sunsets.
There is a sheltered car park for two cars next to the Tower and plenty of room for more vehicles.
You access The Hexagon via The Radar Tower. In the large hallway there's lots of local information regarding the Tower and the local area, with maps of the Nature Reserves and Bird Sanctuaries, there's also a second toilet off the hallway and stairs to the viewing floor.
You enter the Hexagon from the hallway door.
The floor of the Hexagon is marble tiled throughout with no steps.
There is an en suite king sized bedroom on your left with a neat shower room.
On the right is a well equipped kitchen with a hatch to access the table in the open plan sitting/dining room.
At the end of the hall is the main open planned sitting and dining room. The front of which is glazed with eight glass folding doors with views out into your meadow and beyond - there are no neighbours :)
There is an efficient glass fronted wood burning stove in this room and a lovely large glass hexagon pyramid roof light, adding to the elegant spacious feel.
The Hexagon is accessed via a farm track through three field gates which bring you to the disused railway track, leading down to The Hexagon and onwards to the sea wall.
The Hexagon has a sheltered car park and ramp to the Radar Tower.
The Radar Tower and Hexagon are set in about an acre of meadow grassland which is hedged and fenced for all but the most determined dogs. As cattle are sometimes kept in the field around The Hexagon's meadow, it has additional electric fencing on the cattle side – don’t worry it's not dangerous just a slap to keep the cows from eating through the hedge.
If you wish to bring a tent for your children the owners are completely happy with that but please leave the garden in a nice state afterwards.
There is a £15 charge for bringing a tent for less than a week and £25 for a week. Thus adding to the normal sleeping capacity of the Hexagon which is 2 adults.
The field surrounding The Hexagon belongs to the owners who are champion cattle breeders.
The field is adjoined by the Essex marshes and the sea wall, so you have direct access to some of the best bird watching areas in England and miles and miles of some of the best dog walks as well.
The Marina at Tollesbury is about 700 metres away across the fields and there's a meandering pathway at the end of the field that will take you there.
You are fields away from any neighbours :)
Mell Farm in which The Hexagon sits, has been managed for nature conservation for twenty five years. We have planted over 4,000 trees and there is now more woodland on the farm than at any time in the past 100 years. We have raised the water level on the grazing marsh to encourage the winter wading birds, and the grassland is managed to allow cover for the nesting birds in the spring and summer.
Our Champion cattle are fed entirely on locally produced feed - nuts made from locally produced cereal and rapeseed crops. They are not fed any soya - no GM or feeds imported from Amazonian rainforest destruction
Many of our visiting birds are migratory and can travel thousands of miles to this, their winter holiday home.
The Hexagon, which adjoins the historic submarine lookout Radar Tower, is a new build with underfloor heating and full modern insulation, making it supremely energy efficient.
It is clad in hardwood timber reclaimed from the renovation of Portsmouth docks.
And of course it is self reliant with waste water treatment.
We have started to plant fruit trees in the surrounding area to create a small orchard and are negotiating with a local bee keeper to get some hives.
The cottage is maintained using local labour (cleaner, gardener, workmen), using Ecover products where possible and full recycling facilities are provided.
In the welcome boxes we use local produce – bacon, bread from the village baker, eggs from our chickens, home made marmalade and cake.
We encourage all our guests to use the excellent local shops and cafes in the village – all within walking distance.
Tollesbury is the nearest village and is at the end of a peninsular created by the river Blackwater’s Estuary and the Tollesbury Fleet with its many small creek's.
Tollesbury is hemmed in by the mysterious and graphically stunning lunar landscape of the Essex marshes. Indeed the buildings closest to the harbour are built on stilts to accommodate the high tides which swamp the marshes and when the sea simply comes up the road.
There is a nice safe tidal pool that has been created for people to enjoy a swim, canoe or picnic on the created beach just beside the marina.
At low tide you can have hours of fun walking round the endless tide pools of this lunar landscape marshland, past the historic ships, the bright red Lightship and the local working boats and long forgotten hulks - it is a completely different World.
There are some lovely cafes like the 'The Loft' or restaurants in the Marina and all the shops you need in Tollesbury.
Dogs & Cats
The owners are happy to accept well behaved dogs and cats and the garden is enclosed and safe for all but the most determined escapologist dog.
... But... Obviously ...please be aware that it is very important that you keep your dog on a lead when going into a field with cattle or sheep in and don’t let it splash off the sea wall to scatter rare nesting birds etc
... apart from that you have miles and miles of area to let your doggie run free.
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.
Welcome Basket: We supply free of charge a complimentary Welcome Basket this 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: We provide fluffy cotton towels, bath mats, toilet brush, toilet rolls.
Bedroom: cotton bed linen, wardrobe with coat hangers / chest of drawers, hairdryer.
Living room: A TV, books, games, magazines, local brochures, OS and other maps plus a folder with our special 'What To Do' insiders guide to the local area.
Please note that there are no adult bikes available at this cottage as the nearby lanes are not really suitable but there are some small childrens bikes for use in the garden and on the cart-track. This is more of a walking area than family biking.
Babies: Baby cots and high chairs are provided in cottages accepting babies (please bring babies bedding which is not supplied).
Doggie Treats: Water bowl and treat per dog is provided in cottages accepting pets.
Well behaved dogs are always welcome, please refer to All About Bringing Pets for charges, rules and how this cottage may suit your pet.
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.
Your own beautiful private nature reserve.
London Liverpool Street station - Witham station = 45 mins
Taxis - at the station or call:
SS Cars Tiptree 01621 817 399
Knights 01376 518 383
Kelveden Cars 01376 573 657
The journey time is 25 Minutes
Thank you for a wonderful stay. We really enjoyed being here, watching the cows, birds and the big sky whilst savouring the delicious cake and other welcome basket goodies.
The Hexagon was our third 'Grove' property and we loved it. Amazing views, glorious walks and a perfect blissful spot. Can't wait to try the next one on the list!
The Hexagon was our third 'Grove' property and we loved it. Amazing views, glorious walks and a perfect blissful spot. Can't wait to try the next one on the list!
As before a wonderful home to stay in, calm and relaxing. Plenty of lovely walks weather permitting. Everything you need and great hospitality from Vivien. We'll be back again
Thank you for an absolutely beautiful place, perfect to forget all about the world for a few moments....the tower is fantastic, loads of space for our dog to run. The living space for us was perfect. The views all around are absolutely breathtaking. We enjoyed the very inquisitive cows! We will return, probably in winter to see the very special geese :) Take care
Although we live not far away this really is a hidden gem. Only noises were cows, birds and the occasional plane. The perfect place during Covid!
This is our second time in The Hexagon, having had a perfect holiday here the previous year. This place has so much to offer and has been a perfect time away for us. We will be back!
A unique property with oodles of character, plenty of comfort with terrific views. Thanks to Vivien for a warm welcome and looking after us
Warm welcome, very thoughtful touches and an extraordinary building with a fascinating history. A great area to explore too. Thank you Vivien & Andrew for your hospitality
Weather was 'mediterranean' this weekend. Spent much of the weekend outside with the peacocks and other wildlife. Enjoyed a bit of tennis - thank you for the lovely white wine in the fridge
We've enjoyed everything about The Hexagon. The secluded space with its calming atmosphere ensured complete relaxation. The tower with its link to history and panoramic views took everything to another level. The circular walk to Tollesbury Marina was really good. We went when the tide was in and it took us about 2.5 hours, the dog loved it! Thank you Vivien for your excellent communication and the lovely welcome basket - much appreciated
A great getaway after the difficulties of the past weeks. Lovejoy welcome from Vivien - thank you for the delicious welcome pack and cake. We have enjoyed the birds and other wildlife, cows looking curiously at us and rabbits running about all day long! A very comfortable and cosy place with everything we needed, thank you
A very comfortable and cosy hideaway in seclusion with great views and walks. A historic and unusual place which has been sensitively modernised. Great for dogs, as garden is fully enclosed.
Beautiful spot. Enjoyed just sitting and watching and listening and sunshine and fires. Thanks
A great couple of days away from it all - reading, eating and dog walks. We loved the landscape, and thought the welcome pack of food was fab! Thank you Vivien
This lovely historic tower/cottage is the ideal place for a peaceful break. Watching boats, rabbits and the odd stroller on the sea wall. A relaxing break, thank you Vivien for your welcome
What a wonderful spot to spend a few days - even in February - gorgeous cottage and surrounding walks all around the marshes - great birding - thank you so much for all the lovely touches, foodie parcel etc ! Sure we'll be back sometime - Many Thanks Gill Richie & Mar
Stunning location on Tollesbury marshes nature reserve, teeming with birdlife and with view in all directions. Warm and spotless accommodation. We love this place! The Hexagon is brilliant with such stunning views, we didn't want to leave. Perfect bird watching retreat!
Great place to stay. The view is amazing and it's so quiet. Shopping in Tollesbury supplied all we needed on top of the welcome basket. Good job we brought wellies for the various walks. We'll come back for a high tide.
What a special cottage The Hexagon is. We were lucky to have plenty of spells of sunshine, and cosy evenings in, while the wind howled dramatically outside. We are sorry to leave and already thinking of our return. Thank you for a wonderful stay, we cannot recommend this place highly enough
It shouldn't take you long to realise The Hexagon is a gem. Fabulous accommodation topped off with lemon cake and the nicest wood burner I've ever experienced. We didn't venture far, simply enjoying the little bit of history, wildlife, walks and the village. Thank you Vivien
Lovely welcome from Vivien on our arrival. Peace and tranquility All round stunning views and great walks for our dog. Already recommended to friends for future breaks. Stunning accommodation
The Hexagon is the perfect retreat for a couple. Vivien & Andrew are kind and helpful hosts who provided us with amazing local and home produce. Will definitely come back!
The setting is wonderful and just what we expected. Vivien was an excellent host , giving us lots of advice about where to walk, places to visit and places to eat. Thank you!
Absolutely stunning views. Beautiful cottage done to a high spec - love it! Stunning views in all directions. Nice tea at the tower after a brisk walk. This is our 14th weekend away in a Grove Cottage - cottage!
Had a good stay in this interesting holiday let. This is the 10th different stay at one of the Grove Cottages. Best wishes for the future
Perfect place to relax and decompress. The Hexagon is a gem. The tranquility, the views and the wood burner made it an ideal cosy break. Fab cake and marmalade! Thanks
What a find! So luck to be one of the first few people to stay. So tranquil. Lovely to be able to come back and light a fire on a bitterly cold day. Wonderful welcome hamper. Plenty of fresh air and walks. Looking forward to hopefully returning in warmer times.
We have been to a number of the locations with Grove Cottages but this one is truly the best and such a little gem. We have truly made some amazing memories here as a family. Thank you so much Vivien for making our stay so wonderful. We have been to a number of Grove Cottage locations but this is simply the best, a real gem 5*
Perfect accommodation in a beautiful peaceful setting. Vivien was very informative re the local area on arrival and a lovely selection of food provided. The views are wonderful and watching the sunrise in the mornings spectacular. the walks are perfect, so quiet and peaceful here. A bird watchers paradise. Will definitely return
An excellent new addition to Grove Cottages. A place to find peace and quiet by the Blackwater estuary.
We had a most enjoyable stay in the peace and quiet of The Hexagon. A good way to celebrate our wedding anniversary! There is plenty of wildlife and walks to explore and boats to watch on the river. The view from the tower is a bonus. We had a lovely welcome from Vivien
Lovely cottage and tower. Great views and walks. Greatly enjoyed
Thank you for sharing this beautiful place with us
Our first visit to this area and we loved it. Looking forward to a return visit in a different season. We enjoyed walks along the sea wall, visit to the Sail Loft tea room and West Mersea for the seafood. A fabulous place to stay - perfect peace. Thank you
Historical building renovated to an exceptional standard. Has the best of old and new, the tower and new living space. The property has everything you need for a great holiday away from home, plus views second to none. The panoramic views are outstanding, the local walks are picturesque, we're definitely disappointed to be leaving so soon - we'll be back!
Wonderful peaceful place for a break away from the builders! Recommend the walk from Curly's Perch to the Marina (about an hour), along the seawall. Sunday lunch good at Habour View Bistro and lovely cake at the Sail Loft. Felt very luck to stay at this new holiday let - thank you x
This is unique accommodation in a beautiful setting. The shower is good, kitchen well equipped and really clean. The radar tower offers excellent views, peace and quiet
Another idyllic weekend through Grove Cottages! The Hexagon is the perfect hideaway for a peaceful, cosy, secluded escape from it all. Thank you so much for hosting us this weekend. Rob and I absolutely loved our joint birthday getaway and were a little smitten with The Hexagon! It couldn't have been any better
Great escape! Wonderful walks. Loved seeing the wild areas left for nature and that wild bird mixes had been sown along headlands. Enjoyed time on West Mersea walking and watching the wildlife. Thanks so much
This lovely peaceful corner of Essex is the perfect place for a total 'chill' experience. The Hexagon is a truly beautiful and unusual place to stay
We were lucky enough to be the first visitors to the historic Hexagon - what a find! Stunningly beautiful walks in every direction, guided by the custom OS map. We saw so many marsh harriers and gorged on sweet blackberries right from the hedgerows. Plenty of welcoming, dog friendly pubs nearby. Don't miss sunrise and sunset from your own personal tower - truly memorable. The large garden was perfect for our dog. This beautiful, unspoilt area gave us the peace and quiet we needed. Thank you Vivien, we can't wait to return
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