The Hexagon

5 Star rating

Cottage Details

Cottage: The Hexagon
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): Sunday, Monday, Friday
Pets: 2 (2 large well behaved dogs accepted)
Mark Scott

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.



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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


A Special Place in a Special Location.

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 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.
  • The owners have put in a wood burning stove and sofas in the top viewing floor for guests to enjoy bird watching and the magnificent sunsets.
  • There is a sheltered car park for 2 cars next to the Tower and plenty of room for more vehicles.

Cottage Walk Through

  • 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 whole front of which is glazed with 8 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 access via a farm track through 3 field gates which brings you to the old disused railway track leading down to the Hexagon and onwards to the sea wall. 
  • At the Hexagon is 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 this has in addition 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 some of the best dogs 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 :)

The Local Area

  • 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 birds etc 
  • ... apart from that you have miles and miles of area to let your doggie run free.

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.
  • 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.

Breakfast Basket Supplied

Your own beautiful private nature reserve. 


Public Transport

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

What the Guests Say

  • Friday, 13th of September, 2019, Catherine & Bob:

    Stunningly beautiful walks in every direction, guided by the custom made OS map. Don't miss sunrise and sunset from your own personal tower - truly memorable. This beautiful unspoilt area gave us the peace and quiet we needed. The large garden was perfect for our energetic dog. Lovely, well equipped modern living space with it's own historic landmark next door

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