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.

Mark

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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

Description

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.

 

Description

  • 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.
     

Garden

  • 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.
     

Outside

  • 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.
     

Treats

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. 

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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, 22nd of November, 2019, Jane & Andy:

    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.

  • Friday, 15th of November, 2019, Paul & Claire:

    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*

  • Monday, 11th of November, 2019, Vince & Beverley:

    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

  • Friday, 1st of November, 2019, Keith & Debbie:

    An excellent new addition to Grove Cottages. A place to find peace and quiet by the Blackwater estuary.

  • Friday, 1st of November, 2019, Keith & Debbie:

    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

  • Sunday, 27th of October, 2019, Arthur:

    Lovely cottage and tower. Great views and walks. Greatly enjoyed

  • Friday, 25th of October, 2019, Catherine & Steve:

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful place with us

  • Sunday, 13th of October, 2019, Kim & Mark:

    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

  • Friday, 11th of October, 2019, Mandy & Ian:

    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!

  • Monday, 7th of October, 2019, Jane:

    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

  • Friday, 4th of October, 2019, Evelyn & David:

    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

  • Sunday, 29th of September, 2019, Charlotte & Rob:

    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

  • Friday, 27th of September, 2019, Peter & Janice:

    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

  • Friday, 20th of September, 2019, Wendy & Colin:

    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

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

    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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