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The Hexagon

Location: Tollesbury
4 Star

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

Location: Tollesbury

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 Experience

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 owners spoil their guests with a lovely English Breakfast basket.


Cottage Walk Through

Cottage Walk through

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 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.

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 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 🙂

Green Credentials

Mell Farm, in which The Hexagon sits, has been managed for nature conservation for 25 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.

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.

We encourage all our guests to use the excellent local shops and cafes in the village – all within walking distance.


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 nesting birds etc

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


Standard Inclusive Features

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, cafetiere, teapot, kitchen towels, oven gloves, olive oil, salt & pepper, sugar, herbs, tea, fresh and instant coffee, washing up liquid, cloths, general cleaning materials, etc.

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 children’s 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.



  • Barbeque
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Cats Accepted
  • Central Heating
  • Clothes Airer or Washing Line
  • Cooker and Hob
  • Dishwasher
  • Dog Friendly
  • Enclosed garden or large dog area
  • Freezer-compartment
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • Garden - Enclosed
  • 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
  • Shower, Walk In
  • Single Storey
  • Smart TV
  • Television
  • Towels Provided
  • Travel Cot Provided
  • Wifi



Trainline Journey Planner: Click Here

London Liverpool Street station – Witham station = 45 mins

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The journey time is 25 Minutes


What the Guests Say...


  • Friday, 17th June 2022, Rachel:
  • Beuatiful, peaceful, isolated and surrounded by fabulous countryside. This is the perfect relaxing getaway. Doing nothing is not overrated – it’s needed to recharge run down batteries and that’s what this cottage is all about.
  • Friday, 27th May 2022, James & Charlotte:
  • A delightful and charming place with an enclosed garden. Our dog Jimmy loved chasing the rabbits and observing the cows in the neighbouring fields. As our first visit to Essex this was a positive one. Wonderful, relaxing holiday viewing many bird species, exploring the area on foot and an overall fantastic stay.
  • Friday, 20th May 2022, Rose & Trevor:
  • A superb and peaceful location. Despite plans to go exploring, some days we just wanted to stay ‘home’ to enjoy views, wildlife and peace. Eddie (the dog) in his element running in the grass and watching the cows and rabbits. Everything we needed in the house – thank you.
  • Sunday 8th May 2022, Tracey:
  •  So peaceful, a really special place to restore equilibrium in your life! Thank you. We appreciated the eco friendly cleaning products etc.
  • Friday, 29th April 2022, Kevin:
  • Wonderful getaway, peace, quet, bird watching paradise and lovely area for dog walks. The Hexagon has been a wonderfully unique ideal stay for us. We brought all our food so just relaxed and walked the dogs – perfect weekend!! Would love to come again. Our dogs loved having our sole attention. Lazed in the lovely safe garden.
  • Friday, 15th April 2022, Alison & Clare:
  • What a place! Stunning location and The Hexagon is top notch; home from home comforts, high specification and modern with great views! Dogs also had a blast chasing rabbits. Highly recommend and will definitely return. Can’t fault anything! Fabulous place! 10/10.
  • Monday, 11th April 2022, Malcolm & Clare:
  • The Hexagon is delightful and there are good things to do nearby, including the Maldon Smokehouse, the Bradwell circular walk and Beeleigh Abbey gardens. Other things we’ve enjoyed include all the rabbits running around; the views back to The Hexagon from various walks, including the Bradwell one. The hamper was great – thank you so much.
  • Friday, 8th April 2022, Claire & James:
  • Expectations of The Hegaon were high before we arrived – however all expectations were surpassed!! What a fabulous place! Seafood at The Company Shed didn’t disappoint. Many thanks Vivien for your excellent introduction to the surrounding area and the provisions were most welcome.
  • Monday, 4th April 2022, Chris:
  • We were lucky with the weather. Atmospheric storms and snow viewed from our cosy nest. Then sunny fresh air when we walked. Walking round the sea wall and strolling round Goldhanger – rewarded with idyllic creek and boat club. Everyone really friendly, sunrises amazing. A wonderful relaxing break and breakfast supplies an appreciated touch. We’ll be back! Thank you!
  • Monday, 28th March 2022, Ness & Rich:
  • A wonderful place to stay – we feel very lucky to have found you. The welcome hamper was a real treat and we loved the different coloured eggs! We’ve walked and walked as far as Barrow Marsh to the west via The Chequers Inn at Goldhanger and then to Old Hall Marshes overlooking West Mersea in the other direction. Seen loads of amazing birds, marsh and hen harriers, great white egret and a glossy ibis, nice to see hare and of course lots of lovely rabbits. We’ve been so lucky with the weather gorgeous sunny days, we will definitely try and come again. Thank you for creating such a beautiful, tranquil place.
  • Monday, 21st March 2022, Steve & Rachael:
  • A lovely new cottage making use of a historic monument. The views from the tower are amazing – bring binoculars!
  • Sunday, 6th March 2022, Rebecca:
  • We stayed at The Hexagon with our cockapoo. We received a very warm welcome from Vivien. Amazing property with well equipped kitchen. Clean facilities with excellent views across the water to Bradwell and West Mersea. Lovely relaxing week, thank you.
  • Monday, 28th February 2022, Anita:
  • Peaceful, quiet, idyllic stay, sunrise and sunsets alike. Surrounded by wildlife and space. Loved classic fm on the radio, in fact we left it on all week! Great walks everywhere, loved it.
  • Friday, 25th February 2022, Fran:
  • Beautiful location, fantastic walks and views are stunning.
  • Friday, 18th February 2022, Nigel:
  • Everything was all that we could have wished for thank you.
  • Friday, 4th February 2022, Tom & Kate:
  • We loved it. This is an incredible property and all of our needs were fully catered to! A wonderful stay in the most beautiful of locations. Coming from London we needed a break and the clean air and whirling wind coundn’t have provided a better setting. Thank you for the welcome basket! The eggs and bread sustained us. We also enjoyed setting a fire and learning about the history of the incredible property. Thanks!
  • Monday, 31st January 2022, Claire & Richard:
  • Lovely stay “away from it all” even if we actually live 40 minutes away! Cosy and warm, no need for phones/TV when you have big skies and clouds hurtling past! Lovely weather, we even had breakfast (in our coats) outside on the patio in the winter sunshine! Thank you Vivien for the welcome basket of goodies and for the well stocked kitchen and bookshelves! A very memorable 50th birthday weekend exploring the coastline from a height and with binoculars! I’m sure we’ll be back and will recommend to friends and family. Thank you.
  • Friday, 28th January 2022, Mireille:
  • We were blessed with good weather – or rather sunny weather and a most wonderful cottage! Loved our coastal walk to Tollesbury and welcomed our lunch at The Harbour View. We had sunny breakfasts in the dining room and cosy suppers by the fire in the evenings. Brilliant! Thank you!
  • Sunday, 16th January 2022, Julia & Simon:
  • The Hexagon is a beautiful, completely secluded location perfect for a romantic weekend away, surrounded by nature. We even saw a fox hunting right outside the window! Truly wonderful location that I will be recommending to friends and family.
  • Monday, 3rd January 2022, Steph & Tony:
  • Lovely cottage, lovely setting and a lovely way to see in the New Year. Thank you for the warm welcome and welcome basket – very nice. Enjoyed our walk around the sea wall with a pit stop at Tollesbury marina for coffee. Happy New Year and all the very best for 2022.
  • Friday, 31st December 2021, Rachel & Adrian:
  • Thank you so much for your welcome and an absolutely wonderful stay. The welcome hamper was really thoughtful and the helpful tour through the (customised!) local OS map was great. We enjoyed walks along the sea wall to Tollesbury marina one day and across fields to Goldhanger and back along the estuary another. We are far from knowledgeable birders but still enjoyed the hundreds birds we saw. Wide open skies and cobweb blowing winds – perfect Twixmas tonic. Happy New Year 🙂
  • Monday, 27th December 2021, Julia & Roger:
  • What a perfect place to spend Christmas, a real treat. Perfectly kitted out in every way and with wonderful walks and views to while away a peaceful Christmas day. The welcome pack when we arrived was amazing – especially the eggs;bacon and bread, they made great bacon butties! Many, many thanks again for the use of the wonderful Hexagon and for being such fantastic hosts!
  • Sunday, 5th December 2021, Alison:
  • A beautiful place in an amazing location. Endless walks along the estuary/coast from the door, absolute peace and quiet and warm and cosy indoors with fabulous views. A warm welcoming host and everything we could need.
  • Friday, 19th November 2021, Jackie:
  • We have had the most wonderful stay in The Hexagon. It is the perfect place to relax and unwind with lovely coastal walks, views and peace and quiet, would love to stay longer and will be recommending to all our friends.
  • Monday, 1st November 2021, Joanne:
  • We came in search of solitude, peace, relaxation and beautiful coastal walks. The Hexagon ticked all of those boxes. What a beautiful retreat for decompressing and rebalancing. The views, the sunsets, the wildlife and the beautiful cows were all spectacular. Raised in North Norfolk, we have previously overlooked this corner of the east English coast but we leave vowing to return and explore more than we could pack into a weekend
  • Friday, 22nd October 2021, Bee:
  • Just a super relaxing visit! Loved seeing Radio Caroline moored in front on one of the lovely walks. Love ‘Curly’s Perch’ – perfect spot for bird watching. Maldon interesting to walk around – will do a barge trip next time. Feeling very relaxed – wish I was staying another week. Think my dog has loved it even more than me!
  • Sunday, 17th October 2021, Helen:
  • The Hexagon is a very special place and we felt privileged to have stayed there. The views are wonderful and the accommodation very clean, cosy and well equipped. A great space for a very relaxed break. The welcome basket was very much appreciated as it was when we stayed at The Wobbin.
  • Friday, 8th October 2021, Sue & Adrian:
  • Wow what a wonderful place. So peaceful, stunning views, beautiful walks. The lovely welcome basket was really nice, such a warm and cosy place to stay. We will definitely be back. Thank you so much
  • Monday, 27th September 2021, Anna & John:
  • The Hexagon is the Perfect weekend bolt-hole. Both rural and coastal, it’s the most wonderfully peaceful setting, with stunning walks right from the gate. The views are wonderful and the cottage itself has all you need to feel at home.
  • Friday, 24th September 2021, Ruby & Phil:
  • Best welcome and welcome pack we’ve ever had! Really great to have an introduction to the area. Thank you vivien and husband for making our week here so wonderful. Feel so lucky to be able to stay in such a special unique place. Will never forget watching the sunrises and moonrises from the tower. We’ve walked as much of the estuary and coast as we could, the peace and beauty and wildness is astonishing. Very much looking forward to returning! Thank you
  • Friday, 17th September 2021, Frances:
  • A lovely week of walking and swimming! The Hexagon is in a unique location with views across the fields/marshes to the River Blackwater. We feel thoroughly chilled and have loved our stay here as has our dog
  • Friday, 3rd September 2021, Linda & Andrew:
  • The sun broke through as we were leaving. No rain but a cloudy look, so no star gazing from upstairs. Circular walks from here, Tollesbury Wick Marshes and the Thirstly loop. Visits to West Mersea, Heybridge Basin and a memorable sighting of a prowling fox at Abberton Reservoir. We loved being here. The welcome, the facilities, the view, the peace, the history and all within walking distance of Tollesbury. Perfect!
  • Monday, 30th August 2021, Susan:
  • A well appointed, quirky getaway for two surrounded by a fascinating and unusual landscape – property has been thoughtfully built to compliment the war time radar tower. Lovely unspoilt views of the Blackwater estuary and surrounding farmland
  • Friday, 20th August 2021, Nathan:
  • We have loved our stay. Amazing views and walks, we were out every day. Perfect place to bring your dog
  • Friday, 9th August 2021, Amanda & Stephen:
  • Thank you so much for another lovely week…this is our second stay here. The weather was mostly fantastic with such beautiful views and sparkly night skies. Thank you for the delicious food – the bread was lovely and I ate it all! Many thanks again.
  • Monday, 2nd August 2021, Elizabeth:
  • There is a unique magic to The Hexagon. Thank you for letting us share it
  • Monday, 12th of July, 2021, Ian & Helen:
    Lovely peaceful location with great views. Great arrival pack and the lemon cake is super. Had a great meal at the Harbour View. I’m sure we will come back another time
  • Friday, 9th of July, 2021, Julie & Malcolm:
    We’ve really enjoyed a wonderfully relaxing stay in this amazing place. It was our first visit to Essex and we’ve had a great time exploring the area. The wildlife has been great – 71 species of birds, including 27 from the cottage itself plus numerous sightings of the local fox, deer and goats. Thank you to Vivien for the delicious welcome pack!
  • Monday, 28th of June, 2021, Ania & Ann:
    We really enjoyed our stay at The Hexagon. Perfect location for exploring the marshes and the marina. Very relaxing, Vivien was a great host.
  • Monday, 21st of June, 2021, Eve & Steve:
    A wonderful return visit at the height of summer after our previous visit in the depths of winter. Just as fantastic! Lovely to see the cattle, rabbits, fox, deer and buzzard and hear the cuckoo (and the sheep). We barely went out – excellent cake and marmalade, thanks Vivien!
  • Saturday, 19th of June, 2021, David:
    It’s all about the big views and being away from it all…literally. Wonderful walks at their best at high tide. We really enjoyed the cattle and their daily routines around The Hexagon. It’s so private, peaceful and quiet…with a wonderful feeling of space and openess. We really enjoyed it! Best lemon drizzle cake we’ve ever had – the view of the water is pretty important too……
  • Friday, 11th of June, 2021, Tom & Carol:
    The Hexagon is a surprisingly tranquil and isolated retreat within easy reach of civilisation. The only neighbours to intrude on the solitude are cows, rabbits and birds – making a perfect bolt hole to write that awkward ‘second novel’.
  • Monday, 7th of June, 2021, Russell:
    We had the most enjoyable and relaxing break. The whole experience of staying here was just perfect. Fully recharged, thank you so much
  • Friday, 28th of May, 2021, Steve & Vicky:
    Thank you for the most perfect short break in a totally unique and idyllic location. A truly special place to spend our 30th wedding anniversary. The tower and accommodation are spectacular, the welcome basket goodies irrestible! Loved the wildlife – the nightly fox and the muntjac deer. Thank you, we will definitely be back
  • Friday, 21st of May, 2021, Jill & Lizzie:
    A wonderful wild, windy week at The Hexagon. Oodles of wildlife and a joy to hear cuckoos in spite of their dastardly nature. The same goes for the muntjac deer. Lucy the greyhound loved it, chased the rabbits on the first day then ignored them. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay
  • Friday, 21st of May, 2021, Aidan & Meera:
    The setting is incredible, both of The Hexagon and the fantastic marshes. There are great walks and we were surrounded by wildlife including countless rabbits around the building. The photos and description do not do justice to the place. It is so quiet and feels so secluded. Vivien was a fantastic host. We were welcomed with a basket of food and logs for the fire
  • Monday, 17th of May, 2021, Michelle & Michael:
    We had a wonderful stay. The welcome basket was a lovely touch and the lemon cake was superb. The Hexagon is a wonderful place to stay – quiet and peaceful and with only the sound of birds. Excellent walks and perfect for birding. We can’t wait to stay here again. The Hexagon felt like a home from home, rather than a holiday let. Everything surpassed our expectations. We would definitely book through Grove Cottages again
  • Friday, 14th of May, 2021, Colin & Sharon:
    Early May in The Hexagon, couldn’t think of anywhere better to be. Fabulous views, amazing wildlife and extraordinary places to live in. Avocets at Old Hall Farm were a real treat. Can’t wait to come back
  • Friday, 7th of May, 2021, Cheryl & Danny:
    A wonderful location even when its wild and windy. Thank you for the wonderful welcome pack – especially the lemon drizzle cake – yummy -:)
  • Friday, 7th of May, 2021, Helen & Simon:
    We’ve had a wonderful stay – the location is so relaxing, we’ve been able to get lots of lovely walks in. As everyone says, the welcome pack was fantastic – the eggs were particularly delicious. We’d love to come back sometime for more big skies and avocets!
  • Monday, 3rd of May, 2021, Bev & Penny:
    Wonderful stay, so peaceful. Early morning walks to marshes and the old pier for dogs to swim. Born and bred Tollesbury so we know the area well, good to be “home”. We will definitely be back. Wonderful, thanks
  • Wednesday, 21st of April, 2021, Sandra & Colin:
    Excellent property, very warm welcome from Vivien. Dog friendly walks from the door. ice to have a choice of short breaks instead of weekly stays. Would recommend The Wobbin to friends and looking forward to returning next year
  • Monday, 19th of April, 2021, Liz:
    Such a peaceful, tranquil and restorative retreat. We have had a wonderful time and do not want to leave
  • Thursday, 29th of October, 2020, Richard & Sarah:
    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.
  • Friday, 23rd of October, 2020, Liza & Adrian:
    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!
  • Friday, 23rd of October, 2020, Liza & Adrian:
    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!
  • Friday, 9th of October, 2020, Margaret & Chris:
    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
  • Sunday, 20th of September, 2020, Emmanuel & Helen:
    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
  • Friday, 4th of September, 2020, Jacqueline:
    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!
  • Thursday, 27th of August, 2020, Fan:
    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!
  • Friday, 21st of August, 2020, Stephen & Amanda:
    A unique property with oodles of character, plenty of comfort with terrific views. Thanks to Vivien for a warm welcome and looking after us
  • Wednesday, 19th of August, 2020, Karin:
    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
  • Monday, 10th of August, 2020, Debbie:
    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
  • Friday, 31st of July, 2020, Val & Brian:
    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
  • Friday, 10th of July, 2020, Richard & Lis:
    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
  • Thursday, 9th of July, 2020, Richard & Lis:
    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.
  • Monday, 9th of March, 2020, Hannah & Stephen:
    Beautiful spot. Enjoyed just sitting and watching and listening and sunshine and fires. Thanks
  • Sunday, 23rd of February, 2020, Michael & Sarah:
    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
  • Friday, 21st of February, 2020, Keith:
    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
  • Friday, 14th of February, 2020, Gill, Richie & Mar:
    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
  • Thursday, 6th of February, 2020, Nick & Helen:
    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!
  • Monday, 20th of January, 2020, Janice & Martin:
    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.
  • Monday, 13th of January, 2020, Louise & Ian:
    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
  • Thursday, 9th of January, 2020, David:
    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
  • Friday, 3rd of January, 2020, Peter & Lynda:
    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
  • Monday, 16th of December, 2019, Fan & Heydon:
    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!
  • Thursday, 12th of December, 2019, Simon:
    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!
  • Monday, 2nd of December, 2019, Claus & Charlotte:
    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!
  • Friday, 29th of November, 2019, Ray & Ruth:
    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
  • Monday, 25th of November, 2019, Eve & Steve:
    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
  • 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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