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- Essex farm site with stabling for horses
- Fishing reservoir within five miles
- Next to a nature reserve: free entry included in accommodation price
It’s all things great and small at Lee Wick Cottages and Camping in the north Essex countryside – the site itself is cutely dinky, but comes with pods with plenty of space.
And we bet this is the only campsite in the country where you can get a side order of spuds when you stay – the farm focused on potato production before branching out into welcoming guests, and spuds are still grown on site.
Say hi to Robert in the farm office at the top of the lane, where he’ll often be found fulfilling his role of potato merchant. You might also find him around the horse stables – Lee Wick Farm has stabling for around 18 horses, which should keep equine enthusiasts entertained.
Or maybe you’d prefer to cast off instead at the nearby fishing reservoir, or bag a free pass to the neighbouring Essex Wildlife Trust Colne Point Nature Reserve: the road beyond the farm leads directly to the reserve.
The site welcomes well-behaved canine campers too.
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From the manager...
Thanks for your review. We take all comments both positive and negative seriously and this less than perfect review requires a response from us.
The positive comments are gratefully received, thanks.
To respond to the disliked items, I have checked the exchange of emails and though this did run to six emails, this was to clarify the booking details and ensure that you received what you had booked. I apologise if you feel this was excessive, but I am not sure how we would change this aspect without the risk of not fully understanding what you are looking to book, or us understanding your needs. You requested additional items for the booking and this needed dealing with acurately.
My apologies over the confusion with the arrival text message which I think directed you to the wrong cabin to begin with. There was a glitch with our booking system which caused this and has now been rectified.
The walk from the car park to the last cabin is about 2 minutes. We decided to opt for a main car park option with guests making the short walk to each of the Lushna cabins to maintain the peacefulness at the units without cars alongside causing disturbance. With guests arriving at different times, we considered this a reasonable trade off.
I will get maintenance to check the water heater in Lushna 12 to ensure that it is functioning properly. There should have been plenty of water in the heater for a couple of showers etc before it will need to re-heat.
The hot tub instructions and safety documents were provided before the hot tub was booked and this explains the likely length of time to heat. Pre-heating is not practical for a number of reasons including labour costs and differing arrival times of guests.
The beauty of the floor to ceiling windows does mean that on cooler evenings, guests can still enjoy the big sky views without getting cold.
Again, we thank you for your comments and hopefully have addressed those which we are able to.
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Indoor pool nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Small (11-25 pitches)
- Coach stations
St Osyth: Kings Arms Coach Stop
— 1.5 miles
1.5 miles St Osyth: Shangri La Caravan Park Coach Stop — 2.1 miles
2.1 miles Jaywick: Three Jays — 2.9 miles
- Train stations
Clacton-on-Sea Rail Station
— 4.4 miles
4.4 miles Great Bentley Rail Station — 4.5 miles
4.5 miles Alresford (Essex) Rail Station — 5.2 miles
- Ferry ports
Point Clear Ferry Landing
— 1.7 miles
1.7 miles Brightlingsea Ferry Landing — 1.8 miles
1.8 miles Harwich International Ferry Terminal — 14.1 miles
London Southend Airport
— 21.3 miles
If you are using a sat nav, the postcode is CO16 8ES, but be aware that on some devices the lane is listed as Beach Road, which is incorrect and you may find yourself at St. Osyth beach and not Lee Wick.
Please bring a torch as the site is unlit.
Directions by rail:
Nearest railway stations are Colchester (14 miles), Clacton on Sea (5.7 miles) and Great Bentley (5.7 miles). Both can be accessed from London Liverpool Street. Bus services run from Colchester and Clacton on Sea. There is no bus service from Great Bentley. St Osyth Taxis 01255 820123 will collect from each.
Off site, there’s plenty to do in this corner of Essex, such as sailing, golfing, walking, cycling and splashing around in the nearby indoor pool. A stroll around the historic neighbouring farm village St Osyth is also recommended to see the Priory which has been looking over the village centre since the twelfth century.
Get sandy on the two beaches within two miles, walk along the seawall to seaside town Clacton-on-Sea to buy fish and chips and a Kiss Me Quick hat, or double up on the seaside by also visiting tiny and quirky Frinton-on-Sea. There are plenty of nature spotting and birdwatching opportunities in the area too, with regular local sightings of the once rare marsh harrier bird of prey.
Further afield, Colchester is a quick drive or bus ride away, and as England’s oldest recorded town there’ll be plenty of historical sights to see – have a schlep around Colchester Castle then keep the kids happy by taking them to the first-class zoo.
The famous Suffolk Heritage Coastline is also a short drive away with towns Southwold and Aldesburgh to browse around, or keep up the history theme by nosying around nearby Wivenhoe, Brightlingsea and Maldon.
- firstsite (9.5 miles)
- Colchester Castle Museum (9.7 miles)
- Colchester Zoo (10.7 miles)
- Bourne Mill (8.7 miles)
- Flatford: Bridge Cottage (12.0 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||12 p.m. –||Anytime|
|Arrive:||2 p.m. –||Anytime|
Lee Wick Farm Cottages and Camping cancellation policy
No refunds within 4 weeks of arrival date.
A refund will be offered only if the campsite is able to re-let the unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Lee Wick Farm Cottages and Camping will debit the balance from your card 4 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 4 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.
Payment methods accepted on the parkMasterCard