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The Pretty Thing

8.4

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General

  • Family-friendly and peaceful park on an acre of lush green land
  • Clacton-on-Sea within 15 minutes; half an hour to centre of Colchester
  • Within easy reach of beer and cider festivals, and the Clacton Airshow

Exploring Essex? Then settle in for a particularly lovely hol at The Pretty Thing, a family-friendly touring park that sure does live up to its name...

If getaways call for lashings of space in a scenic setting, then this is the spot to speed to – there’s more than an acre here to spread out on and plenty of nearby walks and cycles (with bikes available to hire on site) through the great wide open for filling lungs with fresh air and letting big skies soothe tense souls.

The site’s well placed for eats as well as explores: it’s a short stroll (along the main road without a pavement) or even shorter drive to the nearest restaurant around 500 feet away and more gastro pubs and eateries are within 10 minutes. Drinks are handily taken care of too, with a host of ale and cider events – as well as a few CAMRA festivals – taking place within less than an hour of the site.

Lazy days are a cinch at this park five minutes’ drive from the Essex village of St Osyth as well. Take an easy ramble to meet the friendly horses on site and the deer in the nearby woods, lay back as birds flit by overhead or set up a comfy chair and grab a blanket for a night of stargazing. When it comes time to venture out again, you could always ask the site team to arrange some tickets to a show at the Westcliff Theatre in Clacton 10 minutes’ drive away…?


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8.4

Overall rating based on 44 reviews

 

84% would recommend this site to a friend.

82% would stay here again.

  70% described as Peaceful ?

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Amenities, bell tent were all in excellent condition. Quiet and ...01/11/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Bell tent
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Amenities, bell tent were all in excellent condition. Quiet and peaceful.

    Disliked: 

    Service was disorganised, but always friendly.

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I stayed here along with a group of friends in ...21/10/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJennifer R.Confirmed

  • Bell tent
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    I stayed here along with a group of friends in one of the teepee tents. We had a fantastic time. Very clean and comfortable. The couple who own this are extremely kind and welcoming. They are willing to go the extra mile. The night we stayed was very cold and they came out to us around 7pm and said they had heard on the weather forecast it was going to get chilly so they supplied us with extra blankets. Would definitely recommend and stay again.

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Stared on website that there were showers but they were two but locked18/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomEunice B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric optional grass touring caravan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Owners

    Disliked: 

    No showers

From the manager...

Thank you for your review, I am surprised that you found the showers locked. We do indeed close them for cleaning (approx 20 minutes each per day, and never at the same time), the rest of the time they are open day and night.

Its a shame you didn't think to mention this during your stay as you may just have found the doors to be a little stiff. I can assure you that if you choose to return, we can guarantee that the showers will be open.
Regards
Phil

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Excellent site very clean facilities (nice hot shower) friendly staff08/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomPaul R.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Quite and nice

    Disliked: 

    Everything was amazing

From the manager...

Thanks for your very kind review, hope to see you again
Phil

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Host very friendly, shower & toilet facilities very clean. Lovely ...03/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSarah L.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Host very friendly, shower & toilet facilities very clean. Lovely quiet pitch. Lovely play area for the kids to play. Horses in field next door.

    Disliked: 

    Washing up facilities leave a lot to be desired.

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Site is very level and all caravan pitches are grass ...02/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomChris C.Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass touring caravan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Site is very level and all caravan pitches are grass standing, toilet and shower pods are kept vey clean, owners are very friendly and always around to talk to, locals on site are also very friendly and welcoming, can’t wait to go back would highly recommend this site for visits to Clacton on sea and surrounding areas.

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From the manager...

Thanks for your lovely review

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Anonymous user

Basic site, friendly staff. Great location.02/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Small site, great location, nice field.

    Disliked: 

    There were no facilities to wash your dishes which was hard work. There are only two showers and toilets for the whole site so this did cause a bit of a queue at times for the loos. Also there was a problem with the hot water and I had to have a freezing cold shower on the first morning also when someone used the taps in the adjoining toilet the water totally stopped in the shower

From the manager...

Thanks for your review, many apologies for the cold shower you will probably have seen our response to an earlier review. Because showers were free and we didnt restrict the time allowed we found that guests were in the showers for 18 to 20 minutes. Obviously with so much pressure on the showers they would occasionally need to be reset. This is a fairly quick process but in any case, and we have addressed our issues now. They will be lovely and hot when you return.

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Fantastic laid back relaxed camp site. We cannot wait to return!31/08/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomPaul S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Friendly, welcoming, relaxed owner
    Two new pods with showers and toilets etc - always kept really clean
    Ice cream van visited site - great on a very hot bank hol weekend

    Disliked: 

    Nothing we disliked and can’t wait to come back!

From the manager...

Thanks for your lovely review and fantastic pictures. See you again soon.

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Anonymous user

Excellent site with friendly staff and good facilities30/08/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Very welcoming and friendly staff. The facilities were clean and tidy.

    Disliked: 

    Showers were cold

From the manager...

Thanks for your review, many apologies for the cold shower you will probably have seen our response to an earlier review and we have addressed our issues now. They will be lovely and hot when you return.

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Very nice quiet28/08/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomHelen P.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric optional grass touring caravan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Very nice quiet

    Disliked: 

From the manager...

Thanks for your kind review.

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Seasonal pitches

Tourer storage facilities

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Peaceful

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Restaurant nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Bell tents

Camping pods

Location

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  • Kimbolds, Heath Road, St Osyth, Essex, England, CO16 9BP
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 51.8232°N 

Nearest transport

Coach stations
St Osyth: Shangri La Caravan Park Coach Stop — 1.4 miles
Jaywick: Chester Holiday Park Coach Stop — 1.8 miles
St Osyth: Kings Arms Coach Stop — 1.9 miles
Train stations
Weeley Rail Station — 2.1 miles
Great Bentley Rail Station — 2.6 miles
Clacton-on-Sea Rail Station — 2.9 miles
Ferry ports
Brightlingsea Ferry Landing — 3.6 miles
Point Clear Ferry Landing — 3.8 miles
Harwich International Ferry Terminal — 10.7 miles
Airports
London Southend Airport — 24.6 miles

Directions


Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Some rather roomy beaches are also near this park, with the sandy six-mile stretch at Clacton-on-Sea (about 10 minutes’ drive) being a particularly enticing spot for walks with the family and the mutt. Travel five minutes further by car to the pier and its amusements, restaurants and theatre if the weather’s not up to scratch.

More coastal towns like Frinton-on-Sea with its sandy beach and golfing plus Walton-on-the-Naze for the pier and museums are 20 minutes away; if seaside sauntering has you hankering after an afternoon of angling then check in with staff back on site about fishing around five minutes’ drive from the park.

Inland towns within close proximity include Colchester for its spectacular castle, gardens and zoo (half an hour’s drive), while National Trust sites such as Bourne Mill and Flatford – also around 30 minutes in the car – are your go-to places for ace architecture from times gone by.

Must see

  • firstsite (9.7 miles)
  • Colchester Castle Museum (9.8 miles)
  • Colchester Zoo (11.8 miles)

National Trust

  • Bourne Mill (9.0 miles)
  • Flatford: Bridge Cottage (10.0 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

The Pretty Thing cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

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.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. The Pretty Thing will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

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