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The Pretty Thing

8.9

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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 gastropubs 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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8.9

Overall rating based on 71 reviews

 

92% would recommend this site to a friend.

90% would stay here again.

  76% described as Peaceful ?

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As above09/30/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

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

    Comfortable rent, all facilities available as expected and clean.

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Good new toilet and showers09/26/2020

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

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

    Good new toilet and showers

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We will be back as loved it here09/21/2020

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

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

    Lovely site nice and quiet with great hosts. The owners were lovely and could not have been more accomodating.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Camping Perfection09/20/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomGillian N.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    A true campsite gem: immaculate, perfectly laid out, homely and friendly and absolutely perfect for young families. It’s a little bit of camping luxury combined with the beauty of nature. We’ll be back for many years to come, thank you for a wonderful mini holiday.

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Five star find! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️09/20/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomHayley W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Beautiful location, quiet and really well kept. The private toilet and shower rooms were huge and so clean. A nice play park if you have children, all level pitches and lots of space for walking my dog. Phil the host was lovely. A genuinely helpful and friendly guy.

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What a fantastic find. The owner is such a nice …09/10/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMichael H.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    What a fantastic find. The owner is such a nice chap & couldn't do anything more for his guests. Been back 3 more times since.

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From the manager...

Thanks so much for your lovely review. Hope to see you again soon
Phil

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Excellent site with clean facilities, friendly staff and level pitches09/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomkevin m.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Everything friendly site very clean facilities very helpful owner

    Disliked: 

    none

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Clean, flat site in a great location that allows campfires!09/07/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Clean, flat site, easy to find and a peaceful location convenient for Clacton and the coast. Loads of space. Allows campfires and barbecues, which is brilliant. Really friendly owner.

    Disliked: 

    Only two showers and four toilets, and intermittent hot water. Noisy well past midnight, which wasn't a problem for me but could be for others, and from 7am (and I mean party levels of noisy, loud talking and laughing, radio, etc. not just someone putting a kettle on for a morning cuppa or getting breakfast ready), which was a problem for me on a weekend on my only summer holiday! Can't help inconsiderate guests but enforced noise curfews could be helpful.

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We really enjoyed our stay, and definitely will return!!09/03/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAbigail W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    The toilet/shower blocks were lovely, modern and clean.
    The camp sight was clean and tidy, one of the tidiest camp sights we’ve ever stayed on!
    Tent pitches were flat and even.
    The owners/staff running the sight were very friendly, easy to talk to and made us feel very welcome.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing in particular! There were spiders in the shower (I have a phobia of bugs!!!) but what can you expect from an outdoorsy camp sight? Lol

From the manager...

Thanks for your lovely comments..

See you again I hope
Phil

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This was our first camping trip and we will return09/02/2020

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

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

    Friendly, clean, relaxing, great area everything

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

From the manager...

Thanks for your kind words
Phil

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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

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Camping 2.0

Bell tents

Camping pods

Themes

Peaceful

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal fridge

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Restaurant nearby

Watersports nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Seasonal pitches

Tourer storage facilities

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 1.1040°E

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.

Policies

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

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. 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.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

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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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does The Pretty Thing have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is The Pretty Thing dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near The Pretty Thing? 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 … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of The Pretty Thing?
    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.
    Read more

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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.

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

Admission
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

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