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The Pretty Thing

8.6
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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…?

Please note

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

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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8.6

Overall rating based on 57 reviews

 

88% would recommend this site to a friend.

86% would stay here again.

  72% described as Peaceful ?

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Everything08/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Bell tent
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    Everything

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Great, small friendly campsite, family friendly, good clean facilities07/28/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDarren M.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Great little campsite, Phil, the owner was really helpful and friendly. Showers and toilets are very new and in great condition, regularly cleaned through the day, plenty of handwash, sanitizer and sanitizer wipes available to keep everything clean and safe. Lots of space around and between tent pitches so social distancing is easy. Really enjoyed our time here and we'll be back.

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Good family campsite07/26/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomTimothy G.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Really friendly campsite, other campers were great. The site was clean, litter free and the facilities fine. The toilets never had a queue that I saw, and there were 2 showers with 2 more being installed. Small playground for the kids, but mostly we just enjoyed being around our tent.

    Disliked: 

    Borrowing a fire pit costs £5 on top of the price of the logs — thought that was odd as I don't expect many people bring their own firepits in their family car? Taking everything into account this didn't really matter as the overall value for money was good.

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Showers and toilets excellent!07/20/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Busy atmosphere with children and adults around happy place

    Disliked: 

    Pot holes in the field from animal hoods made it dangerous to walk on and no sign saying the name of the camp site, we drove last twice and just opened a gate then had to find the owner

From the manager...

Thanks for your great review, we are so glad that you enjoyed your break,

You will see from the other threads on here that signage is as much an issue for us as it is guests, the good news is, it has all been resolved. You should see attractive signs when you return.

Phil

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Excellent site with clean facilities, friendly staff and level07/20/2020

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    Lovely clean campsite, friendly owners, good facilities.

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Would definitely recommend and will be back07/20/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

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    Tent was very comfortable; we had loads of space; the toilets and showers were kept very clean; we loved renting a fire pit and having a campfire at night; the welcome was extremely friendly; the location is quiet and peaceful.

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Spotlessly clean facilities, owner was friendly and accommodating, will definitely …07/19/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRosie d.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Spotlessly clean facilities, owner was friendly and accommodating, will definitely return!

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Local, friendly hosts, spotless facilities!! Can’t wait to come back07/19/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKayleigh D.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    The hosts were amazing .. lovely evening !!

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Such a friendly warm welcome and assistance throughout our stay. …07/16/2020

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  • Electric optional grass touring caravan pitch
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    Such a friendly warm welcome and assistance throughout our stay. Pristine site and amenities, quiet even when full. Our two four year old loved it. We will be coming back.

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Toilets and showers were always clean and alway had hand …07/14/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomNicola M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Toilets and showers were always clean and alway had hand sanitizer and wipes. Nice little play area for the kids that you can see from the tent. The owner was really nice and checked that everything was ok.

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Features

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Amenities on park

Bath available

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Composting toilet

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Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Restrooms

Shower available

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Wheelchair access

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Camping 2.0

Bell tents

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Themes

Hikers’ paradise

Peaceful

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transportation nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 sites)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Restaurant nearby

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Touring and motorhomes

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Location

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  • Kimbolds, Heath Road, St Osyth, Essex, England, CO16 9BP
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.8232°N 1.1040°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
St Osyth: Shangri La Caravan Park Coach Stop — 2.2 kilometres
Jaywick: Chester Holiday Park Coach Stop — 2.9 kilometres
St Osyth: Kings Arms Coach Stop — 3.0 kilometres
Train stations
Weeley Rail Station — 3.4 kilometres
Great Bentley Rail Station — 4.2 kilometres
Clacton-on-Sea Rail Station — 4.7 kilometres
Ferry ports
Brightlingsea Ferry Landing — 5.9 kilometres
Point Clear Ferry Landing — 6.1 kilometres
Harwich International Ferry Terminal — 17.3 kilometres
Airports
London Southend Airport — 39.6 kilometres

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 (15.6 kilometres)
  • Colchester Castle Museum (15.8 kilometres)
  • Colchester Zoo (19.0 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Bourne Mill (14.5 kilometres)
  • Flatford: Bridge Cottage (16.1 kilometres)

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

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
  • How much does it cost to stay at The Pretty Thing? From R369,63 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

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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