Article written by Natalie Evans-Harding and originally appeared in Net-a-Porter magazine
Owned by Rolling Stones producer Nigel Frieda and frequented by Sienna Miller and Poppy Delevingne, the idea of Osea Island as a quiet haven may seem at odds, but that it is. Accessible twice a day at low tide, you’ll be met with quaint wooden jetties, rugged sand dunes and verdant fields. Skim pebbles on the seashore, pick berries in the orchards or take a rowboat out for the afternoon to truly embrace Osea’s rustic tranquility.
Where to stay
Book The Captain’s House, a beach-style lodge that sleeps up to 22 and comes complete with four-poster beds, a sauna, pool, wood-burning stove and well-stocked library.
How to travel
If you don’t want to wait for low tide to drive to Osea, why not arrive by helicopter instead? Just 25mins from London, the aerial views are spectacular. batterseahelicopter.com
What to eat
Explore nearby Mersea Island (20mins by boat) and moor up at West Mersea Oyster Bar, famed for its seafood and glorious sunsets.