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Osea is an enchanting and exclusive private island located surprisingly close to central London. It sits serenely on the Blackwater Estuary surrounded by four and a half miles of its own beaches and coastline where one may occasionally bump into a lone beachcomber or the odd angler intent on a fresh sea bass supper.
Its breathtaking wildlife, flora and fauna are extensive and old. Access from the mainland is via an ancient tidal causeway built in Roman times. It’s architectural style is more reminiscent of Nantucket or an east coast of America fishing village than the UK. With just the stars for street lighting and the quiet of the night interrupted by only the odd hoot of an owl, you may sleep deeply and wake up refreshed to the sound of bird song.
The absence of cars, traffic and aircraft buzz completes the illusion that you are somehow still waiting for the 20th century to arrive.
The island offers a variety of accommodation, the youngest properties being a mere 100+ years old with other buildings dating back 300 years or more. The interiors are rich in individual character all having been stylishly restored in keeping with Osea’s relaxed beach house themes.
The luxurious grand coastal houses sleep up to 20 and carry a 5 star rating with the 4 star cottages sleeping from 2 to 10. All the houses are perched high above sea level (approx 25”) many with unrivalled views. The entire island may be hired exclusively as one or the properties are available to rent individually.
The Manor House (sleeps 20)
Commanding all the dignity and elegance of a grand Edwardian seaside residence from a bygone era, it sits majestically with panoramic views along the beach and over its original salt water pool built in 1903. The interior has been lovingly restored incorporating period style with modern comforts. Read more
The Captain’s House (sleeps 16)
Sitting right on the waters edge with magnificent views along the beach and across the estuary, it has been built in a classically cool beach house style more reminiscent of the USA or the Caribbean than the UK. It is mainly on one level spread out laterally across extensive gardens and grounds with private stairs leading down to the beach. The first floor master bedroom suite has incredible views. Read more
Beach Cottages (sleeps 4-8)
The Manor Beach Cottages are located a few steps from the beach with stunning views out to sea. They have bags of character and are well appointed with four poster beds, roll top baths, wood burning stoves and large gardens. Read more
Explore this collection of 9 charming period cottages, each with their own unique personality. There’s a large ingle nook fire place in Puffin Burrow. Walk through the small gated front garden of The Laurels and you’ll find four poster beds, roll top baths and wood burning stoves as with most of the other cottages. Honey Pot is filled with charming, quirky features indicative of the period and all have gardens. Read more
The courtyard is a modernised Arts and Crafts Style Edwardian building situated in the village opposite the willow pond. It offers 6 apartments with bright clean contemporary styling and some period features such as high ceilings and large windows. Read more
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