Top 10 Airbnb Vacation Rentals On Mersea Island, United Kingdom

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Mersea is a tidal island where you can eat your body weight in oysters. This most easterly inhabited island in the United Kingdom is connected to Essex through an ancient Roman causeway called “The Strood.” The estuary island has been inhabited since the Celts dominated England. Its name is derived from “meresig” which means “Island in a Pool.” West Mersea is for windsurfers and beach huts, while East Mersea is all about farms and caravan parks. It’s possible to explore the entire island before the sun sets on the horizon. However, The Strood may flood in a high spring tide. But, you’d probably welcome the thought of staying while waiting for the tide to turn. Check out the top Airbnb vacation rentals on Mersea Island, United Kingdom.

1. Picture-postcard cottage with enclosed garden (from USD 139)

Many seafood lovers make the trip to Mersea for bucketfuls of excellent oysters. Would you like to stay in a holiday home located within walking distance from the best restaurants on the island? Sign up for this opportunity to live in a colorful Airbnb with a deck and an enclosed garden. The cottage is fully equipped and comfortably furnished. Inform the host if you want to reserve a bicycle or two. These are quiet and elegant quarters right on the coast where you can sign up for fishing trips and sailing lessons. The bus service stops two minutes down the road if you’re visiting the eastern shores.

A wonderful retreat on the Island of West Mersea.
West Mersea, England, United Kingdom
28 reviews
Entire cottage 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
lovely stay at sunshine cottage comfortable living area and extra comfy beds
it is such a homely and comfortable space and was perfect for myself and a small baby
Cleanliness:
sparkling clean and elegantly decorated
very nice and spotlessly clean
sunshine corner was beautifully clean and well laid out with personal touches such as a card and biscuits
what a great find very clean & comfortable with everything we needed
beautiful very clean comfortable homely and well equipped peaceful place
Host:
highly recommended lovely accommodation and lovely hosts
the hosts were very responsive to messages
first angie is fantastic: responsive and helpful
Location:
a lovely place for a relaxing break & within walking distance of both the beach and village
for me it was close to family and friends yet still quiet and peaceful
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2. Gorgeous studio close to the seafront (from USD 112)

This studio space in West Mersea is a bright accommodation with a double bed, a double shower, and plenty of headroom for two adventurers. After immersing in Mersea’s idyllic surroundings, you may rest and rejuvenate in the luxurious indoors. This Airbnb is also within walking distance to pubs and diners in the center of town. The host will point you in the right direction for excellent seafood restaurants, the best local beach, and the most charming picnic areas in West Mersea. The best part of it all is that you can walk to the coast any time of the day and enjoy a wide range of recreational activities.

The Mariners Suite
West Mersea, England, United Kingdom
21 reviews
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
thanks for the fan too
safe parking comfortable and fast wifi
a wonderfully comfortable and relaxing stay in a lovely property with the sea at the end of the road
this is a beautiful property and the room is exquisitely decorated
Cleanliness:
and sparkling clean too
nice and clean and spacious would definitely recommend
it’s well decorated and clean and the bed is comfy
very clean lovely room in an ideal location
its a lovely bright and clean suite with everything you need
Host:
owner was super helpful
georgina was an excellent host providing a wide range of suggestions for the two days
quiet and well run i highly recommend the mariners suite and georgie as a host
gorgeous suite with thoughtful additional items from the host
georgina was a very helpful host with clear information and great communication
Location:
great location i would recommend
great location a minute or two to the sea
really lovely stay brilliantly comfy bed and great location for exploring the area
lovely suite very close to the seaside cafes and restaurants
such a lovely little apartment in a great location
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3. Modern getaway for six with hot tub (from USD 186)

Driving across The Strood to Mersea Island is a chance to plunge into a calm and gentle environment. Yet, you can still immerse in modern luxuries by booking this Airbnb that comes with an outdoor hot tub and a dining area on the deck. This executive lodge with sea views is a luxury accommodation surrounded by a manicured lawn. Book this chalet in East Mersea and experience the outstanding services of the clubhouse on the site. Ask the host if the clubhouse amenities are accessible during your holiday.

Lola’s Luxury Holiday Lodge - beautiful sea views
East Mersea, England, United Kingdom
153 reviews
Entire chalet 4 Beds 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beautiful views with amazing sunsets great facilities and nice walks closeby
we had a great stay - such a beautiful view well equipped lodge with a comfy bed
we loved the swimming pool park arcade games and the beach which we spent ages catching tiny crabs
Cleanliness:
spotless clean and so stylish
beautiful clean lodge in quiet surroundings
brilliant accomodation clean and well kept
immaculately clean and very very comfy
everything was clean fresh and warm
Host:
host was very helpful
really friendly quick responding hosts
marc and sarah are brilliant hosts
marc & sarah are the perfect hosts
marc & sarah were amazing hosts with quick responses and excellent communication
Location:
perfectly peaceful location and
the location was perfect as well
beautifully furnished place in a peaceful location
lovely stay great location right by the sea
excellent lodge in an excellent location
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4. Exclusive space for two at the waterfront (from USD 107)

Sometimes, we feel the urge to breathe fresh air and have a change of pace. Hearken to the call, “let the sea set you free,” and spend a few days in this exceptional spot on the coast of Essex. Mersea is only an hour’s drive from London, but it’s a place where you can walk along the coastline in peace. Head to a paddleboard facility, then spend quality time with oysters, mussels, scallops, crabs, tiger prawns, and lobsters in Company Shed, a celebrated seafood restaurant. Staying in this Airbnb in a waterfront area in West Mersea lets you remain close to the beach in comfort.

Seaside Studio Mersea Island
West Mersea, England, United Kingdom
65 reviews
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we were very pleased and impressed with how this relatively small space felt so comfortable
luxurious bed great shower two heaters though i didn’t need them and great attention to detail
very comfortable place with thoughtful touches
Cleanliness:
the space was very clean and tastefully decorated
clean tidy and well thought out space
the studio was clean and had everything we needed
the entire space was very clean peaceful and really easy to access
the room was very clean and comfortable with lots of thoughtful touches
Host:
the hosts were amazing
the hosts were lovely people and made you feel at home
hosts were really friendly and accommodating
check in was super easy and our hosts were very helpful and answered any questions we had
very friendly and helpful hosts
Location:
superb location only a very few minutes from the best restaurants and bars
great location close to fabulous restaurants & unique accommodation
location was perfect and i will most definitely be booking to stay again
this is the perfect little place just a minutes walk away from the sea
the house was the most beautiful and cute place
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5. Delightful beach house near the jetty (from USD 117)

Grab this opportunity to stay in one of the pastel-colored beach huts often featured in photographs of Mersea Island. This stylish accommodation is a short walk from the sea and near coveted spots such as the esplanade, a yacht club, and seafood restaurants. The beach house features vintage decor and themes recalling the sea at every turn. There is also a garden in the back where you can lie in a hammock on a lazy afternoon. This quaint cottage has enough room for six guests willing to share three bedrooms. Book this Airbnb and expect a jolly good time on the West Mersea shore.

Woodbine Cottage
West Mersea, England, United Kingdom
77 reviews
Entire cottage 4 Beds 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
fantastic amenities everything you could ever need in the kitchen
lovely cottage very comfortable and homely
beautiful cottage with everything you need comfortable & cosy and immaculately presented
lovely kitchen with all you need quality furnishings throughout and the beds were very comfortable
netflix on tv was an unexpected bonus
Cleanliness:
nicely decorated clean and homely feel
clean and very well equipped
spotless comfortable and stylish
the house was spotlessly clean and incredibly comfortable
helen's place was very clean cosy and comfortable
Host:
helen was very helpful when we contacted her
communications with helen were efficient and friendly
helen was very friendly and helpful
helen was a very communicative host i would love to stay again
helen was very responsive to booking queries and any questions i had
Location:
excellent location for exploring the area
great place and location for a short stay
good location for exploring this small island
lovely property very close to beach
a wonderful location in the heart of west mersea
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6. Stunning house with the beach for a backyard (from USD 389)

This stunning house offers comfort and several luxury features. You will even find a handful of curious decorative items. Views of the ocean from the well-appointed rooms can only be described as sublime. Not all beach houses are created equal, and this Airbnb will make your stay pleasant and memorable. Upon coming home, your outstanding experience in this chic hideaway will equal the marvelous adventures you’ll have in Mersea. There’s a chill-out pit right on the beach, and you can walk a few minutes to eat if you’re too lazy to cook. Check out the instructions left by the host, and enjoy every minute of your stay.

Stylish, Airy Beach Front House
West Mersea, England, United Kingdom
101 reviews
Entire house 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
again this room has amazing views and a balcony to sit on
the kitchen/dining split level opening straight out onto the beautiful deck and beach was just beautiful
both bedrooms were cosy and had great beds and both are an on-suite
Cleanliness:
spotlessly clean and comfortable
just things like deep clean refreshing towels wash products glasses plates etc
the house itself is clean modern and very well laid out
clare's place is super clean and really stunning
perfect location beautifully clean a wonderful stay
Host:
great host with speedy responses
the host was also very easy to deal with and made our stay very special
great place to stay top host
west mersea is a lovely friendly & welcoming place & the sea food is fantastic
hosts have thought of everything and it was a great retreat
Location:
amazing location for a relaxing beach break
great location beautiful large property
fabulous location and a wonderful house
amazing house in a great location
location is very good and parking
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7. Fantastic getaway with a view of the tides (from USD 104)

This Airbnb is one of the best places in Mersea to watch the tide come in. The estuary is beyond the hedge, so you have front-row seats to see this daily phenomenon. Count yourself lucky you’re not caught driving a car along the causeway when the water rises. Instead, you’ll be sitting in a private enclave that is furnished for two and decorated with care. This self-contained Airbnb is a secure and comfortable space with various amenities. Guests have exclusive use of a tended garden and a dedicated parking space.

Redwing Lodge
West Mersea, England, United Kingdom
184 reviews
Entire place 2 Beds 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
a lovely comfortable very nicely furnished hideaway with fabulous views
it is beautifully fitted out with wonderful views across the estuary from the upstairs sitting room/bedroom
extremely clean and very comfortable with amazing views out over the estuary
the apartment is stylishly decorated in peaceful tones with a wonderful view from every window
there’s a big comfortable bed a nice shower with plenty of hot water and parking right outside
Cleanliness:
very clean and comfortable
exceptionally clean and had everything you could want
spotlessly clean and very well equipped
the house was very clean and the bathroom was sparkling clean the heating was wonderful
very clean and easy to locate
Host:
thanks daniel for being a great host
daniel and annie are excellent hosts
hosts where very kind and helpful
very friendly run place
daniel and annie are outstanding hosts very welcoming and shared a lot of local tips
Location:
great place super close to shops (walking distance)
excellent location and everything we needed
excellent place and an ideal weekend break
really nice place in a good location
wonderful location with lots of walking from the property
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8. Intimate caravan by the sea (from USD 64)

When in Mersea Island, it’s best to choose an Airbnb accommodation you’d be happy to spend time in when the beach and picnic grounds are blanketed by rain since the weather can turn bad anytime. This caravan by the sea has central heating and modern appliances. It also has plenty of entertainment options such as books, games, and DVDs. The caravan is furnished like a spacious and charming cottage for four guests. While the deck and patio may be off-limits when it rains, you can sit there in pleasant weather and look at the coastline. Ask the host about arrangements if you plan to bring along a beloved pet.

Home from home by the sea
East Mersea , United Kingdom
15 reviews
Entire guesthouse 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
tracy has a lovely comfortable cosy caravan with central heating and all the amenities you would require
two comfortable sofas and a large screen tv with bose sound bar
Cleanliness:
it is very clean and welcoming
very clean and tidy had all what you need and very comfortably beds
what a lovely lovely van clean cozy and clearly loved
Host:
& the host was very good with answering any questions & communication
Location:
expect a fantastic holiday the location is excellent as it's so close to the beach
perfectly situated for the beach 2 min walk and foot ferry to brightlingsea
a great caravan in a great location
the caravan is super cosy and in an excellent location for relaxing and enjoying the surroundings
big play area for children and an even bigger one 300m away in the park
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9. Comfortably furnished bower with estuary views (from USD 233)

A period cottage can be yours if you’re willing to invest in quality accommodation in West Mersea. This two-bedroom fisherman’s cottage is on the very edge of the anchorage area. Guests here will enjoy unparalleled views of the sea. The south-facing garden runs down to the estuary. Exit the garden to check out the mudflats and esplanade nearby. The property is set off the road, and only the occasional bird call distracts from the tranquility of the surroundings. The rooms may seem compact, but they are furnished with the comforts of a clean and restful Airbnb vacation home.

Fishers Rest - Period fisherman's cottage
West Mersea, England, United Kingdom
31 reviews
Entire cottage 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
very comfortable bed with wonderful view to the sea
this is a tiny but utterly charming and very comfortable cottage with beautiful views
Cleanliness:
well equipped charming and spotlessly clean
cosy interior well equipped and spotlessly clean
Host:
charming hosts who made us feel at home
victoria is very helpful and quick to reply to any questions
victoria was an incredible host and we loved our days on mersea island
Location:
cute village and only walking distance to the pier
excellent location a short walk to the beach marina tesco and local pubs/cafe
great location in west mersea but also very quiet and peaceful
lovely cottage in a great location
lovely spot nice to see the water and be so close to the beach
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10. Large house with garden (from USD 116)

A well-appointed house in West Mersea is ready to receive four guests who prefer spacious lounge areas and a well-equipped kitchen. This home is suitable accommodation if you’re used to living in a big house with a garden. Feel right at home and spoil yourself silly with the high-end facilities. The local supermarket delivers supplies right at your doorstep so you can stay in the lovely garden while waiting. There’s no WiFi, but you won’t need it if you plan to rediscover nature in Mersea. Inform the Airbnb host if you intend to book a long-term stay and ask about parking space.

Peaceful coastal cottage. Light, spacious. Garden.
West Mersea, England, United Kingdom
39 reviews
Entire house 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it is spacious comfortable and very well-furnished and equipped
the house is roomy and comfortable with a well equipped kitchen
the two bedrooms are a good size and the beds very comfortable
Cleanliness:
absolutely spotless and very comfortable
excellent accommodation extremely clean and tidy
great retreat spacious clean and tidy
all bedding and towels as well as facilities have been clean
great communication great location sparkling clean and nice and warm with plenty of hot water
Host:
kind regards mark and sandy
marcus and julie were very responsive despite being out of the country
julie and marcus are welcoming hosts who communicate very fast though living abroad
marcus and julie were great hosts quick to communicate and left lovely welcome treats
everything was spotless and the owner was so easy to communicate with and was so accommodating
Location:
the perfect location the perfect accommodation
everything you need and a great location
good place and good location for mersea week
very comfortable and in a quiet location
very good location only a short walk to shops pub various eating places harbour and sea front
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Spend special days out in Mersea

Mersea’s idyllic surroundings and exceptional seafood make it a desirable place to live. If you’re not planning on moving, you can still taste the good life on this tidal island. Let the Airbnb community of Mersea show you why this “Island in a Pool” is truly special.

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Deanna is a pediatric physical therapist from the Philippines who's been writing online content since 2012.

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