Osea Island, Essex

Europe, United Kingdom

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An idyllic haven of peace and tranquility basking serenely on the Blackwater Estuary, yet remarkably, little over an hour's drive from the city.  This hidden oasis lies nestled within 4.5 miles of secluded coastline, where one can wander its private beaches and rarely see another soul. The island is also a sanctuary for wildlife with some breath taking scenery. On Osea you may be forgiven for thinking the 20th Century hasn't quite yet arrived as access to the island is via an ancient causeway built by the Romans.  The enigmatic tidal road opens at every low tide for a period of 4 hours when cars can be driven across.  At high tide, there is a river taxi service from the mainland, the boat journey taking about 10 minutes. 

Osea has a fascinating and colourful past stretching back some 5000 years. Uncork a good bottle of red as the sun goes down and enjoy musing over the island folklore of scandalous tales and heroic deeds.  Surrounded by 550 acres of rustic gardens, orchards, meadows and salt marsh the island has an eclectic mix of accommodation.  

Guests can wander anywhere, help themselves to Raleigh Chloe bikes for the tracks and beaches – borrow DVDs from the library, play pool, table tennis and tennis, or (in summer) swim in the outdoor pool.

Villa Information

Its charming cottages, apartments and grand houses are available for holidays and family get-togethers. Exclusive hire of the whole island is also possible for private events. Osea has been hired as a recording studio, wedding venue and party island for hipsters and paparazzi-shy aristocrats. Its self-catering cottages and villas are also available for more normal family holidays and short breaks.

On The Coast you can settle back into Osea’s unhurried pace with its south facing beach properties looking out onto spectacular views across the estuary. Silence is possibly the islands biggest luxury and with an absence of street-lighting, traffic and aircraft noise you may sleep deeply and awaken refreshed to the sound of birdsong.

There are 4 holiday homes available to rent on the coast.  The Manor House which you can find more information about on our website, The Captains House which is also listed on our website, and The Manor Beach Cottages.

On the south side of the island is the turreted Manor House, the former clinic, now converted into a residential recording studio and wedding venue but also great for a big family get-away. In the 1980s and 1990s, the homes on Osea were let to a variety of bohemian tenants, including painter Luke Elwes, renegade ex-spy David Shayler and music producers where bands from the Rolling Stones to Adam Ant have recorded here.

Near by, is the Captain’s House, a 1920s villa by the shore on the heights of Osea (five metres above sea level). This capacious, superbly sited house is self-catered. It is coolly done out: four-poster beds, leather sofas, freestanding baths, exposed floorboards, antique books, old copies of National Geographic (a 1962 edition proclaimed Tahiti to be the “finest island in the world”) and a colonial feel, thanks to artfully arranged old suitcases and black-and-white framed photos of yachts. 

In The Village, soak up all the charm and atmosphere of an unspoilt English countryside with a difference. Set around the willow pond, The Village still retains many period features dating back hundreds of years. It’s charming houses and cottages are full of character with stylish and comfortable interiors to match. At the centre of the village is the “Clubhouse”, a colonial style former chapel complete with a games room, lounge, and facilities which can be booked for family occasions or private dining.  The “Clubhouse” also doubles up as a social hub where you can pick up a fishing rod or take a bicycle to go off and explore the far corners of the island. It backs onto large gardens with a heated swimming pool but still remains only a stones’ throw from the beaches and coastline.


Osea Island is an inhabited island in the estuary of the River Blackwater, Essex, East England. It is approximately 550 acres in size and is connected to the north bank of the river by a causeway, covered at high water. 

There are no shops on the island, the nearest supermarket will be a 20 minute drive away / 4.1miles over the causeway. 

The nearest station is Witham Station which is around 45 minutes from London Liverpool Street. Taxis must be pre-booked with Osea’s dedicated service, as they are the only company that will cross the Causeway 

Accessing Osea Island


As we are accessed by a tidal causeway, it's best to call us for exact directions and advice on the timings of your journey. Please be aware, for crossing, use the Osea Island leisure park (CM9 4SA) for sat-nav.


Depart Liverpool Street station to Witham Station less than 50 minutes journey from the city.


Nearest air field is Battersea. 20 minutes

Water Taxi

A Water Taxi can be booked prior to your arrival to bring you to the island. There is a parking lot where you can leave your car.

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