The Captain's House, Osea Island, Essex

Europe, United Kingdom

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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. Sitting right on the water's edge with magnificent views along the beach and across the estuary is The Captain's House.  It has been built in a cool beach house style that's more reminiscent of the USA or the Caribbean than the UK.  The house is mainly on one level, spread out laterally across extensive gardens and grounds with private stairs leading down to the beach. 

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. The Captain’s House is 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. 

Villa Information

Sleeps 22

The first floor master bedroom suite has incredible views. In the large living room you’ll find a beautiful fireplace and triple French doors leading on to a terrace with sea views. An additional large library / living room also comes with triple French doors leading out to a covered patio and sundeck. The dining room seats over 20 people, and the kitchen provides plenty of space to cook with an additional dining area and adjoining scullery with a butler sink leading to the back door. The house has seven comfortable double bedrooms, four with four-poster beds and an additional two twin bedrooms, each containing 2 double beds.  


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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