Homes don't get much more exclusive than this. Stay on private Osea Island - a charming spot on the Essex coast. The island defines the meaning of "retreat" as it's only connected to the mainland for four hours a day. Recently seen on the TV miniseries "The Third Day", the island has an animated history of filming, festivals, and cultural gatherings. But this pocket of it will be yours and yours alone. First off, the home sits right on the soft, golden beach for dreamy days by the sea. Step into a very chic and rustic lounge, with bags of character and contemporary black wooden floors. Panelled rooms, original fireplaces, and worn tan leather sofas create a classically English interior. A pretty dining room looks out over tree-filled gardens, while a heated outdoor swimming pool (shared with the island's other homes) is the perfect place to hang out in the summer months. Nab the master bedroom with its luxe four-poster bed, and unwind in the glamorous freestanding bathtub. Picture yourself cosying up around the fire while reading a good book, or grab a kayak or bike and explore the island from the sea or on its tracks. This getaway will be one to remember.
Home truths: *There are often festivals and corporate events on Osea Island - ask the host when booking
*Getting to Osea Island relies on the tide if you're bringing your car, at a very specific time in the afternoon
*As this is an island with no shops, stock up on everything you need on the mainland before heading to the island
*Due to the remote location, wi-fi here can be temperamental
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