MERSEA ISLAND HOLIDAY PARK, ESSEX
WHAT’S THE SCOOP? This tranquil holiday park is hidden away in East Mersea and boasts beautiful views over the Blackwater estuary. Generally, the site is quieter than most because a number of the caravans are owner-owned but there are also plenty to hire – and many are dog-friendly. Most of the static holiday homes have either two or three bedrooms and can accommodate up to eight.
ARE MUDDY PAWS WELCOME? Yep, although they’re not allowed in the clubhouse – called The Muddy Duck – or the new indoor pool area. Dogs should be kept on a lead when exploring the site but there are plenty of places nearby where they can let off steam.
AND WHEN I’M DOG TIRED? Retreat back to your comfortable van. There are three standards of accommodation to relax in – Comfort, Superior and Luxury. All holiday homes come with well-equipped kitchens, ready-made beds and flatscreen TVs with Freeview. Wifi is also available but charges apply.
Mersea Island Holiday Park has lots going on, too. In the summer months, there are regular outdoor film screenings, watersports sessions and evening entertainment. There’s even an annual cream pie fight on the August Bank Holiday!
HOW ARE THE SCOOBY SNACKS? The holiday park is self-catering so you can take as much or as little food as you need. For emergency supplies, the onsite shop stocks all the essentials and you can buy snacks and drinks from The Muddy Duck. The Dog and Pheasant pub is within easy walking distance too but ironically, dogs are not allowed inside. There is plenty of outdoor seating, though.
ANY FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS TO PLAY WITH? No, but you’ll meet plenty of other dogs out and about. You’re almost in a minority if you don’t have a dog here!
WHERE’S GOOD FOR WALKIES? The site is right on the beach (watch out for high tide) and adjacent to Cudmore Grove Country Park, which has some fantastic walks. From reception, you can also follow the footpath through neighbouring Fen Farm to the waterfront. Check out our Ruff Guide to Mersea Island here – it has plenty of suggestions for things to do and places to go.
WHAT ERNIE LOVED: Digging on the beach, morning strolls to the shop to get the paper
WHAT I LOVED: The peace and tranquillity of the site
GET ON THE DOG AND BONE: Three-night breaks at Mersea Island Holiday Park start from as little as £85. For more information, see awayresorts.co.uk or call 01442 508850.