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“Very impressed”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Osea Leisure Park

Osea Leisure Park
Ranked #9 of 29 things to do in Maldon
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Owner description: This attraction is a Holiday Park & campsite situated by the River Blackwater in Heybridge, Essex. Attraction includes Camping & Caravanning, country walks and cycle rides, Bar & Restaurant, amusements, large playground and Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award & 4* Visit England Award.
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“Very impressed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2013

Really made welcome by Colin and showed to our accommodation. We stayed in a Shepherd's Hut on this park and booked for 3 nights. We loved it. There's a sofa bed, which goes into a small double and also bunk beds. A toilet room with handbasin. A two ring hob and small kitchen sink. A good amount of storage. All we needed to take was bedding, towels and washing up liquid, all plates,crockery, cooking utensils etc provided. Yes it is small but big enough for the 3 of us. Very quaint and something different. I agree with the previous review about a table, we did take a tv fold up table of our own but a fold up small table to sit and eat or play games at if the weathers not great would be a plus. The hut has a double plug socket and lighting. The doors have two key locks on them so the hut is secure when you are out. The field we was in was part mown and part meadow. Great for children to run around in. There's 2 Tipi's, 1 Safari Tent and 2 Shepherd's Huts in the field. No tents or caravans were in the same field as us on this stay and the site was very quiet. The children's play area is fantastic, set in it's own huge field, there's plenty to amuse children of all ages. Zip wire, Obstetrical course, climbing rope structure and so much more. The Shower Block was immaculate. There is no on site shop or facilities for freezing ice blocks although in fairness the pub will freeze them for you. Lots of rabbits and their babies, Bats flying at night. A very friendly horse and pony in the field next to ours. You can walk through the leisure park to the onsite pub/restaurant which has a garden with a children's adventure climbing frame and swings, just up the steps leads you to the River Blackwater Estuary where there's a small part stony and part sandy beach and lovely river side walks. We will be returning again. Love Promenade Park in Maldon and Heybridge Basin.

Visited June 2013
Thank arnoldsofessex
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Whittlesey, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great website, average campsite”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2013

Things that are great:

Kids play area
Short walk to the sea wall
Level pitches
Camping meadow right next to kids play area (although we were in the field right next to the road)
Modern toilet/shower block

Things that are not great:

No hot water to wash up with in the washing up 'shed' (signs were up, but when we asked when the problem would be resolved, we were told that they simply don't have hot water in the dish washing area
Toilet block has sensor lighting that goes off to quickly
Showers are a fixed temperature and the spray was not even
No site shop - even for basics
Bright lighting that stays on all night

However, as a parent of young kids, I didn't like the fact that the campsite was not behind the site barrier and could easily be accessed by anyone straight off the road.

Considering all of this, £24 per night is pretty steep.

Just glad we went with brilliant friends :)

Visited June 2013
4 Thank StevieC2606
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Flawed concepts and average facilities”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2013

We booked a Tipi and were really looking forward to camping in one over the weekend. Unfortunately their booking system created an error which meant we were contacted a day before arrival to say that it had been double booked. We were offered the Shepherds Hut as an alternative so took this option open minded. Despite the concept having great potential it is somewhat flawed. There is the convenience of a toilet and running water, plus the hob, but there is no pull out table or practical surface to use should you get typical English weather like we did. Really the hut is a nicely presented shed but lacks the space or practicality as offered by other camping options when the sun isn’t shining.

With regards to the campsite in general there could be better recycling bin facilities and the shower block is small so be prepared to wait for facilities during peak seasons.

The bar is okay but having played and won £4.00 on a quiz machine we were told that it “does that a lot and I can’t do anything as I would need to ring the company”. Although a typical English customer service response perhaps it is better to remove the machine or offer some gesture of goodwill if it does happen a lot.

Overall I wouldn’t particularly recommend a stay with other options in the area, particularly on Mersea Island.

Visited June 2013
6 Thank Alex W
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