Mersea...one of world’s top holiday destinations

Essex County Standard: Mersea...one of world’s top holiday destinations Mersea...one of world’s top holiday destinations

MERSEA Island has joined Cape Town, Budapest and Moscow on a list of the top places to go on holiday this year.

The Guardian newspaper ranked the Blackwater Estuary 24th place in its list of the top 40 places to go in 2014.

Businesses on the island are hoping its inclusion in the list will help attract more tourists.

Essex County Standard:

Chris Avila, co-owner of the West Mersea Oyster Bar, in Coach Road, said: “Mersea has always been a unique place.

“It is pretty rustic still today compared to other areas. Over the past five years it has grown in popularity.

“The whole oyster side of things is getting more popular – more people are eating them.

“Some of the locals want it as quiet as possible, but we need the tourism.”

Sally Moore, owner of Moore’s Estate Agent, in High Street, said: “A lot of people come on holiday here, fall in love with the place and want to live here.

“That is how a lot of homes are sold on the island. I never have to sell the area. It is just such a lovely place. It hasn’t really changed since I was a little girl.”

Gill Tydie, who owns the Victory at Mersea pub, in Coast Road, with her husband John, said: “I think as long as it is maintained properly and we don’t succumb to the demands of holidaymakers, it will be fine.

“There are lovely beaches on the island. It is the simple things Mersea is good at.

“It is lovely and unspoiled and it is like stepping back in time.”

Deputy mayor Wendy Bixby said: “This is absolutely brilliant for Mersea. The Oyster Bar and the Company Shed have helped to raise the profile.

“I think the new heritage trails will mean people know where to go. They will have the full Mersea experience. We’ve got fantastic holiday parks as well.

“People can have whatever kind of holiday they want here.”

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9:15am Wed 8 Jan 14

Jess Jephcott says...

ridiculous!
ridiculous! Jess Jephcott

9:32am Wed 8 Jan 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

That's it holidays booked. Unfortunately won't be going to Mersea Island for fear of being cut off by high tide on the Strood.
That's it holidays booked. Unfortunately won't be going to Mersea Island for fear of being cut off by high tide on the Strood. Say It As It Is OK?

11:12am Wed 8 Jan 14

mirokou says...

As Southwold and the rest of Suffolk and Norfolk fill up ,the Chelsea ,Fulham ,Putney brigade are looking for new holiday homes . This can only be good news for businesses in the area…Maybe not so for the local housing prices, but investment is investment …… Food ,leisure etc etc…Just need Mersea Council to stay focused , not get greedy and destroy the charm that is Mersea with over development. however as the report states it's the Blackwater Delta , not just Mersea.
As Southwold and the rest of Suffolk and Norfolk fill up ,the Chelsea ,Fulham ,Putney brigade are looking for new holiday homes . This can only be good news for businesses in the area…Maybe not so for the local housing prices, but investment is investment …… Food ,leisure etc etc…Just need Mersea Council to stay focused , not get greedy and destroy the charm that is Mersea with over development. however as the report states it's the Blackwater Delta , not just Mersea. mirokou

11:28am Wed 8 Jan 14

romantic says...

These lists often seem incredibly arbitrary, but it's excellent news for well-run places such as The Victory, Coast Inn and the vineyard and brewery. I agree with mirokou: the thing which visitors like is the fact that it's not really a touristy place. Don't really want the place over-run with Chelsea Tractors, but there is certainly scope for other food places to do well, and setting up a B&B there would be a good move if you have a suitable place.
These lists often seem incredibly arbitrary, but it's excellent news for well-run places such as The Victory, Coast Inn and the vineyard and brewery. I agree with mirokou: the thing which visitors like is the fact that it's not really a touristy place. Don't really want the place over-run with Chelsea Tractors, but there is certainly scope for other food places to do well, and setting up a B&B there would be a good move if you have a suitable place. romantic

3:51pm Wed 8 Jan 14

stevedawson says...

Lol.
Lol. stevedawson

4:00pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Route88 says...

Didn't Kenny Ball have a hit with 'Midnight in Mersea'?
Didn't Kenny Ball have a hit with 'Midnight in Mersea'? Route88

7:29pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Boris says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
That's it holidays booked. Unfortunately won't be going to Mersea Island for fear of being cut off by high tide on the Strood.
Read the tide tables like everyone else does, except the Romford Navy people of course..
[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: That's it holidays booked. Unfortunately won't be going to Mersea Island for fear of being cut off by high tide on the Strood.[/p][/quote]Read the tide tables like everyone else does, except the Romford Navy people of course.. Boris

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