Our family run farm is situated close to the small village of St Osyth to the west of Clacton in North Essex. St Osyth offers a number of shops and general stores, along with 2 pubs and a fish and chip shop. There are approximately 115 buildings around the village listed as historic, or as having special architectural interest, including St Osyth Priory ruins dating back to 1121. Oyster beds can be found at the beach past the village.
There are pleasant walking and cycling opportunities around the farm and village. Fishing at our reservoir (not on site) can be arranged. Or why not visit the near by Essex Wildlife Trust reserves at Colne Point or Howlands Marsh. Both offer superb birdwatching opportunities; barn owls, little egrets, curlews and regular sightings of the once rare marsh harrier have been reported, amongst others.
Lee Wick Lane runs beyond the farm and leads directly to the nature reserve and then on to the shingle beach, from where you can see Mersea island. The Brightlingsea Foot Ferry which sails to Mersea Island and Brightlingsea from Point Clear Bay, please note, this is accessed by road and not along the beach from the farm.
Curve Wake Park, opposite the boat yard on the creek, offers wake boarding and paddle boarding sessions, kayaking and a giant inflatable aqua park for the kids, or you can just pop in for a coffee.
Picturesque Dedham is a short drive away, perfect for walks in the beautiful Stour Valley, boating (bring your own kayaks / canoes or hire a row boat), cream teas and visiting the famous artworks of both Constable and Munnings.
Colchester is another quick drive or bus ride away, and as England’s oldest recorded city there’ll be plenty of historical sights to see. Have a wander around Colchester Castle, picnic in the park, then keep the kids happy by taking them to Colchester Zoo, voted the second best in the country.
The famous Suffolk Heritage Coastline is 60-90 minutes away by car, with towns such as Southwold and Aldeburgh to browse around. Closer to the farm is neighbouring Wivenhoe where you can enjoy a drink on the quay or in one of the other many pubs in the village. We like The Orange Tree Tapas and Cocktail Bar and Valentinos for delicious food. Before you reach Wivenhoe, if you are coming from the farm you can turn off to Brightlingsea, ideal for crabbing with the kids on the quay and where you must try Mac’s Plaice for fabulous fish and chips. The Lido is great in the summer months.
Robert, Iain and Jess are the fourth generation of the Clarke family to be involved with running the farm in Lee Wick Lane. Their great grandparents moved to Lee Wick Farm House in 1910, having re-located from across the estuary at Tollesbury, initially as farm managers. Later their grandfather established what is now Blackwater Farm at the top of the lane and later still their father, Roy Clarke, purchased part of Lee Wick Farm, which enabled Robert to begin the accommodation business in 2008, with just one cottage. In 2019 the business was expanded to the current number of 20 glamping properties we have now.
Lee Wick Farm Cottages & Glamping really is an excellent base for Essex and Suffolk coastline, countryside and tourist attractions; our team look forward to welcoming you, and we also welcome well behaved canines too!