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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • garden (9)
  • bed (7)
  • dog (7)
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19 Customer Reviews

  • "Great welcome pack the only good point they was alot of down points not on a holiday park as made out."

    but behind a dentist so parking was a problem as few places to park. We thought we got the wrong place as the garden was in a mess with things dump everywhere. The place was not clean also the bed was broken and we were told it was a double and two singles beds not the case it was two doubles which was a problem. The place needs tlc the decorating was poor no lock on bathroom door. Sofa very uncomfortable. Not worth the money. Junk in cupboards no mop or broom.

    Reviewed by Jenny2.5Oct 2023

  • "On entering the chalet I found it smelled musty."

    The first bed I slept on was totally uncomfortable, the 2nd slightly less so. The shower was useles, I could barely wash my hair let alone the rest of my body. Kitchen utensils were extremely basic and to be honest I had better in my touring caravan when I had one. The sofa's were bottoming out, ( I weigh about 9 stone, so especially heavy). On the plus side, all bedding and towels were nice and fresh. The lady that owns this chalet was very pleasant and showed me around the place, for which I am grateful. However, I would not recommend this to any friends/ family, I left 2 days early as I could not stay any longer because of these findings. I do not wish to leave a bad review as that is not in my nature but I hope it is taken onboard.

    I’m so sorry you found fault. I do try to cater for all needs ,hence why I supply one soft bed and one slightly harder. There are plenty of utensils to hand did you look on the 2nd drawer down beneath the knife and fork drawer. If there was a slight damp smell I do apologize . This may have been because the chalet had be closed for a while. . I thank you for the nice reviews and sorry you had to complain I have had 2 complaints regarding the shower but I know it works well I just don’t think you programmed it properly I will add instructions to the guest book so future guests do not have the same problem . The shower is only 2 years old as is the whole bathroom. The water flow is not outstanding on site and if you use the washing machine or washing up water whimsy showering the power will drop Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lesley2.8Jul 2023

  • "Julie was friendly as were people on site."

    She did ask if things were okay ,we agreed with hindsight we shouldn't of done. ,the cottage smelt of Nicotine ,toilet was in need of clean,cobwebs on ceiling and behind blinds.Davids quilt had stains on it (not noticed till just before we left.Under sink cupboard had spray with no identification on itParking was tight as there seemed to be a couple of vehicles never used.Caravan appeared to take up more space..

    I do apologize for your findings. I have checked and have noticed cobweb on one of the kitchen top windows. This has now been rectified. With regard to the toilet I do believe that the toilet had a splash of paint in the bowl which I haven’t been able to remove . The toilet is cleaned thoroughly but the paint mark still remains. I will seek advice on how to remove it . I cannot comment on the duvet as it was fresh when the bed was made up. As for the caravan . in the car park . That belongs to me . There is a car in the car park that is awaiting collection from a garage as it has broken down . Although it is owned by one of the tenants on the site. I thankyou for your review and I hope apart from the downs you had a lovely stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by David1.9Jun 2023

  • "Julie & Neil were lovely owners, everything we needed was there to make our stay lovely."

    Can't praise them enough!

    Hi Gary thank you so much for your feedback. It was lovely meeting you both and little Ted of course. If you’re ever down this way again give us a call cutback you fir leaving the chalet so tidy Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gary5.0May 2023

  • "All you can get in the bedroom was a bed, no room to put clothes away."

    You could just get around the bed.

    I do apologize if the bedrooms were a bit tight . But I decided to have king size beds in the rooms which meant having less space but more comfy beds to sleep. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maureen3.8Apr 2023

  • "Resthaven was a lovely little lodge with a beautiful cottage garden surrounding it."

    The owner left a very generous welcome pack which was lovely. Also doggy bed and toys which our dog enjoyed playing with. The beds and settees were extremely comfortable and the new decor looked good. Property was only about 10 minutes walk to beach and rainbow cafe which was dog friendly outside (covered) with delicious food (a little bit over priced though). We walked to Harwich town by promenade which had lots of history on the route. Also walked to Little Oakley along the sea wall which had beautiful scenery. The children loved playing on the beaches as did the dog. Local people very friendly and the owner was too. Local premier shop and tesco kept us topped up with groceries.

    Thank you Alison for your positive feedback. So glad you liked Dovercourt. Thank you for leaving the chalet so tidy after departure. hope you had a safe journey home Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison3.8Mar 2023

  • "The accommodation had everything we needed and was in a great location, just a short walk to the beach."

    The welcome pack of groceries was a nice touch and much needed after our long drive. Really appreciated the secure garden for our dog as so few places seem to have this. It's a great base from which to explore the surrounding area.

    Reviewed by Jo4.7Sep 2021

  • "If anything this place is undersold."

    It’s on a quiet site, has a really nice garden and is well looked after. There are a lot of personal touches which make a home from home . The kitchen is well equipped, there’s a good sized bathroom with walk in shower which was good as I took my 90 year old father. The beds are comfy . The living, dining area is well laid out giving a feeling of space and is light and airy. We explored the Essex coastline and spent a while in Harwich but there’s a lovely beach very close if that’s your thing. The owner popped by with her dog Ted just to check we had everything we wanted and invited us to call her if there were any issues. I have no hesitation in recommending this property for a quiet , comfortable break. We don’t have a dog but this place would be great if you did as the garden is fenced all the way round.

    Thank you Ian for your feedback . I am pleased you had a nice stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Sep 2021

  • "Longer walk to beach then expected."

    Lovely little site. Chalet tiny but comfortable. Fab garden. Dog enjoyed it! Thanks for the welcome pack, lovely idea. Would have liked some literature about locality/bus routes/ in the chalet. We were lucky with 'neighbour's ' during the week. Great people staying on the patch made it fun. Dad enjoyed it and that was the idea!

    Reviewed by Maryanne4.7Aug 2021

  • "Enjoyed our few days away in comfortable and clean accommodation."

    Would recommend this as a base to explore the area.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Aug 2021

  • "The front door is frosted glass, but has no curtain."

    So at night does m Sje you feel slightly apprehensive coming/going between bathroom and bedroom.

    Reviewed by Steven4.4Jul 2021

  • "This is a BEAUTIFUL, very well equipped holiday chalet."

    We absolutely loved our stay. For us, the garden really 'made it' - it's really pretty and well kept. It is totally secure so our little terrier could potter around freely. Neighbours are lovely & know lots about the area. The beds are the most comfortable we've ever slept in. The welcome food package was so kind & made things so much easier for us after a long journey. THANK YOU!

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Jul 2021

  • "The chalet was smaller than it looked in the pictures but for two people it was perfect with a nice garden and very quiet."

    ..........enjoyed stay

    Reviewed by James4.4Jul 2021

  • "Nice little chalet."

    Great safe space for the dog. Welcome pack appreciated. Would return.

    Reviewed by Belinda4.1Oct 2020

  • "Sadly we only stayed from arriving Friday evening until Sunday afternoon, as our dog just would not settle."

    The accommodation was spotless and although very small was adequate for us as adults; however we do have a very large dog and she was unhappy at this place. From reading about the venue we thought there was a high secure fence all the way, or at least part the way around the premises, where we could let the dog roam on her own. Only the rear fence was high, with the remainder being probably the same height as her. Consequently we were never able to let her off her lead at any time; for people with very small dogs it would be adequate and very pleasant indeed. As said the interior was very modern and extremely clean and had every thing you would need, so for us no problem at all. They say that dogs rule your life and certainly in this instance it happened, in fact she started to become unwell and as a rescue from a charity we were not going to take any chances. So it was entirely our decision and as regretful as it was it had to be made.

    Reviewed by Colin4.1Jul 2019

  • "The lodge is adequate with a large shower & secure garden to keep dogs & children in."

    There have been a few additions to the lodge to that advertised including a freezer & microwave oven. Other welcome touches where tea, coffee, breakfast cereals & condiments.

    Reviewed by Maurice3.8Jul 2019

  • "Listing show that there was a bath and dvd player but there was only a shower and no dvd"

    Reviewed by James3.8May 2019

  • "Being semi-disabled it was close to the car park, on arrival we had trouble with the hot water, but was resolved after a phone call, unfortunately the toilet seat and toilet roll holder were broken and one of the heaters did not work, but as the weather was good the two that worked was adequate."

    The secure garden was good for the dog.

    Reviewed by Wendy3.1Oct 2018

  • "Very good place to have a holiday with your family,everything you see on the website is there"

    Reviewed by Eric5.0Aug 2018

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  • Ground-floor accommodation
  • Two bedroom chalet: 2 x double
  • Bathroom with shower cubicle, WC and basin
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Electric heating
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, washing machine, TV with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Shared off-road parking
  • Lawned garden with furniture
  • One well-behaved pet allowed
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: This property is situated on a holiday park

The property

A cosy chalet situated on a welcoming holiday park in the town of Dovercourt on the Essex coast, Resthaven is the ideal place to stay for families wanting to enjoy a seaside holiday or to explore the historical area.

Set over one level, this ground floor accommodation comprises of an open-plan living space with kitchen, dining and sitting areas.

The perfect sociable space for families wanting to plot tomorrow's adventures while enjoying a tasty home-cooked meal.

Just off from this relaxing space is a family bathroom and two comfortable double bedrooms.

Outside is an enclosed lawn area that is an excellent space for the children to tire themselves out playing, while you relax in the afternoon sun.

Nearby you will find plenty of amenities within walking distance, such as shops, cafes and restaurants, both within the town of Dovercourt and adjoining Harwich.

Also within a short walk is Dovercourt Bay Beach, a long stretch of golden sand that is ideal for families and is close to the Hemford Water National Nature Reserve, home to a breeding population of seals.

Resthaven is a prime choice for families wanting to getaway and enjoy the Essex coast in a calm and tranquil setting.

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About the location


Clacton-on-Sea 15 miles; Colchester 17 miles

This historic port town sits at the mouth of the River Stour in Essex. Adjoining Dovercourt, Harwich benefits from a wide range of amenities from convenience stores to harbourside restaurants, one of which is named after the famous diarist, Samuel Pepys, who was MP for the town in 1679. It also boasts a series of fascinating architecture, a golf club and a sandy beach to keep you occupied throughout your visit. Just 15 miles away is the popular seaside town of Clacton-on-Sea, hosting a beach and a pier for a quintessentially English day by the sea. For premium shopping, head to Colchester slightly further afield, as is the idyllic Dedham Vale AONB, made famous by the artist John Constable; making this location perfect for all tastes.