A great starting point for your holiday
Whether you're looking for relaxation or adventure, MoJo Houseboat Bed and Breakfast in West Mersea is an ideal place to stay. You can relax and enjoy island life or spend some time on sightseeing trips in the local area. You'll also find all the peace and quiet you need to escape from the usual pressures of life.
The benefits of our location at a glance
- Mersea Island has many things to offer the visitor, and is an ideal location for exploring the surrounding area. Colchester, Maldon and Constable country are only a few miles away. West Mersea Town Council have an events diary on their website which is worth checking out. http://www.westmersea.org/index.cfm/id/event.list the town council site also has details of places to eat, things to do and a link to the tide tables.
- A few miles from the Essex University, so an ideal place to stay if visiting students.
- great choice of restaurants and eating places near by where you can sample the local oysters, enjoy some fresh seafood or some of the other local cuisine in the area.
- easy access by car, bus or train
More information on how to find us
Local Places to grab a bite to eat (all a short stroll from the houseboat)
The Art Cafe: You can be sure of a warm welcome at this local cafe in the village, near the Church and just a short walk from the houseboat. Serving fine teas and coffee, home made cakes and excellent freshly prepared hot food during the day. Local artists work on display and for sale in this homely and relaxing setting.
The Coast Inn: Open every day for morning coffee, lunch and evening meals, licenced bar, welcoming dining area and outside seating. Just a short stroll along the road from the houseboat. Gallery area with work from local artists for sale. www.thecoastinn.co.uk Tel: 01206 383568
The Company Shed: Relaxed eatery where you can sample the local world famous oysters, seafood platters and more, now licenced, but customers should bring their own bread and wine if you wish. A variety of seafood on sale to take away and prepare at home. Only open during the day, no booking, just turn up and wait. A favourite with many foodie writers and chefs. Just a few minutes walk along the road from the houseboat. www.thecompanyshed.co/ Tel : 01206 382700
West Mersea Oyster Bar: Fresh fish and quality seafood to eat in or take away. Licenced venue serving hot food from noon every day, with inside tables and outside seating overlooking the estuary for fine weather. Check our the website for opening times as these vary depending on the time of year. A short stroll along the road from the houseboat. www.westmerseaoysterbar.co.uk Tel: 01206 381600
The Victory Public House: Local pub with views of the waterfront, Oyster sheds and Victory Hard and boat yard. Large Garden and restaurant with varied menu, check their website for restaurant opening times. Real Ales available. www.victoryatmersea.com 01206 382907
Details of other local restaurants, bars and takeaways will be provided in the guest sitting room on the houseboat and can also be found on the mersea town council web site www.westmersea.org
The Little Beach Hut Company
If you want to hire a beach hut for the day or the week; organise a small party or just afternoon tea on the beachfront at a beach hut, these are the people to organise it for you. Check out their website for more information http://www.thelittlebeachhutcompany.co.uk/
West Mersea Surge Tide - December 2013
Many of our guests are interested to hear about the surge tide and the flooding on Mersea that took place during the Winter in 2013. Here is a link to a local website with pictures and text about that night. Luckily, The Mojo floated gently in the highest tide we have ever seen since living on Mersea for about 37 years.
Picture gallery: things to see in the region
Colchester Castle is a largely complete example of a Norman Castle, building started in 1069 and was completed in 1100. Built on the foundations (or the podium) of the earlier Roman temple of Claudius (built between AD 54–60). More information on the wikipedia website where this photograph originated. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colchester_Castle
Colchester Zoo is now one of the finest Zoos in Europe due to a constant programme of development and has won the coveted Large Visitor Attraction of the Year” Award and the “Sustainable Tourism
Award” for its efforts in recycling and green practices from the East of England Tourist Board.
With over 270 species to see, set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes, Colchester Zoo is well worth a visit. There are over 40 daily displays, an undercover soft play area, 4 adventure play areas, The Lost Madagascar Express road train and much more!
The Museum at West Mersea is an independent Museum established in 1976. Located centrally in the village, the museum houses a great collection of items that reflect the history and the life of the Island. There are regular exhibitions and events taking place, in addition to a number of publications including the history of the Seahorse which was the boat we bought and replaced with the MoJo; follow the link to see what is going on during the year. http://www.merseamuseum.org.uk/index.php
MoJo Houseboat Bed and Breakfast
Telephone: 01206 382308
Mobile: 07796 271773
All major Credit Cards and Bank Debit cards accepted.