Osea Island

About

Summary

Osea Island is a privately-owned island in the River Blackwater in Essex, and already offers around 235 bed spaces or 110 rooms across 34 individually rentable properties, all sold on a self-catering basis.  These range from small properties with two bedspaces up to larger houses offering up to 22 bedspaces.  TripAdvisor reviews are broadly positive, with guests enjoying the uniqueness of staying on an island that can only be reached across the causeway offering around 4 hours access twice a day.  Many guests describe the style as “shabby chic” and the product is aimed at those enjoying the outdoors, tranquillity, and exploring the island and beyond.  Aside from the obvious dangers of the water, it is an ideal, safe, destination for families with children.

Acorn was  engaged to undertake a needs assessment for the development of additional self-catering accommodation units in the south-western area of Osea Island as part of a planning application.  This included an assessment of the strategic context of the development within Maldon District and the wider county of Essex, taking into consideration existing accommodation in the District, connections with other tourism attractions and destinations, as well sustainable activities and modes of transport such as walking and cycling.

Our Approach

To undertake the needs assessment for the development of self-catering accommodation on Osea Island we carried out the following activities:

  • Site and local area inspection
  • Review and assessment of the local strategic context
  • Appraisal of supply and demand for accommodation in the local area
  • Review of local attractions and activities
  • Evaluation of rural tourism market trends and self-catering accommodation
  • Economic Evaluation

Outcome

The findings of the study are only available for our Client, however they showed a highly positive development potential.  Notably, a review of the strategic context showed that both the county of Essex and Maldon District had a very tourism-positive outlook.  Moreover, the Essex County Council Organisation Strategy (2017-2021) identified economic inactivity in Maldon as being particularly high (25.1%) compared to Essex as a whole (19.8%); tourism is an employment-intensive industry, which could positively address this situation.  

Directions

Projects Nearby

  1. Visit Kent and Visit Essex needed to determine the unique identity and core values of…

  2. Review of the tourism information centre network in Kent with the aim of making…

  3. Reculver Country Park needed a Masterplan to rejuvenate the once thriving destination.…

  1. Visitor survey to determine the future potential of sustainable tourism in the Downs and…

  2. This study of the visiting friends and relatives (VFR) market in the four Boroughs of…

  3. Thanet's 17 beaches are its greatest tourist asset. This strategic action plan produced a…

  4. Study to evaluate the business tourism product that existed across the four North London…

  5. Visit Greenwich is the Royal Borough of Greenwich Destination Management Company tasked…

  6. Abney Park is one of London’s Magnificent Seven Cemeteries. Visitor surveys, stakeholder…

  7. English Heritage required a Conservation Plan for Eltham Palace and Gardens. Acorn…

  8. This award-winning Masterplan and Business Plan for the development of a visitor facility…

  9. A Vision for Kent's Coast was developed, within a wider strategy for Kent's coast,…

  10. An audit and analysis of the signage and potential development assets along the Kent…

  11. An assessment was made of the value added, to the City, wider London and the UK, of…

  12. In depth research and field work was used to advise on a business and marketing plan for…

  13. Annual survey undertaken since 2014 to execute a face-to-face questionnaire with visitors…

Previous Next

Osea Island Accommodation Needs Assessment

Client:

Osea Island,

Location:

Osea Island, United Kingdom
Osea Island

Contact us

3 Woodland Enterprise Centre, Hastings Road,
Flimwell, East Sussex, TN5 7PR, UK

+44 (0) 1580 879970

contact@acorntourism.co.uk