A unique opportunity to purchase an emerging leisure development on Mersea Island

04 Jul 24

On the market with our Water & Leisure team, Mersea Boating Lake is an evolving leisure facility on the banks of the River Blackwater, encompassing a 6.5 acre saltwater boating lake, aqua park, café and a private beach.

Set in over 26 acres, Mersea Boating Lake offers a multitude of fun activities, from open water swimming and sailing, to paddle boarding, kayaking and canoeing, along with a twenty piece Aquaglide inflatable which was installed in 2021.

The boating lake was built in 2019 specifically for water sports and is entirely enclosed and non-tidal, with a consistent layout and 1.5m depth, surrounded by astroturf for easy access.  There is a further tidal lake of approximately 7 acres with planning permission which is currently undeveloped.  Mersea Boating Lake benefits from around 1.7 acres of private sandy beaches and dunes, with 200m of frontage offering breathtaking views of the Blackwater Estuary.

Opened in 2020, this relatively new facility has experienced a surge in popularity, even being nominated as a finalist in the East of England Tourism Awards 22/23.  Along with an equipment store, the site also features Lake House Café, a lakeside building with an external timber decking area and changing room facilities.


Located just a mile from the prosperous town of West Mersea and nine miles from the city of Colchester, Mersea Island is a popular tourist destination, drawing in thousands of people each year.  Famed for its rich maritime history and array of seafood establishments, there are a number of glamping, camping and caravan sites nearby, as well as the iconic rows of brightly coloured beach huts.

The business generates income through a combination of individual and group bookings, lessons, equipment hire and café sales.  There is significant scope for expansion with a secondary tidal lake and development of ancillary activities.

Mersea Boating Lake is on the market for offers in excess of £500,000.  For further information or to arrange a viewing, please contact Tom Good MRICS on 01206 216555 or email [email protected].

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