Mersea Island is an idyllic location found nine miles south east of Colchester and covering seven square miles, with a glowing reputation for beautiful scenery and historic charm. Divided into East Mersea and West Mersea, the island has many features and hosts several events throughout the year that make it a tourist hot spot, but also a highly desirable place to live too. The island was very popular with the Romans who were big fans of the native oyster, still farmed to this day off the Mersea coast and famous around the world. [Essex Life]