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An enchanting group experience that combines puzzle-solving adventure with an exclusive boutique hotel stay in Essex.

Celebrating something special?

If you've got a group of your favourite friends, family or colleagues in tow, you're going to need something more unique and memorable than the average break.

The Clockwork Hotel, enticingly secluded in the Essex yachting capital of Burnham-on-Crouch, offers just that.  
After all, where else can you arrive to a welcome glass of evening bubbles, then take part in a puzzle-solving, Crystal Maze-style group adventure...before settling down to a sumptuous three-course meal, signature cocktails, spa comforts, and cosy beds?

Your starting mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find the keys that will unlock your private hotel - against the ever-ticking clock. Unravel challenges, discover secrets, and take a peek around the rooms, working together as a crack team. We promise there'll be plenty of giggles, groans, and heart-stopping moments as the clock counts you down.

(Don't worry - you'll still get to stay if you don't find those keys, but there's a fantastic surprise to be won if you do!)

Enjoy a private chef-created, three-course dinner straight afterwards, during which you can laugh, reconnect, and dissect that challenge strategy to your hearts' content.

With eleven elegant king, twin and double bedrooms to choose from, the hotel sleeps up to 22 people in exclusive boutique comfort. As if that wasn't enough, there's a living room with Smart TV and a crackling fireplace, plus a spa area with bubbling hot tub and sauna.  

Not forgetting, of course, that fully-stocked cocktail bar, complete with your own personal bartender. With no closing time, it's just the ticket after all that hard work!

There's a well-equipped kitchen for you to whip up breakfast in the morning - in fact, why not opt for the breakfast hamper package, bursting with everything you need for a hearty fry-up? If you'd prefer someone else to take care of the cooking, there's a café within an easy 20 minute stroll.

Whether you completed that challenge, or consoled yourselves with extra cocktails, you're certain to leave with huge smiles on your faces. Memories, reconnections, and perhaps even new friends made, a stay at the Clockwork Hotel is timelessly unique.

Things to note

The experience starts at 7pm, so you are advised to arrive at 6:30pm, upon arrival you'll receive a welcome drink and will store your belongings in the luggage storage area. The activities require moving between rooms and up/down stairs so dress appropriately (no high heels/bare feet!).  A prize is offered if the challenges are completed in time. Checkout is midday. Unfortunately the hotel is not wheelchair accessible.

Prices start from £110 per person per night midweek (Sun-Thurs) and from £135 per person per night at weekends (Fri-Sat).

Tried and tested

"A great evening! Fantastic concept and a great activity for team bonding. The staff couldn't have been nicer, the facilities were fantastic and the challenges were just brilliant. We would hand down recommend The Clockwork Hotel to anyone looking to hold a team bonding activity with their employees. Thanks for having us!"

"An amazing place! Had a very special surprise 40th! Never been to anything like this and absolutely loved it! Thank you for making my birthday so memorable. Hotel was spotless, staff went above and beyond to help. Thank you."

"WOW what can I say... From start to finish this was a bloody fantastic experience. Great concept, welcoming and extremely helpful staff. The food was delicious, rooms were spotless and comfortable. I can honestly say it exceeded my expectations and I would highly recommend a stay at the Clockwork Hotel!"

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The basics

Region: Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex
Cost (from): £110 pppn (midweek)
Sleeps: Up to 22
Bedrooms: 11
Bathrooms: 10
Minimum stay: 1 night
Property ref: 1039

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Sleeps up to 22 across 11 bedrooms, a mix of twin, double and king bedrooms, most with ensuite bathrooms except 2 with shared bathroom facilities, spa, hot tub, sauna, bar, fully equipped kitchen, living room, Smart TV.

Local activities

Steam railway, wetlands & islands, museums, cycling, horse riding, birdwatching, cinema, sailing.

At a glance

  • Combined hotel and puzzle-solving experience, sleeping up to 22 people on an exclusive-use basis. Located in Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex.
  • Enjoy a glass of bubbles on arrival, before taking on an hour-long Crystal Maze-style challenge as a team. Your mission is to find the keys that unlock your private hotel!
  • You will be served a three-course meal afterwards, with sole use of the hotel's cocktail bar, spa area and sauna. Towels and toiletries are provided.
  • There is a well-equipped kitchen for you to prepare your own breakfast. Bring your own food, or arrange a breakfast hamper. There is also a café within 20 minutes' walk.
  • Please note that the hotel and experience is not suited to those with restricted mobility. Bring flat shoes or trainers to take part in the challenge - you'll be moving around a lot!

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