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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Wake in comfort to the sound of the sea, explore the misty brooding Romney Marsh and discover a landscape full of myth's and legends, surrounded by the haunting loneliness of Romney Mash and the vast stretch of historic coast.
Built in this secluded spot, to help guard against smuggling and invasion, these beautiful renovated coastguard cottage's are the perfect location for a holiday away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Coastguards Lantern is a recently renovated Coastguards Cottage at Jury's Gap, right beside the sea and not far from the village of Camber. Here you are surrounded by views in every direction – marshland designated an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) to one side and the sea to the other. This location is the perfect getaway with only your close neighbors for company and yet you are only a few minutes' drive to the medieval Cinque Port town of Rye. Coastguards Lantern is within easy reach of local amenities including shops and many excellent pubs and restaurants for your holiday eating out.
Coastguards Lantern is a contemporary cottage with modern comforts within a modified traditional coastguards cottage. As soon as you step inside you'll notice the huge amount of care and attention that has been given in the renovation from its former 1875 life as a Coastguards property to a cosy holiday cottage with log burner, comfortable lounge and modern kitchen – the perfect place for some well-earned R&R away from the monotonous grind of everyday life!
The newly equipped open plan kitchen/dining room in Coastguards Lantern has everything you'll need to prepare lovely meals for your friends and family including a beautiful Range cooker, Nespresso Coffee Machine, breakfast bar and farm house style dining table where you can relax and enjoy home cooked locally sourced food – why not visit Rye and buy locally caught seafood fresh from the boat or some Romney marsh lamb from the local butchers? Beside The Sea Holidays will be more than happy to recommend our favourites!
You'll love the comfortable lounge where you can cosy on down on the comfy sofas and enjoy watching the flames dance in the log burning stove that is the centre piece of this lovely space where you can enjoy the company of your friends and family, or relax and enjoy your own company with a good book!
Upstairs you'll find a stunning modern bathroom with a hidden secret, a customised bath set high enough for you to be able to fully enjoy the views of the sea whilst you relax amongst the bubbles and wind away the stresses of everyday life with – dare we say, a glass of wine as your accompaniment… How perfect is that?
The large, comfortable master bedroom has a super king sized bed and un-spoilt views over the sheep studded marsh where the local smugglers plied their trade in years gone by.
The second bedroom has two 3ft beds. With the stunning view of the sea and a small flat screen TV with integrated dvd player, just in case you ever tire of watching the waves and sunset!
The cottage has a decked south-facing and quiet garden, the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring one of the many historical sites or taking a hike along one of the areas many a coastal path or marshland walks.
It is fair to say that Coastguards Lantern is the perfect holiday cottage to relax and unwind in and do as much or as little as you want and only the crackle of the fire and the crash of the waves to disturb you!
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The East Sussex region
1066 country, the corner of East Sussex where a monumental battle famously reshaped the nation, boasts a classically beautiful English landscape infused with an epic sense of history.
What is 1066 Country?
A landscape of moated castles, steam railways, picturesque seaside towns and steep-cobbled streets, this is 1066 country. Scenes overlayed through the passing centuries that today survive in composite to create the archetypal image of England. An England which, hundreds of years ago, had its fate decided here in this beautiful coastal pocket of East Sussex, where an Norman invasion force successfully landed on these shores and won a famous victory, forging a new nation and forever changed the course of this countries history.
In 1066 Country you're surrounded by countryside and coastal reaches so abundant with the historical evidence of the past thousand years, it's impossible to imagine how this country may have evolved had Harold Godwinson, later to become Harold II, the last Anglo-Saxon king, won the battle of Hastings on the 14 October 1066, a date since etched into the national consciousness. As it was, the day and the crown belonged to William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy.
1066 Country Today
Thankfully 1066 country today, ringing with the history of events born from perceived betrayals and false promises, never disappoints its guests. 1066 country offers its visitors a countless array of famous historical sites and crumbling fairytale ruins of ancient castles. Immaculate country houses set in magnificent gardens are scattered across a backdrop of rolling fields dotted with sheep and woodlands intersected with steep-banked lanes that weave their way through tiny hamlets and charming villages. To the south lies the region's coast, encompassing the towns of Bexhill, Hastings and England's prettiest town, Rye, cradled to the west by the chalky bolster of the South Downs. This is soon to become a national park and bracing walks along gorse-lined ridges provide sweeping sea views to rival those of the raptors riding lazy circles in the thermals above.
1066 Country Coast
It's easy to lose hours roaming around the many picturesque 1066 country towns such as Rye. However, when the hill climbing finally takes its toll the perfect antidote lies just a couple of miles away to the edge of 1066 country at the majestic Camber Sands. Here the cobbles and shingle that define the beaches of the south-east coast finally give way to a beautiful broad tract of unspoilt sandy beach and sheltering dunes.
Beguiling as the 1066 country coast may be, neither the region's beauty or its history diminishes as you journey inland. While Rye may have had its adopted son in Henry James, one of 1066 country's most passionately patriotic literary exponents also made his home in the countryside of this special part of East Sussex, where he composed this most appropriate piece of poetry:
England's on the anvil – hear the hammers ring –
Clanging from the Severn to the Tyne!
Never was a blacksmith like our Norman King,
England's being hammered, hammered, hammered into line
So goes the first verse of The Anvil, a poem in praise of the forging of a unified English nation under William The Conqueror, written by an author born nearly 800 years later, in 1865 – Rudyard Kipling. His family home of Bateman's, situated here in 1066 country, just outside the delightful village of Burwash, is now owned by the National Trust and remains the essence of the pastoral idyll safely hidden at the heart of the Empire.
Countryside and Castles, 1066 Country
The perfect solution to enjoying the countryside at the heart of 1066 country, in a manner that Kipling would surely have approved, is a journey on the Kent and Sussex Steam Railway. As the country's finest example of a light rural railway, you can even dine during your journey in restored Pullman Cars, drinking in the view through the puff of steam as the line travels through the unspoilt Rother Valley to terminate at Bodiam, the location of one of England's famous 'fairytale' castles. Bodiam Castle, with its beautifully preserved and spectacularly turreted quadrangular walls, built in 1385 rising from it's broad moat, provides an image that has become the personification of an English medieval castle.
Another spectacular 1066 country moated castle can be found at Herstmonceux, situated north west of Hastings. Constructed in 1441, Herstmonceux Castle became the temporary home to the Royal Greenwich Observatory shortly after the Second World War in a bid to avoid London's increasing light pollution. The observatory moved again, this time to Cambridge in 1990, yet the legacy of its six working telescopes survives, with three still open for guided evening observations.
With the telescope such as the one housed at Herstmonceux, you wonder if King Harold would have been able to see what was in store for this island, long before that fateful arrow struck its mortal blow. But it is impossible to imagine how different 1066 Country would have been, had the tables been so easily turned on that monumental day.
One thing, however, that would doubtless have remained the same is the timeless beauty of the 1066 country landscape – but whether 1066 country would still contain one of its most recent Gallic-influenced attractions, the profusion of small award wining vineyards that have sprung up in recent years among the hop fields, we can only guess.
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2 Jun 2014
"Pretty Much Perfect"
We had a lovely time at Coastguard's Lantern with our four year old twins. The cottage is very stylishly furnished and extremely well equipped. Lots of thoughtful extras like a picnic bag, beach … More
24 Apr 2014
"Easter in E Sussex"
We had excellent weather during our stay Coastguard's Lantern. The bread, butter, milk and choccy biscuits were much appreciated. We made use of the BBQ most nights before settling down to watch… More
12 Dec 2013
"Lovely beach side cottage"
Beautiful cottage tastefully furnished well equipped right by the beach. Lovely small garden for a BBQ in the summer and a log burner for cosy nights in
17 Sep 2013
"Superb Holiday Cottage"
A lovely cosy seaside cottage, very well equipped, clean comfortable and tastefully furnished. If you like long walks along the beach or a lovely picnic this is the perfect place to stay, it is quite… More
16 Sep 2013
We have just returned from a wonderful 2 night stay at Coastguards Lantern. The cottage is really lovely, tastefully decorated and cosy. The log burning stove was great especially when the weather out… More
13 Sep 2013
"Lovely cottage, great views, beautiful sceanery."
Jan & I had a lovely peaceful stay. Alfie (our dog) loved it. Wish we were still there. Great walks for dog owners. Beach is on your doorstep.… More
24 Jul 2013
"Beautiful, tasteful, coastal retreat"
The web site made the whole booking experience very easy, the photos of the property were very accurate. The cottage itself was beautifully decorated and kitted out, and quite secluded, but within easy distance of local facilities and towns. I was looking for a place where I could walk the dogs, read, watch DVD's and generally have me time! this was perfect. It was advertised as being three minutes walk from the beach, which it was, many long and beautiful walks on the beach when the tide is out. Lovely part of the world, would highly recommend, and will certainly be going back.
10 Jul 2013
"The property had everything we needed"
We had a fantastic stay here, the property had everything we needed and thought the welcome goodies were a nice touch that we was not expecting.
Thank you Richard for all the help on places to visit, especially the local walks which would have missed out on.
3 Jul 2013
"Enjoyed the cottage and facilities very much"
I pleasantly surprised to find food items left at the cottage for our use as well as other useful items to be used on the beach.The master bedroom was lovely and comfortable. We enjoyed the selection … More
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