House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Driftwood has been attractively enlarged and refurbished, with the incorporation of reclaimed oak beams from the former sea defences. It is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the beach (shingle, but sandy at low tide) and the views of the English Channel, either from the decking or from an armchair indoors, armed with a suitable beverage and a good read. More active pursuits available locally include not only swimming, country or coastal walks - don't miss Beachy Head - but also watersports, sailing and golf. There are numerous options for days out visiting local castles, houses and gardens.
Sussex is foodie heaven, with excellent local farm shops and PYOs, and you can buy a superb range of locally caught fish from shops on the beach at Eastbourne and Hastings to bring back and cook in the well appointed kitchen. Alternatively, there are some top quality restaurants and pubs nearby if you fancy eating out.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Pevensey Bay|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Gatwick 80 km, Nearest railway: Normans Bay 1.3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Further details indoors|
Inside the front door, which is accessed via an attractive courtyard garden, there is a lobby and a utility room containing a washing machine and dryer. Stairs lead up to the main floor, which has two bedrooms overlooking the garden, one with a double bed plus hand wash basin, the other with a single bed - a second single mattress and base are also provided. In addition the main floor has a bathroom with a bath/shower, hand wash basin and WC. On the same floor is a good sized kitchen and dining area with a table seating 6, a wood burning stove and two seating areas, one looking onto the beach, which is accessed through sliding doors.
A wooden spiral staircase leads to the top floor, which has a balcony overlooking the sea, a double bedroom with ensuite bathroom, and a seating area with wide screen satellite TV (including Sky Sports).
|Further details outdoors|
There is a garage with parking for 2 cars, plus space for a further 2 cars on the forecourt. The well planted courtyard garden has a wooden table and chairs and also contains a wooden bench, as well as a quickly shaped wendy house! A washing line is provided.
The South East England region
Sussex is a beautiful county, combining an attractive and sometimes dramatic coastline with lush farmland and the rolling contours of the South Downs. Its coastal location made it an appealing entry point for foreign invaders, including the Romans and, in 1066, the Normans, who were recorded in the Bayeux Tapestry as landing at Pevensey. A number of the Martello Towers built along the South Coast to repel a planned invasion by Napoleon still survive, including one just along the beach at Normans Bay.
The local climate is among the best in Britain, with plenty of sunshine and low rainfall, which helps to explain why Sussex sparkling wines, such as Ridgeview, are becoming so popular !
There is a convenience store within a few minutes walk along Coast Road, and further shops and pubs at Pevensey Bay (1.25m).
Sovereign Harbour, a major housing and leisure development built in the 1990s, is just 2.5 miles away, and offers a leisure centre with 4 swimming pools and a gym, numerous bars and restaurants, a multiplex and a retail park containing Asda, Boots etc.
Eastbourne, which is 5 miles away and can be reached by regular bus and rail services, is one of England's most attractive seaside resorts, with a well maintained pier and seafront, as well as numerous pubs and restaurants. It has 3 theatres and a cinema, and the recently built Towner Art Gallery. There are high quality specialist shops as well as all the familiar high street chains.
Bexhill, 5 miles to the East, is now best known as home of the De La Warr Pavilion, an icon of Modernist architecture on the seafront, which is an arts centre hosting exhibitions and concerts and containing an attractive bar and restaurant. If you continue along the coast for another 5 miles you will reach Hastings, with its ruined castle and charming Old Town, as well as the customary seaside attractions. At nearby Battle you can visit the site of the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Abbey.
Other local attractions include Pevensey Castle, with a Roman outer wall dating back to 293 AD and an inner castle built by the Normans, Drusilla's award-winning zoo and fun park, the medieval Herstmonceux, Lewes and Bodiam Castles, Glyndebourne Opera House, Charleston Farmhouse and Garden, Great Dixter house and garden, Bateman's (home of Rudyard Kipling), Beachy Head and Alfriston village.
Slightly further afield - 45 mins by road or 1 hour by train - are the many attractions of Brighton, including football and county cricket, and a similar distance along the coast to the east is the delightful ancient town of Rye.
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2 Jan 2014
"A quirky surprise"
We stayed here for Christmas and had a wonderful time. Driftwood provided plenty of space for our family and was well equipped with everything we needed. We had a warm and friendly welcome from Simon … More
10 May 2013
"A lovely location for a relaxing holiday"
We recently spent a week at Driftwood with our daughter, son-in-law and two small grandchildren. It is a perfect location for all age groups. The house has direct access to the beach which is a safe … More
16 Jan 2013
"Great Location, amazingly beautiful house!"
Had a wonderful stay at Driftwood over the new year. The photos don not do it justice. It is a beautiful 3 bedroom beach house. I stayed with friends, 6 in total, 3 coupls and it was easily big enough for all of us. We liked it so much one of the girls is thinking of renting it out in the summer for a girls birthday weekend.
21 Nov 2012
"Great place for wave watching"
This house on the shingle bar was very clean, had all mod cons and has delightful and friendly owners. It has wonderful for views all around- the sea at the front and levels at the rear. Bring a star gazing chart as night sky is perfect for the milky way.
Guessing how far the waves come up the shingle bank is a bit unnerving at first with a 7 m tide but this adds to the delight of a relaxing break in rural Sussex
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