Beach Sun Retreat
Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
As featured in the Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2011/nov/25/quirky-sunshine-beach-retreat-kent, Beach Sun Retreat uniquely offers the 'perfect beach and summer holiday' with guaranteed sunbathing 365 days a year! Occupying the ground floor of this former hotel, the property has been refurbished to an exceptional standard to provide a stylish, one off and spacious holiday retreat, nestled in a quiet location at the end of a private road, with a large lawned garden and direct access to the sandy beach.
The retreat is one of the first in the country, alongside The Wholistic Medical Centre in Harley Street and Grange St Pauls 5* Hotel, to have installed 'Real Sunlight's' innovative health-giving sun simulators (www.realsunlight.co.uk). The sun room is part of the St Tropez-style large living area and provides a multisensory tropical haven where guests can top up their tan and feel fabulous since it is beneficial against a whole host of health conditions such as SAD, stress, arthritis, skin problems, sleeping disorders, Vitamin D deficiency and so on.
Whether it is enjoying playing celebrity chef with the 7+hob range cooker, spinning the high end vinyl decks as a superstar DJ, or relaxing in front of a great movie in the authentic cinema room featuring a 3D TV, velvet cinema seats and popcorn machine, guests will have a great time in this house!
For an excellent night's sleep, fully unwind in the boutique-style individually-designed en-suite bedrooms featuring king size high quality beds, hand carved marble fireplaces and sumptuous linen and towels.
For those that can bear to leave the house, it is an ideal base to enjoy Kent's many attractions. Sandy beaches, rolling countryside, picturesque villages, historic Canterbury, port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel are all within easy reach. The upper floors are unoccupied so visitors will have sole occupancy of the house and garden. Shop and pub within 500 yards.
For more information please visit www.beachsunretreat.com
Recently featured in the Guardian as one of the top unique places to stay in the UK (http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2011/aug/12/unusual-eccentric-places-stay-britain)
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Dymchurch 1 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Lydd Airport 15 km, Nearest railway: Westenhanger 8 km|
|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||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
Entrance/ Reception area with Baroque large mirror, grand chandeliers and solid oak floors
Spacious living/dining room 'St Tropez' style with french doors opening to illuminated tropical garden.
Cinema room with 3D TV, DVD/Blu-Ray collection and popcorn maker.
Large commercial quality kitchen with gas range (for cooking), Maytag fridge freezer with ice maker, dishwasher and large grill.
Real Sunlight multi sensory safe sunbathing room.
Utility room with 10kg washing machine.
Luxurious communal toilets.
Three steps up to two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed, hand carved marble fireplace and oak floor; one with en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, separate double shower cubicle and toilet, one with en-suite wet room with toilet. Single bedroom with adjustable bed. Storage room with extra wardrobe, spare bed and baby cot
|Further details outdoors|
House is situated at end of quiet private road with large lawn, large well stocked pond with Koi and gold fish, lots of parking, garden dining table and chairs, barbeque, direct beach access
The South East England region
From Dover’s white cliffs to the historic and magnificent Canterbury cathedral to the new £18m Turner Gallery in Margate, there’s so much to see and do in the garden of England. You can shop on cobbled streets in Rye perched on a hill with a medieval church, beautifully preserved historic houses and a range of fine dining, experience safari adventures at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, taste wines and ciders at Biddenden Vineyards, family fun at the Hop Farm family park, admire brightly-colored orchards and beautiful countryside driving through Kent’s many little picture card villages, as well as visit impressive Bodiam and Leeds Castle for something a little more grand.
There are more stately homes, castles and gardens in Kent and the surrounding area than in any other part of the UK. And if that isn’t enough, you can always pop over to France for lunch, which is only an hour away door to door with the Eurotunnel terminal only 7 miles away!
The neighboring historic Cinque Port town of Hythe has a lovely high street with plenty of antique and small shops, restaurants as well as an antiques market at the Malt House . For antiques, good quality shopping, fine restaurants and a relaxing day out head to the historic spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells. Folkestone’s Creative Quarter is a hive of arty activity with galleries galore. Strollers will enjoy the mile-long Folkstone Leas promenade that overlooks the ocean, perhaps ending with dinner at the Grand Hotel . For something a little different, Dungeness Nature Reserve is a fascinating place with fishermen’s huts and the largest expanse of shingle in Europe - a haven for wildlife spotters. The local RHDR Railway is a 15" gauge main-line in miniature, built in 1927 with operating steam and diesel hauled trains - you can even drive it yourself!
For rainy days and retail therapy, Ashford has a large outlet centre next to the International train station featuring shops like Ralph Lauren, Musto, Ted Baker, Henri Lloyd, Lacoste, Clarks, Benetton and Tommy Hilfiger .
There are several golf courses nearby such as Littlestone Warren (British open qualify rounds), Lydd , Hythe Imperial or Sene Valley
Dymchurch is a small village situated on the coast in between Hythe and New Romney. It has a fantastic beach, a childrens fairground, some shops, pubs and restaurants.
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5 Apr 2014
This place is absolutely fantastic! From the moment you walk through the door, it's easy to see the entire place has been renovated to an extremely high level. The décor was so quirky and it had such a cool vibe. It was also a lot bigger than I expected. The bedrooms are of a good size, with the ensuite bathrooms uber luxurious. I had two of the best nights sleep of my life there as the beds were incredible! Everywhere was also absolutely spotless too. If you think the pictures on the website make it look good, it is even better when you get there.
The staff I spoke with were so helpful, from initial booking of the rental, to checking in and explaining all of the equipment, to making sure we had all the essentials in the kitchen stocked up, just things like milk, pasta, bread, tea, coffee, dishwasher tablets etc. They had really thought of everything and tried to make our stay as comfortable as possible.
The location is ideal, literally only a few steps from the beach. It's only a few minutes walk into the town where there are a few shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants, everything you'd need for a few days by the sea.
I travelled with 5 friends as part of a surprise birthday weekend away, and it was absolutely ideal. I can not recommend this place enough to host a party or an event of any kind. Equally, it would suit families wanting a week holiday in the UK, and with the sun room, it doesn't even matter if it's raining outside!
4 Apr 2014
"Even better than we had imagined- amazing holiday house!!"
I stayed in this house from the 28th-31st march with a group of seven ladies for a hen weekend.
Although the website for this house looked great I was still a little apprehensive that it wouldn't quite look the same when we got there, But as soon as I stepped into the house I knew I had nothing to worry about...the house was amazing...so much better than I had imagined. We definitely felt like we were living in luxury for the weekend. From the elegant hallway as you walk in to the boudoir bedrooms and the spacious and modern living area. everything was perfect. All the rooms are spacious and at no point did we feel like we were living on top of one another.
One of the best parts of the house is definitely the sun room. It felt like we were on a beach a million miles from England. You can choose your setting, whether you want to be in Miami, Mauritius or Bali, and the DJ decks and sound system made you feel like you were on a party island somewhere.
We also made use of the cinema on the last evening and chose from a variety of DVDs that were left at the house. The actual television screen isn't massive but it was fine for what we needed. The kitchen had all we needed and more, we didn't cook any meals in the house but it certainly has everything you would need if you wanted to.
The house is on the beach front and we were lucky enough to have some sunshine so enjoyed a walk along the beach to the amusements. They're very cheesy as some sea side towns are but we had a lot of fun.
We also found a lovely tea room called Mary's which is just on the right hand side as you come out of the street. I would definitely recommend popping in for tea and cake!!
There's a fish and chip shop, Indian and Chinese in the town....walking distance or two minutes in the car. We only used the Chinese and it was lovely so again I'd recommend if you fancy a take away.
On the Saturday night we got a taxi into Maidstone and had an amazing night out!! It's definitely worth going if your looking for bars and clubs.
The mercury spa is lovely and only 15 minutes away, we spent a day there and came away feeling very relaxed.
The only thing that I would say if that in one of the master bedrooms there is a lovely jacuzzi bath, but it takes a very long time to fill it up, So if you plan on using it start early! But if that's the only thing I picked up on over the whole weekend then I don't think that's bad.
I couldn't recommend this house to you any more, it's just fantastic. My friend certainly had a hen weekend she will never forget!!
I will definitely be recommending the Beach Sun Retreat to friends and family and would love to come back again in the future! :)
Thanks Stephanie for your superb review. We are thrilled you girls had a great time on our "party island" and would love to welcome you back next time you feel like some fun or indeed a little R&R :)
3 Apr 2014
"Addition to my London memories"
My friends organized my leaving-do here over the weekend before I left London. This place was an incredible selection for our get together - the beach like bright ambience, the lightening, DJ system (… More
Thanks so much Jay. We were thrilled to receive your review. The house is indeed magical and a great place to spend time with friends and family. Good luck on your travels and hopefully we can welcome you back another time.
6 Feb 2014
I was there for my hen do with 7 other girls. Despite the horrible weather, we had an amazing time at the villa. The trip & the weather was all worth it. We made use of all the rooms- The sun room, ci… More
Thanks so much for your wonderful review. So pleased to hear you had a great time and that the house worked well as a backdrop for such an important occasion! Hope the wedding goes well. We'd love to welcome you back another time.
19 Jun 2013
"A big surprise - different - well worth a trip!"
This fabulously furnished house very much enhanced our family get-together. Plenty of space in the living areas, meant we could all pursue our different hobbies without being on top of each other. Best of course is the sun room where we girls chilled out while the guys were creating a fab meal in the well equipped kitchen.
Big thank you for letting us share your beautiful home.
Family time is special time. So pleased you and yours enjoyed our sunny retreat - sunshine 24/7/365!
11 Jun 2013
"Quirky With Bags Of Potential Still To Be Realised"
My family of five including three daughters of 18, 15 & 13 had a very enjoyable stay at the Beach Sun Retreat over the May Bank Holiday weekend (second one for 3 nights). We all loved the Beach area a… More
Mike, so glad you and your family enjoyed your stay in our sunny retreat. How lucky to be able to enjoy sunshine inside and out! But whatever the weather outdoors, we can always guarantee sunshine 24/7/365!
3 Jun 2013
"AMAZING PLACE! Unique, eccentric and perfect getaway for friends"
Me and my girlfriends came here from East London for a weekend away and had a total blast! The decks and the sound system is amazing and the main beack area is a hoot! The kitchen is really well equipped for a party of six and is a perfect setting for big meals, great chats and a spot of dancing! Moreover you're right by the real sea too and although it's not the MOST pituresque of towns, Dimchurch has access to a cute model railways and lots of nearby pubs. My advice is get the food delivered and spend all weekend just lounging about and eating and drinking too much as well as reap the soothing rewards of the indoor beach!
So pleased you East London girls enjoyed your stay. Our sunny retreat is the perfect place for good times with friends & family!
7 May 2013
"Amazing, extravagant, unique, fun haven by the sea"
We stayed here at the beginning of September last year for 1 week, we are a couple but our son, daughter-in-law & two grandsons (7 & 4) came to stay for 2 days and didn't want to leave & neither … More
Thanks so much for your wonderful review. We are thrilled and hope you'll come back soon for more Midnight Sunbathing in our Disco!
7 Apr 2013
"A Miami bubble in freezing Dymchurch"
An ideal UK retreat during the winter months or a chilly spring. Although it was bitterly cold outside, the house was a haven for a visiting family of a wide range of ages, all of which enjoyed themselves. From the cinema & its huge range of films, to the DJ decks & fabulous sun area and onto the high spec kitchen with all its gadgets. All the more relaxing in the Miami sun whilst snow was threatening in the pretty garden. As the sea wall & beach is just a staircase away from the house, I would definitely return to the retreat during the summer months particularly when the upper level of the house is open, as the panoramic views of the coastline would be great. Thanks to Karl & his team for their hospitality.
29 Mar 2013
I rented Beach Sun Retreat for a 40th celebration, and can't put into words what an amazing place it is. You will be truly surprised at the quirkiness, high quality and attention to detail in t… More
We were thrilled to receive your review and such amazingly positive comments. Thank you so so much. Please come back and visit soon - sunshine 24/7/365 at The Beach Sun Retreat!
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