House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
This contemporary 3 bedroom self catering white sand holiday cottage is only a five minute walk from the beautiful beach of Camber Sands and just a short drive from historic Rye.
Harbour Lights at White Sand is perfectly located on the East Sussex/Kent border allowing you to explore two of England's loveliest and most historic counties, East Sussex's 1066 Country and Kent's Garden of England. Being only one and a half hours from London you can also make the most of what the capital has to offer, take in a show in the West End, shop in Oxford Street or visit the many iconic sites.
Sleeps 6 people
5 min walk to beach
5 miles from Rye
New England Style Furniture
Wooden Shutters throughout
Kingsize Bed, two 3? singles, two 2'6? singles
Luxury Egyptian Cotton 300 Thread Count bedding
Anti Allergy Duvets, pillows and mattress protectors
Nespresso Coffee machine
Large outdoor deck including Rattan corner sofa, coffee table, dining table and 6 chairs
Secure Garage & Reserved Parking Space
White Sand Concierge Services representative will meet & greet you upon arrival and be available to answer any questions throughout your stay
Wi-Fi – Wireless Broadband
42? Flat Screen TV in living room with Freeview, Blueray Home cinema and i-pod docking station
Nintendo Wii with games
32? Flat Screen TV with Freeview in Master bedroom
i-pod docking station in all bedrooms
DAB Radio with i-pod docking station in Kitchen
Selection of DVDs, board games & books
Harbour Lights has been designed with a beach theme, in keeping with its location beside the sea and has been furnished to a very high standard with the walls adorned with pictures of Camber Sands taken by local photographer Clive Sawyer.
A special feature of this self catering holiday cottage in Camber Sands is the large decked patio outside, with a large rattan table and corner sofa – perfect for a relaxing barbeque or just enjoying a glass of wine after spending the day on the Camber Sands beach or visiting the many historical locations in this picture postcard corner of England.
The front door leads directly into a spacious entrance hall with wooden floorboards. There is a separate downstairs WC just inside the front door. Leading from the entrance hall is the open plan kitchen dining room with large dining table to seat 6. The kitchen at one end is newly fitted and modern with high gloss units and equipped with everything you need. Machines include electric oven, electric hob, fridge freezer, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher and Nespresso coffee machine.
The sitting room is fresh and bright with a cosy L shaped sofa, two comfy stripy chairs and a large coffee table. For guests entertainment the sitting room is complete with a flat screen TV, Blueray player and Wii games console.
Leading from the sitting room is a large gravelled garden with decking. Finished with rattan garden furniture makes this the perfect chill out space. For al fresco dining there is a contemporary charcoal barbeque/firepit.
Upstairs are three bedrooms and a separate family bathroom. The master bedroom has an ensuite shower room with shower, WC and basin. The bedroom is decorated in navy blue colours with co-ordinating cushions and luxury throw on the Kingsize bed. Two side tables with bedside lamps, i-pod docking station, fitted wardrobe, flat screen tv and beach pictures complete the scene.
The second bedroom is a twin room decorated in electric blue and white, the beds are 3? singles. There are bedside tables with lamps and i-pod docking station.
The third bedroom has two 2'6?singles and finished as bedroom two.?The family bathroom is fully tiled with bath and shower, WC, basin and towel rail.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Camber Sands|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|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
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The South East England 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stranded on a hilltop trapped centuries ago by the sea, once bustling with merchants, sailors, pirates and smugglers, Rye's quaint charm belies its dramatic history.
Whereas many towns boast a colourful story but have little evidence of it, a visit to Rye will bear testimony to its eventful past. For centuries Rye was an island with only one land connection at high tide to the mainland through the Landgate. Originally granted to the Abbey of Fécamp in Normandy in 1017, it was reclaimed by Henry III in 1247 and blossomed as a Cinque Port, vital to England's defence. As you wander about, look for landmarks like the Ypres Tower or Rye Castle, the Landgate and the Monastery.
Other buildings, such as Lamb House, (once the home of Henry James and later, E. F. Benson) in West Street are also open to the public. Don't miss the view of the surrounding marsh and the now distant sea from the top of the tower of the St. Mary's Parish Church and when you explore the churchyard, look out for the Town Water Cistern, built in 1735.
13th century storms had changed the shoreline and moved the River Rother to enter the sea at Rye, giving it a large, safe harbour. In the 14th century Rye become a Head Port of the Cinque Ports Confederation. The town's duties included helping to supply the King with ships and seamen for his Navy annually, in return for self-government, freedom from taxation and 'honours at court'. The fishing fleet can still be seen at the newly refurbished Fishing Quay and many leisure craft visit the Strand Quay. Rye survived frequent French attacks during this era, but in 1377, all but the stone buildings were burned, and the church bells stolen, in one raid. Many of the half-timbered houses now seen in the town date from the rebuilding after this event.
From the eleventh to the eighteenth century, cross-Channel smuggling was a busy activity, providing a living for hundreds of people around the south east coast. It began in earnest shortly after the Norman conquest of England in 1066, when William the Conqueror brought over thousands of his men from France. They brought with them a taste for French wine and other continental products, and these tastes soon spread among the English population.
The ancient port town of Rye would have been piratical place in the 17th and 18th centuries, with smuggling, rampant. The Inns and taverns would be full of smuggling gangs and pirates all armed to the teeth and ready to kill if challenged by the customs officials.
The prosperity of Rye depended more on smuggling than any other trade. Rye in the 18th century was dubbed the 'smuggling capital of England' it's smugglers were treated with leniency and charges were often dropped, mainly due to the towns corrupt officials who were often paid off and benefited by the service the smugglers provided.
The leaders of the infamous Hawkhurst gang, used to meet openly at Rye's, Mermaid Inn, carousing and smoking their pipes, with loaded pistols on the table before them. Their notorious reputation meant that nobody would interfere with them.
Another lucrative sideline for Rye's mariners was privateering in wartime against French and Spanish ships, this is where the King or Queen authorised attacks and capture of enemy merchant ships and split the booty.
In peacetime privateering turned to piracy. The pirates of Rye attacked both foreign and other English ships. Piracy was difficult for the Crown to stop as the 'pirates' provided much of the navy in time of war.
So when you visit Rye's ancient inn's remember this is where smugglers planned and pirates plotted.