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House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Welcome to the Sandy Retreat, the perfect Camber Sands holiday cottage for your family getaway in 1066 Country. This lovely modern family friendly holiday cottage overlooks a reed lined pond that harbours a whole host of nature and makes a lovely view from the cottage's front windows
Sleeps 8 people
Stairgate, travel cot, high chair, bed rails, night lights, plug socket protectors, selection of child friendly crockery (plastic plates/bowls & cups, Folding pushchair (from birth - 4years) & large 3 wheeler pushchair (6months to 33kgs)
3 min walk to beach
2 hair dryers
5 miles from Rye
Modern contemporary furnishing
Contemporary fireplace with flame effect electric fire
South facing fully enclosed garden
Secure garage with access from garden and off road parking
Wi-Fi - Wireless Broadband
Flat screen 37” TV
Small flat screen tv in master bedroom
Small flat screen tv with DVD player in 2nd bedroom
Wii Games console
Ipod docking station
Clock radios in all 3 bedrooms
Selection of DVDs, board games and books
Beach equipement (inc, sun umbrella, windbreak, buckets & spades and 2 folding adult chairs & 3 childrens folding chairs, Beach towels)
Stepping inside Sandy Retreat you'll feel instantly at home in it's stylish, modern, yet cosy interior.
The spacious double aspect kitchen and dinning room is light and sunny and comes fully equipped with washer/dryer, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, extractor fan, electric oven and hob, toaster and microwave. This room over looks the pond at one end and the cottage's lovely, sunny garden at the other, the perfect place to enjoy eating and socialising as a family.
The sitting room also overlooks both the pond and garden. The sitting room has two comfy sofas, large screen
TV with DVD player and an array of DVDs that will keep all of the family happy. A games console with a
selection of video games to entertain the youngsters (and the young at heart). The sitting room also hosts
a contemporary electric fireplace that adds that extra feeling of warmth and homeliness to this room, it is the perfect place to enjoy fun family time or quiet relaxation after a day on the beach.
From the sitting room, french doors lead to the partly decked fully enclosed garden complete with table and chairs and a barbeque. The south facing garden of this Camber Sands holiday cottage is the perfect place for dining Al Fresco after a day exploring the local historic sites of 1066 Country!
On the first floor you'll find three large bedrooms, that can sleep up to 8 people and a family bathroom.
The Master Bedroom is a light and airy double, with fitted wardrobes for storing all of your holiday clothes. The room has an en-suite shower room with walk-in shower, WC and wash hand basin. Also with flat screen TV.
The second bedroom also a double with a flat screen tv and DVD player overlooks the garden and is also modern and spacious.
The third bedroom is perfect for the children - which you'll notice the whole cottage is - with bunk beds and another
single bed where they can play to their hearts content in this patriotically decorated, child friendly space.
This Camber Sands cottage also has a family bathroom with bath and shower fitting and a cloakroom downstairs.
There is allocated parking behind the cottage with access to the cottage from the parking area via
the back gate, making it perfect for loading and unloading all the holiday essentials.
The Sandy Retreat is the perfect holiday cottage to enjoy a family holiday or short getaway in this stunning corner
of England. The cottage is just 3 minutes walk from the stunning Camber Sands beach and a short 4 mile drive
to the beautiful Cinque Port town of Rye. There is also many nearby places to visit during your stay, with
something to suit everyones interests.
Beside The Sea Holidays will be more than happy to help you plan where to visit during your Sandy Retreat stay.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The South East England region
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. So follow in the footsteps of the Conqueror and visit 1066 Country
Rye's rich and colourful past can be traced all the way back to Roman times when, before it was separated from the sea by marsh, the town's original location offered a safe haven in the English Channel. Before its restoration to the English Crown by Henry III in 1247, the town was under French rule and it is thought that the name of Rye originates from the Norman French 'la Rie' meaning bank.
During the Middle Ages, in recognition of its role in defence of the south coast, Rye was invested as one of the two Antient Townes of the Confederation of Cinque Ports, the other being nearby Winchelsea.
The earliest known charter dating from 1260 included the original five ports of Hastings, New Romney, Hythe, Dover and Sandwich, with Winchelsea and Rye initially offering a
support role before later becoming full members. Contemporary evidence suggests the Cinque Ports were actually the brainchild of the 11th century monarch Edward the Confessor.
In return for military service which included maintaining and manning ships in defence of the Crown, the inhabitants of the Cinque Ports enjoyed many privileges including exemption from tax and the retention of self-government. This balance served both the Crown and the population well, until the 13th century, when Rye suffered a crime wave following the introduction of the customs system.
Under these new laws, warrants were initially issued to prevent the export of English wool but it was not long before smugglers also began bringing luxury goods back from
As the local gangs moved their plunder in and out of convenient coastal towns and landing places, they became highly organised and also armed themselves. Government efforts failed to bring the smugglers to justice and for centuries, the gangs ruthlessly dominated the illegal trade.
The National Coastguard Service was set up in 1821 and its onshore and offshore patrols soon began to suppress smuggling activity. The subsequent reformation of customs laws rendered the financial gains of smuggling inconsequential and the final blow against the gangs had been struck.
Despite this criminal activity, Rye prospered during the Middle Ages and developed into a major port. Unfortunately, the town's proximity to France made it vulnerable to raiding parties and in 1339, a French attack left 52 houses and a mill burnt to the ground.
The construction of town wall defences began soon after with the Landgate being the first structure completed (the only remaining gate of four originals). Sadly, all this effort proved to be in vain as the French attacked again in 1377, this time destroying almost every building in Rye and making off with the bells from St Mary's Church.
Following this second raid, new stone walls were built, additional gates added and improvements made to the Landgate. Yet another French raid was attempted in 1449 but this time the improved defences held firm and were never tested again. Despite the town walls falling into disrepair, much of the wall that stretched between the Landgate and the now missing Standgate still remains to this day.
The imposing Ypres Tower is a 40-feet high square stone structure with three-quarter round towers whose origin is shrouded in mystery. Originally known as Baddings Tower, it appears to have been constructed in the 14th century, although a royal castle may have existed on the same site one hundred
years earlier. The Ypres Tower has changed little since it was built and during its fascinating history has functioned as a defensive position, court, prison, soup kitchen, mortuary and now a museum.
Around 1512, the circular turret Camber Castle was built as a defensive measure between Rye and Winchelsea and upgraded in 1539 to become one of Henry VIII's forts that lined England's south coast. The subse- quent silting of the River Camber eventually rendered the position of the castle obsolete and it was finally disbanded in 1637.
Winchelsea had significant defences of its own and the existing town was planned on a grid pattern to help facilitate the movement of defences in times of attack. Although built on a hilltop, the town originally had a flourish- ing port and was important to the wine trade. However, a succession of unfortunate events including the silting of the harbour, French and Spanish raids, on top of a Black Death epidemic, all played their part in the demise of the town's fortune.
Today, many of Winchelsea's original stone gates and buildings remain intact and the town boasts one of the largest collections of medieval wine cellars in the country.
Situated on the edge of Romney Marsh just a few miles from the sea, Rye is the perfect place from which to explore diverse natural landscapes on foot, by bicycle or boat.
The popular summer destination of Camber Sands is nearby, offering a huge expanse of white sandy beach and a large dune system to explore.
The area is of historic military interest, being the location for a variety of fortifications from the 16th, 17th and 20th centuries. There is also a disused lifeboat station, which once housed the Mary Stanford lifeboat, tragically lost at sea in 1928 with no survivors.
Although called Camber Castle, the 16th century fort is actually situated between Rye Harbour and Winchelsea. At the time of construction, the site was a shingle spit offering protection to Rye Bay and the approaches to the local towns. The area has since silted up over time and is now situated inland. Camber Castle opens to the public on the first Saturday of July, August and September at 2pm and as part of guided
walks around Rye Harbour Nature Reserve (see events page).
Rye Bay offers excellent sailing throughout the year and the rivers Rother and Tilling are both popular with canoeists. The Royal Military Canal passes through Rye. Winchelsea Beach is a small community located at the foot of the hill upon which stands Winchelsea. It is largely residential but the long shingle beach offers magnificent views across the Rye Bay and Rother estuary.
For walkers several long distance footpaths pass through Rye – 1066 Country Walk, High Weald Landscape Trail, Saxon Shore Way and Royal Military Canal Path. Stretching for 32 miles from Seabrook in Kent to Cliff End in East Sussex, the Royal Military Canal passes through Rye offering visitors lots of opportunities for boating and fishing. The canal was originally designed as a defensive structure for keeping out invaders rather than for navigation. Now a popular waterway, walkers and cyclists share the towpath that runs alongside, enjoying the surrounding scenery and wildlife.
Romney Marsh is a huge wetland lying to the east of Rye and the home for several rural communities. Having been reclaimed gradually over the centuries, agriculture and sheep farming in particular, now thrives on the marsh.
Dungeness is a large shingle headland sheltering the Romney Marsh from the sea. Dominated by a modern nuclear power station, there are also two lighthouses and a quirky village of mainly wooden houses in the area. The artist and film director Derek Jarman moved to Dungeness in the late eighties where he created a magnificent garden of metal sculptures before passing away in 1994.
The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch narrow gauge railway links the terminals of Dungeness and Hythe in Kent, passing through Romney, Dymchurch and several other stops along the way. The line was constructed in the 1920s using rails just 15 inches apart and all ten of the original one-third full size steam locomotives built between 1925 and 1937 still run to a seasonal timetable.
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2 Jul 2014
"Really relaxing break , and what a fabulous beach !!"
We stayed here with our friends for a few days and found the property excellent, the decor was light and fresh and fully equiped , although all our party are retired so didn't make use of the wii… More
20 Jun 2014
"A nice house for a short stay, dependent on neighbours!"
We stayed in Sandy Retreat during the Easter holidays 2014. We were an adult group of two couples and a single. Overall, it's a nice house with most things you would need. It's nicely dec… More
Firstly, thank you for your review and I am glad to hear that you found your stay to be 'nice' however, I am sorry to hear of your 'niggles' but also surprised as after my follow-up email to you after your holiday which was in in May and not Easter you replied.
Thanks for your message, we had a lovely (but windy!) stay at Sandy Retreat. It's a lovely house in a great location. The only thing missing was a teapot!
In your email none of the points you have raised in your Trip Advisor review were mentioned besides the teapot situation which we have now remedied. I have also mentioned the oven-gloves having gone missing (they were certainly there previously) and to the Property Management company the hand towel for the third bedroom, which they have taken on board.
As above I really am sorry that there were aspects about Sandy Retreat that were not to your satisfaction and at this stage can only apologise for some of the points rather than right them for you, which we would of course have done during your stay should you have contacted the Property Management contact, whose details are provided for this very reason, they would happily have come and removed previous guests left over dry stores and supplied more toilet rolls, although for a 3 night stay the 3 rolls should have been ample for your needs.
We describe the garden as large as it is for the size of the property as you can see by the pictures in the advert. Regarding the state of the plants, being that you stayed at the beginning of May meant that its was early in the season before they put on their new growth as I am sure you would notice in any garden at that time of year.
The property in relation to other properties in White Sand and the slated fencing I am unable to rectify for you, however I would like to state that these aspects of the property are not hidden from potential guests, our property photographs clearly show the fencing and that there are other properties nearby, unfortunately, that one of the properties neighbouring Sandy Retreat had a young child staying on holiday, who liked to use a trampoline is out of our control.
Regards to the number of occupants, our website does state that the cottage has three bedrooms - the master and second both have double beds and the third bedroom is suitable for children with, 'with bunk beds and another single bed with pull out truckle bed'. The bunk beds are full size single beds which can be convert into bunk beds, only the truckle bed is slightly smaller but still ok for a small adult.
The main bathroom is described as having a shower fitting which it does have, albeit, this is not wall mounted however we do not describe it as such.
The board games have been added as extras and played with by guests, most of them are aimed at children occasionally bits go missing. We have asked the management company to go through the games and remove those that have missing items.
Much of your feedback - regarding the supplies, garden plants, recycling bin and board games has gone back to the owner to be put right for future bookings and we hope that your feedback and our reply has helped reassured both yourselves (as we hope you will come and stay again, even if it is not in the grouping of this stay) and future holiday makers that 'niggles' that you had during your stay have been taken on board and addressed to ensure they do not occur for future guests.
We are pleased that despite all the niggles you would recommend Sandy Retreat to a friend.
25 Apr 2014
"A lovely house, in a great location"
We spent a week at Sandy Retreat over Easter with friends and our children, and can really recommend this lovely holiday home. It's perfectly equipped with everything you need including 2 pushch… More
19 Nov 2013
"Brilliant City Escape"
Just what we needed for a short weekend getaway. Very quick transport links from London, conveniently located a few minutes walk from the beautiful beach at Camber, and also only a short drive into th… More
8 Sep 2013
"Great Cottage in a great location"
Beautifully appointed house, set in a very pretty estate , everything you could possibly want had been thought of, especially if holidaying with children. Furnished to a high standard, Beds and sofas … More
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