The Light House
House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
The Lighthouse is a substantial 3 bedroom house that has been imaginatively furnished in an appealing, contemporary, seaside style with references to its namesake - lighthouses! The open plan kitchen, dining room and garden room are the perfect "hang out" or "chill out" area for groups of friends or families alike. Meanwhile, the slightly more formal bright and sunny sitting room has a sofa bed that can sleep another two persons, making this house a very cost effective option for larger groups.
Situated in one of the quietest parts of the White Sands development, The Lighthouse is adjacent to a peaceful meadow of wild flowers with further far reaching views of Romney Marsh. The owners have equipped the property with guest's enjoyment, relaxation and comfort in mind. One particular highlight is the sunny, south-facing, decked patio garden complete with barbecue / fire pit, dining table and chairs- a perfect spot for relaxing in the sun or with a beer after a day on the beach. Water sports and golfing devotees will appreciate the secure garage for storing wet suits, boards, golf clubs etc. After a day on the beach there is no shortage of indoor and/or evening entertainment provided with an enormous 42" plasma TV with freeview and surround sound, stereo system and Play Station 3.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), 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
|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 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Ground floor: Fully equipped open-plan kitchen and dining area (seats 8) and patio doors to garden.
Sitting room with two armchairs and two 3-seater sofas (one converts to double sofa bed for occasional use), 42" flatscreen TV with Freeview, DVD player, stereo system and Play Station 3. Cloakroom. Wooden floors throughout.
First floor: Master bedroom with 5' double bed and large fitted wardrobe. En-suite shower room with walk-in shower, WC and basin. Twin bedroom with zip and link beds which convert to two 3' single beds or one 6' double bed on request, wardrobe and chest of drawers. Bunk bedroom (3' bunk beds suitable for adults) with wardrobe and chest of drawers. Family bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC.
Amenities: Electric oven and 4-ring hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher.
42" flatscreen TV with Freeview, DVD player, stereo system and Play Station 3. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Complimentary welcome basket, bed linen and towels provided. Central heating throughout.
|Further details outdoors|
Large, fully-enclosed, pebbled garden with decked patio area, outside dining area (seats 8), barbecue / fire pit. Beach 5 minutes walk. Shops, The Dunes Café and The Place bar and restaurant 5 minutes walk. Secure garage and visitor's parking
The South East England region
With our landscape of moated castles, steam railways and seaside towns with pleasure piers 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, nearly a millennium ago, had its fate decided here in this beautiful coastal pocket of East Sussex, where an invasion force successfully landed on these shores and won a famous victory, forged a new nation and forever changed the course of this island’s history.
When 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 island may have evolved had Harold Godwinson, later to become Harold II, the last Anglo-Saxon king, won a resounding victory at 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, Duke of Normandy. It was doubtless, in his view, just compensation. Firstly, for the broken oath of fealty made to him by Harold two years earlier, and secondly, for allegedly being promised the throne by the previous king, Edward the Confessor as he had no heir.
Thankfully the area today, ringing with the history of events born from perceived betrayals and false promises, never disappoints. It offers its visitors a myriad of famous historic sites and crumbling fairytale ruins of ancient castles. Immaculate country houses set in Arcadian gardens are scattered across a backdrop of rolling fields and woodlands intersected with steep-banked lanes that weave their way through tiny hamlets and charming villages. To the south lies the region’s coastal stretch, encompassing the towns of Bexhill, Hastings and 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 buzzards and sparrow-hawks riding lazy circles in the thermals above.
Most of us will dimly remember, from history classes that may seem as distant as the epic events which unfolded here, Hastings was in fact neither the location where Harold and William’s forces met nor where the invading Norman army landed, their beachhead being some 12 miles west at Pevensey Bay. Today, the village of Pevensey makes for a charming visit after you have roamed the ruins of Pevensey Castle, originally a fort dating from the Roman era, improved with a new gateway and inner bailey by Robert de Mortain, William’s half-brother. Once set against the waters of the Channel and reinstated 500 years later for defence against the Spanish Armada, its picturesque ivy-covered walls now stand on a prominent headland half a mile back from the retreated sea.
Along the coast, William made Hastings his base of operations before marching his army inland. Seventeen days later he finally encountered the serried ranks of Harold’s Anglo-Saxons commanding the ridge of Senlac Hill. It was here that Harold so famously met his demise, allegedly shot in the eye by a Norman arrow. It is also here that ruins still survive of the Abbey that William erected in thanks to God on the site of his most famous victory, the high-altar said to be positioned above the very spot where Harold fell. Today, the thriving rural town is known simply as Battle. Its mainly Georgian high-street offers a wealth of shops, pubs and restaurants and runs down to a square in front of the Abbey, now managed by English Heritage.
Although Hastings may not have been the actual site of conflict, its history is no less rich and fascinating. This Victorian seaside town provides visitors with a profusion of simple pleasures, from fish-and-chip shops to a beach complete with a handsome pier proclaimed ‘peerless’ in the pun that hyped its opening in 1872. The Old Town quarter, east of the pier, is an area with a somewhat Bohemian air. It is dotted with a plethora of tiny shops selling antiques, second-hand curios and vintage treasures along picturesquely winding streets and paved passageways. These streets have made a broader impact recently after forming the backdrop for the popular TV drama Foyle’s War.
The shingle beach here, known as The Stade (an old Saxon term meaning ‘landing place’), has a character all of its own. Here the candy-striped deckchairs are replaced by the last boats of what remains the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe. A fleet has put out to sea from here everyday for the last thousand years, bringing back a delicious sustainable catch ranging from crab to Dover sole. Much of this is sold immediately from beachfront stalls centred around the unique net huts whose three-storey wooden-boarded sides provide the beach’s defining characteristic. Include a visit to the fascinating catacombs of The Smuggler’s Caves, along with the town’s Shipwreck and Coastal Heritage Centre, which offers intriguing exhibits and accounts of sunken ships dating from Roman times to the Second World War. Also, bear in mind that one of the best times to visit Hastings is during the town’s September food and wine festival, when the fruits of the sea can be appreciated, too.
As a town that fuses an ancient sea-faring past with the classic attractions of the British seaside, Hasting proves the perfect jumping-in point for exploring the rest of this coastal stretch. To the west lies Bexhill-on-Sea, a town that remains the embodiment of an elegant Victorian seafront resort. The crowning glory of its shoreline is the De La Warr Pavilion, a grade-one listed modernist masterpiece of the Art Deco era. Rendered in ocean-going curves of glass behind tiers of balconies, the building is now a centre for the contemporary arts, housing gallery spaces and terrace cafes as well as hosting concerts by musicians from across the globe.
To the other side of Hastings, in complete contrast, lies the picture-perfect medieval fishing port of Rye. Now fed by river from the retreated sea, Rye’s maritime maze of steep, cobbled streets flanked by a stunning mixed architecture of Georgian and half-timbered Tudor façades have scarcely changed in centuries. You can easily imagine the lives of the many literary residents who for a while called this town home. From Edith Wharton and even H G Wells, to possibly Rye’s most celebrated expatriate, the American author Henry James, who wrote Wings Of A Dove and The Golden Bowl during his time living in Lamb House, the stunning 18th-century property still to be found at the top of West Street.
It’s easy to lose hours roaming around the gradients of Rye beguiled by its natural charm. However, when the hill climbing finally takes its toll the perfect antidote lies just a couple of miles away at nearby 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 this 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 the 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 the governance of William The Conqueror, written by an author born nearly 800 years later, in 1865 – Rudyard Kipling. His family home of Bateman’s, situated here 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 this region, 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 a gentle puff of steam as the line wends through the unspoilt Rother Valley to terminate at Bodiam, the location of one of England’s true ‘fairytale’ castles. Bodiam Castle, with its beautifully preserved and spectacularly turreted quadrangular walls, built in 1385 and still entirely surrounded by a broad moat, provides an image that has become the personification of an English medieval castle.
Another example of a truly spectacular moated castle can be found at Herstmonceux, situated just few miles 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 a 26-inch Thompson reflector telescope such as the one housed at Herstmonceux, you wonder if Harold would have been able to see what was in store for this island, long before that fateful arrow found its mark in his eye. But it is impossible to imagine how different 1066 Country would have been, had the tables been so easily turned on that momentous day.
One thing, however, that would doubtless have remained the same is the timeless beauty of this rural landscape – but whether this region would still contain one of its most recent Gallic-influenced attractions, the profusion of small vineyards that have sprung up in recent years among the hop fields, we can only guess.
Camber Sands beach is a two-and-a-half mile stretch of golden sands enclosed by picturesque dunes only two hour's drive from central London. It is being newly rediscovered as a UK holiday destination of choice and was voted number 9 of the 100 Best Beaches in the World by The Sunday Times Travel Magazine. The unspoilt beauty of the beach as well as its sheer size have made it a popular location for fashion photo shoots and films including doubling as the Sahara Desert in a 'Carry On' film and as the Dunkirk evacuation beaches in several war epics. At low tide the sea can be as much as half a mile from the dunes which makes it a popular location for horse-riding and kite-buggying. The clean and shallow water makes it ideal for children.
With constant winds coming straight off the sea and from the vast expanse of the Romney Marshes, Camber has become a popular destination for water sports enthusiasts whilst the west winds and shallow sea make it a great place for kite-surfing. Windsurfing, kitesurfing, waterski-ing, wakeboarding and jet ski-ing are all available locally either from the beach or on a large coastal lake just outside Camber. There is also sailing on the river Rother 3 miles from Camber.
For swimming, the beach boasts a yellow flag award from the MCS, the highest UK award for water quality standards. Golf lovers are well catered for with an impressive 44 courses within a 30 mile radius. Tennis courts and bicycle hire are also available locally. There are many local walks with natural and historical points of interest.
The village of Camber has a couple of pubs including The Dunes café and restaurant, and the award-winning The Place at the Beach Bar and Grill offering a range of delicious dishes made from local, free range and organic ingredients. The Rye Bay Beach Cafe has also recently opened, offering guests a further dining option within a few minutes stroll of the house. The delightful, medieval town of Rye (4 miles from Camber) also offers an excellent selection of pubs, cafés and restaurants. Alternatively buy and barbecue your own fresh seafood!
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18 Mar 2014
What a fantastic cottage,tastefully decorated and very well equipped.Fantastic location and only minuites from the most wonderful dog friendly beach.The cottage has a lovely modern decor and has been … More
31 Jan 2014
"Home from Home."
This really was the perfect place to spend our weekend. Spacious, clean, warm. Though not looking onto the beach, it was less a mere 3 minute walk. Tea, coffee and milk all supplied as well as complim… More
27 Jan 2014
"Excellent Property in Perfect Location"
My partner took me to the light house to celebrate my birthday in November last year (2013). It was a wonderful weekend and we both wished we had of booked for longer. The Light House is an amazing ho… More
1 Jun 2013
"What a fantastic house"
We had a fantastic stay at the light house. The property had every gadget you could imagine, the iPod dock is amazing and we watched a few films on the huge tv. The fire is great, where did you get it… More
5 May 2013
"Excellent accommodation and great location for the beach & nearby restaurant"
The standard of the Lighthouse was really excellent. Very modern and homely, kitted out with everything you need. Lovely decking area and small garden too.We stayed as a group of 6 friends and it was … More
20 Apr 2013
"Great modern house, with everything you need and so close to the fabulous beach"
We spent a week here in mid-April along with our little dog. The location is suburb and the accommodation is really spacious and well turned out. We loved the kitchen dining area, which was a favour… More
9 Apr 2013
"Nice modern house, close to the beach"
The Light House provided a clean and comfortable base for our long weekend in Camber - and it was a good job the house was so nice as the weather was so freezing (so needed to make the most of being i… More
28 Mar 2013
I just wanted to let you know we all had a brilliant weekend in your house in Camber Sands. The house was perfect and really well equipped. The beach was stunning. The dogs, kids (and adults!) loved it. Thanks again
27 Jan 2013
"Wonderful winter break in snowy Camber!"
Having made it successfully through the snow of East Sussex we arrived at the delightful 'Light House'. It is a modern, well equiped, spotless, house situated on a very tasteful new housing development in Camber. It is beautifully decorated and you can certainly tell that the owners have put a great deal of thought into this lovely house, which has some smashing photographs on the walls of nearby Camber sands.
The house has a garden with timber decking, which looked great, although in -5 degree daytime temperatures I have to admit to not sitting out in it during our stay.
The house is well situated, close to Camber Sands and to nearby Rye, which is a very pictureque Medieval town with cobbled streets and certainly should be visited during a stay at the property.
As a base to explore the attractions and history of East Sussex I'd say that you couldn't do much better!
18 May 2012
"Lovely property, very nicely decorated and well equipped"
Very well decorated and kitted out property, it had everything we needed. It was nice that there were 2.5 bathrooms as well, and we had plenty of space. Everything was very clean and well maintained, with only a couple of minor things that needed attention like loose towel rail and a broken bulb. Richard was really helpful when we arrived and sent us lots of information about places to eat and visit in the area, and even emailed us some directions to the beach! Great places to eat within walking distance are the Gallivant, although the service is a little slow, and the Green Frog, which also has Sky Sports and where we watched the Premiership final battle games! The welcome pack was fab, all beautiful organic biscuits, eggs, milk and cakes, and there was a great Nespresso machine. There's a very good farm shop nearby called Salts and this sells wonderful meats, cheeses and lots of other things. I would definitely recommend the property to anyone who wanted to go down to that neck of the woods.
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