29 Dec 2012
"Great location, lovely character cottage with lots of space."
Had a great week at Jury's Gap. The weather was wild with loads of sea spray and sideways walks. With no firing on the shooting range we were able to make the most of walking up the beach towards Dungeness. The kite surfing was also amazing with 20 or so surfers out there at any one time. The cottage had plenty of space for us and the open fires were welcome. The owners have obviously spent some time putting in new carpets and decorating and everything was clean and just as we expected from other reviews. Would love to go back in the Summer to be able to sit on the beach.
11 Jun 2012
"Found a real gem and reluctant to share our find!"
You know how it goes, you search, search some more, begin to feel like you will never find the right place, but then this rental popped on the screen. We decided to go ahead and book as we know and lo… More
28 Apr 2012
"Cosy artists' cottage"
This house has a fantastic location right next to the long sweeping sandy beach of Broomhill Sands which it is not unusual to have completely to yourselves, even in the middle of the school holidays. We have stayed there several times in the past couple of years and it is perfect for a relaxing coastal holiday with lovely long walks along the beach, whilst only a short drive from the picturesque Cinque Port town of Rye and the lovely Rye Harbour nature reserve.
As the house is so close to the beach it is easy to pop back in to make a brew and take afternoon tea on the sands, and later in the day we loved taking our evening drinks down the beach and enjoying the sunset vista before returning to the house to enjoy dinner in the attractive dining room.
The house itself is a warm and cosy haven when the wind whips up outside. It is full of character, having a sense of history as a coastguard cottage whilst at the same time clearly reflecting the profession of its current owners with its creatively designed interior and original artwork. The kitchen is very well equipped and even cleaning materials such as dishcloths and fairy liquid are provided. There are new carpets upstairs, the beds are very comfortable and it is lovely to hear the wind whistling outside at night whilst snuggling down under the Egyptian cotton sheets.
The garden is well designed yet with an untamed natural look, featuring plenty of wildlife friendly plants which attract a colourful splash of bees and butterflies in the summer months. The table and chairs are situated in a sun trap which is perfect for enjoying a spot of lunch and sunbathing with a book on days when the beach is extra windswept.
The MOD training area is situated at the back of the house and to be honest you completely forget it is there (excepting any boys in your party for whom it can represent a special point of interest!). A particular advantage is that due to the lack of civilisation along that part of the beach it is great for nature lovers and you can get some really good views of seabirds and waders whilst enjoying the maritime plants such as yellow horned poppies and sea-holly.
In summary, a secluded coastal retreat for a completely relaxing holiday.
16 Apr 2012
We ignored the negative review for the location at Jury's Gap. Empty sandy beach for long walks on the doorstep. We took our morning tea on the sea wall. The Coastguard house was cosy with lots of books, guides and paintings. After a day out we lit the fire in the dining room and settled in to a relaxed dinner. We can report new carpets upstairs, and a well equipped kitchen, even down to a garlic crusher. Lots of restaurants in Rye and Hastings. We recommend trying the Tuscan Kitchen.
Excellent and very good value.
24 Sep 2011
Whilst this cottage is in a good location for sightseeing it left a lot to be desired. It is right by a pebble beach but at the back is as the owner described on meeting us "little Kabul". It is an army training mock village from where you hear gunshots at various times of the day. We got away lightly but some comments in the guest book suggests 8 am starts at times. The kitchen was poorly equipped, no sharp knives, baking trays, scissors etc. The stair and main bedroom carpet was quite dirty and there is no shower just a rubber spray attachment to the bath taps of which the hot hose kept coming off. The lounge was fine though.
Some people lack a sense of humour (little kabul). My mistake! The army range is used occasionally and well away from the back of the house. We have owned the house for 30 years and not been troubled by the firing when it occurs in the distance.
At mid/low tide the beach is miles of sand in both directions. It is possible to walk to Rye Harbour on the sand (3 miles). The kitchen is fully equipt and there is a full set of sharp kitchen knives, scissors, garlic crusher etc. New carpeting upstairs and an outside (summer) shower and a shower attachment for the bath.
28 May 2011
"Amazing location, the beach was 'ours', relaxing and homely, but chic at same time, a lovely home"
We loved having this huge beach to ourselves, paddling along the waters edge for miles at lowtide and shel hunting at high tide. The garden is a gem and really had the same artists eye as the house i… More