The Light House
from £165 /night help Price for guests, Nights approx:
from £165 /night help Price for guests, Nights approx:
Estimated nightly price based on a weekly stay. Excludes fees (if applicable). Enter your dates to see the total cost.
House / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 8 Home 87313
Availability Your dates are available
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 property is equipped with your 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 50" plasma TV with Sky and Xbox one.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|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), 50" flatscreen Smart HDTV 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.
50" flatscreen TV with Sky and Xbox One. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Complimentary welcome basket, bed linen and towels provided. Central heating throughout.
|Further details outdoors|
Large, fully-enclosed, landscaped garden with decked patio area, outside dining area (seats 8), barbecue / fire pit. Beach 5 minutes walk. Shops, The Dunes Café and The Gallivant restaurant 5 minutes walk.
The East Sussex 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!
Build your perfect trip, with Holiday Lettings & TripAdvisor
Real opinions, real reviews
Genuine guest feedback from 100,000+ reviews
Quick response times
Know where you're staying within 24 hours
Safe, simple, secure
When you pay online with PayPal or by credit/debit card
Book with confidence
Pay online to be covered by Payment Protection
Guest reviewsPowered by TripAdvisor
Guest reviews no reviews
Guest reviews Powered by TripAdvisor
- 5 star
- 4 star
- 3 star
- 2 star
- 1 star
Help other travellers decide where to stay
Add your voice to the conversation about this holiday home and your review will appear on TripAdvisor too.Write a review
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.
27 Mar 2012
"Modern luxurious clean house right by the sea"
We loved our stay at the Lighthouse. It's on a new modern development of houses right by the sand dunes and lovely long sandy beach at Camber. The house was very modern and extremely well equipped with all the gadgets and dishes proper cooks need! It was also the most dog friendly place we have ever stayed in with a bed, toys and treats for our beagle Boris and a fully dog proof back garden and fence! We had great long walks on the marshes, at Dungeness, and up into the Weald of Kent then collapsed home into that super lounge at night and spent hours drinking wine and cooking in the fabulous large kitchen diner. Richard was so friendly and helpful before, during and after our stay - we have to return soon!
23 Jan 2012
"The Lighthouse, Camber"
I spent the weekend visiting friends in camber and rye on the 21/22 January. The Lighthouse was a lovely light comfortable place to stay and well equipped. Everything you could possibly need. I would not hesitate in recommending it to family and friends. The area is great and so near to Rye and all the local history. Even in January the weather was sunny and invigorating. Really lovely. Andrea
17 Nov 2011
"Great, cosy house!"
The house was very spacious and catered for all our needs. We were a group of 6 and enjoyed our stay at the Light House very much. We wished we could have stayed for longer. The owner was very helpful and quite flexible with the check in time which meant we had more time to spend there. We found out Winchelsea - a beautiful small town was very close by and it was a lovely day out. We would definitely recommend the Light House for large groups and families. The beach is literally a few minutes walk away. We'd love to go back again.
13 Nov 2011
"First class accomodation 'Beside the sea'"
Booked as a family break for 6 adults, 1 baby and 2 dogs, the accommodation for the group was just perfect, it was ‘home from home’. The attention to detail was great: ‘high chair, toys, books, DVD’s for the baby’, ‘food, toys, bed’ for the dogs, and for the adults the ‘accommodation was modern, clean, tidy, spacious with comfortable beds, lots of mod cons in the kitchen and sitting room with well stocked kitchen cupboards and complementary wine in the fridge’. Five minutes walk from the sea but set in very peaceful surroundings. A relaxing break was had by one and all!
6 Sep 2011
"Peaceful,quiet,well equipted comfortable house."
the holiday was easy to arrange,property was all as described and more. location peaceful and quiet very short walk to beach and local amenities. House had everything you needed for your holiday plus hairdryers,welcome pack,towels .So dog friendly which is what we wanted .Dont want to be corny but nothing to dislike !!
8 Aug 2011
"A perfect family break away at The Lighthouse"
Upon arrival The Lighthouse was inviting, clean and delivered beyond our expectaions. The spacious and superb design made this letting a wonderful family friendly accomodation. Beside the Sea holidays informed us well of local attractions, shopping amenities and recommendations on places to eat making the planning of our days easier. My husband loved the high tech entertainment system in the living area, I loved the informal kitchen diner, and my 2 children loved having the beach only minutes away from our holiday home. Camber beach is breath taking, and my son flew his first kite with his daddy there. A family day spent visiting nearby Bodium Castle (steam train ride included, leaving pretty Tenterden), days spent in Rye, Hastings, Battle and a day trip to beautiful Eastbourne. Everyone was happy!! I would encourage and strongly recommend any family to jump at the chance of a break away staying at The Lighthouse
27 Jun 2011
"Modern and well equipped Semi-Detached Comfort Family House close to Dunes and Beach"
Arriving at "The Lighthouse" was very positive - arrive, move in - no (bad) suprises! The information available (videos, photos...) about the premises reflected the high standards we experienced. A well equipped and stylish kitchen with nice seating, timber floor, washing machine, dish washer - and enough dishes to make to through the day with 6 people. The living room has modern furniture and is equipped with a home cinema system and a Sony Playstation 3 (you should bring along your favorite games if you want to play!) Also, there is broad band wireless internet access allowing for preparing trips and staying connected. The upper floor bed rooms have 4* hotel standard - parents bed room with own shower bath and a second (childrens) bath room with bath tub - all modern, bright and modern equipement. The light house is definitely at the upper edge of a self-catering family accomodatation. The beach, 1066 county - activities ...: The Lighthouse is approximately 5 minutes walk from camber sands beach - no car is required to get there - even with small children - we traveled with 3 kids of age 7, 4 and 2. Camber itself is rather small - with few restaurants / bars in walking distance - the "Place at the Beach" / The Gallivant Hotel / Restaurant (hotel, bar, grill, restaurant) only 2-3 mintues - green owl (5 minutes), Rye Beach Bar (8 minutes) . For urgent shopping there is a NISA supermarket also in walking distance. Otherwise Rye (5miles/8km) provides a Jempson's supermarket and a really good Jempson's Superstore in Peasmarsh - or Tesco in Tenderten - all 15-20 minutes drive by car. Family attractions are - of course - the beach and for friends of the middle ages Battle, Bodian Castle, Dover Castle - and the old town of Rye tipped with a visit to a tea room with scone and tea. The beach is a truely sand beach with a flat slope to the water. Depending on the wind conditions the beach provides family beach pleasure - particulalry as the water is rather warm due to Gulf Stream and (at the bginning of the season) the beach was not crowded and clean. Dogs are allowed further down the beach - wind surfing, kite surfing also available east of central camber. The minus point on the location of camber is the siluette of Dungenesse power plant (8mi/13km). For those who like shopping, the Ashford Designer Outlet center is a good location in driving distance (30minutes) and there is an attractive children play ground so that you at least one parent can have a relaxing shopping experience at a time. OVERALL: "The Light House" is an excellent family location with a very attractive beach, and a good mixture of historic sites (1066 county), shopping, dining and relaxation! For teenagers striving for going out discos ... it may not be the number 1 choice.
20 Jun 2011
"Everything was just perfect..."
This house is just beautiful. It has all the comforts of home (and more) and has been tastefully decorated and to a high standard. The house has many thoughtful and luxurious touches (for example, the welcome pack was a lovely surprise and contained things much more interesting and tasty than the type of items normally provided). The kitchen had everything you would need and the house was spotlessly clean. What impressed most is the feeling you get that the owner really does care about making sure that guests have a wonderful stay. Booking the holiday went without a hitch and the agent (Richard) was a joy to deal with. All my questions and queries were dealt with promptly and the information he provided about the surrounding area was very comprehensive – thank you! We were lucky with the weather and the beach really is nothing more than a short stroll away. There is plenty to see and do in the area, in fact, we found that one week was not enough for us to do all that we wanted to do! I can’t praise this property highly enough. You certainly won’t regret staying here and my family and I are looking forward to staying here again in August.
You're booking with
Richard Smith (Property Manager Beside The Sea Holidays)
- 6 Years listed
100% Response rate
Calendar last updated:23 Nov 2015
Based in United Kingdom
Credit cards accepted