Driftwood is a beautifully decorated seaside holiday cottage in Camber Sands located just a few minutes walk to the wonderful sandy beach. With so much to do on your doorstep in the historic 1066 country, Driftwood is in the perfect location for a family holiday or short break throughout the year. With many castles, historic sites, water sports, golf and of course the huge sandy beach this holiday cottage will keep everyone entertained.
Master bedroom with King sized bed, second with twin single beds and third with bunk bed (bottom bunk is a double bed)
Baby friendly – High chair, travel cot and stair-gate
Modern contemporary furnishing
Family bathroom (bath with shower over) en-suite shower & ground floor w.c
Large open plan kitchen/dining area
Dog friendly (one small/medium sized well behaved dog – no dogs upstairs)
5 min walk to beach
5 miles from Rye
Fully enclosed garden
Off road parking space (plus space for on road parking outside of the property)
Smart HD TV in lounge with TV & DVD to third bedroom (bunk room)
Driftwood has been beautifully furnished – coastal chic, it is very comfortable and benefits from a fully enclosed garden, perfect for relaxing in with family and friends during your stay. Driftwood really is a house that feels loved and that you and your friends and family will enjoy spending time in during your holiday.
The medieval Cinque Port town of Rye with its boutique shops and restaurants is only a few miles away and can be explored from the comfortable base of this family sized and dog-friendly holiday cottage in Camber Sands.
Driftwood is ideally located in a quiet cul-de-sac on White Sand, an award winning development just a few minutes’ walk from the famous and breath-taking Camber Sands beach.
Whatever the weather, Driftwood is comfortable and relaxing and the open-plan living space is very sociable for groups.
The ground floor features a generous open plan living room, kitchen/dining area leading to the garden – a perfect combination for entertaining.
The first floor comprises a large master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, complemented by two further good sized bedrooms, the second with two singles and the third with bunks (bottom bunk being a double plus the first floor also has a family bathroom.
The kitchen and open plan dining area with large dining table has plenty of space for up to 8 guests to enjoy dining together and the kitchen has everything you could possibly need to prepare meals for everyone, Driftwood really is a luxury home from home.
Whether you’re looking to build sand castles with your children or help them explore fascinating rock pools, Camber Sands offers the country’s most spectacular sandy beach and paddling-friendly waters right on the doorstep of Driftwood.
Holidays with young children and toddlers means lots of bulky luggage, high chair, travel cot etc, so to ease the load Driftwood has been specially equipped with baby friendly features such as a high chair, stair gate and travel cot to help lighten the load when taking the little ones on holiday with you.
Dogs love a big sandy beach – space to run around, sand dunes to explore, water to splash in, interesting smells to discover and plenty of other dogs to play with. So when you bring your four-legged friend to Driftwood, it’s good to know that the incredible dog friendly Camber Sands beach is right on your doorstep. They will be in hound heaven!
Our dog friendly Camber Sands holiday cottage, Driftwood here at White Sand is the perfect place to bring your faithful furry companion. Camber’s huge sandy beach on your doorstep, lots of great places to go for walks and even dog friendly pubs so that you can both enjoy a relaxing drink after a day of sniffing about on the dunes!
Driftwood 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.
Driftwood is just a short walk from Camber Sands. This wide, dune enclosed sandy beach is over 2 miles long and is the perfect spot in which to breathe in the exhilarating sea air. The village and dunes were once the haunt of smugglers, whose ill-gotten gains accounted for the prosperity of neighbouring Rye.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 family bathrooms and 1 toilet only|
|Nearest beach||Camber Sands|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Sofa Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1), Single Beds (3), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
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.
Visit Rye and discover a place with over 700 years of history, rich in intrigue, myths, legends, murders, ghosts, smugglers and invasion that echo's to this day around it's cobbled streets.
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.