Half Moon Cottage is just a short walk from Camber Sands. This wide, sandy beach is several miles long and is the perfect spot in which to breathe in the exhilarating sea air. Half Moon Cottage offers easy access to this beautiful beach, ideal for flying kites, walking the dog, making sand castles and spending relaxing family time. This wide open space is popular with windsurfers, bathers and horse riders and there is a network of footpaths and cycle routes criss-crossing the nearby wildlifereservationWith historic sites galore, atmospheric battlefields, stately homes, castles, ancient port towns and Norman ruins scattered across our coast and countryside, 1066 Country is one giant museum. It heaves with history and heritage, there are historic mementos around every corner and with Britain's finest sandy beach just a 3 minute walk away this makes Half Moon Cottage the perfect base for a family break beside the sea.Cottage Summary Sleeps 5 Baby friendly - Mamas and Papas high chair, travel cot and stair gate Dog friendly 3 min walk to beach 5 miles from Rye Quiet location French antique beach house furniture High quality pure cotton bed linen Fully enclosed Garden Parking for 2 carsEntertainmentWi-Fi - Wireless BroadbandDigital TV and DVD playerIpod docking stationSelection of DVDs, board games and booksGarden table & chairs3 burner gas BBQ with lidHalf Moon Cottage at Camber Sands 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.Half Moon Cottage is a beautiful, spacious three bedroom cottage of traditional design, just a few minutes walk from the stunning Camber Sands beach ideal for flying kites, making sand castles and spending relaxing family time. Perfectly positioned to visit nearby Rye with its rich and colourful past. Its cobbled streets, enchanting church with spectacular views and beautifully preserved buildings and a long history of piracy make Rye a must see for any holiday here in 1066 Country. Half Moon Cottage is a modern character property that has been finished and equipped to a high standard along with the luxuries you expect with a high class holiday cottage from Beside The Sea. This 3 bedroom camber sands holiday cottage is the perfect retreat for families with its relaxing ambience.The ground floor consists of an open plan kitchen, dining room with everything you would need to prepare your own meals and a large dining table. Across the hall you will find the light and sunny sitting room equipped with large flat screen TV and Wii games console to keep the children and adults entertained if the sun doesn't shine! There are two large sofas, one of which is a sofa bed that sleeps 2 persons to make this a cost effective luxury seaside break.The first floor comprises a large master bedroom with a double bed with en-suite bathroom with shower, WC, basin and Molton Brown hand wash. The second bedroom has been beautifully decorated and has two single beds. The third bedroom has a single bed. A family bathroom with bath and shower over, basin and WC with Molton Brown hand wash.Outside is a fully enclosed pebbled garden with a decked patio area with table and chairs for the all important al fresco dining in the seaside air.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 Half Moon Cottage.Holidays with young children and toddlers means lots of bulky luggage, high chair, travel cot etc, so to ease the load Half Moon Cottage has been specially equipped with baby friendly features such as a high chair, stair gate, & travel cot.bts-pet-friendly-500px-bannerDogs 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 White Sand, 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, Half Moon Cottage 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!bts-what-to-see-and-do-500px-bannerHalf Moon Cottage 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.Half Moon Cottage 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.The property offers easy access to the UK's finest beach, ideal for flying kites, making sand castles and spending relaxing family time. This wide open space is popular with windsurfers, bathers and horse riders and there is a network of footpaths and cycle routes criss-crossing the nearby wildlife reservation. When you can't be outside, there's a flat screen tv, dvd player and games console to keep you and the family entertained.Nearby Rye has a rich and colourful history. Its cobbled streets, enchanting church and beautifully preserved buildings are proof of the towns' importance as a medieval Cinque Port.Rye played an important part in the defence of the realm. Local fortifications like Camber Castle are now popular tourist attractions. Perched on a hill overlooking the marshes, Rye is the perfect place to explore, shop and eat out. Its charming ancient streets are filled with a great selection of independent retailers, restaurants, pubs and a weekly market.With the blend of tradition and culture in Rye and the beauty and tranquillity of Camber Sands, Half Moon Cottage is ideally positioned to enjoy the very best this unique corner of England has to offer.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Nearest beach||Camber's Dunes are only a 3 minute walk away!|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double 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. 1066 Country
What is 1066 Country?
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
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.
Rye is a living, thriving town and seaport. But did you know much of its prosperity has been thanks to its port? The Romans used Rye for the export of wealdon iron; in the Fourteenth Century Rye became a Cinque Port; and in 1573 up to 200 ships frequently moored near the Strand Gate and every type of
cargo was handled.
Rye declined as a port due to the incessant longshore drift of shingle which closed most of the Cinque Ports and drove Rye further and further from the sea. By the Eighteenth Century Rye's prosperity depended more on smuggling than legitimate trade.
Today Rye is still a seaport albeit a small one. It still has some commercial fishing, an excellent fishing fleet and is a thriving yachting centre. Perhaps what appeals to Rye mariners as they sail or just sit on their boats in view of the ancient warehouses, is the tangible link with the past. You can almost reach out and touch the seafaring heritage.
Rye Harbour offers sailors a unique boating experience.
Being tidal boaters should check out the tide times before entering the port. Extra care must be taken around the Lydd Firing Range exclusion zone when approaching the harbour entrance.
Once in the harbour the Harbour Master can advise on moorings and boating facilities which can be found at Strand Quay – an ideal place to moor up and stay overnight while visiting the town.
Pedestals along the quay offer power and drinking water and across the road is a high quality shower and toilet block kept solely for boaters use. You will also find picnic benches, a boule court and bike racks. The interactive post invites visitors to press a button and hear more about the history of the town of Rye or shipbuilding and shipping activity in the area.
Yachtsmen might be interested to know the Rye Harbour Sailing Club holds 50 races a year, has a thriving membership and bustling social scene and caters for all levels of experience and enthusiasm.
Wildlife and nature reserve
Rye Harbour's nature reserve is well worth a visit, whether to discover its wildlife and habitats, explore its history or simply experience the landscape and enjoy a walk beside the sea - whatever the season.
The reserve is a mosaic of habitats beside the sea with shingle, saltmarsh, sand dunes, rivers, pits, grazing marsh, reedbeds and farmland. Its network of footpaths leads to four birdwatching hides - three of which are accessible for wheelchairs - and there's an information centre.
The reserve lies within a large area of land extending south from Rye, past Rye Harbour to the sea. This area of land was largely designated as the Rye Harbour Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because of the many unusual plants and animals that live here as well as the way the land has been built up by the sea over the last 500 years. Shingle wildlife is specialised because of the harsh conditions that prevail, so many rare and endangered plants and animals can be found on the reserve.
Large gravel pits created by shingle extraction have become a valuable habitat for wetland wildlife.
Most of the area enjoys the European wildlife designations of Special Protection Area (SPA) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC). In 2006 the SSSI was included in the new 9,000 hectare site called the Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay SSSI.
Rye is a bustling vibrant community with a constant flurry of festivals. Fishing has taken place at the harbour for centuries and is a core part of Rye's heritage.
The port is particularly renowned for its locally caught scallops and Rye hosts the 8-day Rye Bay Scallop Festival every February in celebration. Here you can sample Rye's
exquisite mouthwatering scallops cooked and prepared in a variety of different ways by local restaurants. Dates for 2013 are 2 – 10 February. Rye's Maritime Festival is scheduled to take place on Sunday August 18 at Strand Quay.