Coastguard's Beach House
Wake in comfort to the sound of the sea, explore the misty brooding Romney Marsh, then warm up in the many atmospheric pubs with intriguing histories, resident ghouls, roaring fireplaces, cracking ales and tasty pub grub, walk along our pebbled beach, look out across the shimmering blue sea and you’ll feel like you’ve discovered another world.
Stay at Coastguard’s Beach House and discover a landscape full of myth’s and legends, surrounded by the haunting loneliness of Romney Marsh. A flat, open landscape of wide skies and fields criss-crossed by a lattice of drainage ditches, where yellow waterlilies float in early summer, it offers the opportunity to wander quiet lanes and paths and to visit some of its famous medieval churches and the vast stretch of historic invasion coast.
Built in this secluded spot, to help guard against smuggling and invasion, this beautiful renovated coastguard cottage is the perfect location for a holiday away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Situated just 80 meters from Camber Sands
Coastguards Beach House
Coastguards Beach House is a renovated Coastguards Cottage at Jury’s Gap, so close to the beach that you can see the sea from the upstairs windows and not far from Camber village and a little further on, the pretty Cinque port town of Rye.
Coastguards Beach House is so close to the beach, you can see it from the upstairs windows. Yet you’re also not far from Camber Village and, a little further on, the pretty Cinque Port town of Rye.
Here at Coastguards Beach House, views extend in every direction, with marshland designated an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) to one side and the sea to the other.
A painstaking amount of care and attention was paid to renovating this traditional 1875 Coastguards property-turned-cosy-holiday-cottage. Find comforts like a log burner, a comfortable lounge and a modern kitchen. We consider the Coastguards Beach House the perfect place for some well-earned R&R far away from the monotony of everyday life!
Bed & Bath
Upstairs you’ll find a beautiful, modern, family bathroom and two bedrooms.
The large, comfortable master bedroom has a double bed with views of the sea, coastal garden and adjoining coastguard cottages.
A family bathroom includes wash hand basin, w.c and a raised shower bath with screen, providing you a coveted choice between a relaxing bubble bath whilst stargazing, or a refreshing shower with a view of waves lapping the shore.
The second bedroom has two 3ft beds and a single fold away bed with un-spoilt views over the marsh. This room also benefits from an en-suite shower room with marsh views.
Dining & Lounging
Coastguards Beach House has a contemporary and sociable open plan layout downstairs, ideal for enjoying the company of your holiday group. A log burning stove warms the space and sets the scene for relaxing with a good book and a glass of wine.
The newly equipped kitchen is fully stocked, with a breakfast bar and farmhouse dining table for planning the day ahead. For ingredients that are fresh as it gets, take a quick drive to Rye for seafood fresh from the boat and Romney marsh lamb from the local butchers. Talk to Beside the Sea for our recommendations!
The cottage has a fully enclosed south-facing and quiet garden, the site of many relaxing holiday evenings after exploring historical sites, walking the marsh, and playing in the waves. The beach is just steps away over the seawall, with a paved boardwalk spanning its length for easy walks and jogs.
Other things to note
Coastguards are old properties in a very exposed location and in the winter months the wind can really howl off the sea – some guests love watching the weather go wild or the sea mist rolling creating an eerie atmosphere, while some have found it a little unsettling.
So if you are not a fan of older houses that have history and character then this would not be for you – we do have modern properties down the road that are in a more sheltered environment.
The cottages are next to the Lydd Ranges, a military firing range (its also a nature reserve).
It has been used for military training for over 150 years and is part of the Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay Site of Special Scientific Interest (it is home to incredibly rare plants and animals)
Because the range is used for live firing access is sometimes restricted – red flags are flown during these times, access is prohibited along the foreshore.
When firing is not carried out, it may be possible to walk along a designated path along the shore.
Throughout 2021 and 2023 the Environment Agency (EA) will be working on improving the existing coastal defences between Jury’s Gap and Dungeness and so will be utilising the compound to the right of the cottages this will mean that the construction vehicles will be using the promenade to access the ranges on the MOD land. More info can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/lydd-ranges-sea-defence-scheme/lydd-ranges-sea-defence-scheme
Dog friendly Coastguards Cottages
Dogs love to have a good sniff around a beach – space to run, 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 Coastguards, it’s good to know that the dog friendly beach is right on your doorstep. They will be in hound heaven!
This dog friendly holiday cottage is the perfect place to bring your faithful furry companion. A beautiful beach at the back door, 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 the atmospheric Romney Marsh!
Eat and drink
Good food is an important part of a great holiday, so rest assured of eating well during your stay. From the simple pleasure of fresh fish and chips to local produce menus that the many character-filled taverns and restaurants serve. Whether you prefer cosy inns with roaring fires to luxurious beach restaurants, you will be spoilt for choice.
Being close to the sea and surrounded by farmland it’s little surprise that the food served in some of these fabulous buildings comes from only a few miles away. The famous Romney Marsh Lamb, Rye bay Scallops and Dover sole all feature on the menus as well as traditional English pub dishes using locally sourced ingredients such as Rye Bay fish, fruit, veg and meat from the local farms along with our award winning sparkling wines to give you a taste sensation.
Fancy yourself as a chef then colourful farmers markets, and delis are where you will be able to source all you need to produce your own gourmet meals in the kitchen of this coastguard holiday cottage.
What to see and do at Coastguards Cottages
Nestled on the border of 1066 Country and The Garden of England with their stunning coast and countryside, ancient towns and historic sites, a holiday at Coastguards Cottages can be exactly what you want it to be.
Spring and summer evenings are best spent gathered around the BBQ after a day of exploring the coast and countryside. Autumn, the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ (to quote Keats) is a time for fantastic seaside sunsets bursting into turquoise and pink, and the countryside sprinkled with gold and auburn. It’s also a time of food and drink festivals, and a time to scare yourself silly on a ghost walk in Rye!
A winter break at Coastguards Cottages is an unsurpassed experience. Revive your senses with an invigorating walk, then warm your toes in front of the log burner with a good book and a glass of wine.
Walks & Hikes
Keen walkers will be in hiking heaven with the diverse natural landscapes to explore on your doorstep, such as Romney Marsh with its colourful history of invasions, threatened attacks and smuggling. As one of the most important nature conservation sites in Europe, this patch of pristine wetland covers a whopping 100 square miles and is packed with wildlife, including birds, plants and insects.
From the back of Coastguards, follow the beach to Dungeness, a shingle foreland on the tip of Kent. Home to a nuclear power station and two lighthouses, and designated a National Nature Reserve, Dungeness is often described as ‘the end of the earth’. Be sure to check out Prospect Cottage, where filmmaker Derek Jarman once lived – its prettiness presents a jarring and fascinating contrast to its hauntingly desolate surroundings.
The Royal Military Canal Path runs for 28 miles along the entire length of the Royal Military Canal from Seabrook, Kent to Cliff End in East Sussex. The route treads a path between the vast openness of the Romney Marsh and the old cliff line with its wooded hills and quiet villages.
If that sounds too tame, we also have the kitesurf centre just five minutes’ walk away. When you think about it, strapping yourself to a small plank of wood while a huge kite pulls you through the water is probably bonkers. But then again, they said similar things about snowboarding too – and look how much fun that is!
Ideally situated for day trips into or out of London, the region’s beautiful gardens and vineyards, historic castles and picturesque medieval towns and villages offer so many attractions that you will no doubt be tempted to stay on longer.
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