Coastguards Beach House, Jury’s Gap, Camber Sands, East Sussex
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 Mash. 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.
Coastguards Beach House Summary
Sleeps 4 + 1 people (single fold out bed in 2nd bedroom)
Beach just 80 meters away
High chair & travel cot supplied
6 miles to RSPB Dungeness Nature Reserve
6 miles to medieval town of Rye
Quiet and secluded location
South facing fully enclosed garden
Nespresso coffee machine
Parking for 2 cars
Flat screen 32” TV
Selection of DVD’s, board games and books
Ipod docking stations in living room and both bedrooms
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!
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 Nespresso Coffee Machine, 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!
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.
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
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.
Coastguards Beach House Guest Book
“Lovely cottage, close to the beach” May 2017
Lovely cottage, close to the beach with easy access to local attractions. Ideal for a family. The Richard & Sophie were readily available to answer queries, and left a nice cake and wine as a welcome gift
“Would definitely return” Jan 2017
Stayed at Coastguards Beach House for a couple of nights for my dads birthday and had a lovely time. It’s was very cold so the log fire was loved by all the family. Went to the local pub, the owl who were very friendly and accommodating. Would definitely return.
“a fabulous weekend here” Nov 2016
We spent a fabulous weekend here. The house is located right on the beach and we enjoyed blustery walks and then returning to the cosy log burner and warming through. The house is decorated and fitted out to a very high spec. We loved exploring all the artwork throughout the house. It is extremely comfortable, especially the bed. It was great watching the white horses crash into shore through the bedroom window whilst laying in bed all toasty. The welcome pack was much appreciated especially the cake. There was a good selection of dvds and games to entertain you, the owner really has thought of everything you would need for a wonderful to be had. We will definitely return
“This cottage is an absolute gem!” Sept 2016
This cottage is an absolute gem! Not only is it spotlessly clean and bright, it has fabulously comfortable beds and pillows! It is furnished with beautiful art work and colourful trimmings. It is both spacious and wonderfully cosy at the same time with a great rear garden/patio area which is an amazingly hot sun trap perfect for late September lunches and stargazing whilst listening to the waves! Loved the place and didn’t want to leave – it’s a credit to its owners!
“fab location right next to the beach” Sept 2016
Loved our stay in this Beautifully decorated home in fab location right next to the beach. Easy access to Rye which is well worth a visit with great restaurants and bars and quaint shops. Will definitely book again next year!!
“Relaxing and homely!” July 2016
Lovely stay. Beautifully decorated cottage and wonderfully close to the sea. Good to swim at high tide on an almost deserted beach. Cottage is peaceful at night, homely and very well-equipped.
“Proper old coast guard cottage” May 2016
We were very happy with our long weekend at the Coastguards beach house. It is exactly as it describes – an old, attractive coastguard cottage which has been renovated to be a charming, cosy and comfortable cottage in a prime location on Camber sands beach promenade. Richard provided good detailed information for accessing the cottage and there were a pile of treats awaiting us when we arrived, as well as a pile of logs. This was lucky as there appeared to have been a power cut before we got there – but that was easily sorted and Richard popped in the next day to make sure everything was working OK. He was also most understanding when our son ran away with the cottage information!
“The perfect chilled seaside break with friends” April 2016
We’ve just come back from a great stay at Coastguard’s Beach House and it was just perfect for a few days relaxing break by the sea. On arrival, the house was all ready for us (immaculately clean) and the hosts had left us some homemade chocolate cake and organic apple juice which was a nice touch. The house itself was very stylish in a relaxed beach/world travel way but also offered mod cons such as the power shower in the bathroom and very responsive central heating which we appreciated during April! It was so close to the beach we could walk the dogs every morning or drive them a really short distance to run about on Camber Sands, and then at the end of the day we’d return to the house, get the wood burning stove roaring, pour a glass of wine and watch the sun set as the rabbits hopped about in front of the house. We would definitely return again, just a great little escape to enjoy some great walking and to generally recharge the batteries.
“Fabulous location – gorgeous cottage” Oct 2015
This lovely coastguard’s cottage in a splendid location, just a few strides from the beach, was everything we needed it to be for a “get away from it all” weekend. The cottage is really comfortable, cosy and tastefully furnished – we will definitely be back for a longer stay.
“Fab location and comfy cottage” Aug 2015
We had a real get away from it all week with our 2 hounds. The cottage was comfortable and literally a stones throw away from the beautiful Camber beach. If you are looking for sea air long sea walks and tranquility then this is the place to go! The wifi went down well with my 17 year old son. Would definitely recommend and intend to return.
“Lovely!” May 2015
Booked this for a small group for a surprise 40th weekend for a friend. Lovely house, nice location, everyone said how nice it was and even the dog loved it! The owners were understanding about a muddy paw print near the door as well. Would stay again.
“Great place for a family getaway!” May 2015
We went as a three generation family group staying in the Lantern and Beachhouse. Both cottages were delightful and so well equipped. Everything you could ask for, especially the wood burning stove with abundant fuel. We were hoping for a spell of good weather but got a blustery Romney Marsh welcome. It didn’t matter because we were happy to stay indoors and venture out in small bursts. The beach is beautiful and the surroundings atmospheric. The dog loved it too. The coastal defence work didn’t impinge. The surrounding area has a lot to offer in terms of interest and variety, from the unique environment of Dungeness and around to historic Rye. Many thanks to Richard and Sophie who responded immediately to our call for help in understanding some of the less obvious intricacies of the heating etc! We would thoroughly recommend this and hope to go again and be able to take advantage of the area at the back and the BBQ. Hugh
“Great house” Jan 2015
The house was very nice and comfortable for 8 people. The kitchen is well equipped and a great space to relax. Richard and Sophie were both very helpful and efficient. I would highly recommend this property!. Alex
“wonderful walks along an almost deserted beach” May 2014
We booked a last minute, much needed break through Beside the sea holidays and had a delightful week at Coastguards Beach House at Jury’s Gap. The cottage was delightfully furnished and decorated – and very comfortable. It was also spotlessly clean. The wood burning stove was a great advantage the first evening as we arrived in very cold and windy weather.
We were initially concerned about the proximity of the firing range and some construction work being carried out next to the cottages by the environment agency but that didn’t really affect our enjoyment or detract from the wonderful walks along an almost deserted beach. Our drive to Dungeness was a revelation and we much enjoyed our trips to Rye, Winchelsea – and a lovely lunch at Chapel Down. Salts Farm Shop was also a great find. The location and the cottage itself made for a very enjoyable break. Elizabeth
“a lovely break away” Jan 2014
We had a nice time thanks, the house was very well organised and nice and clean & tidy and very well dressed. We had a couple of nice fires as the wind howled outside :0) and watched a DVD and played some games which was just what we all wanted. We didn’t manage long walks as the weather was pretty extreme but still had some nice short walks and visited rye. All in all a lovely break away, it just went too quickly! Jo
“We loved it!” Nov 2013
The house was lovely, finished to a very high standard, great location for the beach, plenty of wood for the fire and we were able to relax and unwind after a few too many stressful weeks! It was exactly what we needed and would recommend to anyone. Ashley
“The property is actually better than the pictures!” Oct 2013
The cottage is fantastic, spacious and provides excellent facilities. I booked through Beside The Sea Holidays and they were very easy to book through and accommodating. Would highly recommend the place and company to anyone else. Richard
“The setting is stunning” Sept 2013
Coastguards Beach House was the perfect accommodation for us. We have a young daughter and two dogs and wanted to be near the beach but also to feel remote. The setting is stunning, part of gorgeous terrace, with the most expansive and beautiful beach literally at the bottom of the drive. The accommodation was immaculate, beautifully decorated and equipped with everything you could wish for: wifi and dishwasher to a bbq and a log burner. We felt as though we had the luxury of a hotel combined with the privacy of a country retreat. At the end of the day, actions speak louder than words: we will be booking again next year. Tom
“The perfect place to get away from it all” Aug 2013
The house itself is beautifully decorated and very well equipped – we were completely relaxed within five minutes of arriving. As for the location, the sea wall is 30-seconds’ walk away, and the beach the other side wonderfully quiet with loads of sand for the kids to play on when the tide is out. A wonderful week – we’ll be going back. Jackie
“The house was fabulous!” Aug 2013
We had a great time thank you! The house was fabulous!
We felt quite at home! Location to the beach was great! Would definitely consider a stay again! Sharron
“What a lovely house!!” Aug 2013
What a lovely house!! We were well impressed, everything had been catered for!! We had a great week and some decent weather. Ben
“It’s so lovely!” July 2013
We have arrived back home and are very sad that our vacation is over now.
The stay at coastguards beach house was a real pleasure and we would be happy to come back next year. It’s so lovely in South England.
So have a good time and thank you for everything. We also left a note in the book;)) Thomas
“You will love it!” June 2013
This is a perfect getaway… booking again for next year! For those wishing to get away from it all, this is the best. Beautiful walks along the beach to Dungeness, sandy dunes at Camber, and lovely pubs in Rye. The house itself is lovely, very well equipped and interesting decor. You will love it! Eilleen
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.