Coastguards Lantern, 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 Coastguards Lantern 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 Lantern Summary
Sleeps 4 people
Beach just 80 meters away
6 miles to RSPB Dungeness Nature Reserve
6 miles to medieval town of Rye
Quiet and secluded location
South facing decked garden
Nespresso coffee machine
Parking for 2 cars
Flat screen 32” TV
X Box 360 & selection of games
Flat screen TV & DVD player to master bedroom
Flat screen TV & DVD player to 2nd bedroom
Selection of DVD’s, board games and books
Right beside the sea, near the village of Camber, and with views in every direction, Coastguards Lantern is a special, recently renovated holiday cottage surrounded by wild beauty. To one side is SSSI-designated marshland (Site of Special Scientific Interest). To the other, the sea, so seclusion is a given. Yet you are only a few minutes’ drive to the medieval Cinque Port town of Rye for shops, pubs and restaurants.
Coastguards Lantern is a modified traditional coastguards cottage with modern updates layered over its 143-year-old bones. As soon as you step inside, you will note the careful attention paid to this home’s renovation.
Dining & Lounging
The newly equipped open plan kitchen/dining room has everything you’ll need to prepare lovely meals, including a beautiful Range cooker, Nespresso Coffee Machine, breakfast bar and farmhouse dining table. Why not visit Rye and buy locally caught seafood fresh from the boat? Or some Romney Marsh lamb from the local butchers? Beside The Sea Holidays will be more than happy to recommend our favourites!
After dinner, cosy down on the comfy sofas in the lounge and watch the flames dance in the log burning stove—the centrepiece of this lovely space.
Bed & Bath
Upstairs you’ll find a stunning and modern bathroom with a secret: a customised bath set high enough for sea views to accompany your soothing soak. Dare we say with a glass of wine as an accompaniment? How perfect is that?
The large, comfortable master bedroom has a super king-size bed and unspoilt views over the sheep-studded marsh where the local smugglers plied their trade.
The second bedroom has two 3ft beds and a stunning view of the sea, plus a small flat screen TV with DVD, just in case you ever tire of watching the waves and sunset!
The cottage has a decked south-facing and quiet garden, the perfect place to relax after a day of coastal hikes and historical sites. The pebble beach is mere steps away, with a paved boardwalk spanning its length for sand-and-stone-free jogs. Do as much or as little as you like here, with only the crackle of the fire and the crash of the waves to interrupt the quiet.
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 Lantern Guest Book
“A marvellous place” May 2017
A marvellous place, very well appointed and great views.
“Cosy weekend away” Jan 2017
We had a lovely cosy weekend away.
“We Loved it!” Dec 2016
We loved it here at Coastguards Lantern -wind, rain and all! Thanks so much for the welcome goodies – Prosecco and all- much appreciated Hope to be back here soon! Thinking summer holidays…
“Lovely and pet friendly” Dec 2016
Stayed over Christmas, very comfortable and well equipped cottage, slept really well in super king size bed, lots of nice touches and a very generous welcome hamper.
“Cosy Coastguards Cottage right on the Sea Wall” Nov 2015
Beautifully equipped with cosy log burner, kept us nice and warm after bracing walks on the beach to Camber Sands. Great location with Access to Romney Marsh and the Antient Town of Rye. Everything you could possible need, the cottage is perfect for a family of four. Will be even better in the summer when you can enjoy a BBQ on the back deck.
“we’ll be back” Oct 2015
Not your average rental – great beds and linen, decor and kitchen – its quite clear this is a home as much as a holiday let. Beach is endless and beautiful and with a base within earshot of the waves the cottage was a great break for us as a family.
The crockery and kitchen knives were as good as we have at home, and the welcome pack included a bottle of wine which was a great touch.
We had great weather but i’d be equally tempted to book in winter when the waves would be crashing on the rocks and you could light the fire and read a book.
“Comfy, well-furnished and oh-so-peaceful” Oct 2015
We had a five day break in Coastguards Lantern: it’s a lovely, well equipped cottage, very peaceful and comfortable. There was a welcome pack of food awaiting us and we found that had everything we needed to chill and relax.
Lovely walks on the huge sandy beach when the tide is out….but beware if you don’t like walking on pebbles: it comes in again at 0.5metre a minute !
There are some great places to eat locally, and a nicely enclosed patio area to sit out in to eat at home,. We were able to take full advantage of both.
We’re more than happy to recommend Coastuards Lantern for a great seaside break, and there’s plenty of local history to go and explore as well.
“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
“Pretty much perfect” May 2014
We had a lovely time at Coastguard’s Lantern with our four year old twins. The cottage is very stylishly furnished and extremely well equipped. Lots of thoughtful extras like a picnic bag, beach towels and a good selection of DVDs, books and games. We also loved the enclosed outdoor space, log burner, comfy beds, views of Romney Marsh and beach on the doorstep. Karen
“the beach on the doorstep was a highlight” April 2014
We had excellent weather during our stay Coastguard’s Lantern. The bread, butter, milk and choccy biscuits were much appreciated. We made use of the BBQ most nights before settling down to watch a DVD from the cottage selection. Beds were comfy and all the rooms are clean and nicely decorated. Having the beach on the doorstep was a highlight. We could walk the 2 miles to Camber and only see the occasional dog walker. We do like a ride on a steam train and days out at Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch and the Kent and E Sussex Railways were brilliant. Tenterden is worth a visit, with its busy High Street shops and excellent gluten free cakes at HunnyBeez cafe. We also enjoyed Rye and a drive over to Brighton. The Wi-Fi didn’t work at all whilst we were at the cottage, and seemed to be poor in other areas we tried (except Brighton) – so we were unable to see the walks and things to do email we had been sent until nearly the end of our holiday. Debra
“a real peace haven” Nov 2013
We had a lovely break at the cottage. The cottage is really lovely, tastefully decorated and cosy. We enjoyed the fantastic weather for walks along the beach and the wood burning stove very much.The cottage was welcoming, cosy, wonderfully furnished throughout and a real peace haven. Victoria
“Wonderful property” Sept 2013
We have just returned from a wonderful 2 night stay at Coastguards Lantern. The cottage is really lovely, tastefully decorated and cosy. The log burning stove was great especially when the weather outside is wild and windy. We were really pleased with the welcome pack and didn’t expect the lovely bread and wine. The cottage was very clean and well equipped. The location is so atmospheric, it has a very timeless feel. The views are wonderful, the beach almost deserted. The dogs loved it.
Thank you for letting us stay in your lovely home. Adele
“Superb holiday cottage” Sept 2013
A lovely cosy seaside cottage, very well equipped, clean comfortable and tastefully furnished. If you like long walks along the beach or a lovely picnic this is the perfect place to stay, it is quite secluded but within easy reach of local shops or nearby Rye which has loads of coffee/tea shops and junk shops.
The kitchen has a huge dining table and fantastic aga style cooker great for entertaining. At the end of the day you will fall asleep in the most comfortable bed you can imagine. Ann
“Lovely cottage, great views, beautiful sceanery” Aug 2013
Jan & I had a lovely peaceful stay. Alfie (our dog) loved it. Wish we were still there. Great walks for dog owners. Beach is on your doorstep. Mike
“Beautiful, tasteful, coastal retreat” July 2013
The web site made the whole booking experience very easy, the photos of the property were very accurate. The cottage itself was beautifully decorated and kitted out, and quite secluded, but within easy distance of local facilities and towns. I was looking for a place where I could walk the dogs, read, watch DVD’s and generally have me time! this was perfect. It was advertised as being three minutes walk from the beach, which it was, many long and beautiful walks on the beach when the tide is out. Lovely part of the world, would highly recommend, and will certainly be going back. Sue
“so peaceful” Jun 2013
had a great time there didn’t want to leave. So peaceful there and had every thing we needed. many thanks. Josie
“fabulous few days” Apr 2013
What a fabulous few days in a lovely place with the very best people. Mentally refreshed, if physically enhanced (amazing food!) Vinny
“a little piece of heaven!” Mar 2013
A little piece of heaven! We have had a fantastic Easter here. The cottage is very well equipped, the beds comfortable and the fire warm. Lots of bracing walks on the beach, great fish & chips at the Pilot Inn Dungeness and the kids loved the movie selection. Thank you! Thomas Family
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.