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 (+2 on sofa bed)
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
Coastguards Lantern is a recently renovated Coastguards Cottage at Jury’s Gap, right beside the sea and not far from the village of Camber. Here you are surrounded by views in every direction – marshland designated an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) to one side and the sea to the other. This location is the perfect getaway with only your close neighbors for company and yet you are only a few minutes’ drive to the medieval Cinque Port town of Rye. Coastguards Lantern is within easy reach of local amenities including shops and many excellent pubs and restaurants for your holiday eating out.
Coastguards Lantern is a contemporary cottage with modern comforts within a modified traditional coastguards cottage. As soon as you step inside you’ll notice the huge amount of care and attention that has been given in the renovation from its former 1875 life as a Coastguards property to a cosy holiday cottage with log burner, comfortable lounge and modern kitchen – the perfect place for some well-earned R&R away from the monotonous grind of everyday life!
The newly equipped open plan kitchen/dining room in Coastguards Lantern has everything you’ll need to prepare lovely meals for your friends and family including a beautiful Range cooker, Nespresso Coffee Machine, breakfast bar and farm house style dining table where you can relax and enjoy home cooked locally sourced food – 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!
You’ll love the comfortable lounge where you can cosy on down on the comfy sofas and enjoy watching the flames dance in the log burning stove that is the centre piece of this lovely space where you can enjoy the company of your friends and family, or relax and enjoy your own company with a good book!
Upstairs you’ll find a stunning modern bathroom with a hidden secret, a customised bath set high enough for you to be able to fully enjoy the views of the sea whilst you relax amongst the bubbles and wind away the stresses of everyday life with – dare we say, a glass of wine as your accompaniment… How perfect is that?
The large, comfortable master bedroom has a super king sized bed and un-spoilt views over the sheep studded marsh where the local smugglers plied their trade in years gone by.
The second bedroom has two 3ft beds. With the stunning view of the sea and a small flat screen TV with integrated dvd player, 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 exploring one of the many historical sites or taking a hike along one of the areas many a coastal path or marshland walks.
It is fair to say that Coastguards Lantern is the perfect holiday cottage to relax and unwind in and do as much or as little as you want and only the crackle of the fire and the crash of the waves to disturb you!
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 Lantern, 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 offers a vast array of activities and attractions to suit all interests.
A break at Coastguards Cottages is all about relaxation and getting away from it all, Spring and Summer evenings spent gathered around the BBQ after a day of exploring the spectacular combination of coast and countryside that’s scattered with relics and ruins from the past.
Autumn, the ‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ is a time for fantastic seaside sunsets with the sky illuminated with bursts of turquoise and pink, the countryside sprinkled with gold and auburn. A time of food and drink festivals, along with scaring yourself silly on a ghost walk in Rye!
A winter break at Coastguards Cottages is an incredible experience. There is nothing quite like reviving your senses with a brisk, invigorating walk in the crisp winter air, followed by an afternoon warming your toes in front of the log burner with a good book and a glass of wine.
Keen walkers will be in hiking heaven with the diverse natural landscapes to explore on your doorstep, such as Romney Marsh with it’s colourful history that has seen invasions, numerous threatened attacks and smuggling. Home to so many species of bird, plant and insect that it is 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.
From the back of Coastguards, follow the beach to Dungeness with it’s unique landscape, a shingle foreland on the tip of Kent. Home to a nuclear power station, two lighthouses and designated a National Nature Reserve, it has often been described as ‘the end of the earth’. Be sure to check out Prospect Cottage, where film-maker Derek Jarman once lived – again its prettiness jarring with the surroundings, an uneasy juxtaposition.
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. Walking along the quiet canal banks today it is easy to forget that this was once the scene of intense military activity. Now, much of the drama on the canal comes from the variety of wildlife that has made the canal its home.
If that sounds too tame, we 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 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
Please note: There is a MOD firing range close by that is used occasionally, so do not be alarmed as it is not a shoot out with smugglers or Napoleon invading, its the British army sharpening their marksmanship!