Coastguards Lookout Holiday Cottage, 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 Lookout 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.
Sleeps 4 people
For larger groups Lookout has its garden annex available, The Surf Shack which is a self contained studio that can sleep 2 that can be booked separately
Beach just 80 meters away
Wood burning stove
6 miles to RSPB Dungeness Nature Reserve
6 miles to medieval town of Rye
Quiet and secluded location
South facing decked garden
Parking for 2 cars
Flat screen 32” TV
X Box 360 & selection of games
Flat screen TV & DVD player to 2nd bedroom
Selection of DVD’s, board games and books
Two E-bikes to hire – subject to availability
Coastguards Lookout Holiday Cottage
Find your next cosy bolt-hole at Coastguards, set in a splendid semi-wilderness you wouldn’t expect to discover just under two hours from London. Barely a moment’s walk to the beach, Coastguards’ Lookout is the end-unit of the three-unit Coastguard Cottages, built 1875.
With miles of often-empty beach, a towering sky overhead and wind fresh with Atlantic salt, ‘Coastguards Lookout’ is all about relaxation. Kick off your shoes, shake the city dust from your hair and wander back to that bit of yourself that gets lost in the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Quite wild, yet intensely peaceful, with dramatic views in every direction, Coastguards Lookout has been fully and carefully renovated. It retains all of traditional features, but is enhanced with modern furnishings and finishes and decorated in a playful seaside style.
Dining & Lounging
The open plan kitchen/dining room features a breakfast bar made from rustic, locally sourced wood, complemented by a coffee machine, induction hob, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave and music player.
If you’re seeking fresh ingredients for dinner, The Cottage is only few minutes’ drive from the medieval Cinque Port town of Rye, where you will find local farm shops with Salt Marsh Lamb, fishmongers selling straight from the boats, and a wide variety of welcoming pubs and restaurants for dining out.
Step through the kitchen to the snug lounge. When the evening chill settles in, this is the perfect place to relax on cosy furnishings in front of the log-burning stove, watch TV, play games on the X-Box, or read that book you keep putting off.
Bed & Bath
Head upstairs to the spacious master bedroom, with its super king-size bed and expansive views over the marsh where local smugglers plied their trade. From this room, climb further to the attic room and enjoy an exceptional bath under the stars, with the sea’s waves as your soundtrack.
Across the landing from the master bedroom is the family bathroom with a luxurious walk-in shower and views across the bay and sea.
The second bedroom has two zip link 3-foot beds—perfect for children, or push them together for a couple. Sea views and a small flat screen TV compete for your attention (we think the sea and sunsets will win most of the time!).
Outside, the wood decked south facing rear garden is decorated with buoys and features an extraordinary fence made entirely from reclaimed sea-groynes. With another dining table and benches outside the back door, it is the ideal place to relax and enjoy a glass of wine (or two, or three) after a day of exploring.
Coastguards Lookout also benefits from access to an extended garden; a large area of grass beside the cottage that is perfect for ball games or just lazing around in the sun—and definitely a place to sip a sundowner as the sun slips away.
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.
Feb – April & Aug – Oct 2020
From Feb to March and Aug – Oct the Environment Agency will carrying out essential emergency sea defence works to extend the range of the sea wall to the rear of the coastguards. The compound to the right of the cottages will be where they will be housing their machinery and the works are being carried out on the MOD land to the left of the cottages.
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 Lookout Guest Book
“Happy memories made” May 2017
We had a lovely stay here – the house is gorgeous and cosy, the beds so comfortable and the proximity to the fantastic beach away from the hustle and bustle of Camber Sands is delightful. Happy memories made – thank you
“We’ll be back!” May 2017
Richard & Sophie were perfect hosts. This home is stunning, and the location can’t be beat. We’ll be back!
“Lovely seaside cottage” Mar 2017
Lovely seaside cottage in Camber. Well appointed and equipped. Conveniently close to the sea wall for some blustery March walks watching the kitesurfers. Richard was a great, very responsive and accommodating. Highly recommend a stay. We will definitely be back!
“Fab blustery walks along the beach” Feb 2017
The most wonderful relaxing few days. Such a beautifully presented and well equipped cottage in a great location. Fab blustery walks along the beach with the dog followed by roaring fire and board games – bliss! Thanks so much – we’ll be back
“Lovely relaxing break in beautiful cottage” May 2016
My wife and I along with our Golden Retriever Piper had such a lovely break at this cottage for the past 2 days. The cottage is very warm and cosy and how anyone can say that it is draughty amazes me. We had some lovely homemade biscuits and a cake as well as a bottle of Apple Juice in the fridge, which was a lovely touch. We had some gorgeous long walks on the deserted beach. The bed linen and towels were of very good quality and the bed itself was so comfortable. Than you Richard for your help and kindness in booking this cottage. We will be back for certain Thank you.
“cottage was perfectly placed” April 2016
We Stayed at Coastguards Lookout for my birthday week and thoroughly enjoyed it. The cottage was perfectly placed for solitary walks on the beach with the dog, or relaxing in the lovely garden. Rye, Camber and Hastings are all close by with great restaurants and amazing walks. Richard was extremely helpful and it was lovely to meet him. The cottage was lovely and warm….we didn’t even need to put the wood burner on. The decor was wonderful and pretty much everything we needed was provided. The huge bed and linens were very comfortable and the views from the bedroom window quite relaxing. Would recommend to friends and family for a relaxing break….and Ruby the dog absolutely loved chasing the rabbits in the massive enclosed gardens. Thank you..
“Very Happy with this accomodation” Jan 2015
We were very happy with Coastguards Lookout, the weather was awful and cold but having a lovely warm house to arrive to made it much better. I would recommend this to any family with young kids as our daughter loved the house.
“Wonderful – looking forward to returning again in 2015!” Dec 2014
We arrived on a very cold and windy December day to stay for Christmas to a beautiful warm and welcoming cottage. The sitting room with the log burner was great, complete with a beautiful real tree for Christmas. I had asked for the lights to be put on the tree, but for the children to decorate, and everything was ready for them 🙂
The kitchen is really lovely with everything you need and lots of space to eat and relax. Upstairs the two bedrooms are beautifully decorated and the bathroom with large shower is one of the best I have used! If you can tear yourself away from the fire, the beach walks are beautiful and you can walk into Camber Sands – we did this every day and loved it.
We will definitely return again in the summer to enjoy the beach some more!
I would have no hesitation in recommending this cottage and would like to thank Richard and Sophie for making the booking process so easy and for being so helpful whilst we were there.
Thank you for giving us a wonderful memory.
“Excellent Staycation” April 2014
We took a last minute break at this lovely cottage and loved it.
The house was beautifully furnished and was an eclectic mix of contemporary and beach that worked well.
The house was clean and tidy on arrival with a welcome pack. The boys loved their room complete with sea view but it was a shame the TV wasn’t working. We had an amazing room with a massive bed, fluffy towels and crisp sheets, it was almost like a hotel just without other guests.
The courtyard garden was sun trap even in April and the beach was a minute away and what a stunning beach it is.
We went to Camber as well as Rye, Hastings and Folkstone which has a great creative quarters and coastal park and this makes a great day out.
I would certainly go again and recommend this to others. Natalie
“Our stay was brilliant” Feb 2014
Our stay was brilliant thank you, really lovely cottage – warm and cozy despite the storms! Thanks for the wine and biscuits, great start to the break. I over estimated with wood and kindling so there was a ton left for the next guests! Thanks again – great weekend. Tim
“Perfect bolt-hole for beach walks and relaxation” Jan 2014
Coastguards Lookout is an excellently placed and equipped cottage for a beach break in Camber Sands. We were blessed with good weather for our annual fish and chips in Rye and experienced an atmospheric wet and wild night where the fire, jigsaws and wine were just what we wanted. It is also worth mentioning that this cottage is great for the dogs too as there is a secure, decked garden. In fact I have just booked again for September! Amanda
“A characterful, cosy and perfect holiday cottage!” Dec 2013
Coastguards Lookout made a perfect place for our weekend getaway. It is well equipped, very comfortable and in a great location. We arrived on a dark and blustery December evening with the sound of crashing waves close by – very atmospheric!!. This house is ideal for a winter weekend break and I’m sure would be equally amazing in the summer months too. Highly recommended!! Paul
“Ideal weekend retreat” Nov 2013
We loved it! 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. Ash
“fantastic beach walks” Oct 2013
Just to say my wife and I loved our stay at Coastguards Lookout. It was exactly what was needed. The Spaniel has just recovered from all those fantastic beach walks. You even sorted the mid October weather for us. I have recommended the cottage to a number of people and will continue to do so. Richard & Kate
“We loved to go walking on the beach” Oct 2013
we had really a good time in Coastguard Lookout. The weather was great and we loved to go walking on the beach. Our dog really enjoyed the beach too and above all the rabbits in the garden. Katja
“loved the deck for basking in the sunshine” Sep 2013
Thank you we are all well. Much to our amazement we did luck out on the sunny weather managing to go both kitesurfing and SUPing at Greatstone and Camber. The moggies loved the deck for basking in the sunshine. We will be back in 2014. Karyn
“We didn’t want to leave” Aug 2013
We spent a week at Coastguards Lookout with our 15 year old daughter. Our 24 year old daughter was with us for the first part of the week.
The cottage is absolutely beautiful, full of character and yet with high standard contemporary equipment. The huge bed in the master bedroom was the most comfortable I’ve ever slept in and the flat screen TV in the second bedroom meant that our daughter could watch her own DVD’s if she wanted.
A lovely relaxing week in a beautiful location, I would definitely recommend Coastguards Lookout. Marion
“We had a lovely stay in your beautiful cottage – the moggies particularly!” June 2013
We had a lovely stay in your beautiful cottage – the moggies particularly! I don’t think they had ever seen pigs and sheep before! It was perfect for us
as we kite surf and the “fruity” wind allowed us a couple of great sessions right out the back door. Plus there was some sunshine – I’ve got more
freckles to prove it (-;
We are very much hoping that we might be able to return to Coastguard’s Lookout in September once our leave is confirmed. I do hope there will be
some availability for the time we’d like. Best wishes Karyn
“lovely and beautiful cottage” May 2013
We spent a nice holiday in this lovely and beautiful cottage. There was everything we needed. Thank you! It felt like home!
Greetings from Bavaria, Sven, Anke, Amelie & Isabel
“Excellent cottage in a rural location with lovely decor” Mar 2013
We recently returned from a relaxing 4 night break at coastguards lookout cottage with our Old English Sheepdog. The cottage was in a rural location in jury’s gap which is located at the end of camber sands with a dog friendly beach only a few yards away. It was a short car trip into camber sands which has an excellent sandy beach with sand dunes, which is dog friendly until the season begins in may. The cottage was nicely furnished and well equipped. There was a lovely ‘welcome pack’ upon arrival – ‘bottle of wine, milk and a yummy chocolate cake’. The cottage was approx 5 miles from the town of Rye, which was very quaint. Rye is also dog friendly and we found a lovely pub ‘The Ship’ and also a very nice dog friendly cafe just around the corner from the pub. Although the weather was extremely cold when we visited there were lots of nice walks in the location. Carolyn
“Happy New Year!” Jan 2013
We had a great time thank you, made even better by our late check out – that was most definitely needed!
It was a great break away from London and was very nice to be so remote and the house was incredibly well equipped. Siobhan
“a great location” Dec 2012
We loved the internal decoration of the cottage, it was very lovely and we appreciated that all throughout our stay. It was a great location and as described perfect for getting to the beach. We really appreciated the cake etc! It was very yummy!
“lovely unique property” Dec 2012
We enjoyed our stay in this lovely unique property – in an equally unique situation. Walkers, surfers, dogs & children will all love it. The log fires & views just finish it all off. The all mod cons approach with the kitchen & bathroom makes it very easy to live in. Julie