About this listing
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.
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 England’s finest beach, look out across the shimmering blue sea and you’ll feel like you’ve discovered another world…
Book your stay at Coastguard Cottages and discover a landscape full of myth’s and legends, surrounded by the haunting loneliness of Romney Mash and the vast stretch of historic coast.
Built in this secluded spot, to help guard against smuggling and invasion, these beautiful renovated coastguard cottage’s are the perfect location for a holiday away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Some say it is wild and desolate. Artists and writers find it inspirational. In reality, it is a ’green’ paradise – more than a hundred quare miles of unspoilt countryside rolling down from wooded hills to meet broad sands and shingle beaches – and a land of legend.
Sense the touch of history in the Cinque Port towns of Rye, New Romney, Lydd and in the loneliness of the thirteen medieval churches which stand above meadows grazed by thousands of sheep.
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
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
Coastguards Lookout Holiday Cottage
Coastguards Lookout is a cosy and beautifully appointed bolt-hole in a kind of semi-wilderness you wouldn’t really expect to find within such a short drive of London. Set back behind the sea wall and barely a moments walk from the beach, ‘Coastguards’ Lookout is the first of a group of Coastguard Cottages, built in 1875 that stand in splendid isolation at Jury’s Gap, beyond the end of Camber Village and which adjoin an extensive SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) that extends from within the cottage grounds, a full eight miles to Dungeness. Quite wild, yet intensely peaceful, with dramatic views in every direction, ‘Coastguards Lookout’ has recently been sumptuously renovated, decorated with wit and a playful seaside style and furnished with nothing but comfort and blissful relaxation in mind. The Cottage is still only a few minutes drive from the many attractions of the medieval Cinque Port town of Rye and it has easy access to all necessary amenities, including local farm shops selling Salt Marsh Lamb straight from the marshes, fishmongers selling straight from the fishing boats and a wide variety of excellent welcoming pubs and restaurants for dining out.
With miles of often-empty beach, a towering sky overhead and wind fresh with ozone straight from the Atlantic, ‘Coastguards Lookout’ is all about relaxation. Bathed in comfort, peace and quiet, you cannot help but unwind; it is the perfect place to kick off your shoes, shake the city dust off your hair and wander back to that bit of yourself that gets lost in the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Stepping into Coastguards Lookout you will immediately see the great care and attention that has been given in the renovation from its former life as a Coastguards property to a contemporary and cosy, but character filled holiday cottage. Retaining all traditional features, but enhanced with modern furnishing and equipment to cater for most, if not all requirements, the cottage is blessed with all you need to make it a home from home. The open plan kitchen/dining room, with a breakfast bar made from rustic locally sourced wood is complemented by a coffee machine, induction hob, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave and music player.
And when the day is done, you can step through to the snug lounge. After a day out, or when the evening chill settles in, with its comfortable furnishings and bright log burning stove, it is the perfect place to relax and watch TV, play games on the X-Box, or read that book you keep promising yourself, with just the crackle, warmth and dancing flames of the fire and the distant crash of the waves to disturb you.
Head up stairs and you will find the large master bedroom with its super king sized bed and expansive views over the sheep studded marsh, where the local smugglers plied their trade in years gone by. Here a long and renewing nights rest is guaranteed.
Head up to the attic room and enjoy a bath under the stars and relax to the sound of the sea.
Across the landing is the family bathroom with a large and luxurious walk in shower and views out across the bay and the sea.
The second bedroom has two zip link 3-foot beds, perfect for children, or pushed together, for a couple. With another stunning view of the sea, it also has a small flat screen TV, in case you tire of watching the extraordinary sunsets!
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, while glowing with the satisfaction of exploring one of the many historical sights or taking in a hike along a coastal path.
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 watching the setting sun slip away.
The whole house
Interaction with guests
We don't live at the property but are not far away if you need help with anything.
The cottages were built in the 1800's as lodgings for the coastguards and soldiers to keep lookout for smuggling which was rife in this part of the country and also to keep a watchful eye out for the french in the times when things were not so cordial!
Its a very quiet location over looking the sea and surrounded by the marsh with the MOD as the nearest neighbours.
The sea defence works included the installation of a promanade which enables you to walk into the village at Camber (2 miles)
Coastguards is a little isolated so we recommend that you only book if you can drive as the taxi service can be a little hit and miss!
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.
From Dec 17, 2016 - Jan 04, 2017 the minimum stay is 3 nights.
We are Beside The Sea Holidays, a family business; man, woman, baby and dog. We literally live ‘Beside The Sea’ every day, it is our life, we feel lucky to and we love it. We want our guests to enjoy a piece of what our beautiful coastline and countryside has to offer; whether your ideal break is action packed, revolves around food or a time for long, leisurely walks on the beach or in the countryside, we have our area covered. We know all of the best places to enjoy the sea, culture and history that make this picture postcard pocket of the East Sussex and Kent coast the perfect destination for your well-deserved break!