Camber Sands, East Sussex | Sleeps 8- 10| Bedrooms 4 | Parking: Yes | Pet friendly: Yes | Wi-Fi: Yes
From £320 per night (Minimum stay 3-5 nights)
Cloud House shows that style and flair can transform what might (to some) have seemed a somewhat ordinary building, into something utterly unique and special. For the owner, herself a travel journalist and interior designer, owning and designing a house in her beloved Camber Sands is a long-held dream, now made reality.
Just a two minute walk from the stunning beach at Camber Sands, this boutique getaway easily and flexibly sleeps eight – or up to ten guests if you want to use the extra roll out trundle bed in the bunk room and/or the very comfortable sofa bed in the second living room below the mezannine (which together would make a perfect private area for four older kids, or a teenage crew, to have their own space). And why not? This is an obviously social space that is just made for memorable holidays spent with friends and family. There isn’t a single detail here that is ordinary or run of the mill; from the quirky treasures on the Midcentury sideboard, luxe bathroom fittings, and hot pink armchair upholstered in bold fabrics, to the two magical outside spaces with bright striped cushions, double hammock and festoon lights. The evergreen, subtropical gardens are a real feature of the property, not an afterthought, and look inviting year-round, whatever the weather. Large French doors open onto the west facing front courtyard from the fourth (mezzanine) bedroom / extra living area . Another set open onto the east facing subtropical back garden (with suntrap deck) from the main living room – making outdoor living a breeze.
For longer stays and keen cooks the kitchen is very well equipped (even down to the ravioli stamps and baking equipment!) so you can snap up the local catch of the day at one of the excellent local fishmongers (selling direct from the boats) and whip up a gourmet supper with ease.
Each and every element has been selected with style & fun in mind. The large dining table seating 12 and plentiful, comfortable seating in the sitting room and gardens mean friends can join for long lunches or supper (and impromptu sleepovers), too.
Camber Sands is famous for its miles of sandy dunes (the only ones in East Sussex); large enough to never feel busy, and glorious all year round whether for bucket and spade fun or blustery winter walks. Just a short hop from Rye, and a skip and a jump along the coast from Hastings and Dungeness, Cloud House will feel like a break from the norm in every way. Gather some friends or family and prepare to take some seriously Insta-worthy holiday pictures!
Kitchen well equipped with everything you need for cooking (even baking a cake together!), plus beautiful tableware
Sitting Room with three large, squishy velvet sofas, oversized pouffe + ottoman.
Dining Room with table that seats 12
Sitting Room 2 / Bedroom 4/5 One and a half height room with exposed beams and rafters. Mezzanine sleeping area with two single beds with memory foam mattresses and two extra large single sofa beds (and seating) in room below. This room can flexibly be an extra reception space/bedroom/games room/workspace or simply a private living area for the mezzanine room.
Shower room 1 Shower and sink
Shower room 2 Wetroom style
Cloakroom Toilet, sink
Bedroom 1: King sized bed with memory foam mattress
Bedroom 2: King sized bed with memory foam mattress
Bedroom 3: Adult sized bunkbeds, with extra rollaway trundle bed – for a child or teen (bunks with memory foam mattresses, trundle with premium spring)
Bathroom: Contemporary slipper bath, power shower, toilet.
The rear garden is a sunny, subtropical retreat, complete with outdoor seating for 12, a double hammock + other relaxed seating, and a BBQ with smoker. This is a fun, stylish space, sheltered from sea breezes and lit by festoon and fairy lights after dark. The front garden also features quirky low level seating and is filled with palms and a low level firepit which can also be cooked over. Welsh wool blankets keep off the chill on milder evenings.
Pantry items / Welcome Hamper: Sea Salt and black pepper are provided as standard plus a dozen fresh free range eggs for every group. Every booking also receives a welcome hamper with a selection of local gourmet goodies and a complimentary copy of the Sussex Rough Guide, a contemporary hardback seafood cookery book and more! The owner likes to find out a little more about her guests and tailor these extra gifts accordingly, but recent hampers have included things like Chapel Down champagne, rhubarb gin, Weald Smokery salmon, contemporary craft boxes from Hello Maker and a stylish travel backgammon set.
Bicycle & Paddleboard for guest use
Beach shelter, giant beach blanket and six beach towels are also included for guest use.
Pets: Up to two dogs welcome (but not on the furniture or beds please!)
Parking: Unusually for Camber Sands, Cloud House has parking for three cars.
There is a large Co-op grocery store in Camber within a very short walk, with a good stock of day-to-day food and household basics. The wonderful Salts Farm Shop, in a converted agricultural building and less than a five-minute drive away, is filled with a fantastic selection of glorious fresh local produce plus firewood, artisan charcoal and kindling. They also a good selection of Cook frozen meals, wine, and there is a sweet café where sheep grazed next to you for most of the year. Next to Salts is a small independent beauty salon, should you need a pedicure before you hit the beach.
Another couple of minutes up the road and you’re in Rye, with its abundance of places to shop and eat.
Rye, Hastings and Brighton all offer fabulous days out, while along the coast there is Dungeness, Pett Level, and many other tucked away spots.
Things to do
Camber is also one of the biggest kite surfing centres in the country, and there are various companies offering kitesurfing tuition and hire, as well as power kiting and stand-up paddle boarding. Rye Watersports, based on a lake just outside Camber, also offers dinghy sailing, windsurfing and SUP. Several local companies rent bikes (though there is a complimentary one for your stay in the garage) and offer SUP tours along local rivers (there is an inflatable paddle board for guest use, too). Even more adrenalin-fuelled, Full Throttle offer RIB tours and trips from Rye Harbour.
The abundance of wildlife to be found on Camber Sands continues at the next door Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, which has miles of paths criss-crossing the salt marches & lagoons, with hides for spotting the birds. And Dungeness, famous for its eerie landscape as well as famous residents including Derek Jarman, is also an RSPB Bird Reserve.
Rye is one of the most visited small towns in England for good reason. It is steeped in history, and some of the cobbled streets and houses have changed little in the last 500 years. There are some lovely boutique shops and wonderful cafés and restaurants too. Hastings has another lovely medieval old town, along with the Hastings Contemporary Gallery and a new pier. Neighbouring St Leonards is stuffed with quirky independent shops and is a great hunting ground for antiques. Younger guests might enjoy the BlueReef Aquarium and Adventure golf. There are a whole host of historic houses and castles to visit, from Bodiam Castle with its impressive moat, to Lamb House in Rye which has a rich literary history – and not forgetting Camber Castle of course, now a ruin but built by Henry VIII to protect the port of Rye.
Food and Drink
But if eating out is what your holidays are made of, then there are plenty of choices. Rye has enough places to eat and drink to please all tastes. The Mermaid Inn is one of Rye’s oldest buildings (and reputedly Britain’s most haunted pub) and offers a real slice of history, along with your pub food. The Whitehouse is a stunning Georgian building, and is also home to the Lazy Baker, who bake the most delicious bread. A trip to the seaside wouldn’t be complete without fish & chips – there are lots of places to get your fix, but do try Webbe’s at the Fish Café, which is in a former warehouse in Rye. Foodies won’t want to miss a trip to the multi award-winning Gallivant, almost opposite Cloud House, whose stunning modern British menu features favourites such as salt-marsh lamb and local seafood.
Closer to home, and more relaxed, Rye Bar & Grill has a chilled seaside vibe, while The Clam, a minute’s walk around the corner, is a café cum restaurants that offers breakfast and lunch (and ice-cream!) on your way to or from the beach.
“We had a great stay at the cloud cabin for a long weekend by the coast out of London. House is a short walk to the beach, has been recently renovated and is a great space with a nice backyard for when the wind gets up at Camber. Would come back again. Nicola is also super responsive and very hospitable.”
We had a wonderful week at Cloud House and that was largely due to Nicola’s attention to detail and care into making our stay as personalised as possible. She had quite literally stocked the house with everything you would need. The furniture and other equipment in the house is brand new so everything worked as it should. Nicola always responded to my (silly) questions within 30 minutes, which was reassuring and helped me prepare for the trip with my two young children. I would highly recommend Cloud House, it was clean, modern and Nicola is a fabulous host.