Palm Beach House

Pett Level, East Sussex | Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 5 | Parking: Yes | Pet friendly: No | Wi-Fi: Yes

From £250 – £500 per night (3 night minimum stay at weekends to 7 nights in Summer)

Description

Despite its location just 1 minute’s walk from beautiful Pett Level Beach, there is nothing traditionally seaside about this stunning, five bedroomed home; it is fabulously minimal and achingly cool. Fans of the Scandi-chic aesthetic will be drooling over the pale grey painted boards, design-classic furniture, huge glazing and vast, open plan kitchen, dining and living space, and the exterior would look right at home on the US west coast.

When a space is as simple and modern as this, the details are all-important – and here the owners’ styling is flawless. Classic lamps sit on simple stools used as bedside tables (the bedding is crisp and white, of course), the Scandi style sofa is dressed with a stunning geometric throw, and the bathroom features tongue & groove panelling teamed with modern fittings, an inviting roll top bath, and chic industrial lighting. Despite the neutral tones there is nothing cold about this space; warm woods, rugs, and well-placed lamps – not to mention the stunning seaside light that streams through the windows – mean that it is warm and inviting, too.

As a modern home, it also comes with some rather desirable accessories; a Sonos music system for your favourite tunes, electric car charging (plus three parking spaces), a well-equipped kitchen, and plenty of bathrooms. Even the woodburning stove has a modern aesthetic. The unique location means that both countryside and sea are on your doorstep; the sunsets and star-gazing are to die for.

Features

Ground Floor

The ground floor offers a stunning open plan layout to the kitchen, dining room and sitting room – flooded with natural light. The floor to ceiling glazed doors that wrap around the living space, and outside deck, mean that you can bring the outside in on warm days. Woodburning stove

Kitchen: fully equipped with induction hob, oven, microwave and washing machine. There are two kitchen bar-style seating areas, with stools.

Dining: the mid-century dining table seats 8 in comfort.

2 x Kingsized bedrooms
1 x Shower room

First Floor

1 x Kingsized bedroom with shower room ensuite, and balcony

1 x Kingsized bedroom

1 x single bedroom / snug (can be extended to a double if required), with balcony

Bathroom with freestanding bath

All of the beds have luxury orthopedic mattresses; all bedlinen and towels are from Beaumont & Brown (beach towels from Soho House Miami are also provided!)

Outside
Private garden with decked terrace to both the front and back of house. BBQ.

Parking

Parking for three cars. EV Charging point. Green energy throughout.

Children
Children are welcome at Palm Beach House; a highchair is available.

Longer stays
For stays over 10 days, a discounted rate can be discussed.

Security deposit
An additional refundable security deposit will be added.

 

Location

Pett Level gets its name from what were once marshes, stretching along the coast from Rye. This quiet seaside village is bordered by a beautiful beach and the edge of the Weald sandstone cliffs. At low tide, in the right conditions, you can see a sunken forest buried in the sand – believed to date from around 8000 years ago, around the time of the last ice age – as well as the shipwreck of the warship HMS Anne, sunk in 1690.

The village is nestled between the larger towns of Rye & Hastings, and is just a short drive from the stunning sand dunes of Camber Sands. It has none of the hustle and bustle of its larger neighbours, but plenty of charm. Nearby are the Pett Pools – large shallow lakes that are a haven for birdlife.

The nearest stations are at Winchelsea, Rye or Hastings – trains take just over an hour from London Victoria. (The drive from London is less than two hours). There are plenty of walks in the surrounding area.

Things to do

A break here can be as quiet and rural, or as busy and bustling as you like.

If a slow pace appeals, then walks on the beach and into the surrounding countryside will be high on your list. The beach at Pett Level is shingle with sand at low tide, bordered by cliffs. From here you can always head inland, following the route of the Royal Military Canal (built to defend this part of the coast during the Napoleanic wars). The beach at Winchelsea is similarly quiet remote, and enjoys miles of sand at low tide. The Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is 1149 acres of low lying land, teeming with wildlife, and a Site of Specific Scientific Interest, as well as being a good place to explore more of the military history of the area. Hastings Country Park was once the site of a Bronze Age fort, and is now 660 acres of protected woodland, cliffs and heathland.

If you’re looking for a slightly more up-tempo break on the South Coast, then being so close to both Rye and Hastings will really appeal. Hastings has a wonderful historic old quarter, home to quirky and independent shops, galleries, and cafés, the stylish and world-renowned Jerwood Gallery, home to an incredible collection of contemporary art, and the more traditionally seaside Pier and promenade, complete with deckchairs for hire, adventure golf, and amusement arcades.

Rye is famed for its medieval half-timbered houses, the 14th Century Ypres tower (once part of the town’s defences, but now home to the Rye Castle Museum), and its picturesque cobbled streets. One of Sussex’s best-kept secrets, Rye is also home to wonderful independent shops selling everything from vintage kitchenware to art. The Kino cinema, in a converted church, has its own terrace, mezzanine and bar.

Further inland, the stunning countryside stretches all the way to the Surrey Hills, and the South Downs National Park.

Food & Drink

Pett is blessed with not one but two local pubs; the Two Sawyers and the Royal Oak – both offering good beer, traditional surroundings, and a warm welcome. It would be a shame not to try them both! The Red Pig Food Truck is an American diner come shepherd’s hut on the beach road towards Winchelsea, which serves simple beach food (think the best sausage sarnies and halloumi wraps) alongside delicious cakes and coffee.

Rye is overflowing with places to eat, drink and even shop (should you prefer to enjoy the BBQ at home). Webbe’s at the Fish Café is great for seafood, as the name suggests, or try the Mermaid Inn for upscale dining in the most traditional of 15th century surroundings. The Fig is a lovely independent café focussing on local ingredients and locally roasted coffee. The Rye Bay Scallop Festival, usually held in February, is a mecca for foodies.

There is plenty of seafront dining in Hastings. The Boatyard is a café-bar with terrace overlooking the water in the Hastings Contemporary Gallery, offering an interesting organic and biodynamic wine list from across Europe. Maggie’s Fish & Chips has been serving Hastings for thirty years and is known for fresh fish and generous portions. For a unique experience try the Boulevard bookshop and Thai café – a secondhand bookshop by day, which serves the freshest Thai food from 6.30pm onwards – bring your own wine, and browse the bookshelves while enjoying your meal!

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