The Camber Beach House
Fans of modern architecture will love this beautifully designed, eco-friendly beach house. Designed by award-winning architects who specialise in coastal homes, the shingle-clad exterior, soaring apex ceilings and clean white lines mean you could be in the Hamptons. Instead (and we think, even better), you are just moments from the stunning dunes and wide, sandy beach of Camber Sands – one of the jewels of the Sussex coast.
Of course being brand new means that this house is designed very much with modern living in mind – so all of the spacious double bedrooms also have their own bath or shower rooms ensuite (including one bedroom and bathroom in a separate garden annexe, offering even more privacy), while the shared spaces are light, airy, and open plan; they flow seamlessly into one another for sociable living.
The kitchen is a study in beautiful understatement – with gorgeous sage green / grey shaker units, dark stone works surfaces and an Elica ‘Nikola Tesla’ hob. The bedrooms are all individually styled, and the house has small nods to its coastal location without ever being seaside twee. Quirky mood lighting, piles of books and plenty of cosy cushions and throws mean that this modern haven feels comfortable, as well as clean and minimal.
The owners have thought of everything and can also provide some lovely extras such as a pick up service from Rye station, a private chef, pilates & yoga sessions, beauty treatments and even a wedding -day breakfast. This is sure to be a very special stay.
Garden and patio: The garden is largely set to stone and features a 500 year old Olive tree. There is a 12 seater dining table, two further four seater tables, and two wooden Adirondack armchairs. It is fully enclosed, so safe for children and dogs. There is a large storage area with access via a side gate, perfect for windsurfing or other watersports kit.
The garden also features an outdoor kitchen, that boasts ample storage, a food preparation bench, and small hibachi grill. The BBQ also has gas burners.
The hot and cold outdoor shower is great for sandy pets (and humans!)
Parking: Off road parking for up to 5 cars – very rare in Camber.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome
Dogs: A maximum of 3 dogs may stay at no additional cost. Dog beds can be provided on request and one downstairs bedroom opens up directly onto the patio garden.
Minimum stay: Normally a two night minimum but one night might be considered at an additional cost, out of peak season.
Discounts: There is a 10% discount for a full week. Pricing can be reduced if only 3 or 4 bedrooms are needed. Please ask.
The Camber Beach Guest House is just moments from the unspoilt, beautiful beach of Camber Sands – the only sand dune system in East Sussex, and a beach that stretches for over three miles from the River Rother estuary to just over the Kent border. It is extremely unspoilt and rarely busy. There are two cafes on the beach. You’ll often see horses being exercised here, particularly in the early morning and at sunset.
The stunning nature reserve at Dungeness is also nearby, with abundant wildlife and a rich variety of plant life (over one third of Britain’s plant species can be found in just this one area). Artists Derek Jarman’s famous beautiful house and garden are available to visit. On the way to Dungeness don’t miss out on the famous outdoor food truck The Fish Shack. You’ll find the best catch of the day there, but arrive early!
Somewhat busier, but no less interesting to visit – Rye is just 10 minutes drive away with its medieval streets and port. This is the nearest station, with trains from London taking just over an hour. Hastings and Brighton are also within easy reach.
Things to do
With a sandy beach like this on your doorstep, it would be a shame not to make the most of the beautiful walks and water-based activities, or just spend some time in the summer lazing around with a bucket and spade. (The Camber Beach Guest House) welcomes dogs, as does Camber Sands, which has miles of dog and horse friendly sand all year round – so your furry friend can enjoy some beach time, too. And don’t forget your binoculars; you can often spot Camber Sands’ resident seal and porpoise population.
This is one of the best locations in the UK for kite-surfing and wind-surfing – the nearby Kitesurf Centre, and the Windsurf school (on the way to Rye) can provide all the gear, as well as lessons (for both children and adults). You can also hire e-bikes and take advantage of the many bike routes in the area. Camber also offers the famous Rye Golf Club, which allows guest players.
Explore the local wildlife of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve for some peaceful bird-watching, or go for the more full-throttle experience of a RIB tour from Rye harbour that takes you down the channel and out to sea, at speed!
Rye is a wonderful place to spend a day, or more, with museums, independent shops and galleries, and wonderful cafes and restaurants. National Trust properties such as Lamb House (once the home of author Henry James) provide a fascinating insight into the area’s past. Rye also has its own independent cinema, The Kino. Across the year there are events from the Scallop Festival, Jazz and music festivals, to stunning bonfire night celebrations, and a Xmas festival featuring a parade and beautiful Christmas lights.
Food and Drink
In Rye the options are endless; Webbe’s at the Fish Café is in a former warehouse, so makes a refreshing change from some of Rye’s more olde worlde buildings, while the Mermaid Inn has been an alehouse since medieval times and is a real slice of history. The Whitehouse is in one of Rye’s loveliest Georgian buildings and also hosts The Lazy Baker, who make the most delicious local bread. You couldn’t wish for a better breakfast than at The Fig on Rye High Street. There is everything from takeaway fish and chips to tea houses and Italian restaurants, too. A short drive to Peasmarsh takes you to Tillingham Winery – which offers another fabulous restaurant, wine tours and bread making classes.
Everything about our stay at The Camber Beach House was perfect. The location is wonderful: close to the sea and nearby restaurants. It is spacious adn beautifully decorated with an incredibly large garden. The house is so comfortable and luxurious but curated with personality and conversation in mind. We booked the house for a family birthday celebration and she thoughtfully left cupcakes and left champagne on ice for us. We all loved it-the party comprised of a dog, a seven year old, some twenty somethings, up to 50 and 60 somethings – and all are keen to return again to this seaside paradise.
We are still high on pure joy of spending time in this house last week. Where do I begin: every single comfort for both humans and dogs has been carefully considered. Light and airy space everywhere, bedrooms, en-suites bathrooms, kitchen and living space, equipment all ace.
The perfect location right by the wonderful sandy beach with a charming little town of Rye and dramatic Dungeness just up the road. The owner really went the extra mile for us, arranging deliveries, giving us information, booking taxis and restaurants to make our holiday just perfect. Thank you – we would all like to come again in the summer please.
Jeani is such a wonderful host, the French have the word ‘chaleureuse’; there is no direct translation in English but a mix of ‘jovial’, ‘hearty’, ‘friendly’ and ‘warm’ would cover it.
The decor is gorgeous with lots of detail, inspired (and made) locally. The rooms are spacious with beautiful bed linen and quirky touches. No candlewick bedspreads and plastic travel kettles here!
Even the doggos were catered for. Some places claim to be dog-friendly but often mean ‘tolerant’. Conversely, Jeani brought out beds for our two labs and set them in front of the fire. Despite Boomer stealing the freshly baked tarts (I wanted to die) upon spying them on the kitchen worktop, both boys were rewarded with much love and a bag of handmade gravy bone treats. She even dog-sat to allow us humans to go to the pub.
To conclude, one night simply wasn’t enough – I need to make at least five more trips to experience the other rooms – and the beach in the Summer!
The owner has excellent taste, the decor, the garden & the house all are beautiful.
We will definitely be back to enjoy the gorgeous surroundings at The Camber Beach House.