The Salty Shepherd
Camber, East Sussex | Sleeps 2 | Bedrooms 1 | Parking: Yes | Pet friendly: Yes | Wi-Fi: No
£110 per night midweek, £120 at weekends. 2 night minimum stay
Throw open the door, breathe in the salty air, and leave the stresses of modern life behind.
The Salty Shepherd is fully insulated and features a double bed with a memory foam mattress . It has English Oak floorboards, full length linen curtains and 100% French linen sheets.
The kitchen features a butler sink, hot and cold taps, a gas hob and dresser unit. All crockery, cutlery, saucepans, tea towels and washing up liquid are provided. Although there is no fridge, there is a coolbox and access to a fridge in a barn at the farm. You will also find a woodburning stove, two chairs plus a small table.
The bathroom, although small, has a full sized shower with hot and cold water and good water pressure, a small basin and eco toilet. You will also find Egyptian cotton towels and Romney Wool Company bath products.
Outside there are far reaching views, a seating area with two chairs and a parasol and an all important firepit.
Pantry items include tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk and sugar.
There is plenty of parking at the farm including a charging point for electric cars
Electricity: The Salty Shepherd is off grid and there is no plug for charging phones. We recommend bringing a car charger for this purpose.
Dogs: A maximum of two dogs are permitted to stay at £10 each.
Minimum stay: Two nights, but one night may be considered at a higher rate.
Extras: A breakfast box containing locally sourced items is available to order. Being so close to the sea, there is an abundant supply of fresh seafood for your BBQ and the owners can point you in the direction of Rye Bay Fish.
Many guests will be content to soak up the scenery, make the short walk to the beach, and otherwise never leave! But there is plenty to explore in the surrounding area – a car is definitely a good idea if you plan to see the sights. There is parking available for the Salty Shepherd. The more active may well be happy to get around by bike – it is a great way to explore Romney Marsh, and hire is available nearby.
The fascinating medieval town of Rye, the nature reserve at Dungeness and the historic town of Hastings are all within easy reach by car. Rye offers the nearest station, and is just 10 minutes drive away.
Things to Do
Romney Marsh itself has enough to keep most visitors busy. This is one of the most important wildlife sites in the world and home to many species not found anywhere else in the UK, as well as an important stopping-off point for migrating birds. Bring your binoculars! The Nature Reserve of Dungeness is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and home to 600 species of plants. The Marsh is also home to many historic churches, pubs and other buildings – the numerous picturesque villages are easily explored by bike, thanks to the area being largely flat.
Given that this area boasts so much wonderful coastline, water-based activities are also well catered for. Sea-fishing takes place from the beach or by boat, while coarse-fishing is also available slightly inland on the various lakes. Rye Watersports, based on a coastal lake just a short walk from Rye centre, offers windsurfing, sailing, and paddle boarding instruction and hire, with kitesurfing courses available at Camber Sands or Greatstone beaches.
Nearby Rye is worthy of its reputation as a destination town. It offers Rye Castle, fantastic places to eat & drink, and some wonderful individual shops selling everything from local art to French kitchenware and bric a brac. While Hastings, only slightly further afield, has a wealth of museums, beautiful parks, an aquarium, a RIBA award-winning pier, and the famous Jerwood Gallery of contemporary art.
Food and Drink
The owner of the Salty Shepherd offers delicious breakfasts hampers – and is a keen supporter of local produce. The sausages are particularly good! And who can resist the charm of cooking in the open air? With the wonderful fire pit BBQ on offer, you may want to explore the fantastic independent food shops in Rye; they can provide all the local ingredients you might need for an outdoor feast.
But there are plenty of wonderful local places to eat that are well worth a visit, too. The Gallivant in Camber, a former motel turned Hampton’s-style hotel and restaurant, is famous for its regularly changing menu filled with local produce – 90% of it is sourced from within a 10 mile radius. Similarly fashionable, The George in Rye serves modern European food in a 16th century setting. The Owl in Camber is a traditional pub with a modern twist, serving local fish along with a great range of beers and wines; their ‘Owlers Beach Grill’ is a summer favourite with lighter meals on offer alongside home-cooked favourites.