The cottage was so quaint and so so cosy. Beside The Sea were so helpful when I was booking and I couldn't decide which cottage to book!
The cottage was stunning and in a perfect location on the beach - and up the road from Rye and Dungeness!
I'm just about to book again!!
We only stayed 4 nights and would have loved to stay longer. Great position for a quiet get away. Extremely dog friendly too - enclosed decked garden and also a further communal grass marshland area for dogs. Tasteful interiors with good quality linen and beds. Empty beaches and clear roads this time of year which we appreciated. Had a wonderful delivered take away curry from Rye and we are very picky about our curry! Would have had a 5 if windows were cleaned.
I had organised a surprise weekend to Camber/Rye for my boyfriend's birthday and we stayed at Coastguard's Lookout for 2 nights. We didn't arrive until around 7pm on a Friday, so couldn't really see much outside because it was already getting dark. I like how isolated the house is - the main reason for booking this house was because I wanted to stargaze in the garden at night (no light pollution) and because it's right by the sea so we could go for romantic strolls during the day.
First impressions of the house was good - small but cute with a modern seaside/nature themed decor. We thought the complimentary shortbread biscuits, chocolate cake, bottle of milk and apple juice were a nice touch! The bed was comfortable and we thought the upstairs attic area with the bathtub and velux window was cool - we didn't use the bathtub but we did try to do some stargazing through the velux window at night.
Unfortunately, there were some downsides to the house and they are mostly cleanliness and equipment related. On our first night we wanted to cook some dinner on arrival. The plates we got out from the 'plate trolley' were dirty, so we had to wash everything thoroughly first before we used them. There were no kitchen towels, tin foil or cling film available at the house and the bathroom bin was not lined. While I don't expect these things and they're really no big deal, I do think these are basic items that would be nice to have when visiting a home away from home. The oven light was also broken, so the owner may want to get that fixed.
We had discovered lots of small black lumps around the house during our stay. They were mainly on the sofas and footstool, but we also saw some on the kitchen floor. At first I thought they were just those tiny little furry bugs and thought nothing of them... until my boyfriend told me that they are in fact mouse faeces. I didn't believe him at first, not until I heard skittering and gnawing noises across the wooden floor in the kitchen when we were watching TV in the lounge. I didn't think it was that big a deal, but later when we were in bed trying to sleep we heard more noise above us coming from the attic. Again, same kind of skittering and gnawing noises. The next day, we decided to set up our own humane mouse trap using an empty mop bucket and some chocolate cake to see if we can catch anything. There were indeed some mouse action during the night, because the chocolate cake had disappeared by the morning and the mouse had left 4-5 lumps of faeces inside the bucket.. Unfortunately we didn't know that mice could jump and climb up smooth vertical surfaces of up to 1 feet (says google), so that meant the mouse was able to escape after it fell into the bucket. It clearly enjoyed the cake and had fully digested it before deciding to leave!!
All the windows were extremely dirty and needs a desperate clean both inside and out. I understand that the house is right by the sea, so windows will understandably get more dirty more frequently.. but the windows are also extremely dirty on the inside. We had to wipe the attic window down (using tissue, which ended up being black) from the inside, just so we could see some stars in the evening.
There are quite a few dead bugs and spiders around window sills, inside cupboards and on the ceiling hanging off spiderwebs. Some floorboards are not properly nailed down (note the one in the double bedroom, at the end of the bed near the wall) and some areas of the downstairs floorboards were quite rough.
It was nice that towels were supplied (and bed linen), but one of the bath towels smelt really badly of damp and one of the hand towels were dirty. Luckily as it was just the two of us, it meant we could just grab the spare towels from the spare twin bedroom.
We weren't provided with many logs for the log burner/fireplace, maybe 5-6 small logs - less than what their picture shows. We did expect more (every house/cottage we've been in had provided a good supply), but we went out to buy some more anyway which was only £3.50 a bag, so not bad I guess.
Other than the cleanliness and mice, my boyfriend and I had an enjoyable stay at Coastguard's Lookout and we would definitely recommend it to others - as long as the house gets a good clean / mice evicted! Sophie the owner had also very kindly let us check out at 12pm instead of 10am, which meant we were able to have a lie in and cook some breakfast in the morning without having to rush.
An amazing location for a relaxing week by the coast. Well appointed house which had everything we needed and more. Loved the garden and sat out and relaxed every evening. Cosy living room with wonderful wood burner made the late evenings lovely. Very comfy bedrooms and a great shower. Such a peaceful location and would thoroughly recommend it as a great location for sailing, walking, beaches, railways and cream teas!
My wife and I along with our Golden Retriever Piper had such a lovely break at this cottage for the past 2 days. The cottage is very warm and cosy and how anyone can say that it is draughty amazes me. We had some lovely homemade biscuits and a cake as well as a bottle of Apple Juice in the fridge, which was a lovely touch. We had some gorgeous long walks on the deserted beach. The bed linen and towels were of very good quality and the bed itself was so comfortable. Than you Richard for your help and kindness in booking this cottage. We will be back for certain. Gill, Derek and Piper.
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