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“A dream weekend at the Chantry”
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Safe Indoor sunbathing in the Real Sunlight Room
The 'French' Bedroom
Cinema Room
The Beach Sun Retreat
The front garden and the Koi pond
Beach adjacent to house
The dj setup in the sunroom
'St Tropez Style Living Area
Living Area
'St Tropez' style living area at night
Living area at night
The Living Area by Day
Hallway/Entrance
Staircase
The 'Bling' Bedroom
The 'bling' bathroom featuring Jacuzzi roll top bath
'French' Bedroom
'french' bathroom
The Kitchen
The Beach Sun Retreat
The  Range Cooker
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3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Dymchurch, Kent, England

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hugo73
London
1 review
“A dream weekend at the Chantry”
Reviewed 8 September 2011 for a stay in June 2011

I loved the Chantry beach sun retreat, we had such a great weekend there - it's truly fabulous and every bit as good as it looked in the photos. The two main bedrooms are stunning but for me the best bit was the open plan dining/ living space with the sun loungers (and real sunlight!) at one end and bar at the other - it's a beautiful, huge space to relax in. The whole place has been furnished to a really high standard yet with loads of character and on the one day that it rained, it was a pleasure to sit inside basking on the sun loungers, making our own cocktails at the bar and listening to tunes - if only every weekend could be like that! Off that space was the cinema room which I loved and wished I'd spent more time in but I was pretty busy relaxing next door or outside on the swingseat!

It's amazingly close to the beach (2 minutes walk, accessed via a little wooden footbridge) which is lovely and sandy, although it got a bit windy when we were there. Luckily we caught some sun and managed a quick dip and even though it was a summer weekend, it wasn't crowded as the access from the Chantry is away from the main thoroughfare so another definite plus point!

We didn't spend much time in Dymchurch itself but it seemed to have everything when we popped down for provisions. We also had a great Nepalese take away one night which I highly recommend. All in all, a great getaway place and a great place to have a party too!

I would definitely recommend this place and would love to go back, maybe in winter to really take advantage of the indoor sun.

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Liked best: The dining/ living area
Liked least: The small bedroom, not that we used it
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
20 Sep 2011
Thank you for your very kind review and really pleased you got so much from your break!
We look forward to welcoming you back. Since both of you really enjoyed playing with all the music and lighting systems I am sure you will enjoy the new upgraded blu-ray surround system I installed last week in the cinema room :)
Sunny Regards,
Karl
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
Reviewed 31 August 2011 for a stay in August 2011

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Liked best: The sun room
Liked least: Nothing to dislike
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
12 Sep 2011
Dear Linda,
Thank you so much for your lovely review!
Really pleased that it worked out so well for your kids staying over as well. We look forward to hopefully seeing you again soon :)
Thanks and sunny regards,
Karl
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Andrea B
Rainham, United Kingdom
1 review
“Unique, stunning and imaginative accommodation in a fantastic location with direct access to a quiet, sandy beach”
Reviewed 22 August 2011 for a stay in July 2011

How do I start to do justice to this amazing, feature-packed property? It is the entire ground floor of what used to be an historic landmark hotel in a quiet and exclusive area just a few minutes walk along the seafront from Dymchurch. (The upper floor is unoccupied and closed off awaiting refurbishment).

The garden is large and sunny with direct access to the seafront and quiet, sandy beaches. We particularly liked the luxury swing bed next to the pond.

The property is lavishly decorated to a very high standard, with dramatic and sumptuously dressed bedrooms, bathrooms and hallways, a light and airy kitchen and a huge living area packed with imaginative features and wonderful lighting effects that make it a really restful or fun place to be depending on how you use it! We loved the original hotel bar in the corner, DJ equipment, swing seat, indoor waterfall and the separate cinema room for tv and films.

The intriguing 'Real Sunlight' is absolutely brilliant! We really enjoyed basking in the warm light and found we could totally relax in the security of sunbathing indoors without having to keep an eye out for stray dogs and frisbees! As a family with an assortment of aches, pains, stresses and sleep problems I can honestly say we all felt much better and we thought it was a fantastic idea to put this in a holiday home.

Dymchurch itself is a traditional English seaside village, attracting mainly young families who tend to cluster around the beaches closest to the amenities about 5-10 minutes away. There is a small but adequate supermarket, and pubs, fish and chip shops and other takeaways, small cafes and restaurants all within about ten minutes walk into the village. Others are located a short drive away in nearby towns.

The seafront has undergone some changes recently. There is a newly rebuilt and rather elegant Sea Wall along the bay, sheltering Dymchurch from the tides. This has the effect of a two-tiered promenade. The top tier (to which the property has direct access) has outstanding views both out to sea one way and also the other way out over the beautiful surrounding countryside, the lower promenade nestles beneath it beside the wall and from that about 15 wide steps run the length of the beach down onto the firm sand (there are ramps at places). The tide goes out for about a quarter of a mile and it is a great place for photographers and walkers as well as sunbathers.

Would we go back? We didn't want to leave. We have stayed in many UK holiday rentals over the last 30 years and increasingly have been seeking out something different and this one certainly provides that. Our teenagers really enjoyed the many facilities in the house and were fully appreciative of the wi-fi enabling them to carry on with their social networking. I'd especially recommend it to small groups of family and friends (when the upstairs is refurbished it is going to be ideal for larger groups) or even couples seeking to treat themselves to a romantic and secluded getaway!

In all, an amazing holiday home in a lovely location and a very helpful owner who was keen to make the stay as relaxing and enjoyable as possible.

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Liked best: The Real Sunlight feature worked some magic!
Liked least: Single bedroom quite small but there is storage room nearby
Travelling group: Family with Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
5 Sep 2011
Thank you so much Andrea and family for taking the time to write such a detailed review. We created something a "little different" and are really pleased that you were able to relax and enjoy the space. As we are just starting out, this means a lot to us! Hope you welcome you and family here again. Sunny Regards, Karl
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