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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Camber, Rye, East Sussex, England

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nick01728...
Northampton, United Kingdom
1 review
“Really relaxing break , and what a fabulous beach !!”
Reviewed July 2, 2014 for a stay in May 2014

We stayed here with our friends for a few days and found the property excellent, the decor was light and fresh and fully equiped , although all our party are retired so didn't make use of the wiii .Wi Fi was good and there was a useful guide to all the local attractions including the Green Owl pub which served great home cooked food .
We relaxed in the evenings on the decking and made use of the shiny bbq , local farm shop providing the burgers etc.We walked over the dunes most days to find a really lovely beach which is kept nice and clean and the Kit Kat Cafe provides the obligatory ' cup of tea '.
The beds were soft and comfortable and the bathrooms spotless and we liked the kitchen / diner in prference to lounge / diners which we have stayed in before , seems so much better to retire to the lounge after a hearty meal.

All in all a really relaxing stay with a great location, within walking distance of Rye , 5 miles ,which is great for antiques and a lovely church and castle .

Will definately be returning

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Liked best: house decor and equipment / fabulous beach !!
Liked least: nothing , apart from it raining one day !!
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 65+
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hp2493
Canterbury, Kent
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“A nice house for a short stay, dependent on neighbours!”
Reviewed June 20, 2014 for a stay in May 2014
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We stayed in Sandy Retreat during the Easter holidays 2014. We were an adult group of two couples and a single. Overall, it's a nice house with most things you would need. It's nicely decorated and well cared for, and the location is great for the beach or a walk into Rye. The free wi-fi is very welcome and there's a useful pack of local information available.

We probably wouldn't return as it didn't quite suit our needs as well as expected and wasn't quite as described (see below - no large garden, no sleigh bed in bedroom 2, etc), but if this type of property is what you are looking for and you are a group of no more than four adults, it could be great.

The niggles:
- We asked for an inventory so we'd know what to pack but were not provided with one, so for anyone else staying: there is no teapot (!), no oven gloves, and no hand towels provided for the third bedroom. There is one loo roll per loo so if you're a larger group take some extra!
- The house had been cleaned but not *cleared* following the previous group's stay - there was half a bottle of random shower gel in the bathroom, half-empty packets of pasta in the kitchen cupboards, etc; which should have been removed. A bottle of wine and a cake had been left which was a nice touch, but no personal message and we would rather other people's food be removed than more left! The recycling bin had also been left full in the rear courtyard - in the wind it had blown over and the contents strewn across the yard which was rather unpleasant to arrive to and should have been emptied or secured.
- The board games etc are very tatty with pieces missing etc. Would be better to chuck altogether rather than having unusable things! One of the Wii handsets also didn't work (despite changing batteries etc) so no multiplayer games.
- The outside space is described as a "large garden" on the website, but it is actually a small courtyard, mostly gravelled. It needs some love - there are big pots with very dead plants! The weather wasn't great for sitting out when we were there, but if you're travelling with children there's very little outdoor playing space. On this point, the smallness of the yards means that your neighbours are VERY close, and if they have a small child and no manners (yes, people staying at number 5, I'm talking to you...), you will be woken up at 6.15am on a Sunday by a small child bouncing on her trampoline and screaming for Nana to come and play with her. Every word spoken in both adjoining gardens can be heard clearly due to the slatted fences. You have been warned.
- There is no shower in the main bathroom (there's a shower head, but no wall fixing - see pics), so anyone wanting a shower has to use the en-suite in bedroom one. Again, not great for a house that supposedly sleeps eight. In reality, it sleeps two adult couples, plus up to three small children, which could be made clearer in the information. The third bedroom is really not suitable for adults.

These factors mean we wouldn't go back as this group, but if you were a group of up to two couples with children, it could suit you very well. Just pack your loo roll!

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Liked best: Location, decor, wifi
Liked least: Noisy neighbours, lack of clearing from prev guests
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
3 Jul 2014
Firstly, thank you for your review and I am glad to hear that you found your stay to be 'nice' however, I am sorry to hear of your 'niggles' but also surprised as after my follow-up email to you after your holiday which was in in May and not Easter you replied.

Hello Richard,
Thanks for your message, we had a lovely (but windy!) stay at Sandy Retreat. It's a lovely house in a great location. The only thing missing was a teapot!
Kind regards,
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In your email none of the points you have raised in your Trip Advisor review were mentioned besides the teapot situation which we have now remedied. I have also mentioned the oven-gloves having gone missing (they were certainly there previously) and to the Property Management company the hand towel for the third bedroom, which they have taken on board.

As above I really am sorry that there were aspects about Sandy Retreat that were not to your satisfaction and at this stage can only apologise for some of the points rather than right them for you, which we would of course have done during your stay should you have contacted the Property Management contact, whose details are provided for this very reason, they would happily have come and removed previous guests left over dry stores and supplied more toilet rolls, although for a 3 night stay the 3 rolls should have been ample for your needs.

We describe the garden as large as it is for the size of the property as you can see by the pictures in the advert. Regarding the state of the plants, being that you stayed at the beginning of May meant that its was early in the season before they put on their new growth as I am sure you would notice in any garden at that time of year.

The property in relation to other properties in White Sand and the slated fencing I am unable to rectify for you, however I would like to state that these aspects of the property are not hidden from potential guests, our property photographs clearly show the fencing and that there are other properties nearby, unfortunately, that one of the properties neighbouring Sandy Retreat had a young child staying on holiday, who liked to use a trampoline is out of our control.

Regards to the number of occupants, our website does state that the cottage has three bedrooms - the master and second both have double beds and the third bedroom is suitable for children with, 'with bunk beds and another single bed with pull out truckle bed'. The bunk beds are full size single beds which can be convert into bunk beds, only the truckle bed is slightly smaller but still ok for a small adult.

The main bathroom is described as having a shower fitting which it does have, albeit, this is not wall mounted however we do not describe it as such.

The board games have been added as extras and played with by guests, most of them are aimed at children occasionally bits go missing. We have asked the management company to go through the games and remove those that have missing items.

Much of your feedback - regarding the supplies, garden plants, recycling bin and board games has gone back to the owner to be put right for future bookings and we hope that your feedback and our reply has helped reassured both yourselves (as we hope you will come and stay again, even if it is not in the grouping of this stay) and future holiday makers that 'niggles' that you had during your stay have been taken on board and addressed to ensure they do not occur for future guests.

We are pleased that despite all the niggles you would recommend Sandy Retreat to a friend.
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Molinko
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“A lovely house, in a great location”
Reviewed April 25, 2014 for a stay in April 2014

We spent a week at Sandy Retreat over Easter with friends and our children, and can really recommend this lovely holiday home. It's perfectly equipped with everything you need including 2 pushchairs, so we didn't even pack ours!
Comfy beds, good water pressure in the shower, and a kitchen that had everything we needed to cook for 7 people.
The house location is ideal, Camber Sands is a fantastic beach. We particularly enjoyed kite flying and paddling. We packed a lot into our holiday but were always pleased to arrive back at this lovely house.

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Travelling group: Young Children
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Laura S
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Brilliant City Escape”
Reviewed November 19, 2013 for a stay in November 2013

Just what we needed for a short weekend getaway. Very quick transport links from London, conveniently located a few minutes walk from the beautiful beach at Camber, and also only a short drive into the town of Rye.

The house was in excellent condition, the kitchen was extremely well stocked, great entertainment (TV, DVD player, Wii, ipod dock), and we all loved snuggling up to the gas fire.

Owners of the house were very considerate leaving welcome pack with the necessities (milk, tea, juice...), really appreciated upon arrival.

Would definitey recommend to people for a weekend away, we are keen to go back in spring/summer next time.

Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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621LindaA
Wigan
1 review
“Great Cottage in a great location”
Reviewed September 8, 2013 for a stay in August 2013

Beautifully appointed house, set in a very pretty estate , everything you could possibly want had been thought of, especially if holidaying with children. Furnished to a high standard, Beds and sofas really comfortable. There was all the beach equipment you could need, and the cottage also had board games and toys for the children. The owners had left detailed instructions how to use everything, and also a comprehensive guide to the local area and restaurants.
The beach was lovely and only a 5 min drive from the cottage. Camber Sands is very quiet but well located to visit larger towns such as Rye and Hastings.

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Liked best: There was everything you needed in a beautiful setting.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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