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“Amazingly well equipped dream home”
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Review of Beach Sun Retreat

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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, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 11
Dymchurch, Kent, England

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Ed L
London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Amazingly well equipped dream home”
Reviewed March 10, 2013 for a stay in February 2013

Five of us stayed at the Beach Sun Retreat during a particularly cold spell in February and couldn't have wished for a better place to hide from the snow and wind. It's hard to imagine what the house is really like from the website photos but we had high expectations - and the house exceeded all of them.

It's right on the beach, so in warmer weather it would be a perfect base for a real beach holiday - you literally walk out of the garden and you're on the beach (one of the biggest and nicest in the UK). The house is beautiful, a former hotel turned into a true dream home that borders on the completely bonkers while simultaneously being one of the most well-equipped and practical houses you'll stay in.

The kitchen's particularly great - huge with state-of-the-art appliances and gadgets. The two double bedrooms are plush with amazing bathrooms. And the main area is like something you'd see on MTV Cribs - it's like an Ibizan villa with a built-in beach party. The sun lamps are a wonderful novelty and were so welcome to us in the middle of winter - we were able to relax in our beach wear while drinking cocktails as it snowed outside! Being music fans it was also great to have a good soundsystem and equipment to play our favourite tunes.

The style of the house is quite unique... OTT extravagance done in a very stylish way, with crazy 'bling' features but enough space and practicality that it's not tacky. It's fun and playful but also brilliantly practical - it's the kind of house I'm sure we'd all love to live in (for a while, at least!).

Karl and his friends did everything they could to make our stay as comfortable as possible and were particularly helpful when we were delayed (by 8 hours!) on our journey down. We only stayed for a weekend and because of the weather didn't get out and about much, but there are few houses that would be so much fun to stay in like we did.

Highly recommended for small groups of friends (note that it's two double rooms and two single rooms) and families with teenage kids. We'll be back at some point - can't wait to see what it's like when the upstairs is finished!

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Liked best: Sunshine and space indoors in the middle of winter.
Travelling group: Friends
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Management Response
12 Mar 2013
Thank you Ed for your wonderfully kind review. We loved your description of the main area "something you'd see on MTV Cribs - like an Ibizan villa with a built-in beach party". Who would have thought you'd find such an oasis of pleasure on the Kent coast! Let's hope we can welcome you back soon.
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Kasha G
Cirencester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Heaven on earth”
Reviewed December 29, 2012 for a stay in December 2012

We have just returned from a most magical Christmas break!!
It was the most miserable Christmas ever, rained all day every day, but our Christmas venue was Sizzling hot, with Bali sunshine all day every day.
It truly felt like we were on the beach, I wish I brought my sunglasses!!!
Karl was an amazing host, every step of the way, from the moment we booked, to the time we departed.
Nothing was a problem, in spite of me driving him mad with many questions!!!
The housekeeper welcomed us in spite of us arriving very late on Saturday night and she was on call 24/7 should we require anything!!!
This is an amazing house with a real wow factor, it will appeal to all ages and al kind of gatherings, it is romantic, trendy, exceptionally spacious, wacky, vintage and modern, lighting throughout the house is amazing, music system/DJ station a real hit with my teenage daughters, every last detail has been thought off. Nothing is off limits; you do feel like a king in your own Castle!!!
.We is in the same business, short term rental, so we are not easy customers to please!!!!
Well done Karl for creating a truly Unique Home!!!!

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
9 Jan 2013
Thank you so much Kasha for your very kind review!! I am absolutely delighted that yourself and your family enjoyed your Christmas break, not least since your own properties are of such amazing standard...
Sunny regards,
Karl
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Sharon S
Croydon, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“This is a must go to holiday experience”
Reviewed November 11, 2012 for a stay in June 2012

I booked the sun retreat holiday for my wedding anniversary , we ended up with a house full ! It was a complete surprise for my husban who was blind folded for most of the journy so he didnt know the area we was even headed to ! On arrival he said oh my god have you booked us to rent a beach house , to which i replied opening the door ' this is no ordinary beach house !' my husband and son ran from room to room saying oh my god !! especially in the sun room with dj decks and cinema room . This truely is an amazing stay and comes soooo highly recommended . Rain or shine what ever the season . This is definately a returnable place for us to come back to and Karl the owner is a really helpful and friendly chap . See you soon Karl we will come back soon x

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Liked best: Location and decor
Liked least: The ducks !
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
6 Dec 2012
Very grateful for your kind review Sharon and so happy your husband enjoyed his surprise! Look forward to welcoming you back! Since you stayed we have now invested in an amazing new cooker, which really makes you feel like a superchef :) Thanks again for staying at the Beach Sun Retreat!
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Bradley R
Tampa, Florida
1 review
“Exceptional property and wonderful host”
Reviewed September 13, 2012 for a stay in July 2012

Rented the beach sun retreat for one-week for family while organizing a relay of the English Channel. Entire family was happy and had an incredibly relaxing time and enjoyed relaxing in the house itself, walking along the seawall and beach, and the surrounding area. Karl, the host, was very friendly and has thought of every detail with the place. Highest recommendation for a visit!

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Liked best: Large living spaces and kitchen made for a relaxing and social getaway
Travelling group: Young Children
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Management Response
18 Oct 2012
Thank you Bradley for a very kind review! Since you were visiting all the way from California we are delighted that you had a great week!
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Jaimie D
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“a Mediterannean holiday - in Kent”
Reviewed September 11, 2012 for a stay in August 2012

An amazing house with brilliant facilities and charm - this is a great place to go with teenagers who can keep themselves busy all day long watching films in the cinema, spinning tunes in the DJ booth and chilling at the indoor beach with real sunlight. While the real beach is literally 30 seconds away offering an incredible pristine expanse of white sand and fantastic views across to France on a clear day.

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Liked best: the design and facilities
Liked least: nothing negative to report
Travelling group: Teenagers
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Management Response
18 Oct 2012
Very happy your family had a great time, especially your teenagers being kept entertained! So far you are our only academy award nominated guest and keeping our fingers crossed you will win next time :)
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bfisher
UK
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Unique accommodation”
Reviewed August 28, 2012 for a stay in July 2012

Anyone doing their homework here will have found most of the info already. So I'll focus on bits that suprised me to some extent.
The house is full of gadgets. e.g. the lighting for the main room (not counting the beach gizmo) was I think 16 switches before you plugged in any of the optional disco paraphernalia.
The kitchen is bigger than the photos make out. Actually I'd say the whole house is bigger than I expected.
Dymchurch beach is great - very long and soft sand great for children like mine who love sandcastles etc. Not too busy either.
The DJ equipment is indeed high end.
The cinema room has 6 old flap-down cinema seats if I recall rightly. Its a zany and welcome touch in keeping with the property, but if you that style seat a touch uncomfortable you may find the same here. Mind you if you are watching too much telly on holiday somethings wrong.
The fish pond and main garden is at the front of the property, which is at the end of a very quiet road leading nowhere. So it still feels fairly secluded.
Karl is fantastically friendly and helpful - very much a "nothings too much bother" attitude.

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Liked best: Unusual character
Liked least: Kitchen storage msotly in high cupboards
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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Robert K
London
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“An quirky holiday home produced to a very high standard”
Reviewed August 28, 2012 for a stay in March 2012

The house has been kitted out to an excellent standard, as well as having all the toys required by both the adults and the toddler to keep everyone entertained. The full commercial kitchen is excellent for cooking up big holiday meals for a large group. We wish Karl every success with completing the project on the upper floors.

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Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
1 Sep 2012
Thank you Robert for your very kind review! I look forward to welcoming your again soon! Sunny Regards, Karl
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