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Arrivals and Departures:
Check-in time: 17:00
Check-out time: 10:00
Reservation Deposit: 50%
Balance: 91 days prior to arrival
Sleeps: 16 +
Finding a house and location in England more stunning than this might be tougher than prising a favourite teddy from a tot's paws but, despite that, the fabulously chic yet child-friendly Angmering on Sea Beach House is actually surprisingly accessible, being within 90mins of central London, and very affordable, when booked by 12-16.
Set directly on the sand and shingle beach at Angmering-on-Sea nr Littlehampton, the house was once the club house and lido of the local country club but has recently been converted into an exceptionally spacious, stylish and luxurious family retreat spanning across 5500 sq ft. The owners clearly have a keen eye for detail with some exquisite yet sturdy accessories complimenting the New England-style interior design and thoughtful use of space to ensure a good mix of 'zones' so even groups of 16 would find plenty of space for both relaxation and sociability, not to mention the direct access to the beach and plenty of places to make the most of the panoramic coastal views!
Big groups may like to take advantatge of additional services from full-time cook, daily cleaning, housekeeper, nannies, babysitting, pre-arrival internet shopping unpacking and even butlers ensure a relaxing and memorable stay.
The impressive house has seven bedrooms spread over two floors. The ground floor is extensive, comprising of a bright entrance hall with direct access to all rooms with exception of the kitchen. There is a handy cloakroom for sandy shoes and a downstairs family shower room. The spacious lounge is the hub of the house with a large wood burning stove, decadent chandeliers and plenty of comfortable seating making it the perfect place to unwind and relax after a busy day exploring. The super sleek kitchen is fully equipped with everything required to whip up a family feast along with handy breakfast bar for casual dining. The kitchen leads into an extensive dining area perfect for a special occassion and a thoughtful games area which offers a great additional space for children when parents fancy a bit of grown up time.
The bedrooms are split over both floors. On the ground floor, refered to as the 'Club Wing' there are three bedrooms all of which have sea/beach views. The first room, named 'The Strand' is located off the lobby and has a double bed, ensuite wet room with shower and bath plus direct access to the beach garden. The neighbouring Club Room is a further spacious double with ensuite shower room and again direct access to the beach garden. The final ground floor room named Stanley is located at the side rear of the house and has a double bed and ensuite bathroom.
Upstairs there are two impressive beach front doubles, 'The White Room' and 'French Vanilla', both of which have ensuite shower rooms and access to the balcony which is an idyllic spot for relaxing with a glass of wine as the sun sets. The two further rooms face inland and share a family shower room. There is a final double name the Ocean Blue is a cosy room and neighbours the four berth Bunk Room which is perfect for little ones.
The fabulous interiors, sociable garden set up and the fact the beach (pebbled at high tide, sandy at low tide) is on the doorstep makes it very tempting not to leave the house at all. There's no need to venture far with the villages of Angmering-on-Sea and East Preston within a few minutes walk which features a village shop, seaside kiosk, Indian and Chinese restaurants, surfers’ continental café, fish & chip shop, specialist wine merchant, hairdresser, beauty clinic, dentist, three pubs and other shops.
For a longer walk with a far more rewarding pay off, carry on 10mins to Littlehampton and its striking East Beach Cafe, which rises like a mussel-shell out of the shoreline. Designed by Heatherwick it has won numerous architecture awards and is just as enjoyable for a sunday brunch en famille as a champagne celebration dinner. Littlehampton is quite a bustling little seaside town, especially during weekends when there are a cluster of toddler-friendly rides and bouncy castles on its seafront.
Travelling in the opposite direction, along the coast is Brighton (approx. 20-30mins by car), which has a great selection of bistros and handily pedestrianised 'Laines' shopping area, plus a pier fairground and lovely boardwalk with cafes on the seafront itself. BFB recommends Pinxto People,a sophisticated tapas bar and deli a few minutes walk from the BCP car park on Regency Square, which has a cool yet family-friendly vibe and excellent menu including specials for niños. If you can't stop, get takeaway.
For a fab family day out, try Drusilla’s Park and zoo near Alfriston (about 30mins by car). It will keep toddlers entertained for hours with its animal attractions, two special playzones for under sixes, the indoor paint’n’make section and fantastic Thomas the Tank Engine ride complete with real life Sir Toppham Hat A.K.A Fat Controller to less PC generations!
Also within easy reach are Arundel with its brilliant antique shops and Goodwood - slope off to the spa and leave your partner to drool over the cars!
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