Who owns this place?
We are based in London and parents to three children, aged 10, 8 & 6. We love East Sussex and Kent, and Camber Sands appealed as one of the very few sand (rather than shingle) beaches within a short driving distance of London. We usually make the journey to Whitesands in just over an hour, which makes it a viable location for weekends and not just holidays. We also wanted a destination that would appeal to our children at all ages, when they will be old enough to join the windsurfers & kayakers at the nearby watersports club, and even the kite-surfers at the next beach along. Ultimately, we like to get away from London as often as possible, and escape to our beach home whenever we can to relax and enjoy a total change of environment.
What do they love about it?
Our beach home is a sanctuary for us. We can be on the sands in under 10 minutes on foot, off with our brood and beach bags for a thoroughly wonderful day. A route through the quiet development means we don't even have to walk alongside the main road to access the beach. The beach is also excellent for a solitary early morning run along the shoreline, or a late-afternoon/early evening visit when we sit in the dunes & break out a tea-time picnic, while the kids scamper around the beach! Two minutes walk from our door is our lovely local beach café, evidence of the ever-increasing local selection of child-friendly, good quality places to eat and drink, and this is a big part of a relaxing break for us. Long,sunny beach days are a given, and we can be on the sands from morning 'til evening in the summer months.
When the day is over our children are dunked in their bath & settled down for a favourite movie, whilst we retire to our south-facing garden or garden room with the newspapers, a cuppa or a glass of wine. Everything that we need is at the house, packing kept to a minimum, making the whole experience less stressful - an added benefit!
What do the kids love about it?
The beach, the beach, and the beach! The number one request every time we visit, our kids can't get onto the beach quickly enough. The gently shelving waters suit both swimmers and toddlers, with gentle waves that allow them to paddle with ease - and in safety. Occasionally we pop over straight from bed and take breakfast with us - fabulous in all seasons for an early morning splash about, or just a play and a beach treasure-hunt in autumn & winter. They don't need the beach for fresh air though, as our south-facing, enclosed garden, with both lawn & deck, play tents, a see-saw & playhouse keep them amused on those lazy afternoons when we can't be bothered to leave the house :)
When we can tear ourselves away, the kids love scrambling over Bodiam Castle, or riding the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, with its little carriages holding huge appeal. We go to the end of the line for fish & chips and a mess about on the beach in Hythe, or jump off at Dungeness for a trip to the top of the lighthouse followed by a much-deserved ice-cream. A trip to Hastings is almost always on their agenda too....they love to ride the East lift up to the Country Park overlooking the town, and ride the little train from the fishing sheds to the small funfair on the front. Alexandra Park, just behind the main town centre, is a beautiful park, with all the traditional features like playground, café, lake, tennis courts, two large main lawns for picnicking or footie, plus a wilder top end with fishing reservoirs & walks through the woods.
The winning combination of such a fabulous, safe beach and a wealth of local attractions has made this a much-loved destination for our children.