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Ever been to Camber Sands?

One of our guests told us about their summer holidays….

This summer, we spent a week at Hakuna Matata cottage (great name, right!?!), a very charming self-catering holiday cottage in Camber, near the cinque port town of Rye and not far from Winchelsea, in East Sussex.

Hakuna Matata, very peaceful

Hakuna Matata, very peaceful


This was our first family holiday with just the four of us. The weather of course was wonderful in July, but I was also surprised about how stunning the area was and how fantastic the beaches were. Both of them!




Camber with it’s dunes and miles of unspoilt sandy coastline, and also Winchelsea with it’s dramatic coastline of pebbles.

Perfect for kite flying

Perfect for kite flying








On one of our visits to Winchelsea beach, my husband and I foolishly inflated the beach balls for the children. The sun was out and it was nice and warm, but also windy. Yes, you guessed it, the beach ball was drifting out to sea faster than you could say “catch”!

Family having fun on beach vacation

The beach ball was fun til it went into the sea!

Unbelievably, there was a man swimming quite far out who noticed our ball and rescued it, much to the children’s delight!

Winchelsea beach had some lovely surprises. It wasn’t nearly as crowded as Camber and the ice cream van served up children’s portions for only £1.

Fabulous beach at Winchelsea

Fabulous beach at Winchelsea

Also, if you time it right and the tide is all the way out, you can build a sand castle on a pebble beach!

The absolute gem about the Winchelsea area is The Ship. Is it a restaurant, a cafe, a bar or is it garden or is it a deli/butcher/gourmet food shop? All of the above!




We went to The Ship three times. Once for a meal of fish and chips, and bbq ribs (yum!), once for coffee, and once for cocktails. The children loved it, too, and managed to meet some friends and play hide and seek.

Miles of sandy beaches

Miles of sandy beaches

I was mesmirised by the sea. We spent our past several summers visiting family in the United States, and these trips included plenty of beach and water time, but in rivers, lakes and swimming pools. Those are great, but the tide was amazing to experience. The children loved watching the “ocean take our boat away”. They eventually managed to embrace the sand.

When we weren’t at the seaside, we spent lots of time at this fantastic playground in Rye – you can’t miss it as you drive in on the A259 from Canterbury. They did a good job of providing play equipment for children of all ages (2 yr olds to teenagers).

We also explored Rye – the castle, sweet shops and toy stores.

Rye's a great town!

Rye’s a great town!

On our one rainy morning, we headed to the Blue Reef Aquarium in Hastings.

And after all the sand-castle building, castle exploring, playground playing, and general holiday-making, we LOVED relaxing in our cottage, cooking our own meals and enjoying lazy mornings with lots of play time.


The girls loved their room


One last thing – we did enjoy a few meals out. I mentioned The Ship. I also recommend The Red Lion pub in Brede and The Ambrette in Rye (the latter slightly challenging with young children but they were very accommodating).

Now that the Autumn skies have settled in, it’s time to beat the rush and book a summer holiday now for 2016 I find it’s easier to get excited about all that the Autumn and Winter seasons have to offer after if I have a holiday to look forward to!For summer 2016, I’m looking at The Dunes in Camber or Anvil Cottage in Rye so we could be between both beaches. Hmmm …

Whether you are looking to beat the rush for a 2016 holiday, or a short break, a magical Christmas cottages break or even a pet friendly holiday, Mulberry Cottages will have something for you. Don’t hesitate to be in touch – contact the Mulberry Cottage booking staff on 01227 464 958 or email on info@mulberrycottages.com.

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