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Family Friendly Home Direct On A Lovely Sandy Beach

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Family Friendly Home Direct On A Lovely Sandy Beach

Welcome to our beloved family home backing directly onto lovely dunes and a sandy beach.

There is no better place like home! And here it is, our beach house which is our family place. There is no better wake up call than the sound of the waves in the morning. In the evening you can sit and relax with a glass of wine on our bench right on top of the dunes with the stunning views of the beach. It is a very private and kids friendly place. It is like their own little paradise with the beach at the back of the house and an outstanding play area on more breezy days. The enclosed and gated garden is very safe for children (we have 5) and includes slides, a sand pit with diggers, a trampoline, a playhouse, and more. There is something for everyone!

Our home features 5 bedrooms which are split between two floors.

Downstairs has a kitchen with a breakfast area, living room, two double bedrooms, a shower room, a separate WC, and a great conservatory leading out to the garden area.

Upstairs has a king size bedroom, double bedroom, a second bedroom with two sets of kids bunk bed, and a bathroom which has a bath tub and toilet.

The house has two wide screen TVs, one with all the Sky channels and a DVD player, the other with a DVD player and a Play Station 2; the house has wireless internet.

Outside to the rear is a tiled patio area abutting a large lawn, all of which is fenced in and very private. There is a table with chairs and parasol, a gas BBQ, and a chiminea to make those evenings even more memorable. You can sit outside and relax while your kids are having fun on the upper lawn which includes a 10m x 2m sand pit (in case you are tired of the real thing) with diggers, a play house, and lots of toys . Outside to the front is off street parking for 4 or more cars.

Included are sheets, bedding, and towels (both beach and indoor), as well as ample pots, pans, plates, cups, etc., along with many child safe plates, cups, utensils, etc. In addition to the large fridge in the house, there is a large upright freezer in the attached garage.

There are plenty of fabulous places to see and visit for grown ups and kids. Examples are Dover Castle, the town of Rye, the beautiful small gauge trains of the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, Canterbury, Bodiam Castle, as well as indoor swimming pools at a local caravan park (Romney Sands).

More Details

Michael Gebauer
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, german, polish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 23, 2017


Greatstone House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 2 - shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 4 child bed , 2 sets of children's short bunk beds
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Yard
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Family Friendly Home Direct On A Lovely Sandy Beach
average rating of 4.5555553 based on 9 reviews

Child friendly beach property

  • 5 of 5

Despite some very changeable weather we enjoyed our week at "The Toy House"; a great beach location enabling our 4 grand-daughters (ages 5 -8) the chance to fly a kite, build sand castles and paddle safely in the sea. The secure garden had a host of toys which the girls put to great imaginative use and allowed the adults to relax knowing the girls were happy, safe and occupied.

We would agree with some previous reviews: in that the interior of the property seemed a little "tired" and the downstairs bedrooms would benefit from blackout blinds. However, everything we would expect in a holiday home was provided including a good supply of bed linen and towels.

While staying in Greatstone we were able to explore a part of the country new to us including trips to Canterbury, Bodiam Castle and Battle Abbey for the Battle of Hastings visitor centre. The girls particularly enjoyed a day at The South of England Rare Breeds Centre near Tenterden where they were able to pet various animals, enjoy soft play, complete a challenging adventure trail, play on the park equipment, watch a falconry display and cheer on the pig racing!

All in all, just the sort of "family week" we were looking for.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location was the best part

  • 4 of 5

Overall, absolutely fab week.

Loved being able to get onto the beach easily and was lovely not to have hoards of other tourists!

Also really liked the size of the property and each room was pretty spacious with lots of space to put our clothes and kids bits.

Would have liked property to be a bit cleaner.... on the surface it looked ok but drawers and behind furniture( yes, a place where a mum of 2 young kids has to go to find lost toys etc!) were pretty dirty.

And having a working outside tap to wash sandy feet would have been good. It didn't seem to work because the gutters were too full of gunk to allow water to flow and be captured by water butt.

We all scrapped ourselves or hurt ourselves on some of the broken toys, missing knob in kids room and handle -less peeler in the kitchen.

Just needs a bit of tlc and spring clean.

Loved the location and overall a fab holiday so would come again soon if you'll have us!!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great stay at the Toy House

  • 5 of 5

10 family members stayed in this house over a weekend in June. The house comfortably slept us all and we all agreed the beds were comfortable and cosy. The house is well equipped with everything we could want to keep six under 8 year olds happy for the duration of our stay. The garden has plenty of toys and although they are looking a little tired and worn it didn't bother the kids at all. Plus we understand that toys are expensive and can't keep being replaced. The house was clean and had everything we needed. Some of the carpets in the main living areas were looking a little worn but to be honest it made us worry less about the kids bringing in sand; something that is impossible to keep out with the beach in your doorstep and the great sandpit in the garden..had the carpets/furniture been in immaculate condition we would have worried more and had to be much stricter with the kids. The garden was large, secluded from being seen by people on the beach and nice and secure to keep the kids safe. The house is in a brilliant location; The beach is literally at the back of the garden. The kids thoroughly enjoyed being able to go for late evening walks along the beach. The owner responded to all of my emails promptly and was extremely kind in allowing us to check in early and check out late, allowing us to enjoy being with our family for longer. Overall we had an excellent stay at the Toy House and know that the kids have lots of brilliant memories from there that they will remember forever. The only suggestion I have is that there is black out blinds put into the downstairs bedrooms as the rooms were flooded with light very early in the morning and didn't help keep the kids in bed. Upstairs rooms had them just not the downstairs.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for that; we always struggle about the carpets as well, erring on the side of thinking that being a beach side house means lots of sand (and sometimes mud). We may opt for wooden floors in the fall when the high season is over. As for black out blinds downstairs, that is an excellent idea and will install them as soon as we can line up our person.
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Lovely homely property, great for children

  • 4 of 5

Plenty of space for children, in a fantastic location right on a beautiful sandy beach. We will definitely visit again.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great times in an awesome stay

  • 5 of 5

We had really a good time during our weekend stay, the place is really nice and comfy and everything was provided as listed. Definitely we would come back again soon. Thanks Michael for the hospitality.


  • Submitted: May 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic beach location

  • 4 of 5

A brilliant beach location - straight out of the back gate onto the sand. A great selection of toys provided, both indoors and out, saved bringing a lot with us. All clean and tidy. Plenty of seating in conservatory for dining and lounge for us 7 adults plus 3 under 5s. The bedrooms were well spread out giving us all some privacy with great sea views from upstairs. Good supply of nice clean towels.

The exterior looks a bit small but it's like a Tardis inside. We didn't feel at all crowded except in the kitchen where the fridge is round the corner by the kettle toaster, etc. Only 1 person can be in there at a time which is awkward for a large party.

Minor criticisms - Road out the front is a bit noisy despite double glazing. The "welcome" paperwork was hidden away in a kitchen drawer and not found until we checked everything before leaving and it doesn't mention which bin is for recycling, rubbish, etc, nor what items can be recycled (as all areas in Kent seem to be different!).

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
77 Miles
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Ashford International
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Metres
Car: necessary

Greatstone has a rare beautiful sandy beach, and is located midway between the historic village of Rye and the well known Dover Castle. Nearby are fantastic links style golf course, the worlds longest narrow gauge steam train, as well as the Cathedral City of Canterbury.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $386.85

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.