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Family Friendly Home Direct On A Lovely Sandy Beach

Sleeps13
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

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

Owner
Michael Gebauer
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, german, polish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2017

Amenities

Greatstone House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • 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
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 2 - shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 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
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Yard
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Attractions:
  • 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

Reviews

Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.5454545 based on 11 reviews
4

Fabulous location

  • 4 of 5

The location is fantastic - on the beach - but the property is in need of a lot of TLC. The blind in one of the bedrooms is broken, and everything needs a good clean. Although the property is for 13 people, it is small and although there were 13 chairs, it would be difficult to get 13 people round one dining table (4 of the chairs were at the kitchen table). Likewise, with easy chairs - you would need to sit in two different rooms. It is not really a property for a big family party. But having said all of this, we had a super time and really enjoyed ourselves.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Excellent beach house

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay here. The sand on the beach is brilliant and the beach is comparatively quiet. We had amazing sunrises every day but one.

The house is well equipped and well maintained. It's a beach house for 13 people so it would be impossible to keep the carpets in an as-new condition. I don't think it was dirty or tired.

The sea goes out a long way as you can see from the photos. So when we were there the sea is swimmable for maybe 3 hours a day - but it depends on the tide, which partly depends on the wind etc. When the tide's in the sea is great for children because the water is very warm and they can't get out of their depth, but it is still deep enough for adults to swim in at high tide.

We walked out to the sea at low tide which was a really interesting across the sand/mudflats, though be prepared to get muddy.

You can hear the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch steam railway from the house, which adds to the interest for kids, and you can also walk to the Denge sound mirrors which are a fascinating piece of history. When they were operational it was said that they could pick up the sound of a train leaving Calais station!

There's lots to do in the local area.

One tip is that we found it easier to keep sand out of the house if you get people to go to and from the beach via the garage rather than the conservatory.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

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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4

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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5

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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4

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
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Map

Nearest Airport
77 Miles
Gatwick
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Ashford International
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
M20
Nearest Beach
1 Metres
Greatstone
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.

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $395.67

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.