You’re allowed to say wow. This is the beach house that’s actually on the beach. It’s the house that looks like it was given a bleachy wash then flown over from New England. It’s all clapboard and lights set to a soundtrack of a Sussex beach: salty waves washing over pebbles.
Is the The Big White Beach House big enough for family get-togethers? It sleeps 20 in 5500 square feet of space. Is it spectacular? There’s a seafront deck and one of the best panoramas on the south coast. What about bedrooms and bathrooms? You’ve got seven of each and they’re dripping in tasteful luxury.
Will you be entertained? We think the TV room with full Sky package will help, as will potting a few balls on the pool table and lounging around under the starlit canopy in the hot tub. Is there a driftwood fire? Of course there’s a driftwood fire. Can your dog come? Your dog will love the beach. All together now: wow.
Outdoor life here is one long wooden deck around a gravel garden dotted with loungers, sun chairs and tables enough to seat 14 guests. Get the barbie sizzling, butter the bread and open the Shiraz in the south-coast sunshine.
There’s some lovely outdoor space on the first-floor south-facing balcony with panoramic beach and sea views, but the showstopper here is the hot tub. Beneath the starry sky, right on the seafront, it’s the place to chill after a tough day walking the beach or dining al-fresco on the terrace.
Of course, the bigger garden sits beyond the iron gate. Swing it open and step onto an endless horizon of pebbles and groynes with a backdrop of rolling waves. Grab a coffee in winter or lemonade in summer from the kiosk by the sailing club or refuel at the small café. Let your dog loose in the surf. This is a location that will lift your soul.
If the idea of a humungous 50-foot by 50-foot open-plan living area and direct beach access floats your boat, you’ll love The Big White Beach House, because it brings both together. Step out of the L-shaped lounge right onto the beach and come back to light the woodburner and sing sea shanties all night.
The sofas are wide and comfortable and two 55′ televisions with full Sky package should ensure that you never rise again. Unless it’s to wander over to the pool table or to dig out a traditional board game, as you light up the evening with chatter and the flames that lick from the driftwood fire.
The sophisticated surroundings remind you that this site is one of the most historically significant in the area, once the clubhouse for the Angmering-on-Sea Country Club, on which the London glitterati of the 1930s descended, in much the same way as wealthy Parisians once flocked to Deauville.
A big breakfast bar and dining table that seats 20. The uniform whiteness of the décor ensures an elegant flow from lounge to dining room to kitchen. When you get there, you’ll find a pristine glossy glow, seascape backsplash and Rangemaster double oven with six gas burners.
You’ll want to cook forever in this ocean of natural-stone worktop, larder fridge with ice-maker, ceiling spotlights and spotless minimal beauty. But if you fancy a break, just say the word and our chefs will be right over. They’ll even pile up the plates in the dishwashers and load the Nespresso machine.
Eating al-fresco gets no better than this. Out in the wraparound gravel garden, there’s a dining table for many. Load it with bread and wine and sizzle the main course on the barbie. When you’re done, find a sunlounger and chill as you watch the dog-walkers chucking sticks on the dunes.
Head to the Seahorse Café for a scone and a hot chocolate. Or find posher fare at Ristorante Al Mare, Restaurante Andalucia or So India. Head to The Spotted Cow for real ales and traditional pub grub, to The Clockhouse for tapas, or go gastro at The Lamb with classic British ingredients.
Seven bedrooms here wrap you in Egyptian cotton, support you on 1000-pocket-spring mattresses, provide you with freestanding baths in which to lounge and linger, and cap it all off with a soundtrack straight off a ‘healing sounds of the ocean’ CD for insomniacs.
On the first floor, the en-suite White Bedroom and the French Vanilla Bedroom take the prize here for their balcony perched over the beach with seascape panorama. The former comes with one superking bed and two singles and the latter a superking that converts to twins through zip and link.
The Ocean Bedroom sleeps two in a double, sharing a family shower room with the Bunk Room, suitable for two adults or four children. The Strand Room and Club Room on the ground floor are both superkings that convert through zip-and-link and both have an en-suite shower/bathroom and beach access.
The Stanley Room, also on the ground floor, provides a kingsize bed plus a small double sofa bed in the en-suite sitting room, with shutters for a good night’s sleep. Wake to the salty-freshness of the sea air and the prospect of coffee and croissants on the terrace.