British holidays for children are built around buckets and spades, crabbing and shrimping, rockpools and rock-climbing, promenades and paddling. That’s all possible at Seaspray Cabin, right out of the back door. Hop over the decking and Camber Sands stretches enticingly away towards the blue horizon.
Further afield, but not far, are the sharks, rays and reptiles of Hastings’ Blue Reef Aquarium. Stay in town for the Smugglers’ Adventure and hear the story of Hastings’ smuggling past through a labyrinth of tunnels, caverns and winding passages. Learn more about ‘all that’ at the audio-visual 1066 Story.
Elsewhere, you can ride the River Rother by boat from Tenterden to Bodiam, see the finest collection of pedal cars in Europe and play the course that hosted the Crazy Golf World Championships.
Steam along the Romney Hythe Railway, climb the lighthouse at Dungeness for views across the marsh, and duck and dive you way through the butterfly tunnel at the South of England Rare Breeds Centre. On Sussex’s south coast, reports of the end of the great British children’s holiday have been greatly exaggerated.
Coast and countryside here come scattered with relics and ruins of a spectacular past. This is 1066 country and the area bears the bruises of history, with the coastline of Rye, Battle and Hastings suitably peppered with castles, like Bodiam and Camber, Sissinghurst and Scotney.
But you might prefer a simple life on the sands of Camber. Take the path through the dunes and you’ll be on the beach. A world of coasteering and crabbing and swimming and scuba diving is but one minute away. Seaspray Cabin wouldn’t be a beach house without towels, flippers and nets hung out to dry in the breeze.
Nearby, hiking, cycling and birdwatching are all possible, as well as sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. There are 44 golf courses within a 30-mile radius. Local towns offer shops and museums, art galleries and aquariums.
Looking for bars or bites? Choose from fine dining to a swift snack and everything in between. Rye, Hastings and Battle have pubs, gastropubs, real-ale pubs and inns galore, while The Dunes Bar is just a sandy stagger from the house.