If the bleached, beachy look appeals, a stay in Sussex’s Grey Cabin, with its Camber Sands garden, could be holiday heaven. Decked in clapboard inside and out, in gentle shades of white and grey, The Grey Cabin is as seaside as salty fish and chips on the harbour wall.
The Grey Cabin, sleeping up to 10 in five bedrooms, is everything a beach house should be. Except it should be called ‘Ocean Breezes’. The three sets of French doors onto the deck and the Juliet-balconied bedrooms openly invite them in for a swinging good time amidst the shabby chic and the antiques.
After a day on the sands, lounge and laze on the deck overlooking the dunes. When the sun sets, head back inside, light the logs and get cosy with the people who matter the most. The Grey Cabin is anything but. It’s rustic and romantic and alive with the sights and sounds of the seaside.
The Grey Cabin is all about flow. And here on the Sussex coast, life glides seamlessly between the indoors and the out. Around the back of the house, three sets of French doors see to that. Fling them open, let in the sea breezes and the call of the gulls, and take your coffee on the deck.
If Camber Sands isn’t recreation enough, there’s also sizeable garden where kids can race and run and let off steam. Around the front, another decked area works in harmony with Juliet balconies and a front-row seat on the dunes to make the great outdoors ultra-accessible.
Kick off your shoes, feel the grain of the deck on the soles of your feet and the ocean breeze in your hair. Pour yourself a large one. Seaside living gets no better than this.
Conjure up in your mind visions of a classic beach house. The exterior would be white-painted clapboard; the inside, too. You’d have painted wooden floors and white furniture. The effect would be of something rustic and lived-in. Something enduringly romantic.
The Grey Cabin is all of that and more. For all its romantic pull, it comes with a simple luxury. Yes, the walls are panelled wood, the furniture has a bleached, rustic appeal and the gentle shades of grey and white have a light airiness that suggests the roar of the ocean and the timeless call of gulls.
But this is no reclaimed beach hut. You’ll walk barefoot across heated floors. You’ll clean your pots in a dishwasher. There are two fridge/freezers. The stainless-steel cooker is by Smeg. You’ve a bathroom and two shower rooms to choose from. Tasteful antique furniture punctuates your passage from room to room.
At The Grey Cabin, life has an elegant flow. You’ll move effortlessly from bedroom to living room to kitchen in a smooth open-plan arrangement. It’s one that invites you out into the ocean air just as much as it welcomes you home after a day on the sand.
Cooking and dining is as relaxed as every other aspect of life at The Grey Cabin. Things here are casual and convenient. That comes in the shape of the dishwasher, washer-dryer, Smeg cooker and the two fridge-freezers big enough to feed a surf school. There’s underfloor heating, so your toes stay toasty as you cook.
The kitchen comes with an island table for chopping and chatting and the open-plan design takes you straight to a kitchen/diner with space for another eight. There’s a bleached, coastal look to the kitchen, with its wooden-clapboard shelving, and artfully hung ladles awaiting the first warm sip of homely soup.
But maybe the pull of the dunes and the breeze is just too strong. If putting your feet up rather than turning your hand to cooking seems preferable, just call up our chef. From a special-occasion dinner to a fully catered holiday, cooking hearty fare is our pleasure. Wishing away the washing-up? Wish granted.
Beyond the picket fence, eating out presents a wide choice of fresh meals. The Gallivant and The Dunes Bar are just minutes away.
The Grey Cabin sleeps 8-10 in four or five bedrooms. The master suite is a treat. You’ll know the meaning of deep sleep in a kingsize bed with sea breezes trickling in through the open window.
When the sun rises, open the French doors wide and take in the sight of the dunes and the sound of the crashing waves from the Juliet balcony. This is the place for coffee and croissants. Through the glazed double doors, you’ll find the en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath ready for that luxurious laze.
Beyond that, you’ll enjoy a second double bedroom, one twin bedroom, one double bunk-bed room for four children and a fifth bedroom/snug downstairs with double sofa bed. With three bathrooms, there’ll be no short tempers over long soaks.