Whitesands Development in Camber Sands

I often get asked ‘why Camber‘ usually by friends who pack their kids into the volvo and drive to the South of France each year.  What frustrates me and I include myself in this is that you never appreciate what’s on your own doorstep.  When I was a child Camber Sands had a reputation for kiss me quick hats and nobbly knee contests at pontins.

So much seems to have changed since I visited with my parents in the 1980’s. (yes, I’m that young ;-)) when I returned after a space of over twenty years with my husband and kids in 2008 we were taken aback by the long sandy beach which felt like  our own personal playground.

A new housing development was in the process of being built which friends and visitors often describe as having a chilled out New England theme.  On top of that there was a restaurant called the place on the beach (now the gallivant) which served the most delicious local food such as Romney marsh lamb, lobster and Rye Bay Scallops.  It was ideally situated just behind the whitesands development which is where we eventually snapped up a property in 2009.  The development is now haven for holiday lets and second homes with about 25% lived in permanently.

The open spaces on Camber Sands beach

Camber Sands now seems to be as popular in the winter with dog walkers and couples on a romantic break as it is in the summer filled with middle class families popping down from London for the week in their volvo.

We also have the added benefit of the town of Rye on our doorstep which is steeped in history, excellent independent restaurants and award winning hotels.  It has featured in a number of films including the latest Benedict Cumberbatch BBC drama parade’s end which is due to be shown in 2012.

This is only part of the reason we chose to leave the hussle and bussle of London – but it’s more than enough!