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“Amazing hen weekend”
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Safe Indoor sunbathing in the Real Sunlight Room
The 'French' Bedroom
Cinema Room
The Beach Sun Retreat
The front garden and the Koi pond
Beach adjacent to house
The dj setup in the sunroom
'St Tropez Style Living Area
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'St Tropez' style living area at night
Living area at night
The Living Area by Day
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The 'Bling' Bedroom
The 'bling' bathroom featuring Jacuzzi roll top bath
'French' Bedroom
'french' bathroom
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The Beach Sun Retreat
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3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Dymchurch, Kent, England

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emma c
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazing hen weekend ”
Reviewed May 1, 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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I wish it was last Friday again so that I could be starting off my hen weekend all over again.

The beach sun retreat is amazing, and I had the best hen weekend ever with all of my best girls.

We were lucky enough to meet the owner Karl when we arrived, who showed us around the house and how everything worked. What a lovely man he was and very helpful. He was very laid back, considering there were 20 of us coming to stay!!!

The decor in the house was stunning, each room had something different about it and was special in its own way.

I stayed in the bling room which was lovely, the beds were comfy too!

The showers were amazing and even after 20 girls having a shower the water was still hot and powerful.

I enjoyed a Jacuzzi bath too which was a treat, although I put too much bubble bath in, which was fun!

The kitchen is a great size and it has everything in it that you could want.

The gardens are lovely and well kept.

Now the sun room, living area and the bar area was where we spent most of our time. You really do feel like you are abroad. The sun room is fab, we spent most of our time in miami, chilling out, dancing and drinking. It was lovely to go to bali and Mauritius too to enjoy the sunset.

The music system and decks are top of the range and the sound is like being in a club. We had fun pretending to be djs. Really we just plugged our phones in and listened to our own playlists.

The bar area is great, such a nice touch, with the bar stalls and the spotlights lighting it up at night.

The only thing I would add would be a couple of bar fridges maybe under the bar, as we kept going to the kitchen, but wasn't a bother.

The area was really nice, very quiet little town, with the beach literally up a few steps from the house.

The beach is beautiful, pure sandy beach.

The town had a few pubs which were really nice and friendly and reasonably priced.

We all enjoyed fish and chips by the sea, which were lovely, from a place called 48 I think?
There are a few chip shops, pubs and a tesco express near by.
Some of us went to the small amusements park and enjoyed the dodgems and penny machines.

Really you don't need to leave the house, and if the weather is bad outside who cares because inside it's sunny and warm.

Thank you so much Karl and Louise for having us, I know it was a big ask, but we hope you would have us back again, because we have decided to start a new trend "Henaversairy" lol.

We have had so many people comment on our photos and want to visit the house too, so hopefully they do as we highly recommend this place.

Thanks you so much for the lovely welcome hamper too, such a nice touch.

I'm a sad it's all over, I miss the house already!

From a very happy bride to be

☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺

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Management Response
May 2, 2015
Thanks Emma for your lovely review. We're thrilled to hear you had such a great time and would love to welcome you back for your "Henniversary" - think this could be a trend! Sending you all our best wishes and sunny regards for your forthcoming wedding!
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Caseylee8...
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best Hen Weekend Ever”
Reviewed April 28, 2015 for a stay in April 2015

Me and 19 others just booked to stay at the Beach Sun Retreat for a hen, and had the most amazing weekend ever.

Although it sleeps 8, we put air beds on the floor and had enough space to still party into the early hours.

The sun room is a great idea, and we spent most of the weekend in Miami, but did also visit Mauritius and Bali.

The house is beautiful and the location is amazing, as the beach is outside the garden gate.

We have already said we want to go back next year, and will aim to book this soon to ensure we can get the dates.

We also met the owner, who was so lovely and helpful.

Couldn't have asked for a better house for the weekend. 5*

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Management Response
Apr 29, 2015
Hey Casey thank you so much for your wonderful review. Normally we don't accept such large group bookings but are pleased we did on this occasion. You ladies were absolute stars and a pleasure to work with. So pleased the weekend was a success. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. Sunny regards, Karl & Louise
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Bromley, United Kingdom
Reviewed April 24, 2015 for a stay in April 2015

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Liked best: The Sun Room - very unique
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
Apr 24, 2015
Jackie, thank you so much for your lovely sunny review. So happy to hear you and your family had a great time at our sunny retreat having Bali/Miami/Mautitus on speed dial without leaving the UK! Hope we can welcome you back another time soon! Thanks again Louise & Karl x
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dancingte...
Kent, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Brilliant escape from life's stresses and strains!”
Reviewed April 15, 2015 for a stay in April 2015

Such a fun place to stay. We sunbathed and sunbathed and sunbathed ands sunbathed! We live locally to The beach retreat but it felt like we were miles away. I haven't stopped telling everyone about it.
Thank you so much for the best treat ever!

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Apr 16, 2015
Thanks so much Angela for your "sunny" review. So pleased you and your husband had a great time. We look forward to welcoming you back for more fun in the sun!
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Julia M
London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Miami Beach Party inside. Gun metal grey sky with sleet outside!”
Reviewed February 8, 2015 for a stay in January 2015

This is the second time we have visited this excellent property. It is AMAZING. the first time we visited I couldn't believe it. The owners have installed sun lamps which simulate real sunlight and warmth and decorated the interior in the style of a Miami beach house - all white wood and sails suspended from the ceiling. The main open plan room has a bar, sun loungers and technics decks with a state of the art sound system. You can literally be sipping a margarita in your bikini listening to Punjabi lounge music as the misery of a typical UK January storm is unleashed outside - totally fabulous! It is always lovely to get away but this rental guarantees you barely need to leave the house to have a truly magical experience. We went with friends and we (all middle aged) loved it, our youngest children (8) loved it and even the two teenagers were very happy - a state not often experienced between the ages of 12 and 19! It is really a place to make everyone happy. The sunlight is just brilliant - we didn't go to bed until 3am as we were just so enjoying the light and warmth! To say something else about the house - it is in a fabulous location right by the beach which would be marvellous in summer, the house has been decorated to a high standard and is well looked after and the kitchen is impressive industrial style and large enough to feed a large party. There is also a fab cinema room with theatre flip down chairs and a popcorn machine - nice touch! The owners are fantastically helpful and charming and I would recommend this rental to anyone looking in this area. It is close to Rye and Camber although in Summer the beach at Dymchurch could be a much quieter and just as beautiful location. Some could say the town isn't very nice and the flood defence is a bit ugly but when you have this house right on the beach these a things that wouldn't even occur to you! This is a must visit place although I am reluctant to share the special secret. Well done all the team who look after this place - it really s a sanctuary!

Traveling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Feb 9, 2015
A zillion thank you's Julia. Your review made us SUPER HAPPY! So pleased you had another great visit to the house and we hope to welcome you back in September for your next big Miami Beach Party!
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MummyGuns...
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Relaxing”
Reviewed January 17, 2015 for a stay in January 2015
1
person found this review helpful

After reading other reviews we decided to book the Beach Sun Retreat for a week in January.
Nice beach style venue which was beautifully decorated. There are 2 large double ensuite bedrooms and two smaller ones. The showers were great, nice and powerful!
The sun room is so relaxing, much needed after returning from spending a day out in the cold/rain. Loved the DJ decks! Although we didn't figure out how to use the LP's, we did plug in our iPod and danced around. The cinema room is exactly what you see in the photos. There is a tv with lots of dvd's available to choose from.
There were only two negatives from the holiday - the first being that it was so cold! It would have been nice to have had the heating on for when we arrived. We were travelling with two kids (3yrs and a 4 month old) and they had to stay with their coats on for at least an hour while the place warmed up. The windows in the cinema room, one of the bathrooms and the kitchen are not fitted properly and very draughty. Some nights it rained quite heavily and there were puddles indoors. Even with the heating on all day, the kitchen is the coldest room - I wore my uggs and two jumpers just to make breakfast.
The second thing that let the place down was the cleanliness. Although overall the majority of the property was clean, there were so many cobwebs on the light fixtures, bathroom walls, radiators etc. not really what I would expect of a holiday rental.
I think this place would be perfect in the summer months.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Feb 2, 2015
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. We're so pleased you enjoyed the house and would like to let you know that we have since sorted out the "niggly"things that weren't up to our usual 5* standard. Nice to hear also that you'd like to come and visit us again. We look forward to welcoming you for more sunshine 247365!
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Sunnyweek...
Surrey, United Kingdom
1 review
“Fabulous House!!!!!”
Reviewed October 8, 2014 for a stay in September 2014

Wow!!! This house was exactly what you see through the photos, even better when you walked through the doors. 7 of us girls stayed here for my best friends 40th!! It was the best place for this celebration. We had a ball. We didn't want to leave or go out so we ordered a takeaway from the local curry place, which was very nice. Cooking facilities were great too. The only thing we needed was more champagne glasses as there were only 3 and it caters for 8 also there were only 6 seats around the table to eat!!! If we needed to ask anything about the place there was always someone on the end of the phone. The beach is amazing and we even went swimming in the sea, one morning at 8 then the next at 10!!!! What a feeling!!!
I will definately return to this place, and look forward to seeing it when upstairs is completed!!!!!

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Liked best: The sun room!!!!
Liked least: Nothing!!!!
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
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Management Response
Oct 10, 2014
Thanks Marie so much for your "sparkling" review! Guess we need to go out and get some more champagne glasses. Next time you book we'll also provide a free bottle as well :) Will also get the seating arrangements sorted. Thanks again for coming to stay. So pleased the birthday celebrations went well and we look forward to welcoming you back.
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