Winchelsea Beach village sits in one of the few remaining comparatively undeveloped parts of the south coast. Just inland, between the coast road and the sea is a quiet and beautiful shingle landscape known as 'The Ridges' and this is where the holiday cottage is located.
The whole area is a protected wildlife sanctuary - Rye Harbour Nature Reserve - with flocks of birds and open and empty spaces. The beach is peaceful and never particularly crowded with shingle at high tide and level sand at low tide.
When the tide is far out, there is a large, almost flat area - ideal for walking and shrimping.. Swimming is safe and best at high tide and Winchelsea has regularly received a Clean Beach Award.
A wonderful 4-mile walk or cycle follows the sea wall eastwards- first stopping at the hides of the Bird Reserve, next following the River Rother towards Rye and then returning across the field tracks past Camber Castle.
There is a playing field at Winchelsea Beach with a basket ball court and a small play park for children.
For the more adventurous the Rye Watersports Centre in Camber (approx five miles from the holiday cottage) offers sailing, windsurfing and kite-surfing courses for all ages. The beach at Camber is an award-winning, two mile long, sandy beach.
Many golf course surround the area and there is a tennis club in Rye.
Wincheslea Beach has facilities including: a church, doctor's surgery, The Ship - an award winning butcher/ deli/ restaurant which sells bread from the Lighthouse Bakery in Robertsbridge, plus a local pub, Co-Op and a post-office.
Main supermarkets are in Rye (Jempsons) and Hastings (all major supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsburys and Marks & Spencer)
There is a Waitrose in Tenterden (30 mins by car).