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“Quirky With Bags Of Potential Still To Be Realised”
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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
Living Area
'St Tropez' style living area at night
Living area at night
The Living Area by Day
Hallway/Entrance
Staircase
The 'Bling' Bedroom
The 'bling' bathroom featuring Jacuzzi roll top bath
'French' Bedroom
'french' bathroom
The Kitchen
The Beach Sun Retreat
The  Range Cooker
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3 Bedrooms, 7 Bathrooms, Sleeps 13
Dymchurch, Kent, England

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mikepdews
Tonbridge, Kent
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“Quirky With Bags Of Potential Still To Be Realised”
Reviewed 11 June 2013 for a stay in May 2013

My family of five including three daughters of 18, 15 & 13 had a very enjoyable stay at the Beach Sun Retreat over the May Bank Holiday weekend (second one for 3 nights). We all loved the Beach area and constantly had the setting on Miami. The girls enjoyed the cinema room (even if the seats did become a little uncomfy after a while) and the disco decks, lights etc. There are two good bedrooms but the third is a little small which led to a bit of an issue but nothing that wasn't sorted by the more placid of the three agreeing to have the smaller room. Kitchen has all the mod cons although to be fair we ate out most nights as the sun shone outside as much as it did in and then you just have to have fish and chips on the front don't you. The strange thing for us was once the sun shined outside everyone wanted to be outside so the main attraction became a little redundant but with the UK weather that is one thing you can't guarantee. Consequently, visiting this property gives you the best of both worlds as the beach is terrific and Dymchurch although small has a couple of nice pubs close by and some quaint coffee shops as well. If the potential could be realised by updating the upstairs and maybe buying a bit of land out the back and putting in an indoor pool ( I appreciate that is not going to be cheap) , I really can't see where could be better for a relaxing break in the UK. Take a chance, it's well worth it.

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Liked best: Beach Area is novel and quirky
Liked least: Has the potentail to be even better
Travelling group: Teenagers
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Management Response
23 Jun 2013
Mike, so glad you and your family enjoyed your stay in our sunny retreat. How lucky to be able to enjoy sunshine inside and out! But whatever the weather outdoors, we can always guarantee sunshine 24/7/365!
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London
Reviewed 3 June 2013 for a stay in June 2013

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Liked best: The beach of course!
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
23 Jun 2013
So pleased you East London girls enjoyed your stay. Our sunny retreat is the perfect place for good times with friends & family!
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holidayje...
Rochester, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Amazing, extravagant, unique, fun haven by the sea”
Reviewed 7 May 2013 for a stay in September 2012

We stayed here at the beginning of September last year for 1 week, we are a couple but our son, daughter-in-law & two grandsons (7 & 4) came to stay for 2 days and didn't want to leave & neither did we! Family & friends came to visit during the rest of the week and everyone was amazed; sunbathing to disco tunes at midnight is something not to be missed in life! There is a lovely, sunny front garden with plenty of parking space. We were very fortunate & had an amazingly sunny & warm week, so staying inside & out was wonderful, but even if it were cold outside, the accommodation is warm, large & very comfortable. We loved the fact that the history of this accommodation in that it has been a hotel in the past, has been incorporated in the current redesign, such as the reception desk and the bar areas.

The kitchen is 'industrial' in design but well equipped and it was lovely that some basic food stuffs were in the cupboards for use. The American style fridge is great, although the ice maker was not working during our stay, but Karl (very helpful owner) did send an engineer to try to fix it, no problem, we bought ice from the local Spar shop which is well supplied & within easy walking distance along the sea wall in Dymchurch. There is a washing machine plus pegs & a line in the garden for drying clothes.

The main living area is huge & tastefully & imaginatively designed with a wonderful bright seaside theme with a bar & stage areas, with those wonderful sun lamps, two sun beds & disco decks, little touches like books on how to be a DJ are around the place.

There are 4 bedrooms, two of them are small singles, so it could be difficult for 3 couples to stay (unless one couple are happy to stay in separate rooms!). The other two rooms are amazingly extravagantly decorated, both have limited wardrobe / drawer space, we felt perhaps a small chest of drawers would be a great improvement as we were staying for a week. The bathrooms were wonderful, but again, could benefit from a shelf or two for toiletries which would make them perfect.

All in all, we had a wonderful stay and are saving up to stay again in the near future.

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Liked best: We loved the fact that this place is different and truly special
Liked least: Lack of clothes space in the bedrooms
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Management Response
9 May 2013
Thanks so much for your wonderful review. We are thrilled and hope you'll come back soon for more Midnight Sunbathing in our Disco!
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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 April 2013 for a stay in March 2013

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Liked best: Natural Sunlight & position of the house
Liked least: The problems with the blocked shower & loose slate in the other shower
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
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Deborah R
Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Amazingly different”
Reviewed 30 March 2013 for a stay in April 2012
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I rented Beach Sun Retreat for a 40th celebration, and can't put into words what an amazing place it is. You will be truly surprised at the quirkiness, high quality and attention to detail in the house - it really is like nothing you will have experienced before. Absolutely perfect place for a group of friends to celebrate a milestone birthday together. Too many fantastic features to mention - the gadgets are never ending - but we particlarly enjoyed the sun room (especially as the weather outside was awful), and playing around with the DJ decks. There is even a popcorn maker in cinema room and disco lights in every corner! The bedrooms are stunning, the facilities in the kitchen more than you will ever need, and really every last detail has been thought of. Located right on the beach, in a very quiet setting, the location is perfect too. We just kept walking around the house taking in how wonderful it is. You really won't be disappointed if you book a stay here, and I will definitely be returning one day.

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Liked best: The stunning design and quirkiness
Liked least: Nothing!
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
1 Apr 2013
We were thrilled to receive your review and such amazingly positive comments. Thank you so so much. Please come back and visit soon - sunshine 24/7/365 at The Beach Sun Retreat!
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