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Well preserved medieval architecture, a fascinating maritime history and a combination of lovely coast and country makes Rye a great candidate for a cottage holiday.

Perched on a hill, the medieval town of Rye is a maze of Georgian buildings and narrow cobbled streets. Its maritime traditions go back to Norman times and it was one of the English port towns that formed the Cinque Ports Confederation in defence against frequent French attacks.

Built in 1249 as part of the town's defences, the Ypres Tower's balcony offers wonderful views of Romney Marsh and the surrounding countryside. Adjoining Rye Castle Museum is split over two sites, while the East Street site houses a fascinating collection of the town's history, including an 18th Century fire engine. Other notable buildings include St. Mary's Parish Church and the Rye Heritage Centre which offers a fun look at the past, through the famous Rye Town Model sound and light show, as well as the ghost walking audio tours which are available to hire.

The Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is only a short drive from many of our featured Rye cottages; it's a mosaic of habitats beside the sea, including wetlands, shingle ridges, saltmarshes, rivers and reed beds, there's a wide range of wildlife, birds and plants to discover from a large network of footpaths and birdwatching hides. From Camber Sands to Rye Bay, there are miles of spectacular coastline to see, perfect for a drive, walk or bike ride.

For a rich and historical experience, search for Rye holiday cottages and pay 1066 Country a visit.

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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2

This attractive detached house set in the owner’s grounds provide spacious holiday accommodation situated at the end of a mile-long lane in glorious rural surroundings. Pet friendly and offering a plethora of walks on the doorstep, the cottage offers good quality linen and towels and a superb self catering base. There is a public footpath leading off the owner’s drive providing miles of walks across open countryside. A trip to picturesque Rye enables visitors to sample local foods at the Wednesday morning farmers market which is held at Strand Quay. By taking a stroll along the cobbled streets, there is also the chance to buy a memento from one of the many independently-owned shops and boutiques, art galleries and potteries - or even start Christmas shopping from the wide selection of goods available! Also worth a visit are Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Camber Sands and Camber Castle – this area of saltmarsh protects some very special wildlife, and footpaths lead to four birdwatching hides. The picturesque market town of Battle makes for an enjoyable day out, as well as Hastings, the Sealife Centre and Pevensey Castle (where the Romans invaded). The area is also well known for its local vineyards including Chapel Down and Sedlescombe. A trip to Tenterden - often referred to as the Jewel of the Weald - is an alternative and, for garden lovers, Sissinghurst (NT) is not to be missed. Further National Trust places to visit include Smallhythe Place, Scotney Castle and Bodiam Castle. Day trips to France are possible with the Channel Tunnel a mere 30-minute drive. An excellent sky venue for astrology, photography, or just wishing on a star. Shops 1½ miles, pub 1 mile.

Spacious living room with wood-burning stove in inglenook, oak floor and two sets of French doors to terrace - open plan with games area. Single bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Well-equipped kitchen/dining room with range (for cooking) and slate floor. Two double bedrooms, one with dressing room, additional single bed (for +1) and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Twin bedroom with zip & link beds (can be double). Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Vaulted ceilings throughout first floor.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Range (7-ring, built-in barbecue) included
  • Washing machine
  • Enclosed garden and terrace with furniture
  • Pool table
  • Parking (for 3 cars); additional parking on request

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen, towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Sky TV (movies, kids and entertainment channels)
  • Radio/CD (small library)
  • DVD (small library)
  • iPhone/iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Barbecue
  • Football table
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Pond in owner’s grounds

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£447-£1518
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

A thoughtfully restored Grade II listed terrace cottage built around 1830 and retaining many original features. An ideal holiday location situated just a minutes walk from the high street with its medieval castle and museum. Rye is famously one of the Cinque Ports and sits on a hill on the River Rother looking out across the Romney Marshes to the nearby coast. Excellent canal, coastal walks and cycle rides. Sandy beach and dunes at Camber and the pebble beach and nature reserve at Winchelsea are both close by. Zoos, steam railways and pretty market towns including Tenterden and Cranbrook are within easy reach. Shop and pub 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with laminate floors. Bathroom with shower over bath, shower attachment and toilet. Open sided stairs to first floor: Second living room with sofa bed. 1 double bedroom. Second floor: 1 twin bedroom.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. DVD and small library. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard with furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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£293-£680
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

Dressmakers Cottage is a listed town house set in the heart of the Cinque Port of Rye. No town in England captures the atmosphere of Medieval England more than Rye, with its cobbled streets and period houses preserved over the centuries. Take a boat trip from Newenden to Bodiam or ride on the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Steam Railway. Sailing and windsurfing at Rye Lake, kite surfing at Camber Sands or there is an indoor swimming pool in Rye. Shop 50 yards, pub and restaurant 10 yards.

Ground floor: Living room/dining room with wooden floor. Step up to kitchen with French doors and tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with sloping ceilings.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard with furniture. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Steep, narrow staircases.

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£0-£0
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Crown House Ref: 29778

This attractive, Grade II listed, detached, spacious holiday property is situated right in the middle of the picturesque medieval town of Rye. Accommodation is spread over four floors, giving plenty of room for groups and families. Rye is one of the original Cinque Ports, storms in the 13th century changed the shore line and Rye offered ships a safe harbour, this however silted up in the 16th century and Rye is now 2 miles from the sea. Fishing has seen a rebirth, and Rye herring are dubbed one of the seven culinary wonders of Sussex, and Rye bay scallops merit their own special festival in February. Rye is lined with half-timbered houses, cobbled streets, art galleries and a plethora of tea rooms, restaurants and atmospheric pubs. Once dubbed ‘the smuggling capital of England’, the infamous Hawkhurst Gang frequented The Mermaid Inn on Mermaid Street, which can still be visited today. Climb the tower of St Marys Parish Church for fabulous views across the rooftops and Romney Marshes. Visit Lamb House, home to Henry James and the Ypres Tower. Explore a network of footpaths, including the 1066 country walk and Royal Military Canal Walk. There is also a good network of cycle paths, and nature lovers will enjoy Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. The unique rolling sand dunes at Camber, often used in photo shoots, and Battle Abbey are nearby. There are good rail links to London or the continent via Ashford. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 25 yards.

Lower ground floor: Dining room with tiled floor/kitchen with breakfast bar. Ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. First floor: 2 double (one 5ft zip and link) bedrooms. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet. Steep and narrow stairs to second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft zip and link) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single with additional Z-bed (for child under 12 years).

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Wii. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Car park 250 yards (£1.50 per day). Fold-down snooker table. Board games and dressing up box. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£456-£1239
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Experience life on a 900 acre working sheep and mixed arable farm. Ideally located in the countryside with stunning views, this is a conservation area, of interest to bird watchers and animal lovers alike. Adjacent to a nursery school, with a shared childrens play area, an ideal base for exploring Kent and East Sussex. Walkers and cyclists can enjoy the 5 miles of tracks and paths around the farm. Visit the historic Cinque port of Rye, with its cobbled streets, antique shops and tea rooms. Also on the farm are the old cliffs of Rye, and there are miles of sandy beaches and dunes at Camber. Coarse fishing available by arrangement. Visit Hastings, Bodiam Castle, Carr Taylor Vineyards, Great Dixter House and Gardens and the Kent and East Sussex vintage steam railway. Shops 2 miles, pub 1/2 mile. Properties 19965 and 19966 can be booked together to sleep 6+4.

Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Living room with double sofa bed/second living room all with beams and wooden floor. Kitchen. Separate toilet.

Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars).

Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Barbecue. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£235-£726
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Seagulls Crest Ref: 28934

Ideal for beach lovers

Situated on the beach, facing seven miles of golden sands which roll out to meet the sea, Seagulls Crest is a well-equipped and furnished terraced holiday home, perfect for traditional family seaside holidays. The beach is ideal for swimming, kite surfing, or for those just wanting to build sandcastles and gaze across to the French coast. With doors opening onto a patio overlooking the beach, the view can not be beaten. There is also an additional seating area in the master bedroom with panoramic sea views. The dunes, unique along this part of the coast, are a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and have also been used as film locations, standing in for the Sahara Desert in one of the Carry On films and also as the evacuation beaches of Dunkirk. Further along the coast is Dungeness, an isolated pebbly beach. Explore the beautiful Sussex countryside and discover the cobbled town of Rye, harbouring interesting antique shops, markets, galleries and a nature reserve. Visit Winchelsea, the smallest town in England or Romney Marshes, an area rich in wildlife and history. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

Ground floor: 1 step to living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors. Utility room. 1 double bedroom with additional single over. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk with additional single. Shower room with toilet.

Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Decked sitting-out area with furniture. Car park 10 yards (1 permit provided). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. NB: 7 steps down to beach.

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£366-£1311
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Nestling in the heart of the Tillingham Valley, these fine semi-detached holiday properties (refs 29071 and 29072) are situated on the edge of a beautiful pond with ducks and fish. The properties are located on a 200-acre, family-run, traditional working sheep and fruit farm and are ideally based for exploring the Kent and Sussex countryside. The properties have fenced decking on both sides to catch both the morning and evening sun, a small garden area and a larger fenced grass area for ball games. A walkers paradise, with an apple orchard and sheep filled fields to wander over and connect with several public footpaths. See the lambs under the trees of apple blossom in spring, or visit the ancient Cinque Port town of Rye, with its cobbled streets, tea rooms, art galleries and far reaching views over the Romney Marsh. Rye activities include the Scallop Festival in February, the Maritime Festival and Raft Race in August, an arts festival in September and Rye Fawkes Bonfire in November. Camber, Bodiam and Scotney castles are all nearby, along with Battle Abbey and the beautiful gardens of Sissinghurst, Pashley, Great Dixter and Bedgebury Pinetum. Fishing, golf, swimming, sailing, horse riding, cycle hire and rowing boat hire are all available locally, or take the time to explore the wonderful nature reserve at Rye Harbour. Beaches at Winchelsea, 3 miles, and the fabulous golden sands at Camber, 6 miles. Enjoy a tour around the local vineyards and sample the local produce or ride on the vintage steam railway to Bodiam. Rye railway station provides access to London in 1 hour 45 minutes. Shops 2 miles, pubs and restaurant 500 yards. The Cart Lodge and The Wagon Lodge can be booked together to accommodate 12 people and all the guests can dine together in The Wagon Lodge as the table seats 12 people. Refs 29071 and 29072 can also be booked with refs 19652 and 19745 to accommodate up to 20 guests.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room with wooden floor/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Three Freeview TVs. Electric cooker. Parking (2 cars).

Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi on request. Small garden with decked terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Shared, enclosed grassed area for ball games. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Fenced pond adjacent to barn.

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£263-£753
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2

Nestling in the heart of the Tillingham Valley, these fine semi-detached holiday properties (refs 29071 and 29072) are situated on the edge of a beautiful pond with ducks and fish. The properties are located on a 200-acre, family-run, traditional working sheep and fruit farm and are ideally based for exploring the Kent and Sussex countryside. The properties have fenced decking on both sides to catch both the morning and evening sun, a small garden area and a larger fenced grass area for ball games. A walkers paradise, with an apple orchard and sheep filled fields to wander over and connect with several public footpaths. See the lambs under the trees of apple blossom in spring, or visit the ancient Cinque Port town of Rye, with its cobbled streets, tea rooms, art galleries and far reaching views over the Romney Marsh. Rye activities include the Scallop Festival in February, the Maritime Festival and Raft Race in August, an arts festival in September and Rye Fawkes Bonfire in November. Camber, Bodiam and Scotney castles are all nearby, along with Battle Abbey and the beautiful gardens of Sissinghurst, Pashley, Great Dixter and Bedgebury Pinetum. Fishing, golf, swimming, sailing, horse riding, cycle hire and rowing boat hire are all available locally, or take the time to explore the wonderful nature reserve at Rye Harbour. Beaches at Winchelsea, 3 miles, and the fabulous golden sands at Camber, 6 miles. Enjoy a tour around the local vineyards and sample the local produce or ride on the vintage steam railway to Bodiam. Rye railway station provides access to London in 1 hour 45 minutes. Shops 2 miles, pubs and restaurant 500 yards. The Cart Lodge and The Wagon Lodge can be booked together to accommodate 12 people and all the guests can dine together in The Wagon Lodge as the table seats 12 people. Refs 29071 and 29072 can also be booked with refs 19652 and 19745 to accommodate up to 20 guests.

Steps to entrance (ramp available). Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors and wooden floor/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft zip and link) with en-suite wet room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 double (5ft) bedrooms, both with sloping ceilings and en-suite shower room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Five Freeview TVs. Electric range. Parking (3 cars). Wheelchair access.

Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi on request. Small garden with decked terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Shared, enclosed grassed area for ball games. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Fenced pond adjacent to barn.

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£522-£1710
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Lanterns Ref: E4911

Situated on the ridge between the Brede and Tillingham valleys, just 3 miles from the ancient Cinque Port of Rye, this pretty detached cottage, perfect for romantic weekends, boasts a charming beamed interior and its own garden. Set close to the owner’s home, it makes a delightful base from which to explore the many attractions of East Sussex. The nearby wetlands offer wonderful birdwatching and myriad footpaths afford lovely country walks. With its cobbled streets and beautifully preserved medieval, Tudor and Georgian houses, Rye is a delightful town seemingly almost untouched by time and where visitors will find interesting shops and eating places. Winchelsea, Camber Sands and Hastings, 10 miles, are a short drive. Golf, fishing, kite surfing and horse riding are nearby. Pub serving food 0.25 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining area/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Beams throughout.

Elec heaters (£3 per day Jun-Aug, £4 per day Sept-May). Elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. DVD. CD. M/wave. Washer/dryer. D/washer. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. BBQ. Parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday or Monday to Monday. No children under 10 years except babes in arms.

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£245-£523
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Seaspray Ref: 40019

Situated on an award winning Blue Flag beach with decked area facing seven miles of golden sands, which roll out to meet the sea, with your own stretch of beach ideal for swimming, kite surfing, or for those just wanting to build sandcastles and gaze across to the French coast.
The dunes, unique along this part of the coast, are a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and have also been used as film locations, standing in for the Sahara Desert in one of the Carry On films and also as the evacuation beaches of Dunkirk. The holiday cottage also offers a first floor sun lounge - an ideal place to sit and enjoy the winter sunshine with a cosy open fire in the living room below. Further along the coast is Dungeness, an isolated pebbly beach. Visit the uniquely beautiful garden of the former home of film director Derek Jarman, Prospect Cottage is filled with driftwood and sculptural plants.
Explore the beautiful Sussex countryside and discover the cobbled town of Rye, harbouring interesting antique shops, markets and galleries or visit Winchelsea, the smallest town in England. Shops and pubs 50 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) leading to sun room, 1 twin.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Decked area. NB: Sea within 25 yards of property.

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£456-£1090
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

In the High Weald AONB, these two 19th-century, Grade II listed former mill buildings, the detached Cart House (ref PLLB) and The Bake House (ref PLLN), have been converted to a high standard, and were part of Mill House Farm, once the centre of a flourishing local milling and bakery industry. The footprint of two of the five windmills can still be seen, and one of the original millstones is set into the path in front of The Bake House. Both holiday properties are single-storey with vaulted ceilings, and lie down a quiet leafy lane within the grounds of the owners’ listed 17th-century mill house where there are Soay sheep, ducks and chickens. The ancient Cinque Port of Rye with its cobbled streets and antique shops, the seaside town of Hastings and the attractive market towns of Battle and Tenterden are all within a 20-minute drive. Great Dixter House and Gardens - regarded as the epitome of English plantsmanship - and the medieval moated castle at Bodiam are close by. Scotney Castle, Bateman’s, Sissinghurst and Smallhythe NT properties are within easy reach. Shops 1½ miles, pub 2½ miles.

Low door to entrance. Living room with solid oak floor. Kitchen/dining room with tiled floor. Double bedroom with 5ft zip & link beds, solid oak floor and French doors to garden. Shower room with toilet and tiled floor. Beamed and vaulted ceilings throughout.

  • Full gas central heating included
  • Terrace garden and furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • NB: 2 steps to garden. Unfenced pond in owners’ grounds.

  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Cycle store
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking

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£326-£571
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Stowaway Ref: 27657

This unique holiday cottage is set just yards from the sea and has direct access to the Blue Flag award-winning beach via steps from its enclosed terrace. Once belonging to the coastguards, it has been thoughtfully styled in a mix of old and new and commands stunning views of the sea from the master bedroom. Ideal for couples or families seeking sea, sun and sand, this is a superb base for a seaside holiday with plenty of opportunities for swimming, building sandcastles or enjoying a stroll along the beach which stretches for 7 miles. For the more energetic, kite surfing is a popular pastime on a windy day. In the winter, the beach takes on a charm of its own and you can watch the waves crashing on the sand from the comfort of the first floor sun lounge. This is a popular film location which has been used many times and occasionally you can spot a camera crew on the beach. This is the only sand dune system in East Sussex and is a valuable habitat for many plants and animals. Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and Dungeness are also good for bird-watching. The medieval cobbled town of Rye is close by, famous for its smuggling heritage with some interesting shops, markets and galleries to explore. Hastings is 12 miles away with its Norman castle and museums. Should you ever tire of the beach, a short drive takes you to National Trust houses and gardens. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Sun room with single bed (2ft 6in for child) and French doors. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with sun room, 1 twin.

Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker (double oven). Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed terrace with furniture. Gas barbecue (available May - September). Car park 20 yards (1 permit provided). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: This property is situated 25 yards from the sea. There are 11 steps down to the beach.

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£456-£1090
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