The vast poetic landscape of Dungeness is the backdrop for this stunning designer beach house, with glorious sea views and an internal railway carriage!
El Ray stands like a beacon to contemporary design against the huge seascape beyond its glass wall and yet inside the kitchen is built around an original 19th-century railway carriage. It is this juxtaposition of ancient and modern that makes El Ray truly unique. This gorgeous holiday home has an open plan living space with a central wood burner and looks out onto a south facing sunny deck which is built to provide shelter from the winds.
The 180 degree views from the deck are spectacular across this unique shingle spit dubbed as Britain’s only desert - the perfect location for a romantic holiday getaway. The two bedrooms look onto two internal courtyards which provide lovely sheltered sun traps. The Dungeness Nature Reserve is a magical place to visit all year round. A recognised Site of Special Scientific Interest it is an area of shingle beach saltmarsh sand dunes. The unique landscape is a nature lover’s paradise perfect for walking and popular with photographers worldwide.
El Ray: sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. Parking for 2 cars. Open garden
Ground Floor Entrance hall leading to large open plan kitchen, sitting/dining room with wood burner and TV/DVD player (the TV is for DVD use only) Kitchen with electric oven and hob, larder fridge (please note no freezer), washing machine Glass doors opening on to decked area Bedroom 1 (sleeps 2), double bed Bedroom 2 (sleeps 2), double bed Bathroom with walk in shower, basin and WC
Services Wi-Fi/Broadband Electric underfloor heating and wood burner
Outside A large south facing deck with garden furniture overlooking the shingle beach and sea Two internal courtyards protected from the wind
Unfortunately the bifolding glass doors to the decking area cannot be opened currently due to a fault. Access is still possible to the deck area via other doors. We anticipate the doors to be repaired by end September. Towels and linen are provided 1 travel cot available El Ray welcomes up to 2 dogs, however as the property has no boundaries, please keep your dogs on a lead in the vicinity of the property. Due to the high quality finishings in the property the owner would be most grateful if guests could ensure their dogs nails are clipped prior to arrival. Please note a pet fee of £30 per stay/week applies. The property has direct access to the sea so please ensure children are supervised at all times Please note there is no freezer TV/DVD player (the TV is for DVD use only) Please note that if the doors of El Ray are not locked as per house information pack, £100 will be deducted from the security deposit. Please note if you wish to hold a photo shoot or a TV/film production at this property an additional fee will apply. The necessary licences must also be obtained from The Dungeness Estate. Anyone who is found to hold such an event without permission or the relevant licences will be charged retrospectively. Check in is 16.00, check out is 10.00.
We would respectfully ask that the following house rules are adhered to, to avoid any damages to our beautiful holiday home. Should any damages arise please note charges may be taken from your security deposit.
Please ensure you vacate on time to allow our housekeepers to enter the property and prepare it for the next guests. Smoking is not permitted in the property at any time due to the wooden structure of the property. Please do not BBQ on the decked areas. Please note for insurance purposes the number of guests must not exceed the total occupancy of the house. For fire safety reasons please do not use any candles in the property. Please note quiet hours are between 11pm and 9am. Please be respectful to neighbours. Parties and loud music are not permitted.
In the Area
Situated on the Dungeness Estate which is home to an unusual landscape. The headland on the south coast of Kent is formed largely of a shingle beach. The Dungeness reserve itself is set back from the sea, boasting mile after mile of open shingle, fresh water pits, wet grassland and stunning wildflower meadows. Dungeness is one of the best places for wildlife in the UK and designated as a Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Natura 2000 site with plenty of walks to enjoy.
For train lovers amongst you, pick up the miniature steam trains that run from Hythe, New Romney and Dymchurch and stop off at Dungeness and climb the stairs to the top of the Lighthouse for a stunning 360 degree view of the area.
Gardeners may be aware that Derek Jarman’s House and garden is located at Dungeness and you are free to walk around and enjoy his planting and sculptures.
So whatever the season you can be sure to enjoy Dungeness and all it has to offer. Don't forget to bring your raincoat as the weather can be known to turn, and your camera to capture the wonderful sights on offer. You will soon discover why it is popular with wildlife enthusiasts, artists, and walkers. Oh... and make sure you visit the renowned Snack Shack at the Dungeness Fish Hut to pick up the daily catch to cook on the BBQ or enjoy a spot of lunch!
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