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Self-Catering Holiday Accommodation

Let's Unwind genuinely familiy friendly seaside self-catering holiday accommodation in Camber Sands and Brighton in East Sussex, England


By Carol Brazel, Feb 14 2018 04:03PM

You might think that renting a holiday cottage or apartment is the perfect break with babies and toddlers, until that is you start to think of all that kit you need to pack into the car! 

What about sterilising the bottles?

Our places have electric steam sterilisers which are tested regularly and replaced as necessary.

What about all the nappies I’ll have to fit into the car?

Order nappies with your supermarket delivery and while your on-line you can order groceries so the only shopping you need to do while on holiday is fresh local produce from the quay and farm shop.

What about mealtimes?

Mealtimes should be a time to enjoy time together as a family. We provide high chairs (and booster seats) and the floors in the kitchen and dining areas are wipe-down (tiles or wood). You will also find plastic plates, bowls, beakers and cutlery (possibly the same as you have at home, let’s face it, most families with children have something from IKEA even the Royals!) There is also a microwave, essential if you’re in a rush and a hand blender.

What about child-friendly restaurants within walking distance?

Don’t forget you are on holiday and deserve a meal out now and again. The Gallivant, just a couple of minutes walk from The Salty Dog and Rock Lobster at Camber Sands, is a lovely seaside bistro and restaurant which welcomes children. Their children’s menu is straight forward and made from scratch - not an e-number or preservative in sight! The grown-ups’ menu is great too, making the most of local ingredients. If you fancy going a little further afield, there are also many fantastic and child-friendly eating places in Rye, a little, medieval town just a few minutes away by car.

Of course, if you are staying at Sea Fizz, Brighton has many child-friendly restaurants, some familiar and some new. Brighton Marina itself has Pizza Express, TGI Fridays, Cafe Rouge, Zizzi and many more.

What about bath-time?

A non-slip bathmat is provided in each property. You will also find a few bath-friendly toys. We do, of course, provide towels for all our guests, including babies.

What about bedtime?

There are two travel cots at each property. We don’t provide cot linen as we have found that most babies seem to prefer their own blankets, sheets, snuggle bags, whatever. There are also a bed guards available for toddlers who still like a bit of extra security. In The Salty Dog and Rock Lobster you will find baby monitors so you can enjoy a relaxing evening while your baby sleeps upstairs. Sea Fizz is much smaller so you should be able to hear you baby in the bedroom while you relax in the lounge or on the balcony. You will also find a selection of bed-time stories to share at all our holiday homes.

What about the stairs?

Sea Fizz is on one level so there are no stairs and at The Salty Dog and Rock Lobster there are stair gates at the top and bottom of each flight of steps.

I am potty training my toddler. Will that be an issue?

There is a toddler step at each property to help little ones climb onto the loo or reach the basin. There is also a potty so you don’t need to bring your child’s own.

Is there space for me to “park” my pram/ buggy?

The Salty Dog and Sea Fizz have a garage right by the front door in which you can store equipment/ bikes whatever. Even with an average sized car inside, you will still have room for a buggy. At Rock Lobster there is a large secure shed in the back garden.

Will I need to bring a lot of toys with me?

All babies and children naturally have their own favourite toys and I’m afraid you will probably not be able to avoid bringing some of those! However, you will find a selection of good quality, well-maintained toys in both properties. Things like Mega-Bloks, puzzle trays, shape sorters and books. At The Salty Dog and Rock Lobster you will also find buckets and spades other outdoor toys for use in the garden and on the beach. In the cosy playroom, adjacent to the kitchen at The Salty Dog, children have their own TV and DVD selection a small sofa, some bean bags and a much wider selection of toys, books and games. There’s also table football which nobody is too old for!

But we’ve got twins!

Not a problem! At all our holiday homes there are two travel cots, two high chairs and two booster seats. We have even had triplets stay at The Salty Dog, we do need a few days notice for this though to get the extra cot/ highchairs sorted.

So what are you waiting for? 

Take a look at our website to find out more and book you break NOW!

By Carol Brazel, Jan 12 2018 04:04PM

Daisy has made loads of new friends and the trips out with them...well, Daisy has been everywhere, as the photos we receive (please keep them coming, we love them) and the notes in our guest books reveal.

She has gone to Camber Sands beach with nearly all of her new mates, but that’s not really surprising as all the dogs that stay in our Camber cottages just love those miles of sand and dunes to frolic in. But she has also been for rides on the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, to our local pub The Owl, Knoops in Rye for hot chocolate, various tea shops, the Pilot at Dungeness for perhaps the best fish and chips in the south east and climbed the church tower in Rye for an amazing view over the rooftops across to the marshes. She does so  like an outing!

Talking of guests’ photos, we have just selected the winner of our 2017 Daisy Dog photo competition. We loved all of your photos, but this one was soooo cute! Maisie, Daisy’s little furry friend, has moved in with our winner who can now enjoy a crazy day with her very own Maisie Dog whenever she wants. Hopefully Maisie and Daisy will meet up again in 2018.

Well 2017 was a really exciting year for Daisy Dog, the cuddly soft toy dog that has greeted all of our small guests and kept them company during their stays at our places, The Salty Dog and Rock Lobster at Camber Sands and Sea Fizz in Brighton.

By Carol Brazel, Oct 1 2017 10:00AM

Rye has gained the reputation over the past few years as a destination for those who love their food. This month, and at the end of every October, Rye celebrates the abundance of locally sourced wild boar and game in Wild Boar Week (21st - 29th October 2017). This festival showcases a variety of local game including mallard, partridge, pheasant, rabbit, venison and, of course, wild boar. Many of the restaurants, pubs, inns and bistros feature special menus and dishes alongside their regular menus, other festival events include live music, walks and guided tours.

More information about this event can be found by visiting www.wildboar.org.uk

By Carol Brazel, Sep 13 2017 10:47AM

The people of Sussex certainly know how to celebrate Bonfire Night and during October and November many towns and villages across the county have bonfire celebrations.

Rye Bonfire Procession takes place this year on 13th November, when the cobbled streets of this medieval town come alive with the sound of beating drums. The procession of floats, walkers with flaming torches, drum bands and our dragon, Scorcher and The Burning Boat winds its way through the narrow streets to the Salts and one of the biggest bonfires you will ever see. Once the bonfire has been lit there is an excellent firework display over the marshes. There is no charge for this event, the Rye Bonfire Society raises funds throughout the year, donations are very welcome. The donations given by the public on bonfire night has raised considerable amounts for local charities.

The streets are closed to traffic from about 7.30pm until about 9.30pm. Many people will arrive in Rye early and enjoy a meal or a drink in one of the many pubs or restaurants in the town. The precession begins at 7:50pm, signaled by a loud maroon. The bonfire on The Salts will be lit at around 8:45pm and the fireworks will begin at around 9pm.

Visit the Rye Bonfire Society website for more information and safety advice.

If you want to be part of this event our cottages The Salty Dog and Rock Lobster are less than a 10 minute drive from Rye. A Bonfire Night weekend break at The Salty Dog costs £440 for up to 6 people and at Rock Lobster the cost is £285 for up to 4 people. Our weekend guests can arrive anytime from 3pm on Friday and stay as late as 7pm on Sunday.

By Carol Brazel, May 18 2017 03:12PM

The Salty Dog and Rock Lobster holiday cottages in Camber are a great place to stay if you enjoy walking, from their position nestled behind the dunes on the edge of the Romney Marshes you can choose from beach/ coastal walks and countryside walks long, short, easy or more challenging. I have mentioned a three of our favourites here, but if you take a break at one of our Camber Sands cottages you will find maps, books and guides at the cottage to help you discover many more for yourself.

Camber Sands Beach

I never tire of this walk, it is one that we do in some shape or form on every visit to Camber. Simply walk along the through the dunes to the beach and head off right. When you reach the river turn up towards Rye Harbour passing the golf course on your right. After a couple of hundred meters turn right through the gate and onto the golf course along the old tramline (now only distinguishable by a grass ridge) through the golf course back to Camber. If you have a dog, you may prefer simply to return from here to your starting point via the path between the golf course and the dunes, your dog will then have more freedom to run and explore and even to chase a few rabbits! Takes about 1 1/2 hours.

Rye Harbour

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is home to many species of birds and plants, many of which are quire rare. The information centre has maps and information on the area including an up to date list of wildlife sightings. A route we often walk starts at the free car park and takes about 2 hours to complete, finishing with coffee, tea or lunch at one of the pubs or teashops. Follow the tarmac track towards the information centre then on towards the point where you take the track on the right towards Winchelsea beach. After about half an hour you will pass the old lifeboat station on the beach to your left. Here you will find an information board describing the sad loss of the crew of the Mary Stanford in 1928, it is worth stopping at this point to take a look. Continue along the track, after a while turning to your right by a Nature Reserve notice across some shingle along a raised path between fields towards Long Pit and Camber Castle. Turn right at Long Pit and follow the path along the edge of the pools, home to Reed and Sedge Warblers, Read Bunting and Marsh Frogs back towards the start. Takes about 2 hours.

Hastings Country Park

This beautiful area of coastline lines to the east of Hastings and can be reached by car via Fairlight Road or by bus from Rye. If you go by car, park in the main car park by the visitors centre on Coastguards Lane. You can then pick up a map showing the footpaths before setting out on your walk. If you don’t like hills be careful because for every downhill path you take there is going to be a corresponding uphill path later!

It is worthwhile to take the time to walk along the cliff top path to Warren Glen and Fairlight Glen then heading inland at marker post 12 towards Barley Lane and then back alongside the fields to the visitors’ centre. The views out to sea and across the bay towards Winchelsea and Camber area stunning.

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If you are inspired to visit our part of England, please take a look at our coastal holiday homes. We own and manage three properties.


The Salty Dog and Rock Lobster holiday cottages are both a few minutes walk from the beach at Camber Sands and just three miles from Rye.


Sea Fizz, our apartment, is on Brighton Marina, ideally situated for exploring Brighton and the surrounding countryside.