Denham Way
Camber, East Sussex

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“Tongue and groove panelling creates a pared-back aesthetic in this seaside retreat, just seconds away from the dunes of Camber Sands”

Set back from the sweeping dunes of Camber Sands, this four-bedroom house makes for a wonderfully secluded seaside retreat. Recently renovated by the current owner, the interior spaces are peaceful and pared-back, defined by a light, fresh palette of neutral tones. A generous garden wraps around two sides of the house, with a studio positioned at one end. The historic cinque port of Rye is around a 10-minute drive away, and the renowned Kent and Sussex coastline lies on the doorstep.

The Tour

The house lies at the end of Denham Way; a no-through road positioned just behind Camber Sands dunes. Supremely secluded care of its end-of-terrace position, the exterior of the house has been coloured a smart matt black that creates a contemporary contrast with the façades of its neighbours. Entrance is to a covered porch with storage space for coats and shoes, where a yellow front door gives a bright welcome.

On the northern aspect of the plan is an open-plan, dual aspect space, currently home to a living room and dining area. Glazed doors open from the living room directly to the east-facing garden, while a large window in the dining room welcomes light to the front aspect. ‘Dimity’ by Farrow & Ball has been used for the ceiling, its pinkish hues in considered conversation with ‘Cornforth White’, also by Farrow & Ball, on the walls. Wide-format parquet extends underfoot throughout, with textured light grey shades that exist in delicate balance with the tongue and groove wall panelling.

The kitchen also has direct access to the garden via a large glazed door that simultaneously allows light into the space. There is a built-in oven, hob and extractor fan. Grey metro tiles have been used for the splashback, with glossy cabinetry above and below providing ample storage. Adjacent is a WC; pink tiles around the sink hint at the decor of the larger bathroom upstairs.

Also on this floor is an additional living area, which utilises the same material palette as the primary living spaces to create a sense of continuity between the spaces. A ladder ascends from here to a newly introduced mezzanine level, currently used as a fifth sleeping space. There are two bathrooms in this section of the plan, both of which have been clad in a selection of tiles from Mandarin Stone.

Black-painted stairs ascend to the first floor, wherein lie three bedrooms and a bathroom. The bedrooms are bright, generous spaces with tongue and groove wall panelling, parquet flooring and large windows that allow light to flood in. There is also a large bathroom on this level, which brings a touch of colour to the interior with its coral pink wall tiles by Mandarin Stone, their gloss finish working in clever contrast with the industrial-style rubber flooring. The towel rail and shower fittings are in a sympathetic matt black, and a black-framed shower door completes the space. There are marble hooks for hanging towels and a curved enamel bucket sink.

There is a separate studio situated at the rear of the garden, positioned atop wooden decking. Wooden walls have been left exposed inside, in harmony with the tones and textures of the garden beyond. There is an infrared heater for warmth, and a full wall of glazed doors ensures a light, bright interior.

There are solar panels on the roof, which are used to heat the house’s water supply; any excess is fed back to the grid, thereby decreasing energy costs.

Outside Space

The east-facing rear garden wraps around the corner of the house, creating ample space for different seating, dining and relaxing areas. Glazed doors open from the living room directly to a paved section, which leads to a lawn surrounded by bamboo plants for privacy. The garden receives sunshine throughout the day.

Along the side return of the house, a gravelled area has been introduced, which is currently used for alfresco dining. This path connects to the front garden via a secure gate, where festoon lights hang above a seating area, creating a soft glow, and, consequently the perfect spot for evening drinks.

The Area

Denham Way is situated in rare proximity to Camber Sands, a beautiful five-mile stretch of unspoilt sandy beach located in East Sussex, close to the Kent border. It has one of the purest and longest dune systems on the south coast and is the only one to be found in East Sussex. Camber sits on the edge of Romney Marsh, dubbed “the fifth continent” by 19th-century author Thomas Ingoldsby for its natural beauty, diverse habitats, extensive coastline and rich history. Camber Sands and Greatstone are considered among the best and most popular kite and windsurfing beaches on the south and east coasts.

In the immediate vicinity of Denham Way are the famous Rye Golf Club links course and Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. This lies within a large triangle of land extending south from Rye, along the River Rother, past Rye Harbour to the sea; then westward to Winchelsea Beach and northwards along the River Brede. Within five minutes walk is the excellent Gallivant, a well-regarded dune-side restaurant with a bar, beach huts and rooms.

The historic town of Rye is approximately four miles away and has a wide range of local shops, pubs, and restaurants. It can also be accessed via an off-road cycle route from Camber, taking around 20 minutes. The popular towns of Hastings and Tenterden are easily accessible.

The station at Rye runs services to London St Pancras, taking approximately one hour, and links to the Continent via the high-speed line through Ashford International.

Council Tax Band: C

Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.

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