The vast beach contains a random collection of fisherman's huts (many of them owned by artists, including - most famously - the late film-maker Derek Jarman), two lighthouses and the terminus of a miniature coastal steam train. The entire beach is classified as a nature reserve and is filled with unusual flora and is a haven for a plethora of birdlife.
Living Architecture's house is by a young Scottish practice, NORD (Northern Office for Research and Design), who responded to the natural drama of the site with a simple monumental black house, finished in tarred black shingles on the outside and in a beautiful palette of concrete and timber within.
• RIBA 2011 Awards (winner)
The Shingle House accommodates up to 8 people.
4 double bedrooms: three on the ground floor (bedrooms 2, 3, and 4) and one on the first floor (bedroom 1, which can be made up as a twin room and has an en-suite bathroom).
Inside, The Shingle House is calming and robust. On the ground floor, the living room features a large concrete fireplace with views out across the Dungeness shingle. In addition to a bathroom with a shower, there is a large private bath house where visitors can soak in a black polished concrete sunken bath, set within a Purpleheart timber floor, whilst looking out over the landscape.
Beyond the bath house is the kitchen and dining area. From the dining table a large wall of glass can be opened to the outside, and in the kitchen a second wall of glazing opens on to a hidden and sheltered courtyard area, ideal for al fresco eating or taking in the sun.
A small garden surrounds the property, allowing further outdoor space to relax and enjoy the Dungeness environment. From here you can wave to the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch miniature railway as it passes by the end of the garden.
The following are provided for your holiday:
• Miele kitchen appliances - oven, microwave oven, induction hob, dishwasher, fridge, freezer.
• David Mellor kitchen equipment - including DM kitchen knives, chopping boards, sieves and colanders, graters, whisks, tongs, cooking utensils, a range of DM saucepans (suitable for the induction hob), food blender, scales, mixing bowls, a rolling pin and pastry brush, glassware (tumblers, wine glasses, champagne flutes), DM cutlery (including children's cutlery), a tea pot, cafetiere and mugs.
• Miele washing machine (plus an iron, ironing board and airer, but please bring detergent).
• REN skincare individual shampoo & conditioner, bath & shower gel and hand soap.
• Peter Reed high quality Egyptian cotton bed linen.
• Luxurious hand towels and bath towels.
• Luxury hypo-allergenic pillows and duvets (to ensure that everyone, including those with allergies, have a comfortable stay; but please note we do not have the storage space to also provide feather duvets and pillows).
• A few food items to get you started in the kitchen: tea bags, coffee, semi-skimmed milk, bread, salted butter and olive oil.
• Basic household items: bin bags, washing up liquid, kitchen roll, hand-wash, dishwasher tablets, foil and loo paper.
• A library of books to keep the most avid reader happy, from local travel guides, to architecture and philosophy.
• Television (with freeview) and DVD player (do bring your own DVDs to play).
• Underfloor heating throughout the house; plus starter fuel log (if you wish to use the fire in the living room).
What's not provided:
• Beach towels.
• Landline telephone.
• Due to the location of The Shingle House, it is unfortunately not possible to provide WIFI/ broadband. Our apologies for this but it is beyond our control (WIFI is provided at our other houses).
• High chair and travel cot (please note that due to the design of the bedrooms, only one infant can be accommodated, in bedroom 1 upstairs).
• Additional logs for the fire (but these can be bought locally if desired).
• One well-behaved dog (who respects and loves modern architecture) is accepted at The Shingle House for an additional charge of £20 per booking.
Prices start from just £638 for a 4-night break (the equivalent of £20 per person per night).
You can book The Shingle House for a weekend (3-nights, Friday to Monday), a mid-week break (4-nights, Monday to Friday) or a week (7-nights, Friday to Friday).
|Address: Kent, England|
|Latitude/Longitude: 50.9193 / 0.96528|
The nearest train station is Appledore - a 20 minute drive to Dungeness.
Ashford International - a 30 minute drive to Dungeness - has a regular fast service from London St Pancras (approx. 35 minute journey).
Bus service to Dungeness.
Dungeness and nearby Romney Marsh have for centuries evoked a slight other worldliness, and have been described as the Fifth Continent. In the 1840s the Reverend Richard Harris Barham, writing as Thomas Ingoldsby in the Ingoldsby Legends, wrote "The world, according to the best geographers, is divided into Europe, Asia, Africa, America, and Romney Marsh."Things to do:• The popular Romney Hythe and Dymchurch minature railway runs from Dungeness to Hythe along the coast. • Romney Marshes - for more information about this unique area and activities visit Romney Marshes Countryside project and Romney Marshes Living Landscape. • Churches on the marsh - aside from its natural beauty, Romney Marsh features some of the prettiest churches in England. • Dungeness Old lighthouse - climb the steps to the lantern and lookout over Dungeness and beyond (check website for opening times). • The Cinque Ports • Derek Jarman Garden, Dungeness • The Sound MirrorsPlaces to eat:• In Dungeness - The Pilot Inn and The Britannia Inn • On the Marsh - The Woolpack Inn (Brookland), The Star Inn (St Mary in the Marsh) • Camber Sands - The Place at Camber Sands Places to buy local produce:• Lydd Butchers, High Street, Lydd • New Romney Butchers, High Street, New Romney • Richardsons fresh and smoked fish, opposite the Pilot Inn, Dungeness • New Romney (20 mins drive) is the nearest local town for shopping and supermarkets, and Ashford (35 mins drive) is the closest town for major supermarkets and shopping outlets
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