Honesty is the best policy. The only surprises we want you to have when you arrive are pleasant ones, so as a refreshing change from most holiday property websites, we offer complete, open, and honest information including the good, the bad, and the sandy .
Visitors with diverse abilities are encouraged to read our ACCESS STATEMENT by clicking here.
2013 is Dunescape’s sixth season, and the second for owners Andy and Elena. One of the many wonderful things about Dunescape is that many guests return time and time again. We have learned from them, and are committed to keeping Dunescape just the way it is, so it remains the perfect beach-side holiday home.
To find out why people come back time and again, you only need look at our visitors’ book
Anyhow, on with the important information:
We love animals, but sadly pets are not permitted.
Dunescape is a strictly non-smoking property.
While Dunescape is right next to the beach and you can hear the sea,
you cannot see the sea due to the height of the adjacent sand dunes.
There is parking for one average-sized family car in the garage and one
further space on the drive. There are visitor spaces, for which we provide one parking permit, but we recommend you bring no more than two cars. Naturally, you’ll need to move the car out of the garage to put up the table tennis table.
There is a minor road between the development of which Dunescape forms
part and the sand dunes. This road accesses the smaller of Camber’s
beach car parks and a few houses. It is a no-through-road and normally
very quiet, but gets busier at peak times on Saturdays/Sundays/Bank
Holidays in high season when the weather is good.
Organic cotton towels are provided for use within the house only,
please do not take them to the beach or use them to lie on outside. We
don’t provide beach towels but they are for sale locally.
…and finally, there is no getting away from the fact that you WILL
get sand in places you never thought possible… Welcome to Camber
An eco-holiday home: the pros and cons of going green
Feedback we have received tells us that our guests enjoy the experience
of staying in a brand new eco-home. However, it’s best to
warn you that certain small sacrifices may have to be made in order to
keep the carbon count down.
PROS: Taking heat from the ground by means of 100m deep rods, this
method of heating requires only one unit of energy (electricity) input
for every four units of energy output. For maximum efficiency, the
water in the pipes is heated to a temperature inversely proportional to
the outside temperature. Underfloor heating pipes do away with the need
for ugly radiators.
CONS: It can take 24 hours to achieve target temperature, and on days
that hover around the 16 degree mark it is uneconomical for the heating
to kick in. With this in mind, electric heaters are supplied to take
the chill off should you wish to use them.
PROS: Soaks up rainwater, helps prevent excessive run-off and pressure
on the drainage system, insulates the property, and minimises the
visual impact of the development from the sand dunes.
CONS: Seagulls love it, and can be noisy at times. But then, this is the seaside!
SOLAR WATER HEATING
PROS: Supplies up to 60% of the hot water we need, saving a huge amount
of electricity and carbon emissions. The tank capacity is a whopping
CONS: During days of ‘low solar yield’, which is technical speak for
cloudy weather, the system depends on an electric immersion heater
which heats only the top 76 litres of water in the tank. There’s a good
reason for this. This way, the water in the lower part of the tank is
at least heated up to a lukewarm temperature by even the slightest hint
of solar yield, and as this rises up to the top of the tank as hot
water is drawn off, the immersion heater has to work a lot less hard to
heat this up to a hot temperature. On cloudy days, or mornings
following cloudy days, it might be best to stagger showers and baths.
The immersion heater takes about an hour to heat its 76 litres.
Naturally, we would encourage a shower as opposed to a bath, but
sometimes there is nothing like a good long soak, is there?
ORGANIC TOWELS AND ADULT BEDDING
PROS: Reduces the amount of toxins involved in the cotton growing
CONS: We provide bath towels as opposed to bath sheets. We have worked
out that this saves about 30 washing machine cycles per year with all
the water, electricity, and detergent that that entails, and makes it
easier for those with long hair to make a turban.
LOW ENERGY LIGHTING
PROS: Reduces energy consumption and carbon emissions. It works very
well with Dunescape’s fresh, white decor. Check out the latest
generation of LED lamps in the kitchen.
CONS: You cannot dim the lights so we provide a variety of uplighters
and table lights to suit your mood.
‘DUNESCAPE’-TYPE PLANTING IN THE GARDEN
PROS: In order for this new development to blend in with the adjacent
sand dunes, the garden is planted with native, naturally-occurring
plants suitable for sand dunes. Paths are made from shingle designed to
allow the grass to grow through to give a flowing, natural effect.
CONS: Not so great for playing football. But that’s what the beach is
Any further questions? Please do send us an email and we’ll reply pronto.