The Sandy Feet Retreat

Anderby Creek, East Anglia, United Kingdom Book from Book from £247 per night

Brand new! A striking, architect-designed house (sleeps 4-7) set at the back of an undiscovered beach in a Lincolnshire nature reserve
Ditch all your preconceptions about Skegness and the Lincolnshire coast. In fact, turn them on their heads entirely. It takes quite a lot to surprise us these days, but when we stumbled upon this hidden hideaway, we well and truly ate our hats.

Just a few miles up the coast from Skegness lies Anderby Creek, an untouched, 10-mile stretch of sandy beach often touted as one of the UK’s best undiscovered beaches. At the back of it, a brand-new, ultra-contemporary, off-grid beach house. Designed by award-winning architect Jonathan Hendry, The Sandy Feet Retreat is entirely bespoke and incredibly high-spec. Built from a ruin using eco-friendly materials like clay and recycled glass, the look is clean, minimalist and very cool. With three bedrooms (two kingsize, one bunk), a full kitchen, a patio leading directly to the beach, and a boat house with kayaks and surfboards to borrow, it’s a dream for free-range families.

This section of coast forms part of a 60-acre nature reserve so the surroundings are rugged and beautiful. Sand dunes smothered in wildflowers border the beach, swaying marram grass leads directly to the sand, and wildlife is abundant: look for birds of prey overhead and dolphins or porpoises out at sea. Thanks to its east-facing position, sunrises are stunning, but evenings are equally magical: unpolluted skies make it a great stargazing spot (binos included), and there’s an enormous fire pit to keep you toasty. Sign us up.

Information provided by The Sandy Feet Retreat on 03/08/2020.

Cleaning and hygiene
Complying with latest Government safety guidelines: inc. rigorous cleaning and disinfecting of all spaces with emphasis on high touch hard surfaces; where practicable house is left vacant before re-occupation; all towels and linen are washed using the hottest water setting; guests do not come into contact with housekeeping staff. House well stocked with cleaning supplies, hand sanitiser and soap; high touch items like the guest book removed, this information provided digitally instead. Guests asked on departure to place all used linen and towels in special bags for safe removal and washing by housekeeping staff. Guests also asked to open windows on departure to air the house in advance of cleaning.

Other
Check-in strictly after 4pm and check out strictly by 10am to allow housekeeping staff sufficient time to carry out deep cleaning. Self-check-in enabled. All guests asked to confirm before arrival that they are well and have not come into contact with anyone with, or showing symptoms of, Covid.

Highs

  • Set within an AONB nature reserve, Anderby Creek is wild and untouched - considered one of the best beaches in the country
  • The house is an architectural marvel – Grand Designs, eat your heart out!
  • Brilliant for families: a bunk room for kids, a full kitchen, a snug with Netflix and games, and watersports equipment to borrow
  • Very eco-friendly: natural materials, off-grid, renewable energy, supports local environmental schemes
  • Short breaks are available (min 3 nights)

Lows

  • The location between Skegness and Mablethorpe might sound off-putting, but Anderby Creek really is worlds apart from its infamous neighbours
  • The spartan design might not be to everyone’s taste
  • This is a wild stretch of coast; be prepared to drive along a sandy access track (or walk the last part)
  • The house is the owners' pride and joy, so they understandably have restrictions on groups (no stag or hen parties, no pets) and a hefty security deposit (£1000)

Best time to go

The Lincolnshire coast is wild and the weather can be unpredictable. Like everywhere in the UK, June-August are the warmest months; Anderby Creek is away from the busy parts of the coast so is often quiet even in summer. Of course it can rain at any time, but the east coast is generally drier than the west and centre of England. Strangely, February is often the driest month of the year, so this could be a great time for a winter escape - the house is a lovely cosy bolthole.

Our top tips

Visit the Cloud Bar, the UK’s first cloud-spotting site, located 300 metres from the house. There are menus to help you identify clouds, and mirrors that reflect the sky. Don’t expect to be served any drinks though!

Great for...

Beach
Eco
Family
Great Outdoors
Romantic
  • Boutique Beach House
  • 3 bedrooms
  • Self-catering
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • E-bikes and bicycles available
Room:

Rooms

The house was very cleverly designed to capture a feeling of calm. Oversized windows create bright rooms, while thick walls and clay ceilings keep them cool. Calming grey, white and pastel-pink colour schemes feature. The layout downstairs is divided into three main areas, each of which can be closed off or opened up to maintain the flow throughout. There's a bespoke kitchen (see eating) overlooking the beach, a wet room with showers for washing sandy feet, and a snug with sofas, wood burner, games and entertainment systems: ideal for rainy days.

Upstairs, there are three bedrooms: one master double, a second double and a kids’ room with bunk beds and a pull-out trundle bed (bit of a squeeze if sleeping 3 kids in this room). The master is the standout: all-glass walls showcase stunning sea views (rise early to watch the sunrise from your bed), and there’s a vintage bubble chair hanging from the ceiling that has featured in movies, music videos and photo shoots! There are three bathrooms, one of which is ensuite and has a bath with views.

Outside, you get your own beachfront patio with barbecue, fire pit, outdoor seating and sun deck. Go through your front gate and you step directly onto the sands of Anderby Creek beach – you can’t get any closer than this!

Features include:

  • Barbecue
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Dishwasher
  • Fireplace
  • Food blender
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Toiletries
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi

Eating

We love the look of the kitchen. It features smart black units, a wood burner, a feature oak dining table, and plenty of mod-cons (coffee machine and dishwasher included). Sliding doors open to the beachfront patio, where there’s a picnic bench made from sustainably-sourced larch. When opened up, this space has a clever indoor/outdoor feel. A utility room is adjacent to the kitchen with washing machine, tumble dryer and cleaning supplies.

You’ll get a welcome hamper with an assortment of local produce to get you started, but otherwise you’ll need to stock up on supplies in Chapel St Leonards (10 mins) or Skegness (15 mins). For eating out, there’s Anderby Beach Café situated 400 metres from the house, which serves breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks, or The Kitchen and Bar (at Popa’s) for all-day dining and great Sunday lunches. Plenty of other options are within short driving distance.

Features include:

  • Barbecue
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Dishwasher
  • Food blender
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob or stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Toaster
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Hit the beach. Kayaking, surfing, fishing and paddle-boarding are all popular activities along the coast
  • The surrounding sand dunes are covered in wildflowers and provide habitat to a wealth of wildlife. Go for walks through the dunes - and take your camera with you if you’re a keen photographer
  • There are also five other nature reserves within walking distance, plus the first Lincolnshire stretch of The England Coast Path passes right by the house
  • Birdwatchers should visit the nearby Round and Round House, a popular bird hide set atop the dunes with views across the marshlands and out to sea. Oystercatchers, fieldfares, sanderlings and shorelarks are regularly sighted

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Paddle boarding
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Stargazing
  • Surfing
  • Wildlife

Kids

Sandy Feet is a dream for families. There's a kids' bedroom, lots of baby equipment to borrow, a great kitchen for self-catering, and a snug with games and entertainment systems. Outside, it gets even better: the terrace backs directly onto wide, sandy Anderby Creek beach, as well as a nature reserve with sand dunes to explore and wildlife to spot. The house comes with its own boat house where you'll find kayaks, surf boards, and stand-up paddle boards to borrow, along with life jackets. Family beach retreats don't get much better than this!

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

The little bunk room is ideal for small children (sleeps up to three in bunk beds and a pull-out trundle bed); the rear bedroom (double) is better for older children; the master suite is best for a baby cot as it's the largest.

Baby equipment:

  • High chair
  • Stair gate (at bottom of stairs only)
  • Potty
  • Night light
  • Kids' books and toys

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kids Activities on site:

  • Spotting wildlife in the surrounding nature reserve (rabbits, birds of prey, porpoises, dolphins) - there's an insect house and nesting boxes on-site, too.
  • Netflix and Amazon Prime setup in the snug.

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Kayaking, surfing or paddle-boarding (equipment and life jackets available in the boathouse).
  • Seeing grey seal pups born near the beach of Donna Nook (winter).
  • Visiting the North Sea Observatory (2 miles away), which hosts exhibitions and workshops about marine life along the Lincolnshire coast.
  • Taking part in the local beach clean-up scheme.

Families Should Know:

There are steep steps from the sunbathing deck down to the patio. The wooden sleepers around the fire pit are a potential trip hazard - keep an eye on small children when the fire is lit. There's only a stair gate at the bottom of the stairs not the top, due to the door arrangement. The bunk room is a squeeze if sleeping 3.

Distances:

  • Airport: 70 mins
  • Hospital: 30 mins (small A&E in Skegness); 40 mins (major A&E in Louth)
  • Supermarket: 10 mins
Kid Friendly:

Location

The Sandy Feet Retreat is located on Anderby Creek beach, just north of Skegness in Lincolnshire.

By Car:
It's around 3.5 hours' drive from central London. The last part of the access road is on a sandy track.

By Air:
Humberside (64km) is the closest airport, but East Midlands (148km) or Birmingham (212km) are much busier international hubs. This is a rural area so it's worth hiring a car so you can explore while you stay (see our car rental recommendations).

By Train:
Skegness is the nearest station (approx 30 minutes' drive from the house). Sandy Feet offers 5% cashback to guests arriving by public transport.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Humberside 64.0 km HUY

Other:

  • Beach 0.1 km
  • Shops 0.4 km
  • Restaurant 0.4 km

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