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Pearl´s on Sea | Bohemian Beach Shack | Winchelsea, East Sussex

Pearl´s on Sea

Winchelsea, Rye, East Sussex, UK

Adorned with a mosaic of shells and brimming with beatnik style, Pearl's on Sea is a bohemian beach shack with an end-of-garden cabin, just a ten-minute stroll from Winchelsea Beach. From shimmering disco balls to thrifted tassel rugs and glittering stars exploding from the rolltop tub, this laidback East Sussex home enchants with every trailing lace curtain, collected artwork, and vintage medicine bottle.



Once owned by an artist who gathered shells from the beach to mould into garden sculptures and across the external walls, this self-catering home on the East Sussex coast has been the hub of the Winchelsea community from its inception in the 1940s. Now, its transformation embodies the essence of faded glamour, inspired by a travelling life where rock ‘n’ roll and busy eastern markets combine in a flurry of colour and texture. With a beatnik spirit and fearless lilt made for free-spirited souls, leave all preconceptions of seaside style at Pearl's on Sea's pick-n-mix pink front door.


Furnishings with a past life, ditsy florals found in bazaars, and antique lampshades with soft fringing throwing muted light across the rafters; this unique shack is a folksy-meets-vintage retreat on the edge of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. Wake beneath the warmth of a heavy eiderdown and pad to the kitchen to brew coffee as the low morning sun streams across the floor before sinking into one of three rolltop bathtubs before breakfast. As the day draws on, an intoxicating magic shifts and flows over the curated gallery walls and weathered heirloom rugs, revealing the blushed and aged accents throughout.


One acre of mature gardens spread out from the back of Pearl's on Sea, where giant trees offer shelter from sweltering days and the self-contained cabin covered in clambering clematis hides. However, it’s the large decking leading out from the main house where the fun really happens; a wood-fired bathtub, swing chair and round table for all to fit around sweetly under the East Sussex sunshine (along with a pool just below). If one must roam, a ten minute ramble through country lanes and past the nature reserve reservoir (temping wild swimmers to jump on in) leads to the quiet shores of Winchelsea Beach.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 10 guests from £8,450 per week
  • Alternative group optionUp to 6 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThere are three double bedrooms in the main house; the master, with king-size bed and rolltop bathtub sits on the first floor next to a separate WC, while downstairs there are two bedrooms with double beds, one with en suite shower room. There is also a family bathroom with rolltop bath and handheld shower attachment on the ground floor. In the self-contained cabin (available April to September) there are two further bedrooms with double beds, along with a family bathroom with rolltop bath and handheld shower attachment.
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  • FeaturesOutdoor heated swimming pool (available April - September inclusive) sauna and Swedish wood-fired tub for two
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabies and children are very welcome; one highchair and one travel cot are provided.
  • PracticalitiesThere is comfortable parking for up to three cars on the private drive, or four at a squeeze. Due to the property´s location in a protected Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the track is naturally unmade and therefore unsuitable for low slung cars. The kitchen in the main house includes a Bertha gas oven and electric hob, fridge-freezer and all the usual kitchen mod-cons; there is also a separate utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer. The cabin kitchen includes an electric oven, induction hob, dishwasher and fridge. Due to the tranquil setting, Pearl´s on Sea lends itself to family holidays and restorative escapes to the coast. Due to the pool and Swedish wood-fired tub, please supervise children and pets at all time.
  • Homestay includesA welcome hamper of luxury local produce, Anderson electric carport, two Smart TVs, Sky, Netflix, Marshall amp, WiFi, two Nespresso machines, dried flowers, wood and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more
  • Private cateringSeeking a celebratory dinner or fully catered escape? Our recommended caterers will work with you to create personalised menus for your stay. Details are shared through our house book on confirming your booking.
  • RetreatsFrom foraging weekenders to crash courses in cold-water therapy, our bespoke retreats bridge the gap between luxury and back-to-nature philosophies. Create a hand-crafted stay that puts connectivity at the fore.
  • Eco-friendlyElectric car charging point
  • Other informationProperty terms and conditionsFrequently asked questions

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The outdoor heated swimming pool is available from April to October
Shell mosaics cover the front of the house
Lounge by the pool on balmy summer days

Prices & Availability

Please note, availability for this property is to be confirmed by Unique Homestays on receipt of your enquiry


Friendly, relaxing and ever-so peaceful, Winchelsea is a quaint village on the East Sussex coast filled with good local fare and familiar folk. The beach, all smooth pebbles when the tide is in and expanses of sand when out, offers privacy and serenity even on the hottest summer days.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Pearl's on Sea is located just a short walk from Winchelsea beach and ten minutes from Rye by car.
  • By Car The house is an easy two hours' drive from central London.
  • By Train The nearest train station is Winchelsea, just eight minutes away by car.
  • By Air Gatwick airport is around one hour and 30 minutes away by car whilst Heathrow is two.

From the owner

“Pink windows, glam interiors and a bohemian spirit; we´ve created a home that will spark unexpected joy for every guest.”

From the owner

On the day we got the keys to Pearl's on Sea it was snowing heavily and we arrived to find that the house was in fact, off-grid (and rather chilly!).

Since then, we have poured our hearts and souls into creating a surprising home by the coast, far from the blue-and-white interiors so often found on England's shores, which have been inspired by our travels around the globe.

We think there is magic to be found in every corner here and our friends and family have spent a summer hot-footing it out of London to escape busy city living in this most quiet of spots. Even on the sunniest of days Winchelsea Beach (which is just a ten minute stroll away) barely sees another soul; we once had the whole beach to ourselves on summer's hottest day!

The shack was once owned by an artist who created a thriving community in Winchelsea, the gardens and house filled with children and their parents creating and making together. Even now, locals still remember and talk fondly of this iconic home adorned with shells by the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.

Most of all, we hope you find something you love here; whether that's inspiration for a garden retreat or a newfound affection for each other.

The Lowe family

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Winchelsea with an insider’s perspective.

Goat Ledge, Hastings

To Eat

Goat Ledge, Hastings

Overlooking Hastings beach, this community café serves up a mouth-watering menu of local seafood, iced coffees and cocktails. Book into a technicoloured beach hut for a true British by-the-sea experience.

Boat Hire, Rye

To Do

Boat Hire, Rye

The boats in Medieval Rye offer some great and varied fishing all year round, along with a different view of the East Sussex coast. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned angler, this the perfect activity for the whole family.

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

To See

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Excellent for bird watching, walking and cycling, the nature reserve lies just around the corner on the way to Winchelsea Beach. A Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because of the many unusual plants and animals that live here.

Browse the vintage shops

To Do

Browse the vintage shops

From Rye to Hastings, East Sussex is positively brimming with glistening vintage shops. Tallulah & Rose, Merchant 57 and Hawk and Dove being some of the owners most frequented haunts.

Guest Testimonials

I love the vintage feel and quirkiness of the property. We had a lovely break and really enjoyed the house and the garden. Thank you for such a wonderful stay in a truly unique property.

Pearl’s on Sea is so fantastic, we had the loveliest week and loved the solitude of the place and the decor! Pearl´s on Sea had everything we needed, thank you for such a wonderful stay.

Unique extras

From private chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and adrenalin-fuelled retreats, once you’ve booked your stay we’ll introduce you to our owner-recommended suppliers to create a truly bespoke, memorable escape.


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