A wide sandy beach at low tide beneath a cloudy sky near Dungeness THE COAST AT ROMNEY MARSH NEAR DUNGENESS

Romney Marsh


Romney Marsh is an area of wetlands, covering roughly 100 square miles, in the counties of East Sussex and Kent. Sparsely populated and dominated by farmland crisscrossed by waterways and ditches, it is famous for its big skies, eerie landscapes and sense of isolation. It is also renowned for its considerable population of sheep, of which Romney Marsh are a celebrated breed.

Romney Marsh has a rich and tumultuous history. It was plagued by malaria – otherwise known as marsh fever – until the early 18th century, and was a haven for smugglers, thanks to the isolated shores where contraband could be landed. Its coast is a windswept stretch of sand and shingle, with unique sites such as Dungeness, where an imposing power station and a lighthouse overlook a shore lined with fishing boats and driftwood, and the shingle is dotted with ramshackle bungalows, including the former home of celebrated artist Derek Jarman. 


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Romney Marsh is accessible by roads which twist and turn with the shape of the wetlands, and the Marsh Link Line railway, which has stations at Appledore, Hamstreet, Rye, and Winchelsea. There are many beautiful walks on the doorstep of holiday cottages in Romney Marsh, including the Saxon Shore Way, which runs through the region between Gravesend and Hastings. The Marsh is dotted with graceful churches and medieval villages, many of which are idyllic bases from which to discover the region.

A stay in Romney Marsh holiday cottages would be incomplete without a pint or two at an old-fashioned pub where smugglers once drank, such as the Red Lion in Snargate, or the Woolpack in Brookland. Long days by the sea are also highly recommended. You will discover beautiful beaches on the doorstep of your holiday cottage in Romney Marsh, including Dymchurch, Greatstone, Littlestone and St Mary’s Bay.