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Well preserved medieval architecture, a fascinating maritime history and a combination of lovely coast and country makes Rye a great candidate for a cottage holiday.

Perched on a hill, the medieval town of Rye is a maze of Georgian buildings and narrow cobbled streets. Its maritime traditions go back to Norman times and it was one of the English port towns that formed the Cinque Ports Confederation in defence against frequent French attacks.

Built in 1249 as part of the town's defences, the Ypres Tower's balcony offers wonderful views of Romney Marsh and the surrounding countryside. Adjoining Rye Castle Museum is split over two sites, while the East Street site houses a fascinating collection of the town's history, including an 18th Century fire engine. Other notable buildings include St. Mary's Parish Church and the Rye Heritage Centre which offers a fun look at the past, through the famous Rye Town Model sound and light show, as well as the ghost walking audio tours which are available to hire.

The Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is only a short drive from many of our featured Rye cottages; it's a mosaic of habitats beside the sea, including wetlands, shingle ridges, saltmarshes, rivers and reed beds, there's a wide range of wildlife, birds and plants to discover from a large network of footpaths and birdwatching hides. From Camber Sands to Rye Bay, there are miles of spectacular coastline to see, perfect for a drive, walk or bike ride.

For a rich and historical experience, search for Rye holiday cottages and pay 1066 Country a visit.

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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Driftwood Cottage Ref: 25820

Close to the Quayside and right in the heart of Rye is this pretty end of terrace holiday cottage with its own garden. The owners provide a parking permit which can be used in Rye itself and further afield. Just off of the High Street with many antique shops and restaurants close by. Explore the cobbled streets of the Cinque Port town of Rye which retains a Bohemian style, village atmosphere, where smugglers once stored their hoards in the old vaulted cellars and crept around the secret tunnels and passages. Camber Sands, Winchelsea Beach and Camber Castle are all close by. Shops, pub and restaurant 20 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Step down to kitchen with tiled floor and beams. Steep stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Enclosed garden with terrace and furniture. Parking permit provided. No smoking. NB: Garden accessed by shared walk way.

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£260-£543
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
13
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2
The Orchard Ref: E5383

A majestic, detached family home complete with an indoor heated swimming pool, The Orchard sits in an acre of land which includes a private paddock for outdoor pursuits. Sitting in a picturesque location in Northiam, adjacent to the last rolling meadow of East Sussex as it joins the Kent border, The Orchard is perfectly located for exploring the many treasures of Kent and East Sussex. There is a steam train just a few hundred yards away serving the Rother Valley with stops at Tenterden and Bodiam. Alternatively, Bodiam Castle can be visited by taking a gentle boat trip or, more traditionally, by car. The village features the Church of St Mary’s which dates back to 1090, and the Great Dixter Tudor House and Gardens are just 0.25 miles away. There are many places to explore including Hawkhurst, Sandhurst, Beckley and a little further afield are Hastings, Tenterden and Camber Sands.

Ground floor: Living room. Second living room with double sofa bed. Dining room. Dining area/kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 6 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 3 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double on request), two with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Open fire in living room inc. Gas CH, elec and bed linen inc. T/cot. H/chair. Satellite TV. Eight Freeview TVs. DVDs. iPod dock. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Paddock. BBQ. Indoor heated swimming pool (9.4m x 4.8m) with seating area and shower facilities. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£1368-£3430
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2


These two properties make an ideal holiday destination for couples and are set in 5 acres of farmland, complete with livery and chickens. Egmont Lodge (ref 30430) and The Hayloft (ref 27032) are both detached lodges adjacent to the owner’s home, complete with shared use of a hot tub! An ideal base for exploring the surrounding countryside including the medieval Cinque Port town of Rye with its cobbled streets, restaurants, tea rooms, art galleries and a well-known hat shop which created the wonderful hats in the film ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’! The Rother Valley also offers a plethora of walking and cycling opportunities - bring your own bikes or hire them locally. Within walking distance is the Kent and East Sussex Vintage Steam Railway which chugs its way through 101/2 miles of beautiful countryside enabling you to visit Tenterden, also known as ‘The Jewel of the Weald’, and once another thriving Cinque Port Town but now 10 miles inland from the sea! At the other end of the line is the iconic fairy-tale moated castle Bodiam, which has changed little in 600 years. Enjoy a lazy summer afternoon soaking up the tranquillity of the River Rother and hire a rowing boat, glide effortlessly past the reed beds and spot a kingfisher or heron. For the young at heart don’t miss probably the finest private collection of antique pedal cars in Europe at The Mill Toy and Pedal Car Museum, also within walking distance. The romantic recreation of a medieval manor house at Great Dixter and its beautiful gardens are worth a visit. No holiday would be complete without a trip to the vast expanse of golden sand dunes at Camber, glorious in the sunshine, and invigorating when the sea breezes blow. You could even try your hand at kite-surfing! The properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 4 people (2 couples). Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 twin bedroom. Separate toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment, toilet and sloping ceiling, 1 single with cabin bed. Bathroom with shower over corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating and gas included. Cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. CD. Gas range. Microwave. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Lawned orchard garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store.

Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Shared use of 5-acre farm grounds and paddock. Shared hot tub. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£0-£0
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1

Experience life on a 900 acre working sheep and mixed arable farm. Ideally located in the countryside with stunning views, this is a conservation area, of interest to bird watchers and animal lovers alike. Adjacent to a nursery school, with a shared childrens play area, an ideal base for exploring Kent and East Sussex. Walkers and cyclists can enjoy the 5 miles of tracks and paths around the farm. Visit the historic Cinque port of Rye, with its cobbled streets, antique shops and tea rooms. Also on the farm are the old cliffs of Rye, and there are miles of sandy beaches and dunes at Camber. Coarse fishing available by arrangement. Visit Hastings, Bodiam Castle, Carr Taylor Vineyards, Great Dixter House and Gardens and the Kent and East Sussex vintage steam railway. Shops 2 miles, pub 1/2 mile. Properties 19965 and 19966 can be booked together to sleep 6+4.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with sofa bed, French doors, beams and wooden floor. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Small garden with decked area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Barbecue. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£218-£575
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
3


Set deep in the ‘Garden of England’, this charming 17th-century cottage, with its own enclosed gardens, provides cosy accommodation within the small, quiet village of Iden with its shop and pub. Ideally placed for exploring with Battle and 1066 country a short drive away, with a wealth of historical sites, castles and stately homes. The area also features an array of gardens, orchards, vineyards, abundant parks and nature reserves. The ancient Cinque port of Rye, 2 miles, home to the 12th-century Ypres Tower, a heritage centre and numerous shops and pubs. Tenterden, 8 miles, has many antique shops and restaurants, while the golden beaches of Camber Sands are 5 miles distant. The Channel Tunnel for trips to France is a 45-minute drive. Shops 1/3 mile.

Beamed living room with wood-burning stove in inglenook fireplace. Kitchen/dining room with terracotta-tiled floor. Bathroom with toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Two double bedrooms each with 5ft bed, one with beams, TV and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom.

  • Wood-burning stove – fuel available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • Two TVs
  • Video (small library)
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone – incoming and emergency only
  • Enclosed gardens with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 4 cars)
  • No smoking

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£371-£953
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Pond Cottage Ref: 23815

An attractively renovated barn with many beams throughout, situated on a working fruit and sheep farm. The surrounding countryside is a designated AONB ideally situated for walking, bird spotting and visiting the many stately homes and castles. Shops and pubs 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room and toilet.

NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video and small library. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer by arrangement. Dishwasher. Lawned garden with terrace and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Fenced pond within 3 yards of property.

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£289-£715
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Rothersby Ref: PJJC

This is a delightful, beamed, period cottage, Grade II listed and understood to date from the middle of the 19th century. Overlooking orchards, it has now been thoughtfully renovated retaining many features. Battle and 1066 country are a short drive, with a wealth of historical sites, castles and stately homes. The village of Iden, in the Domesday Book, is close to the Royal Military Canal, ideal for a gentle stroll or fishing. Just a short drive from Rye and Rye harbour, renowned for bird-watching. Tenterden, 6½ miles, is known as ‘The Jewel of the Weald’. Camber and miles of golden sand 4½ miles. The tunnel for trips to France is a 45-minute drive. Shop/PO and pub with food ⅓ mile.

Living room, open fire in inglenook fireplace leading to dining room, step down to well-equipped kitchen/breakfast room, French doors to garden. Games room. Separate toilet. Open-sided stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with sloping, beamed ceiling. Two steps up to further double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom (for +2 children). Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Open fire - fuel available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen, towels included
  • Satellite TV (sports package)
  • DVD
  • DAB radio
  • iPod/iPhone bluetooth dock
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Small gated courtyard, decorative beds, pots, teak furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Games room with full size table football
  • No
    smoking

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£408-£1055
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Lanterns Ref: E4911

Situated on the ridge between the Brede and Tillingham valleys, just 3 miles from the ancient Cinque Port of Rye, this pretty detached cottage, perfect for romantic weekends, boasts a charming beamed interior and its own garden. Set close to the owner’s home, it makes a delightful base from which to explore the many attractions of East Sussex. The nearby wetlands offer wonderful birdwatching and myriad footpaths afford lovely country walks. With its cobbled streets and beautifully preserved medieval, Tudor and Georgian houses, Rye is a delightful town seemingly almost untouched by time and where visitors will find interesting shops and eating places. Winchelsea, Camber Sands and Hastings, 10 miles, are a short drive. Golf, fishing, kite surfing and horse riding are nearby. Pub serving food 0.25 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining area/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Beams throughout.

Elec heaters (£3 per day Jun-Aug, £4 per day Sept-May). Elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. DVD. CD. M/wave. Washer/dryer. D/washer. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. BBQ. Parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday or Monday to Monday. No children under 10 years except babes in arms.

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£245-£523
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Love Shack Ref: 28904

An unusual, ‘upside down’ holiday destination taking advantage of the far reaching sea views from the living room and dining room. Both these rooms have access onto a full length balcony, ideal for al fresco dining. In addition to the balcony, a beach-style garden offers a secluded, decked terrace – a great spot for some afternoon napping, or venture up the steps which provides direct beach access. Stroll along the beach and, at low tide, spot the ancient submerged forest which was growing when England was joined by a land bridge to the continent. Investigate the rock pools and try your luck at fossil hunting; dinosaur footprints can be found at Fairlight Cove. Walk or cycle the Saxon Shoreway and historic Royal Military Canal. The fishing town of Hastings with its iconic net huts is about 8 miles away where you can watch the fishermen land the day’s catch and then take some home for your supper! The medieval Cinque Port town of Rye with its cobbled streets makes for a great day out, where you can browse the art galleries and antique shops. Visit Battle, where the course of history was changed forever or spend a day at Camber Sands which offers miles of golden sand dunes and an opportunity to try your hand at kite surfing. Vineyards abound in the area, so try the local award-winning wines or for a special occasion, enjoy a flight along the coast taking off from either Headcorn or Lydd. Shop ⅓ mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

Ground floor: Utility room. Study. 2 double bedrooms, one 6ft, one 5ft. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Stairs (bottom 7 stairs are open to one side) to first floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer (in utility room). Wi-fi. Enclosed garden and decked terrace. Balcony. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Open-tread stairs from balcony to garden. 10 steps in garden to coastal path, steps to decked terrace.

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£0-£0
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2

This attractive detached house set in the owner’s grounds provide spacious holiday accommodation situated at the end of a mile-long lane in glorious rural surroundings. Pet friendly and offering a plethora of walks on the doorstep, the cottage offers good quality linen and towels and a superb self catering base. There is a public footpath leading off the owner’s drive providing miles of walks across open countryside. A trip to picturesque Rye enables visitors to sample local foods at the Wednesday morning farmers market which is held at Strand Quay. By taking a stroll along the cobbled streets, there is also the chance to buy a memento from one of the many independently-owned shops and boutiques, art galleries and potteries - or even start Christmas shopping from the wide selection of goods available! Also worth a visit are Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Camber Sands and Camber Castle – this area of saltmarsh protects some very special wildlife, and footpaths lead to four birdwatching hides. The picturesque market town of Battle makes for an enjoyable day out, as well as Hastings, the Sealife Centre and Pevensey Castle (where the Romans invaded). The area is also well known for its local vineyards including Chapel Down and Sedlescombe. A trip to Tenterden - often referred to as the Jewel of the Weald - is an alternative and, for garden lovers, Sissinghurst (NT) is not to be missed. Further National Trust places to visit include Smallhythe Place, Scotney Castle and Bodiam Castle. Day trips to France are possible with the Channel Tunnel a mere 30-minute drive. An excellent sky venue for astrology, photography, or just wishing on a star. Shops 1½ miles, pub 1 mile.

Drawing room with inglenook open fire, tiled floor and steps down to games room. Heavily beamed dining room with oak floor. Well-equipped kitchen in roundel with gas/electric range (for cooking) double sink unit, granite work surfaces, flagstone floor and stable door. Cloakroom/utility/toilet. Double bedroom. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom in roundel with zip and link beds, galleried dressing room and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Gas/electric range included (6 ring)
  • Washer/dryer
  • Garden and patio with terrace and furniture
  • Table tennis and pool
  • Parking (for 5 cars)

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen, towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Sky TV (movies, kids and entertainment channels)
  • Radio/CD (small library)
  • DVD (small library)
  • iPhone/iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Barbecue
  • Football table
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Pond in owner’s grounds

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£794-£2428
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

In the High Weald AONB, these two 19th-century, Grade II listed former mill buildings, the detached Cart House (ref PLLB) and The Bake House (ref PLLN), have been converted to a high standard, and were part of Mill House Farm, once the centre of a flourishing local milling and bakery industry. The footprint of two of the five windmills can still be seen, and one of the original millstones is set into the path in front of The Bake House. Both holiday properties are single-storey with vaulted ceilings, and lie down a quiet leafy lane within the grounds of the owners’ listed 17th-century mill house where there are Soay sheep, ducks and chickens. The ancient Cinque Port of Rye with its cobbled streets and antique shops, the seaside town of Hastings and the attractive market towns of Battle and Tenterden are all within a 20-minute drive. Great Dixter House and Gardens - regarded as the epitome of English plantsmanship - and the medieval moated castle at Bodiam are close by. Scotney Castle, Bateman’s, Sissinghurst and Smallhythe NT properties are within easy reach. Shops 1½ miles, pub 2½ miles.

Beamed open-plan living/dining room with French doors, solid oak floors and fitted kitchen area. Double bedroom with 5ft zip and link bed. Shower room with toilet and tiled floor.

  • Full electric central heating included
  • Lawned garden with summerhouse and furniture
  • Parking (for 1 car)
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday

  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Cycle store
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking

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£342-£515
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

Nestling in the heart of the Tillingham Valley and located on a 200-acre family-run, traditional working sheep and fruit farm, these holiday properties (refs 19652 and 19745 ) are ideally based for exploring the Kent and Sussex countryside. A walkers paradise, with an apple orchard and sheep filled fields to wander over and connect with several public footpaths. See the lambs under the trees of apple blossom in spring, or visit the ancient Cinque Port town of Rye, with its cobbled streets, tea rooms, art galleries and far reaching views over the Romney Marsh. Rye activities include the Scallop Festival in February, the Maritime Festival and Raft Race in August, an arts festival in September and Rye Fawkes Bonfire in November. Camber, Bodiam and Scotney castles are all nearby, along with Battle Abbey and the beautiful gardens of Sissinghurst, Pashley, Great Dixter and Bedgebury Pinetum. Fishing, golf, swimming, sailing, horse riding, cycle hire and rowing boat hire are all available locally, or take the time to explore the wonderful nature reserve at Rye Harbour. Beaches at Winchelsea, 3 miles, and the fabulous golden sands at Camber, 6 miles. Enjoy a tour around and sample the produce of the local vineyards or ride on the vintage steam railway to Bodiam. Rye railway station provides access to London in 1 hour 45 minutes. Shops 2 miles, pubs and restaurant 500 yards.
Refs 19652 and 19745 can also be booked with refs 29071 and 29072 to accommodate up to 20 guests.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet. Steep open-tread stairs to galleried area with twin beds (2ft 6in for children, one for alternative sleeping). Maximum occupancy 4 guests.

Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi on request. Terrace with lawn and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Small pets welcome (working farm, sheep country). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Fenced pond, 50 yards.

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£241-£640
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