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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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Tillingham Oast Ref: PRRB

This traditional twin holiday roundel oast, once used for drying the hops for the local beer, occupies a peaceful and secluded spot on the private country Pelsham Estate, amongst 1700-acres of farmland. Accessed from the estate road via a mile long track, it is ideally placed for admiring the glorious views across the Tillingham Valley (and the local wildlife) from the decked area along the back of the oast or the first floor decked balcony, which is accessed via the kitchen/breakfast room in one of the roundels. The accommodation within the oast is reversed from traditional layouts, with the bedrooms and en-suites on the ground floor and the huge open-plan living area on the first floor, taking full advantage of the floor to ceiling windows at one end providing a glorious vista towards Rye and retaining the beautiful exposed beams and the original hop press. The rural location offers walks from the doorstep, including The High Weald, described as one of the top 10 walks in the UK, which starts at Peasmarsh church. The historic medieval Cinque Port town of Rye is 2.5 miles approx. Explore the Ypres Tower offering views across the Romney Marshes, art galleries, teashops and curiosity shops. Time your visit with one of the many festivals, including the Rye Bay scallop festival in February, jazz festival in August, the arts festival or the colourful bonfire night celebrations. Hire bikes, explore the golden sand dunes at Camber, fairytale moated Bodiam Castle, take a trip back in time on The Kent and Sussex steam railway or visit the many award-winning vineyards in the area.

Utility. Separate toilet. Double bedroom with 6ft bed, patio door to decked terrace and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. 3 double bedrooms with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet; one with patio door to garden, one with patio door to decked terrace. Two Z-beds (for +2). First floor (also can be accessed by external stairs): Spacious beamed living/dining room with oak floors and French door. Kitchen with French doors to balcony. Games room/cinema room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only).

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Electric range
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Decked terrace
  • Balcony and furniture
  • 2½-acre grounds
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Games room/cinema room
  • Welcome pack
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Drainage stream next to property.

WAS
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£798-£2570
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Ranters Rest Ref: W43099

Nestled in the heart of the Brede Valley (AONB), this holiday base is excellent for walkers, cyclists, bird watchers and gardeners (Sissinghurst and Great Dixter). Adjoining the owner’s home, enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the grounds. Take a walk on The High Weald (AONB) or the South Downs, including Beachy Head, The Seven Sisters and The Cuckmere Valley are an easy drive. An amble across the fields from the door leads to a pub just under 1 mile away. Rye, Rye Harbour, Winchelsea Beach and Dungeness with Derek Jarman’s cottage and garden can be explored. Golden sand dunes at Camber, 2 miles. Close to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, ideal for bird watchers. Shop 2.5 miles, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

All ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room/
kitchen. 1 double (5ft, zip and link) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Oil central heating, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freesat TV. DAB radios. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£195-£550
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Stable Cottage Ref: P81

Converted to a high standard, this Grade II listed, 17th-century beamed barn is located on a 500-acre arable and sheep farm, just 4 miles from the historic cinque port of Rye with its cobbled streets and antique shops. Standing detached, the property has oak floors and French doors opening onto an enclosed decked terrace, which makes the perfect place in which to relax in the evenings. Ideally placed for visiting the local vineyards at Biddenden and Seddlescombe, there are also many beautiful gardens to tour, including Sissinghurst, Great Dixter, Pashley Manor and Scotney Castle. Bodiam moated castle 10 miles. Tenterden 8 miles. Shop 1 mile.

Beamed living/dining room with oak floors and French doors to decked terrace. Beamed modern fitted kitchen with oak units. Double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and tiled floor.

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer space (on request)
  • Enclosed decked terrace and furniture
  • 300-acre grounds
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
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£327-£585
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
The Lock Cottage Ref: PHHV

Situated on the Royal Military Canal and beside Iden Lock, The Lock Cottage dates back to the Napoleonic era, when it was used as officers’ quarters. The lock itself was completed in 1808 whilst this detached, single-storey holiday cottage was built in 1824. Iden Lock is no longer a working lock; the last barge passed through it in 1909, the receipt for which was signed by Spencer Catt who had been the lock keeper since 1890. He was the great great great grandfather of The Lock Cottage’s current owner. Guests can paddle their canoe from Iden Lock to West Hythe or hire rowing boats at Hythe. Fishing and walking available. Camber Sands 5 miles. Rye, Appledore and shops 3 miles.

Living room with oak floor. Dining room with open fire. Kitchen with butler sink and tiled floor. Two double bedrooms, one with wood-burning stove, one with ornamental fireplace. Single bedroom with ornamental fireplace. Step up to bathroom with shower over corner bath, toilet and tiled floor.

  • Open fire and wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • DVD and small library
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Lawned area with terrace and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 4 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Lock 10 yards

WAS
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£368-£952
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2

A true rural hideaway, Waggoners Cottage is a beautiful, beamed, fairytale, detached holiday cottage tucked away in a quiet corner of a 600-acre working arable farm. Originally built in the 17th-century, and once a farm worker’s cottage, it has been restored to a high standard. The River Rother, a popular fishing and bird-watching spot, is a walk across the fields. An unpaved road leads first to the farmyard and then into the village with its pubs and locally renowned supermarket. The Cinque Ports of Rye (4 miles), and Tenterden, a traditional market town (10 miles), the coast at Camber Sands, Sissinghurst, Bateman’s, Great Dixter Gardens and Bodiam Castle are all accessible. Shop ¾ mile.

Living room with wood-burning stove in inglenook fireplace, tiled floor and step up to dining area. Galley-style kitchen with butler sink, tiled floor and utility area. Bathroom with shower attachment, over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Large double bedroom with farmland views.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full electricity rads, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Secluded garden area with terrace overlooking farmland, furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Dog kennel and run
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£308-£586
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

Explore the East Sussex and Kent countryside

Envelop yourself in nature and enjoy the glorious views of the apple orchards and the serenity of grazing sheep. Nestling in the heart of the Tillingham Valley on a 200-acre working, family run traditional sheep and fruit farm. Leagarth (ref 26361) is a single-storey detached holiday property which has been converted to a very good standard and tastefully furnished with an internal games area. Close to the ancient Cinque Port town of Rye with its cobbled streets, tea rooms and art galleries and ideally based for exploring the East Sussex and Kent countryside. A walker’s paradise - enjoy the farm’s extensive footpath network, see the lambs and apple blossom in the Spring or venture to Camber Castle, Bodiam Castle and Battle Abbey, just a short drive away. If gardens are your passion, then Pashley Manor, Great Dixter and Bedgebury Pinetum are all worth visiting. Fishing, private beauty treatments and local health centre/swimming pool day passes are available by arrangement. Golf, horse riding and sailing close by. Beaches at Winchelsea, 3 miles and golden undulating sand dunes at Camber, 6 miles. Rye railway station provides access to London 13/4 hours. Shops 2 miles, pubs 500 yards.
NB: Properties 19653 and 26361 can be booked together to accommodate larger parties.

All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. 3 steps down to dining room with French door/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 2 steps down to 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freesat TV. DVD and small library. CD. Microwave. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with terrace and furniture. 200 acres of farmland. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Pets welcome (working farm, sheep country). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Fenced pond, 50 yards.

WAS
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£287-£765
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Once a stable to the main house, Snaylham House Cottage is now tastefully converted holiday accommodation in the grounds of the owner’s home. It lies on a quiet leafy farm track on the 1066 Country Walk with far reaching views over the Brede Valley. The Cinque Port town of Rye, with its cobbles and fascinating shops, Winchelsea with its medieval gates, Battle and Tenterden are all within easy reach. National Trust properties close by include Smallhythe, Bodiam Castle and Sissinghurst Gardens. Camber provides miles of golden sand dunes. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Open plan living room with French doors/dining room with kitchen area. Double bedroom with
6ft zip and link bed (can be twin). Shower room with toilet.

  • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen and towels
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • Video (small library)
  • DVD (small library)
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Lawned garden with terrace and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Split level garden

WAS
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£257-£531
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

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 doorsdining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Steep open-tread stairs to galleried area with twin beds.

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.

WAS
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£227-£587
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

Dressmakers Cottage is a listed town house set in the heart of the Cinque Port of Rye. No town in England captures the atmosphere of Medieval England more than Rye, with its cobbled streets and period houses preserved over the centuries. Take a boat trip from Newenden to Bodiam or ride on the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Steam Railway. Sailing and windsurfing at Rye Lake, kite surfing at Camber Sands or there is an indoor swimming pool in Rye. Shop 50 yards, pub and restaurant 10 yards.

Ground floor: Living room/dining room with wooden floor. Step up to kitchen with French doors and tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with sloping ceilings.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard with furniture. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Steep, narrow staircases.

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£0-£0
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Flushing House Ref: PNNV

This Grade II* listed house of immense historical interest was built around 1530, boasts the original Tudor turning staircase and has been awarded the VisitBritain Gold Award. Opposite the church and in the heart of the Citadel, the holiday cottage is heavily beamed throughout with a bread oven in the laundry room. Visit the traditional market on Thursday and Farmers’ Market on Wednesday. Swim at Camber Sands or Winchelsea Beach, stroll across the marshes and visit the ruins of Camber Castle or take a ride on the steam train to Bodiam Castle. Shop 150 yards.

Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen/dining area with ornamental fireplace and Belfast sink. Utility with bread oven. Shower room with toilet. Steep turning stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed (zip & link, can be 2ft 6in twin) and ornamental fireplace. Double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet. Some low ceilings. Beamed throughout.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen, towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Roadside parking; public car parks - one 500 yards £1.50 per day (not Thurs, market day)
  • Welcome pack
  • Pet free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£644-£644
Shortlist
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

WAS
NOW
£342-£515
Shortlist
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

WAS
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£371-£953
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