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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
5
Pets
3
The Granary Ref: PFFK

With outstanding views over the Tillingham Valley at the end of a private drive in a farm setting, this splendid detached, oak-beamed converted granary dates back to 1850 and has been completed to a very good standard, with galleried oak staircase, latch oak doors and part-beamed throughout. For guests’ further enjoyment there is an internal games room and a table tennis table situated in an open bay garage opposite the holiday property. There is also shared use of the owner’s outdoor heated swimming pool by arrangement (May to September). For walkers and cyclists there are tracks and paths to be explored on the doorstep. Visit Rye with its antiquarian bookshops, potteries, antiques and art galleries. The Heritage Centre boasts the Town Model Sound and Light Show and a unique exhibition of working old pier slot machines! Explore the golden sands at Camber; visit Hastings and watch the fishermen land the days catch; ride the Kent and East Sussex Vintage Steam Railway or choose from the many beautiful gardens to explore - Great Dixter, historic castles, Bodiam or local vineyards. Coarse fishing by arrangement and golf locally. Shops 2 miles, pub ½ mile.

Spacious living room with gas woodburner on plinth and oak floor. Kitchen/dining room with Aga, electric cooker and quarry-tiled floor. Utility. Twin bedroom. Shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms; one with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle, toilet and separate dressing room with single bed (alternative sleeping only for child), and one with wash basin. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Gas woodburner included
  • Electricity, full LPG, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Two TVs
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Gas Aga included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Additional fridge
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed lawned garden with terrace and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 5 cars)
  • Shared use of owner’s outdoor heated swimming pool by arrangement (May-September)
  • Games room with TV, table tennis, pool table and table football
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£991-£2356
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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 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
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
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.

Spacious living room with wood-burning stove in inglenook, oak floor and two sets of French doors to terrace - open plan with games area. Single bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Well-equipped kitchen/dining room with range (for cooking) and slate floor. Two double bedrooms, one with dressing room, additional single bed (for +1) and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Twin bedroom with zip & link beds (can be double). Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Vaulted ceilings throughout first floor.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Range (7-ring, built-in barbecue) included
  • Washing machine
  • Enclosed garden and terrace with furniture
  • Pool table
  • Parking (for 3 cars); additional parking on request

  • 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

WAS
NOW
£447-£1518
Shortlist
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
Shortlist
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
NOW
£798-£2570
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2

Nestling in the heart of the Tillingham Valley, these fine semi-detached holiday properties (refs 29071 and 29072) are situated on the edge of a beautiful pond with ducks and fish. The properties are located on a 200-acre, family-run, traditional working sheep and fruit farm and are ideally based for exploring the Kent and Sussex countryside. The properties have fenced decking on both sides to catch both the morning and evening sun, a small garden area and a larger fenced grass area for ball games. 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 the local vineyards and sample the local produce 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. The Cart Lodge and The Wagon Lodge can be booked together to accommodate 12 people and all the guests can dine together in The Wagon Lodge as the table seats 12 people. Refs 29071 and 29072 can also be booked with refs 19652 and 19745 to accommodate up to 20 guests.

Steps to entrance (ramp available). Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors and wooden floor/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft zip and link) with en-suite wet room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 double (5ft) bedrooms, both with sloping ceilings and en-suite shower room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Five Freeview TVs. Electric range. Parking (3 cars). Wheelchair access.

Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi on request. Small garden with decked terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Shared, enclosed grassed area for ball games. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Fenced pond adjacent to barn.

WAS
NOW
£522-£1710
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Crown House Ref: 29778

This attractive, Grade II listed, detached, spacious holiday property is situated right in the middle of the picturesque medieval town of Rye. Accommodation is spread over four floors, giving plenty of room for groups and families. Rye is one of the original Cinque Ports, storms in the 13th century changed the shore line and Rye offered ships a safe harbour, this however silted up in the 16th century and Rye is now 2 miles from the sea. Fishing has seen a rebirth, and Rye herring are dubbed one of the seven culinary wonders of Sussex, and Rye bay scallops merit their own special festival in February. Rye is lined with half-timbered houses, cobbled streets, art galleries and a plethora of tea rooms, restaurants and atmospheric pubs. Once dubbed ‘the smuggling capital of England’, the infamous Hawkhurst Gang frequented The Mermaid Inn on Mermaid Street, which can still be visited today. Climb the tower of St Marys Parish Church for fabulous views across the rooftops and Romney Marshes. Visit Lamb House, home to Henry James and the Ypres Tower. Explore a network of footpaths, including the 1066 country walk and Royal Military Canal Walk. There is also a good network of cycle paths, and nature lovers will enjoy Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. The unique rolling sand dunes at Camber, often used in photo shoots, and Battle Abbey are nearby. There are good rail links to London or the continent via Ashford. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 25 yards.

Lower ground floor: Dining room with tiled floor/kitchen with breakfast bar. Ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. First floor: 2 double (one 5ft zip and link) bedrooms. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet. Steep and narrow stairs to second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft zip and link) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single with additional Z-bed (for child under 12 years).

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Wii. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Car park 250 yards (£1.50 per day). Fold-down snooker table. Board games and dressing up box. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£456-£1239
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