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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
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 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 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
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. Dining room/games room with French doors/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room with toilet. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one zip and link (can be twin), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freesat TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with terrace and furniture. 200 acres of farmland. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets welcome (working farm, sheep country). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Fenced pond 40 yards.

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£412-£1246
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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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£207-£550
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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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Stowaway Ref: 27657

This unique holiday cottage is set just yards from the sea and has direct access to the Blue Flag award-winning beach via steps from its enclosed terrace. Once belonging to the coastguards, it has been thoughtfully styled in a mix of old and new and commands stunning views of the sea from the master bedroom. Ideal for couples or families seeking sea, sun and sand, this is a superb base for a seaside holiday with plenty of opportunities for swimming, building sandcastles or enjoying a stroll along the beach which stretches for 7 miles. For the more energetic, kite surfing is a popular pastime on a windy day. In the winter, the beach takes on a charm of its own and you can watch the waves crashing on the sand from the comfort of the first floor sun lounge. This is a popular film location which has been used many times and occasionally you can spot a camera crew on the beach. This is the only sand dune system in East Sussex and is a valuable habitat for many plants and animals. Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and Dungeness are also good for bird-watching. The medieval cobbled town of Rye is close by, famous for its smuggling heritage with some interesting shops, markets and galleries to explore. Hastings is 12 miles away with its Norman castle and museums. Should you ever tire of the beach, a short drive takes you to National Trust houses and gardens. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Sun room with single bed (2ft 6in for child) and French doors. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with sun room, 1 twin.

Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker (double oven). Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed terrace with furniture. Gas barbecue (available May - September). Car park 20 yards (1 permit provided). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: This property is situated 25 yards from the sea. There are 11 steps down to the beach.

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£456-£1090
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Kittiwakes Ref: E3951

On the banks of the River Rother, with boats passing at high tide, this very comfortable first floor apartment (shown second from right) is ideally located a short stroll from the heart of the quaint town of Rye. One of the ancient Cinque Ports, its history evocatively depicted in a local ‘Sound and Light Show’, Rye also boasts a wealth of interesting shops and antique emporiums, galleries, restaurants and historic inns. Close by is the nature reserve at Rye Harbour – also an excellent spot for fishing and sailing – whilst a little further afield lie Battle Abbey, romantic Bodiam Castle, Great Dixter and Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens. Day trips by rail to France depart from Ashford, 20 miles. Shops and pubs 400 yards.

External stairs to entrance. All on first floor: 4 steps to living/dining room/kitchen area. 1 double bedroom. Wet room with toilet.

Elec heaters, underfloor CH (in wet room), elec, bed linen and towels inc. DVD. Stereo/CD. M/wave. Shingle river frontage and furniture. Parking. No smoking. NB: River frontage.

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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
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Seagulls Ref: 17918

On the outskirts of Rye on the main coast road, this 1930s attached, well furnished property, near the River Rother where smuggling and piracy were growth industries, makes an ideal, comfortable holiday base. The ancient Cinque Port town of Rye with its narrow winding cobbled streets and medieval houses, 5 minute’s walk. Visit the Nature Reserve at Rye Harbour. Swim at Camber which boasts a Blue Flag beach, 3 miles. Fishing and golf nearby. Shop and pub 400 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with single sofa bed and French doors. Dining room with laminate floor/kitchen with tiled floor. Conservatory. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video and small library. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Garage (1 car). Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£0-£0
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Reysons Barn Ref: PJJP

Situated in the owners’ 3½ acres of grounds with its own drive and on the edge of a small orchard is this converted thatched barn, all on one level (a wheelchair can be provided if required). An ideal holiday base for animal lovers as the owners also keep sheep and poultry. Further afield explore the footpath across the marshes to Camber Castle built by Henry VIII. Just 5 miles from the Cinque Port town of Rye, where visitors can browse or shop amongst the enchanting cobbled streets and see the beautiful preserved houses from medieval, Tudor and Georgian times. Swimming can be enjoyed at Camber Sands, Winchelsea beach or the indoor pool at Rye. Shops and pubs 1 mile.

Open-plan living/dining room/kitchen with natural slate floor. Two bedrooms, one double, one twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Terrace with furniture
  • Use of owners’ 3½-acre grounds by arrangement
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • NB: Fenced pond in grounds

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£424-£753
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
0
Pets
0
Little Brook Ref: W40981

Beamed character retreat

Situated in the owners’ 2 acre grounds which includes an orchard, this attractive, beamed, spacious detached first floor studio property is accessed via external oak open tread stairs. It is wonderfully finished with a balcony off the living area affording countryside views and conveniently set back from the A28. Historic 1066 country waits to be explored including Battle, Hastings and the ancient Cinque Port town of Rye with its plethora of cobbled streets. Also visit Bodiam, Sissinghurst Gardens, Great Dixter and Batemans. Take a trip on the Kent and East Sussex Railway, or why not fly to Le Touquet in France for the day from Lydd Airport. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

Open tread stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Studio: 5 steps to living room with double (6ft) bed, French doors, beams and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet.

Electric central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-April). Bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Shared lawned garden with furniture. Balcony. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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£192-£526
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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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£237-£575
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