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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
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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

A thoughtfully restored Grade II listed terrace cottage built around 1830 and retaining many original features. An ideal holiday location situated just a minutes walk from the high street with its medieval castle and museum. Rye is famously one of the Cinque Ports and sits on a hill on the River Rother looking out across the Romney Marshes to the nearby coast. Excellent canal, coastal walks and cycle rides. Sandy beach and dunes at Camber and the pebble beach and nature reserve at Winchelsea are both close by. Zoos, steam railways and pretty market towns including Tenterden and Cranbrook are within easy reach. Shop and pub 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with laminate floors. Bathroom with shower over bath, shower attachment and toilet. Open sided stairs to first floor: Second living room with sofa bed. 1 double bedroom. Second floor: 1 twin bedroom.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. DVD and small library. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard with furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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£293-£680
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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
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Old Dairy Barn Ref: POON

Tucked away with just sheep for company, yet less than 1 mile from Rye, is this adjoining holiday barn, the ideal spot for walks into Rye or Playden. Cycle to Rye and experience what this 800 year old cobbled market town and Cinque Port has to offer. Enjoy miles of golden sand dunes at Camber or for nature lovers, Rye Harbour and its reserve offers a unique experience where wildlife can be observed. Winchelsea, Battle and Hastings are all within a short drive. Shop 1 mile, pub ½ mile.

Open-plan beamed living/dining room with kitchen area, wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed; each with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, electric heaters, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed lawned garden with terrace and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday
    to Friday

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£408-£1034
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Seaspray Ref: 40019

Situated on an award winning Blue Flag beach with decked area facing seven miles of golden sands, which roll out to meet the sea, with your own stretch of beach ideal for swimming, kite surfing, or for those just wanting to build sandcastles and gaze across to the French coast.
The dunes, unique along this part of the coast, are a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and have also been used as film locations, standing in for the Sahara Desert in one of the Carry On films and also as the evacuation beaches of Dunkirk. The holiday cottage also offers a first floor sun lounge - an ideal place to sit and enjoy the winter sunshine with a cosy open fire in the living room below. Further along the coast is Dungeness, an isolated pebbly beach. Visit the uniquely beautiful garden of the former home of film director Derek Jarman, Prospect Cottage is filled with driftwood and sculptural plants.
Explore the beautiful Sussex countryside and discover the cobbled town of Rye, harbouring interesting antique shops, markets and galleries or visit Winchelsea, the smallest town in England. Shops and pubs 50 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) leading to sun room, 1 twin.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Decked area. NB: Sea within 25 yards of property.

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£456-£1090
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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
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Pipewell Cottage Ref: 24664

Shared swimming pool (May-Sept)

A period weather boarded cottage offering far reaching views across the marshes to the Citadel at Rye and shared use of the owners above ground swimming pool. Situated snug in its hilltop setting amongst tile-hung cottages and award winning tea shops. Seven centuries ago, the new town was founded by Edward I to take the place of an older town of the same name which had been lost to the sea in a series of storms and now lies beneath the waters of Rye Bay. It became a bustling cinque port town and the centre of the wine trade with France with a smuggling history and hidden wine cellars beneath the broad streets, and it is the smallest town in the country to have its own mayor. Visit the museum and the 13th century church. Home to the writers Thackeray and Conrad, the actress Ellen Terry, and Millais was inspired to paint his famous portrait ’The Blind Girl’ with Winchelsea in the background. Winchelsea is situated where the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty meets Romney Marsh. There is an unspoilt shingle beach within a mile – take your shrimping net and binoculars to observe the many birds that frequent the area at low tide or explore the sands and rolling dunes at Camber, 7 miles. Rye, Hastings and Battle are all a short drive away. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Open tread stairs (open to one side) to first floor: 1 double bedroom. Steep, narrow stairs to second floor: 1 twin bedroom.

Gas central heating, gas and electricity included (£25per week November-March, £12per short break). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video. DVD and small library. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine and tumble dryer (in external utility room). Small enclosed tiered garden with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Shared swimming pool (24 x 12ft; depth 4ft) available May-September. No smoking.

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£235-£717
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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 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.

Low door to entrance. Living room with solid oak floor. Kitchen/dining room with tiled floor. Double bedroom with 5ft zip & link beds, solid oak floor and French doors to garden. Shower room with toilet and tiled floor. Beamed and vaulted ceilings throughout.

  • Full gas central heating included
  • Terrace garden and furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • NB: 2 steps to garden. Unfenced pond in owners’ grounds.

  • 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
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£326-£571
Shortlist
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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
The Quarter House Ref: 25320

Enjoy stylish beamed surroundings in the heart of the historic centre of Rye in this unusual, converted Grade II listed 2-storey apartment retaining original features, including beams and a working fireplace and dating back to the 1700s. Explore the citadel and view Rye from the top of the church tower; wander the cobbled streets, browse the unusual shops and galleries and take advantage of the myriad of fine restaurants, tea rooms and pubs Rye has to offer. Fine beaches and dinghy sailing nearby, including Camber Sands which offers wind and kite surfing. Shops and restaurants 10 yards, pub 25 yards.

Stairs to first floor: Living room/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors and beams. Bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi bath and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 1 double bedroom plus additional sleeping area with double futon.

Open fire in living room. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Parking (150 yards, £1.50 per day). Pet free of charge. No smoking.

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£228-£628
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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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