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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
8
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Seagulls Crest Ref: 28934

Ideal for beach lovers

Situated on the beach, facing seven miles of golden sands which roll out to meet the sea, Seagulls Crest is a well-equipped and furnished terraced holiday home, perfect for traditional family seaside holidays. The beach is ideal for swimming, kite surfing, or for those just wanting to build sandcastles and gaze across to the French coast. With doors opening onto a patio overlooking the beach, the view can not be beaten. There is also an additional seating area in the master bedroom with panoramic sea views. 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. Further along the coast is Dungeness, an isolated pebbly beach. Explore the beautiful Sussex countryside and discover the cobbled town of Rye, harbouring interesting antique shops, markets, galleries and a nature reserve. Visit Winchelsea, the smallest town in England or Romney Marshes, an area rich in wildlife and history. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

Ground floor: 1 step to living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors. Utility room. 1 double bedroom with additional single over. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk with additional single. Shower room with toilet.

Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Decked sitting-out area with furniture. Car park 10 yards (1 permit provided). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. NB: 7 steps down to beach.

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£366-£1311
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
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.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Microwave. Wi-fi. Enclosed patio with furniture. Cycle store. Welcome pack.

Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Shared lawn area. Shared use of 5-acre farm grounds and paddock. Shared hot tub. Parking (2 cars). Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£309-£562
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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
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
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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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 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
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
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

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£447-£1518
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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