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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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  • Roadend Farm - The Wool Room Cottage

    Rye

    Grade
    6
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 19966

    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 ½ mile. Properties 19965 and 19966 can be booked together to sleep 6+4.

    Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Living room with double sofa bed/second living room all with beams and wooden floor. Kitchen. Separate toilet.

    Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 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.

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  • Pipewell Cottage

    Winchelsea

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    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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  • Romney Cottages - The Wagon Lodge

    Peasmarsh, nr. Rye

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    4
    Ref: 29071

    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, pub and restaurant 2 miles. 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. NB: Fenced pond adjacent to barn.

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  • Thornsdale - The Granary

    Iden Rye

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    3
    Ref: PKKD

    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
    • NB: Pond in owner’s grounds

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  • Seagulls Crest

    Camber, nr. Rye

    Grade
    8
    3
    1
    2
    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. No smoking. NB: 7 steps down to beach.

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  • Thornsdale - Thornsdale Oast

    Iden

    Grade
    10
    5
    2
    3
    Ref: PFFT

    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
    • Enclosed 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
    • NB: Pond in owner’s grounds

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  • The Granary

    Rye

    Grade
    10
    5
    3
    3
    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 (June 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 (June-September)
    • Games room with TV, table tennis, pool table and table football
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • The Old Vicarage

    Icklesham, nr. Rye

    Grade
    12
    6
    1
    4
    Ref: PUUE

    Built in 1820, this elegant, classic Grade ll listed, adjoining Georgian family home retains many original features. It is an ideal holiday destination for extended families and groups of friends, just 5 miles from the Cinque port town of Rye. The stylish accommodation is spread over three floors. There is an open plan drawing room and dining room, with a welcoming fireplace, a games room with pool table for some after dinner entertainment or chilly day recreation, complete with wood-burning stove! The light and airy conservatory is also a congenial place in which to relax and catch up with the Sunday papers. When the weather is fine, take full advantage of the mature gardens spread out to the side and front of The Old Vicarage and enjoy a glass of wine, or a picnic in the summerhouse. The attractive terrace also loans itself to alfresco dining. From the upper floors there are views across the beautiful countryside with sheep filled fields and apple orchards, with Rye in the distance and even glimpses of the sea! There is a CAMRA award-winning pub which serves good food, a local shop and a public park with playground within walking distance, and footpaths close by. Visit the cobbled, medieval town of Rye, 5 miles, and explore the art galleries, tea rooms and antique shops. There is also a leisure centre. Winchelsea, described by Kipling as a ‘port of stranded pride’ with distant sea glimpses, offers hidden wine cellars beneath the wide streets to discover, once embroiled in the town’s smuggling past!. Winchelsea beach and Rye Nature Reserve are great for bird spotting, and Camber offers miles of golden sand dunes. Vineyards and National Trust properties and gardens abound. Rye station connects with Ashford and London St Pancras station, and also mainland Europe. There are local buses to Hastings and Rye. Beach 31/2 miles. Shop 300 yards, pub 440 yards and restaurant 1/2 mile.

    Drawing/dining room with open fireplace, wooden floor, bi-fold doors and one step down to conservatory with tiled floor. Well-equipped Shaker-style kitchen with breakfast area, gas/elec Aga (for cooking), centre island, granite work tops and travertine tiled floor, open plan with games room with pool table, TV, wooden floor and wood-burning stove. Utility/boot room with tiled floor. Walk-in pantry. Separate toilet. First floor: Four bedrooms, each with 5ft bed; one with step up to en-suite shower room and toilet, one with TV and DVD, one with zip and link beds (can be twin), one with ornamental fireplace. Shower room with toilet. Second floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed, ornamental fireplace, TV, DVD, sloping ceiling and en-suite bathroom with toilet.

    • Open fire and wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Seven Freeview TVs (one 42")
    • DVDs
    • 6-ring gas/electric Aga included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large garden with terrace and furniture
    • Mature front garden
    • Barbecue
    • Summerhouse
    • Ample parking
    • Games room with pool table
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: 2 steps from conservatory to terrace. Ornamental pond with low wall in garden.

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  • The Orchard

    Northiam

    Grade
    13
    6
    2
    3
    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 included. Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. Eight Freeview TVs. DVDs. iPod dock. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Paddock. Barbecue. Private parking for 4 cars. Indoor heated swimming pool (9.4m x 4.8m) with seating area and shower facilities. No smoking.

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