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The Officers’ Quarters Lock Cottage


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Iden, Rye, Sussex
Grade 4 Star rating
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From the Napoleonic era, this lovely cottage has wood floors, set on the Royal Military Canal, ideal for canoeing.

Situated on the Royal Military Canal and beside Iden Lock, The Officers’ Quarters Lock Cottage dates back to the Napoleonic era, when it was used as officers’ quarters. The lock itself was completed in 1808 whilst this detached, single-storey holiday cottage was built in 1824. Iden Lock is no longer a working lock; the last barge passed through it in 1909, the receipt for which was signed by Spencer Catt who had been the lock keeper since 1890. He was the great great great grandfather of The Officers’ Quarters Lock Cottage’s current owner. Guests can paddle their canoe from Iden Lock to West Hythe or hire rowing boats at Hythe. Fishing and walking available. Camber Sands 5 miles. Rye, Appledore and shops 3 miles.

Living room with oak floor. Dining room with open fire. Kitchen with butler sink and tiled floor. Two double bedrooms, one with wood-burning stove, one with ornamental fireplace. Single bedroom with ornamental fireplace. Step up to bathroom with shower over corner bath, toilet and tiled floor.

  • Open fire and wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included
  • TV
  • DVD and small library
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Lawned area with terrace and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 4 cars)
  • No smoking
  • NB: Lock 10 yards

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  • Barbecue
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Open Fire
    Open Fire
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • WiFi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 02/01/2018
    Everything we needed was there, even firewood. Although we arrived late there was light to get in safely. It wad reeeaaaally quite, although the Street id so close. We enjoyed the stay in every way and would come again. My harp sounded awesome in the living room!

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 15/09/2017
    Finding the cottage is dufficult as it's well hidden behind the hedge & getting onto the main road is very tricky. That said a peaceful comfortable cottage.

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 01/09/2017
    A comfortable stay in an old cottage next to the Military Canal lock where it joins the River Rother. At times there is some background noise from the lock pumps, but this was not intrusive in the cottage. The cottage wi-fi was a bit hit and miss. We did have problems contacting the key-holder as an initial "I'll get back to you" was followed by two days of silence despite many phone calls and texts, and the lack of response became very stressful by the evening before our start date. Also on the start date itself we had a phone call stating that it was necessary to delay our arrival until 5p.m. Overall, this was far from an ideal start to the holiday, and is the reason for giving an overall score of 5, but there were no subsequent problems. Access to the canal and river for canoe launching isn't obvious as the banks are steep. However across the road bridge towards Rye is an (unofficial?) access to the river bank, used by fishermen. About 50m south of here is a short but more accessible section of bank. However our canoe remained unused this trip!

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thanks for the points you have mentioned. The delay on response for key will be looked into and adjusted so this does not happen again. As for the two hours set back on arrival I was there that day, and the out going family were under the impression that they where leaving on the Saturday not the Friday, so unfortunately they then had to leave unexpectedly. This did not leave myself and my help much time to get the Lock Cottage ready to our usual high standards with out delaying these guests. I did however tell them they were welcome to stay longer on the Sunday that they where due to leave. Some things do go wrong and we fix them and move on, I hope this puts people's minds at rest, please be assured you're in good hands with us.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 13/08/2017
    No wifi.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 11/08/2017
    Great location and great property. Don't rely on the wifi if you need it! Property is very clean and well equipped, with games and books too. The Jolly Roger was not flying, so don't rely on it to find the property!

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 04/08/2017
    Cottage was nice and close to river for wildlife. However, it is very close to main road on bend( although there is a mirror to see the bend.) The main issue is accessibility. The entrance is next to small pull in used by fishermen, and it can be extremely difficult to get into the drive when their cars are parked there. We had a large car and there were a few occasions where we couldn't park it on the drive, as fishermen had parked blocking the entrance, and on one occasion double parked making it impossible. I would stay here again only if this issue was addressed.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; I am very sorry that this situation has arisen, the Cottage was built in 1824 and like many places in Britain, cars and traffic came afterwards. I do not own the ground in front of the drive therefore I cannot enforce no parking there, I will however put up notices saying that it is an access and please do not bloke it. I would very much like to have a 30 MPH speed limit imposed but thus far the local council are not playing ball.

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7.3 out of 10 – based on 9 reviews collected by Reevoo
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