Coastguard Cottages Rye Harbou
Cottage | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 15
Originally coastguards’ cottages built in 1860, the adjoining pair of holiday cottages are part of a terrace in this unique harbour area, which runs along the River Rother, with a busy yachting centre and fishing fleet. A Martello Tower was built at Rye Harbour to defend against invasion during the Napoleonic Wars. Visit the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, a SSSI, where wildlife can be observed from several bird hides. Enjoy walks along the sea shore, across the fields and large areas of shingle. Camber Castle, built by Henry VIII, lies to the west of Rye harbour and can reached on foot. Rye is delightful with its cobbled streets, tea rooms and smuggling history. Enjoy the golden sands at Camber, and take a trip to Winchelsea, Battle and Hastings, all only a short drive from these holiday cottages. Golf locally. Shop 200 yards, pub 250 yards.
Both properties: Oil CH inc (£25pw, £15 per short break Oct-Apr). Elec, bed linen and towels inc. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Elec cooker. M/wave. D/washer. Freezer. BBQ. Parking (2 cars). Friday to Friday.
Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with double sofa bed and French door. Kitchen. Utility room. Wet room with toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.
T/cot. H/chair. Washer/dryer. Small enclosed courtyard and furniture.
|Size||Sleeps up to 15, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Camber Sands 800 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Gatwick 80 km, Nearest railway: Rye,East Sussex 2.8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
Min stay 2 nights
The South East England region
Rye is a small town in East Sussex, England, which stands approximately two miles from the open sea and is at the confluence of three rivers: the Rother, the Tillingham and the Brede. In medieval times, however, as an important member of the Cinque Ports confederation, it was at the head of an embankment of the English Channel and almost entirely surrounded by the sea.
Rye is officially a civil parish but with its historic roots has the status of a town; at the 2001 census it had a population of 4009. During its history its association with the sea has included being involved with smuggling gangs of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Those historic roots and its charm make it a tourist destination, and much of its economy is based on that: there are a number of hotels, guest houses, B&B's and restaurants , as well as other attractions, catering for the visitor. There is a small fishing fleet, and Rye Harbour has facilities for yachts and other vessels.
Rye is a local commercial centre for the Romney Marsh and Walland Marsh area as well as being a tourist spot. Rye Farmers’ Market takes place on Strand Quay every Wednesday morning. Rye has a well-established reputation as a centre for shops trading antiques, collectors' books and records, and has many art galleries selling works by local artists and potters with changing exhibitions throughout the year.
Rye's general weekly market takes place on the marketplace car park by the station every Thursday. Until the 2001 Foot-and-Mouth disease crisis (which closed all livestock markets in England) there were frequent livestock sales at Rye.
Rye Castle Museum is located on two sites, in East Street and at the Ypres Castle. One of the tourist websites includes a picture tour of the town. Rye Art Gallery was established as a Trust in the early 1960s. Located at 107 High Street it provides a focus for contemporary visual art, which it exhibits alongside heritage artworks from its Permanent Collection.
Rye also stands at the centre of a network of nature reserves, some of national importance. The Rye Harbour SSSI lies to the south and includes the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. The neighbouring Pett Levels and Pools, and the Pannel Valley nature reserve are accessible via Winchelsea and Winchelsea Beach a few miles to the west, whilst Scotney Lake lies just off the Lydd road and the RSPB reserve at Dungeness lies a few miles further to the east with the Bird Observatory located in the old lighthouse.
The recent redevelopment of the Rye wharf for the RX fishing fleet has provided modern amenities for the landing and storage of fish. Most is sold wholesale through the regional market in Boulogne, though there is a trend for Rye to develop as a gastronomic centre in the style of Newquay or Padstow, featuring the use of fresh local produce from the sea. The annual "Rye Bay Scallops Festival" which takes place each year in February was first proposed by the then Chair of the Chamber of Commerce, Kate Roy, as a means of promoting the "Rye Bay Catch". Excellent scallops (and flatfish such as sole, plaice and dabs) are to be had in Rye Bay because of the shallow and relatively sheltered water.
Every year in September Rye hosts its annual two-week "Arts Festival" which attracts a world-class series of performers in music, comedy and literature.
On the second Saturday after November 5th the "Bonfire Boys" stage their annual torch-lit parade through the streets of the town, supported by visiting Bonfire Societies from all over the Sussex Bonfire Societies Confederation. This is followed by a "gurt 'enormous bonfire" where the chosen "effigy" of the year is ceremoniously blown-up, and a spectacular firework display. This event typically attracts over 10,000 visitors to the town, and results in the town's roads, and the main roads to London, Hastings and Ashford, being clogged up and closed to traffic from the early evening onwards.
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8 May 2013
"fantastic weekend in two lovely cottages"
We rented both cottages as there were 15 people in our party. We arrived to a warm welcome with lights and the heating on (although given the glorious sunshine all weekend, there was no need for any heating). The cottages were well equipped, comfortable and clean, with plenty of room for everyone. There was outside space for breakfast on the terrace and we could have had a barbecue at the back.
The owner was very accommodating and helpful and I will definitely go back to these cottages whenever I stay in Rye.
22 Apr 2012
"Pleasant place to stay"
We rented these two adjoining cottages along with another in the square for a get together of our extended family and close friends for my 50th birthday at Easter 2011. The cottages were pleasantly fu… More
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