Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
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This former fisherman's cottage is located in the heart of Rye Harbour village (2 miles from Rye) and is arranged over three floors, comfortably accommodating up to 6 guests (plus a travel cot) and is as suited to a relaxing break for family and friends as it is for a romantic getaway for two.
The cottage has been decorated in muted off whites and blues, in keeping with its coastal setting, together with quirky vintage finds. Textured cushions and throws will ensure you feel comfortable and snug. On cooler nights, simply throw a few logs in the woodburner for that cosy cottage feel. White-washed floors and plantation shutters add to the 'beach house' feel, together with far reaching views of the nature reserve, river and sea. Enjoy quality bedlinen. fluffy white towels, complimentary toiletries and treats on arrival.
On the ground floor is a cosy living area with a woodburning stove, 32" flat screen TV/built-in DVD player with Freeview, wifi access and an ipod dock. Adjoining this is a spacious dining area comfortably seating up to 6 adults, with french doors that lead out to the garden. Open to the dining area is a well-equipped kitchen stocked with all the kitchen essentials you can think of and an attractive quartz worktop. The kitchen is a very efficient space with all the appliances you would expect, including a good-sized fridge/freezer, electric oven, gas hob, full-size dishwasher, microwave, toaster, kettle and a Nespresso machine.
On the first floor is the master bedroom with a king-sized bed, double wardrobe and a chest of drawers. There is a family-sized bathroom with marble-topped twin sinks, a spacious bath with an overhead shower, perfect for blasting off sand after a long day on the beach. There is also a large laundry cupboard housing a washing machine and clothes airer. An ironing board and iron is also available.
On the top floor are two twin bedrooms, one with a blackout blind, making it ideal for young children. Both bedrooms have a chest of drawers and hanging pegs/space. The staircase is fitted with a retractable stairgate at the top of the stairs.
To the rear of the cottage is a long private garden that is child/dog-friendly, with an outside tap and hosepipe, handy for washing off sandy feet/paws and a washing line for the drying of clothes/beach towels. There is outdoor furniture seating up to 6 adults and a Weber charcoal BBQ.
Attached to Seakale is a lockable barn providing plenty of storage for bikes or sporting equipment, such as a windsurfer. There is a whole host of beach paraphernalia that you are welcome to borrow, such as a windbreak, buckets, spades & sand toys, fishing nets, crabbing bucket, BBQ bucket, beach games, cool bag, picnic ware & rug, picnic basket, Boules set and beach bags.
FOR THE 'LITTLE PEOPLE'
We have tried to think of everything to make a stay with little ones as easy and child-friendly as possible. You will find a travel cot, 2 stairgates (one fixed at top of 2nd staircase), bed rail, plug-in night lights (one on the landing and one in each twin bedroom), highchair, booster seat, plastic cups, plates & cutlery, fireguard, toddler step, toilet training seat, potty, and anti-slip bath mats, perfect for weekend visits when you want to travel light. PLEASE NOTE: The staircases at Seakale are wooden and we are unable to fit a stair gate at the top of the first staircase due to the design of the staircase. There is a fixed stairgate at the top of the 2nd staircase and a pressure-fitting gate that can be fixed at ground floor level.
There are two sets of wooden staircases at Seakale which might not suit elderly guests. The shower has also been installed over the large bath, which might be difficult for those with mobility issues to access.
Dog bowls and emergency poop bags are provided. We also have a couple of crates (one metal, one canvas), both of which would suit a medium/small dog. Please bring your own bedding.
Seakale has been a successful holiday let since 2008, with many positive reviews. Since being under our ownership, the whole cottage has been 'refreshed' and improved with the addition of all the mod cons you would expect from a modern holiday. Locally sourced treats will welcome you on arrival and dogs will receive their very own treat too!
SEAKALE IS ALSO BOOKABLE DIRECT. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PHOTOS, GUEST BOOK REVIEWS AND CONTACT DETAILS, PLEASE GOOGLE SEAKALE COTTAGE.
FLEXIBLE BOOKING IS AVAILABLE DURING ALL SCHOOL HOLIDAY PERIODS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE SCHOOL SUMMER HOLIDAY PERIOD.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Rye Harbour Beach 1.2 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Gatwick 70 km, Nearest railway: Rye 3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The South East England region
This popular corner of South East England is more commonly known as '1066 Country' after the famous Battle of Hastings that changed the course of British history. Visit Battle Abbey and re-inact the day when King Harold fell. Dotted with historic houses, fairytale castles, picturesque towns and villages, beautiful countryside (the 'Garden of England') and a spectacular coastline, this region offers everything you could possibly need for a perfect UK getaway.
The South East of England enjoys a milder climate than many other parts of the UK, with more recorded hours of sunshine. It's also furthest from the paths of most Atlantic depressions, so the climate is relatively settled.
RYE HARBOUR VILLAGE
Rye Harbour is a working harbour, located close to the estuary of the River Rother, with an active fishing fleet. It's not a picture-postcard village designed for tourists, but a friendly community of fishermen, artisans and labourers, in which many generations have lived all their lives. The village consists of a mixture of weather-boarded properties, period cottages and tumble-down seaside dwellings, surrounded by a marshy, mystical landscape full of pools and lagoons. Tram Road is an unmade shingle track with a hotchpotch of new and ramshackle properties, giving a distinctly bohemian feel to the area. Seakale is nestled at the far end on a separate grassy track, with its own attached barn on one side and an identical cottage on the other. It is incredibly peaceful and quite often the only sound you will hear is the cries of the gulls.
RYE HARBOUR NATURE RESERVE
Just a stone's throw from Seakale Cottage is the 800 acre Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, with paths endlessly criss-crossing in the directions of Rye, Camber Castle, Winchelsea and the uncrowded beach, which has no seasonal dog restrictions. It's ideal for those wanting to escape the crowds at nearby Camber. Here you will find outstandingly beautiful landscapes whatever the season, with pools and lagoons and wide-open skies. It's a haven for bird watchers, artists, dog walkers, ramblers and cyclists alike. In September, there are the spectacular signs of bird migration, when thousands of Swallows and Martins assemble before flying south, sometimes tens of thousands in one day! It's the perfect place to relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and offers a varied programme of activities throughout the year, many of which are ideal and interesting for children.
The village is well served by a village store, two pubs (one waterfront) and two cafes, one of which has 5* reviews and displays the works of local artists, so well worth a visit. There is a dinghy and yachting centre and a lifeboat station. The village has was built 200 years ago on an extension of the shingle beaches. A Martello Tower dating back to the Napoleonic War stands close to Seakale's garden where the original shoreline once stood. The Watch House was built in 1825 to assist the blockade detachments in their attempts to halt the smuggling trade. The church of the Holy Spirit has a thought-provoking memorial to all those who lost their lives in the Mary Stanford Lifeboat Disaster in 1928.
These coastal flatlands make an ideal base for a relaxing holiday with dogs. There are literally miles of flat, dog-friendly footpaths, where dogs can roam off-lead for hours. The Romney Marshes provide an endless variety of walks as well as a choice of uncrowded beaches, where they will enjoy racing across the vast expanses of shingle and sand at low tide.
Adjoining Rye Harbour beach is Winchelsea beach. At low tide there are plenty of rock pools to keep the little ones amused, ideal for crabbing, shrimping and fishing for flat fish. There is free parking along the beach road. There is also a wonderful walk running alongside the Military Canal, amongst fields of sheep. Winchelsea Village is very pretty with the 1066 Country Walk running through it. Visit the farm shop which has a butcher/gourmet deli and coffee shop all under one roof.
Perched high on a hill, above the marshlands that spread out to the sea, is the medieval Cinque Port town of Rye. Famed for its attractive cobbled streets full of antique and quirky shops and a popular array of eateries, there is something for everyone here. Children (and grown-up children!) will enjoy the old-fashioned sweet shops selling nostalgic sweets by the jar. Climb up the church tower and enjoy the far-reaching views. Enjoy a traditional fish and chip lunch, an indulgent cream tea, a first-class gastronomical dinner, or stop at one of the many exceptional deli and farm shops that sell quality local produce (Rye Bay scallops, Romney Marsh lamb, local cheeses, etc), perfect for an impromptu picnic on the beach. Both Rye and Hastings have active fishing fleets so you can enjoy freshly caught fish for supper.
Only a short drive from Rye is the glorious Camber Sands, an award-winning 7-mile stretch of flat sand, backed by magnificent dunes, popular with a whole range of watersports.
FESTIVALS & EVENTS 2014
The Rye area hosts a number of increasingly popular festivals, including the Rye Bay Scallop Festival, 15-23 February, which has firmly put Rye Bay scallops on the culinary map. The whole area is a magnet for artists and each year, Rye takes part in the South East Open Studios' event, where you can view the works of local artists in their own homes and studios. This year's event will be from the 6-22 June. The 21-25 August sees one of the finest Jazz festivals running over 4 days and 5 nights. The Rye Arts Festival will be from the 13-28 September and includes a whole host of literary, theatrical and music performances, as well as other special events, including themed walks and special activities for children. In November each year, the Rye Bonfire Society hosts 'Rye Bonfire', which is a spectacular firework event, drawing in large crowds to what is described as 'perhaps the best in the South East'. This year's event will be on Saturday 8 November - book early! Finally, there is the magical Rye Christmas Festival, which will be on Saturday 6 December.
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10 Sep 2014
"Fantastic house and location"
Seakale is just as their website described. Its a little bit of luxury in Rye Harbour. After a long day walking and exploring a hot bath in the over sized enamel bath was a godsend together with suppl… More
11 Jul 2014
I booked Seakale for a weekend with 3 other friends and we had a fabulous stay. The property is fantastic, well equipped and very comfortable. Jane was so lovely at sending plenty of information befor… More
Thank you for such a positive review. I am so pleased that you all enjoyed your walking weekend. The weather couldn't have been more perfect. I loved hearing about your walk to Hastings. The Hastings Country Park has the most amazing sea views. This is a walk we are planning to do this summer and I'm really looking forward to it. I hope to welcome you all back one day. With best wishes, Jane
12 Jun 2014
"Very comfortable cottage with a relaxed atmosphere"
Took my mother, daughter and 9 month old twins so a real age mix and consequently I wanted a cottage we would be happy to spend more time in than usual. Seakale didn't let us down - lovely decor,… More
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a positive review. How wonderful to have organised 4 generations under the same roof! I am very pleased that you found Seakale a comfortable place to stay.
I agree with your reservation that Seakale might not be suitable for both the elderly and mobile young. In fact, I have had a number of enquiries from guests who have been thinking of bringing along elderly relatives and this is something I have always pointed out. There is also a photo of one of the staircases in the photo gallery, so that potential guests can see what it's like. I have now also added a section on this in the property description, in the hope that guests who don't enquire beforehand, or see the photo gallery, can read this to help them decide whether the property is suitable for their needs.
With thanks and best wishes, Jane
28 Mar 2014
"Exceptional decor and thoughtful extras made this a perfect holiday"
The moment you walk through the door, Seakale promises a holiday home experience not often matched in other accommodation. It delivers on every level.An exceptional standard of decor, pleasing on the… More
Thank you so much for such a very kind and positive review. I have really enjoyed conversing with you during your stay and I am really so pleased that you had such an enjoyable and action-packed week. I am particularly impressed that you went over to France! I hope to be in contact with you again one day and have the chance to stay in one of your properties too! With best wishes, Jane
23 Mar 2014
"Lovely cottage in wonderful location"
We spent a couple of nights at Seakale, having looked for dog-friendly accommodation in the Rye area. As it happens, dog-friendly is an understatement - the owner even left a bag of fresh dog treats f… More
Thank you for your very kind review. Seakale is especially dog-friendly as we have two dogs of our own and feel they definitely deserve to be treated as one of the humans! I'm glad that you enjoyed the area. It's certainly a bonus having the nature reserve on our doorstep, which makes for some very easy dog walks! I hope to welcome you back one day. With best wishes, Jane
19 Feb 2014
Without doubt the nicest cottage we've stayed in! Very tastefully, and sensibly decorated. Everything worked (including the WiFi, which even allowed us to watch live streaming of the football)...… More
Thank you very much! I am very touched that you had such an enjoyable stay. I do try to ensure that guests feel cared for and finding the lady who makes the cakes was a real bonus! I hope you come back for a re-visit soon.
With best wishes, Jane
4 Feb 2014
Gorgeous cottage and a lovely area. Theowner was extrenely informative and left us a lovely welcome package which was a great treat. The place was spotless and we all loved the decor. A lot of thou… More
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am really so pleased that you all enjoyed the cottage. Rye Harbour has a very friendly community that I'm glad you were able to discover. I do hope you come back and enjoy another weekend. With best wishes, Jane
16 Dec 2013
"Gorgeous, tranquil, extremely well equipped cottage"
Had a wonderful few days at Seakale - it was perfect for us and the dog; nature reserve walk on the doorstep and miles of sandy beach for playing on (just make sure you get the tide times right!)Cott… More
Thank you for your kind review. I'm pleased to hear that you had such a relaxing and cosy time with your dog. There are so many wonderful walks that I'm sure she had a great time! It would be lovely to hear from you again. With best wishes, Jane
6 Nov 2013
"Beautiful cottage near the coast, a real gem in Rye, Sussex"
We have 4 blissful days at Seakale which was extremely efficiently run by the owner ,Jane. Lovely furnishings & very well kitted out so that you could pack more easily and not have to take all those e… More
Thank you so much for your very kind review. It's great that you enjoyed the area as it's ideal for young children, with so much to see and do. I hope you manage to visit Lewes at some point too! It would be lovely to welcome you again one day. With best wishes, Jane
5 Nov 2013
"A cosy little cottage"
Very nice & cosy interiorsNice decorationVery well equiped for both adults and kids (kitchen, games, books, dvd, bathroom ...)Lightfull Localisation a bit disappointing because I thought we would real… More
Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a lovely review about the cottage. I was very sorry to read that you were a bit disappointed about the location of the cottage, in that it was not as close to the sea as you thought it might have been. The cottage is advertised as being 1.2km from the beach, which can also be seen by looking at the Google location map, which is an invaluable tool to allow potential guests to see the exact location of a property. It appears that this information might have been overlooked when booking the property. However, the cottage is literally a minute's walk from the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, which in turn leads directly to the sea, views of which can be enjoyed from the rear of the cottage. I hope you all had a safe journey back to France. Best wishes, Jane
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