The Officer's House
House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 9
Formerly the billet for the Officer of the Dragoons stationed there it has a secret coastal garden and decking area with outdoor dining. Comfortably the biggest house in the village it sleeps 8 in unashamed luxury and is probably the nicest holiday home for many miles around. Oak floors, open fire in the drawing room, separate TV and dining room with 4 generous double bedrooms upstairs, family bathroom and master en suite. We genuinely couldn’t make it any more comfortable if we tried.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Rye Harbour Beach 500 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: London Gatwick 68 km, Nearest railway: Rye 1 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (5), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
The look and feel of The Officers House is relaxed luxury that's as practical as it is comfortable. Every room has been carefully designed to make the most of the space whilst not destroying the aesthetics of the Georgian layout. With a central corridor acting as a spine that runs from the front lobby to the breakfast room, each room is beautifully decorated in muted Farrow and Ball colours that don't detract the eye. Under foot you'll find oak boards throughout the ground floor (heated in the kitchen) only broken by a classic coir rug in the drawing room in front of the marble surrounded open fire.
|Further details outdoors|
With the help of a fantastic local garden designer we set about creating a seaside garden that was not only in keeping with the location but would require little if any watering. Planted only a year ago the garden is still in its infancy but already overwhelming us with it's natural beauty.
A mixture of shingle, decking and paving stones lets you meander around the planting. To the side and the rear of the house is an enclosed and secluded private garden with teak seating and dining table alongside a BBQ area. This is a particularly magical place to spend an evening, looking up into the enormous star filled skies, helped by the lack of street lighting in the village.
To the front and alongside the small private drive lies a much larger planting area that helps separate the house from the surrounding square. Sunken into this bed lies a small paved area with garden bench surrounded by tall grasses, aliums and interesting shrubs that we hope one day will become a natural oasis in the warm summer sun – the perfect place to take a mug of tea after a long walk on the beach.
We don't believe renting our homes is over the minute we take your deposit, for us it's only just beginning. We want to ensure you have the best stay possible and help to suggest what you and your party can get up to before you arrive. With every booking we send out our 'INSIDERS GUIDE TO RYE' which lists everything we think is worth visiting, whatever the weather - most of it personally vetted by us. From this you can decide BEFORE YOU ARRIVE what sort of things you would like to get up to and not, as is often the case, discover this on the last day of your holiday. We call it the 'Home from home' experience, like having your own holiday home, but without the hassle.
The South East England region
Discover Rye & the surrounding area
In recent years the beautiful sea-fort town has slowly become just a little bit more cosmopolitan but without losing any of it's endearing old world charm.
The town is perched high on a bluff over looking the salt marshes below. Ever since Norman times the town's history has been one of invasion and resistance standing firm against the winds of change that have swept across the Channel or over the marshlands and meadows that hold the rest of England at bay.
Once sitting right on the coast Henry VIII thought it a sensible place to build one of his impregnable gun fortresses to halt the annoying French approaches but the seas so quickly receded that even before it could be occupied in anger it was marooned in the fields soon to be surrounded by grazing sheep - now the hauntingly beautiful Camber Castle in the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. The steep cobbled streets are lined with enticing shops and buildings straight off a period Hollywood set (it's a yet to be denied rumour that Johnny Depp was so taken by the place he bought one himself).
If you are looking for a bit more activity and adventure then the coastal nature reserve at Rye Harbour is English big-sky country at its best, with a chance of a seal-spotting in the Harbour as a bonus on your blustery walk. Here you can literally get lost in the myriad of paths that criss cross the marshes peppered with stunning lagoons, the home to it seems, virtually every sea bird common to our shores. And if walking isn't your thing, just hire a bike from Rye Hire in the town and peddle your way around the freedom and space of the pancake flat marshes.
INSIDER GUIDE TO RYE HARBOUR VILLAGE
The Natural reserve
An extraordinary habitat built up over the past 500 years, the home to hundreds of unusual plants and animals. Designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) it is now the home to over 70 nesting species of bird easily viewed from the many hides that scatter the reserve. Covered by a network of paths running from the beach inland, the whole area is accessible by either foot or bike and makes a really great day out with a picnic on the beach and its wildlife waiting for you to discover.
A number of children's events are held throughout the year, from Creepy Crawly Hunts to Shrimping on the beach offering a chance to learn about nature, beach art and bird watching. It's a good idea to call ahead to see what's happening the week you are visiting.
Rye Harbour beach
Beach type: Sand/shingle
An absolutely huge beach just 5 minutes bike ride down the river estuary (10 mins by foot). The path runs directly alongside the river with huge 'fields' of samphire on your left (don't tell anyone or the London restaurants will be down clearing the place out) and the Nature Reserve on your right. When you get to the beach, past the old pill box and famous black and red cottage, depending on what the tide is doing you will either see a shingle beach at high tide or an enormous expanse of sand as far as you can see at low tide.
Because there isn't any car access the beach is ALWAYS virtually empty and is a great place to while away the day, with a picnic at lunch and maybe a cast for a fish either side. Those in the know prefer to swim here at high tide as the shingle absorbs the suns energy and heats the water at high tide. At low tide it's a great place to go shrimping and when the wind picks up about the best place on earth to fly a kite. The path that took you there continues alongside the beach all the way to Pett Level and for those looking for a bit of exercise is one of the nicest places to ride a bike.
The Village shop
Located on Harbour road a few steps from the house, it has all the essentials: food, wine/beers, paper and a great selection of Polish specialties.
Open every day Mon – Fri 7.30am – 5.30pm Sat 8am – 5.30pm Sun 9am – 5.30pm.
Located by the train station with a 2 hours free parking
7am-10pm Monday to Saturday Closed Sunday.
Wednesday at Strand Quay (small farmers market) Thursday train station parking lot (a mix of good and not so good)
Alternatively,you can order online from Sainsbury, Waitrose, Tesco or Asda and schedule a delivery at the house.
William the Conqueror
Authentic village pub with no frills but good atmosphere especially in the summer, outside on a hot day, watching the boats coming in and going out of the harbour – kids will love this. The food isn't going to win any awards but the fish and chips go well with a pint or two. A jazz band plays every Sunday afternoon in the summer and out of season there's poker, pool and cribbage nights for the locals. The pub where most of the local fishermen, go you'll often overhear an interesting story or two. Read the reviews on the website.
Another Pub in the village with good food reviews from my guests since the new ownership.
There's a great crabbing spot for the kids all along the harbour wall and jetty opposite the Lifeboat station. You'll need a hand line, some bacon, a bucket to store your catch and a small shrimping net to stop them dropping off as you pull them out of the water. Most you can find in our shed or go to Adam's (in Rye) or the fishing shop.
Rye Nook is located just before Rye Harbour on the right hand side as you enter the village. Even if you don't fish it's worth hunting it out as it's really very pretty. A number of lakes of varying sizes surrounded by mature trees, reeds and other vegetation. Stuffed full of fish, Rye Nook is a mixed fishery that's home to some huge specimen fish including carp to 30lb+, bream to 4lb, tench to 8lb and more (we've never caught one!). Rye Nook consists of four lakes which in total cover over 100 acres. Buy your ticket (a few pounds) from the Village store.
There's lots of fishing to be enjoyed. Bass and mackerel are both on the menu. Fishing can be arranged in advance with one of our local fishermen.
Kites on Board
Learner or expert, Zen Buddhist or adrenaline junkie, whatever kite surfing means to you, whatever journey you're on, Kites on Board is here to make your lesson a pleasurable one. Will, the owner, has a number of different courses for complete beginners (2 or 3 days) and should get you up and surfing by the end of it. A BKSA approved training centre, they are fully insured and probably teach on some of the best teaching beaches in the South East. For those of you who can't be bothered but want to get out over the water Will also runs the RIB and Thundercats see below 'Fullthrottle Charters'.
Fullthrottle Boat Charters
They run two types of boat the RIB and the Thundercat, designed as a life saving surf rescue craft in Australia. As a result they are designed to cope with a huge variety of sea conditions from flat calm lakes to large breaking surf and as a result offer extreme fun. They can offer you just a quick blast on the Thundercats or a full package for groups of four or more. They also offer RIB charters to Eastbourne marina which is only 20 miles away with its restaurants and bars great for a Saturday lunch.
An unbeatable excitement on ex-Camel Trophy adventure boats.
Kent & Sussex Power Boat training
Professional range of powerboat courses under the National Powerboat scheme level 1 and 2 & ICC. Additionally they undertake your own boat tuition and other bespoke courses.
Power boat courses: Level One: One Day
The RYA Level One course acts as a good introduction to the world of power boating. The course's aim is to: "provide a practical introduction to boat handling and safety in powerboats”.
Level Two: Two days
The RYA Level Two course is also known as the National Powerboat Certificate. It is the most popular course and gives plenty of time for both practical instruction and theory.
Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station
In action 24/7. Meet the brave lifeboat men at the station as it opens up most weekends. Staffed by people from the village the tractor and boat are guaranteed to captivate your children. If you ask nicely they might even let them sit in the boat. They are full of interesting stories for all ages and always full of information about the conditions and boating. Please don't leave without joining up to the RNLI charity. The children will receive a badge in the post and a monthly newsletter.
The place to get the local tide timetables, essential for fishing and knowing what the beaches are going to be doing. A number of times a year we get an especially high tide that virtually 'swamps' the whole harbour – this can be very dramatic.
Church of the Holy Spirit
4th Sunday 10.30am Family Service
Hauntingly beautiful church over looking the marshes.
The castle is opened on Saturday and Sunday afternoons (2?5pm) in July, August and September (plus afternoons of bank holiday weekends March-Sept). Not accessible by cars, foot and bikes only. A mystical 'deserted' castle in the middle of the fields some mile or so from the sea. Originally built by Henry VIII in 1539 as a coastal fort to repel the annoying Frenchies, it was abandoned some 80 years later as the seas started to retreat. As a consequence it never got updated and still shows its original design. A great half way spot to have a picnic there is a path directly from the harbour to the castle. Guided walks on various dates, there is a small charge for entry (£2 adults, £1 concessions,
accompanied children free). Free to members of English Heritage and FRIENDS of the Nature Reserve.
Local taxi service can pick you up from the train station and back, or my caretaker "Pat" is always around and available too.
Located across the Village shop (ask them for bus times), service every 30 minutes to Rye (5 to10 minutes journey).
When you book I will send you my full Insider Guide to in and around Rye, featuring the Best:
Sports & Activities
Walks, Cycles routes & Boat trips
Food and Drink
Antique Trail map
Art and Culture
Rye Old Town
Courses and Special Events
Large Houses, Gardens and other Attractions
That way you can plan your holiday and not miss a thing!
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