Rye Harbour holiday cottage rental with beach/lake nearby, internet access and walking and log fire

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A modern day fisherman's cottage

Cottage / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 6 Home 397627

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Cottage / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

PLEASE CONTACT FOR SHORT BREAK PRICES.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 2 travel cots) and is as suited to a relaxing break for family and friends as it is for a romantic getaway for two. We are also dog friendly. 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 freshly baked treats on arrival.  Dogs will receive their very own treats too! GROUND FLOOROn 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. FIRST FLOOROn 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 laundry cupboard housing a washing machine and clothes airer. An ironing board and iron is also available.SECOND FLOOROn 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.REAR GARDENTo 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.STORAGE BARNAttached 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 2 travel cots, 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. ELDERLY GUESTSThere are two sets of wooden staircases at Seakale which might not suit elderly guests. There is also one step leading from the dining room up into the kitchen. The shower has been installed over the large, deep bath, which might be difficult for those with mobility issues to access. DOGSDog 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.PARKINGThere is space for parking in front of the attached barn. 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
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Check in time: 04:00
Check out time: 10:00
Nearest beach Rye Harbour Beach 1.2 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap
Access Car advised
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 Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Furniture Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users

The East Sussex 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


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.


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.


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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27 Jul 2015


"Magical part of the country"

Had the most relaxing 2 week holiday for a long in time in this quiet village on the south coast. Dog friendly & fantastic accommodation. A beautiful part of the country for a quiet break but 5 minutes on the local bus to charming town of Rye. I would highly recommend this property. Excellent walks in the Bird Sanctuary that are practically round the corner, village store at the top of the street, great local pub with excellent beer garden, ticks all the boxes. The town of Rye is also excellent with a wide choice of local shops, a supermarket & an amazing variety of pubs & restaurants for such a small town.

Thank you so much for taking the time to complete a review. I'm so pleased to hear that you found Rye Harbour such a peaceful place to enjoy a relaxing break with your dogs. It's a dog walker's paradise and the perfect place to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life. Rye certainly is a gem and we are very lucky with the huge choice of quality eateries it has to offer. With best wishes, Jane

3 Jun 2015


"Excellent short break"

We arrived Thursday & as we had stayed before we soon settled in, great to be back. The location is excellent for unwinding , the beach is only 10 mins walk away five by bike. Jane thinks of everything could not fault the cottage & nice little touches , a wonderful cake to greet us & doggie treats for our two springers. There are 3 bedrooms spread over 2 floors with a fantastic view out across the nature reserve from the rear top bedroom. Excellent shower endless hot water & all bathroom toiletries to hand shampoo, conditioner ,shower gel etc. provided so less to pack ! The kitchen is well thought out with all pots ,pans, cutlery & cooking facilities to hand..there is a microwave, dishwasher, oven & hob so no compromise at all. Locally there is a lovely cafe for breakfast very friendly, 2 pubs we tried The Inkerman Arms fish & chips excellent, new owners so they are making an effort..don't be fooled by the outside a very welcoming pub. This is our second visit to Seakale Cottage so that is recommendation in itself we shall return. Many thanks again Jane highly recommended.

Thank you so much for your review. It was a pleasure to have you back and I'm so glad that your second visit was just as enjoyable. Thank you also for the photos. I can see that your dogs had a fab time! Best wishes, Jane

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