“Perfect weekend retreat to relax and unwind” Would definitely recommend Blackthorn Cottage - we would love to return in 2013 to recharge our batteries! The countryside views from the lounge are lovely and it is in such a quiet a peaceful setting yet only a short drive from amenities, including the village pubs. Loved the hot tub and the indoor pool.
“Splendid time at The Boathouse” We found the apartment to be clean, tidy and very well-equipped. The shower was powerful, there was abundant hot water, the wifi was trouble-free, the mobile phone signal was strong, the bed was comfortable and we lacked for nothing. Parking immediately adjacent to the apartment was a major benefit. Whilst the outlook from the apartment cannot be described as picturesque, the view over the river and the marsh is fascinating in an eery sort of way and offered lots of interest from passing yachts to a Border Force patrol and a ferocious battle between a cormorant and a quite sizeable eel (the cormorant eventually won!) The location of the apartment was not only peaceful and tranquil but also gave easy access to the town centre which is a delightful place to spend time simply wandering around and admiring the many historic buildings. Within easy reach of Rye, there are many interesting and fascinating National Trust properties to visit including Sissinghurst Gardens, Bateman's (Rudyard Kipling's home), Monk's House (Virginia Woolf), Bodiam Castle, Scotney Castle, Smallhythe (Ellen Terry's house) and Lamb House (Henry James). We also found Tenterden and Lewes to be worth a look, although Hastings was a little disappointing. Our two walks along the marshes from Rye Harbour and along the coast from Beachy Head to The Seven Sisters were thoroughly enjoyable (particularly the latter), helped of course by the lovely weather we had during our stay. We didn't eat out often but can strongly recommend The Ambrette where the three-course lunch was delicious and very good value (especially for the over-60’s who pay only £10.95 instead of the usual £19.95)! Although we didn't have the pleasure of meeting Chris, we were very impressed by his organisational efficiency, the accuracy of the website description of the property and the detailed information emailed to us in good time before our arrival. We would certainly not hesitate to return to The Boathouse. There is nothing we can think of in the way of improvements to be made because it ticked all the boxes for us.