Cottages in Rye

Visit Rye and we promise that you’ll instantly fall for the town’s ancient buildings, cobbled streets, old pubs and antique shops. The town has a strong maritime feel, which makes Rye a wonderful holiday destination. Our selection of self-catering cottages within Rye and the surrounding area provide the perfect base from which to explore everything this charming location has to offer.  

Even though Rye is now two miles from the coast, this wasn’t always the case. Centuries ago, Rye was a port and was actually one of the Cinque Ports. These were a collection of maritime towns in Kent and East Sussex that provided men and ships to the monarch in exchange for valuable privileges, including tax exemptions. However, Rye’s harbour silted up over the years, stranding it some distance from the sea.

The sea may be gone, but the town’s history is clear to see in the fantastically preserved cobbled streets and half-timber houses. If Mermaid Street seems familiar, that’s because it’s one of the most photographed streets in the UK.

There’s plenty to do during your self-catering holiday in Rye. Start at Rye Heritage Centre to get your bearings. History lovers can then explore the Rye Castle Museum and the Ypres Tower (the old jail) or climb the bell tower at St Mary’s Church to survey the unspoilt medieval town.

If you’re into art and antiques you’ll love the many galleries and vintage collectables, as well as the pottery and gift shops, book and homeware stores. Foodies will adore the excellent cafés, restaurants and pubs too. Stop at the Mermaid Street Café for a cream tea, or step inside the Mermaid Inn and step back in time 600 years. At the Ypres Castle Inn you can sit in a garden beneath ancient ramparts.

For nature lovers, there’s Rye Harbour Local Nature Reserve, a 325-hectare reserve with saltmarsh, shingle, reedbeds, lagoons and grazing marsh. As you’d expect, hundreds of species of birds, animals, plants and insects can be found here, many of which are scarce or endangered.
While there’s so much to keep you busy in Rye itself, the world-famous Camber Sands are a must-visit, and only three miles from Rye. Try your hand at all manner of watersports or take a more sedate boat trip.

ust a half an hour drive from Rye is the site of one of the most famous battles in our history. The Battle of Hastings in 1066 saw the invading William Duke of Normandy defeat Harold, the Anglo Saxon king. The battle took place close to the present-day town of Battle, and you can visit Battle Abbey, the walled gardens and battlefields.

Feeling energetic? Then you might like to follow in the footsteps of the Normans by walking/cycling the 31-mile ‘1066 Country Walk’. Start in Pevensey, pass through Battle and end in Rye. There’s an excellent printed guide to show you things to spot along the way.



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