Explore The Historic Villages of Sussex

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East Sussex is looking absolutely lovely at the moment with the first signs of spring popping up all over the county. The beautiful little villages of Mountfield, Salehurst, Robertsbridge and Bodiam can be explored and enjoyed when you stay in one of our holiday cottages. These quirky, remote villages are full of history and surrounded by miles of countryside – perfect for ramblers, nature lovers and those wanting to soak up the history of the area!

Base yourself in the quirky town of Rye or the beach side village of Camber and spend your days exploring.

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Mountfield 

Mountfield is a village and civil parish in the Rother District of East Sussex three miles north-west of Battle. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book. In the 17th century, gypsum was discovered here and the ore is now mined; the mine is connected by rail to the Hastings Line which runs nearby and this is from where the ore is shipped out. A halt for Mountfield closed on 6 October 1969.

The nave and chancel are C12, with a tower added around 1200.  Most windows are later and the big C12 font is decorated with C16 carving.

There are miles of lovely walks in and around Mountfield.


Salehurst 

In historical terms Salehurst is much older than its neighbour; before the bridge over the River Rother was built it already existed, and it is named in the Domesday Book. At the time the river crossing was by ford or ferry, but in the 12th century a newly established order of Cistercian monks constructed the bridge, and the two settlements of Robertsbridge and Northbridge Street came into being; eventually – since the main road now bypassed the village – it became much more important than Salehurst. Salehurst lies approximately three miles from Bodiam, Sussex. One owner of Bodiam Castle was the Levett family, who lived at Salehurst during their ‘occupation’ of the castle. In 1588 John Levett of Salehurst contributed to the Armada loan, and in 1607 his sons John and Thomas of Salehurst were regranted by the College of Arms their right to the Levett coat of arms issued to their Sussex ancestors.

Salehurst Church

A church at Salehurst is mentioned in the Domesday Book and it is probable that the present church is built on the site of the Saxon church. It stands on a slight mound and lies just across the Rother valley from the remains of Robertsbridge Abbey. The building of the present church was in two main phases, the first by Simon de Etchyngham, a descendant of Reinbert who came to England with William the Conqueror, in the period 1220-1250. In 1309, Sir William de Etchyngham gave the advowson of Salehurst church to the Abbey of Robertsbridge when further rebuilding took place.


Bodiam

Bodiam is a small village and civil parish in East Sussex, England, in the valley of the River Rother near to the villages of Sandhurst and Ewhurst Green. It is home to Bodiam Castle, a small range of houses, a pub (called The Castle) opposite Bodiam Castle, and a restaurant (called The Curlew).

Originally it was a port and crossing point from Battle to North Kent. During the medieval period a great moated castle was built and is now a popular visitor attraction. Although famous for its castle, Bodiam was also a main hop-growing area in the last century and was famous for growing hops for Guinness. Reginald B. Levett of Court Lodge Farm would sell part of his land to Guinness to grow hops. A railway was built to provide transport for the hoppers, the Kent and East Sussex Railway, which is now a tourist attraction along with the castle.


Robertsbridge

The village is thought to date back to 1176 when a Cistercian abbey was founded there by the Abbot, Robert de St Martin. When a market charter was granted in 1198 by Richard to ‘Robertsbridge’ (Pons Roberti in Latin) it was the first recorded use of the name. The abbey was dissolved in 1538; however, the town flourished, and many of the oldest existing houses in the village date from the 14th and 15th centuries, including The Seven Stars Inn on the historic High Street. Robertsbridge is also home to the Robertsbridge Codex (1360), a music manuscript of the 14th century. It contains the earliest surviving music written specifically for keyboard.


These are just a few of the villages in the county and they have so much more to offer – miles of countryside with many planned walking routes! Please do send us any pictures, information, walks history etc. that you have on the area! We would love to put together a few guides for our cottages.

Child Friendly Cottages

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If you have young children, packing to go away on holiday is often stressful! However many of our properties are fully equipped to accommodate children and babies. From the necessities, stair gates and changing tables, to the additional amenities, playrooms and Xboxes, we are prepared for any age group.

Full list of child friendly properties.


Moonrakers, Camber, Sleeps 8.

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Moonrakers is a large, detached family home just a short walk from the blue flag beach of Camber Sands.

  • Nursery with changing table, accessible from a double en-suite bedroom as well as sitting room.
  • Playroom with toys.
  • High chair.
  • Stair gates.
  • DVD player and DVD’s.
  • Bluetooth stereo system.
  • Large enclosed garden.

White Caps, Camber, Sleeps 8.

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White Caps is large and very spacious. This property is very well equipped for babies.

  • Two bouncy chairs
  • 1 changing mat & 2 Non-slip bath mats
  • 1 Bumbo
  • 1 Toddler tunnel and 2 Children’s sun tents
  • 1 Travel Cot – please bring your own linen for the travel cot
  • 2 High chairs – 1 free standing & 1 clip on
  • 2 Stair gates
  • 2 Toddler steps & 2 Booster seats
  • 1 Paddling pool with foot pump
  • 2 Trainer Seats for the WC
  • 2 Potties
  • 1 Tommee Tippee Microwave Steriliser & 1 NUK Electric Steriliser
  • Socket covers throughout the house.
  • Plastic beakers, plates, bowls, junior cutlery all supplied in the kitchen.
  • Selection of DVDs, Board Games and Books
  • Wifi

Marram Cottage, Camber, Sleeps 6.

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This Child Friendly Holiday Cottage is highly equipped for babies and toddlers.

  • Two buggies available
  • Two travel cots, two high chairs
  • Baby bouncing chair, changing mat, Electric steam steriliser
  • Toddler step, stair gate, non-slip bath mat, socket covers
  • Plastic beakers, potty, toys and games
  • Selection of DVDs, Board Games and Books
  • Poncho’s for the children
  • Beach equipment including deck chairs, toys and games, children’s beach tents and windbreak

Salon Des Vacances – Belgium

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Following on from our participation in Vakantiebeurs, a travel show in Holland in January, Salon Des Vacances was held in Brussels, Belgium from 5th – 9th February. The holiday show is the largest tourism event in Belgium and had stands representing countries from all over the world laid out over 4 halls. The show was expected to attract more than 100,000 visitors over the 5 days, both trade and consumer. 


We attended the show on Thursday and Friday and represented Kent and Sussex on the Visit Kent and Visit 1066 Country stands. As the visitors to the show were mainly French and Dutch speaking we had our new brochure translated into both languages. Leaflet pick up over the two days was good and we are hoping that we will see an increase in bookings from Belgium as a result. All the visitors that came to our stand seemed genuinely interested in visiting Kent or Sussex – a lot of them were coming from France to other parts of the country and travelling through Kent and Sussex and were interested in staying for a few nights and visiting local attractions on their way through.

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We ran a competition in conjunction with Visit Kent to win a trip for two to stay in one of our cottages in Kent which also includes a ferry crossing! This seemed to be quite popular and the winner will be picked shortly.

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The show is finishing today and we will find out the final visitor numbers shortly and hopefully start to see some bookings come in from Belgium and France!

We will attend the show next year and continue to market our properties overseas in the meantime!

Valentines Day

With Valentines day fast approaching now is the time to think about your romantic retreat. Whether you need a cosy cottage for two or you want to celebrate with a group of friends, we have something to suit your needs!

Here’s some inspiration for you!

Something Quirky…

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Crows Nest, Rye, Sleeps 4.

The Crow’s Nest is a charming Sussex Holiday apartment in Rye laid out over two floors in the middle of the beautiful town of Rye. The Crow’s Nest is nestled above the streets of Rye, looking down to the lovely cobbled streets below. The Lion Street Store below the apartment sells artistic collectables that adorn the flat and add character and feeling to the whole property. A perfect place to stay and explore Rye Town and the fabulous Sussex coastline and villages beyond.

Something By The Sea…

          

Troubadour, Camber, Sleeps 4.

White Sands Holiday Cottages are a collection of attractive, traditionally-styled, brick and weather-boarded cottages that have been furnished and equipped to a high standard, combining modern luxuries with traditional design for the perfect seaside retreat. The cottages are ideally located in a new village-style development just a few minutes’ walk from Camber Sands beach and local amenities.

Something Intimate…

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Quarterdeck Cottage, Biddenden, Sleeps 2.

Quarterdeck Cottage is a lovely converted single storey farm building located in the grounds of the current owners own home. Perfect for couples, it is located 1.5 miles from the Kent village of Biddenden in an idyllic rural location, the cottage, although adjacent to the owner’s property benefits from its own secluded private decked area overlooking the stunning lake. This attracts a wealth of bird life and is stocked with fish; it is particularly attractive in spring and summer when flowers and plants are in abundance. The local area offers superb countryside and lovely local villages and historic attractions to explore. Biddenden village is also home to the renowned Michelin star restaurant, The West House.

Something Contemporary…

          

Easter Cottage, Rye, Sleeps 6.

Easter Cottage is a fabulous gem of a holiday cottage located in the middle of Rye, surrounded by cobbled streets, history, antique and tea shops, restaurants and charming local English pubs. This 17th Century Grade II listed cottage is stylishly unique giving it a wonderful bijou feel. This period cottage has beams and wooden floors throughout which adds to the warm cosy cottage feel. A perfect place to stay and explore Rye Town and the beautiful Sussex coastline and villages beyond. Easter Cottage has recently been bought by the current owners and totally refurbished and transformed into this fantastic property. Lots of wonderful gadgets to enjoy during your stay!

 

Camber Sands Properties

We have a great selection of 3 and 4 bedroom holiday houses on Shearers Way, Camber, East Sussex. The following 5 properties are spacious 3 storey houses and can be booked alone or would be ideal for a group of friends or a few families wanting to holiday together.

Whitesand Holiday Cottages are a collection of attractive, traditionally-styled, brick and weather boarded houses which have been furnished and equipped to a high standard, combining modern luxuries with traditional design for the perfect seaside retreat. The properties are ideally located in this new village-style development just a few minutes’ walk from the Blue Flag beach at Camber – Camber Sands.

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Daydreamer, Camber, Sleeps 6.

Daydreamer,  sleeps 6, dog friendly. Daydreamer is a large newly built and beautifully decorated town house with 3 large and roomy bedrooms, spacious downstairs kitchen, dining and sitting area, first floor sitting room, separate snug room for the children with their own TV, great outside area with table, chairs, BBQ and a shed for all your beach items.


Romney Rest, Camber Sands.

Romney Rest, Camber, Sleeps 8.

Romney Rest, sleeps 8. Romney Rest is a large holiday house “colourfully decorated” and stands out from the crowd! This large 3 storey town house has a first floor sitting room, with 1 bunk room and 3 large bedrooms, a spacious downstairs with a kitchen that has a bar area, this allows you to talk to everyone whilst cooking and this is open to the dining and sitting area, French doors leading out to the garden with table and chairs to sit and enjoy a meal during the warmer months.


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Dune Reach, Camber, Sleeps 6.

Dune Reach, sleeps 6. Dune Reach is a light and airy 3 bedroom town house laid out of 3 floors, beautifully furnished and decorated to a very high standard with all home comforts and luxuries to enjoy during your stay. It is a short walk away from Camber Sands and less than 2 hours from London. Three king sized bedrooms or 1 king and 2 twin bedrooms. Great outside area with coffee table and sofa and top of the range BBQ.


Twin room, Shoreline Cottage, Camber Sands

Shoreline, Camber, Sleeps 6.

Shoreline, Sleeps 6. Shoreline is a large 3 bedroom newly built, light and sunny, beautifully decorated town house with decking and a pebble garden outside. There is a spacious downstairs kitchen, dining and sitting area and a first floor lounge. Downstairs there is a separate den room for the children to have time out to play games and enjoy the Xbox on their own TV also with a Blu-ray DVD player. French doors open from the dining area into the outside pebbled and decked garden featuring rattan-style outdoor furniture, a glass-topped garden table, and a charcoal BBQ.


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Cathcart, Camber, Sleeps 6.

Cathcart Cottage, Sleeps 6. Cathcart Cottage is a large 3 bedroom newly built, light and sunny, beautifully decorated town house with modern contemporary furnishing. The majority of the rooms are double aspect. The pebble and decked garden is fully enclosed. There is a spacious downstairs kitchen, dining and sitting area and a first floor lounge. Downstairs there is a children’s games room where they can enjoy their own TV with Sky and a Blu-ray DVD player. French doors open from the dining area into the outside pebbled and decked garden featuring rattan-style outdoor furniture seating 6 people and a charcoal BBQ.

Enjoy the Festive Season with Bramley and Teal!

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Christmas is fast approaching but there’s still plenty of time to book your getaway with the family. We have some beautiful properties available over the Christmas and New year period.

From secluded cottages in countryside perfect for a couples getaway, where you can wrap up warm and enjoy a walk around the picturesque surroundings. To large, coastal holiday homes perfect for a family gathering. We even have a group of properties next to each other, ideal for family and friends to book together.

There’s plenty to do in Kent and East Sussex over the festive period too! 

The Kent and East Sussex Railway run ‘Santa Special’ Trains on selected dates throughout December. These are return journeys to Bodiam where children get to meet Santa! All children under 12 also receive a present! Children aged 13 -15 receive festive chocolates. There are a range of festive refreshments on board the trains and activities to enjoy at the station.

Christmas in Rye – Celebrate Rye’s BEST CHRISTMAS EVER with the official guide to what’s happening in and around Rye all December. From the best places to shop and eat, to fun-filled events for all the family, it’s worth paying Rye a visit every single day.

Tunbridge Wells at Christmas – Enjoy ice skating in Calverley Park, Tunbridge Wells from 21st November – 4th January.

Featured Properties

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Daydreamer, Camber, Sleeps 6.

Daydreamer is a large newly built and beautifully decorated town house with 3 large and roomy bedrooms, spacious downstairs kitchen, dining and sitting area, first floor sitting room, separate snug room for the children with their own TV, great outside area with table, chairs, BBQ and a shed for all your beach items. Daydreamer is filled with everything that you would need in a house on holiday and is a bright and airy self-catering holiday property within a short drive of the medieval town of Rye and Winchelsea.

This property can be booked alone but is ideally situated in close proximity to 4 other properties, Cathcart, Dune Reach, Shoreline, Romney Rest. These could be booked by a family and friends wanting to holiday together.

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The Nook, Rye Harbour, Sleeps 6.

Perfect for nature lovers, bird watchers and ramblers with Rye Harbour Nature Reserve within easy walking distance, The Nook is a stylish 1930’s two bedroom cottage thoughtfully laid out with the accommodation on two floors. The Nook has been skilfully refurbished and turned into a bright and airy cottage that provides a lovely warm welcome on arrival. The cottage can sleep 4 with the option to sleep 6 using the king size sofa bed. Conveniently situated on a shingle road, within the fishing village of Rye Harbour it has private parking for one car.

The Coach House Hastings

The Coach House, Hastings, Sleeps 2.

The Coach House is a delightful, spacious one bedroom property an ideal cottage for couples and just a 10 minute stroll from the Old Town in Hastings. This two storey property, originally the Coach House for the adjoining Victorian house , has been beautifully renovated to provide a comfortable and well equipped holiday let, perfect for stays at any time of year. There is off-road parking for two cars and a lovely gravelled courtyard garden with table and sun loungers for those warm sunny days. The Old Town of Hastings has a wealth of interesting shops and restaurants and hosts a variety of music and outdoor theatre events throughout the year. The famous Jerwood Gallery has many cultural events on offer and is well worth a visit.

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Sussex Bonfire Season

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The bonfire season is upon us here in Sussex and we have some great properties available ideally situated in local towns close to the bonfire celebrations.

Hastings Bonfire 18th October 

The Coach House, Hastings, Sleeps 2.

The Coach House is a delightful, spacious one bedroom property an ideal cottage for couples and just a 10 minute stroll from the Old Town in Hastings. This two storey property, originally the Coach House for the adjoining Victorian house , has been beautifully renovated to provide a comfortable and well equipped holiday let, perfect for stays at any time of year. There is off road parking for two cars and a lovely gravelled courtyard garden with table and sun loungers for those warm sunny days. The Old Town of Hastings has a wealth of interesting shops and restaurants and hosts a variety of music and outdoor theatre events throughout the year. The famous Jerwood Gallery has many cultural events on offer and is well worth a visit.

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Hailsham Bonfire 18th October

Little Marshfoot, Hailsham, Sleeps 4.

Little Marshfoot is located in the beautifully landscaped gardens of the owners own home just on the edge of the Pevensey levels in East Sussex. The single storey house was built 10 years ago using relatively pioneering Eco principles and the result is a stylish modern timber lodge, which is cosy in the winter but cool in the heat of the summer. Little Marshfoot has all the home comforts you would need for a stay at any time of year. Its location is perfect and a lovely feature of this property are the beautiful gardens providing total tranquility amidst the flora and fauna. The property is within easy reach of the nearby market town of Hailsham and the seaside resorts of Pevensey Bay and Eastbourne.

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Rye Bonfire 8th November

Bee Cottage, Rye, Sleeps, Sleeps 6.

Bee Cottage is a Victorian cottage located just a short five minute walk away from the centre of medieval Rye and its old cobbled streets. This lovely vintage style cottage has just been fully refurbished and offers a unique style to be enjoyed during your stay. Bee Cottage sleeps 6 comfortably and has a lovely open plan downstairs with a sitting room and dining area that leads directly into the fully fitted kitchen.

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12 West Street, Rye, Sleeps 4.

12 West Street, Rye is a charming country holiday cottage in the heart of Rye. The two bedroom XVI century listed self-catering holiday cottage is in West Street, a lovely cobbled street just off the High Street in Rye. The property has been recently decorated and tastefully furnished to a very high standard and it provides the perfect place for a holiday or short break at any time of year. The neighbouring property 12a West Street is also available to rent as a one bedroom apartment providing flexibility for a larger family.

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Autumn Breaks

Autumn is on its way! As the days get shorter and the leaves start to fall, it’s time to think about your autumn break.

You’ve returned from your summer holidays, the children have gone back to school, and the sun is limiting its appearance, but there’s no need for the post summer blues! This is the perfect time to start thinking about your next getaway. Autumn in the South East of England is a beautiful season with plenty to see and do. The leaves turn a lovely golden colour, the local farmers harvest their crops, and the slight nip in the air is a great excuse to get cosy in front of an open fire. The countryside and woodlands look lovely in the low autumn sunshine and are perfect for long walks, go to http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/leisureandtourism/countryside/walks/circular/listofallwalks.htm for detailed walks in East Sussex – and if you happen to pass a country pub on your travels be sure to pop in for a pint of locally brewed ale.

If you would like some ides to get you started in planning your autumn break, have a look at these properties, available over the half term holiday, great for families and all featuring an open fireplace or log burner.

For a full list of properties and availability go to www.bramleyandteal.co.uk

Scrag Oak, Icklesham, Sleeps 8.

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  • Grade II listed Sussex Farm House
  • Sleeps 8 + 4, 2 Sofa beds
  • 2 double, 2 optional twin / super king bedrooms
  • 2 Sitting Rooms with TV’s
  • 3 bathrooms
  • Hot Tub in the garden
  • Stunning extensive garden & fields
  • Wifi
  • Dog Friendly, a maximum of 2 dogs
  • Aga, Oven, Microwave, Breadmaker
  • Boot Room
  • Travel Cot, High Chair, Stair Gate

 San Gerado, Camber, Sleeps 6.

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  • Architect designed, close to the beach
  • 3 bedrooms, sleeps 6
  • 2 kingsize beds and bunk room
  • Travel cot,high chair
  • Wi-Fi
 
  • TV with Freeview, DVD with Blue-ray
  • Microwave and Cafetiere
  • Beach towels provided
  • Charcoal BBQ, decked area, small lawned garden
  • Dog friendly

Romney Point, Rye, Sleeps 6.

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  • Architect designed, close to the beach
  • 3 bedrooms, sleeps 6
  • 2 kingsize beds and bunk room
  • Travel cot,high chair
  • Wi-Fi
 
  • TV with Freeview, DVD with Blue-ray
  • Microwave and Cafetiere
  • Beach towels provided
  • Charcoal BBQ, decked area, small lawned garden
  • Dog friendly

 

 

36 Hours in… Hastings Old Town

 How to get there…

By Car

From London take the M25 orbital motorway to Sevenoaks which is junction 5

and follow signpost for A21 Hastings.

By Train

Direct Trains run from London Charing Cross, Gatwick Airport and Ashford International.


Why Hastings…

This seaside town is home to the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe, the remains of the first castle in England to be built by William the Conqueror, a preserved Old Town and a strong local arts community.

Hastings is home to the Jerwood Gallery, a stunning new art gallery housing a collection of 20th and 21st century British art that has never before been seen by the public. It is located in the Stade area, in the middle of the fishing quarter.

Around the time of the Norman Conquest Hastings was a thriving fishing and trading centre and the original port lies deep below today’s town centre. In 1287 the Great Storm hit the southern coast of England and caused the cliff and half its castle to fall into the sea, ruining its harbour. The town then moved eastward. Hastings is a Cinque Port, and up until the 16th century, with other coastal towns provided the ships and men who guarded king and country from frequent and vicious attacks in return for special privileges. This unique confederation of South East England Channel ports was the original force behind England’s maritime power.

Hastings is really three towns in one joined by a level promenade; the Old Town to the east, the bustling contemporary shopping Town Centre in the middle and St Leonards to the west featuring the classical elegance of James Burton’s architecture and the fashionable Norman Road – recently named as the new ‘Portobello Road-on sea’ by The Times` and offering a great collection of antique shops and vintage galleries.

Today, nestling between the East and West Hills, the Old Town is a charming mix of half-timbered houses, narrow streets and passageways, locally known as ‘twittens’. Both the Shipwreck Museum and the Fishermen’s Museum vividly recall old seafaring days and famous local sunken ships. Next to the museums are the impressive tall black Net Huts, Hastings Fish Market offering fresh fish caught in an environmentally friendly way, fish stalls, seafood restaurants and cafes.


Where to Stay

The Coach House, Sleeps 2. The Coach House is a delightful, spacious one bedroom property an ideal cottage for couples and just a 10 minute stroll from the Old Town in Hastings. This two storey property, originally the Coach House for the adjoining Victorian house , has been beautifully renovated to provide a comfortable and well equipped holiday let, perfect for stays at any time of year. There is off road parking for two cars and a lovely gravelled courtyard garden with table and sun loungers for those warm sunny days. The Old Town of Hastings has a wealth of interesting shops and restaurants and hosts a variety of music and outdoor theatre events throughout the year. The famous Jerwood Gallery has many cultural events on offer and is well worth a visit.

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 Bird’s Eye View, Sleeps 4. Birds Eye View is a very spacious two bedroom holiday property that sleeps 4 guests. This Victorian house is based in St Leonards-on-Sea and close to Hastings and set over two floors being the second and third floor of the property. The two bedrooms situated at the top of the house offer a stunning birds eye view of the sea. Birds Eye View has a king sized bedroom and a twin bedroom. The property is about a 10 minute walk down to the seafront of St Leonards-on-Sea and a further 8 minute walk will take you up to Hastings and into the old town. Birds Eye view has just been completely repainted and refurbished. 

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Day 1

10am

Go for breakfast at Eat @ The Stade

This seaside café in the old town is fully licensed with a great range of beers, wines and ciders. The extensive menu offers light bites, meals, home made cakes and much more! Vegetarian, vegan and non-gluten menu items available. Open 7 days a week.

http://www.eathastings.co.uk/cafes/eat-the-stade/ 

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11am

Take a wander down Rock a Nore. You will pass old fisherman’s huts on your right as well as an old anchor that was recovered from the sea bed southeast of Hastings on 8/8/1981 & brought ashore by old town divers & fishing boats. There are also a selection of stalls in the Old Town selling fresh fish.

On your right towards the end of Rock a Nore is the Fisherman’s Museum, and a little further down The Shipwreck Museum.

Exhibits in the Fisherman’s Museum include model ships and boats, fishing gear, historic paintings and photographs illustrating the Hastings fishing industry. The museum is dedicated to preserving the maritime history of Hastings.

http://www.ohps.org.uk/hastings-fishermans-museum/

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The Shipwreck Museum tells fascinating stories of the shipwrecks which have been discovered around the area. They have many  artefacts recovered from these ships on display.  The Museum also explores the remarkable geological and environmental circumstances that have helped to preserve these shipwrecks.

http://shipwreckmuseum.co.uk/

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12pm

If you have children, The Blue Reef Aquarium is a great attraction to keep them entertained.

Over 30 naturally themed habitats transport you on a fantastic journey from the shoreline of Hastings to the tropical waters of the deep ocean. Along the way come face-to-face with fascinating seahorses, pulsating jelly fish, amazing pufferfish and graceful rays.

Blue Reef run a range of events and themed weeks – check their website to see what’s going on during your visit.

http://www.bluereefaquarium.co.uk/hastings/

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2pm

Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch at Webbes Rock  -A-Nore

Serving fresh fish with the shortest journey time to their kitchens. Webbe’s offer excellent food and tasters, cookery demonstrations and school mornings to meet everyone’s growing passion for food and all things fishy. 

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4pm

Take a walk down George Street where you will find an array of independent shops selling antiques, organic foods,  homeware, gifts, jewellery and much more! There are also a selection of cafes, coffee shops sweet shops and restaurants.

Towards the end of George Street is the entrance to The West Hill Lift, The United Kingdom’s steepest railway. The West Hill itself offers some of the town’s most remarkable views, stretching round to Beachy Head in the west and out across the Channel, the busiest sea lane on the world. It was on this hilltop that Hastings resident John Logie Baird, the inventor of television, made his first radar experiments.

Better still, you can enjoy these sights from inside the West Hill Café which is open throughout the Summer and offers a wide range of drinks and meals.

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6pm

After enjoying the views from the West Hill and finding your way down the Narrow Paths and steps back to the Old Town, head to Ye Olde Pump House for some pre dinner drinks, a Grade 2 listed pub featuring a roaring open fireplace and a stunning interior full of warmth and character.

http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/hastings/ye-olde-pumphouse/find-us/710

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7:30 pm

For a unique dining experience book a table at The Boulevard Bookshop and Thai Café !

During the day it is a normal bookshop, but after 6:30 pm they change into a Bookshop with Thai food! So tables are set up amongst the shelves of books and guests are then free to browse the book shelves whilst their food is prepared.

http://www.thaicafeandbookshop.com/

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Day 2

11am

For a coffee and a pastry to start your day go to Java Café where you take in the sights of George street in their outside seating area.

12pm

Don’t leave Hastings without trying a delicious fish and chip lunch from one of the many outlets on the seafront. Eat in or head down to the beach at Rock – a – Nore and enjoy your lunch sitting amongst the boats. Just watch out for seagulls!

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36 Hours In…Rye

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Rye

Once surrounded by sea, this fortified hilltop town played an important role in the defence of the south coast of England. These days, the river no longer harbours warships and is home to the local fishing fleet.

Meandering for over one and a half miles from Rye to the coast, the river forms part of the picturesque scenery visible from several vantage points in and around the citadel of Rye.


 

Getting There

By Road

Rye is situated on the A259 between Hastings to the West and Folkstone on the East and on the A268 from the North.

From London/M25, take the A21 or M20 and follow signs to Rye.

By Train

Trains depart from London Charing Cross, London Bridge, St Pancras (High Speed Link) and Waterloo East (change at Ashford International for Rye)

Rail Information: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk

By Coach

There is plenty of parking for Coaches in a specially designated area adjacent to the station.


 Where to Stay 

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The Crow’s Nest

The Crow’s Nest is a charming Sussex Holiday apartment in Rye laid out over two floors in the middle of the beautiful town of Rye. The Crow’s Nest is nestled above the streets of Rye, looking down to the lovely cobbled streets below. The Lion Street Store below the apartment sells artistic collectables that adorn the flat and add character and feeling to the whole property. A perfect place to stay and explore Rye Town and the fabulous Sussex coastline and villages beyond.

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Romney Point

Romney Point is a detached country holiday home located in a private road. The house has been converted from a former coach house and the three bedroom will sleeps 6 people comfortably. Situated in a sought after hilltop location on the outskirts of the town of Rye, one of the real features of the house are the panoramic views from the garden and main bedroom across the marshes, river and the ancient town to the sea in the distance. The house is full of character, with 3 bedrooms and a working fireplace and was designed and built in 1905 by the famous architect Sir Reginald Blomfield. The property has been newly decorated and tastefully furnished by the current owners to a very high standard and offers elegant and flexible accommodation for families with one of its three bedrooms being on the ground floor.


10am

Start the day off with a stroll around the cobbled streets of Rye stopping off at Jempsons Café 45 Cinque Ports St, for a coffee and a pastry.

11am

Visit Lamb House, a National Trust property on West Street.

Tucked away on a cobbled street in the heart of Rye is Lamb House. Built in 1722 by the Lamb family, the house became the mayoral home of Rye and includes George I as one of its more distinguished guests.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lamb-house

01580 762334

Lamb House

Lamb House, Rye.

1pm

Enjoy a delicious lunch at Haydens, 108 The High Street.

Located in the heart of Rye, Haydens makes all of its dishes to order using fresh ingredients from local suppliers.

www.haydensinrye.co.uk

01797 224501

2pm

Visit Ypres Tower, 3 East Street.

The Ypres Tower is thought to have been built  in the early 14th century as part of the town’s defences and is the second oldest building open to the public in Rye.  (The oldest is St Mary’s church.) From the balcony you can look over what was once one of the largest and most important harbours in the country. In the C16th it was England’s seventh busiest port; now there is farmland where once there was sea.   There are good views from the balcony in all directions, and guides to tell you what you are seeing.

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Ypres Castle, Rye.

4pm

For an afternoon Cream Tea, head over to The George Inn, 98 High Street. They serve afternoon tea from 3:30 -5:30, prices range from £5.50 per person for a simple pot of tea and a slice of cake, to £21.50 per person for an afternoon tea and a glass of champagne!

01797 222 114

6pm

Have a pre-dinner drink at the Champagne Bar in The Rye Lodge Hotel, Hilder’s Cliff.

8pm

For an affordable fine dining experience, book a table at The Ambrette, 24 High Street.

The Ambrette menu is seasonal and features a mix of local and exotic ingredients. The cooking style is influenced by regional Indian cooking. Dev Biswal has an adventurous , artistic and open minded approach to creating dishes.

01797 222 043


 

Day 2

10am

Enjoy a morning walk around Rye Harbour,  a mile and a half outside the town (so will require a taxi)

The unique and interesting harbour, which runs along the river Rother offers much to the visitor. It has a busy yachting centre, a fishing fleet and some commercial shipping. The village has a lifeboat station with a long and noble history, two public houses and a village shop.

11am Bosun’s Bite serve a range of breakfast options including a full English to set you up for the day.

07834 730528

The Point, Rye Harbour, TN31 7TU