IN A NUTSHELL
Sleeps 4 (2 double bedrooms, 1 bathroom).
Inside: open-plan living / dining room, inglenook fireplace, separate kitchen, desk area.
Set-up: Single story.
Outside: terraces, bbq area.
Dogs & kids welcome.
Nearest towns: Rye (1/2 mile), Hastings (10 miles).
Nearest beaches: Camber Sands (3 miles), Winchelsea (2 miles).
Nearest (nicest) pub: The Ship! (Rye)
Cottage great for: one or two couples (particularly luv-dup ones), close friends, drinking red wine, reading or playing games by the fire.
Area great for: walkers, cyclists, local-ale hunters, nature lovers, vintage/antique shopping, English food & drink.
The Cottage is famed predominantly for the giant Wisteria that wraps itself the entire way around the cottage. Prior to being a cottage however, it was in fact a chapel where the fisherman of Rye would be blessed before going out to sea. That was when Rye was a port and the cottage was right by the sea. Now, like the rest of Rye, it sits a few miles inland. Specifically, The Cottage is up a little lane on the outskirts of the town, around a ten minute walk from the high street and a 15 minute walk from The Ship Inn – the cottage’s sister property.
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It’s hard not to sound like an estate agent when you try to describe a property you are selling…so hopefully you’ll cut us some slack!
In our humble opinion – it really is the most magical, charming place. If you’ve come from the city and are looking for a countryside idyll where you can just take your brain out (!), watch dvd’s, eat, read newspapers, sit by a fire or sit outside and inhale clean seaside air and feel a million miles away from anything remotely taxing, that’s exactly what the cottage delivers.
What’s particularly good about it we feel is that although it’s ancient and steeped in character – with it’s little leaded windows, paneled walls, huge inglenook fireplace, beams, bricked floor, and so on, it’s also very light and has an open plan feel to it, with windows looking out from every room onto a tumbling wilderness of a garden which completely envelopes the cottage, creating a secret sort of feel that people often refer to.
The cottage is single story but on a few different levels so you do need to step up and down quite a bit, and the steps at the front are quite steep so sadly it’s not brilliant if you’re very elderly or unsteady on your feet.
There are two double bedrooms, one bathroom (with a bath and a shower head over the taps as the ceiling in the bathroom is too low for an overhead shower unfortunately), a kitchen, living room and separate eating area.
Outside there’s a BBQ area and a couple of terraces so you have some options for where you can choose to sit. There’s also parking space for 2 cars.