The Cottage, Mermaid Passage
Rye, East Sussex | Sleeps 6 | Bedrooms 3 | Parking: No | Pet friendly: No | Wi-Fi: Yes
Price range- £250 – £400 per night | Min 3 night stay
The Cottage could not be more perfectly placed to explore the unbelievably picturesque, historic heart of medieval Rye; it sits on Mermaid Passage which has the listed 600 year old Mermaid Inn at one end (once home to smugglers!), and the Old Bell Pub at the other.
The Cottage has been thoughtfully and carefully refurbished, and now blends traditional features, white walls and carefully curated contemporary furniture for a look that is comfortable & relaxed, but also achingly cool. Sea grass, stone flooring, and cool white Carrera marble, alongside a pale palette of blues and mint greens give this space a serene, restful vibe, and the walled terrace and pretty cottage garden make it an oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of the town.
Kitchen: Tongue & groove panelled kitchen with gorgeous mint green Shaker style units and a Carrera marble worktop. Full equipped with everything you need to cook at home; Smeg oven & hob, dishwasher, Nespresso machine, double fridge etc.
Living Room: Stovax wood burner with fireside seating. Matthew Hilton ottoman and Bertoia Diamond chair, comfortable Caravane sofas, side tables and lamps. Eating area for 4-6
Snug: Carvane sofa, Matthew Hilton armchair, side table and lamps. Smart TV with Sonos sound bar – vintage sideboard with games and books for relaxing on rainy days.
Sun Room: Dining space for six – flooded with light, and with doors that open onto the cottage garden.
Cloakroom: In the porch, with underfloor heating
Outside: Pretty cottage garden at the back, and walled terrace area at the front, facing one of Rye’s most famous streets, The Mint
Bedroom One: Stylish, bright and spacious bedroom with king sized bed, Smart TV, Sonos speaker, hanging pegs, console and chair, wooden shutters
Bedroom Two: Double room with king sized bed, hanging pegs, wooden shutters
Bedroom Three: Cosy double room with double bed, side table, hanging space and shelves. Wooden shutters.
Landing: Further wardrobe and shelves for the bedrooms, and hairdryer, ironing board and iron.
Shower Room: Stunningly renovated with Fired Earth x Bert & May tiles, brass fittings and heated towel rail. Underfloor heating
Children are welcome at The Cottage, and a travel cot can be provided on request for the main bedroom.
Rye station is just five minutes walk away, so you could easily spend a long weekend or more here and not need a car; trains from London St. Pancras take around an hour. The drive from London is approximately two hours.
Rye is a short hop to the stunning beaches of Camber Sands, fascinating Hastings, and the inland attractions, and beautiful countryside, of the High Weald.
Things to do
If you want to fill your lungs with fresh air – famous Camber Sands is just a 15 minute drive away with its wide sandy dunes, or try slightly lesser-known Winchelsea or Pett Level beaches. Don’t miss the uniquely brooding coastal landscape of Dungeness, and Derek Jarman’s house and garden. Rye Harbour Nature Reserve boasts abundant wildlife and miles of walking trails.
Food & Drink
For coffee, brunch or lunch, head to Whitehouse Rye, or the Cornish Bakery. Marino’s Fish Bar on The Mint has the best fish & chips. Sussex is English wine country, and there are plenty of wonderful vineyards to visit in the surrounding area; Tillingham Winery features a stylish restaurant inside, and a pizza restaurant outside. Seafood lovers won’t want to miss Rye’s famous Scallop Festival, which takes place in February, and during which many restaurants, pubs and other venues offer special menus, and the town hosts events such as scallop cutting and cookery demonstrations – although locally-caught scallops are available all year round, too!