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Destination guide

Experience East Sussex with Rye holiday lets

From the moment you set foot in Rye, you'll be enchanted by its timber-framed Tudor houses, cobblestone lanes and colourful antique emporiums. It's one of South East England's prettiest towns and looks like it's been plucked straight out of a medieval fairy tale. Planning a getaway to East Sussex? From romantic "staycations" to fun-filled family getaways, Rye holiday rentals provide a perfect setting for exploring this spellbinding slice of Britain.

History

Historic attractions near your Rye holiday cottage

Rye doesn't scrimp on history, and residents are happy to recount everything, from legends about smugglers to spine-tingling ghost stories. Over the centuries, the town has inspired a bevy of writers and artists, including the likes of HG Wells, Rudyard Kipling and Henry James. Literature buffs can visit National Trust-listed Lamb House, the handsome Georgian residence where James wrote his legendary novel, The Wings of the Dove. If you love history, don't miss the chance to stay in Rye holiday rental properties housed in medieval cottages, converted barns and Tudor dwelling houses.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Rye

Are you hoping to find attractions to visit while you're in town? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to check out everything that makes Rye a fun spot to go on holiday. Here are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Rye Farm World (3.8 mi / 6.2 km)
  • The Chapel Down Winery (5.5 mi / 8.8 km)
  • South of England Rare Breeds Centre (8.6 mi / 13.8 km)
  • Blue Reef Aquarium (8.6 mi / 13.9 km)
  • East Hill Lift (8.6 mi / 13.9 km)
  • West Hill Lift (8.8 mi / 14.2 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Rye

Travellers appreciate the pristine countryside and beautiful gardens, which is just a taste of what Rye has to offer. Whether you're an adventurous traveller or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in Rye. These are some of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Rye Harbour Nature Reserve (3.1 mi / 5.1 km)
  • Winchelsea Beach (3.5 mi / 5.7 km)
  • Camber Sands (4.4 mi / 7 km)
  • Pett Level Road Beach (4.5 mi / 7.2 km)
  • Hastings Country Park (6.8 mi / 11 km)
  • Hole Park Gardens (8 mi / 12.8 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Rye

If you prefer train travel, make your way to Rye Station or Winchelsea Station to see more of the city.

How to get around

Getting around from your Rye holiday rental

Rye's cobbled streets and winding alleys are best explored on foot. You'll eventually find yourself on Mermaid Street, a cobblestone road lined with 15th-century half-timbered houses. High Street is another popular thoroughfare, brimming with cafes, tea rooms and traditional pubs. A car offers the freedom to tour East Sussex at your own pace and also unlocks access to secluded holiday cottages in the surrounding countryside. Local buses run to Dover and Hastings, while trains will get you to London Saint Pancras in around 1.5 hours.

Food & drink 

Savour a bounty of fresh seafood in Rye

Seafood is considered a staple in East Sussex, and there's a bounty of flounder, cod and scallops hauled in from Rye Bay, every day. Those with a sweet tooth can devour traditional British cream teas, while beer lovers can sip on local ale at some of England's oldest pubs, including the Mermaid Inn, which once served as an HQ for 15th-century smugglers and is reputed to be haunted. With flower-filled gardens and sunny courtyards, Rye holiday cottages are the perfect place to enjoy a homemade ploughman's lunch, loaded with cheese, apple, cold meats and lashings of crunchy pickle.

Essential info

Essential info for your Rye holiday rentals stay

  • Tipping isn't expected, but is always appreciated for excellent service
  • Pack layers, as East Sussex can get chilly, even in the height of summer
  • Experience Rye though a local lens, with self-contained holiday rentals
Shopping

Eclectic shopping just steps from your Rye holiday cottage

With an eclectic mix of shops, ranging from jumbled curio stores to curated antique emporiums, Rye is among South East England's quirkiest shopping destinations. You'll find some of the best antique stores in the Quayside district, including a specialty glass shop owned by BBC Antiques Roadshow expert, Andy McConnell. Stop by for a chat, a cuppa and a wealth of information on British antiques. If you're shopping for retro finds, head up to High Street, for a treasure trove of vintage boutiques and thrift stores.

How many holiday rentals are available around Rye?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 716 holiday lettings around Rye. From 271 cottages to 218 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Rye?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Rye. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • 1066 Country Walk: 1,218 holiday lettings
  • Rye St. Mary's Parish Church: 1,213 holiday lettings
  • Rye Heritage Centre: 1,225 holiday lettings
  • Lamb House: 1,215 holiday lettings
  • Landgate: 1,232 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Rye listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Rye?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 271 Cottages in Rye. Our other popular types of Rye holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 218 self catering accommodations
  • Flats: 140 self catering accommodations
  • Cabins: 271 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Rye?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 109 holiday homes with pool available in Rye. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.