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Superb spacious medieval house in Rye

Bedrooms 6
Separate WC's1
Space 3,498 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps a maximum of 14

Robin Hill is a lovely and surprisingly spacious 15th century house, famous for having two of England's finest timbered and straw plastered bedrooms, in one of Britain's most photographed streets and opposite the world-renowned Mermaid Inn. It is beautifully furnished, very well-equipped and can easily and comfortably accommodate 12 guests. The large, quiet and secluded garden is shaded by a wonderful mulberry tree. At the foot of the cobbled street yachts and pleasure craft lie moored alongside medieval warehouses full of bustling antique shops. Rye delights the eye with its wealth of old buildings, its church and tower. Restaurants, pubs and cafes abound and offer excellent food within easy walking distance of the house. Rye Bay plaice and scallops are provided by the picturesque local fishing fleet.

Description of the house: This delightful house displays its original beams, high ceilings and rooms full of character and surprise. The upper living room is especially light and sunny, contains a bar and projects into a secluded garden complete with a large mulberry tree set against a panorama of ancient rooftops. The lower living room with its inglenook fireplace looks out onto the famous cobblestone street and the magic of Rye. One bedroom still has its grooves for the original medieval wooden shutters. The whole house testifies to a bygone era and has been dated to 1480. Within this medieval setting a fascinating variety of Asian artefacts has been imaginatively displayed ranging from an antique rickshaw to Chinese ancestral doors.

Location and town of Rye: Situated 1.5 miles from the open sea and nature reserves, Rye is within easy reach of Brussels, Paris and London. Canterbury is only one hour away by car. Rye is probably the most complete example of a medieval town in Britain and crowns a hill originally surrounded by the sea. Its 12th century church, fortified tower, Landgate and ancient wall are all within easy walking distance of the house and bear testimony to its history as a Cinque Port. Robin Hill was the origin of the ballad 'There's an old-fashioned house in an old-fashioned street' and formed the basis and front cover design of Beatrix Potter's 'Tale of the Faithful Dove.' Mabel Lucy Atwell lived, wrote and illustrated here and one of the publisher-owner's many literary guests, E.F Benson, the novelist famous for his creation of 'Mapp and Lucia,' gave the house its name - 'Robin Hill'.

Leisure facilities: Three miles beyond Rye are Camber Sands, ideal for children, and Winchelsea, which is a lovely example of medieval town planning. Rye has good sporting and sailing facilities, splendid walks and excursions into the smugglers' paradise of Romney Marsh and the delights of rural Sussex and Kent. A wildlife bird sanctuary stretches from Rye Harbour to Fairlight. Rye also boasts some excellent eating houses. We can recommend The Fish Cafe, The Union Steakhouse, The Tuscan Kitchen (Michelin starred, bookings essential), Fletcher's House, The Gandhi Tandoori, The Globe Inn, The Hope Anchor, The Lemon Grass, The Mermaid Inn bar, Simply Italian. There are many other possibilities from among the numerous cafes and pubs in Rye.

A map and further information about Rye can be obtained from www.rye-tourism.co.uk

More Details

Mrs Moyreen Tilbrook
Member since: 1998
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 April, 2018

About Mrs Moyreen Tilbrook

We have lived for many years in Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong. Asia has proved a fascinating destination for many of our travels.

Mrs Moyreen Tilbrook purchased this house in 1967

Why Mrs Moyreen Tilbrook chose Rye

This Grade 2 listed house has been a constant source of interest and delight. We continue to learn about former residents - back to 1680 so far - and to welcome friends and family to a building which we feel privileged to occupy for a short time in its long history. We have much pleasure in inviting you to share this experience with us.

What makes this house unique

A truly medieval environment in the very special town of Rye.

A home from home with all the comforts.

An excellent range of small shops for gifts to suit a vast range of tastes: pottery, paintings, books old and new, leather, antiques of every description, glass, specialist kitchen ware, furniture.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have had a most fantastic week. Robin Hill is a lovely house. You have made it all the more unique with its oriental theme.
Aug 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Rye in Rother District

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3498 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • town
  • waterfront
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom - Toilet
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • The first floor bathroom contains a bath, a shower attachment for hair washing, a wash basin and a toilet. There is also a separate first floor toilet. On the ground floor there is a shower room with a bidet, a wash basin and a toilet.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • 1st Floor - Bedroom Queen - 1 Large Double Bed
    1st Floor - Bedroom Queen - 1 Large Double Bed
    1st Floor - Bedroom Double - 1 Double Bed
    1st Floor - Bedroom Single - 1 Single Bed
    2nd Floor - Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    2nd Floor - Bedroom 6 Gallery - 2 Single Bed
  • On 1/F: 2 queen size doubles in very spacious rooms, 1 double, 1 spacious twin, On 2/F: 1 large room with 1 double and 1 single bed, 1 sleeping gallery with 2 chair-beds. On G/F: sofa double bed in lounge
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 12 garden chairs
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The bar in the 1/F lounge incorporates a lift-up counter hiding a wash basin. The twin 1/F bedroom also has its own wash basin. The 2/F family room contains 1 double and 1 single bed. There are also two single fold-out chair beds on 2/F in a library/lobby at the top of the stairs, although this is not entirely private. G/F shower room includes a toilet. 1/F bathroom includes a toilet. There is also a separate 1/F toilet. The kitchen is large, extremely well equipped and has a mahogany table seating 8 people easily. The electric cooker has a double oven and 4 ceramic hobs. The dining room is also spacious seating 10 people at its handsome teak wood table. The house is on a hill. Shops and historic attractions are within 3 minutes' walking distance.


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Superb spacious medieval house in Rye
average rating of 4.904762 based on 23 reviews

A lovely relaxing holiday and perfect house for a fabulous family get together.

  • 5 of 5

A very interesting and beautiful house on a historic street. The house is charming and provided everything we needed for a comfortable week in wonderful Rye. So much history - we spent a couple afternoons meandering around the cobbled streets browsing in the local gift shops, a visit to the (almost) neighbouring Henry James house and garden was a treat. The nature reserve in Rye harbour was wonderful and we had lots of bracing walks with our dogs on the wide open stretches of Winchelsea Beach. A wonderful week. Thank you. X

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted to share this historic house and town with our guests and feel privileged to have been able to do this for the past 40 years. Our guests are always appreciative and considerate of our eastern artefacts and leave the house in such good order. Our housekeeper does a wonderful job of keeping a large home clean and sparkling and the garden well cared for.
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A very special house.

  • 5 of 5

This is a most interesting, attractive and spacious house. We were a family gathering, including children - we all loved the various sitting areas and the delightful tranquil garden. It worked perfectly for us, and the splendid central (but peaceful) location meant that everyone could also enjoy Rye's streets, monuments and pubs just when it suited them.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Superb location. Fascinating building and history. Warm and comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

Great for a family get together.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A marvellous house in one of the prettiest streets in Rye

  • 5 of 5

We organised this accommodation for guests from Germany, who came to Rye for our Silver Wedding Anniversary party. The house is great for a group of friends. There is plenty of space in the house and a large garden, which everyone enjoyed during a Summer heatwave. The house looked beautiful inside and from the outside and everyone agreed that the house was perfect. The owners were helpful and picking up the keys to the property was easy. Mermaid street is one of the prettiest streets in Rye and this house is a must for people looking for an historical, individual and quirky self-catering option for a family group, or a group of friends in the town.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Heidi. You were model guests and left the house in immaculate condition. Please come again. You are most definitely 5/5 guests.
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Absolutely amazing house in a great location

  • 5 of 5

The house is amazing, so much better than the pictures. We had the most fantastic weekend here, I couldn't recommend it more

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our ancestral journey to Robin Hill

  • 5 of 5

Our family was thrilled to be able to stay in Robin Hill recently to celebrate a 70th birthday,particularly thrilled as it was the house where my bargeman Great grandfather was born in 1851, the house no doubt looking very different to what it does today. We really appreciated the art and oriental artefacts & we loved being in the centre of Rye and listening to all the tourists passing by. We thought ourselves very lucky to be staying there- we had great weather and a memorable holiday.

Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
64 Kilometres
London Gatwick
Nearest Ferry
32 Kilometres
Nearest Train
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
32 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Rye is located between Hastings and Folkestone and is a mile and a half from the coast. From London Rye can be reached either via M20/A2070/A259 through Ashford or via M25/A21/A268 through Hawkhurst. Historically known as '1066 country' the surrounding area provides the visitor with an abundance of castles, abbeys, fortresses, National Trust gardens and houses, and museums. The coastal area is noted for its flora and fauna including a wildlife bird sanctuary: marshland stretches eastwards, a haven for smugglers in bygone days, and the haunting seascape of Dungeness is a habitat for a wide variety of unusual plants and dominated by two lighthouses; to the west stretch the unspoilt beach of Winchelsea and the cliffs of Fairlight Country Park.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Rye, Sussex

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Christmas & New Year
22 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Weekend rate GBP 380 per night for up to 8 guests and GBP 47.5 per night for each extra guest. Minimum 2 nights.
7 Jan 2014 - 20 Dec 2014 GBP1600
20 Dec 2014 - 4 Jan 2015 GBP1800

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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