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Mrs Moyreen Tilbrook

Member since: 1998
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Speaks English

Beautiful & spacious medieval house in Rye

Bedrooms 7
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 7 bedroom holiday home in East Sussex - Robin Hill

6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps a maximum of 14

Robin Hill is a lovely and surprisingly spacious 15th century house, famous for having one 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 and a mature magnolia grandiflora. 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 has a marvellous range of 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 groove 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 Flushing Inn, 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. Please contact us for the website address.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Mrs Moyreen Tilbrook (Owner)
Member since: 1998
Call Owner
Speaks English

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Once again the reality far exceeds the expectation and anticipation! This is a truly wonderful house in a wonderful setting'. 'This house is delightful...it became a talking and visiting point for our friends and family and we delighted in taking ownership for 3 days'. 'Thank you for sharing this wonderful house with all of us'. 'A beautiful house in a beautiful setting'. 'Another wonderful fortnight... We love the house and the lovely town of Rye'. 'I have just turned 30 and I can't imagine a better place to spend my birthday weekend'. 'We enjoyed our stay in Rye very much which was enhanced by being able to share your warm and comfortable home'. 'We have enjoyed a wonderful stay here in this delightful house with its fusion of olde England and the spirit of Chinese and eastern artefacts. So much to discover every day. Such harmony. Our family party of 3 generations - English, American, Swedish and Italian - celebrated a 30th wedding anniversary. A short but memorable week.'
Nov 2007
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based on 14 holidaymaker reviews

Beautiful & spacious medieval house in Rye
average rating of 4.857143 based on 15 reviews

Beautiful house in ideal location

  • 5 of 5

We had a total of 10 in our party, and all were comfortably accommodated. It was the first time out of the USA for six of our party, and to be able to sample life in England from such a location was a truly memorable experience. The location was ideal for day trips to London, Canterbury, Brighton, and also for the Eurostar to Paris.

In addition, the large, pretty garden proved to be ideal for entertaining other friends and family.

The house is so charming and decorated with such interesting pieces. It will be a talking point and a strong memory for us for many years to come.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Everything you could want and more!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I have just returned from another wonderful weekend at Robin Hill - we think it might be our fourth visit but we have lost count! It's the ideal place for a relaxing weekend; comfortable, spacious, quirky (we love all the Chinese artefacts) and such a magical setting in Mermaid Street. We have already booked a return visit in November!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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dream family holiday cottage

  • 5 of 5

our family of three generations ,12 , stayed for one great week in this beautifully presented home, the history of the home and it,s décor enchanced all from 6 year olds to 60,s. Daily family needs (washing/cooking/entertainment)were fully catered for. The location cannot be any better , the town and it's friendly people completed an experience we will not forget.

Ray andDelma Clark



  • Review Submitted: Nov 6, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
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It was wonderful and just as advertised.

  • 5 of 5

The home was beautiful and more than adequately furnished for every need. We LOVED our stay. The people and town of Rye were friendly and beyond our expectations.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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Amazing Property!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely holiday despite indifferent weather. House unbelievably spacious and fascinatingly furnished. Everything provided for a comfortable, relaxing break. Would have loved to know history of the house; must have been built for person of considerable substance. Owner and her representative extremely helpful.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
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A wonderful wEek

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here last year and vowed we would return. We returned for my 80th birthday celebrations in April this year . We just love this beautiful house and all the Oriental treasures. It is spacious and comfortable and easily swallowed up 12 of us aged from 8 to 80. The garden is a lovely place to sit. It was exceptionally warm for April and we sat out in T shirts every day!

Rye was easy to explore and a particularly beautiful and interesting town which is extremely well preserved. Thank you for sharing your home. We love it.

  • Review Submitted: May 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
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Nearest Airport
64 Kilometres
London Gatwick
Nearest Ferry
32 Kilometres
Nearest Train
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
32 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
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, East 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 and New Year 2014 -
21 Dec 2016 - 4 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 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

A deposit of 25% is payable to confirm the booking. The balance is payable one month before the rental.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in East Sussex in Sussex

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 325 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • town
  • 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
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • 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.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom Queen - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom Queen - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom Double - 1 Double Bed
    1/F lounge bedroom - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Bedroom Single - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2/F - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 7 gallery - 2 Single Bed
  • 2 queen size doubles in very spacious rooms , 1 double, 1 double sofa bed in the spacious 1/f lounge, 1 spacious single, 1 large room with 1 double and 1 single bed, 1 sleeping gallery with 2 chair-beds, 1 cot.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 12 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • 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
Of the two large lounges, the one on 1/F has a very comfortable double sofa bed and can be used as a private bedroom. The bar in this 1/F lounge incorporates a lift-up counter hiding a wash basin. The single 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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