Large cottage in the heart of Rye, near local beaches and historic sites
Rachel & Nick Turner
About Rachel & Nick Turner
The Artist’s Cottage is owned and run by Rachel and Nick Turner and their family. We live in South London with our three young children and work as a counsellor (Rachel) and film/video maker (Nick).
Rachel & Nick Turner purchased this Cottage in 2012
Why Rachel & Nick Turner chose Rye
We first visited Rye in a snowy February half term with our three young children and fell in love with the place. Renovating The Artist's Cottage has been a labour of love for the past year and we are really excited to be able to share this unique and charming property with others.
What makes this Cottage unique
The Artist's Cottage is a large three bedroom cottage situated in the heart of the citadel area of Rye. We love the fact that it is a few moments walk from a wealth of nearby bars, restaurants, shops, cafes and galleries. The property itself is certainly quirky and full of character. We have tried to balance allowing the historic feel of the cottage with providing modern conveniences and a games room (for children and adults alike!).
Top bedroom has twin beds with trundles underneath
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
New Year in Rye
We hired this house four 6 of us to explore Rye during the New Year period and was not disappointed. If you like your stays somewhere slightly unusual and historical this property is ideal. The beds were super comfortable and the accommodation had everything that was required plus more. The kitchen while small was ideal for a stay in Rye, there are ample places to eat out within 5 minutes walk with a traditional fish and chip shop right next door as well as an inn and several pubs and restaurants. The house itself had 3 self contained rooms as described and my only warning would be some rooms have low beams as you would expect from a cottage of this age and at 6ft I had to learn to duck. Ease of access and comms with the owners was always prompt and efficient and the log burner a cosy extra in winter. Would I stay again, most definitely, a true gem of a house in a gem of a town.
Danny and his party were fantastic guests over the new year holiday. They were very easy to communicate with when booking and left the cottage incredibly clean and tidy.
We would definitely welcome then back to the Artist's Cottage again in the future and recommend them as guests to others.
Nick & Rachel
Spacious, cozy family retreat
Lovely, historic home in the heart of Rye. My family especially enjoyed the games room, the modern amenities in this updated property, and the superb location with shopping, restaurants, and a nearby playground. This is a perfect place for a relaxing vacation.
Staying in Rye in the Artist Cottage
We very much enjoyed our stay. The property suited our large, adult family group very well. It was a very interesting historical house, though the low ceilings require care! The house met all our needs and the local area is really interesting and quaint. We loved our visits to Bodiam Castle, Sissinghurst Gardens and Great Dixter. We also enjoyed walking around Rye.
Super holiday. Exceeded all expectations.
We stayed in the cottage as a family with three older boys. The cottage itself is full of character and so spacious with lots of places for everyone to relax. Our eldest enjoyed playing guitar on the mezzanine and we all enjoyed the table tennis. Booking was easy and as our hosts responded quickly to our enquiries. Rye itself is beautiful - it was like opening your door onto a film set each morning. There are numerous options for eating and drinking right on your doorstep. We enjoyed trips to Battle, Hastings and Camber Sands. We didn't want to leave - hope to visit again.
Thanks Rachel and Nick.
you are welcome! We're so pleased you had a great stay.
Fantastic cottage in central Rye
We were staying as a group of adults in Rye and had a fantastic time at the Artist's Cottage. The house has really spacious living areas, much more so than we were expecting for such an old property. There are a few low beams and characterful staircases, but nothing you wouldn't expect from a cottage. It was spotless and Rachel was very helpful with my enquiries in the lead-up to our trip. We had an excellent meal a couple of doors down in the Standard Inn. I wouldn't hesitate to stay at the cottage again and to recommend it to friends.
So glad you had a great time! We would love to welcome you back in future.
Gorgeous cottage in centre of Rye
This cottage is a lovely find, in a wonderful location in the centre of Rye. It is suitably quirky given it's age but very comfortable and modernised where it counts (kitchen and bathrooms!). It was very clean and the welcome pack of wine and chocolates was a nice touch. Parking was an easy 5 mins walk away and shops were very handy. The cinema is a few minutes' walk and there is a great pub two doors down serving delicious food. Rachel was really helpful with any queries we had when making our booking and we really hope we might get back there again one day.
It is located a few miles from local beaches including Camber Sands (5 miles - a vast sandy beach with huge sand dunes) and Winchelsea Beach (3 miles - a pebble beach). These beaches are accessible with a bus ride from Rye as well as by car.
In addition, Hasting, with its pebble beaches and seafront attractions, is only 12 miles (or a short train ride) away.
Rye is a suitable holiday location for those with or without a car.
Most of the local attractions are accessible via bus and/or train and moving within Rye itself requires no car. Train times from London to Rye are just over an hour (changing at via Ashford International).
Winchelsea and Winchelsea Beach are 3 miles away
Camber and Camber Sands are 4 miles away.
Battle, a beautiful small town hosting the 1066 Battle of Hastings Abbey and Battleground is just 15 miles away.
Hastings (seaside resort) is 12 miles away.
Bodiam Castle is 13 miles and is also accessible by steam train or boat (from Northiam).
Tenterden, renown for its antiques shops, is 11 mile away.
The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway is a few miles away.
The Artist’s Cottage is situated in the heart of the ancient citadel of Rye. The beautiful streets of Rye are jammed full of history, culture, cafes and antiques shops. Many happy hours can be spent wondering around this small but fascinating town. Rye Heritage centre hosts a beautiful model of the town brought to life in an informative light show, which is an interesting way to learn more of the varied and colourful events of the town’s history. Rye museum and the Ypres tower with the gun garden outside is well worth a visit. The town is home to many artists and there are plenty of galleries to browse.
Rye citadel is packed with a wide range of restaurants and cafes. Whether you are looking for a special meal out, somewhere to go with the kids, or a delicious cream tea, you are sure to find the perfect place.
Rye itself offers many relaxing pastimes. The Rye Retreat just a few minutes walk from the cottage provides spa packages as well as hair and beauty treatments. The local leisure centre – also within walking distance – has a good sized swimming pool.