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Stylish Seaside Cottage With Nature Reserve, River And Sea Views

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Rye Harbour, Sussex, England - Peaceful And Relaxing Location, 15 Minutes Walk To The Beach

MY NIGHTLY RATES ARE BASED ON 2 NIGHTS ONLY. PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR DISCOUNTED SHORT BREAK PRICES. Sleeps 6. Seakale Cottage is located in the heart of Rye Harbour Village (2 miles from Rye) and is tucked away at the end of an unmade road. The cottage is arranged over 3 floors, comfortably accommodating up to 6 guests (plus 2 travel cots). It makes the ideal location for a relaxing break with family or friends as it does a romantic getaway for two. We are also dog friendly.

The cottage has been decorated in muted off whites and blues, in keeping with its coastal setting, together with quirky vintage finds. Cushions and throws will ensure you feel comfortable and snug. On cooler nights, simply throw a few logs in the wood burner for that cosy cottage feel. White-washed floors and plantation shutters add to the 'beach house' feel, together with far reaching views of the nature reserve, river and sea.

The cottage is nestled at the far end of a quiet road and has an attached cottage on one side and its own storage barn on the other, ideal for bikes, etc, with a private parking space for either 1 car or 2 small cars only. Additional vehicles must be be parked on the main village street, which is just a couple of minute's walk from the cottage. The road consists of an unmade shingle track with a hotchpotch of new and ramshackle properties, giving a distinctly bohemian feel to the area. It's incredibly peaceful and quite often the only sound you will hear is the cry of the gulls.

Just a stone's throw from the property is the 800 acre Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, with paths endlessly criss-crossing in the directions of Rye, Winchelsea, Camber Castle and the beach. It provides an idyllic escape from the crowds at Camber Sands during the summer months. Here you will find outstandingly beautiful landscapes, whatever the season, with pools and lagoons and wide open skies, perfect for birdwatchers, artists, dog walker, ramblers and cyclists alike. It's the ideal place to relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and the nature reserve offers a varied programme of activities throughout the year, many of which are ideal and interesting for children.

Rye harbour is a working harbour with an active fishing fleet. It's not a picture-postcard village designed for tourists, but a friendly community of fisherman, artisans and labourers, in which many generations have lived all their lives. The village consists of a mixture of weather-boarded properties, period cottages and tumbledown seaside dwellings. There is a well-stocked village store, 2 cafes (one of which is an art gallery), 2 pubs (one waterfront), a boat club and lifeboat station.

These coastal flatlands make a particularly ideal base for a relaxing holiday with dogs. There are literally miles of flat, dog-friendly footpaths, where dogs can roam off-lead for hours. The Romney Marshes provide an endless variety of walks as well as a choice of uncrowded beaches, where they will enjoy racing across the vast expanses of shingle and sand at low tide.

ELDERLY GUESTS There are two sets of wooden staircases at Seakale which might not suit elderly guests. There is also one step leading from the dining room up into the kitchen. The shower has been installed over the large, deep bath, which might be difficult for those with mobility issues to access.

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Jane V
Member since: 2014
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Calendar last updated:
17 September, 2018

About Jane V


Jane V purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Jane V chose Icklesham

Having grown up in Kent, with a love of the coast, many a weekend has been spent exploring and enjoying the beaches along this wild and beautiful coastline.  Our main home is less than an hour away, where we live with our three boys and two dogs.  Between us, we love all that is ‘outdoor’, which makes Rye Harbour the perfect base for our seaside cottage.  We have explored many beaches around the UK and this is one of our all-time favourites, with its wide-open skies and incredible landscapes.  You can be sure that when guests are not here enjoying it for themselves, then we most certainly will be!

What makes this cottage unique

We love the warm and friendly community that Rye Harbour has to offer. It's non-touristy and 'off the beaten track', so a great place to escape from today's busy lifestyles and dream of a different pace of life. It's peaceful and relaxing, with no street lights, so perfect for star gazing, not forgetting a good night's sleep! The nature reserve is literally just a few minute's walk from the front door, and there are miles of dog-friendly paths, leading to huge deserted beaches. It's the perfect spot to pack up a picnic and head off to watch the sun go down.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We've just returned after a four night stay and we've had a fantastic time! The cottage was beyond our expectations; lovely shabby chic decoration, plenty of room - especially the bathroom, the cottage was relaxing and homely. Jane (the owner) thought of everything, even down to recommendations of various restaurants in which we tried. She provided us with all the home comforts such as cake, biscuits and all the necessities (milk, coffee, sugar etc.), it is also very dog friendly with lovely walks through the nature reserve which is just around the corner with the beach also, Jane even provides the guests with doggie treats! Every thing was provided to us with prompt and efficient help with anything we could possibly need. We would definitely stay again and would certainly recommend Seakale cottage to anyone - you won't be disappointed!"

"We have had a wonderful couple of days. Lovely cottage, beautifully decorated and spotlessly clean. A great night's sleep, with comfortable beds and pillows. Thank you for the welcome pack and cake. We can vouch for Marino's fish and chips, they were delicious! Can also recommend Mahdi Spice (leaflet in the drawer) for Indian takeaway - they offer free delivery. Hope to return."

"Loved everything about this cottage! Perfect location, beautifully decorated with absolutely everything thought of; comfy beds, powerful shower, softest, fluffiest towels......I could go on forever! Jane goes above and beyond to make sure the stay is perfect from thoughtful welcome gifts to helping with local info. Thanks for a perfect weekend. We will be back! xxxx."

"Nice and cosy, particularly enjoyed the wood burner. The cottage was really clean and we had a super walk around the nature reserve. Extra thanks for the doggy treats, which Daisy thoroughly enjoyed."

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage around the Icklesham around the Rother District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Spacious family bathroom with WC, large bath with powerful overhead shower and marble-topped twin sinks. A hairdryer is available.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king-sized bed, Bedroom 2 with twin beds, Bedroom 3 with twin beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Notes on accommodation: We have tried to think of everything to make a stay with little ones that much easier. You will find 2 travel cots (bedding excluded), 2 stair gates (1 fixed at top of 2nd floor staircase, 1 pressure-fitting gate for the ground floor. Please note that we are unable to fit/provide a gate for the top of the ground floor staircase), bed rail, plug-in night lights, high chair, booster seat, plastic cutlery, toddler step, toilet training seat, potty, anti-slip bath mats and a fire-guard, perfect for weekend visits when you want to travel light. We accept up to 2 well-behaved dogs. The kitchen is fully stocked with all the cooking and cleaning essentials you should need during your stay. Freshly baked treats will welcome you on arrival, as well as milk, tea and Nespresso pods. Dogs will receive their very own treat too! A full basket of logs and kindling are provided all year round. Seakale is strictly a non-smoking property. Outside: To the rear of the cottage is a 100ft, narrow garden with views of the nearby Martello tower. There is an outside tap, handy for washing off sandy feet/paws and a garden table and seating for 6 guests, plus a Weber charcoal BBQ. Utility Room: Washing machine in bathroom laundry cupboard. Ironing board and iron also available. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Enjoy quality bed linen, fluffy white towels and complimentary toiletries for the adults. The property is fully cleaned before each stay. For longer stays, a clean and/or a changeover of linen can be arranged for an extra charge. Other: Attached to Seakale is a storage barn, hosting a range of beach paraphernalia that you are welcome to borrow. It also provides the perfect storage for bikes or any sporting equipment such as a windsurfer.


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Stylish Seaside Cottage With Nature Reserve, River And Sea Views
average rating of 4.75 based on 25 reviews

Brilliant, what more can you say

  • 5 of 5

Brilliant, what more can you say

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy cottage by the sea.

  • 4 of 5


  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
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  • 5 of 5

It's so lovely to find somewhere which welcomes dogs and Sea Kale was a great find. It's a very stylish cottage and more like a boutique hotel. We had everything we needed and more. Comfy beds with luxurious linens, large bathroom, well equipped kitchen and a fab location so close to many walks. Having a pub just around the corner was the icing on the cake. Best of all, the cottage was cool and it was easy to create shade for us and our dogs on the hottest days. Communication with Jane has been exemplary and she was very understanding and caring when we had to leave early. Discovering Rye and the local area was a revelation and left us wanting to see and do more, so I hope we can return one day. I was glad though that we had not travelled with elderly parents or young children as even we found the stairs steep as you would expect in a traditional cottage full,of original features and character.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review! I am also so glad to learn that your dog is ok, which must have been such a worry. I totally agree that Seakale is not ideally suited to elderly guests and have put notes about this in the cottage's listing so that guests can make up their minds before booking. I hope to welcome you back one day. Best wishes, Jane
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  • 4 of 5

Had a great time, weather was a bonus.My only input would be nice to have a couple of sun loungers.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovingly cared for, comfortable cottage

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't fault Seascale. The attention to detail was quite wonderful, from the beautiful decor, to the linen, to the extras like coffee pods and dog treats. Jane has a lovely home and we much appreciated her help in making our stay very special. There are numerous doorstep walks and lovely places like Rye and Winchlesea to explore. The National Trust properties of Bodium castle and Sissinghurst were well worth a visit as both were within a 40 minute drive. We would highly recommend Seakale.

  • Review Submitted: 24-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words about Seakale and I'm so glad you had an enjoyable stay. I hope to welcome you back one day. Best wishes! Jane
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What a gem!

  • 5 of 5

Jane, we were delighted with Seakale as the venue for our little reunion. A beautifully kept cottage with 'all the comforts of home' and few thoughtful touches to make us feel welcome. We enjoyed exploring Rye and the nature reserve during our gloriously sunny weekend and came away feeling fully restored. Hope we can visit again before too long!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review! I am so pleased that you all had a great time. You couldn't have had better weather, which was what we had kept our fingers crossed for! I hope to welcome you back soon! Best wishes, Jane
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The cottage is just under a mile from a vast, uncrowded beach, which has no seasonal dog restrictions. The beach is reached by walking through the nature reserve, the entrance to which is just a few minute's walk from the front door.


A car is recommended.

Nearest airport: Gatwick

Nearest railway: Rye,

Nearest port: Folkestone/Dover

Eurotunnel is approx a 35-minute drive away.


Rye 2 miles

Winchelsea 3 miles

Camber Sands 5 miles

Dungeness 15 miles

Hastings 13 miles

Battle 17 miles

Bodiam Castle 14 miles

Port Lympne Animal Park 21 miles

Further Details:

This popular corner of South-East England is literally dotted with historic houses, fairytale castles, picturesque towns and villages, beautiful countryside (Garden of England) and a spectacular coastline.

All in all, we think you will find all the ingredients for a great British getaway!


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

PRICING NOTE: The Owner's Direct booking system can only accurately quote for either the minimum 2-3 night stay or the weekly rate. For nightly stays of other durations, please contact me for a quote, as the online system will miscalculate it at a higher rate than it actually is.

Booking Notes:
A 25% deposit is required at the time of booking. The final balance, together with a refundable security deposit of £150 will be due 6 weeks before arrival. If the booking is being made within 6 weeks of arrival, then full payment will be required at the time of booking.

Changeover Day:
Changeover days are flexible, except during the school summer holidays, when this is a Saturday. On changeover days, check-out will be by 10am and check-in from 4pm. On other days, these times can often be flexible to make the most of your stay. If the housekeeping team are unable to enter the property by the agreed check out time, a charge will be made according to their hourly rate.

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.