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Riverside Cottage, Private Parking, Pontoon & Gardens, Kayak, Table Tennis, BBQ

Bedrooms 5
Space 1,636 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Quiet riverside, dog-friendly cottage, next to nature reserve

Semi-detached 1920s cottage set within quiet, idyllic, secluded surroundings - private road, surrounded by fields and overlooks 18th C. Camber Castle. Private pontoon on River Brede. Just 2 minutes' drive (10 minutes' walk) into centre of Rye town. Large rear garden. Facilities: BBQ, kayak, table tennis, board games. Sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 showers, 1 bath).

IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE: We do not allow parties, or hen/stag celebrations. No loud music or noise after 11pm.

Our holiday home offers a quiet, idyllic getaway that will suit a group of friends or host an extended family get-together as it has 5 good-sized bedrooms (4 double and 1 twin) which sleep 10 and 3 bathrooms (2 ensuite, 2 showers, 1 bath). We are also dog-friendly -- furry friends very welcome!

Full description:

The semi-detached cottage is tucked away at the end of a private road. It has a gated parking area for up to 4 or 5 cars. The gated riverside area has a small garden, a decked area with outdoor bench and table, and a private pontoon where you can start off for a paddle down the river in our inflatable kayak.

Our holiday home has a secluded feel and is nestled between green fields and the River Brede, with the garden offering an unobstructed view – save for sheep dotted about the landscape! – across to Camber Castle.

The dining area is in the conservatory, alongside a cosy seating/living area. A second living room offers large comfy sofas, perfect for watching telly in the evening over a hot cup of cocoa. Step outside and enjoy a barbecue on the patio or play games in the rear large garden. There’s also table tennis provided or board games for those who prefer to be homebound or indoors. The kitchen is fully kitted with the usual mod cons: dishwasher, washing machine, toaster, microwave and a large fridge-freezer.

Castle Mill Cottages is the perfect spot for nature lovers, bird watchers, walkers, history aficionados, and sun-seekers. Beach goers will not be disappointed as Winchelsea Beach and Camber Sands are both within 10 minutes drive. For active types, there is a variety of water sports such as kite-surfing at Camber Sands.

The property is a mere 10 minutes walk (2 minutes drive) into the centre of the medieval Cinque Port town of Rye, a 5 minutes drive to Rye Harbour – voted Britain’s favourite nature reserve in 2016 – and a 20 minute walk across fields to Camber Castle straight from our front door. It is also the perfect base to explore 1066 Country, with Hastings and Battle only 30 minutes drive away, and other lovely spots from Winchelsea, Brede to Bodiam in half that.

We look forward to hosting you at Castle Mill Cottages and we hope you love our home as much as we do.

More Details

Fran and Shiv
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
22 September, 2018

About Fran and Shiv

My partner and I are both historians. We love walks in nature, poking around antique shops and bookshops, and exploring historical sites. This holiday home is our (ad)venture into holiday letting.

Fran and Shiv purchased this cottage in 2017

Why Fran and Shiv chose Rye

Castle Mill Cottages has so much to offer. We love how it feels secluded, nestled between the River Brede and fields which lead to the nature reserve. You hardly see a soul go by, except for the occasional walker with her dog on the public bridle path. And Rye town is just a hop and a skip away, so it's very convenient for shopping. The interior of the cottage is airy and light-filled, with good-sized bedrooms, and has a charming conservatory so you can take in the garden and the fields beyond. Battle, Hastings, Winchelsea, and there are plenty of other charming towns and villages in between, are also within easy reach.

What makes this cottage unique

The view from the garden is so peaceful, with Camber Castle off in the distance and nothing but vast green fields in between. During lambing season, the farmer lets his sheep into the fields, and some of them graze along the perimeter of our garden fence; so you can see them up close and personal. The decking in the mooring area is a good size, and is kitted out with outdoor furniture so you can while away the hours watching the river flow by or the occasional duck paddling by.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had an absolutely fantastic stay in this gorgeous house. Enough space for two families - including one set of grandparents, so a wonderful venue for family occasions or a spacious house for a family holiday.

The house itself was beautifully decorated and perfectly clean, with enough entertainment within the house and gardens to keep children happy for days: table tennis, big garden for football, a wonderful inflatable canoe for trips on the river, lovely walks close by, great TV/sound equipment for rainy days... and the house even has its own pontoon on the river (which is also a beautiful sun-trap and perfect spot for barbecues).

It's in a very quiet spot, tucked away down a cute little country lane, but still in easy walking distance from Rye, so a lovely walk into town for dinner and drinks.

The owners have thought of everything, and the house is fully of lovely little conveniences, like condiments for cooking, ice-dispenser, ideal cooking supplies and appliances. Beautifully and thoughtfully furnished and decorated with local art and crafts - the house really was beautiful. Thank you. We will definitely be back! (From Trip Advisor 23 Aug 2017)
Jul 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage around the Rye around the Rother District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1636 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10 ...
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Use of the premises, facilities, appliances and any equipment provided including for recreational purposes is at the guests' own risk.
  • Please treat our neighbours, also wild life and farm animals, with respect. Dogs must be kept on a lead in surrounding fields/grazing land.
  • Please dispose of general household and recyclable waste in the appropriate bins and boxes after your stay.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside table
    Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , Wardrobe, bedside tables
    Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , Ensuite shower and toilet, wardrobe, bedside tables
    Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , En suite bath and toilet, wardrobe, dressing table
    Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Seating area, wardrobe, chest of drawers
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • bay
  • churches
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Gated private mooring with decking and outdoor furniture along the River Brede. Kayak (with oars and life jackets), table tennis, and gas barbecue available. Please note: dogs must be kept on a lead when in the surrounding fields as it is grazing land for sheep.


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Riverside Cottage, Private Parking, Pontoon & Gardens, Kayak, Table Tennis, BBQ
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 34 reviews

Lovely house by the river with large garden.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful family holiday with lots of opportunities for activities.

Fran was always available and fantastically helpful.


  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: September 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you staying at our holiday home. We're really glad to hear your family had a wonderful week :)
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Lovely house in a beautiful setting. Very well equipped. Close to the town. Nice walks. Recommended!

  • 5 of 5


  • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: September 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect family break

  • 5 of 5

House had everything we needed for a lovely family break! Good location to town and the hosts were helpful and great at communicating whenever we needed, there were some lovely little touches like biscuits in the kitchen and plenty of essentials to start your trip! Overall the perfect break away as a family! Thank you Fran and shiv!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The pleasure is all ours :) You're such a lovely family to have to stay, so considerate and thoughtful. We are so pleased you had a wonderful family time. Thank you again for staying at our holiday home. Take care and all the very best!
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Fantastic property

  • 5 of 5

We were a family group of 6 adults and 2 children under 5. We stayed 5 nights and everything was perfect. You really only need to bring food and clothes. Everything else has been thought of for you. From good quality toiletries in every bathroom and by the kitchen sink, enough ingredients in the cupboards to make a blackberry crumble from the blackberries in the lane, children's and adults books and games, picnic packaging to table tennis and inflatable kayak with everything in good working order. Everywhere was beautifully clean and comfortable. Although we didn't meet Fran she welcomed us by text and was always available if we needed her. We could not fault this house. We would recommend organising an on-line delivery for food though as the nearest supermarket is 15mins drive and is very expensive. The pizza takeaway from Simply Italian in Rye is very good.

Would not hesitate to recommend this accommodation.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was ideal for our three-day getaway after 5 days in London. We were a group of 8 adults from the US on a family reunion trip to England. It was an easy walk into picturesque Rye with its shops and restaurants. Also an easy walk through the sheep fields to the Camber castle built by Henry VIII. The house is well appointed and well kept. The solarium adds needed room to the back, and we appreciated the large number of bedrooms. Communication with Fran and Shiv was clear, helpful, and timely. All in all, this cottage is highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Alan for sharing your experience at our holiday home. It was a pleasure to host you and your family. We hope you'll visit 1066 Country again in the not too distant future :)
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Lovely Rye Stay!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I had a great time at Fran's place. She was easy to communicate with and the house was ready for us when we arrived a bit early. Rooms were clean and comfy with sun-blocking curtains for those you wanted them. The kitchen was clean and well stocked. We spent many hours in the solarium- even on hot days. We walked to town for shopping and dinner every night. I would definitely rebook!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Patricia and friends :) We're really glad to hear that you had a great time in Rye and a wonderful stay at Castle Mill Cottages. We hope you return to the UK and 1066 Country again.
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Nearest Airport
62 Miles
London Gatwick
Nearest Barpub
0.6 Miles
Nearest Ferry
27.9 Miles
Nearest Golf
3.7 Miles
Rye Golf Club
Nearest Train
0.6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
2.9 Miles
Winchelsea Beach
Car: recommended

You must visit Rye town - only 2 mins drive or 10 mins walk - with its lovely cobbled streets, medieval architecture, castle tower, and lots of local shops, cafes and restaurants. Camber Castle and Rye Castle are a must for history buffs. For nature lovers, a must visit is Rye Harbour Nature Reserve with its mix of marshlands, shingle beach and various bird species. Or enjoy the sandy beaches of Camber Sands and engage in water sports like surfing. If you enjoy seafood, you'll find plenty of local cafes and restaurants serving a variety of fresh offerings - from a pint of prawns to a grilled lobster and pretty much everything in between.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

We're sorry but we don't accept check-in/arrivals on Sundays.
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Please note that the service fee incurred at time of booking is to
We do not levy any ancillary fees for cleaning or for bringing your pet(s).
We reserve the right however to avail of a portion/all of the security deposit if there is any damage to furnishings, facilities or the property or heavy soiling which requires specialist cleaning.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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