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C16th house, large garden,central Rye, sleeps eight+

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Full of character, 4 bedrooms, optional annex, ideal for 1 or 2 families

Our guest book says it all 'A truly wonderful place', 'we truly struck gold' 'Charming old house' 'We wished it would last forever' 'one of our happiest weeks' 'we've been bowled over' 'our second stay here, and we'll be back'

With two sitting rooms, two double bedrooms and two twin bedrooms the house sleeps eight+ and (unusually for Rye) has a large sunny garden; the Old Surgery is ideal for one or two families.

eight+? as well as the four bedrooms there is a sofa-bed in the 1st floor living room, and in the warm weather there is the annex (additional cost) with independent access, a double bedroom and small bathroom with shower.

Note - the total living space isn't really big enough for more than eight adults, but for family groups with children you will have the flexibility to squeeze in one or two extras.

Our house is old with many interesting features including a giant fireplace with wood burning stove, antique floorboards, picturesque beams, a centuries-old iron pillar, and timbers from a Spanish shipwreck; but also is fully equipped for your holiday with two washing machines, two dryers, two fridges and an iron. Bed linen and towels are also provided, and for babies we have a put-up cot and high-chair.

The property has a large, sunny garden with tables, chairs and barbecue, and yet is in the heart of Rye with shops, art galleries, traditional pubs and restaurants all on your doorstep.

** I respond to all day-time enquiries within an hour or so, if you haven't heard from me after three hours check your Spam folder or call me on +44 777 582 1939 **

Summary of Accommodation:

- top floor: one double and one twin room which share a bathroom between them

- first floor: one double and one twin room which use the main bathroom.

You also have the convenience of an additional sitting room on the first floor, ideal for children's games, and hanging out

Ground Floor - Living room and Kitchen both with wood-burning stoves.

Please note that the house is old and well equipped for family life - but is not suitable for hen or stag parties.

Outside: The house has a large, sunny garden with lawn, seating area with large table and chairs, deckchairs and a portable barbecue and badminton set.

Within a short walk is the Tennis Club, playground, bowling green, petanque (boules) piste and putting green.

About town:

The house is centrally located in Rye with its shops, art galleries, museums and attractions. The golden beach at Camber Sands is just three miles away, as is the world famous Rye Golf Club, and the watersports centre (kite surfing, SUP etc)

For Childen -

We hope that younger visitors enjoy the house and we leave a small selection of board games and books in the house, as well as a few DVDs. The very young may enjoy finding the geckoes decorating the alley (not as easy as it sounds)

The vast sandy beach at Camber Sands is about 3 miles away and there are plenty of playgrounds in Rye, local pubs welcome children and often have toys and games available. In town, the Heritage centre at the quay has some delightful old slot machines and town model which entertained our children when they were younger. You can also hire audio ghost and history walks for slightly older children which are fun


Top floor

- Bedroom 1 : king size bed

- Bedroom 2: twin beds

- Bathroom: shower, basin, WC (bathroom is situated between the two bedrooms).

Middle floor

- Bedroom 3: double bed

- Bedroom 4: 2x single bed

- Sitting room / play room: TV/DVD, sofa bed, desk

- Bathroom

All bedrooms have wardrobe and drawers.

Ground floor

- Living room: TV, DVD, dining table, sofa, 2x armchair, wood burning stove

- Kitchen: table, range, microwave, dishwasher, fridge


- Utility room with washing machines and dryers

(note - the stairs are quite steep, especially up to the second floor, and may not be comfortable for the elderly or unsteady. The stairs to the first floor do have a handrail. If you have any questions on access please let me know and I will send more detailed information and pictures)

Parking - in common with much of the Citadel in Rye, we don't have on street parking, but there four 1-hour spaces outside the house for loading/unloading (free all night). Nearest parking is the station car-park, £2.70 a day, and just a two minute walk from the house.

More Details

Steve Axbey
Member since: 2011
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Calendar last updated:
22 July, 2018

About Steve Axbey

We live in South West London and bought our second home in Rye after three lovely family holidays renting houses in the town.

Steve Axbey purchased this house in 2008

Why Steve Axbey chose Rye

We wanted a house in the Citadel of Rye, large enough for two families (we love having friends to stay) and with a garden. It also needed to be old and characterful. Such houses don't come up too often and we were very pleased to buy the Old Surgery.

We stay in the house ourselves for two weeks every summer, alternate Christmases and a weekend most months. We never tire of Rye or the house

What makes this house unique

Central Location - stroll to pubs and restaurants.

Well connected by train - older children can arrive/leave independently

Barbeques in the large Sunny garden

Cycling, walking and an amazing beach

Guestbook comments from the owner

Amazing house! What age and character.. We enjoyed a scorching week in Rye with our four children. Camber Sands,, Rye market, Hastings and Sissinghurst all a must.

Owners note - this page from our guestbook can be seen on
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Rye in Rother District

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedrooms 1 and 3 are on the top floor, and share bathroom 2, which is private, situated between the bedrooms. Bedrooms 2 and 4 on middle floor, sharing bathroom 1
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck Chairs
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 14 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Wood burning stoves in living room and kitchen - - welcome baskets of wood included. There is a separate Annex with double bed and bathroom which is available in spring summer for people who need more flexibility in sleeping arrangements - please enquire for details.


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C16th house, large garden,central Rye, sleeps eight+
average rating of 4.875 based on 86 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The house, garden, village and beach were all perfect. Even the weather seemed to be by personal order! simply marvellous

  • Review Submitted: 09-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Central, clean, comfortable, perfect!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
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A very special historic house perfectly located in centre of town

  • 5 of 5

The Old Surgery is a very special house and is perfect for a family get together. The living space is perfectly laid out for socialising and the beautiful town of Rye is on your doorstep. The only down side is that sound does travel easily throughout the house. This didn't cause us any problems but it might be an issue if you had children in your holiday group. All of the bedrooms are a pleasure to stay in and the detail in the décor is delightful. Steve was extremely helpful in the run up to our booking and access to the house is nice and easy.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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House with a lot of character

  • 5 of 5

The house was in an excellent location, perfect for our group of friends to catch up. House offers plenty of amenities and the kitchen is fully equipped with all essential crockery/pans/ glassware etc. Totally recommend the property and I received excellent communication and clear directions given to me from the owner Steve.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect for a long weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had an excellent three-night weekend for a book group getaway in Rye during January, with plenty to do in town and walks around. A beautiful house, in the centre of town, and clearly showing its heritage. Flexible accommodation, good for a group, and a very well equipped kitchen as the effective centre of the house, with a close-by supermarket (Jempsons). Older people may need to be aware though that the stairs are steep in places, especially at the top of the house. Steve was very prompt getting back with answers to our queries throughout, and provided clear and thorough instructions in advance. Definitely where we would choose to stay for a repeat visit.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cutting it at The Old Surgery!

  • 5 of 5

What a perfect house and location this was for a pre-Christmas family get-together. It was magical strolling along the cobbled streets in the winter sunshine, even more so as dusk fell showing off the festive lights strung along the High Street, including our house.

The Old Surgery is very atmospheric with all its beams, uneven floors and quirky period features. We appreciated the Christmas decorations and what could be more enjoyable than evenings sat around the fire (huge log burner), chatting, playing games and eating chocolate? Although the kitchen is well-equipped, very little cooking was done given the wide range of restaurants, pubs, coffee shops and the renowned Deli within a few minutes walk.

Despite the central location, the house was surprisingly quiet. Temperatures outside dropped to freezing most nights but the house was easy to heat and even the annexe reached a comfortable temperature although we opted out of showering in its chilly bathroom.

On practical matters, parking by the house for loading/unloading can be difficult; a matter of being ready when a space is free. The station car park is close by and cheap. As regards the stairs, these were not as steep as expected and could be negotiated with ease by our toddler. However, the unprotected sheer drop from the top flight means you'd need to bring a stairgate if you really have to have small children on the top floor.

Many thanks to Steve for his speedy and friendly responses to queries and his suggestions for things to do and places to eat. The sunshine led us out to Camber to beachcomb (plenty of shells), build sandcastles and even paddle, for about 30 seconds! The compelling bleakness of Dungeness and the sunset over the sea will stay in our memories. All our eating and drinking experiences were good but we particularly enjoyed meals at The Tuscan (book in advance) and The Plough, Cock Marling (very welcoming of children and dogs).

  • Review Submitted: 30-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Valerie, thanks for your lovely review. Really pleased that you enjoyed your stay so much. Rye is such great place for a family weekend, and you hit many of our favourite places during your stay. Good thought about the a stairgate -- the house doesn't fit a standard one, but I'll have a look and see if we can sort something out! Hope to welcome you back one day :-) Steve
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Nearest Airport
62 Miles
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Many pubs, restaurants, coffee shops.
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Train
200 Metres
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
M20 J10
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Many Restaurant
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Camber Sands
Car: not necessary

Our house is in the centre of the medieval town of Rye.

One of Henry VIII Cinque Ports, Rye is one of the jewels of the South Coast with cafes, art shops and restaurants in an unspoilt medieval hill-top town, only three miles from the vast sandy beach at Camber Sands.

Enjoying a sunny and warm climate, Rye is perfect for beach holidays in the summer and weekend breaks from Autumn to Spring, when the town hosts Rye Arts Festival (Sept), Wild Boar Week (Oct) the famous Bonfire (Nov), Scallop Festival (Feb) .

Rye is the historic home of Henry James who's house is open to the public (National Trust) as well as the setting for the famous Mapp and Lucia novels.

Nearby attractions: Smallhythe, Great Dixter, Bodiam Castle, Dungenesse.

Train to London (St Pancras) in 65mins

Golf: The historic and famous links course of Rye is just a mile outside the town. Going further afield the famous Royal St George and Royal Cinque Ports are within easy reach. There are many many other courses in East Sussex and Kent.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £80
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

WEEKEND rentals are 12:00 to 12:00, flexible on days.
WEEKLY rentals are normally Sat-Sat (but flexible outside summer holidays).
ANNEX available for £90
OTHER or unusual, periods please enquire.
We take credit cards or bank transfer.
25% deposit on booking. Balance due two month before stay
Refundable Damage deposit of £100 is included in the payment calculated by website

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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