Holiday cottage, Rye, East Sussex
Very good position for exploring rye,bit tricky for pushchair on cobbles but only short distance
"Very quaint, but floorboards had some nail hazards, and hole in floor by fridge. Welcome pack brilliant. "
You will find Oak House along a cobbled way linking Mermaid Street with Watchbell Street in an enviable position in the old town. You enter the property into a small hallway with doors leading to the left into the kitchen, right, into the large sitting room and stairs leading up to the first floor. The kitchen is fitted with pretty shaker style cupboards and has all the mod cons that you would expect, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge freezer and a Nespresso coffee machine. There is a small dining table which can accommodate six guests and the outlook is to the front of the cottage.
The large sitting room with its 9ft inglenook fireplace, has a gas effect fire, which casts a cosy glow on dark autumnal and winter evenings. Ample seating on comfy sofas for all guests, Freeview TV and Wifi make this the perfect room for relaxing and planning your holiday days out. Off the lounge is a small inner lobby with vaulted ceiling and exposed timber, with a door opening out onto a very small raised terrace.
The first floor has one twin bedroom, that can be configured as a single or twin room, a large double bedroom and a family bathroom with bath, hand basin and WC. All bedrooms have exposed beams and are at the front of the cottage with a view over the rooftops of Rye. A corridor, with exposed brick chimney, leads to another set of stairs to the master suite on the top floor. Here you will find ornate wooden bedroom furniture, exposed low beams (Head bumping warning!), views of the rooftops towards Stand Quay and an ensuite bathroom with bath, hand basin and WC.
As with most Rye properties parking is not available at the cottage but you can unload at the entrance to Traders passage and then park your car in one of the many car parks close by.
Rye with its charm and history is well known for its famous cobbled Mermaid Street and The Mermaid Inn and the notorious ‘Hawkhurst Gang’ who used the hidden alleyways to move contraband during smuggling back in the 18th and 19th century. Then theres the beautiful St.Mary’s church, with the ‘quarter boys’ clock, always worth a climb to the top of the town to watch them chime on every quarter.
A good start to any stay in Rye, is a visit to the town’s Heritage Centre. Here you can watch the Town Model’s ‘Sound and Light’ show, which retells Rye’s colourful, historic past. Then take a trip upstairs and play the ‘Old Penny Pier Machines’ and giggle with the ‘Laughing Sailor’ or have your fortune told by ‘Sidney Knows’! If antiques interest you, then visit the Strand Quay where you can wander amongst the small shops and bag yourself a bargain. The town benefits from a good selection of independent stores, coffee shops and tea rooms and plenty of choice when it comes to eateries.
For the days when the weather is a little below par, why not visit our Kino cinema, all the latest films and even on ocassions, live screening performances of Opera and Ballet from the London theatres. For the sporty among you, there is the Sports centre with pool.
The stunning sandy beach at Camber Sands is three miles away, with its safe bathing and miles of dunes the perfect family friendly beach whatever the weather. A short drive is Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, where you can walk along the sea wall and out on to the marshes to enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna.
The towns of Hastings and Ashford are around a thirty minute drive away and here you can get a mainline train to London, if you wish to explore the capital for a day. Likewise from Ashford you can take a day trip to France on the Eurostar or pick up the channel tunnel from Folkestone, approximately a 45 minute drive.
As you can see you are perfectly placed to explore far and wide when choosing to stay in Oak House.
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