Holiday cottage, Rye, East Sussex
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"The house was very comfortable and warm. Exactly what we wanted for a family weekend for a Special Birthday celebration. It was very well equipped and we had everything we needed."
"the house was well maintained and well planned.We all enjoyed our stay and it was very comfortable.I would make one comment and that is that the heating arrangements to cope with the evenings was not that good.Also there should be warning signs to say that extra care is needed when exiting the property by car."
Tollgates was lovely venue for a family celebration
"A spacious, comfortable and generally well maintained house with a versatile layout which helps people find and enjoy their own quiet areas. Extensive grounds and plenty of parking all add to the feeling of privacy and space. In summary a lovely holiday home which has a variety of amenities to suit all ages - hot tub,table tennis and bbq proved particularly popular during a very hot and sunny weekend."
Thank you for your review, we are so glad everyone in the party enjoyed their stay. We are glad you enjoyed all the amenities, sadly the hot tub will not be on offer for future guests as its developed a fault, which makes it unusable.
Beautiful house and garden in Rye
"I booked Tollgates for a birthday stay with some friends, and it was perfect. The house was lovely, as was the cottage garden. Located just outside of the centre of Rye with views across the marsh, and on the same road as The Globe Marsh Inn (with a superb selection of gins). Was very pleased to make use of the barbecue, and although we didn't attempt to get the hot tub going, I imagine that would be pretty special when it's a bit chillier. Loads to do in Rye, and it seemed to be a very friendly place. Some great walks out of town and into Rye Harbour/Winchelsea if you fancy stretching your legs. Just one thing to be aware of if you arrive on foot as we did - the last 100 metres or so of road just before the house turns into a country lane (with no pavement). It's not a hugely busy road, but remember to walk against the traffic. And if you are planning on walking home when dark, bring a torch for that last bit (or you can cut across the field that runs behind, and surprise some rabbits). Would definitely return. "
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Tollgates & enjoyed all the benefits of booking a large house for a special occasion. WE look forward to welcoming you again in the future.
"We were a party of eight, ranging from 1 to 70. Really lovely home with plenty of room for us all. The children loved the play house, slide and swings. Well situated with countryside around but just a short walk to Rye. All the family enjoyed their stay here. "
A lovely home for a family occasion
"We chose Tollgates for a family celebration and it proved to be the ideal property in a lovely location...quiet and just a short walk into Rye. The house was spacious, very nicely furnished, with plenty of garden (and an impressive playhouse). We felt very much at home there."
Very pleasant house. Well kitted out. Thank you for a lovely stay.
"Very pleasant house. Well kitted out. Good Location. Easy to deal with. Thank you for a lovely stay."
A lovely cosy cottage, in a great location - thoroughly recommend
"A lovely cosy cottage, in a great location - thoroughly recommend any one to stay here. Didn't quite get hot tub going, which would have been even better. "
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Tollgates. We are sorry you struggled to get the hot tub going, there are full instructions in the Welcome Folder in the property to assist, so if you stay again hopefully you will find those useful.
Tollgates is the perfect holiday home for all the family, and parts of the property date back to 1850, so it comes with bags of character too.
You enter the property through the kitchen, which is large and modern with all the appliances you would want when on holiday. There is a kitchen table with seating for six - a pleasant spot for breakfast or afternoon tea. From the kitchen you enter into the large hallway, with a downstairs modern shower room to your left, oak staircase up to the bedrooms and doors to the other reception rooms. You have a children's TV snug - the perfect spot for children to play games or watch something different to the adults in the party, and if you are cooking tea, you can keep an eye on them through the secret hatch. The main lounge has comfy sofas, a large open fireplace, French doors out onto the terrace and windows overlooking the rear and the front of the wraparound garden. A lovely bright room all day long, and in the autumn and winter months it's very inviting with the fire lit. From the lounge you have doors leading to a large conservatory diner, with French doors out onto the terrace. There's a large sofa at one end and two tables that can be placed end to end in order to accommodate all nine guests in the party for a sit down meal. A great entertaining space at any time of the year.
Heading upstairs and you have a single bedroom on your right, with views across the marsh and the garden. To the rear of the landing you have a large master suite with ensuite bathroom and triple aspect views. There are two twin bedrooms, nicknamed the 'Pirate' and 'Mermaid' rooms. The 'Pirate' room has its own hand basin. There is a separate family bathroom with a bath and over head shower and a separate WC, next door. Finally we have 'Birdsong' room, a double with views across the garden and marsh.
The grounds wrap around the property and there is easily enough parking for up to four cars on the gravel drive. The rear of the property has been arranged to appeal to families with children, with an outside swingset, slide and table tennis which is a favourite whatever your age. There is a wooden playhouse for the smaller children in the party at the end of the garden and a lawned area perfect for a game of football or croquet. From the conservatory, you have a terrace area where you can dine outside or lay on one of the sun beds provided and take in the uninterrupted views of the marsh and the garden.
For tennis lovers amongst you, you are a five minute walk from Rye Lawn Tennis Club, so bring your racquets.
Tollgates is a great base for exploring Rye and the local beaches of Camber Sands, Winchelsea Beach, the Pett Levels and Fairlight for fossil hunting or cliff walks. The town centre is a fifteen minute stroll away and has plenty of history to explore and a good selection of independent shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs. Whether you choose to take the 'Mapp and Lucia' or 'Ghost' tour around Rye, your first stop should be the Heritage Centre down by the quay. Here you can pick up useful guides and information on local places to visit, while away an hour playing the old penny pier machines or watch the town's 'Sound and Light' show and learn about Rye's smuggler past.
If you wish to go further afield, the seaside town of Hastings is a short drive away and here you can walk amongst the fishing boats, browse the antique and bric-a-brac shops, try your luck in the arcades, stroll along the pier or visit the Jerwood Gallery, and most importantly, treat yourself to fresh fish and chips!
The 1066 Country has plenty of castles, grand houses and National Trust gardens to visit - you really are spoilt for choice.
If you fancy a trip to the continent during your holiday then the Euro Tunnel is thirty five minutes away by car, or take the train from Rye and pick up the Eurostar from Ashford International Station. Lydd Airport offers flights to Le Touquet which take only fifteen minutes, so you could even fly to France for lunch on a special occasion. The area has so much to offer, we hope you will leave wanting more.
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