For a truly authentic Sussex holiday experience a cottage in Winchelsea will transport you back in time. Sitting quietly on a hill, gazing across marshland towards the now-distant sea, Winchelsea is an ideal destination for a self-catering holiday.
Founded in 1288 by Edward I, the ancient small town of Winchelsea is two miles to the south west of Rye and occupies a unique geographical position; where the marshland meets the sea.
Entering through 13th Century gates you’ll find history all around you, including cellars where smugglers hid brandy and later stored wine as Winchelsea became a trading port with Gascony in France. Winchelsea Archaeological Society has an annual series of tours round the 33 accessible known medieval cellars, who knows there may be one hidden under your Winchelsea holiday home?
The Church of St Thomas the Martyr where comedian Spike Milligan is buried is also open to visitors and is just one of the beautiful old buildings, which may include your holiday home in Wincheslea.
Amongst the events happening throughout the year 'The Bonfire Boyes' organise the annual Bonfire Night celebrations, a tradition that is particularly strong in Sussex.
With plenty of old world charm and perfectly located for visits to the rest of Sussex including the golden beaches at Camber Sands, the historic town of Rye and '1066 country' at Battle, a Winchelsea holiday cottage could be your next holiday destination.