It was a thundery end to the week, with the wind blowing our little car around on the M20, rain battering hard on the window screen and beautiful lightning illuminating all the way in the darkness to East Sussex. We were on our way to Rye, a small and magically beautiful town on the south coast of the country.
If you are planning to spend a weekend in Rye, make sure you book accommodation well in advance. It’s a popular place to visit and gets booked up pretty quickly. We nearly lost all hope of staying in the town over the weekend when Charlie found a B&B for a bargain price and in a good location. We didn’t want to stay anywhere outside the town, so that we could go out, have a drink and not worry that we have to drive back to our accommodation.
We arrived to Aviemore Guest House at around 10pm and what a gem Charlie had found! The hosts Tomas and Jeremy were very charming, friendly and welcoming. We chatted with them at every given opportunity and found out lots of things about them and the cottage. They have owned the guest house for only a few weeks, but you can see the improvements that they’ve made themselves already. They talk about the house with big respect and trying to preserve and bring out the original features of the place. Tomas even told us about the secret staircase. How convenient and fascinating! We walked through the lovely jungly gardens and appeared right in the centre of the town! I told you, Rye is magical.
I am already looking forward to our next trip to Rye and hopefully we can stay in the renowned Aviemore Guest House and sip tea with biscuits in the garden at the back of the house.
If you like long walks, make your way to Camber Castle. It’s a little bit outside the town, but it’s a lovely walk in the fields with sheep munching grass and little lambs staring your way. It was a beautiful morning for our little trip and the castle ruins looked glorious in the sunshine. And you also get to take a look at magical Rye from a distance.
To hide from the sun we popped into the bird hide on the edge of the Rye wetlands.
Rye is a unique and distinctive town with ancient cobbled narrow streets taking you up and down, past little independent shops, bakeries and inviting tea rooms.
Many years ago Rye, surrounded by sea, played an important role in defence of the south coast of the country. Today the ancient timbered houses with beautiful terracotta roofs attract film makers and story writers.
Mermaid Street is the most picturesque cobbled street in the town, where you can also find the historic Mermaid Inn, known as the Inn where smugglers use to gather, I am guessing, to discuss important smuggling business.
The atmosphere inside is incredible and, of course, it’s haunted.
Don’t forget to visit St Mary’s Church and make the climb to the top of the tower for some wonderful views across the town.
The whole town of Rye is a conservation area, which means that redevelopments are not permitted. This ensures the place will keep its beauty for many more years.
There are plenty of cafes and restaurants, but if you are a coffee lover like me, pop into Edith’s House on the High Street, a great little independent coffee shop. They make lovely food and the best Americano coffee I’ve tasted so far. Try their fresh smoothies. They are lovely! I had a berry one which had a hint of cinnamon and Charlie enjoyed his tropical smoothie. Perfect lunch spot.
Have a nose around in Rye Heritage Centre where you can see the Rye town model and hear the story of this beautiful place enhanced by a dramatic light and sound show.
The coast is just a short drive away from Rye, about 2.8 miles.
We drove to Winchelsea beach for a little evening stroll while contemplating where to go for dinner back in Rye.