Rye cottage holidays Holiday rentals - country and coastal cottages to rent in Rye

Rye, an English town near the coast in East Sussex. In the centre, cobbled lanes with cute names such as, Mermaid Street, Watchbell Lane are lined with medieval, half-timbered crooked houses. The redbrick Lamb House was once owned by writer Henry James. Rye streets are clustered around a sandstone hillside, overlooking the winding River Rother and Romney Marsh. Rye is a relaxed, historic and picturesque and photogenic town, one definatley not to be missed.

Hundreds of years ago, Rye was surrounded by water and formed part of the medieval Cinque Ports. The town's hilltop was used as a vantage point for detecting and repelling theiving invaders. Ypres Tower, built in 1249 to defend Rye has views across the marsh to what was once one of the most important harbours in the country.

At a glance...
Bars & restaurants 20+
Cycle paths & mountain biking
Coastal walks
Historical sites
Family friendly
Car recommended
Nearest beach Camber Sands (7kms)
Nearest airport Gatwick (66km)
Nearest train station Rye (SE)

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Rye is an excellent location to rent a holiday cottage and explore Sussex and the South Coast.

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Things to see and do in Rye

Rye and the surrounding area is full of interesting villages, beautiful marshland, open coastline and rolling countryside. One of the top attractions is Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. It has an assortment of coastal habitats, shingle, saltmarsh & saline lagoons, gravel pits & reed beds is a fantastic area for taking a walk and seeing the local wildlife.

A few suggestions...
Rye Castle Museum & Ypres Tower
Mermaid Street
Explore Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
Spend a day on the fabulous Camber Sands beach
The National Trust's Georgian Lamb House and gardens
Explore the hilltop town of Winchelsea (2 miles)
camber sands near rye

Our view on Rye holidays

Rye is the jewel in Sussex's crown and has something to offer everyone, whatever their age, throughout the year. From the beautiful Sussex countryside to the impressive and dramatic coastline, Rye is the perfect location for renting a cottage and use it as a base to explore this wonderful county.