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My name is                                                                    :     Chris Melville-Brown

My telephone number when calling from within UK is        :    07803 189 031

My telephone number when calling from outside UK is     :     +44 7803 189 031

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My mailing address is                                                   :      308 The Metropole, The Leas, Folkestone, CT20 2LU

Please make cheques payable to                                     :      Mr C Melville-Brown



Visitor's Book Comments


We have stayed at the Boathouse before in April & October so thought a summer visit would be good. Showers most days, spectacular thunderstorm on Wednesday evening and Force 8-9 gales today (Thursday)!

The Boathouse is an excellent base to explore the lovely old town of Rye and surrounding area.

Visit Dungeness for a different day out. Views from the top of the Old Lighthouse are great, travel on the RH&D R 13 mile steam train route or walk on the miles of sandy beach at Greatstone or visit the RSPB reserve. Then buy the best fresh fish at the slab opposite the Pilot Inn.

Dungeness, you will either love it or hate it – but you will never forget it!

For lunch take the road by the canal to Appledore. The Black Lion is a lovely village pub with excellent value sandwiches & ploughman’s.  

Mike & Sue, W. Sussex, July 2010


We have had a great week at the Boathouse! The fizz got us off to a good start – thank you. The apartment has been very comfortable and peaceful – a real haven. We have enjoyed trips to Hastings Country Park, where we enjoyed a walk and picnic in a beautiful location overlooking the sea, Bewl water, again a walk & picnic, and the National Pinetum at Bedgebury. Weather has been good, warm and dry, just right for a walk and picnic. One highlight was our visit to Webbes at The Fish Café in Tower Street. We had an excellent meal – best mussels I’ve tasted – so fresh!           

Ian & Sue, North Walsham     Jul 2010


Very restful stay in Rye after walking the 1066 way from Pevensey. Boathouse excellent. Binoculars very much appreciated – some good walks/birds at Dungeness and round Camber Castle. Mesmerised by tide – spotting & waiting for boats. Many thanks for v.good apartment.

Keith & Jill, Aug 2010


We very much enjoyed our stay.

One of the highlights was watching Richard Branson, supported by his family, kite surf across the channel from Dungeness. Thank you for the binoculars – a gem of an accessory! Also the welcome fizz was great!

Monica & Linda, Aug 2010


First time in the area. Great comfy apartment, well equipped. Bailey, Simply Italian and Carey’s great for food.

In Hastings De Pola on Marine Parade a must for home made Italian ice cream. Great farm shops around – Middle Farm on route to Brighton (never seen so much cider!) Train from Dungeness to Hythe very good with an interesting stop at New Romney to see the model train display also Kent and East Sussex railway at Tenterden very good trip. One week not long enough to see everything.                                                                                                

Dorothy & Frank – Perth Scotland, Sept 2010


We’ve really enjoyed our short stay here, thank you Chris for this lovely base, we love this apartment! Beautiful walks in the immediate area & Rye is stunning. Had a lovely relaxing time, now back to the craziness that is London! Claire           

Claire & Matt –                       Camberwell, London              03/09 – 06/09/11


What a gem! And Rye’s not bad either. We enjoyed our short stay and hope to return, even if it’s just for the Apothecary coffee. Many thanks for the hospitality and farewell.   

Sue & Jim                                Cornwall                                                         10/9/11


We have spent a great week here in Rye. The apartment was a lovely place to stay – it is just so peaceful. The weather has been kind to us. Don’t bother going to Hastings it has become very run down. We had a very nice day at Dover Castle – the underground tunnels were amazing. Lovely coffee at the ‘Apothecary’.

Restaurants very varied. Best thing is to try a few!! 

June & Freddie Barry                                                             15th Sept – 22nd Sept 2011


It’s thirty years since we last visited Rye and it hasn’t lost its charm! Try Jeake’s House in Mermaid St for a luxurious start to the day – breakfast is £12.50 for non-residents.

We explored on foot and picked up the 1066 way by going over the crossing by the station and taking the footpath opposite Mason Road. This takes you to Winchelsea –

Wonderful deli & coffee shop, amazing church – dear old Spike Milligan’s buried there. Interesting houses in grid layout. Continued the round trip back to Rye following the Royal Military Canal path past Camber Castle.

The Boathouse itself is in a superb location within walking distance of town and yet no traffic noise – amazing!! So peaceful. Delicious bubbly – a great start to a lovely weekend. Thankyou.


Don’t miss Farrells

01797 223 336

If you use the American Diner you can take photos of the cars

-          they are amazing!!        

Val & Berni                             Ingatestone                                         7th – 9th Oct 2011


Had a lovely relaxing time, lots of walking.

Thrilled to see an otter swimming in the river.

For best value try all inclusive 3 course meal at Hope Anchor.         

Sheila & Malcolm Horton       Tutt Hill Farmhouse                30th Oct – Nov 6th 2011