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We know Rye & surrounding area very well – I spent over 6 years at Saltcote Place in the 1960’s – we wanted a weekend away in peace from a hectic job. Perfect location.

The apartment is all about the peace & waking up to see the river and countryside and being close to the buzz of Rye but far enough away to enjoy the birds and the view.

The weather was extraordinarily beautiful for the end of February – enabling us to meet friends and walk at Rye Harbour as we reminisced and to eat all the meals out on the verandah. The bubbly was a lovely addition : Thank you Chris

Peter & Hilary Claire,           East Grinstead Sx                             22.2-24.2 2019


Found Rye by chance looking for some days of relaxing holidays. Not only it was exactly like this, it was even better than expected! Excellent late summer weather, varied surroundings, quiet & comfortable.

No.1. Greatly enjoyed the days:

Day1: Visit Rye, shopping, relax

Day2: Bike tour to Rye Harbour, along the shore line, Winchelsea, Farlight (partly very steep roads!)

Day3: Drove to Hastings, Eastbourne, Battle (recommended, very impressive walk around the battlefield of year 1066).

To dinner burger by “Hoof”

Day4: Bike to Camber Sands: unexpected lovely beach for walking & swimming, very recommended!

Jogging, visit Camber Castle (closed) Lunch at “Owl”.

Day5: Again on the beach, lunch at “Marinos”. Relax

Day 6: Drove to St. Leonards, part of Hastings, we call it the Notting Hill of Hastings. Further to Bexhill, visit the De La Warre Centre, a building of the 1930s including Café/Restaurant for lunch or tea time.

Day7: Rye, postcards, shopping, visit the church tower (absolutely recommended, with clear weather you oversee the whole area), Mermaid Inn. Dinner at WTC (William the Conqueror) in Rye Harbour.

Today talk to elderly persons about the Brexit: one voted for it, one against. Interesting and incomprehensible at the same time!

Day 8: No special plans today: relax, jogging, shopping, relax (that’s why we are here), dinner at Webbe’s

New movie Downton Abbey at the very nice Rye cinema.

Day9: Departure with good memories ….

Antje & Uwe                               Hamburg Germany                      10-19 Sep 2019


We had a gay old time staying in your beautiful Boathouse, watching the birds (as promised!) and eating pancakes on the balcony.

Would recommend the walk to Winchelsea Beach - we had an idyllic (windy!) walk along the shingles to Rye Harbour. Also would recommend the walk / short bus to picturesque Camber Sands where we even managed a salty swim. The apartment was clean and very comfortable; we especially enjoyed the sofas and appreciating Chris's art! A wonderful spot to watch the tides and re-read Mapp and Lucia.

Ellie and Megan                                                                                      2 / 8 / 19


Couldn’t book any hotel in Rye, then found this place online, so glad we did, excellent throughout, only wished we’d booked an extra night or two. Will definitely come again.

If you could arrange for the sun to shine on the balcony in the evening for next time that’d be great.

Lovely place   Thanks Chris!

Andy & Joyce Bristow                                                                               24/8/19


Lovely to be back in Rye after so many years. Reminds us very much of Sandwich where we lived before moving to E.G. We enjoyed our weekend break at No.1. Comfortable, relaxing, such a peaceful setting. Hope to come back for another lovely break, and thank you Chris for the bubbly!

John & Maxine Carpenter                    East Grinstead                      25-27 May 2019


Love it here, apartment clean and comfy,

So very peaceful, seen a fox pass by, love how Rye doesn’t alter too much, sad to be leaving but will come back. Thank you for bubbly x

Jan & Rich Wynder                                                                             9-16 July


Our 3rd visit to this lovely spot.

Cycled from here to Lydd, mostly on cycle paths (short road section in Camber) and around the Rye Nature Reserve. Visited Smallhythe, Sissinghurst & Great Dixter. Meals out at ‘Simply Italian’ – highly commend but a good idea to book! & The King’s Head at Udimore is good homecooked food (see leaflet in rack). Crazy golf in Hastings is good fun! 2 games for the price of one from 7-9pm (as long as you pay by 9pm)

Thanks for bubbly Chris.

David & Beryl Archer                        N. Devon                    31st July – 7th August


Back after 7 years and Rye is just as delightful as ever. Discovered a great pub in Rye Harbour called the ‘William the Conqueror’. They do good food, much of it with a Greek influence, and the Whitstable Bay Pale Ale is lovely. Enjoyed a couple of good lunches and coffee at the Apothecary and the Rye Deli is still good in its new premises in Market Street.

Oh, and many thanks for the Fizz, Chris.           

Jill and Derek                            Coventry                                        24 / 5 /2019


Another wonderful stay here at Easter. Loved sitting on the balcony with a glass of bubbly watching the birds. Weather was fantastic.

Pat and Karen                                 Aldershot                                        22.4.19


A wonderful stay - absolutely loved the Boathouse - mesmerised by the tides! Wonderful to be so close to the shops. Thank you x   

Jane and Jack                     London and Brighton                                21/8 23/8


Rye never disappoints”!! Here for Rye Jazz and Blues weekend. Thanks for the milk and bubbly – kind thought, much appreciated. Loved  the Boathouse. Thanks Chris x

Mags and Kev,                          Dartford                                               26 / 8 / 19


This is our first time on No9, usually stay in No11. Been here numerous times & never tire of Rye. We love the apartments, very simple though quiet & ideal for a week. There are lots of walks here – all beautiful taking – various scenery – Rye Harbour – Winchelsea; New Romney to Dungeness & you can make them as long or as short as you wish. Our favourite places to eat are The Standard & Webbe’s & the Apothecary for coffee & cake.

This is such a magical place & we just love it. Thanks Chris for the bubbles!

Will be back as usual next time !!

Only one key on the inside hook.

Martin & Marie Clarke                   Cotswolds                         3rd – 10th August 2019


Lovely apartment with everything we needed for a short break. Real treat to have the ever changing river scenery.

Visited RSPB – Dungeness. Strolled around Rye, ideal spot this, close to town but no noise. Walked around Rye Harbour nature reserve. Had drinks at our favourite pub – The Mermaid. Would definitely stay again.

Thank you for the fizz. Xx

Clive & Wendy Roberts                Weybridge Surrey                        26th/27th July 19


2nd time (missed last year) everything as is if not better, excellent spot.

Comfortable, clean, everything you need!! Thanks again for the ‘fizzy’ always appreciated. “Will be back”

Nigel & Julie Fisher        Brambledown Road Wallington Surrey       April 9-11


Lovely weekend – Rye is such a quaint little town. Boathouse was clean, comfortable & very cosy. Everything we could have wanted was here. Will definitely recommend & hopefully be back.

Chris & Ray                                                                                           15-17 April


Lovely, quiet, great location & a cozy clean retreat. Loved the live music at the Pipemakers Arms & Ypres Inn.

Anna & Adam                                                                                          19-22 April


The most relaxing, lovely stay. Great apartment & location. Will definitely be coming again. Easy to get to Camber Sands & had a great beach day! Mahdi Spice for a great curry & The Ship for a great Sunday Roast J

Conor & Natasha                                                                           1st – 3rd June 2019


Hit a good week – weather couldn't have been better. Clean apartment, comfy bed. Went to the Standard in Mint Street. V busy – we’d go back. Went to Dungeness and a meal at the Britannia pub. Excellent fish and chips - very nice stay.

Mike & Lesley,                         Horley Surrey                                       23-25 Feb


Lots of great cycle routes, along coast to Winchelsea was very good. Fish & chips at Camber Sands not to be missed.

Mark McCluskey                        Skibbereen Cork                          May 8th – 18th


Good location, comfortable. Looked around Rye, went to Lydd & took the RH&D railway trip – great last stop before we go home! Thanks!

Gail and Peter McLoughlin             Sydney Australia                             June 5 – 7


Enjoyed our second visit. Recommend Ightham Mote (Tudor house), Scotney Castle, Bodiam Castle. Lighthouse at Dungeness and bird reserve (RSPB) there. Excellent food and beer and friendly service at Standard Inn – go early when town is busy as can’t book. Thai restaurant VG, Turkish (Layla) pretty good.

Fran and Idriss Scott                    Helensburgh Scotland                       June 21 – 28


Had a lovely relaxing weekend.  Hottest weekend of the year so far (29°C)! Rye is beautiful. Would recommend the town model and show (£3.50 each, worth it). Great fish & chips at Marino's  - The Mint. Thank you for the bubbly and milk in fridge.   Bed very comfortable. Fabulous view of the river - so relaxing. Mermaid Inn worth a visit for a drink. So much history here! J

Ross and Dave                           Liphook Hampshire                        June 28th – 30th

We booked here as a very last minute break away for a couple of nights.

We didn’t know the area at all­ but were delighted with Rye and the surrounding area. By chance we’d brought our bikes. What a bonus! As this area has a plethora of wonderful cycle tracks! The apartment has been fantastic – so centrally placed and perfectly appointed with everything we needed and the welcome bottle of bubbly was much appreciated!!!

The pretty town of Rye was enchanting and we had tea in the garden Henry James’ house (perfect scones & jam!); The Wednesday Farmers’ Market was lovely. We bought some gifts and supper for our evening meal – plus some gorgeous sausage rolls – not to be missed.

We met our host – who was most informative about the cycle tracks.

You can cycle (without touching a road) to Camber & Winchelsea which we did. Were blessed with wonderful weather & enjoyed the wildlife and birds down at Rye Harbour & were saddened by the tragic tale of the lifeboat which wiped out two families when the crew of the “Mary Stanford” was lost in 1928. So much to see here that our few days just doesn’t give us enough time – we will return! Fantastic

Steve & Sally                           Windacres Farm Surrey               July 2016 19th-20th


Best location in Rye to stay, spent most evenings on balcony with glass of wine, watching the changing tides and birdlife, best part of day early morning with cup of tea with plenty of birds to see.

Ate at Simply Italian, reasonably priced, friendly and very convenient.

The Standard pub, good fish & chips.

Carey’s (Fish Restaurant) good fish.

Edith’s House, wonderful selection of scones, very homely feel.

Knopps – amazing range of chocolate drinks up to 90% in strength.

Fletchers Tea House in courtyard, nice setting.

Rye Deli’s good for tasty bites to bring back to room.

Tourist information very helpful and informative.

Good walk to Camber Castle, to Bird Hide at Castle Waters, plenty of cormorants & lapwings then on to view point to see Marsh Harriers.

Good network of buses from Rye Railway Station, No313 to Rye Harbour Bird Sanctuary.

No100 to Winchelsea Village.

No101 to Winchelsea Beach

Would like to thank Chris for the surprise bottle of bubbly on arrival and on the high standard of accommodation.

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay here, and would hope to return again on the not too distant future.

Jan & Steve Jeffs                 Bristol                                                 9/7 – 16/7

Another relaxing visit to the Boathouse although this is our first time in No 1.

Summer is so different to Autumn/winter as there seems to be less bird life to see. Great weather apart from the ‘storm’ on Friday. Went to Winchelsea, Lamb House & boat trip from Bodiam Castle.

Had a meal at Hoof, also Tuscan Kitchen – excellent but must book. So much to do in this area, but not enough time. Thanks for the bubbly, Chris – see you in September.     

Thelma and Bill                        London NW9                                4/8 – 11/8/18


As you can see our trip was only a couple of days, but how memorable.

What a tranquil place to stay with the ever-changing view – so peaceful, a real escape. Thank you for the bottle of fizz – a lovely touch.

The bed is really comfortable too.

Well, we explored a few places in our short visit. The cobbled streets of Rye – enchanting, plus a lovely meal in the Ypres Castle pub, good beer too so my husband informs me! Camber Sands was simply stunning. We visited Dungeness which we found quite haunting – my husband climbed one of the lighthouses and said the views were amazing. We then took the train, very relaxing, to Hythe – so much wildlife to see – really fascinating. On Friday evening we had a lovely evening meal at “Mahdi Spice”, it was very nice – truly authentic and delicious and the service was superb. We leave tomorrow L but plan to come back soon – we are going to visit Bateman’s House on the way home as it looks very interesting.

We didn’t feed the seagulls as requested but the kept us entertained!!

Thank you.

Frances & Gary Clarke                                         23rd August – 25th August 2018                 


For a last minute booking this has been just what we wanted, very relaxing. Comfortable accommodation with great views, good for watching boats passing or birds feeding, depending on the tide! Location just outside Rye is also good, as the town gets very busy. Lots to do and see in the area.

Suggested places to visit include Battle Abbey, Dungeness Old Lighthouse, Winchelsea Church, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve (including Avocet Tea Room) and Bateman’s – lovely house and gardens. Good food at Simply Italian, Marino's Fish Bar and Rye Deli. Decent supermarket – Jempsons at Peasmarsh.

We had a great week and would love to stay again. Thank you and thanks for the bubbly.

Jane and Brendan Sheehan             Leeds, West Yorkshire    31st July – 7th August 2016

We’ve just had a lovely 5 days here. We love the position of the flat. So handy for Rye and very interesting watching tide & birds.

We had great meals in ‘Simply Italian’ & The  Standard’ & loved Rye, Camber Sands, Dungeness and the railway. And did a lovely walk to Rye Harbour & through nature reserve & by Camber Castle. The ‘Gallery Tea Room’ at Rye Harbour has some nice pictures etc. & the owners are very friendly. Well worth a visit (& enjoy the cream tea!)

And thank you Chris for the bubbly.

We’ve had a great time.     

Sarah & Nigel Thompson                Berkhamsted Herts                        6/9/18


Our first stay in Rye, and what a great place it is!

Loads to see and do. Did 3 of the walks round the countryside of Rye – leaflets in the folder. Also visited Brighton. 2 trips to cinema when the weather was a bit ropey. Places we ate which we would recommend – Union Steakhouse, Globe Inn and the Mermaid. Thanks for the fizz, had a night in with food from Rye Deli. Final evening meal in the Shipp Inn v. good.

Maureen & Keith Fowler             Edinburgh                                             25/6 – 2/7/16


We came for peace and quiet and found it!

Enjoyed the relaxed setting and bird calls – explored Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, the Winchelsea walk and camber Sands. Visited the gardens of Great Dixter superb (met a Swedish film crew filming Sweden’s version of Gardeners’ World – no murder scene this time!!) Plan to go to Sissinghurst today.

Chris you are a great host – thank you!

Graham & Jayne Harris                                                                 16/6 – 19/6


What a fabulous week. Loved watching the birds and the tide rising & falling. Ate at the Standard Inn, Simply Italian & anniversary dinner at Webbe’s which was fabulous. Visited Dungeness and took steam train across to New Romney. Visited Rye Harbour Natured Reserve which was great. Had tea in the garden of Lamb House and toured the Ypres Castle Museum – well worth a visit.

Thank you. We’ll be back.

Lynne & Dominic                        Bournemouth                                       8/5 – 13/5/16


Great to be back in Rye again. Can’t believe that it is 10 years since we last stayed in No1. The Boathouse. Good to meet you too, Chris. We’ve had just what we wanted: a relaxing holiday with unbelievably good weather for October.

We enjoyed Great Dixter Gardens, Dungeness and the trains, Jerwood Gallery in Hastings, the Ypres Tower and, to my mind, the £4 to go up the church tower is a bargain – what stunning views! Rye Harbour and Winchelsea interesting as ever.

We loved Rye Deli; try the Portuguese Custard Tarts! Thanks, Chris

Roy & Margaret Edgar                                                              29/9/18 – 06/10/18

Another relaxing week in No3. Saw a seal in the river, and had glorious weather. Thanks for the fizz, Chris, very much appreciated.

Lots of oystercatchers, black headed gulls, herring gulls etc etc. The fishing industry is on its last legs. William the Conqueror revamped.

Thelma & Bill               London                                                 29 April – 5 May


We enjoyed a terrific stay at the Boathouse and exploring the surrounding area and Rye. Chris couldn’t have been more helpful and the accommodation was ideal for our purposes. Very comfortable, well equipped, great location.

We hired bikes from Rye Hire and took the circular scenic route along the beach to Winchelsea before heading back to Rye on the National Cycle Route, and then off to Camber which is a safe and well designed route. Would strongly recommend this as a way to get around.

The Ship Inn we visited on the Friday night for dinner – very friendly, welcoming and tasty.

For Saturday, we had the full English at the Grain Café – very full and very English. In the evening, we went to the Mermaid Inn – excellent quality and a interesting pub for its history and background. Off to the miniature railway today!

Thanks Chris for a memorable stay – brilliant!

Jeremy & Cath                         Harpenden                                           29-31st July

This has been our second visit to Rye staying in this apartment. We’ve had a relaxing time & visited Great Dixter and have done lots of walking. The Rye Harbour Nature Reserve was very much worth the visit. We have been fortunate again with beautiful sunny weather and have enjoyed relaxing on the balcony enjoying the peace and quiet!

Thank you for the wine. We hope to return for another visit soon.      

Ann & Paul                                                                                1st – 4th June 2018


Old Hastings is about 12 miles away & is a great visit. The Jerwood Gallery beside the fishermen’s huts has a brilliant collection of works & also stages exciting exhibitions. The almost adjacent Fisherman’s Museum – admission free – is fascinating, especially the RNLI film of a rescue yards from the beach.

Park on the Bourne just before the seafront for an easy exit or continue down to the lights & turn left for 2 huge parking areas. The National Trust Smallhythe Place gives a fascinating insight into the life & career of the actress Ellen Terry & is an attraction approx 12 miles driving in the Tenterden direction. Look out for cormorants diving when the tide’s in.

A lovely stay … Hope to be back.

Try Carey’s Fish Bar on the Strand. Expensive but beautifully cooked fish & veg & a perfect crème brulee !

Vivienne & Philip Smith             Tolleshunt Major, Essex               27 May – June 2


This was our first stay in the apartment (No.1) & we weren’t disappointed. The location is fantastic &, as birdwatchers, to have redshanks, egrets, a kingfisher & a barn owl right outside was amazing! We visited Rye Harbour Nature Reserve & the RSPB Reserve at Dungeness several times, along with Winchelsea & Pett Level. We were very comfortable here & would recommend it. Thanks Chris for the bottle of bubbly!

PS. We loved walking around the town of Rye – what architecture!!

Phil & Marie Hale,             Basingstoke, Hampshire                     27/12/15 – 3/1/16


Very enjoyable last minute booking.

Thankful for a relaxing place to stay.

We ate well at:-

Kettle of Fish

Robin Hood in Icklesham

Beryl’s Café towards Camber (amazing sandwiches)

Carey’s Steak & Seafood bar                 

Anday & Margaret                     Hildenborough Kent                             20-25 Aug 18


We have had another fabulous stay! We were so glad to be back – it really felt like a home from home. Everything we could want or need was provided and everything was spotlessly clean. We will most definitely be back!

As for Rye, we love just wandering around, it feels like stepping back in time. Our favourite places are:

1)      Edith’s House – Best scones in town. Try the Guinness Cake and yummy jacket potatoes,

2)      Simply Italian – Great ambience and fab food.

3)      St Mary’s Church – the view from the tower is awesome

4)      The old penny arcade – I especially love the fortune tellers.


Thanks for a great stay. X

Maria & Steve,                         Herne Bay                  13TH – 16TH Feb 2016


Lovely little apartment for a last minute getaway. Lovely, clean and a great shower!

Enjoyed listening to the seagulls as we went to sleep/woke up with the sun shining through the window!

Recommend Jempsons’ Supermarket (10min drive) for great local produce if cooking / or just for breakfast.

Beth & Mark                                                                5/6 March 2016    


Lovely location – ideal for exploring Rye and surrounding area. Visited Scotney Castle, Bodiam, Hastings, Bexhill and Rye Harbour – all worth a visit. Ate in Rye each evening. Had lovely meals at The Ship, Simply Italian and The Standard.

Irene & Alan North,             Burnham on Crouch, Essex               20-23 March 2016


Weather good, sun deck good (red faces).

Shepherd Neame beer good.

Dungeness, Britannia fish & chips good, home Saturday not so good, 6th visit to the Boathouse, so I guess we like it here.

Howard & Pauline,                        Copthorne                                           16th – 23rd April


Great week – visited all the popular places (again) – love the area of the ‘Garden of England’,.

Scotney, Dixter & the ‘World’s End’ that is Dungeness are a photographer’s paradise. Taking home a tiny bit of the garden in the form of plants & inspiration – here’s hoping!

Kim & Keith,                           Shropshire                                            14-21st May 2016


We’ve enjoyed our brief but relaxing stay – even though the sun never came out!! Apartment very clean & nicely decorated.

Our battle against the wind at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve paid off with lots of sightings of birds with their chicks (avocets, sandwich terns).

Great steak meal at The Union in town & also sampled several teashops (Fletchers & Simon the Pieman). Inland, had very interesting visit to Bateman’s (National Trust) – home of Rudyard Kipling. Thank you Chris – it was nice to meet you & the bottle of bubbly was a kind ‘extra’.

30/5 – 2/6/16


As ever a chilled relaxed stay at the Boathouse. Always great to look out for the wildfowl. Shelducks this time.

I had a great birthday here with a few surprises arranged by Chris at the Grapevine. Thanks Bling Crosbies!!

Needless to say we’ll be coming back here. Many thanks Chris!

Dungeness too was great and enriching as we made connection with Paddy Hamilton, an artist of generous nature.            

Mal & Chris Tanner                                                                        23-26 Mar 2018


This is our 2nd time here and once again have had a great time. The apartment is comfortable with great view over the estuary. Love to sit outside for breakfast and in the evening. Thanks Chris for the bubbly and was great to meet you. We will be back.

Helen & Guy                            Essex                                                   8th – 15th July


We had a terrific time exploring the area of E. Sussex and into Kent, using 1TB as our base to return to. We were blessed with some great weather and enjoyed exploring this area. We hope to return some day. No complaints about the facilities @ 1TB – we found it clean and well-provisioned. We especially enjoyed lazing around on the balcony watching the world go by. My advice to others – chill out and do the same.

Kevin & Rosie             Berkshire                                             23-30 June ‘16


Enjoyed staying in this comfortable and quiet base.

Exploring Rye was a treat – recommend the guided walks by ex-history teacher Mike. Good food at Webbe’s, Ambrette and Simply Italian. Kino worth a look and good for lunch. Like everyone else the bubbly was appreciated! The church tower is well worth the climb & the church in Winchelsea is amazing inside. Spike Milligan is buried there! Wonderful trip to Bodiam on the steam railway from Tenterden.

Neil & Amanda                         Suffolk                                                 1 –5 Sep 2016


Rye is a fantastic base to explore from.

In Rye you must visit the church and pay to go onto the roof. You must visit Rye Harbour and walk to the beach. You must walk the town as darkness falls – very atmospheric. Read the history of Rye – fascinating.

Eating out in Rye : Webbe’s very good, Tuscan (Kitchen) very good, Ambrette – over-rated in our opinion.

Simply Italian – good (you need to book all of them to be on the safe side).

In the daytime – try the Rye Deli – very good food.

The butchers on Cinque Port Street is excellent for steaks etc to cook yourself.

For shopping Budgen’s is good but if you drive to Peasmarsh, Jempsons is better.

(Both are closed on Sundays).

Places to visit: Sissinghurst, Bateman’s (home of Rudyard Kipling), Bodiam Castle, Dover Castle (check traffic conditions first), Walmer Castle & Deal (again check traffic), Battle Abbey and town, Redoubt Fortress in Eastbourne.

More places : Eastbourne, seafront and pier (town is like any other)   (don’t go when air show is on as parking is almost impossible), Bexhill Seafront (town a bit scruffy), Hastings, (seafront has amusements) but beyond are the beach-launched fishing boats which are worth seeing, also has a couple of (free) museums which are interesting. Hastings Old Town is well worth exploring.

Dungeness, (you will love or hate, - we love it) The narrow gauge train will take you to Hythe which is a very nice trip.

Hythe town & seafront are very nice, plenty of cafes.

Folkestone is scruffy but has very nice cliff top promenade.

Beachy Head – Great walking but usually very windy.

Tenterden is a very nice town – great High Street, also full sized steam train takes you to Bodiam  Castle.

Canterbury is a good day out but the Cathedral is pricey.

Drive the back lanes from Rye to Hythe, it’s fantastic countryside.

We have been coming to Rye for 9 years and there is plenty we have left off.

We hope you try some of our suggestions and are not disappointed.


PS. Don’t tell anyone about Rye, it’s our secret.

Andrew & Jill                           Sheffield                                              10/8/16


Another lovely relaxing week at the Boathouse – perfect weather & the countryside looking its best.

Circular walks included Rye Harbour – Avocet Gallery a good ‘pit stop’, and Winchelsea.

Eat at the Mermaid & the Italian, great food .

Thanks for the bubbly Chris. 

Felicity and Alan Whittle                                                            7th – 14th May 2018


We had a wonderfully relaxing break. The gentle flow of the river & the slow turning of the distant turbines set the pace. It was enough for us to explore Rye. The Kino, hidden up by St. Mary’s Church is a spanking new wonderful cinema with café-bar. For breakfast and lunch Hayden’s on the right at the end of the High Street is superb. We have been really at home here & could happily have stayed on.

Alistair & Lucille             Brighton                                              29/08/16


A great location and a good base for walking (and eating & drinking!). The Ypres Castle is very good and so is the Royal Standard (lovely salt marsh lamb). The George is v.pricey. Lots of nice places around. The cellar tour at Winchelsea is worth doing and there is a nice circular walk (about 4 miles) around The Queen’s Head at Icklesham (Bus 100).

Bodiam Castle and Great Dixter are well worth a visit.

Thanks for the bubbly!

Geraldine & John                 Dorset                                                 16-23rd Sept


As you know, we always enjoy our stay here, it is so tranquil and calm. The flat as always was perfect, clean and tidy and we really appreciated the bubbly on arrival!

We recommend visiting the sound and light show at the info centre – it was surprising fun. Also, the breakfast bundle at Edith’s House.

We loved watching the birds out of the front window – lots more than in February. We even saw a heron!

Thank you again for a wonderful stay. X

Steve & Maria                                                                         25/10/16


Whoop – We’re the first to make an entry. This must be our 5th/6th time of staying in #3 – we like the cosy feel of this place, so always our first pick.

Our regular haunts – Simply Italian, Marino's Fish & Chips & King’s Head pub up the hill on the road out of Rye to Rye Foreign. But really so many places to eat and explore – just have a good old mooch & enjoy!

Marina Lennon & Eamann             Ireland                                     4/2/16


As always. A lovely relaxing stay at the Boathouse – very comfortable base during some rather cold windy weather. But some beautiful sun too. We had outstanding fish & chips at The Pilot, Dungeness. We don’t drive but there are buses which take you there and further along the coast to Hythe and Folkestone. – double-deckers so you get great views! Also bussed to Northiam & by accident discovered Great Dixter is a 15mins walk from the main street – closed at the moment, but the gardens look wonderful from outside. We’ll be back. Thanks, R & R.

Ruth & Richard Holloway                                                                      7-10 Mar


Back once again for a spring break to No 3. Warm enough to spend time on the balcony. Visited RSPB Dungeness & antique shops in Tenterden. Fish is excellent from the shop on the bridge – as is the food at Webbe’s in Tower Street

Mike & Sue                             W. Sussex                                      6 – 15 April


Very much enjoyed our stay – saw the seal!

Will be back!

Steve & Gemma & Barney             Surbiton, UK                                       May 16


This proved to be a tranquil base from which to explore the lovely Rye town on foot. We also enjoyed driving to visit: the 1066 battlefield site, Bodiam & Dover Castles, as well as Hythe & Eastbourne.

We can highly recommend the cream teas at Fletcher House (near St Mary’s Church). As for dining, we can recommend the Ship Inn and Simply Italian, both of which are less than 10 minutes walk from No3.

If you fancy a take-away, Marino's Fish & Chips are excellent!

Lastly thank-you Chris for the bottle of fizz, it was most enjoyable!! J

Malcolm & Gwyn               Essex                                                   20-27 May ‘16


Many thanks for a last minute perfect childfree weekend away! Lovely part of the world – recommend a visit to Chapeldown Vineyard – lovely walls and a great café & shop.

Also the 3 legged brewery – open days every Saturday – fab to try some super draught ales!

Best restaurants: The George in Rye – great oysters, cocktails & staff. Fish market @ Webbe’s also good. Lovely café on Rye Harbour for a good breakfast. Foodie heaven!

Thanks x

Anna & Tom                                                                                        10-12 June 16


Our third time here after many years. Fantastic as usual!

Really great to revisit Rye again but there have been many changes. Sadly the Ypres Castle Inn seemed to have closed down L An exciting moment last night when someone was rescued from the river just outside and the Air Ambulance making a noisy appearance!  

Paul & Janet                           from Watford                                 14-17 May 2018


A good base to explore the area.

Easy walk into Rye for eating out.

We tried the Standard Inn – good pie.

The Ypres Castle Inn – good lamb hotpot.

Simply Italian – Good Risotto and Lasagne.

Sunday lunch at the pub at old Rye Harbour

The William the Conqueror, lovely roast and service (gets busy though).

Had a great fix of gardens, Sissinghurst, Great Dixter and Derek Jarman’s shingle garden @ Dungeness (you can stop the car and walk around, no charge).

Walked the path along the white cliffs of Dover and all along Dungeness shingle beach.

Going home for a rest!!

Hi Chris. Thanks for the fizz, very nice. Can you provide a mirror for the ladies, we need to check how good we look.

Sally & Stan                             Hampshire                                           25 June 2016


A week of perfect weather went a long way to making this a good holiday. Rye is a beautiful place, and this is a lovely peaceful location.

Plenty to see and explore in the local surroundings. Had one meal out, at Tuscan Kitchen, which is recommended for good food and service.   

Bill & Denise                          St Albans                                         1-8 Aug 2018


How delightful to be greeted by a bottle of bubbly, Chris! We enjoyed it after a day of sightseeing on the deck watching the oystercatchers. Comfy and great base for visiting the area. Loved Simply Italian! Visited Bodiam Castle, Smallhythe Place and both steam trains in the area. Thought the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch the better of the two! Such a cutie! Visited the Dungeness RSPB – great!

John & Tricia                            Fleet                                                     23/7 – 30/7/16


Wonderful stay with the gentlemen pretending to be ladies at No1 only a minor distraction.

Helped by some of the hottest days of the year we (and our Japanese daughter-in-law (No5)) had the most fantastic time, have never seen Hastings look so good & bus service exc.

Great meal at Simply Italian even on Monday night although it thinned out after nine. The Albion in Hastings Old Town was a revelation with astonishing good food (and beer!) and friendly dog.

Ypres pub food surprisingly good & I had best Ploughman’s in ages. Good to see the lovely town of Rye looking so good. Excellent.

Chris & Maggie                         Greenwich                                            22/25 Aug


Our 17th visit to the Boathouse!! Best feature is that you can make your stay as active or as lazy as you wish. Many places to visit, lots of walks or if the weather is nice sit on the balcony & let the world go by.

Great bird reserves at RSPB at Dungeness & the ARC pits on opposite side of road, or Greatstone beach at high tide. Weather for our 8 day stay was excellent. So, like the swallows & swifts we shall return in the spring.

Sue & Mike Shirley             West Sussex                                      16-24 Sept


Lovely stay, weather cold and crisp. Enjoyed walking around the town. I loved Dungeness nature reserve. Simply Italian very good.

The Ship Inn very expensive!

The setting of the apartment is wonderful, so quiet.

Love just watching the water rise and fall.    Wendy

Wendy & Kevin Fisher             from Dunstable Bedfordshire                 22/10/16


Had a very pleasant weekend here. Weather wet but we still had an enjoyable time in the antiques shops, pottery and cafes. Fireworks and Bonfire Event good – we especially liked the Dragon! We had all we needed here. Thank you for the wine to welcome us.

Laura Martin-Hughes                         Cheltenham, Gloucestershire,

Rowena Munn Ash,                 Surrey                                                 13-15 November


We have enjoyed a two night stay at the Boathouse. We found it to be clean comfortable and in an excellent location (thank you for the champers). We walked to Rye Harbour, but would suggest you take the footpath to the fields by the bridge, rather than walk along the main road (takes about 50mins). Would definitely recommend eating at Simply Italian and The Hoof (Burgers). Both provided excellent meals.

Rye was lovely to walk around and explore even though the weather could have been better.

Liz & Mike Hibbitt                     (Essex)                                        15-16 Aug


Fabulous location. Lots of history, lots of nature reserves, lots of great food to be had. Can recommend the fish merchants – lobster, turbot, scallops, huss – wow!!

Robert & Barbara                                                                                    9-16 July


Thank you for the bubbly!

Our first visit to this area and loved it.

Rye and Winchelsea are beautiful and the walks from the apartment are great –

Rye – the harbour – Winchelsea Beach & back via Camber Castle.

Along the Military Canal to W. then back via 1066 walk.

Apartment in great location & v.quiet.

Judy & Roger                           Northants                                            29/10/16 – 4/11/16


Wonderful stay in No9 – we love the view and the apartment is lovely and comfortable. Dinner in the Ship Rye was delicious and good atmosphere – hot chocolate in Knoops and a drink in the Mermaid.

We walked to Rye Harbour, Camber Sands, Winchelsea Beach and back via Camber Castle – 20km walk but very beautiful and flat – would recommend if you fancy a long walk. Will definitely be back Chris, thank you.

If only we could stay longer!

Maddy Fox & Matt Steele             London                                                 27/12 – 29/12/15


Visit number seven! We have been coming to the Boathouse for a long time now and it has never let us down. We have been able to sit outside in the sun a couple of times and it is such a special place to be. Our new find this time is the Standard Inn in the Mint – just fabulous. I know it won’t be long before we are back. Thanks Chris, once again – our very best wishes.

Judith & Clive               Buckfast, Devon                                  2.4.16 – 9.4.16


Lovely stay at the Boathouse & Rye, what a great place, plenty to do, lots of walks, a visit to Hastings, the new pier and old town.

What a find in the ‘Globe Inn’ tucked away, food great & atmosphere!! Italian good as was the Ypres Castle and the tea rooms, too many cakes!!!

Pam & Allan                             North Yorks                                       15/5 – 21/5


We had a wonderful night at the Boathouse.

Amazing waking up to birdsong by the river J     

Mr & Mrs Bristow                                                                          7 May 2018


Really enjoyed our 4 days here – walked to Winchelsea and back; visited Camber Sands & saw 3 seals riding the outgoing tide at the river mouth! Went to Dungeness reserve & rode the steam railway. Had lovely food at Marino's chippy, The Ambrette (Clare’s birthday), The Mermaid Inn & The Globe Inn (yummy fresh fish). Thanks for the bubbly J

Andy & Clare Thompson                                                                    28/5 – 1/6

We came for peace and quiet and found it!

Enjoyed the relaxed setting and bird calls – explored Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, the Winchelsea walk and camber Sands. Visited the gardens of great Dixter superb (met a Swedish film crew filming Sweden’s version of Gardeners’ World – no murder scene this time!!) Plan to go to Sissinghurst today.

Chris you are a great host – thank you!

Graham & Jayne Harris                                                                 16/6 – 19/6


Our first stay in Rye, and what a great place it is!

Loads to see and do. Did 3 of the walks round the countryside of Rye – leaflets in the folder. Also visited Brighton. 2 trips to cinema when the weather was a bit ropey. Places we ate which we would recommend – Union Steakhouse, Globe Inn and the Mermaid. Thanks for the fizz, had a night in with food from Rye Deli. Final evening meal in the Shipp Inn v. good.

Maureen & Keith Fowler             Edinburgh                                             25/6 – 2/7/16


We enjoyed a terrific stay at the Boathouse and exploring the surrounding area and Rye. Chris couldn’t have been more helpful and the accommodation was ideal for our purposes. Very comfortable, well equipped, great location.

We hired bikes from Rye Hire and took the circular scenic route along the beach to Winchelsea before heading back to Rye on the National Cycle Route, and then off to Camber which is a safe and well designed route. Would strongly recommend this as a way to get around.

The Ship Inn we visited on the Friday night for dinner – very friendly, welcoming and tasty.

For Saturday, we had the full English at the Grain Café – very full and very English. In the evening, we went to the Mermaid Inn – excellent quality and a interesting pub for its history and background. Off to the miniature railway today!

Thanks Chris for a memorable stay – brilliant!

Jeremy & Cath                         Harpenden                                           29-31st July



It was a relaxing stay. Saw a shooting star on our first night. Looking forward to another good night’s sleep.

Thanks Chris!

Shahrear & Arsheen                        London                                     25th Aug – 26th Aug 2016



Once again Chris Thank you for a great week. We did not know it was our 10th time. The weather has been good and we drank our bubbles outside.

Thank you. John & Margaret

John & Margaret Cousins                                                                        23rd – 31st Oct


Enjoyed our stay and would recommend SI Italian and The Ship in the Strand.

Also lots of coffee shops in town. Nature Reserve at Rye Harbour is a nice walk.

Jo & Bill Hill                                                                                 14 May 2018


We started our visit in No16 and moved here because we did not want to go home. Our third visit and everything as peaceful as we remembered. Apartments as well looked after as ever Chris, thank you for the bottle of bubbles.

Pat & Tony Northrop                      Mirfield West Yorks                  22 – 25th May 2016


Beautiful sunny Sunday on Camber Sands.

Really enjoyed watching the tides and the ducks – especially the bossy duck who pecks toes – sweet.

Cath & John                                                                                         18-20 June


Despite weather we have had a lovely holiday,

No 11 was comfortable and the views very interesting.

Would recommend apartment to anyone who wants a good nights sleep in a nice quiet area. Hope who is reading this has as good a holiday as we have. Thanks Chris.

Barry & Gill H.                         Peterborough                                        1/7/16


Just what I wanted! Lovely place to spend a few days. Will pass on the details to others. Many thanks for the stay here and for the wine.

Do visit Rye Castle (Ypres Tower) & Lamb House – well worth it!

Bob Douglas                                                                Sat 2nd – Wed 6th July 2016


For a last minute booking this has been just what we wanted, very relaxing. Comfortable accommodation with great views, good for watching boats passing or birds feeding, depending on the tide! Location just outside Rye is also good, as the town gets very busy. Lots to do and see in the area.

Suggested places to visit include Battle Abbey, Dungeness Old Lighthouse, Winchelsea Church, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve (including Avocet Tea Room) and Bateman’s – lovely house and gardens. Good food at Simply Italian, Marine’s Fish Bar and Rye Deli. Decent supermarket – Jempsons at Peasmarsh.

We had a great week and would love to stay again. Thank you and thanks for the bubbly.

Jane and Brendan Sheehan             Leeds, West Yorkshire    31st July – 7th August 2016


Last stay 9 years ago! But been looking forward to re-visiting and not disappointed – lovely little home from home, enjoying chill time

Pat & Bryan Houghton,             Fleetwood Lancs                                30.12.15 – 5.1.16


For a fun lunch try Bosun’s Bite at Rye Harbour. Delightful waitress makes it fun and food is good.             

Kathy Burvil                                                                                     30 June 2018


So pleased to have found this waterside haven. Visited St Mary’s Bay golden sand beach and enjoyed amazing food in Webbe’s @ fish café. Very special visit to Rye.

Cheryl & Peter Owen, Suffolk                                                 18-21ST June 2016


Lovely flat, clean, well cared and tastefully decorated. Beautiful pictures. We met Chris, the owner, and was very helpful. In Rye we liked very much two restaurants: The Ship Inn (The Strand) and Simply Spice, 5 High Street.

Francisco and Teresa,                         Spain                                                    9th-16th July 2016


An excellent base for our walking holiday from Bexhill-on-Sea to Hythe (part of our longer walk from Minehead via Land’s End to Dover). Simply Italian & The New Inn at Winchelsea were both very good and reasonably priced.

Vaughan & Elizabeth Skinner, Bridport, Dorset 10th – 17th September 2016


A pleasure to be first in the new Visitor’s Book. First visit to this area, but won’t be our last. What a lovely spot, a lovely area and a lovely apartment. The flat is just right for us, not too fussy, not overdone, just comfortable with everything we needed. And the sheer pleasure, sitting outside in sunshine, having a coffee watching the tide ebb and flow – and WHAT an ebb & flow! Lucky to see the Harbourmaster boat chug stately up and down the channel, checking up on who knows what! Pirates no doubt! Lovely meals in The Ambrette and Ypres Castle Inn (Ham Egg & Chips to die for)(and a lovely friendly atmosphere made very welcome) Loved the Sands at Camber & the amazing loneliness of Dungeness. Cheers & Thanks. A.     

Adrienne & Jack Pyke March 13 2015


Lovely week. Got to Royal Tunbridge Wells this time to see Pantiles, also the

Wetherspoons Old Opera House, Great Dixter, Camber Sands & Dungeness. Lots to do & Rye a lovely town to wander round.                      

R. & A. Sutherland                        Hereford                                  12th July 2018


We loved our stay here, and will definitely be back. We had a beautiful afternoon tea at Fletcher’s House, and climbed the Church tower in the sun. My favourite part was watching the birds on the river though!

Maria & Steve 17th – 20th Feb


We had a wonderful stay here at this lovely peaceful place, did lots of walking and sightseeing.

The weather helped as it was so sunny & mild.

The Ypres Castle Inn Pub was our favourite for both beer & food, also fish & chips from Marino’s were the best around. Thanks Chris for the easy booking! Oh – and the bubbly went down well. We will return.            

Lez & Ann, Catfield, Norfolk Broads 3/3/15 – 8/3/15


Our first time in Rye, and it has been a fantastic holiday. Walks to Rye Harbour & Winchelsea via nature reserve were two highlights along with seeing a real Life Boat rescue terminate at Dungeness. Good food at the Ypres Castle Inn & the New Inn at Winchelsea along with the Fish & Chips at Marino’s helped to round off each day or provide a great lunch break.

The flat was just what we wanted. Thanks for the ‘bubbles’.       

Sandra & Michael Robinson 29th March to 5th April 2015


We have had a very comfortable stay in this lovely little apartment and it has been the perfect place to celebrate our first year wedding anniversary. We like the little extras, like the wildlife books and binoculars!

Wonderful location for exploring wild life and also for wandering into town. We visited the Church Tower, if you’re not afraid of heights I would highly recommend this as the views are amazing!        

Anna & Tim Bell, Oare, Kent 03/07/15 – 05/07/15


Very happy with our stay.

Great location to travel about to see the sights.

Comfortable apartment with really nice bed. Will be back!!            

Margaret                                        London                       19th August – 22nd August 18


Location location location! Excellent place to spend a week.

The apartment is a great spot in which to relax, sit on the balcony, etc … Rye is a wonderful town (go up the church tower for awesome views), Ate out a couple of times – the Ypres Castle Inn was excellent – J and I both had delicious fish dishes – but we weren’t so keen on the Ship – I’ve never been served chicken pie and chips on a plank of wood before.

Don’t bother with the Kettle of Fish for fish & chips either.

Plenty of trips out … we enjoyed all of the following …

# Great Dixter gardens   # Hastings Old Town  # Sissinghurst Castle Garden # Kent & East Sussex railway  # Bodiam Castle  # Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway  # Beachy Head (find Seaford Head for views of Seven Sisters)   # Eastbourne  # Winchelsea (Winchelsea Beach, early in the morning is fabulous). If you want slightly odd, go to Dungeness too and climb the lighthouse.

Got away with the weather – after a damp first day it got steadily better – Friday was fabulous. Would we come back? – Yes, of course we would!  Cheers          

Chris & Janet, Hartford, Cheshire 26 July – 1 August 2015


We have had a very enjoyable and badly needed half-term break.

Visited the RSPB Reserve at Dungeness and rode the little train to Romney.

We have had good meals at both the Ypres Castle Inn and the The Queen’s Head, Icklesham which is just 15 minute drive away but worth the effort – book in advance though, they were even full on a wet Tuesday in October! Thanks Chris, you have 1 lovely place here. M&V    

Michael & Vivienne Murfin, Wimbledon 26th – 28th Oct 2015


Lovely apartment as a base for us to go water-skiing @ Action Watersports. Was very cosy when weather turned on us! Will be back. 

Marianne & Nick                           Wales                                25th – 27th August


Had a wonderful eve, firework display & parade in Rye. Then a sneakie Chinese takeaway – oriental delight – best ever Chinese – exterior shabby don’t be put off.

Loved the apartment, cosy, warm and inviting. Even though it was windy we still ate our cereals outside – such superb surroundings. Been to Rye many times. Would definitely stay here again. Thank you for little ‘touches’ : milk sugar, tea, sponge, w/up liquid, not to mention the champagne! Wow! Fab weekend!

5* location     

Charlotte & Tasha Morris, Welling, Kent 14th – 15th November 2015


Thank you for a lovely break & birthday treat! The bubbly was very welcome to celebrate our arrival. As we’d never stayed in Rye before it was great to discover the tiny streets & historical stories. We ate in the Ship pub/restaurant first night & the food, ambience & staff was fabulous. The next night we celebrated at “Fawlty Towers” of Rye – The Mermaid Inn. – don’t go for the food! The menu is expensive for the quality but the staff and building are worth it!

-          Fabulous walk along the dyke to the sea & all so relaxing.

Thanks you!  

Kathy & John Bingham (no relative to last visitor!!), Broomhill Lodge, Woking 16-19 Nov 2014


Lost count of how many years we’ve been coming to the Boathouse, but we love it & the appeal of all the surrounding area.

The Standard and Webbe’s always our favourite.

Thanks Chris for the bubbly. Home from home!!!          

Martin & Marie                 Cotswolds Gloucestershire            15th – 22nd Sept 2018


Our usual winter stay at the Boathouse. First time in 15+ years that we didn’t get to walk everyday. Glorious weather followed by a day of heavy drizzle. We had the treat of a barn owl at twilight over hedges beyond the ostriches and smew & goldeneye at Dungeness.

Thanks to Chris for bubbly & well-kept apartment.     

Andy & Lindy, Enfield 18 Feb – 21st 2015


We have really enjoyed a lovely week at the Boathouse.

Peaceful, quiet, warm and very comfortable – everything one needed for a tranquil stay has been provided.

Loved the view across the river, sitting outside on the balcony watching the tide up/down and all the bird life.

In Rye we liked coffee at “The Apothecary” and super breakfasts at Café Zara. A visit to “Merchant & Miles” (haberdashery/fabric) recommended for a design experience. We spent a day at the still surreal Dungeness. Look out for some stunning recent architect designed beach homes mixed in with the ancient beach dwellings. Don’t miss the unique “Prospect Cottage” created by Derek Jarman. At Camber Sands walk 500m east away from the Beach Café to view the stunning beach house “Sea Gem” (check out

Chris Thank you for all the thoughtfulness and attention that has been put in to make this apartment so enjoyable to spend time in. We would love to stay again.

Bubbly much appreciated – best regards – Paul                

Paul & Aideen, Wadhurst, East Sussex 27-3-2015 to 3-4-2015


Great night at the Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival – saw Gogo Penguin, followed by spectacular storm back at the Boathouse. Great location. Thanks for fitting us in.     

Margaret & Spencer, London 31/08/15


Lovely weekend with great weather. Rye is such a pretty place, would recommend seeing the view from the top of the church tower, coffee & cake at “Fletcher’s House”, dinner at ‘Carey’s’, watching the show at the model of Rye long the ‘Strand’. We had our bikes with us so biked to Rye Harbour, well worth a visit. We were really fortunate to sit & watch a seal bobbing in & out of the water catching fish!                

Debbie & Graham, Ely, Cambs 20/9/15


Apartment perfect for our weekend break – well-equipped, interesting and super location (although weather was restricting!). Rye is a delight, Landgate Bistro and The Ambrette were superb restaurant (main courses better than the desserts in both cases) and the town shops are worthy browsing fodder on a rainy day.       

Rohais and Malcolm, Ipswich 7/11/15 – 8/11/15


Another lovely 2nd stay at the Boathouse enjoying the lovely wildlife, scenery & peace & quiet. Enjoyed a great meal at Simply Italian & good cake and coffee at The Apothecary & Edith’s House (very vintagey!)

Also enjoyed the visit to Ypres Castle Inn. Thank you for the wine – we know we want to visit again.

A gem of a location for rest, relaxation & restoration!

Steve & Virginia 6-13th June 15


Thank you for the bubbly, even though we didn’t drink it, it was a nice welcoming.

We most adored the perfect location of the apartment : a lovely view, very central (but also very quiet, and a good starting point for trips ).

The recommendations in this book were helpful for us so we will follow the line:

·         The ‘Kettle-o-Fish’ was of better quality than someone has mentioned

·         The food in the ‘Standard’ was the best we have eaten here (you can enjoy it in a very nice and cosy backyard away from seagulls and traffic)

·         Pasta-lovers can of course eat at ‘Simply Italian’ but the portions need an extra dessert to fill you

·         We found the staff at the ‘Ship Inn’ very unfriendly

Eating out on the balcony was great.

The apartment has everything you need for cooking.

We will definitely come back as Rye and the surrounding area offer something for everybody from art & gardens to lovely towns (especially Tenterden is a must).

Dear Chris, thank you for an enjoyable stay.

PS. We didn’t feed the baby seagulls and they didn’t starve!!

PPS. We drank the bubbly as a farewell … it was nice.        

Dagmar & Renate, Berlin, Germany 29 July – 5 August 2015


Fabulous 11 days of sunshine! Great walks in all directions and many local pubs visited. ‘The Bell’ a surprise for great lunch. ‘Simply Italian’ food as ever but beware the local Indian restaurants!

Excellent times on Nature Reserve & fab walk across golf course to Camber. Thanks Chris for everything!!   

Chris & Maggie                            Greenwich London                  6th – 17th October 2018


Had enjoyable stay.

Plenty going on in Rye with the Christmas festival.

Apartment nice and cosy to come back to at this time of the year.

Thanks for the bubbly.

Merry Christmas      

Jan & Bill                            London SE9                                 8th-10th Dec 2017


We have enjoyed being here with the river views.

Very good to have a full complement of kitchen equipment. Very comfortable.

We travelled on the train to both Margate (to see Grayson Perry exhibition) and Battle Abbey (to walk the battle).

Walked to Winchelsea beach & town & over the railway to Playden. We ate in Landgate Bistro – excellent, Simply Italian – v.good and ate fish & chips in the Inkerman Arms – excellent.

With friends we went bird watching on the reserve and listed 49 species. Great Dixter fabulous gardens and very interesting house.            

Ros & Sue, Wilmslow, Cheshire 14th-23rd August 2015


We have had a great stay at The Boathouse. A very comfortable base. Rye is a gem, we loved all the history attached to the area and genuinely old houses!

We visited Battle Abbey and the 1066 site which was a great day out – the tour of Battle is lovely to explore. Camber Sands is a lovely place for a stroll. We would recommend “Simply Italian” on the quay and Ypres Castle Inn pub for meals. The Rye Deli in the High Street provides some lovely treats – savoury and sweet! And if you like history a visit to “The Mermaid Inn” is a must. Thank you Chris for your welcome pack, it is much appreciated and the bubbly was very kind.

An excellent find, I am sure we will return.

Kim & John Birt 28/10-1/11/14


A lovely apartment and great location as a base to explore the lovely picturesque town of Rye, and also very comfortable just to chill out for a couple of days. Will definitely recommend to friends & family. Thanks.

My eating tip would be – definitely have dinner at the Mermaid Inn. It’s pricey but you’ll never find anywhere else like it – not to be missed!           

Ross & Rob, Southfields, London SW 31 March – 2 April 2015


We have really enjoyed our 3 day break.

Loved Rye - & our walk to Winchelsea.

Also popped by Dungeness – nice eats at Carey’s, Ypres Castle Inn & tonight maybe Simply Italian.

Cheers for the bubbly – had it with fish from Rye Deli. All the best!

PS. Loved the apartment – added some seashells to the collection .. J                

Liz Reynolds, West Sussex April 8th 2015


We found Sussex and Kent countryside quite magical. Loved the peaceful Boathouse.

Rye was great to explore and had many interesting places to eat.

Webbe’s – very good food and friendly service.           

Hazel & Alasdair, Cambridge     2015


This has been our 4th visit here.

Have had a great time yet again. Weather has been lovely. Recommend visits to Smallhythe (Ellen Terry’s house) Batemans (Rudyard Kipling) house and garden are amazing.  

Helen & Guy                                                                                 7-14th July 18


A great place for our first stay in Rye, which we very much like. Thanks for the quality fizz. Everywhere we ate was at least ‘Good’. Simply Italian superb the first time, good the second, Lemon Grass also Good, Webbe’s was excellent.

Our last supper was at the Mermaid Inn Hotel. Certainly was pricey but quality – even if the portions were a bit small. We also had great journeys out including the area around Dungeness – stark but well worth it. Rye Harbour Nature Reserve – well laid out and very interesting. Also a visit to Camber Sands. Use the central car park – it’s right by the beach – which was excellent for a walk.

Another pleasant surprise was the empty but excellent swimming pool and gym near the station.           

Katherine & Richard Shock, Oxford 20-27 June 2015


Very enjoyable stay. Place is a great base for exploring the area along with Rye itself. Great to watch birds working their way up and down the mud. Thank you for the bottle. Hope to come back later in the year.               

Lindsay                                                                                       31 Jul – 3 Aug 18


I’ve spent 7 days in No15, 3 days in No9 (prefer no15), immediately felt comfortable in both! Rye’s a perfect place to stay and explore the surroundings, even if you don’t drive – the bus schedule has become my ‘bible’! Chris’s a marvellous host, easy to get in contact, accurate and supportive response. Nice ‘extras’ for me x 2! J. My top 5 : beautiful Winchelsea, so tranquil & with its friendly pub ‘The New Inn’; Sunday lunch at the ‘Hope and Anchor’ decently priced, nice view; good healthy walks Rye Harbour & Winchelsea; Big & super fish & chips in Hastings; Antique shops too!                

Lena Bjorklund, Stockholm 21-27/7-15


We loved the peaceful, private location, the light coming through the big windows and the chance to sit out on the decking whenever the weather was kind enough. Lots of National Trust properties and gardens to explore as well as pretty Rye itself. Enjoyed the strange beauty of Dungeness Nature Reserve RSPB and seeing avocets and their chicks at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.         

Janette & Nick Munton, Leeds 23rd June 2015


All good things come to and end – far too quickly!

Loved walking to Winchelsea & Camber Castle – Winchelsea Church is amazing (find Spike Milligan’s grave too!)

Dungeness lighthouse offered superb views as did Rye Church Tower. A very peaceful time, allowing us to recharge our batteries.

Will, hopefully, return to this special place. 

Anne & Glyn Williams, Horsham West Sussex 6-10 July 2015


Fish & chips > Kettle o’ Fish – Takeaway and sit by the river.

Lovely coffee > Café des Fleurs – next to Rye Station.

Doner Kebab > Rye Grill – next to Royal Mail.

I would definitely recommend all the above!

Fantastic apartment & location! Peaceful. Will definitely return.           

Janet & Rob Cross, Tilbury Essex August Bank Hol 2015


About our 6th time here, nice to chill out. Thought we would kill some time on a murky day at the Rare Breeds farm in Woodchurch, we stayed for most of the day, lots to see & do, great time. Use B2067 on Satnav & NOT their postcode. Lots of boats passing by on high tides. Lovely week, Thanks Chris 

Bob & Jan, Thurrock, Essex 15th – 22nd Aug 2015


Thought we had visited most of the interesting place, but no – do visit Pashley Manor Gdns off A21 at Ticehurst. Also the tours and exhibitions at Dover Castle are vastly improved since our last visit.               

Dennis & Margaret Peppler, Knutsford, Cheshire 5-12 Sept 2015


A great spot to watch the tide coming in and out and see the bird life. Lots of nice places to visit – the tulips at Great Dixter are magnificent this week. The ‘Shepherd & Crook’ at Burmarsh near Dymchurch is a lovely small, unchanged country pub with nice food.                      

David & Ann                              Wolverhampton                               21/4/18


Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Bateman’s, Battle Abbey all worth a visit as are Bodiam Castle, Dungeness Nature Reserve Visitors Centre. The walk to Winchelsea via Camber Castle not for a windy day.

Ate in Rye every day with no complaints.

Peter & Elizabeth Hall, Caerphilly 26 Sept – 3rd Oct


Wow! Could stay here forever! It really grows on you. Slept like logs in the comfy bed. Watching the birds (we’re not birders so can only name the ducks, gulls and a solitary cormorant whose antics as he tried & failed to keep hold of  slithery eel, kept us enthralled), the tides going up & down and sitting on the balcony in the sun means we’ll go home rejuvenated. No ostriches! But one boat went by! Thanks too for the bubbly x.

(our 1st time but we’ll be back)

Lou and Andy Spiers,                  Egham                                      5,6,7 May 2014


This was our first trip to Rye and we are pleasantly surprised to discover how much there is to do; nature reserve at Rye Harbour, ancient churches, Winchelsea & New Inn, Derek Jarman’s cottage & garden at Dungeness & the acoustic “ears”. Great Dixter was lovely. Food – lots of great places – Mermaid Café, SI, the Ship. Rye Deli etc. Loved staying at the Boathouse! The thoughtful details & bubbly made all the difference.     

Hans & Ghyslaine Gray,            Vancouver B.C. Canada            17.5.14 – 24.5.14


Another year in this beautiful place, peaceful & hidden & yet so near to town to sample all the eateries or just browse.

Favourite places

·         Ypres Castle

·         Webbe’s Fish restaurant

·         Thai restaurant

Had wonderful weather this week – fantastic for cycling – lovely countryside – Military Road – Appledore – Romney Marshes – Dungeness – Winchelsea.

We just keep returning to this magical place & next time we come we’ll know whether or not Scotland will be independent!! We vote NO!!!

Thanks Chris - & As ever, thanks for the bubbles.

Martin & Marie Clarke,              Selkirk – Scottish Borders              6/9/14 – 13/9/14


Blazing June a bonus & distraction. I was here to write but couldn’t resist the sunshine. Lamb House closed for filming sadly but look forward to the BBC screening new version of Mapp & Lucia. Hawkhurst King is a gem, expensive but so much better than multiplex. Like nearby Cranbrook & Ypres pub worth a visit – good music (Sunday) & good beer. Thanks for bottle in fridge by the way.                                               

Glenn                                                                                       June 7th – 14th


@This precious stone set in the silver sea,

This beloved plot, this earth, this realm,

This England …..@

Shakespeare, Richard II

We spent two fantastic weeks here.

This flat is cosy, comfortable and an ideal place to explore some beautiful gardens and National Trust properties from.

We’ll recommend it to all our friends

Brigitte and Ebershard,                       Germany                                                                 5/8/00 – 19/8/00


Very enjoyable stay.

Apartment comfortable and well fitted out – could not find anything else we needed!

Hope to return for another stay.

Thank you for bubbly!          

Anne and Alec Duke             Haywards Heath W. Sussex                    4/5/18


We’ve had a lovely time here. The highlights, apart from the charming town of Rye, were Sissinghurst and Hole Park Gardens. (farmers’ market on Mondays). We’ve been coming to Rye regularly for over 15 years now and this is our second stay at the Boathouse. If there is a more perfect place to stay in Rye, we’ve yet to find it. It’s the place to stay for easy access to the charms of Rye and the countryside beyond

Jane & John, Hampton May 2010


Another relaxing week – our second visit. Enjoyable lunches at Haydens.

Redshank & curlew on our doorstep.

Heron, Egret & lapwing at Rye Nature Reserve. Thank you Chris for the bottle, a kind thought.

Colin & Marion Harrington,                   Havant, Hants                           12-19 Oct 2013


Fantastic week even with the storm on Sunday & Monday!! No damage done.

Lovely location and apartment and the bubbly was a lovely surprise – thank-you.

The apartment was recommended by friends (Chris & Steve – June 2012), they were not wrong it has been a brilliant ½ term break. The meal at Hope & Anchor was amazing and very good value – a must do!! Good fun at the auction on Friday and lovely views from the church tower. Herons, curlews on the estuary while we sat in the sun on the deck. Can’t fault it.            

Nikke & Derek                         Ampthill Bedfordshire   26 Oct – 2nd Nov 2013


Eighth time here!

Snow lying and bitter winds made us limit our intended walks & birding. Very glad to get back to the warm flat. Had to be content with the local redshanks. Even the ostriches stayed in their shed.

Later in week, good trip to Canterbury; quick & easy via Ashford on train. Still a thoroughly enjoyable week.   

John & Olive Mercer                 Sidcup                          8-15 March 2013


Our sixth visit – can’t you tell we love it! Although the weather has been pretty cold at times the flat has been cosy and restful – as always. We have had a lovely time just ‘chilling’. We had our Sunday lunch at the Haven and it was lovely. In six visits we had never been there before! Thanks for the bubbly and the wifi.

Hope to see you, Chris, next time we come.      

Judith and Clive Morgan                        Buckfast, Devon,          6th – 13th April 2013


Lovely stay in comfortable, well appointed accommodation. Fantastic view, watching turnstone & redshank foraging on the mud banks, whilst enjoying breakfast. Very nice welcoming touches from our host including surprise bottle of bubbly! We love Rye & the surrounding area.               

Nicky & Barry                           Dorset                                                   Oct ‘18


Stayed for Easter weekend – first time on Rye. Beautiful peaceful town. Apartment was perfect – clean, tidy and totally chilled! Ate in Simply Italian – wonderful fresh food!!

The Ship Inn for Easter Sunday lunch also comes highly recommended! Overall a fab stay! Thanks Chris – we hope to return in the summer!    

Hannah & Jon                           Essex                           29th March – 1st April 2013


Beautiful location, our fourth visit to Rye but first at the Boathouse and it is perfect.

Rye as wonderful as ever, recommend ‘Simply Italian’ for a lovely meal. Will definitely stay here again. 

Liane & Steve                                                                                                   26/5/13


Perfect base for a birthday break. Have eaten at the Ambrette (outstanding and delightfully different) and the Mermaid Inn restaurant (silver service not stupidly expensive). Other local recommendations include Battle (the walk), Great Dixter (house and garden) and the Morgan Museum in Rolvenden.

A drive down to the power station and past Derek Jarman’s “Prospect Cottage” redefines bleakness and is a huge contrast to Rye.

Final evening spent at the pub quiz at the William Caxton in Tenterden! (every Wed from 8pm) 

Eric & Val,                                                 St. Albans                           7-10/4/14


Have been coming to Rye for 20 years and absolutely love it. Must tries are the George and Webbe’s Fish Restaurant. Apartment is perfect and it doesn’t get much better than sitting on the balcony watching the world go by. Will definitely return. Thank you for the Champagne too J

Kevin & Joanne                        Chafford Hundred, Essex            29th-31st August


Fine weather all week – except for Sahara sand.

Good walks at Rye Harbour and Greatstone beach.

Visit at RSPB Dungeness and ARC pits but water levels very high so no waders. If you like antique visit Andy McConnel glass shop in Rope Walk (Andy often on Antiques Road Show) Many items of interest at reasonable prices.

Pub lunches at Black Lion Appledore & Pilot Dungeness both good.

Mike & Sue Shirley                  W. Sussex                                 28/3/14 – 4/4/14


Many thanks to Chris for a well presented and thoughtfully provided for holiday apartment.

Everything that could be wanted was provided for and worked. Special mention for the splendid Jo who ensured everything was spotless and welcoming.

Just one disappointment – THE FISH DON’T BITE!

Will certainly be back again.

I think the visitor from Tasmania summed it up very well “Good on ya. Bloody Rippa mate!!”

John E,                                 West Malling                                       16-22 May


We’ve had a lovely long weekend. Lots of rain but plenty of pubs to shelter from it.

We enjoyed the Bonfire Procession – an amazing spectacle. Had a delicious roast at The Ship and also enjoyed food at The Standard and brekkie at the White House Bakery.          

Andrew and Leisha                   London                                            November 2018


Thank you for a lovely stay, the Boathouse has been just right for us, clean, comfortable and near the town. We have had a relaxing time and have enjoyed watching the river. How nice it is to walk into town and find that all those big name shops have not invaded at all and to find small independent shops to browse in and with so many to choose from. The weather has been sunny and warm all week with the added entertainment of the filming of Mapp & Lucia at the top of Mermaid Street. We have sat at the old grain store café most mornings drinking tea and watching the world go by.

Thank you for the bottle in the fridge. We made good use of that!

We will be back again. X

Trudy & John Wiles,              Coventry                                             7-14 June 2014


We really liked Rye and how it has retained its unique identity. Recommend George for beer, Ambrette & Webbe’s for food. Ypres, Ship & Mermaid all worth a visit. If you eat outside at the Mermaid, watch out for the predatory gulls, they will take the food off the plate!       

Mark & Hilary                                       Dudley                                                 6/7/2013


Last minute decision to escape the hustle & bustle of everyday life – Kerry remembered a lovely w/e she spent at the Boathouse in April so contacted Chris to see if he could help and here we are!

Following a saunter around town we are sitting on the balcony, glass of the bubbly (so thoughtfully discovered in the fridge) in hand watching the ever changing sky as a storm passes over. Refreshed we return to work on Monday but hope to return to the Boathouse in the not too distant future. Thankyou Chris.  

Trudi & Kerry                          Cambridge                               27 July 2013


Our fourth visit to the Boathouse!

As always we’ve had a lovely, relaxed holiday in this comfortable flat with fabulous views of the water & birds.

We’ll be back! Thanks again – the bubbly very welcome too!

Ruth & Richard                        London                                             17-24 Feb 2018


We have really enjoyed our 4 days here, such a welcome escape from work. The apartment had everything we needed and was in a fantastic location. We had lovely meals out at the Thai restaurant, Carey’s and Sunday lunch at the Mermaid. We recommend Rye Hire as we hired bikes and rode out to Winchelsea Beach through the Nature Reserve. Pett Level beach is also great for rock pools. We will certainly be back. Thank you Chris.  

Lawrence & Sarah Webster                  West Sussex                             2-5th Aug 2013


A very enjoyable short break, flat clean and comfortable, especially the spacious bed! Relaxed so much watching the river ebb & flow did not see as much of Sussex as planned! The A/M (6am) from balcony saw cormorant on river, oystercatcher on river bank and barn owl circling fields opposite. Marvellous!! SI Italian Restaurant very good.

Hope to make many returns! Many thanks.

Also 2 marsh harriers.  

Spittles                                      Deal Kent                                  13th/16th August


We loved it here! Very relaxing and the sleep we had was amazing. We would love to come back here again.

Thank you       

Chris and Shelley Martin                                                                        2013 August


2nd visit to this apartment – we love Rye & the wonderful bird life at Rye Harbour & Dungeness Nature Reserve. Even just outside the window here we have seen 50 Little Stint searching the mud for food & Common Sandpiper, Dunlin & Curlew Sandpipers.

Highly recommend the Landgate Bistro and The Gandhi Indian Restaurant.

Colin & Sarah Tucker                            London SE26                           Sept 7 – 14th



This is the first time I have returned to this area since I was 3 years old and got lost on the beach at Camber Sands much to the horror of my mother! It left an impact on my memory & I have always wanted to return. We have absolutely loved our week here. So much to explore & the most wonderful places to eat. We have sampled the delights of Edith’s House, Cobbles, Hayden’s, The Ambrette & SI.

Would recommend all – I feel a diet awaiting on our return home.

The apartment is a ‘gem of a find’ as my husband described it after spending some time one morning taking in the scenery from the balcony. Love the neighbours – 4 ostriches & 3 baby seagulls – didn’t feed them despite being desperate to! So thank-you so much for this lovely experience. We hope to be back to experience the area by autumn/winter. PS Highly recommend a visit to Battle to see the Abbey etc.

Ruth & Simon Trevellyan                       Essex                                       16-08-13


Just about made it before the snow arrived. We watched from the warmth of the Ypres Castle as the blizzard raged.

Tales of people abandoning their cars filtered from the bar.

We’ve been kept company by a pair of herring gulls and a redshank every day and four ostriches!

Had one fine day and had a walk to Winchelsea and back via Camber Castle. Very nice. Found the beer prices to be high £3.80 in The  Ship but the food was nice as it was in the Ypres Castle. Nice peaceful spot.       

Claire and Mick                                     Coventry                      11th to 16th March ‘13


Brilliant place. Got a shock when the yachts suddenly went by! Nearest restaurant Simply Italian is very good. Shame about the weather – supposed to be scorching but overcast and nippy breeze. Derek Jarman’s garden at Dungeness & the Bird Sanctuary all worth a visit. We like your art Chris, especially the beach huts & starry starry night transposed to Rye!     

Carol & Terry,                                      Putney, London                                    13/7/13


First time in this part of the UK – so lots of exploring, with this comfortable apartment as the perfect base. Our ‘favourite’ day out to recommend – esp. if you are NT members would be Bateman’s (Kipling’s home) and Bodiam Castle. Canterbury by train is easy – and lovely place to potter about. Walks to Winchelsea and to Camber Sands lovely on fine days. And the food! These would not fall in the ‘cheap and cheerful’ category – but you’d have wonderful meals out – Ambrette, the Landgate, Tuscan Kitchen. If you only do one – and like something a bit different – go to Ambrette. Oh – and the Deli does fab pork pies! Thanks Chris for making this place available – and for the welcome bottle of wine. We will certainly recommend - & hope to return.           

Gill and Andrew Gustar                        Bristol, UK                               15-22/9/13


Came for a quiet break away from the kids. Great walk at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, lots of winter visitors. Also enjoyed watching the curlews and redshanks from the windows of the flat.

Fish and chips from The Mint ‘Marinos’ very good and Ambrette in High Street really excellent.

Had fun at the local auction house and going home with much more stuff than we planned.

Weaving studio at bottom of Mint a must for ‘crafties’, must visit Rye Pottery.

Bubbly gratefully received! Thx.            

Iain & Karolena Fenn          Speldhurst nr. Tunbridge Wells      30 Oct – 2 Nov 2013


Trying to avoid a hot Italian summer – we went to Rye to end up in an English heat wave.

Being our second visit to the Boathouses and the first time on No1, we enjoyed our stay very much. The beach at Camber Sands, the weird silence at Dungeness, the beautiful gardens at Sissinghurst, the steep cliff at Birling Gap; Bodiam, Monk’s House and so on. We have seen them all. We enjoyed the apartment, the views and the birds. This is certainly worth coming back to!           

Erik en Jetje                                          The Netherlands           13-27 July 2013


Back for a 5th time. New TV & larger bed are good additions. Sad to see the Standard pub gone but lunch in the Mermaid more than made up for it. Highly recommended.

As always will go home having enjoyed a lovely week.

Visited Great Dixter for the Christmas Fayre & gardens – very beautiful even in November & a day trip to France for shopping & lunch.         

Brian & Angie                           Beckenham Kent                                  22-28 Nov 2013


Thanks for a lovely stay, it’s been all I could have wished for, and the weather a real bonus! I have travelled around on foot & bus/train as I don’t drive – everywhere very accessible, and would recommend the day explorer bus ticket – only £6 to travel across Kent & Sussex.

Walked along the canal to Winchelsea, a lovely place, much quieter than Rye too. Hasting old town is great and have also enjoyed Bodiam, Lewes, walk from Pevensey Bay to Pevensey Castle, and (best of all) Battle Abbey. I would love to come back here! Thanks for the bubbly & milk.

Jill                                                    Bournemouth                            1-5 Sept 13


Local base for exploring the area and to be able to relax on the balcony for breakfast/evening coffee.

Only a short break for us but enjoyed Great Dixter, KESR (Railway) and Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.

Excellent meal and good service at Carey’s.      

Jonathan & Linda Hoadley                    Woking Surrey             22-26 June 2013


Yet another wonderful week & all in all lucky with the weather.

Cycled to New Romney > Dungeness & Tenterden, via Iden along the Royal Military Road coming back – especially on sunny days & finishing off in our favourite eateries – Webbe’s, Thai & The Standard.

The Apothecary serves lovely coffee & cake! Thanks again Chris, & thanks for the bubbly & our stay at this comfortable abode !!        

Martin & Marie Clarke, Winchcombe Gloucestershire 19/9 – 26/9


Recommended by a teaching friend, she was right, this is an amazing place, spotless and everything to hand.

Rye itself is a great place to discover.

Already rebooked for October. (Apologies, lost the pen).  

Lynn & Bryan Curry, Northants 8th – 15th August


A tranquil haven after 3 days in a wet and noisy Paris.

Weather superb each day – perfect for exploring this amazing region. Could have stayed longer if time allowed.

10/10 Fish & chip meal at Marino’s. Far superior to Carey’s.   

Tula & Peter Christian               Waikouaiti, N.Z.            31 May - & June


Yet again a fantastic weekend break, lovely apartment overseeing the river. Lovely walk all round town and harbour. The food around here is amazing, the little café on quay was very welcoming. Our 2nd time in Number 1 and will be trying to come back every year.

All in all fantastically amazing

Thank you very much for the ‘bubbly’ x            

James & Sophie                                                                       8th Feb – 10th Feb 2013


Fantastic week even with the storm on Sunday & Monday!! No damage done.

Lovely location and apartment and the bubbly was a lovely surprise – thank-you.

The apartment was recommended by friends (Chris & Steve – June 2012), they were not wrong it has been a brilliant ½ term break. The meal at Hope & Anchor was amazing and very good value – a must do!! Good fun at the auction on Friday and lovely views from the church tower. Herons, curlews on the estuary while we sat in the sun on the deck. Can’t fault it.            

Nikke & Derek                         Ampthill Bedfordshire   26 Oct – 2nd Nov 2013



Eighth time here!

Snow lying and bitter winds made us limit our intended walks & birding. Very glad to get back to the warm flat. Had to be content with the local redshanks. Even the ostriches stayed in their shed.

Later in week, good trip to Canterbury; quick & easy via Ashford on train. Still a thoroughly enjoyable week.   

John & Olive Mercer                 Sidcup                          8-15 March 2013


Our sixth visit – can’t you tell we love it! Although the weather has been pretty cold at times the flat has been cosy and restful – as always. We have had a lovely time just ‘chilling’. We had our Sunday lunch at the Haven and it was lovely. In six visits we had never been there before! Thanks for the bubbly and the wifi.

Hope to see you, Chris, next time we come.      

Judith and Clive Morgan                        Buckfast, Devon,          6th – 13th April 2013


Stayed for Easter weekend – first time on Rye. Beautiful peaceful town. Apartment was perfect – clean, tidy and totally chilled! Ate in Simply Italian – wonderful fresh food!!

The Ship Inn for Easter Sunday lunch also comes highly recommended! Overall a fab stay! Thanks Chris – we hope to return in the summer!    

Hannah & Jon                           Essex                           29th March – 1st April 2013


Beautiful location, our fourth visit to Rye but first at the Boathouse and it is perfect.

Rye as wonderful as ever, recommend ‘Simply Italian’ for a lovely meal. Will definitely stay here again. 

Liane & Steve                                                                                                   26/5/13


We’ve had a wonderful week at “The Boathouse”.

The apartment was clean, tidy and well equipped; the outlook, whilst not picturesque, is fascinating in an eerie sort of way. It’s certainly a peaceful and tranquil location, well placed to enjoy strolls around beautiful Rye and to head further afield. We enjoyed visiting a number of National Trust properties in the area (Sissinghurst, Bodiam Castle, Smallhythe, Scotney Castle, Monk’s House and, of course, Lamb House. All are worth a visit. We also enjoyed brief stopovers at Tenterden and Lewes, although Hastings was less appealing. We haven’t eaten out very much but we thoroughly enjoyed our 3-course lunch at The Ambrette in Rye; only £10.95 for the over-60’s. Amazing!

We’ve benefited from a week of dry, mostly sunny weather, enjoyed walks across the marshes from Rye Harbour and a delightful walk along the cliffs from Beachy Head to the Seven Sisters Visitor Centre (­do try the coffee & cakes in the Saltmarsh Farmhouse next to the Visitor Centre). Although we haven’t met Chris we have been impressed with his organisational efficiency and with the accuracy of the property description and guidance notes. Thank you for a week – but note that the fish and chips are better in Whitby!!                                  

Malcolm & Andrea Mercer,      Whitby, North Yorkshire             6-13 Sept 2014


Our 4th stay in No3. Usual very high standard.

Weather superb, hot & sunny every day. Eating out in Simply Italian & Ship Inn excellent. Further afield Bentley Motor Museum & Wildfowl Reserve near Lewes very interesting and nostalgic.

A visit to the crypt at St Leonard’s Church in Hythe a must.

Amazing to see so many human bones and skulls so well preserved and arranged. Deal is a very lovely town to visit with all the huts and boats at the seafront.

Thank you once again for a lovely stay in wonderful surroundings.

P.S. It was nice to be away from all the Yes/No placards of the Referendum !! (Good result though).

Dorothy & Frank Traynor,            Perth Scotland                         13.9.14 – 20/9/14


A lovely weekend retreat. Thoroughly enjoyed the apartment; the view, closeness to Rye and the comfort. Thank you for the bubbly, a great touch.

Not time to do a lot, but wandered round Rye and spent an afternoon walking the beach at Camber. Amazing weather for the time of year. Sunday breakfast outside on the balcony. We would love to come again sometime and could see this becoming a regular fixture.

Gill & Simon Anderson,                   Canterbury                            28.9.2014


So glad we found this peaceful spot in Rye with its wonderful vista onto the river and views into the distance!

Thoroughly enjoyed our last minute break here and despite arriving on a rainy day, haven’t had a drop throughout our short stay – and even some hot sun!

Very blessed!

We have been keeping a lookout for the ostriches seen in March ’13 by Claire & Mick – but no luck- just some gulls and a crocodile clambering up the mud bank at low tide!

The sparkling wine a welcome touch Chris – many thanks!

Dierdre & Henry,                         London                               28-31 May 2014


Apartment v.clean – appreciate the non-stick frying pan that doesn’t stick the morning egg & bacon. Usually in self-catering places they’re rubbish! We’ve had a lovely relaxing break. Saw dolphins at Dungeness, walked to Winchelsea along the beach & back through the Nature Reserve – very hot! Explored Rye. The apartment is very comfortable and the veranda is perfect for chilling out. So peaceful. Loved seeing the yachts going past. Will definitely come again. Thanks for the bubbly Chris.

PS. The ostriches were in the field opposite on Tuesday.

Disappeared Wednesday and not seen since. Anyone for burgers?!!

PPS. Just spotted 3 white ostriches through the binoculars – not burgers after all.

Liz & Barry,                               Horley Surrey                       5th-9th August 2014


We have enjoyed a relaxing week with some lovely weather as a respite from all the recent rain and floods. We cycled along Rye Harbour Nature Reserve to Winchelsea Beach, also cycled to Lydd and Appledore (delicious lunch at The Black Lion)/ Another leisurely cycle along the 1066 route to Winchelsea was rather muddy but worth it for the tasty lunch at The New Inn. Not bad for February!

Thanks for the welcoming bubbly. Now off home to celebrate our daughter’s 21st birthday.

Julie & Keith,                            Witham, Essex                  15th-21st February 2014


Although we had been to Rye before, staying at the Boathouse gave a very new perspective on the town – only a short walk to the shops, restaurants and pubs and yet very peaceful with lovely open views over the river and meadows beyond. Good to have a parking spot also as there are otherwise at a premium in Rye. Were fortunate to have great weather and spent relaxing days in the dunes at Camber and then taking atmospheric photos down at Dungeness. Thanks you for the bubbly.

Rob & Julie,                       Bromley, Kent                                28/6/14 – 1/7/14


Came here for a relaxing break,

Apartment was ideal for what we needed. The bottle of ‘bubbly’ was a lovely surprise – Thank you.

We had a wonderful meal at ‘The Gandhi’ Indian. Simply Italian was very good as well.

Fleeting sight of a kingfisher, also spotted a ‘redshank’ and of course the emus! All in all a very lovely few days. Will definitely return. Lovely shops in Rye and also Tenterden.

Karen & Mark, Margate, Kent                                            7th – 10th Nov ‘12


Another relaxing week – our second visit. Enjoyable lunches at Haydens.

Redshank & curlew on our doorstep.

Heron, Egret & lapwing at Rye Nature Reserve. Thank you Chris for the bottle, a kind thought.

Colin & Marion Harrington,                   Havant, Hants                           12-19


I came here to relax and I certainly did that. Slept well, ate well and explored the lovely town. I walked everywhere – so certainly healthy too. Explored the local towns and visited Charleston near Lewes. When I lived in UK, was brought up in Kent so this was my stomping ground. Rye hasn’t changed, thank goodness! Thank you Chris for the bubbly and all.

Stevie Martin,                   conil de la Frontera, Cadiz, Spain              12 July


After a hectic week in France with children & five grandchildren, it was good to relax in this lovely setting. Quiet, peaceful & everything to hand. We mostly walked, read & ate! Rye compared to Taunton is completely unspoilt & thank heavens the authorities have used some foresight & kept it so. The changing tides have added a new dimension to the landscape & we leave refreshed. Thanks too Chris for the fizz. It just hit the spot.

Marlene & Bill Ewens,                  Taunton, Somerset                        27/8/14


Comfortable base from which we explored Rye & surrounding area. Visited Sissinghurst, Bodiam Castle, Scotney Castle & Bateman’s (home of Rudyard Kipling). Caught the train to Canterbury. Visited Cathedral & had boat trip & returned to Cathedral for Evensong. All highly recommended.

Explored Rye one day and fell in love with everything; buildings stunning, Ypres Tower very interesting, Lamb House.

Recommend Apothecary & Mermaid Inn for food.

Highlight – sitting on the balcony, tea in hand, watching the sun rise over the river. Thank you.    

John & Lynn Knights,               Suffolk                                              3.10.14


We had a very peaceful stay. We enjoyed Rye and Camber Sands Beach was very relaxing. We can recommend St Mary’s Church in Rye, and if you can go up to tower, where you have a great view of all the surroundings; take care not to go when the bells are just about to ring though, it can be a little loud, seeing you’ll be literally one step away from them!

Chris & Ana,                            Brighton                                 24-27/04/2014


We really liked Rye and how it has retained its unique identity. Recommend George for beer, Ambrette & Webbe’s for food. Ypres, Ship & Mermaid all worth a visit. If you eat outside at the Mermaid, watch out for the predatory gulls, they will take the food off the plate!        

Mark & Hilary                                       Dudley                                                 6/7/2013


Last minute decision to escape the hustle & bustle of everyday life – Kerry remembered a lovely w/e she spent at the Boathouse in April so contacted Chris to see if he could help and here we are!

Following a saunter around town we are sitting on the balcony, glass of the bubbly (so thoughtfully discovered in the fridge) in hand watching the ever changing sky as a storm passes over. Refreshed we return to work on Monday but hope to return to the Boathouse in the not too distant future. Thankyou Chris.  

Trudi & Kerry                          Cambridge                               27 July 2013


We have really enjoyed our 4 days here, such a welcome escape from work. The apartment had everything we needed and was in a fantastic location. We had lovely meals out at the Thai restaurant, Carey’s and Sunday lunch at the Mermaid. We recommend Rye Hire as we hired bikes and rode out to Winchelsea Beach through the Nature Reserve. Pett Level beach is also great for rock pools. We will certainly be back. Thank you Chris.  

Lawrence & Sarah Webster                  West Sussex                             2-5th Aug 2013


A very enjoyable short break, flat clean and comfortable, especially the spacious bed! Relaxed so much watching the river ebb & flow did not see as much of Sussex as planned! The A/M (6am) from balcony saw cormorant on river, oystercatcher on river bank and barn owl circling fields opposite. Marvellous!! SI Italian Restaurant very good.

Hope to make many returns! Many thanks.

Also 2 marsh harriers.  

Spittles                                      Deal Kent                                 13th/16th August


We loved it here! Very relaxing and the sleep we had was amazing. We would love to come back here again.

Thank you       

Chris and Shelley Martin                                                                        2013 August


2nd visit to this apartment – we love Rye & the wonderful bird life at Rye Harbour & Dungeness Nature Reserve. Even just outside the window here we have seen 50 Little Stint searching the mud for food & Common Sandpiper, Dunlin & Curlew Sandpipers.

Highly recommend the Landgate Bistro and The Gandhi Indian Restaurant.

Colin & Sarah Tucker                            London SE26                           Sept 7 – 14th


We loved Rye and have some great atmospheric photos. Dungeness was equally as spectacular and in stark contrast.

The Boathouse was warm and comfortable and an ideal base.   

Sue & Paul Dunn                                   S. Wales                      27 Oct – 3rd Nov 2012


Chilled out in the apartment, watched the birds and the tide changing to and fro. Check out the fresh fish near the roundabout to Camber Sands, we had king prawns, cockles and a dressed crab – wonderful, washed down with Chris’s bubbly (nice touch). Great beer at the George Hotel. Don’t miss a ‘proper’ pub the William the Conqueror at Rye Harbour. ‘VIVA RYE  

Paul & Glen                                           Whitstable Kent            30 Nov – 1 Dec 2012


Fab week at the Boathouse, great setting. Thank-you for the bottle of bubbly. Weather great, sunshine and light very clear. We have been to Rye many times and loved re-visiting, still has the same charm. Ate at Simply Italian and  Carey’s, also Ypres Inn for lunch in the garden. All good. Enjoyed the Jazz weekend.

Great walks along the harbour and Winchelsea.

Visited Dungeness and saw pilot whales or porpoises off the beach! (a first)

Many thanks for a great stay, will stay here again.          

Steve & Sheila                                       Herts                            24/08 – 31/-8/13


Our first visit, loved location, watching boats & birds. You have a lovely light here, but we had great weather. Did a lot of gardens & houses; Gt, Dixter, Sissinghurst, Scotney Castle, Bateman’s – would recommend them all.

Good fish from Fish Market – just along the footpath, and good value. Good light lunch at Art Gallery & Tea Room at Rye Harbour. Nice produce from Farmers’ Market.

Worth a trip on the Romney Marsh etc. light railway (appeals to the boy in every man).

Thanks for binoculars – improved our knowledge of sea birds, waders etc. Bottle of fizz started us off with a bang! Meal at Webbe’s and Carey’s – good fish. We’ll be back. Thanks.      

Lawrence & Jenny,                                Worcestershire             31-8-2013   7-9-2013


Thoroughly enjoyed our week here. Apartment was warm & comfortable – an ideal base for exploring Rye. Tried a different restaurant every night & not disappointed by any of them. Enjoyed a simple fish meal at Inkerman Arms at Rye Harbour. Particularly enjoyed RSPB nature reserve at Dungeness – take binoculars for bird watching in hides. Hastings Old Town & fishing museums were good. Drove to Canterbury & used Wincheap Park & Ride - £3 to park & free bus into city. Lovely walk to Winchelsea via Camber Castle & back along 1066 walk. Also good circular walk from Rye Harbour.

Marion & Roy Edge                                                                            2-9 Nov


Very clean and comfortable and a great base for exploring Rye and area. Particularly enjoyed Rye itself, Bodiam Castle and Great Dixter, Further afield; Brighton Pavilion, Royal Dockyard at Chatham and Port Lympne Animal Park. Best meals of the week at Carey’s Steak & Seafood (only place we went twice), Webbe’s’ and The Ship. Good beer at Ypres Castle. Didn’t enjoy SI or the fish & chips from the shop on the roundabout. Thoroughly enjoyed watching the river, the birds and our stay in general.

Thank you!

Carolyn and Keith                                                                      20th July – 3rd August


Enjoyed our week (1st visit to Rye). Loved the Boathouse, great place to stay. Good walks Battle, Beachy Head/Seven Sisters etc etc. Cambers Sands & esp. Dungeness. What a landscape! (well worth a visit).

Good food & drink, plenty to pick from: Webbe’s Fish Café, Mermaid Inn. Ypres Castle Inn very good, Ship OK. Thanks T&D.

Terry & Debbie Lister,                Beccles, Suffolk                     22nd – 29th June ‘13


Our third visit to No3 Boathouse. Same 5 star standard. Very clean, comfortable and well equipped. Thanks again Chris.

Again Simply Italian, Baileys and Carey’s in the town

Very good for food. Out of town Ship Inn at Winchelsea.

Beach good. For a coffee Gallery café at Rye Harbour very good. In Brighter Days Buffet a must chance arraying from Sushi to Indian to Chinese!! It was nice of Rye to lay on the filming of The Monuments Men with George Clooney for us!!            

Dorothy & Frank Traynor                     Perth Perthshire            1/6/13 – 6/6/13


1st time to this area & loved it. Rye is great to stroll & browse the shops. Bought a few bits from antique shops.

Rye Harbour a quiet place to stroll – reserve & beach. V. bracing.

On our one lovely day went to Sissinghurst – not to be missed.

If you like fish the fish huts on Rock-a-Dore, Hastings are incredible value and so fresh. Cooked fish all week!

Shame about the weather but would love to re-visit when you can sit outside! Thanks for the Saumur Fizz!

N & L. Neal & Lorna Atherton Hoghton, Preston          18.5.13   25.5.13


Thrilled to bits with No3. Have been connected to Rye for years and never knew this area of town at all. We were lucky with the weather & even sat outside one morning for breakfast.

Visited Scotney Castle on one very sunny warm day. Birds at Rye Harbour were nesting and plenty to see. Sunday lunch with family and friends at The Bell,   Iden.  Eastbourne was worth the drive, with coffee on the pier.

Did our lovely walk from Peasmarsh Church across the fields of sheep & lambs to Rye.

Great week. Thank you so much!          

Jill & Richard Shanks                 Ashby de la Zouche, Leics        20/4/13 – 27/4/13


Very comfortable & warm flat & Rye is beautiful. Weather grey, cold with the odd snowflake but that didn’t stop us walking – Camber Sands on a bitterly cold day was very bracing! Tenterden was worth a visit & we also drove to Dungeness to catch a glimpse of Derek Jarmans’ cottage.

All in all a great stay & thanks for the bottle of Saumur!

Tom & Alan,                            Clevedon, North Somerset            21.3.13 – 24.3.13


Our usual February break here. Walking at Dungeness RSPB & Rye Harbour. Oh so bracing with a biting wind. Evening meals at Landgate Bistro (Special Menu Wed/Thurs), Simply Italian & a very good & reasonably priced meal at the Queen’s Head – down past the Landgate. Thank you Chris for the cosy accommodation & the bubbly.

Lindy & Andy                                       Enfield                          20-3-12 – 23-3-12


Another visit to the Boathouse – it is lovely here. Weather has been good for this time of year – only 1 rainy day. We didn’t go far afield on this visit except to the Hythe Bay Seafood Restaurant which is excellent and worth the distance. We have given up going to the Pilot which has not been so good for a couple of years, although we always visit Dungeness & the bird sanctuary.

Thank you for the very good sparkling wine. We hope to be able to return again.

David and Wendy                                                                              3-10 November


Did no research before coming to Rye – our first visit to this part of the coast. Loved Rye – beautiful historic town we are very impressed, such a vibrant shopping street and surprises along every side turning. Ate somewhere different every day (all delicious). Now headed home via Betty’s tea room for breakfast and the farm shop to take home pies for tea.   

Barbara & Alan                                     Norfolk                                    27/10 to 3/11


Brilliant weekend away for fortieth birthday, Rye beautiful. So many little passages to explore, remembered from childhood holidays here!

Simone and Jo “Sisters” Weekend away! (Epsom)                           27.10.13


There’s only one word to describe our stay. “FAB”

Many thanks. C.U. again soon.

Michael & Anne                                    Whitstable, Kent                       29.8.13


Mum & I had a super week.

Lovely fresh air. We liked it when the tide was in.

Carey’s was very good – comfortable atmosphere and freshly cooked fish – recommend scallops & Dover sole. Best day – walk to Camber Castle, then on to Winchelsea – the tea room/deli worth a visit – then bus back. Very cosy, comfortable apartment in prime position. We hope to return …..       

Gem Coles and Amanda Thorogood                  Salisbury and Weybridge           9 Aug ‘13


A lovely relaxing week. Bliss! We visited Tenterden, what a special little town that is. Magical Xmas window displays and individual little shops!

Peasmarsh for a walk (circle walk that brings you to the Cock Inn). Old Hastings good for a visit too. Thanks for fizzy wine. Went down a treat! Oh, here in Rye, Sunday Lunch at the Strand pub in front of a roaring fire! after  a walk along the river. Def. a winter bolthole.

PS Looking forward to our return.        

Blue & Heggie                           Brighton                       Nov 26 – 3rd Dec


Apartment clean, warm and cosy, has everything you could need – even wifi!!

Boats in the afternoon, 10/10



Ypres Castle Inn – worth a look!

St. Mary Church – on the roof for a view!!

Mermaid Inn – Most haunted Inn

Cobbles streets & old houses


To Eat

Marinos in Mint St! Lush fish and chips

Rye Grill – near station – London kebabs

Ypres Inn – Great food & beer



The Kettle of Fish! Poor food & poor service


Thanks Chris for the wine!        

Bobby & Janet Spittles Deal, Kent - Second stay          Nov 4-11th

We have had a very relaxed time here in No11. The flat is so welcoming & well equipped. Hired bikes & went to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. Such wonderful beaches & open skies.

The medieval church of St.Thomas a’Becket on Romney Marsh well worth a visit & we enjoyed a trip to Hastings.

The clock tower in Rye church is a must!

Many thanks. We hope to be back.

Patsy & Alec Fostiropoulos                                                     14th – 19th Oct


After a truly awful summer we came to the Boathouse for a week of R&R! The usual magic of peace & tranquillity worked & we have had a lovely week. Weather good – very warm & dry until Friday p.m. We couldn’t ask for more in October. Apartment , as usual, sparkling clean & cosy. Many thanks for the tea & wine – much appreciated.

Jean & Allan                                          Tonbridge                     5th -12th October


This was our first stay in this area and we could not have picked a better spot! Comfortable apartment and Rye is a joy to explore. The bubbly was an added extra – thank you.

We also had lunch at the Shepherd Neame Inn in Battle – really good value, and friendly staff. The farm shop & café (Beryl’s) on the road out of Rye to Camber is also well worth a visit.    

Janice & Fred Wheatley                        Derbyshire                                7-14 Sept


This was our first trip to the south of England and we enjoyed it a lot.

Rye is a lovely old town. We couldn’t get enough pictures of it.

Beachy Head & 7 Sisters is a must do, when the weather is fine.

Thank you Chris for the fast email supply. You’ve really helped us.

A special thank you for the nice “welcome package”.    

Annika  & Hendrik -                             Wiesbaden  Germany                03-10 Aug 13


Lovely apartment in great setting. Thank you for the wine! We have never visited this area before. Beautiful weather all week. We found Rye itself very pleasant and enjoyed walking round the cobbled streets and alleyways, particularly in the evening. As NT members we were overwhelmed with places to visit. We chose Bateman’s (absolutely beautiful), Bodiam Castle and Lamb House. We also visited the battlefield at Battle. We were spoilt for beaches with Camber and Winchelsea close at hand. We also found the old part of Hastings particularly interesting, especially the Net Houses and museum. The West Funicular railway takes you to a very pleasant cliff area and café. We need to come again because there is so much we did not have time to visit.

Kate & Ted Beech,                                           West Midlands             20/27 July 2013


Great late autumn break including Rye’s spectacular Bonfire night.

Latest discover Jerwood Gallery in Hastings and Old Town. Definitely worth a visit as well as new developments in Rye Harbour Reserve.         

M & J                                                               London E1                    2-12/11/12


Thank you for having us! What a lovely spot to take in the delights of East Sussex. The view from the patio a treat in itself. We’ve enjoyed watching waders, curlews and more surprisingly the energetic mating ritual of the ostrich! Having rummaged through the well stocked leaflet drawer we decided to head to Charleston & it was a treat. Saturday’s compulsory guided tour was an education in British domestic interiors & the complicated sex lives of the Bloomsbury set.

En route we enjoyed Winchelsea town & beach, the De La Warre pavilion in Bexhill (great coffee, not so great tea) & Berwick church which were all a delight. The drive back through pretty villages & bunny filled marshes was an hour well spent. Rye itself is picture perfect with a smattering of vintage shops. I especially liked the friendly reception & fab assortment in the 60s/70s/80s shop. We ate at the Ypres Inn which was substantial, delicious  & great service and Webbe’s did us a good seafood platter.

Loved it all, including the fizz!

Thankyou Chris,                                                            

Nicola & Guy, London SE11 13th – 15th April


We had a lovely relaxing week started off nicely with the fizz – Thank you. We booked at the Mermaid for Sunday lunch which was very good for a special treat. The Ship is always good for food, good beer and interesting surroundings. We will have to come back yet again as we still haven’t seen everything suggested in this book ….. we were too busy relaxing!  

Jeff & Sylvia     30/6/12


Lovely quiet, cosy apartment.

In this incredibly sunny weather we enjoyed the balcony a lot. Many interesting walks & visits (among which Monk’s House, Rodmell – near Lewes)

Many thanks for the bottle of Saumur!

-          Yes, like most visitors we loved the Ypres Castle Inn & of course the Mermaid

H & K Wischniewski         20/07/12 – 27/07/12


Delightful location with all the facilities for a relaxed and most enjoyable stay. Town centre is a delight with many ‘old fashioned’ shops – folk are so pleasant everyone speaks to you. A bonus bottle of bubbly – thanks. Tenterden & Battle are a must to see if you have not been before.

Too many good eating places to mention, something for everyone’s taste.

Sheer joy – this short note does not do justice to the Boathouse and the pleasures that Rye holds!          

Mark & Terri Bedfordshire        27/07/12 – 4/08/12


Lovely location in a beautiful town.

Enjoyed eating our meals in the sunshine on the balcony. Fantastic apartment in every way. Visiting Canterbury Cathedral & town also Battle, 1066 is a must. Will be coming to Rye & this apartment next year. It’s a must.  

Allan & Maureen, Dewsbury, West Yorks                      4.8.12 to 11.8.12


Another great break at the Boathouse. Thanks for the bubbly. Had a great meal at Webbe’s.

Enjoyed the walk to Winchelsea & lunch at Winchelsea Farm Kitchen. Sure we will be back yet again! 

Lynne & Adrian, Bolton            11/8/12 – 17/8/12


Lovely apartment and location. The bottle of Saumur went down very well – so many thanks.

The weather was fantastic and we visited many places. The highlight was a boat trip on the river to Bodiam Castle. The famous gardens at Great Dixter and Sissinghurst were also well worth a visit. We really recommend Webbe’s Fish Café, which is well worth its Michelin Star. A thoroughly relaxing and enjoyable holiday.         

Mike & Heather            7-14 Sep 2012


Nice location, comfortable flat. Bubbly went down well. ‘Thanks’. Weather has been good. It is a pleasure to sit on the balcony in the sun. We had a great meal at ‘The Hope & Anchor’ and good fish and chips in Rye. The circular walk from Rye Harbour was enjoyable as was our visits to Great Dixter, Bodiam Castle, Small Hythe and Tenterden. Rye itself is full of interesting shops and Lamb House, home of Henry James also interesting.          

Phil & Rachel, Luton Beds.       5th – 8th Oct.


We’ve come especially for the ‘torch’ parade of all the Bonfire Soc’s in Sussex (they say Lewes is the biggest). The bonfire/torches/black faces/traditions do not die since Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the House of Parliament!! Never mind. Lots of peewits in the fields in & around Winchelsea (Chelsea with the wind!) – A bird watcher’s paradise.

Thanks for the bubbly, Chris & for a lovely comfortable apartment overlooking the ostriches, oh yes & the beautiful landscape.                                                                      

Bill/Thelma, London                                                       12-19 Nov ‘11


A brief post-Christmas break. The weather was not kind but some exhilarating walks and one magnificent sunset over Camber Castle. Rye is a charming picture postcard town (though smugglers not in evidence!). IMHO it’s not worth the trouble of going to fish restaurants in Rye – much better go to Hastings & buy fish at the shops nearby the fishing museum (worth a visit).

For eating out we much enjoyed the Ypres Castle Inn – very friendly the way a pub should be, food simple & good. Try a pint of Larkins!

Martin & Cecile, Paris 31/12/2011


Here we are again. Relaxing break as usual.

Walks at Dungeness RSPB & Rye Harbour.

Lovely meal at Landgate Bistro – (Weds & Thurs Special Menu) & Simply Italian. Thanks to Chris for bubbly & the good housekeeping.   

Andy & Lindy H. Enfield, Middx           16-19th Feb 2012


Brilliant holiday. Our 4th stay in Rye and second here. We can’t recommend eating places but the Queen’s Head & Ypres excellent for beer, especially Harvey’s. Great to leave the car alone and get the train to Bexhill. Hastings etc. Visited most places before so just wonderful to relax and walk. Superb weather helped.       

Jeff & June, Basingstoke, Hants             10th to 17th March 2012


Had a lovely few days here. We have sampled a few pubs & cafes and they have all been good in their own way. Fish & chips from ‘Marino’s’ in the Mint were perfect for our first night (served with a bit of ‘character’). The market on Thursday is well worth a stroll round.

Too may ‘walks & sights to see’ that we will have to come back!!

Thank you       

Ian & Carol      20th to 24th March 2012


First visit to Rye – we loved it! Great weather, great light. The apartment was really home from home, with everything we needed. Wonderful meal @ Ship, also enjoyed meals at Ypres Tower & the Standard. Recommend ‘Fish and chips with attitude’ from Marino’s in the Mint. Don’t miss out on Farm Shop ‘salts’ – on road to Camber, great food to bring back & enjoy. Looking forward to return visit here already!

David & Andrew, Leeds           8/4 – 15/4


We’ve had a lovely few days here despite mixed weather. Webbe’s Fish Café is highly recommended. The Ypres Tower also good. We love Rye, and the town model and self-guided walk (from Tourist Information on Strand Quay) are both very interesting. Further afield, we enjoyed a walk to Hastings (back by train!), Battle and Sissinghurst.         

Sue and Mike, Cambridge        23rd – 27th April


Our first holiday visit to Rye, we were not disappointed.

First a really comfortable apartment. Lots of interesting places to see and things to do, made good use of buses and light railway journeys, nice for someone else to do the driving! A nice walk with guide around Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. Eating places ‘The Mariner’ tea rooms in the High Street for morning coffee or afternoon tea, service with a smile by the special people, a ‘brilliant idea’. Good meals at River Haven Hotel in Winchelsea Road, Fish & chips at Marino’s Restaurant, hearty portions. Great meal at ‘Ypres Castle Inn’. The Thursday Market in Rye car park a must! Thanks for the bubbly, a nice gesture.                                                    

Marlene & Dave, Hertfordshire                                      11-18 May 2012


Someone said – Poor are those who have no time to stand and stare. Around Rock Channel & Rye we felt rich.            

Pat & Barry, Hartlepool C3672                                       19/05 – 26/05


Chris, all I can say is I’m glad Deb found you on the net. What an absolutely magic spot, i.e. pivot point for such as Hastings/Battle & east to the miniature railway at New Romney. Ta so much for your thoughtful cuppa on arrival & the bubbly for dinner. First time here & a shame we are half way around the world but you could bet ya sweet zippy we would be back. In any case down under we would say “Bloody Rippa Mate”.

Tas & Deb, TasmaniaAustralia (Oz)                            In: Fri 29.6.12 Out: Fri 5.7.12


Arrived to sun on the decking and bubbly in the fridge, what a welcome! Came for a restful break, but have walked miles, around Rye to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, saw curlews and white egrets, redshank, wonderful photo opportunities. Shower lovely & hot, heating great for evenings. Lovely on the decking just watching the tide and ostriches in field in front!

Fish & chips from Kettle of Fish was good. Roasted chicken portions in oven all OK! Live music Ypres Castle Inn – Friday.

Thank you we have had a lovely time. K & D   

Kate & Dave Canterbury                                                           19th Oct – 23rd Oct 2011


Another lovely visit to the Boathouse.

We have had the most beautiful spring weather. Sun, blue skies and a gentle breeze.

Our son & daughter gave is a surprise visit on day 1 to help us celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary. Wonderful!

We have walked over the marsh to Winchelsea Beach.

A ride on the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway took us to Hythe and a long walk along the ‘prom’. Day 3 saw us walking to Hastings (take good maps if you do this). We came back to Rye by train and it was amazing to see how far we had walked. On day 4 we walked part way along the canal and then headed north of Rye to a lovely village called Iden where we stopped for a drink before making our way back. Today (day 5) we walked to Winchelsea for a pub lunch.

Thank you Chris for the bottle which helped with our celebrations. We will be back!

Angela & Richard Main                        (Surrey)                         18-23 March 2011


Visitors Book Extract

Enjoyed the apartment, the views & the ostriches. Thanks Chris for the bottle. Weather has been mostly wild, wet & windy. So we visited Dungeness to make the most of the conditions! We saw Derek Jarman’s cottage and garden & went up the Old Lighthouse. Well worth a visit & tremendous views of the shingle peninsula. Good fish & chips at the Britannia Inn.

Plenty of good cafés  in Rye, best cakes & ambience in the Apothecary? Good meal also at the Ypres Castle Inn. Pity we missed out on the Arts Festival, but we’ve had a great week.     

Richard & Jane                          Abingdon                      3rd – 10th Sept 2011    


This is our 9th visit to the Boathouse!

Reading, writing, walking, relaxing. Fantastic!

John & Carole Owen                                            Sittingbourne, Kent                                              6/4/07


We had a fantastic week in the Boathouse.

Flat very comfortable, well equipped.

The location is excellent for visiting Sussex, and ….. the weather was superb.

Breakfast at the balcony 6 of the 7 days

Visits to – Dungeness, Camber Sands, Canterbury, Bodiam Castle

In Rye we had dinner at Carey’s for fish & steaks, very good! Also an Indian meal in High Street.

Lunch at Ypres Inn, excellent, could have our drinks outside, sitting in the garden.

Hope to come back!,

Ann & Jan   Hoogmade, Holland, 14-21 March


Another fabulous weekend, in spite of all the rain. We so love this apartment, we are so relaxed here, and it gives us such a welcome break from fostering and a house full of children. Many thanks.


Jennie & Des, Pevensey             Oct 2010


Really enjoyed our time at the Boathouse. The apartment was very comfortable and clean, with a lovely touch, a bottle in the fridge. Heating was nice and cosy and the electric fire really finished it off. On our first night we went to the Standard Inn and had a really lovely meal – good value. Went to Rye Heritage Centre. It might seem a lot, £3.50 each to see a model of the town along with a commentary of the history of the buildings, we loved every minute of it. We would recommend the Boathouse to our friends and a visit to Rye.      

Phil & Donna, Herne Bay          Nov 2010


Had a fantastic week here – found the Boathouse to be very comfortable and handy location for everything in Rye. We will be coming back – Rye is lovely! Had excellent meals everywhere – Baileys – great steak, Carey’s – seafood platter was impressive, Simply Italian – try the special seafood pasta, it’s delicious! The Ship for real ale and excellent standard of food. Great coffee & cream tea at Tambika near the Heritage Centre too. Jempsons café is reasonable and good food too for a quick bite. We don’t want to leave!!

Thank you.

Cath and Shaun, August 2010


Really enjoyed our stay here.

Would thoroughly recommend ‘Haydens’ for proper coffee and delicious fresh lunches. ‘Webbe’s Fish Café’ an absolute must for fish lovers – must book though, and ‘The Lemon Grass’ Thai restaurant was also superb. ‘SI’ (Simply Italian) very slick service and good food, we found the ‘Ship’ a little wannabe trendy beach café-ish, overpriced and not that great. Fish platter at Ypres Castle Inn was fabulous as was the fresh fish – crab, prawns, crayfish tails etc from the fresh fish retailer on the quay, behind the playground.

Rye was delightful, unspoilt with lots to see and do, some lovely walks to Camber Castle, Rye Harbour and Winchelsea where Spike Milligan is buried.

Apartment is v. comfortable and has everything you need, We will definitely be back!

PS. The bubbly a very nice touch after a long drive here!     (J) As was the milk and tea tray! J Thank you.       

Rob & Katie                             Bath                                          16-23 July 2011


In Rye for 12 days. Snow and ice delayed arrival & a challenge to get into apt due to Jackie being in plaster on 1 leg – ice didn’t help!!

Apt fab, clean warm & inviting.

Thanks v. much for the wine. Our favourite pub Queens Head Icklesham. Bay Tree Gifts for unusual gifts. No supermarket in Rye open on Sundays but Tesco at Ashford/Kingsnorth 25 mins. Wildlife walks out to the Harbour mouth recommended for birdwatchers.

So much to see & do in and around Rye even tho’ we lived here for 11 years still find nooks & crannies.

Home from home for Christmas!!          

John & Jackie Warner (ex-Rye)                                                                         20/12/10


Our tenth visit to the Boathouse and still the most relaxing holiday.

So easy to get to but so far from the cares of everyday life. We have the sea, the countryside, a superb beach at Camber and the historic town of Rye – and a welcome bottle of @bubbly@.

Why bother with the hassle of airports, passports, strikes, transport problems and costs of long-distance travel?

John & Carole Owen                                                                 4-10 July 2011


Ducks nesting on opposite bank while I enjoyed breakfast on the balcony.

A yacht sailed (apparently) along the field on the left! Comfort, peace and warmth within us! Shall leave here refreshed and ready to face the world once more. Do visit Jempsons of Peasmarsh – the Harrods food store of the South East!,

Gill, 9th – 11th/4/9


One night definitely not enough! We loved Rye and will have to come again for a longer stay. The flat is perfectly situated; extremely comfortable and well looked after.

The nightlife is good, if a little too good!

Saturday night we had a delicious fresh plaice in a pub around from the Mermaid, think it was The Borough Arms. Thank you very much for a lovely stay.,

Katherine & JP, 30-31st May


I’m here for one full month – lucky me!! So far, having a great time, lovely to see Rye & old friends again. The apartment is clean & the water pressure for shower is amazing – it’s normally awful in rentals.

Anne is a wonderful housekeeper leaves everything wonderful.

Hamdens in Rye great for breakfast & lunch. Fish Café good but a bit expensive. Had a good curry from The Spice Place on main st and good pub grub at the Royal Oak & other locals.

Plan on returning every year. Thanks so much for making my stay so comfortable. I’ll be leaving on Sat and I’m sad to go. Sitting here sipping tea & watching the boats sail by I’m reminded we are all like ships in the wind. Who knows what next year will bring. Anyway, come what may if all is well, I hope to return to No 1 Boathouse next year.

Thanks again and thank you Anne for all your hard work.

Georgia Thompson   July 09,


Our ‘Eleventh Hour’ booking was certainly inspired!

Fabulous weather everyday. Rye is a delight. Tenterden is also lovely particularly if you like to browse antiques. Comfortable apartment. Altogether a wonderful week.            

Chris & Heather Hetherington                            Nottingham                                            4.8.07 - 11.8.07


As bird-watchers we found Rye Harbour & Dungeness Nature Reserves very interesting. Seeing the kingfisher on posts outside the flat was a bonus (every day!)           

Yvonne & Pete Allen                                           Rowhedge nr Colchester                     6-13 OCT. 2007


Our first visit to Rye – we came down for a friend’s wedding – and what a lovely time we’ve had! Days filled with Art, Culture and Gardens, the South East offers such a lot. Hastings Old Town was a revelation with its Net Sheds, gift shops, bars restaurants and the De La Warre Pavilion at Bexhill was breathtaking! Rye has plenty of bars & restaurants for evening entertainment although suffers a little from ‘London Prices’. The flat has been a clean, comfortable & well-equipped base from which to explore the area. We hope to visit again.     

Annabel Roberts & Jim Galloway                                                                                     02-08 – 08-08-08


What a find. We’d stayed in Rye before but decided to do the self-catering this time. A lovely house, great views and with the fine weather early in the week, breakfast on the verandah just put the icing on the cake. If you eat out (but with such a fine setting, why bother?) avoid the Kettle of Fish – rarely does a piece of cod taste like a cod-piece!

SI Italian is quite superb, so is the Rainbow Trout at Broad Oak. And for a short trip out, do not miss MERRIMENT GARDENS – the best kept gardens we have ever seen.

Ann & Ron Meiners-Drummond,                                                       From Sunderland                                                                   12-19 July’08


We enjoyed our stay here very much. Rye is a fine little town, with typical English streets and shops. We liked the English custom to form queues/lines in shops, and even on the market. It is very polite and efficient and fair. We visited Sissinghurst gardens, Bodiam Castle, Penshurst Place & Gardens, Great Dixter (Northiam), Hastings, Canterbury by train and also enjoyed very much apartment with its rich scala of facilities. We are very satisfied about apartment, weather, surroundings and the kind people.        

Hans & Hannie Hoogland                                                   Houten Holland                                                                     21-28 June 2008


Very comfortable, enjoyed ourselves

Snow in Spring! Great for an Aussie couple

Battle was something v Heaps of photos of Buildings

Food in Rye : SI Italian – No! Ship Inn - No! Copper Kettle – No!

The Bell v The Mermaid v The Anchor v

& you must go to the Rye Deli – Great tucker. Great markets on Thursdays.

Merci, cheers – enjoy.        

Howard & Jane Riach                                                                          Sunshine Coast, Nambour, Queensland Australia                          1-8.4.08


After the hectic pace of London it was nice to come back to the peace and quiet of Rye. We had a lovely break; sunshine every day for the whole of our eight day stay, it was great just to drive around the villages and open countryside, and feel at one with the beauty of your surroundings, having my first cup of tea on the balcony in the early morning sun was a real treat, and one memory that did stay with me until I come back again, as I surely will. Rosalinda. Thanks Chris for being so patient when we locked ourselves out, remember future guests, don’t leave key in back of door and close it. The apartment was comfortable and welcoming with everything to hand. Made use of washing machine & dryer, so no dirty washing to take home, yippee!

Kind regards   

Rosalinda & Colin, London       April 2010


Back again, 5th visit. 1st time in Flat 1, very nice & clean & usual for all the flats we’ve stayed at.

Thanks Chris for the bottle of bubbly. Weather pretty good. Opposite flat is an ostrich farm which we gave a visit & got some sausages, yum yum J Peter.

The farmer was very friendly & gave us a tour of the farm, birds & their eggs & you can get good photos of flats, boats & river. Nice to chill out watching river & birds pairing up. Scotney Castle very scenic & fairy tale.

Lovely week, thanks Chris.      

Bob & Jan                     South Ockendon                                 8th April 2011


We have enjoyed a very relaxing few days here in Rye.

It is a beautiful town and the Boathouse has been the ideal base while here. We loved the walk to Camber and around Rye Harbour/Nature Reserve. The food at Baileys was excellent and very good value for money.

The Ship Inn had a limited menu – but we assume that was due to being New Year’s day evening. Despite the lack of choice it was excellent food. We hope to be back again in the near future.

Happy New Year!       

Mr & Mrs White                      (Portsmouth)      30/12/2010 – 2/1/2011


We have had a beautiful week running around on the beach and even getting in the sea. We tried to have a picnic but was a little bit too sandy in the wind. We         love your little home, perfect for two. Thank you so much for letting us stay. Happy New Year!      

Thomas & Jessica (engaged) London                         16th Jan 11


A short stay in Rye but once again it weaves its magic. If you’ve never read any of the E.F. Benson Mapp & Lucia books now is the time to start. You can conjure up the scenes so easily & the bookshop do a lovely little map of where all the characters live.

Kairen                                                                                               19.2.11 – 22.2.11


We did as we said in April 2008 – we returned to Rye & No1 The Boathouse. Weather this time was a big improvement. We planned to visit less places this time and therefore we managed to see all we planned.

A note for arctophiles – visit Bears Galore (Rye) and the antique/bric-a-brac shops in Rye and Old Hastings.

Got a sweet tooth? Then the Old Sweet shops and cake shops are well worth a look too. Incentives enough to consider another visit sometime. 

Helen– Essex

David– North Yorkshire, May 2010


This is our fourth stay at the Boathouse and our third one in No1. Rye is a great base for exploring Kent and Sussex.

Rochester is well worth the effort and so is Dickens World at Chatham (which we did last year). For shopping Tenterden is very good with lots of individual shops and The Lemon Tree is very good for lunch and teas. Hope to return again next year.

John & Beryl, Sutton Coldfield  May 2010


Our second very successful stay at 1 The Boathouse, combining walks and attending the Florestan Festival at Peasmarsh. Enjoyed a wonderful and, these days, not expensive meal at the fish restaurant in Tower St. Rye has some wonderful shops – my favourite is My Sweet Old Etcetera at 3 High St which fronts as an antique jewellery place but out the back has some very clean second hand women’s clothes at a modest price. I’m away with two pairs of linen trousers and a Hobbs jacket (£28) to wear at a wedding. Not to mention the fascinator from Medusa (I think) for £14.95 – a similar one in John Lewis was £75! And my husband bought a jacket in the Edinburgh Woollen Mill. Altogether a very successful stay. We plan to be back next year for more walking, music – and clothes!!                                                                                     

Andrew & Margaret, Brighton June 2010


A lovely peaceful and very comfortable apartment.

The raft race was so much fun, Simply Italian is an excellent place to enjoy a meal, food and service excellent, price very reasonable. Ship Inn, don’t bother, good pub is the Crown, we will be back for the raft race next year.   

Jackie & Neil Cross                                                                                        20/7/08


Rye was a delight and the flat allowed easy access on foot. We enjoyed ‘fruits de mer’ at Ypres Castle Inn.

The Royal Oak at Brookland also served excellent fare.

Trips to Dungeness beach and Bodiam Castle were worthwhile. Peaceful location with lovely views.     

Jane & Simon, W. Sussex         6-7-12 10-7-12


Our second stay at the Boathouse – thanks again for a very clean, comfortable, very well equipped flat, and of course for the bubbly. We enjoyed sitting on the balcony, the birds & the water, especially as we had lovely weather. Recommendation: the fish monger at the other end of Rock Channel Quay (via the footpath going N); Marino’s Fish & Chips; nice food and good beer at The  Swan, Wittersham. Thanks again, Chris, we’ll be back.         

Ruth & Richard, London           4-11 August


No faults – virtues many; no children; sun, peace, birds, (ostriches too), tidal water, boats, several excellent restaurants particularly SI, Webbe’s, Carey’s, - all fish which is why we like Rye. Visited Camber Castle, Rye Dock, Dungeness two lighthouses, Rare breeds at Woodchurch, Military Canal, Great Dixter, Bodiam Castle, Rye Castle & Tower.Great Value.

R & N, Northamptonshire        25-28.08.12


Comfortable accommodation & good weather – we enjoyed our leisurely breakfasts on the balcony! Loved Rye, found Winchelsea and its ‘beach’ disappointing. An interesting trip to Dungeness via the railway from New Romney, meals at the Royal Oak, Brookland on the way made for a lovely day. Superb late summer/autumn colour at Great Dixter, but not ideal for lunch.

The apartment is ideally located for exploring an area new to us – we’ll be back!

Peter & Ruth, West Berkshire   8-15th September


Our second visit to No 5, and weather just as last year, Sunshine dawn to dusk every day except Thursday. Visited Dungeness – desolate yet strangely beautiful, Bexhill – worth it for the De La Warre Pavilion, Eastbourne with Beachy Head & the Seven Sisters. We ate at Simply Italian again (four times!) and at The Ship Inn, which was quite good. Oh, and thanks for the bubbles, Chris.                                                    

Jill & Derek, Coventry                                                    7/4/12


Fascinated watching the tide rise & fall - & the boats sailing past. Great location – very comfortable – The Landgate Bistro is superb! All this despite a master class in rain all week. Thank you -                 

Heather                                                                          13/4/12


We’ve had such a fabulous week & spent most of it birdwatching at the wonderful Rye Harbour Nature Reserve & the RSPB Dungeness sites – and managed to get sunburned despite it being the wettest drought ever! We appreciated the fizzy wine, thankyou Chris, and found the flat warm & comfy & a lovely spot. There is so much to do here & so many beautiful walks. We’ll have to come again!                                    

Cowdrey/Crow                                                              21-28/04/12


It’s been good to come to the Boathouse in Rye again and visit some favourite places and friends of many years, in the area. It’s a wonderful spot by the river for our sixth visit – many thanks.                       

David & Margaret Shoreham-by-Sea                             1-5 June 2012


Had a lovely time – fantastic views of the river & the gulls swooping around. We are sisters & have visited Rye 2-3 times a year since childhood – never knew this little pocket existed. We’ll be back – thanks.                   

Caroline (Marge 5/6 & Casey 7/8) Derbyshire & Kent, 5-9 June 2012


Very relaxing and peaceful! High spots were

RSPB at Dungeness , Wartime Tunnels at Dover Castle, walking on Camber Sands. Try Rye Bay Fish (excellent fish selection). Farmer’s Market (Weds am at the Quay) and Fish & Chips at the end of the Quay. Or just the balcony…

Thank you for the wine.                                                  

Dave & Ailsa, Leighton Buzzard, Beds                           15-29 Sept 2012


In spite of the weather – have had a very interesting few days. Spent a lot of time in Rye’s many antique shops. Enjoyed Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and the little café over the bridge.

Dungeness was like being on another planet and fascinating but you need to wrap up. Have walked miles. The Boathouse is perfectly situated and nice to come home to. Thanks Chris for the bottle of bubbly, hope to return again.

PS. Loved the village of Winchelsea & the church – not the beach.                      

Pam & Steve, Cambs                                                     4/11/11 – 7/11/11


Had a wonderful time – great meal in the Tuscan Kitchen and wonderful night sky (even saw a shooting star!). Fizz was great and flat has been really nice. Looking forward to a good long walk to Winchelsea before heading back to London.                                                                                      

Ben & Becky, London                                                   18-11-11 – 20-11-11


Had a great few days, weather although cold quite sunny so enjoyed several walks. Boathouse very cosy, thanks for the welcome Bottle of Fizz! Best Bakewell Tart ever at ‘Simon the Pieman’ Café. Great night at Simply Italian, good food & excellent entertainment as we went on ‘Rat Pack’ night. Loved Rye Town with its cobbled streets & wonderful buildings. Saw the light show and learnt all about Rye’s history, amazing model!   

Lynne & Tony, Reading Berks 5.12.11 – 9.12.11


Excellent location, great time watching birds, including emus! Enjoyed our visit to Lamb House (we’re Tilling fans), Small Hythe Place and the Romney Marsh churches. For eating we strongly recommend the Globe Inn, just at the start of Military Road, 40’s décor/theme and superb gourmet food. We also liked the Flushing Inn – great crab sandwich lunch & old fashioned service. Royal Oak on the Peasmarsh Rd and the Royal Oak at Brookland are also excellent.       

Margaret & Roy Edgar                                                                                     10-17 May ‘08


Nice apartment with lovely views.

A Sussex girl & a man of Kent (or Kentish man?) and yet we’d never been here! Went to Bexhill for an exhibition at the De La Warre pavilion – lovely building & good exhibition followed by ‘promenading’ on beach! Good weather & great pub – The Mermaid – in Rye – great food as well – when they do it! Dungeness   fantastic – wild & sparse. Rye Harbour reserve excellent …. And the best thing? …. Southerners ARE friendly!!                

Anne & Roy Palmer                                                                              Bristol                                                                                     6th – 10th June 08


We loved it here! A must : The Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and beach, Winchelsea, (especially very early in the morning) and the walk to Camber castle!

To drink: Try Ypres Inn

To eat: Try the Fish Café for lovely sea food.

Hope to be back soon.

Tom Goos & Evi van de Heyer                                                               26th July - 4th AUG 2008


Lovely cosy apartment – perfect for two. Rye is a fascinating place full of character & history. It’s definitely the most haunted place we have visited.

Great trip out to Bodiam Castle, Camber Sands, Beachy Head & Dungeness . Dungeness is the weirdest most fascinating place, but it’s not for the conventional sightseer! Had the most delicious meal at the George – great ambience too. Webbe’s good for fish but a lot of butter on everything. Steer clear of Simply Italian – more like Simply Terrible with lazy service & watery food. The Mermaid is a perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon drinking. Calvados by the fire. For musicians, we recommend the Guitar shop on Lion Street, friendly, knowledgeable staff & an excellent selection of guitars & equipment.

Thanks for the bubs – cheers

Lucy & Andy                 (London)                                          12-19 March 2011


Ideal location to explore Rye etc. Flat cosy and very well equipped.

For a quiet location the Bird Sanctuary at Dungeness is a good place to go.

Winchelsea a perfect village with good views and pub. Good beers at Ship but food expensive and not very well done except for the fish pie. Simply Italian – good robust Italian reasonably priced.

All in all a relaxed place to stay – bubbly much appreciated. Enjoyed all the wild life including the ones on the boats sailing by.

All this and sunshine every day.

Who needs abroad?    

Penny & Joe Savage           London SW9                       16-23rd April 2011


Most enjoyable week in Rye. Lots to see & do in the area. Good pub meals at the Standard & The Union, excellent lunch at Haydens (High St). If you like trains can recommend the Kent & East Sussex railway  - Tenterden to Bodiam Castle.

Mary & Michael,                Ely, Cambs                                      7-14 May 2011


We have lost count of how many times we have stayed at The Boathouse, but our 1st stay in No1 and very nice too, love the wall to wall wardrobes (thanks for the bottle in the fridge Chris).

Hever Castle is great, expensive at £14 Adults/£11.50 O.A.Ps but well worth it – we spent five hours there.

Merriments Gardens lovely gardens, very good restaurant

Batemans very good.

Chartwell very good.

Maidstone has very good shops & big precinct, Park-n-ride & river trips.

(If wanting gifts to take home try.) @Wood-n-Things@ in Rye High Street. Full of lovely unusual things as all prices.     

Rose & Mike Long,                 Fareham Hampshire                    21st – 28th May 2011


Lovely apartment in relaxing setting.

We made Rye our base to explore the Southeast of England. Day trips to Canterbury & Chartwell as well as visits to Battle & Dover. Scotney Castle was our hidden gem & well worth. Ellen Terry’s home, a nearby (Small Hythe Place) National Trust property was also fascinating.

Dinner at the Woolpack Inn, just east of Rye, near Brookland, was atmospheric & very good.

Thanks to all for the tips & advice.  

John & Leslie D’Elia                                                                             Virginia, USA                                                                         31 Aug – 8 Sept 2008


We have had a short but enjoyable stay here. The town is very special and memorable. The Deli is well worth a visit – for a lunch with a difference. Eating out: The Union Pub good simple food, The Italian Simply basic.

Dungeness  is a special place & should be visited and a trip on the RH&D light railway won’t go amiss!

Thank you for the warm welcome by the lady who looks after the properties. By the way we both think the emus have been upgraded to ostriches.

Have a good holiday.         

Jenny & Bob                                                                          Peterborough                                                                         21/9/08 – 23/9/08


3rd visit to Rye but 1st stay at the Boathouse.

Good comfortable accommodation with all you need. Wifi access very handy. Lovely watching the tidal flow of the river & boats going by.

Great fillet steak at the Tuscan Kitchen on Lion Street. Bar food at the Mermaid good value. Don’t go to the Monastery restaurant – appalling.

Battle Abbey a must.    Marion Pullen & Mick Baden, London, July 2010


We’ve had a great week here at No1. So peaceful and calm, what a change from the rat race. We walked the town twice, the second time with the audio guide (well worth it). Also visited Hastings, Bodiam and Battle. The train ride to Bodiam from Tenterden was bumpy but worth the try. We were halfway down the bottle of bubbly before the thought struck us that it was for the housekeeper from the last tenants. Oops!!          

Malcolm – Yorkshire

Charlotte – Kent, August 2010


We have had a very enjoyable few days here at the Boathouse and the weather has been perfect. Loved Rye and made some great discoveries in the area. One of our highs was the little church, St Thomas Becket isolated in Welland March just south of Appledore.

We thought the apartment exceeded our expectations. We would come again.

Thank you.      

Peter & Liz, Burgess Hill            Sept 2010


We have had a great holiday, with pretty good weather. We enjoyed Camber Sands, Winchelsea and Winchelsea Beach. It was quite exciting when the estuary overflowed and came half way up the curb outside the flat! Marino’s fish & chips was excellent.         

Steve & Abby, St Albans          Sept 2010


A short stay to see the bonfire and visit the ‘deli’ – neither disappointed! Flat is warm and clean, very welcome at this time of year.

Despite inclement weather Rye always has something to offer its visitors. See you in 2011 we hope!


Terry & Judith, Hampshire,       November 2010


We had a great time. Rye is a gem. Has wonderful meals at Fletcher’s House & the Mermaid. Winchelsea magical. Bluebells were beautiful. Accommodation comfortable and well-kept.   

Wikus & Mignon de Jager                                                  Bradford, West Yorkshire                                                    April 19-26 2008


No1 Boathouse – Congratulations on your 1st year.

The location is excellent for enjoying all that Rye has to offer. We’ve tried a variety of pubs & restaurants throughout the week, all have been good.

The Ostriches, baby seagull & river have added to the enjoyment of sitting on the balcony in the sunshine with a large G&T!

Shop at Jempsons in Peasmarsh – good supermarket …. Cheap petrol too! (shut Sundays)

Walk 5 mins along the footpath, right out of car park, to get to the steps leading to Ypres Pub and fresh fish shop on bridge.

John Cawdron Antiques on Market Road ….. good selection, friendly & willing to haggle ….!!          

Brian & Angie                                                                       Beckenham Kent                                                                   11th – 18th Oct’08


Rye is a very nice place to stay in – and all the surroundings are wonderful. We enjoyed the services of St Mary’s Church on top of the hill.

We ate at one of the pubs in town – we drove around Canterbury, Folkestone, Dover and many other places. At this time of the year there are still flowers all over the gardens which is different in comparison to our home area.

If you go from one village to the other you’ll see pure nature with sheep and trees and hedges and water groves. You’ll find ancient churches and houses which are built in a very nice style with brick walls and chimneys and more details that give them real character. As if time had stopped.

We are delighted by all this and wouldn’t have expected it that wonderful!

The time was too short so we’ll have to come back.     

Bernd & Britta Rothert                                                            Ludensheid Germany                                                       25th Oct – 2nd Nov


The weather has been brilliant, so we didn’t get to see everything we wanted to – too much lazing on Camber Sands. Golf at Lydd Golf course very reasonable and you can hire buggies as well.

All a great excuse for coming back.

Apartment was great – shower boiling!!!

Thanks for a most enjoyable stay.

John & Sue Darge

Scotland, August 3rd -7th 2009


We had a wonderful stay here on our honeymoon, it was the perfect place to be.

Only regret is we didn’t book for longer.

The Ship Inn was excellent for food – not cheap but what we got what we paid for and it was absolutely delicious – best steak ever!

Very grateful for the incredibly thoughtful touches of a box of chocolate, and the bottle of champagne waiting for us when we arrived, thank you so much. We would love to come here again. All in all, a beautiful start to our married life together., Sophie & Seamus, Aug 8-10th 2009


Another lovely stay – our third. Yes – it’s very welcoming to find bubbly in the fridge. I think Great Dixter’s our very favourite garden in England. It’s great to park at Northiam and walk to Great Dixter over the fields.

Any local walk book will describe the route. Our favourite restaurant in Rye is Webbe’s Fish Café – very stylish but not pretentious. Best grilled plaice EVER!

Andrew & Margaret Polmear                                                    9th – 13th June 2011


Arriving at the Boathouse we were very pleased to see that everything was as mentioned on the internet. After having been staying at many houses for our holidays either in France, Spain or Italy we can say that the Boathouse is very well equipped and located strategically for visiting many sights in East Sussex.

To name a few: Bodiam Castle was absolutely perfect and even in the rain. Tenterden is a very lovely place to visit with good shops and 2 great superstores: Tesco & Waitrose.

Winchelsea was very interesting, known to be the smallest village in England. Very impressive was of course Great Dixter house. The house is lovely to visit but the gardens are unbelievable, all done by Christopher Lloyd. Everyone should try either a steam train or diesel. We opt for steam from Tenterden to Bodiam it is a must etc. etc.

Thanks for the bubbles .. and a very enjoyable stay. We will surely come again.

Henny & Ed de Bruyn Kops     The Hague, The Netherlands         June 2011


Our second visit to No1. The Boathouse proved as pleasant and tranquil as the first. What a lovely place to stay.           

Gareth & Judith Woolcott                                                          1-4 July 2011


Had a lovely relaxing time & enjoyed our stay at No1, we particularly liked the view. We found Rye to be nice & central. We particularly liked the train from Dungeness to Hythe & if you don’t mind a little drive Bedgebury Pinetum.   

Marie & Jason                                       Surrey                          9th – 16th July


Really enjoyed our stay. Apartment ideally placed for walking into Rye yet so quiet & peaceful.

We’d recommend the Cobbles Tea Room in Rye for coffee, cakes and light lunches and we bought excellent sausages at Winchelsea Farm Kitchen (cards in information file). There’s a Waitrose and Tesco at Tenterden. For anyone interested in plants & gardens Merriments at Hurst Green has a good range of plants, a good restaurant & a very pretty garden. We also bought some camellias from Coghurst Camellias (Near Three Oaks). They also sell alpines but the camellias are a real spectacle at the moment – excellent plants, good prices and hundreds to choose from.

There are so many places to visit we just couldn’t fit them all in so look forward to next time.    

Gwen & Jim, Aspley Guise, March 2010


A lovely week in Rye with lots of walks, good food and incredible weather. An excellent ‘Plan B’ to our diving holiday in Egypt, not possible because of the volcanic ash cloud! Apartment ideal base, comfortable and well equipped. We particularly liked the Ship Inn for cocktails and ‘The Place’ at Camber Sands for a good lunch followed by a nice beach walk.

Thanks very much!      

Peter Boxer & Charlotte Crowe, RabatMorocco       April 2010


Great to be back again. S.I Simply the same.

Very relaxing week after all those dark London months.

Isobel & Wilf, May 2010


Fantastic few days here – recommend to join National Trust as there are so many places to visit – Hastings Castle & Battle Abbey also highly recommended. Ship Inn – Rye, excellent food. No complaints with apartment. Very good!!  

Dan & Joset Scott, May 2010


We have travelled a long way to explore Kent & Sussex & we haven’t been disappointed. A cosy apartment in a super location.

Thanks for the fizz - a welcoming start to our hols.

Our find: @Cook@ a shop in Tenterden (next to M & Co) sell ready made home cooked frozen meals. Loads of choice but we stuck with Lasagne (£6.95). 1hr in oven – cook from frozen, serve with salad & a chilled vino – follow with strawbs & cream – gorgeous.   

Bob & Lesley, Tyne & Wear    June 2010

Lovely comfortable apartment. As you approach Rye along the canal it appears perched on a hill like a medieval place of pilgrimage.

With its old cobbled streets this impression is sustained when you arrive.                                                             

Brian & Cathy Medhurst, April 2010


A very comfortable apartment in a good position with welcoming bottle of bubbly!

Good local walks and we have been blessed with terrific weather for time of year.

Never tired of walking around Rye and enjoyed meals at Simply Italian & Mahdi Spice.

Bought local caught plaice at fish market & enjoyed the meal in!

Thursday market worth a visit for exceptional value fruit & veg.

All in all a very relaxing holiday & for us something different. Will come again.,

Dan & Geraldine Turner, Beckenham Kent, 19-26 Sept 09


Thanks for a lovely, clean and comfy apartment.

Our 1st visit to the area. We enjoyed the miniature railway at New Romney, travelling from Hythe to Dungeness . Good fish & chip lunch Brittania Inn.

Rye’s Historical Audio Town tour is fantastic.

As is the views from St Mary’s tower. Our highlight has to be seeing two seals at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve


Rosemarie & Roy, Godalming Sy., 20th – 23rd Sept 08


Really great accommodation with good views, including the 2 resident seagulls. Weather really mixed with really strong winds & squally showers. (Yes, - That Week!)

Good walks although wet with lots to see. Visit to Tenterden was good.

Comfortable residence, a nice break. Shame about the weather!

Alan & Jan Coakley                              Harpenden Herts                   7 March – 14 March 2008


Lovely apartment, great weather – not as wet as Wales!

Visited Small Hythe & Tenterden – ‘a must’

As well as Dungeness   for the ‘quality’ houses. Good location close to town only with PARKING!!! Will recommend this to friends.       

Peter & Ann Johnson                         Pembrokeshire  W.Wales   3-9 May ‘08


Lovely apartment and location.

We have had a wonderful week’s holiday which commenced with a warm welcome from the housekeeper Anne. Hopefully we will be back for the third time next year.

PS. Inkerman Arms, Rye Harbour Road for a good Sunday lunch.             

Beryl & John Tyler                               Sutton Coldfield                    17-23 May 08


Also 2nd visit to Rye but first time to the Boathouse. Weather variable but nevertheless had a really relaxing time. Gulls, gulls & more gulls – but rather endearing. As ‘twitchers’ – a really disappointing, limited range of birds. Fleeting glimpses of one Kingfisher, Redshank, Oystercatchers galore, and the ‘rare’ sparrow (in London at least). DON’T FEED THE JUVENILE GULL!! HE IS RELENTLESS BUT NEEDS TO FEED HIMSELF Naturally!!

The Boathouse is an excellent base from which to explore Sussex & Kent.

Make sure you visit ALL the ancient streets of Rye – very easy to miss them.

Some useful tips :

If arriving Saturday – stock up on any provisions (milk, bread, etc) as Supermarket is CLOSED ALL DAY SUNDAY. The Co-op in Winchelsea Beach is open 7 days a week just down the road.

Sunday papers – can be found near Rye Station. Everyone heads for this – so follow the crowds!

Ypres Pub – the best food around but a little expensive. Well worth it. All day breakfast & super PANINI – useful for a snack or Sunday breakfast

325 bus goes to the Harbour

Andy & Lorraine                                   London 


As a young London couple used to noise and traffic Rye was a lovely change. NOT into bird-watching, but bought our bikes and went on some great rides to Camber Sands, Rye Harbour and Winchelsea (where Spike Milligan is buried!!) There’s an Odeon cinema in Hastings and we loved the George pub for food. The apartment’s great – modern and comfy – loved watching the boats go by and the feisty baby seagull made us laugh.

My only complaint is the exceptionally bright lights in the lounge – a table lamp wouldn’t go amiss!                

Alix & Rob                                                             (London)                                                16-23rd Aug


Force 6-8 veering to Force 9 in the channel.

Nice & cosy in No3. Herring gulls & cormorant (or shag) spotted 7am on Mon 8/11. Wind turbines just visible. This is our 2nd visit to the Boathouse & we love the tranquillity of the place (sorry for spelling!) The rawness of the weather with bracing winds & warm rain makes for an ideal bolthole from ‘Old Smokey!’ The lighting is ideal for both photography & painting & we will come again as log as our legs will carry us. Hopefully we have a kind & mild winter here in the S.E. Apartment very clean & comfy.,

Thelma & Bill (Hendon, N. London), 8/11 – 15/11/8


Lovely weather with only 1 day rain and most of the time a lot of sun.

We did enjoy our trips to Canterbury (must go! If you don’t care the drive), Sandwich, Seven Sisters (view from Seaford Head is amazing), Rye and the walks along the beach in the evening at Camber beach.

The Boathouse was a nice and well equipped home these days.


***** Our subjective advice

1.       Canterbury

2.       Rye

3.       Seven Sisters (Seaford view)

4.       Sandwich & Deal

5.       Eastbourne (only when sun and temp is +22ºC, lovely beach


Thanks Chris for the warm welcome and trip info.

I wish other readers a nice vacation and lovely stay.       

Maarkie & Geert                       Dinxperlo The Netherlands   23-7-2011


We have been very impressed with the apartment and its facilities. Thanks, Chris, for the bubbly – reminded us of many happy holidays in the Loire valley! Only here for five days but it’s been fantastic and seemed much longer. Maritime Festival was colourful and we’ve seen our share of ‘traffic’ on the Rock Channel.

Having read the comments in this book, we think you should make up your own mind about restaurants!! We went to ‘Simply Italian’ and The George in Rye and enjoyed both!

We also cooked on the quirky cooker* after buying local plaice and mussels as the (freshly caught/sold) fishmongers by the bridge on the way out to Camber Sands – highly recommended!

All in all a great week! We will recommend this place and Rye to our friends (and will no doubt bore everyone with our photos!)


* It’s an adventure using the cooker – don’t cook anything (in oven) that relies on precision!     

Sue & Mark                              Hook, Hants                              13/8/11 to 18/8/11


We originally came for a week, but were able to extend stay in No5 and move to No 1 for final evening. Very lucky!

A perfect holiday venue in this lovely place.

We have walked many miles (12.6 in one day alone).

There is so much to see in Rye and surrounding area.

We agree that you should make up your own mind about where to eat. We have had good experiences everywhere.

We must mention fish & chips though – we had lovely fish & chips from Marino’s in The Mint, then we saw that ‘Kettle O’fish’ was No2 on The Times ‘Best Fish & Chip’ list, so we got some from there as our next treat. Fish & chips tasteless, nothing like as good as Marino’s.

Observing the river and ostriches inspired me to invent sayings

@When the tide coming in looks like the tide going out, it’s not the time to be out & about@

@When ostrich run around the field, go out & put on your sun shield@

We hope you have a lovely stay, as we did. Rye is full of surprises. JG


Many thanks to Chris for making No1 available & ready when we moved out of No5

Christopher & Joan                  Grantchester, Cambridge           08/08/11


Perfect location – an easy walk into the town (no parking worries) and the peace of the waterside. We recommend the Town Model and audio guided walk as a good way to get orientated.  We love the compactness and medieval charm of the town and, having sampled several of the excellent bars & restaurants (the George, the Mermaid, the Hope & Anchor. The Lemongrass & the Fish Café) we found that a couple of good walks to Rye Harbour, the Nature Reserve and Camber helped to remedy the calorific damage!

The flat was unusually clean, warm and comfortable and very thoughtfully equipped with everything we could possibly want. Many thanks, Chris, for all your care and for the welcome tea tray & bottle in the fridge. We really appreciated it.

We shall certainly return to the Boathouse and become two of your many ‘regulars’ – and will enthusiastically recommend it to friends.         

Alan & Jane, S. Cambridgeshire           27-31 March 2012


A lovely place to spend Easter weekend. Quiet and peaceful. Easy walks to the Ypres Inn with great live music and lovely landlord.

Ate at Ambrette on Saturday – a fantastic dining experience – gorgeous food and huge attention to details. Not ridiculously expensive either although a bit more than the pub – well worth it but you need to book.

A real highlight was watching the tide turn on the river and the lovely bird life. Winchelsea and Battle both worth a visit.

Thank you for a well-appointed cottage – beautifully clean – and the wine.           

Julia & Simon                                                                 6-9 April


A return to Rye after 18 months. Have come regularly in the past so have been revisiting familiar places - Dungeness , Hastings & the Marsh. Weather so  so, not much rain, but a bit dull and cool to start with. Good food at Carey’s, Simply Italian, the Pilot at Dungeness and especially the Black Lion at Appledore, very good food and friendly service. Jerwood Gallery in Hastings worth a visit. Loads of interesting vintage shops in Old Hastings and St Leonards.

Will be back again no doubt.    

Sheila & Alan , Perth Scotland 4th – 11th May


Enjoyed train ride to Brighton!

Have joined Chris’s band of returners and hope to be back very soon. The apartment is very comfortable with wonderful views but situated so conveniently to Rye.

Great walks over the Nature Reserve and along the R. Rother to Camber. Found a wonderful show garden and nursery off A21 – ‘Merriments’ well worth a visit by any keen gardener. Never enough time to see everything and also enjoy the peace! Batteries well and truly recharged!                                  

Chris & Steve, Bedfordshire                                           28th – 3rd June


In spite of the ‘English Weather’ we have enjoyed our stay here. The rise and fall of the tide has been interesting to watch – what a range! Can recommend bike hire on Cyprus Street – on the day that the sun came out. We had a great ½ day exploring the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.

Thank you Chris (loved your art) and cleaners for the tourist information.          

Dianne & Don, Lake Rotoiti/ Rotorua/ New Zealand     9/6/12 to 16/6/12


On crutches (Paul) and so wanted somewhere close to home, but interesting in all weathers. We could sit on the terrace for breakfast and sometimes evening meals. Comfortable and slept very well. Very quiet location.

Good meal at Simply Italian, busy. Good but more expensive meal at Lemon Tree (Thai). Good fresh fish bought from merchant near the bridge out of Rye towards Camber. Just getting ready to leave and a seal came up to say goodbye!! 

Paul & Kate, North Kent          23rd – 30th June 2012


Another lovely week here at No.9. – our third visit. We love the tranquillity of the apartment together with the lovely view. The rising & falling of the tide makes the outlook v. interesting. The weather has been glorious.

We hope to be back next year. Many thanks for the bubbly – a smashing welcome. Also appreciated the new TV particularly as we are here for the Olympic opening ceremony.  

Jean & Allan, Tonbridge           21st/28th July


What a fabulous week we had – Sunday lunch at Hope & Anchor was beautiful. Marino’s was the best chippy restaurant ever. The Mermaid great for drinks.

We loved Rye Harbour Nature Reserve with bird ‘hides’ and its surreal landscape. Folkestone’s Art Galleries. Canterbury was an interesting afternoon out. Loved being close to nature by the Brede. It was just what we needed. I love your bicycle painting and the nocturnal painting by the door, reminiscent of Van Gogh …

Thank you so much for a wonderful stay.                        

Christine & Mal Tanner                                                  28th July – 4th August


‘Tea & Fizz’ on arrival was most welcome – thank you!

Lovely Saturday evening meal at The Ship.

Couldn’t get Sunday Lunch anywhere as all fully booked, but had a very friendly pint at The Queens Head instead (this pub even has a library!),

We enjoyed visits to Winchelsea Beach, Bexhill-on-Sea, Hastings and Chichester. Lots of excellent coffee shops in Rye. Favourite meal was at Simply Italian, best chippy award goes to Marino’s and best cake experience was at the Farmers Market.

We’ve had fabulous weather all week, the apartment is perfect and we feel thoroughly rested. Hope to be back next year! Thanks Chris   

Matthew & Lisa, Notts.            18th – 25th August 2012



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

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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 


Our second stay at the Boathouse. A super way to start the new year. Lunch at the New Inn in Winchelsea. Very welcoming, relaxing and excellent sausage & onion baguette! The Ship also provided good beer and a tasty dinner.

Weather has been kind – we have had many interesting walks but need to return as we have so much more to see.

Thank you for the fizz! We will be back!           


Angela & Richard Main             Surrey                                       30 December 2010


Another stay at the Boathouse bit a different apartment – still the usual high standard (thank you Chris). If you like game try the Queen’s Head – opposite Landgate Bistro for an inexpensive meal.

Also enjoyed meals at Gandhi & Simply Italian. Good Birdwatching & walking at Rye Harbour & Dungeness.  

Andy & Lindy,              Enfield, Middx               23rd Feb – 26th 2011


Really lovely stay. We enjoyed watching the river. Recommend the shipwreck at Jury’s Gap at low tide. Very peaceful & secluded, like a home away from home. Thanks for the stay and the bubbly – a lovely birthday treat.      

Sen & Catherine                        (London)                                   30th April – 2nd May 2011


Another repeat week at the Boathouse revisiting familiar places. Area seemed busier this year – loads of bird watchers at Dungeness apparently looking for a Lapwing Bunting which Alan almost stood on! Saw Egret on riverbank opposite apartment, but our bird knowledge is sparse! Weather dry with a couple of dull days, but windy – only managed 3 days in shorts this time. Eating out good, Carey’s, Baileys and Simply Italian all v. good. At Rye Harbour try William the Conqueror Pub – does lunch and evening meals (after 7.00) with boules being played outside. Avocet Tea Room and Gallery worth a visit. Will no doubt return again.            

Alan & Sheila, Perth Scotland   Sept 2010


Great little town with exceptional selection of places to eat.

Simply Italian – Good food, good portions, good value. For something different try MAHDI SPICE – no air conditioning but wonderful Bangladeshi food. The Crown & Flushing Inn – good but expensive! Ypres Castle Inn not cheap but great food. Baileys was a surprise – their mixed grill & steak were very good. For the best pub grub, home made, fresh veg & gravy try the Bridge Inn @ Winchelsea.

DAYS OUT – Take the steam train from Tenterden to Bodiam Castle.

Canterbury – always worth a visit.

For N.T. Members (& others)

Scotney is a must along with Sissinghurst (of course).

For a walk – try Rye Harbour to Winchelsea via Camber Castle.

If you like fish – try the Fresh Fish Shop on New Road.

Cheap & fresh and landed daily.


Mike & Rene Fordham, Princes Risborough, Bucks, 8/8-15/8(09)


Arrived for an anti-valentine break with a heavy heart and stressed with work pressures. The deep peace of the tranquil surroundings have recharged my spiritual batteries. Lovely apartment – warm welcome from Joy and sunshine! I will be back. Thank you.

Diane, Maidstone, 13-16 Feb 09


Thanks as usual for the well kept flat. We come regularly but seem to have become creatures of habit. Lunch from the Deli to eat back here, mornings in Rye and afternoons at Dungeness & Rye Harbour.

Unexpectedly better weather – only one damp morning so afternoon walks with some sun and no wind. Evening meals at Landgate Bistro (mid-week set menu), The Ship (somewhat smarter & a little pricier) and Simply Italian. Look out for the Barn Owl hunting just before dusk on opposite banks and field.

Andy & Lindy H, Enfield, 18-21 Feb ‘09


Quiet location, convenient for travelling to various locations.

Highlights –

enjoyed Tenterden town then onto Kent & East Susses Railway to Bodiam Castle

the audio tour of Rye – obtained from the tourist office – really good

Best restaurant by far is ‘The Monastery’ 6 High Street 01797 223272 – Looks empty from the front but main area is behind

Sunday shopping – try the garage opposite of river to Tourist Office – basics available.     

Martin + Rene Watts                                            Lancs                                      23rd Aug – 30th Aug 08


Another enjoyable trip to Rye.

Enjoyed our stay in the ‘Boathouse’ very much, clean & comfortable. Visited Battle Abbey & Yesterday’s World good for all ages & worth visiting. Beach Retreat Café at Winchelsea beach ideal for snack/lunches/dinners; varied menu & reasonably priced.

Hope to be back before too long.

Hired bikes, tiring but good fun.      

Jean & Bob                                                           London                   8/9/08 to 12/9/08


Fantastic weekend in Rye.

Apartment Wonderful, far better than it looks on Website. Couldn’t fault anything, Housekeeper so helpful, truly amazing weekend

So peaceful and relaxing, really hope to come again.    

Jennie + Des                                                          Eastbourne Sx                        26 Sept – 28 Sept 2008


An excellent apartment in a fine location; no complaints about anything, though it took us a while to figure out the central heating. A couple of days just mooching around in Rye, in beautiful bright cold sunshine. We kept returning to Haydens for lunch, a jewel of an institution, especially for anyone with a gluten intolerance – The Fish Café is also excellent, a bit more pricey but worth it and very helpful staff.

The Standard was a pleasant pub, but our food, after nearly an hour and a half’s wait was disappointing. We also enjoyed the retro shop on Cinque Port Street and the Grammar School Record Shop, especially for folk and jazz. And Biddenden’s still, strong, Kentish cider is fine stuff!     

Ben & Lisa                                                             Brighton                                 27-29 Oct


The flat was cosy and warm despite it being -4º outside! We enjoyed looking round Rye and getting reacquainted with the Captain Pugwash stories. Also visited Camber Sands, totally deserted, very restful.

Biddenden Vineyard – Excellent welcome – lots of free samples and no pressure to buy. Also toured Marsh Churches – a wealth of history here and interesting to see how they continue to meet needs of local community. So much more want to do but time has run out. Can we come again, please – or maybe we could hide in the wardrobe!

Chris & Mary Fuller, Enfield, Middx., Jan 2009 6th – 10th


Another week in the Boathouse same high standard as last year. Thanks Chris.

Again Carey’s & Baileys for food. Found Jempsons supermarket in Peasmarsh this time. Lunch time food excellent value and evening buffet at £6 all you can eat even better! Electric boat trip at Hythe a must. Super gentle boat very peaceful. Even saw a kingfisher.           

Dorothy & Frank Traynor          Scone Perth Scotland                15/5/11 – 21/5/11


Back again! Dry but windy first half of week – some rain showers Thursday & Friday. Again we had dinner at the Black Lion Appledore – excellent food and a great selection.

Lots of birds in river, black headed gulls, oystercatchers, great crested grebe etc.

Mike & Sue,                            W. Sussex                                 21/5/11 – 28/5/11


Our second visit to the Boathouse.

Love the apartment. One of our favourites.

This visit Small Hythe Place & return visit to St Thomas a Becket church surrounded by sheep in the marsh.

Thank you for the bubbly.         

Pete & Liz                                 Burgess Hill, W. Sussex             13th – 17th June 2011


We visited Rye on a day trip for our anniversary and wanted to stay longer. The Boathouse gave us a good base for our long weekend – follow up. Highlights were the walk to the Harbour, a large and tasty Sunday lunch at the Black Lion in Appledore and wandering the streets in the early evening exploring Rye. Carey’s fish restaurant is recommended too.

Thanks for a good break!         

Jeff  & Suzy                               Cobham, Surrey                        23-25 July 2011


A second visit for us and a lovely relaxing stay.

The sparkle is a wonderful warm and welcoming gesture. The Mermaid (though expensive) scores Brownie points with us because of its vegetarian menu with vegan options. Thank you Chris for this haven.       

The Pollards of Walthamstow                                                    28-31st July 2011


Second time for us as well. Weather has been mixed. Went to London to visit Greenwich Maritime Museum, lasted 2hrs had to come back due to the Riots there!! What an experience. Scotney Castle well worth the visit, very peaceful. Try the local Rye Bay Plaice off the fish-man by the bridge. Managed to bake in oven (foiled) beautiful!! Thanks again Chris and for the fizz!!    

Jean & Mike                                                                             6-8-2011 – 13.8.2011


Our first visit to the Boathouse and Rye – we were not disappointed. The location of the apartment is lovely – very peaceful. Rye is beautiful with lots of nice restaurants and pubs to choose from. We will definitely be visiting again.

Many thanks Claire & Mark x

PS Thanks for the fizz! 

Claire & Mark Hood.                                                                            26/8/11 – 29/8/11


Many thanks for the use of your super apartment – it was everything we needed with Champagne!

The binoculars allowed us to count the Ostriches and @supervise@ the work being carried out on the large white boat. The weather closed in on Friday otherwise a dry week.

The countryside is fascinating with good days visiting Whitstable, Scotney Castle, various marsh churches and the unique area of Dungeness with Derek Jarman’s @Prospect Cottage@ and his pebble beach garden served by a regular rail service on the miniature railway. The Fish & chip lunch in the Pilot was fantastic.

Should your visitors like fish (if not why are they in Rye?) then surely the best is at the Fish Café/Webbes here and at Hastings Roc’o’Nor. Wonderful food.

We are going home with fins and tails but we will be back.

Don’t forget Bateman’s at Burwash – Kipling’s Home.

PS Thank God the ‘Copper Kettle’ has gone and children are welcome now.   

Sue & John, West Sussex          Oct 2010


Had a great week – plenty to do & see. Enjoyed Bateman’s – even on a rainy day it was spectacular. Walk along Royal Military canal to Cliff End, along sea front to Pett’s Pools and back to Winchelsea was a highlight. Dungeness, a photographer’s paradise.

Enjoyed ‘Ship’ – good beer & atmosphere. Good food at ‘Pilot’ and Ypres Castle Inn. Our experience at ‘Carey’s’ not good. Landgate Bistro Excellent!           

David & Julia, Sheffield Oct 2010


The weather this week was excellent – no rain during the daytime. Lots of birds on the riverbank – curlew, oystercatcher, tunstee?, cormorant etc and excellent birds at ARC Dungeness including sparrowhawk, kestrels, peregrine falcons etc.

Also about 300 waders at Greatstone beach – curlew oystercatcher, sanderling etc.

Bar lunches and drinks at the Black Lion Appledore of the usual v. high standard. Pub reached via the road from Rye beside the canal. Fish and chips at the Pilot Dungeness used to be excellent but it is now expensive and is the fish fresh or frozen?

Wifi and Freeview TV at the apartment both much appreciated. We will be back next year!                               

Mike & Sue, West Sussex                                                           Oct 2010


Thoroughly recommend The George for good food, conviviality. Lovely courtyard for Al Fresco eating. SI restaurant, always book – but if you don’t like children running around, don’t go. Apothecary House for great coffee, tea & cakes. Hope Anchor Inn/Hotel – up the steps & you’re there! – Good for Sunday lunch but pricey in the week!

Last, but certainly not least – what a wonderful, peaceful stay we have had at the Boathouse – we feel thoroughly rested and a little pampered! Thankyou, Chris, we’ll come again!!!

Christine & Mel Tanner, Caterham Surrey, 1/8/09 - 5/8/09


We really enjoyed visiting Bodiam Castle, Tenterden, having lunch in the Black Lion in Appledore, walking to Camber Castle then on to Rye Harbour although it was difficult to find a nice place to have lunch around the Harbour.

Like the previous entry we also enjoyed shopping at Jempsons in Peasmarsh.

We had delicious lobster at Carey’s and equally good marsh lamb at the Ypres Inn.

We were disappointed with Hastings and although we enjoyed the small steam train to Dungeness the ride could hardly be called scenic – mainly passing by the end of gardens!

Certainly exploring Rye was delightful and I’m sure we’ll return.

The Boathouse was a great location and comfortable for a short break.

Thank you.,

Tom & Julie from Oxford, 8th-12th May


We have really enjoyed our two weeks in this lovely apartment. We found it an ideal location for exploring the region, we must have visited most of the gardens and Merriment was our favourite. As for eating out the White Hart at Cripps Corner does very good meals.

Thanks for the champers.

June – Colin, Birmingham, 22/8-5/9


A truly wonderful 4 days in Rye, the accommodation was superb, even better than we expected, it was neat, very clean and tidy and also very homely. The housekeeper was very helpful.

We had a lovely time in Rye and would like to return in the future. We will definitely recommend the apartment to our family and friends.                

Maureen & Malcolm Mackenzie       Chatham                                 30th Oct – 2nd Nov 2008


Had a lovely short break at the ‘Boathouse’ – we enjoyed lots of walks around the area.

The walk from Romney Sands to Dungeness was a particular highlight with the short trip on the railway!        

Lou & Pat                                                                                               18th – 22nd February 2008


Our 7th visit and as usual a very enjoyable visit, weather kind, visits to Tenterden, Hythe (via the little railway) Sissinghurst, Sandwich (there’s a lovely secret garden there), Hastings, and Rye on Thursday (market day)            

Rose & Mike Long                                               Fareham, Hants    10th – 17th May’08


A most enjoyable holiday. A lovely area for cycling, flat over the marshes, hilly when travelling in land.         

Sandra & John Carpenter                    St Albans, Herts   17-24 May 2008


Enjoyed the food at Webbe’s Fish Café, the beer at Ypres Castle and the gardens at Great Dixter. A very comfortable and relaxing stay.     

John & Maggie R                                                                                  05 -10 Sept 11


A happy stay, once again.

Lovely part of the world.

Webbe’s Fish Restaurant excellent.       

Jean & John Fildes                                                                                10-17 Sep 2011


Just a much needed 3 day break, the Boathouse was just what I needed, very cosy and comfortable.

Enjoyed a meal at SI, lovely walks at Rye Harbour and along Winchelsea Beach. Great location to just chill!

Thanks Chris,  I may well be back!!     

Mary Rowe                                                                                           25/9/11


A well equipped apartment in an interesting location. First visit to the Boathouse – would definitely come again! A real trip down ‘memory lane’ for us after many years absence. Thanks for the wine – a nice gesture. Fish & Chip shop in Mint Shop is popular & v. good! SI good meal and good value for money. Ship Inn expensive and disappointing meal. The Bell good for a drink in patio garden.       

Katrin & Keith                                                                          29.9 – 3.10.11


Another visit to the Boathouse! Nowhere better to stay in Rye. The Pilot at Dungeness not as good as it was – no longer buy local fish so go across the road and buy fresh Dover sole or plaice & cook in the oven – much better. For lunch drive to Appledore (along the road by Royal Military Canal) and try the White Lion for sandwiches & ploughmans at v. reasonable prices. On this visit  I learned that in early 1944 Churchill visited Rye and Field Marshall Montgomery inspected the trap on the field by the bridge to Camber – all part of the invasion deception plan. More to see and learn about Rye history on our next visit. The Ashford Designer Outlet is excellent for bargains (M&S, Clarke’s, Next, etc etc) and not v. far away.     

Mike & Sue                              W. Sussex                                             15-22/10/11


Enjoyed our second visit to the Boathouse. Comfortable accommodation – love watching the tide coming and going! Webbe’s Fish Café and Landgate Bistro excellent (wise to book as they get busy). Glorious walks at Rye Harbour and from Pett to Winchelsea along the canal. Will certainly be back in the future! 

Pat & Eric O’Connor                Bromley                                                22-29 Oct 11


A glorious week – wall to wall sunshine (except Tuesday) and very warm for early April. Visited Dover Castle, Battle Abbey & Battlefield and Bodiam Castle – all well worth the visit. Simply Italian has good authentic Italian food at reasonable prices and the Ypres Castle Inn is good too.

For take-away food (healthy!!) try the Rye Deli in High Street.

And for coffee the Apothecary is excellent (good cakes too!)

Many thanks for the bottle of fizz, Chris; it was much appreciated.        

Jill & Derek Watkins,               Coventry                                               8/4/11


A lovely Easter weekend!

Great walk to Camber Castle & then onto the beach near Winchelsea. Very relaxing, peaceful place to be.       

Rosey & Adam,                                   London                                                 25/4/11


Thank you, thank you, thank you for the most lovely stay.  We have both enjoyed ourselves in this relaxing environment.            

Alex McAllister & Mum (90)                                                                             12.6.11


Ideal spot for a good interesting break. A great range of books worth reading. Thank you!                                                   

Valerie & Bruce                                 London                                      3-10 Sept 2011


A very wet Bank Holiday! Did not spoil the pleasure of our first visit to Rye. Trips to Great Dixter, Winchelsea village (a real haven of quiet), Winchelsea & Camber Sands, Hastings and Bodiam Castle etc etc. Liked the Woolpack at Brookland. The apt is so comfortable, and evening walks. This side of the river, towards Rye Harbour relaxing and interesting. Thanks!

P.S. Enjoyed the book selection – especially Owen Meany.       

Alan and Maggie Jarman,                   Oxford                                     26-31 May 2008


Great Flatlet! We’ve enjoyed our stay, visited great places!

Eaten fantastically!, best gardens Great Dixter, delightful stay all round! 

Graham & Lois                                                                                       31st May – 7th June


Lovely lovely lovely surroundings & sunshine all week.

Another super visit.            

Frank Fowler, Liz Rowland.                                South Ronaldsay Orkney   14-21 June’08


10th visit to the Boathouse!

Blessed peace & quiet.      

John & Carole Owen                                            Sittingbourne, Kent                              24 JUNE 08


Second visit – even more peaceful than the last.

Flat great & very comfortable.

This time :- Dungeness – well worth a visit & small gauge railway. Fond memories of childhood.

Very little birdlife – disappointing but did see 40+ swans in a field!! Turnstones, oystercatchers, plovers, Med. Gulls, tufted ducks, Shelducks – at Rye Harbour.

Ypres Pub – great food but little bit expensive. Great for a special occasion.

Budgens (Supermarket) closed on Sundays

@Simon – the Pieman@ shop – terrific for pastries & pies

Italian – good food but service diabolical,

Lorraine & Andrew,             London                   14th – 21st February 2009


We have visited this area many times but only discovered the Boathouse last year, this is now our 2nd visit. Many places to eat we found the Hope Anchor Inn excellent for a special treat. A visit to RSPB reserve at Dungeness for bird lovers.,

Mike & Sue Shirley, West Sussex, 18th- 25th Oct 08


Most comfortable week & appreciate instant warmth on arrival.

Rye certainly needs a whole day in itself to appreciate all its history. So many lovely pubs in Rye & the surrounding area. Good welcome in Ypres Castle Inn. They do let you try all the Real Ales before you decide. Good food too!

Two pubs we wished we had eaten at but didn’t have time in the end were at Stone in Oxney. The Ferry Inn and another both facing the evening sun & looked ideal for an early evening meal. Only 10-15 minutes north.            

David & Liz, Devon      May 2010


Never having been to East Sussex or Kent before. We found it a lovely area. Many interesting villages & towns, e.g. Biddenden – Goudhurst – Cranbrook & Tenterden. - Rye has many old pubs – with good selection of real ales, e.g. the @Bell@ – The Mermaid & the ('Simply Italian Restaurant' on the Strand is good value, with really nice food.) I’d certainly love to come again. The @Boathouse@ is clean, well positioned to explore by car from & within easy walking distance from town centre. Supermarket up by rail stn open 7am to 10pm Mon – Sat closed Suns.       

John & Jean, Norwich, May 2010


A lovely, comfortable and well situated apartment. So lovely to come back to such a warm place following a long walk in the cold.

We walked to Winchelsea and met an informative elderly gentleman on route who told us a lot about the local area including tales of local celebrities!

We also visited Rye Harbour Nature Reserve but feel that we need to come back another time to do it justice.

Thank you Chris for the welcoming bottle in the fridge for us to welcome in the New Year. We aim to return.

Angela & Richard, South Nutfield, Jan 2010


A most enjoyable and relaxing stay as usual. Having been regulars to the Boathouse for a long time (8 always in Feb) we had our first really wet day and had to forego the walking boots. We had a rather different time at a delightful little cinema – converted from the village hall – in Hawkhurst. The KINO, Rye Rd, Hawkhurst, has a café and seems to average 6 showings a day of 2 or 3 different films. Great for a rainy day and better than the usual experience.

As always we recommend Simply Italian – on the Strand (wine voucher on board above sink) & we also enjoyed a meal at the Thai – Lemon Grass. Many thanks to Chris for the welcome beverages – Cheers!   

Andy & Lindy H. Enfield           Feb 2010


To think we nearly missed this opportunity of a couple of nights in this very comfortable, well appointed well equipped, clean, warm, sunny apartment! Early morning walk to Camber Sands quite breathtaking lunch at Webbes, fabulous taster menu indulged in Henry James at Lamb House (Thurs & Sun pms only) then the fish-shop opened up for us especially for gorgeous fresh plaice & prawns for supper. Don’t want to leave!                                                                        

Harry & Lindsey Christophides, Apr 2010


We liked:

Rock Channel


Rye Festival

Medieval Churches of Romney Marsh

Bodiam Castle

Romney, Dymchurch & Hythe Railway

Restaurants : Simply Italian. Nice ambience, good service, food OK, but not as good as –

Trattoria Italia (Bexhill & Hastings). 2 course lunch @ £6.95 is a bargain.

Authentic Italian food; Italians eat here!

The Queen’s Head, Icklesham. Home cooked Sunday lunch; rest of menu looked interesting. Good value & service.

Carey’s Seafood & Steak Bar: bland fish

Ypres Tower Inn: good seafood platter

Landgate Bistro: melt in the mouth meat & iced parfait to die for.

The Monastery: Ordinary; v. slow service

Best of the bunch: Landgate Bistro        

Carol & Jerry Buxton –                         Wales                                       10-17 Sept 2011


We enjoyed visiting Rye again with the delightful view from the Boathouse. The town and surrounding area especially Nature Reserves are always a joy to us. Thank you for the use of an excellent apartment & thanks to all who prepared it for our use.

David & Margaret,                               Shoreham-by-Sea                     17-24  Sep 2011


A perfect place to come home after exploring such a delightful part of England.

Must do’s include :

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Winchelsea Village and Beach

Snargate – Pub & Church.

Royal Military Canal Path from Appledore

Jempsons in Peasmarsh – a shopping experience

Feathers in Salehurst for bird lovers.

Ghost walk from the Heritage Centre

Or just sitting on this balcony watching the world go by!            

Jen & Fran                                            Somerset                                   11-14th Oct 2011


Have enjoyed a most wonderful week and the time has really flown past. The Boathouse is fantastic. Comfortable and very well equipped. Managed to make good use of the balcony which is a real sun trap. Don’t worry if the river starts to flood – it quickly retreats! Rye is a jewel in the crown of England. This is our first visit and we are very, very impressed. Mermaid Street is taken straight from a Dickens’ novel and take a rest in the Mermaid Inn the fireplace is gigantic. There is so much to do we will need to return again!

Thanks Chris for your help and bubbly!

Kathy & Glen                                       (Essex)                                      22-29 Oct 2011


Another lovely stay. Just what was needed! A prescription of good food, wine and quietness! It was our 21st anniversary so made it more memorable. Thanks Chris for the fizzy wine too. Definitely will be our bolthole.      

Heggie & Blue                          (Brighton)                      24th Nov – 29th Nov 2011


Thought we would be snowed in for a month – but snow melted completely when it was time to go.      

Phil                                                                                                                   1-5/12/10


Very comfortable flat. Welcome items were very much appreciated especially after a long flight from @Down Under@.

We loved everything about the area, especially Rye town centre. The trip to Battle Abbey N.T. was worthwhile. We loved the sausages from the butcher. Best we have had and they surely met the recommendation. Thanks a million Chris. Great to meet you. Hope we get back or see you in Aus.            

Greg & Noela, Queensland Australia    May 2010


A warm welcome from Mrs C, some sunny weather and this comfortable and well-equipped apartment led to a relaxing and enjoyable holiday, much of it spent re-visiting old haunts.

No11 was in clean and spotless order. You seem to have thought of everything. Thanks you so much.

John & Pat Murrell, Suffolk, 3/4/09 to 10/4/09


Lovely 60th Birthday weekend for Martin. If you visit Chapel Down vineyard at Smallhythe, it’s worth visiting the Bistro upstairs. The lunch menu is very reasonably priced & beautifully cooked & presented. We didn’t see the resident seal – better luck next time. PS Yes, the very large birds in the field opposite really are ostriches!, Martin & Jo Itter, Horndon on the Hill, Essex, 20th – 23rd December


Excellent base for exploring – Rye town on foot, further afield by car. Xmas day lunch at the Mermaid was very good.

Thoroughly recommend Greatstone for a wonderful walk along the long sandy beach; Also drive to Tenterden, take steam train to Bodiam, to visit Castle then back to Tenterden. Relaxing week away.,

Chris & Amanda, Odiham, Hants, 23-30 Dec


Another return to the Boathouse, our second this year. Despite the forecasts weather has been good and dry. Re-visited our favourite locations – Dungeness, Hastings, St Leonard’s & Rye Harbour. As photographers, always lots of interest. We like the wide open space down here. Eating out – Pilot Inn at Dungeness does great Fish & chips. Simply Italian good as always. Good bar lunches in William the Conqueror at Rye Harbour. No doubt we will be back again.      

Sheila & Alan Borthwick                     Perth, Scotland                      6-13 Sept 08


First visit to flat but not to Rye.

Will be back to flat, very good.

Fantastic weather. Walks from Rye Harbour beautiful – beach great. Union Inn very good for food. Do go to Dungeness it is a very strange place – nowhere else like it.

The Bell on The Mint is a very good pub.

Seafood and Steak Bar on quay was not very good.    

The Walkers –                                      Telscombe Cliffs                   21/7 – 25/7


We are frequent visitors to Rye but found that our stay in this comfortable flat gave us a new perspective on Rye and its surroundings.

A very relaxing and enjoyable week.                

Pat & Peter Jackson,                                            Cheam                                                     25/7 – 1/8 ‘08


A short break to explore the marshland churches (we already know Rye). They’re very special – particularly Fairfield, New Romney and Brookland, (where you get the added bonus of the most delicious Romney Marsh lamb at the Royal Oak – even better than Landgate Bistro (and that’s pretty good). Also recommend the Fish Café in Tower St & Simply Spice in the High St.  Wednesday market disappointing – very little there.

Won’t mention the weather – unspeakable!

Birds seen from terrace, Cormorant, little egret, sandpiper & oyster catcher.            

Sue Fasquelle & Oliver Darlington, Lewes                                     08.08.08 to 13.08.08


We’ve been to Rye a few times but never in December.

Looks lovely in the snow. There’s only one problem. Getting here and getting home. Once you’re here it’s perfect!        

Guido Kirfel, Claudia                             Cologne                                    10-20/12/10


Another fantastic stay at the Boathouse. Thank you Chris!

Another wonderful meal at the Hope & Anchor Hotel Xmas Day – same great standard (5 star plus).

Weather cold & icy, but luckily no snow!! Recommend Pipemakers for a quiet friendly drink. Meal wise, Simply Italian, takeaway Chinese Hot Wok, & takeaway Indian. We love Rye, so relaxed & peaceful. Will be back again very soon!!

Lesley & Jim Cooper                            (London)                       24.12.10 to 31.12.10


Wonderful place! We had a lovely time and really enjoyed the Boathouse. Great walks to Camber Sands and Rye Harbour.

Excellent meals at Gandhi and the Landgate Bistro.        

Petulia & Rob Redman              Italy                               22.1.11-29.1.11


We had a lovely holiday. The Boathouse is great – welcoming, very comfortable, peaceful. We appreciated the tea & fizz to greet us! Recommend the Pipemakers as did your last visitors. Also Marino’s for good fish and chips, Strand Quay Café for an excellent and cholesterol-inducing Full English Breakfast! We don’t drive but found excellent bus & train links to interesting places, and great walk over the marshes to Winchelsea & Camber Castle. Thank you Chris, we will be definitely be back.

Ruth Cohen & Richard Saffron             (London)                       29.1.11 – 4.2.11


Another great stay at the Boathouse. Very peaceful after a hectic half. Have even been able to sit outside a couple of times. Thanks Chris, see you next year.           

John & Margaret Cousins                      Eton Windsor                11.2.11-19.2.11


Had lovely time staying in fabulous flat, very clean and comfortable. Dover Castle incredible. Tenterden beautiful town, loved the antique shops, this town has everything you need, everyone very helpful and friendly. Ostriches were a surprise, will definitely be back.

Thank you for bubbly, only rained on Wednesday, sat out with drinks on balcony on Thursday. 

Heather & Patrick Robinson                 IOW                                         19-26/2/11


You can get used to quietness, warmth and comfort, then going downstairs to bed. Everything as one would wish. On a bird-watching expedition a very large bird was spotting a little way downstream. Experts pointed out that it was a seal. Rye rules OK.

Rosemary & Michael Brown                  Norfolk                         3rd – 10th March 2011


Our seventh stay since we came in 2000 on honeymoon (aahh!). Weather changed from ice blast at first to warm summer on later days.

Bittern booming but unseen at Castle Water & at reserve in Dungeness. There are recycling facilities at Jempson’s/Budgens for glass, plastic bottles etc. We’ll be back! Happy Days!          

John & Olive Mercer,               Sidcup                           2-9 April 2011


Our fifth stay and still absolutely lovely. We have had some fantastic weather to see Rye at its best. We have been able to sit in the sunshine and read the papers – so relaxing and just what we needed. We have had fantastic service and coffee at the American Diner – Farrells. Just go and check out those cars!

We will be back very soon. Lovely to see you again Chris.        

Judith & Clive Morgan               Buckfast, Devon            9th – 16th April 2011


Fantastic, well equipped apartment set in peaceful & idyllic surroundings.

Enjoyed walking to Camber Sands (quiet end!). Winchelsea coast was a great walk with fab views, great run through the Nature Reserve

via the castle & nice just wandering the streets of Rye. Disappointed by Hastings!

We had a great time and would love to come back.

(we’ll read the instruction book properly next time!)      

Paula & Nuvit                                        London                         23rd – 30th April 2011


Very comfortable again. We would recommend Scotney Castle (NT) up the A21 past Flimwell & Bewl Water. Clearly signed at roundabout.

Merriment Gardens (behind garden centre) very worthwhile – 4 acres of lovingly tended, varied borders and features. Just off A21 a mile or 2 south of Flimwell. See if you too can find the starfish amongst the boulders at Rye Harbour. If you try walking the High Weald Landscape Trail go north from Wittersham to Tenterden. Southern part less interesting.

Dennis & Margaret                               Cheshire                        30th April – 7th May 2011


Area of amazing contrasts – viz. Dungeness & Tenterden! Flushing Inn recommended for special meat – excellent food good service & Generous helpings.              

John Beever &   Joan Barker                                Boston, Lincs                        6/9/08 60 13/9/08


Nice welcome, enough good weather to enjoy the walking; Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Winchelsea & Iden. Interesting birds, long tailed tits, tawny owl. Woodpecker, egret (River Rother), and the ever present gulls.      

Paula Amy Bright                                  Milton Keynes                      11/1/08 to 18/1/08


Beautiful weather for walks. Rye is an enchanting town. The harbour walk is bracing – we enjoyed a wonderful break from our busy lives – time to breathe!   

Jack & Jill Walker                                  Leigh Park  Havant                               16-20.2.08


Well-kept accommodation as usual.

Bird-watching at Dungeness, Rye Harbour &  Pett Level – eating out at Ship (on Strand) Landgate Bistro (cheaper menu Tues – Thurs) Simply Italian (wine voucher enclosed here) all excellent. Weather unseasonably mild.         

Andy & Lindy H.                                  Enfield                                                     20/2 – 23/2/08


Our fourth visit and we enjoyed it just as much. The weather went from snow to sunshine in a week and there were plenty of blue sky days. We love it here – the flat is super, so cosy and comfortable. I know we’ll come back. Thank you, Chris and lovely to meet you after all these years.                     

Judith & Clive Morgan                        Buckfast, Devon                   April 5th – 12th


Best self-catering accommodation I have ever stayed in. I was born in the area, and have had a great week tracing my past. Very restful and warm, no traffic noise!! An extra bonus. (28.03.09 David – here with Elizabeth for the week to see the area she was brought up in. Lovely relaxing week with lots of lovely views and walks).

Elizabeth Marsh, Rye/London 1938 – 1975 now Tewkesbury, Glos, 21.03.09 – 28.03.09


Area of amazing contrasts – viz Dungeness & Tenterden! Flushing Inn recommended for special meal – excellent food service & generous helpings.,

John Beaven & Joan Barker, Boston Lincs, 6/9/08 to 13/9/08


First visit to this part of England, completely enchanted with Rye. Webbe’s Fish Café/Restaurant recommended (near town gate). Flushing Inn also excellent & friendly but pricey (!). Walk across to Winchelsea via Camber Castle very pleasant.

Enjoyed white wines at 2 vineyards : Chapel Down (dry white, expensive) and Biddenden (fruity, medium, inexpensive). Very pleasant stay.,

Pete & Margaret Crittenden, Nottingham, 5-11 April 2009


Our 2nd visit here, lovely comfortable flat.

Enjoyed watching the ostriches which you can see across the other side of the river. If you drive up the road to Rye Harbour there is a gap in the hedge where you can get close to them.

I love watching them run.

Eileen & Patrick Smith, Watford, Herts, May 2-9 ‘09


Our 4th visit, but first in May, Superb weather, 21-24º and sun every day. Lots of spring flowers & blossom.

We always spend a lot of time at Dungeness, as well as Hastings Old Town – as photographers they are great places. Also Rye Harbour, Military Canal at Winchelsea, and Appledore & Fairfield Church.

Too hot to eat out much – Simply Italian good as always and the Pilot at Dungeness serves good food. Nice lunch at the pub in Rye Harbour – lots of outside seats.

Not much birdlife – winter visitors now gone but river and gravel pits always fascinating.

No doubt we will be back again, meanwhile back to cold wet and windy Scotland – after our terrible winter this week has been a tonic!   

Sheila & Alan Borthwick                     Perth Scotland                       May 3-10 2008


First of all thank you for the bottle, very handy for our anniversary. Pleasant and comfortable with glorious weather. Ostrich wandering on the plain and windmills to keen Don Quixote busy. Entertained by quarrelling gulls, fishing terns, cormorants and other just passing by. For trips out, Bodiam – disappointing, Sissinghurst – pretty but crowded. Bateman’s – exceedingly good.

Rye Harbour Reserve – excellent value.            

John & Dawn Hackett                           Coventry                       7th to 21st May 2011


Comfortable, fresh & clean. Ostriches a real surprise. Gulls always worth watching. Strange weather sunny windy fresh. Winchelsea delightful with excellent museum & lively @live@ commentary. Bateman’s beautifully kept & friendly guides. Bodiam very interesting but you must see the video.

KESR is a ‘different’ preserved railway with an interesting history. The museum there is 1st rate. Even Mary found that very interesting and well presented.

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve surprisingly interesting with a friendly capable manager. The Monastery – good ambience, well cooked interesting food good service. Not pub food but not pretentious. I should have stayed Italian! Old Rye wonderful. Parking difficult but worth the effort.

The locals say Mapp & Lucia are still around!  

Derek & Mary Draper                           (Cambridgeshire)                       21-28 May 2011


Lovely apartment – clean, tidy and comfortable. So quiet & peaceful. Looking forward to exploring the surrounding are as it’s all new to me. As I’m here on my own to explore the surrounding gardens I feel safe – which is important. My thanks for the bottle and tea stuff – just what I needed after the M4 & M25 this morning. Recommend Great Dixter, Sissinghurst (get there early!) Worth climbing up Rye Church tower to see amazing views . Canterbury and West Dean gardens on way home.  

Claire                                                    Wiltshire                                    6 June 2011


Lovely quiet location, very pleasant apartment, everything you need. Enjoyed watching the cormorant every day, especially tussling with the seagull over his supper he had just caught.

Enjoyed a very good Sunday lunch (roast) at The Unicorn.

Would not recommend fish & chips from Kettle of Fish.

We visited a couple of National Trust properties, Sissinghurst was lovely. Many thanks for the bottle & welcome tray, weather could have been better but didn’t let it spoil our stay.   

Graham & Geraldine                              Ludlow                          18-25 June 2011                      

This is now our over ten years of coming to Rye.

I started as a child with my parents when I was about 10 (maybe younger) so it is for me 50 years and have seen how things have changed but it has still kept what we like about Rye.

Apartment is great and we hope to book again.

For food Ypres Tower pub a bit pricey but a lovely pub.

Smugglers Inn up towards Pett is a nice pub with good cheap food.

If you like the American theme then the ‘Ship’ in Winchelsea Beach is right up your street.

We didn’t like it and have seen how under new management it has lost everything we liked but then of course it will prob. appeal to the youngsters.

Loved the ostriches opposite the flat.

It is interesting to read in this book how people’s likes and dislikes change because some people’s hates are our likes so you’re best to try for yourself and judge.

PS. Thankyou for the bottle of plonk – a lovely gesture.

Mr & Mrs Wynder                                                                                20-27 Aug 2011


The Boathouse is a great place to stay- quiet & peaceful yet within easy reach of the town. Thank you Chris for the welcome tray and the bottle. We’ve had brilliant weather and a great holiday. Been on many walks including Camber, Camber Castle, Winchelsea and Rye Harbour & others. Enjoyed good meals in Landgate Bistro and the Tuscan Kitchen, Lion Street – but you need to book early for this one. Carey’s good for seafood – we had excellent lobster there. Have had a lovely week and would return in the future.  

Christine & John Lloyd              Northampton                 27 Aug – 3 Sept 2011


We had a wonderful time here, the apartment is very comfortable   & quiet. Thanks a lot for the welcome – beverages, Chris. We loved the Rye Bay Fish Shop and bought our fish & shellfish there every day.

For Hikers: From Rye to Hastings via Royal Military Canal & Saxon Shore Way, return by train (always 8:36 – 9:36 also), about 6 hours, lovely scenery.

Last but not least Great Dixter Garden & Scotney Castle!         

Eva & Wolfgang, Schwabach (near Nuremburg)            May 2010


Very nice apartment & peaceful. Many thanks for the bottle we didn’t expect came in nicely for Michael’s 60 birthday on Sunday 30th. Weather been good but ended up heatwave. Enjoyed East Sussex Railway, Scotney Castle, Dover Castle and last but not least Walmer Castle. Very interesting place, home of the Warden of the Cinque Ports (Queen Mother was one when she died). Also, nice walks around Rye Harbour. Thanks again.   

Jean & Michael, Staffordshire   May 2010


Lovely apartment – Nice touch welcome tray & wine. Weather good, rain only over night! Fish wonderful so fresh from market we have grown gills!

Good eating places – sorry to go will come again. Used the local buses to many places – able to use our bus passes!    

Alan & Jennifer, Yorkshire, June 2010


Lovely clean & comfy apartment. Would love to return. Lots to do. Enjoyed Rye Harbour's Nature Reserve, there were some open gardens at Winchelsea during the week that were stunning. Even better than Dixter.                          

Stephen & Patricia, June 2010


We’ve spent a very enjoyable week at The Boathouse. The apartment is very well equipped and comfortable. Thanks for the welcome tea tray and wine! It has been good to visit Rye after a gap of over 40 years! We enjoyed visits to Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Battle Abbey and Battlefield, The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, (The Hythe Bay Seafood Restaurant & Bar on Marine Parade, Hythe is recommended). Would also recommend Simply Italian in Rye (on the Strand).

So many interesting things to do, we must definitely come again!            

John & Margaret, High Wycombe, June 2010


We have been so lucky with the weather, 30º on Sunday and not much cooler for the rest of the week, fantastic! Wonderful location for a base. We have eaten out in most of the major restaurants in Rye and our top 2 were ‘The Lemon Grass’ and ‘Simply Italian’ on ‘The Strand’. The area lends itself and indeed, invites being explored. We unearthed ‘gems’ wherever we went. Thank you for the use of the property for the week and we hope that all the guests that follow have same enjoyment and happiness that we did.       

Chris & Carol, Northants           June 2010


Rye must be one of England’s finest towns – packed with interest and well cared for.

Recommend @Runcible Spoon@ for good value lunches and @the White Vine@ for cream teas.

Splendid walk to Rye Harbour then along shore to Winchelsea Beach and back via Camber Castle.

Wonderful old churches in the area, particularly Rye, Brookland, Fairfield, and Old Romney.

The apartment was a comfortable haven – 26 species of birds seen from the windows including barn owl, Shelducks and curlew.

Still lots to see and do in the area – would love to return,            

Eric & Pauline Roberts,                        Cannock, Staffs    5th to 12th July ‘08


Have thoroughly enjoyed our return visit to Rye & the Boathouse. Visited some new (to us) areas in the locality. Discovered the Globe Inn in Military Road – the road to Appledore. Interesting décor, service and music – all reminiscent of the 1940s! Excellent menu, superb cooking and good value – we thought.           

Barry & Moira Carter                                            Stirling.                                   6-13 Sep 2008


Good to be here again – weather not marvellous but we have visited some favourite places and long standing friends. Thanks for the welcome – hope to return. 

David & Margaret                                                 Shoreham-by Sea 31 Oct – 5 Nov ‘08


A pleasant quiet place for a short break. Good food & welcome at the White Vine in the High Street. A fine snug bar at the Mermaid Hotel. Fine walk to Camber Castle on to Winchelsea Beach, on to Winchelsea – wonderful town and good food at the New Inn, then back across the fields to Rye.

Nice Italian meal at Simply Italian. Simply wonderful place!         

Sue & Paul Cook                                   Bromley                                  13-17 Mar 08


We came – we saw – we rested! Enjoyed the bird-watching at Rye Harbour & Dungeness. Impressed with Bodiam Castle and its history. Recommend @Cobbles Tea Room@ – Rye.   

Elizabeth & Phil Davis                          Swansea Valley    19th – 25th April


2nd time here. We love the peace & quiet of the Rock Channel. Watching Boats & Birds enjoyed Eastbourne & Battle. Dungeness RSPB site lovely & Rye Harbour wonderful still for food. White’s Fish & Steak Bar, the Pilot at Dungeness, Cobbles Tea Rooms.               

Pat & Tony Northrop                                                                                                           24/31 May 2008


Thanks again Chris for having us in flat No.9.

We enjoyed mild and sunny days and already look forward to coming back next year. If there’s a place to get away from it all, it’s Rye!      

Guido & Claudia                                   Cologne / Germany                    8-18 Oct 2011


Lovely apartment & champagne & ostriches.


At Simply Italian – recommended

Went to Dungeness Nature Reserve

Then toured Rye town

Booked for Ship Inn – which was a lovely meal

Found the farm shop at Winchelsea

Really lovely. Great coffee shop

Walked to Rye Harbour and reserve. Then had a meal at Carey’s, very good. Very large burger Sunday. Had sister & brother in law popped down, we walked round Rye, especially antiques. Bought a retro phone for my sister in law for Xmas. Went to Bailey’s and had another good meal, excellent value.

Rye very busy, weather like a summer’s day.

Lovely few days. Thanks Chris. PS didn’t miss internet at all.

Jane & Simon                                        Birchington, Kent                       20/Oct 2011


Despite the snow and cold snap we have had lovely holiday. Have fallen in love with Rye and hope to come back again in the summer. Thanks for the bubbly and letting us stay a little longer because of the bad weather.

Viv & David Gower                              Notts                                         4-12-10


Dear Chris, Thank you for yet another stay in your Boat House, our 2nd. Thanks for the bubbly too. The addition of a bedroom stereo was appreciated. – Did David Essex and wife really stay here? – I wonder, being an avid fan I would like to think so, having met him one or two times at Concerts and musicals and had many a conversation with him. Aaah all too soon it has passed and we have to go home. Back to work at Brockenhurst Manor Golf Club. Weather has been exceptional, the views and peaces fantastic as usual. Went to ‘The Lodge’ at Winchelsea fro a Sunday Carvery lunch, a lovely meal. Very clean place to visit too Service good. Hope to return again for a 3rd visit soon . Many kind regards, Julie & Peter Oke J   

Julie & Peter Oke,                     Blackfield, Southampton            19th – 23rd March 2011


We have had the best 7 days here at the Boathouse. We love Rye, is a fantastic area & we explored a great part of it.

Love the location of the Boathouse, so easy to walk to the Strand where we enjoyed lunch & dinner (both large & excellent value) at Baileys (friendly staff), a great coffee & cake (the best coffee in England) & bought fantastic pottery at a small shop ‘Strand Quay Gallery’ (lovely ladies) & a welcome hot chocolate (best hot choc we have had) at the small blue & white tea house on the corner of Mermaid St (the only wet & windy & cold day). Loved our wandering around Rye even me with ‘bad knees’ found the walking easy – slow but I did not tire of the wonderful old buildings & the spring colour everywhere. Visited the markets on Thursday – bit boring for me who loves crafts. Have found the driving a real @challenge@!!! hence so pleased to walk to town.

Thanks –as we head off on the next part of our trip. PS. Love your paintings Chris        

Alan & Kaye Storer                  Narangba – Qld – Australia                   1/4 - 7/4/11


Lovely apartment and good clear guide notes from Chris.

The tea bags & bubbly were appreciated. Wi-fi useful, although everywhere in town seems to offer wi-fi. ‘The Standard’ offers great ales and decent pub food. Avoid the ‘George’, surly staff and not friendly, we walked out!!

‘The Bell’ is also good, excellent pint of Fuller London Pride, great baguettes with ‘chips’! ‘Ypres Castle Inn’ offered Timothy Taylors Landlord bitter and very good food too.

Fish lovers will like Webbe’s restaurant. All in all Rye is quite a lovely place to wander, eat and drink. We were lucky with the weather, no rain! Thanks Chris, great spot. 

Stuart & Gill Howat                               Middlesborough                        27/29 April ‘11


We had a very good week! First time in this part of the UK. Good weather, nice town, (mostly) friendly people, comfortable apartment (although Lukas could not get used to the bed). Cappuccino at Cafe les Fleurs tastes superb! View from the church tower is certainly worth the climb up.

Now … back to reality and maybe till next time.           

Lukas and Marijke de Vries – van der Heide    Heerenveen Holland     May 2011


1st time at Rock Channel, we loved the peace & quiet. The delicatessen in Rye High Street is excellent as are the many tea shops. Recommend Cobbles Tea Room @try the scones with jam & fresh cream@! We also had some lovely fish at the @Kettle of Fish@. Merriment garden centre is worth a visit (approx 17 miles). Apartment comfortable and very clean.    

Irene & Jeff                                                            S. Wales                                 9th June – 12th June.


This is a real gem – such a lovely peaceful & interesting setting and good clean accommodation – with everything needed, close at hand!! We have really enjoyed the whole area. Good weather has been a bonus. Simply Italian STILL has wonderful food – and service!,

Margaret & Mac Clarkson, Worksop, 20-27 June 09


Very pleasant week in a new (to us) area.
Enjoyed watching the birds from the apartment – didn’t expect to see ostriches but there they were in the distance! A cuckoo performed for us although not seen it was definitely heard!

Enjoyed S.Italian for food and handy to walk to.

Highly recommend Jempsons at Peasmarsh although Budgens is fine in Rye.

Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway much enjoyed and we found Dungeness fascinating – I guess you love it or you hate it – but it’s unique.

Hastings Country Park – wonderful views & walks and the bluebells were spectacular.

Yesterdays Exhibition at Battle for a walk down memory lane – well worth it – don’t be put off by the apparent small frontage – it’s vast inside.

Generally the sun shone for us even though it was rather windy.

Shaun & Jacki Vance, (Southampton), 3rd May – 9th May 09


Week of mixed weather, flat comfortable, well equipped & warm.

Very good food at both Woolpack & Simply Italian, also Rye Deli is excellent. We enjoyed Great Dixter even on a drizzly, grey day (shop sells deli baguettes & cakes & drinks). Bodiam Castle visit and Battle Abbey very enjoyable. Sissinghurst needs a full day – café meals are excellent. Gardens vary with time of year, but we preferred G. Dixter – an absolute gem – both garden & house. Rye Harbour is worth visiting – amazing to watch birds from hides.

Robert & Barbara Bellett, Kirkbride, Cumbria, 9th-16th May’09


Great spot for a relaxing break and watching @electric@ storm. Recommend Kings Head Udimore for good food & beer and friendly landlord.

For birders: Rye Harbour Nature Reserve has breeding colonies of Mediterranean Gulls (90prs) & sandwich terns (amongst others), Rose & Gerry, Edinburgh, 14-18 July

First time at the Boathouse & Rye, lovely location, very comfortable & well equipped.

Rye is a lovely old town. Visited Brighton by train, quite a busy resort, lovely pier. Had a day on beach at St Leonard’s weather beautiful.

Ate at Simply Italian, (best pasta ever). Ate at Carey’s Fish Restaurant, very good, lacking a little atmosphere. Bought fresh fish from Simmons Quay excellent quality, good price.

Walked to Camber Sands, lovely beach & Rye Harbour. Cycled to Winchelsea (not to be missed).

Clive & Pauline Splevings, 1st-8th Aug09


Just as nice as last year – lovely champers on arrival – luxury.

Wished we were staying longer – what were we thinking of!

Definitely come back for longer next time. Thanks.        

Sue & John, Scotland   30-7-2010 1-8-2010


Thanks for a very good base for exploring some of East Sussex and Kent. Enjoyed seeing: Battle, Bodiam, Great Dixter & Scotney Castle, Rye itself.

Enjoyed walking Rye Harbour and Dungeness Reserves.

Enjoyed eating in the buzz of The Strand: Simply Italian, Carey’s, Tuscan Kitchen & The George quieter. Spoil yourselves with a breakfast at Hayden’s (after 10am) Food great all places best to book most places for dinner.     

Roy & Lesley, Plymouth, Aug 2010


Ideal apartment for two & an excellent week of typically English weather. Bird life a bit quiet, but saw redshank, oystercatcher & common sandpiper from the balcony & the usual suspects at Rye Harbour. A barn owl near Winchelsea Station was the biggest surprise.

Ate well at the Hope & Anchor, & George, good pub food at the New Inn in Winchelsea and excellent India at the Gandhi. The Rye Art Gallery was a big surprise – Piper, Burra, Nash.   

Colin & Sarah, London SE26, Aug 2010


Good holiday as last time – Can recommend Hope & Anchor for Sunday Lunch, Fish Café, Monastery and The Ship. Had breakfast out on the deck every day.    

John & Kate, Chesterfield, Sept 2010


Came to Rye over 20 yrs ago and wanted to come back. This is a beautiful apartment reminds me of Mudeford on the Quay in Christchurch, Dorset. Peter has enjoyed the walks along to Camber Castle etc. Dungeness is something else, with a pub in the middle of nowhere. It has been a real pleasure being here having worked all over Christmas myself. Very tranquil. Hope to come back – soon!

Many thanks for the sparkling wine and cup of tea etc supplied. Yes Chris the weather was mainly dry even sun on occasions – It all went so quickly. Thank you very much! J     

Julie & Peter, Blackfield             Mar 2010


We had a wonderful long weekend! The apartment was exactly as expected as seen on-line. Peaceful and great location!

Rye very quaint and most enjoyable. Sat on balcony in the sun with a bottle of wine while making our wedding invitations!!! Perfect way to spend our Easter weekend! Thanks

  With best wishes

       Richard and Carole

Simply Italian is a good as everyone says! We had an amazing meal. Giant king prawn! Very tasty. Chef willing to deviate from menu if you ask!

Richard and Carole, April 2010


Another delightful stay at The Boathouse. Weather was fresh but sunny.

Blossoms glorious. The ‘raised’ coffee shop/Delicatessen in Winchelsea a food lovers’ delight. Rye as fascinating as ever.

Michael & John, April 2010


Another lovely, quiet holiday. You just can’t find a nicer place to chill-out! Our new discovery this year – The Bell at Iden – decent food, a good pint and very friendly.

PS. Thanks for the bottle of bubby, a very nice touch!

We’ll be back!

Ton & Ann Meiners-Drummond, May 2010


Really enjoyed our stay – perfect situation. Spoilt for choice for food but the Monastery takes the Michelin Award.   

John & Kate Cutts,                                               Chesterfield                                            2-9.8.08


Here to work & a very comfortable & peaceful place to do so. Recommend Simply Italian, The Apothecary for breakfast, The George for a beer, Whites Bar have internet access if you require it.                

Neil                                                          Whitstable, Kent                                   23/3/07


Fascinating birds – shag, oystercatcher etc.

So peaceful I slept well as did Peter. Area almost as good as Devon! The farmers’ market has wonderful quiches – try the pea & mint – really excellent. Recommend the Flushing Inn. Not cheap but wonderful food. Lisa very friendly & helpful,               

Peter & Myris Rose,                                             Barnstaple Devon                                       


No emu! But cranes seen at Dungeness in Sept.

Kingfisher, barn owl, egrets, redshank, heron & all common birds all seen from window!

Good pub food @Queens Head@. Icklesham. (Chef cooks while you wait).            

M & D. Whittle                                    W/Sx                                                       12.10-07


Back again. Yippee. We saw a seal in the river, outside flat, how great is that, nice one. Central heating works well, warm as toast. Supermarket opposite rail station..

Nice Madras at the ‘Gandhi’. Hastings great for Fishermen’s Museum & real working boats. Winchelsea town very pretty & Pett. Rye has its own charm that you can’t forget. Flat is home from home with better scenery. Wonderful   

Bob & Jan                                                              S. Ockendon Essex                                               30 March – 6 April


Have had a great week, lots of contrast.

We’ve enjoyed the wildlife – gull & cormorant fighting over a fish – the cormorant won!

Enjoyed watching the ostrich fighting and showing off their feathers.

Rye is as lovely as I remember it from almost 50 years ago! Flat had everything we wanted, warm and comfortable. Thanks Chris.  

Jenny & Brian Coles                              Stafford                        18/6/11 – 25/06/11


What a wonderful last minute find your apartment was, it has everything we needed, TV aerial on the blink though! We had brilliant weather lazing on Winchelsea Beach and on apartment balcony. Great outlook, shame tide was out – kept missing boats going by. The bubbly was a lovely welcome – great touch! Must remember to book restaurant next time.

Fish & chips twice washed down with red wine, so we didn’t miss out!

Thank you we will be sure to visit again. X

PS. Artwork very good.           

Jill & Martyn                                         Gravesend                                             2/10/11


Had a very nice time relaxing especially enjoying the river views. Spotted a seal on our last day which was a nice bonus.

Weather was largely fine & sunny especially on our walk to the Nature Reserve at Rye Harbour.

Local butchers & greengrocers great for meat & veg & Jempsons/Budgens good for everything else!

Apartment was lovely also, so all in all a great break.     

Steve & Virginia, Lancaster      25th August – 1st Sept 2012


We have had a lovely stay, the weather has been fantastic hot sun every day, apartment super & such a good location.

We have had some lovely meals at the Standard, the Hope & Anchor really good, Marino’s the best for fish & chips & sat on the balcony to eat them watching the tide go in & out.

Loved the Nature Reserve & walk to Winchelsea & also thank you for the bubbly, we will be back.

We have had some great trips on railways, seen castles, Dungeness, all been fantastic, what a super week also loved your paintings Chris                                                                

Carol & Barry                                                                1st – 8th Sept. 2012


Saw a baby seal last week in Rye Harbour! Weather great for September. Location of apartment ideal, short walk to Rye town. Had a great meal at Simply Italian to celebrate our 35th Wedding Anniversary.

Standard is a great pub, good atmosphere and reasonable food.

Carey’s great for seafood and superb fish & chips from Marino’s.

The Ship is also a good eatery. Visited 6 good NT places in the area. Bateman’s (home of Rudyard Kipling) worth a visit.            

Lynn & Mike, Sheffield             8-22 Sept 2012


Our second stay at No11, and just as enjoyable as before. Weather milder this year and despite rain and wind most days, we got walks in everyday.

Our favourite tea room was Swan Cottage – very friendly and excellent toasted tea cakes and cream teas! Marino’s Fish Bar was fantastic – the best rock eel & chips we’ve ever had! The Standard Inn was still the cosiest pub although real ale missing on New Year’s Day. The George Inn surprised us with 2 excellent beers. The Queen’s Head and Robin Hood at Icklesham are highly recommended. PS. Thanks again for the fizz.                       

Alan & Linda                                                                 27th Dec – 3rd January 2012


Thank you for yet another restful, peaceful week Chris.

As usual, the apartment is perfect. The week was finished off perfectly with a seal swimming by to see us off.    

John & Margaret, Eton, Windsor          11-th – 18th Feb 2012


Last minute escape from London – returned to my spiritual home for a wonderful week of walks, coffee shops and R&R. Feel recharged to do battle again.

Thanks Chris and No11 was my first & loved being back. X     

Donna, Kent     25th Feb – 3rd Mar ‘12


We have enjoyed our stay at the Boathouse with fine, warm weather virtually throughout. Many interesting excursions including Dungeness and the RSPB Reserve there, Great Dixter Gardens (Northiam) and the recently opened Jerwood Gallery on the beach at Hastings. Rye itself; always a joy, particularly atmospheric in the early mornings and evenings.    

Robert & Pauline, Oxfordshire                                        28/3/12 to 4/4/12


This is our first stay in the Boathouse & Rye.

Recommend Simply Italian and Haydens Coffee Shop.

Weather has been varied but have been able to do most of what we wanted. Rye lovely old town to browse around. Recommend Sissinghurst Gardens N. Trust. Chartwell House N. Trust.

Tried Scotney Castle but they had shut gardens due to high winds! The flat is lovely & comfortable, warm & quiet. We’ve seen 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Shelducks, Black headed gulls and Barn Owl. Thank you Chris           

Ali & Rob, Hereford     21/4/12 to 28/4/12


We really enjoyed the tranquillity and the view in this comfortable flat, in spite of the rainy weather. The walk from Rye Harbour to Winchelsea Beach offered hides from which we saw, among others, avocets & nesting terns with their young, We don’t own a car & managed to reach Dungeness & Derek Jarman’s cottage via bus to Lydd and a walk. Hayden’s Coffee House – perfect coffee & newspapers – was a great place to shelter from the rain!          

Sian and Norman Oxford                                               2/6/2012 – 9/6/2012


First holiday in this area & first time at the Boathouse. In both cases, a sheer delight & we will definitely be back! The apartment was great & couldn’t have been in a more peaceful setting.

Rye is a beautiful town & we enjoyed eating at The Ambrette, The Lemon Grass (Thai) Restaurant and especially at Webbe’s Fish Restaurant. As a birdwatcher, I was particularly amused by the sight of ostriches! A great week – and many thanks for the fizz!                                                          

Sally & Bob Aldbourne, Wiltshire                                   23.6.12 – 30.6.12


Another fantastic week – this quiet & peaceful part of Rye. Enjoyed the hustle & bustle of the Arts Festival and as usual enjoyed the abundance of good eateries.

Would recommend Webbe’s as a definite – very good food.

Also Ypres Castle Inn & the Thai restaurant.

Thank you for yet another lovely time & for the bubbly.

Martin & Marie                                     Scottish Borders                        10/9 – 17/9/11


Cosy, peaceful apartment, fantastic weather walking around in shorts! And swallows in mid October. Agree with earlier comments, go to Webbe’s fish restaurant, excellent meal.

Drank bubbly on the balcony, thank you.           

Jane and Carl Baker                              Worcs                           9th Oct – 14th Oct 2011


Apartment excellent

Nice to watch the wildlife, enjoyable                

Adrian & Louise Hopkins                   Ashby-de-la-Zouche           Leicestershire       12/05/07


Thanks for the tea tray and introduction to the Inkerman Arms, Liz, the large cod was extra large. We have never spent such a relaxing holiday. The apartment was clean and comfortable. The birds were a joy, especially the oyster catchers. A pair of little egrets were frequent visitors as were a pair of shelducks. The Boathouse is a venue we would like to return to.  

John & Kathy King                                              Islington London                                  12-25/05/07


A big plus for our holiday was the location and cosiness of the Boathouse. Dungeness well worth a visit.

Quite surreal! Rye Heritage Centre worth visiting for history of Rye.

We enjoyed watching a pair of cormorants diving for fish and their antics. A very relaxing holiday. We’ll be back!      

Sue & Dave                                           Mossop Mansfield Nottinghamshire                16th – 23rd June 2007


Great week couldn’t believe the hot weather. Fairlight, Hastings Country Park worth a visit for views of Rye Bay & beyond. Lots of rabbits.

Rye as usual, really lovely. Medieval fair was enjoyable & informative. Chilled out at apartment watching river & boat traffic. Sid & Sophie Seagulls have kept us company all week, we will miss them.      

Bob & Jan                                                              S. Ockendon         Essex                       July – Aug  07


We arrived frazzled after the trials and tribulations of the ‘big smoke’ and were quickly mesmerised by the tranquillity of the Boathouse – it was all we thought it would be and more. We had sunshine every day and though there was lots of frost we were warm and cosy in the apartment! This was our 2nd visit to Rye, but our first to the Boathouse. But as Arnie said – @we’ll be back@.

A few suggestions –

Audio walking tour from the Tourist Office

Farmers’ market on Wednesday

Sunday lunch in the Union Inn (East Street) – don’t go there too late as the ‘roasts’ go quickly.

Inkerman Inn, Rye Harbour – great fish

The Woolpack

Thanks Chris, also Barbara and Dean.             

Thelma and Bill                                      N W London                                          10-17 November 07


Very pleasant week’s holiday with kind weather. Have enjoyed our visits to K & ES Railway & Bodiam Castle, Winchelsea, Sissinghurst & Canterbury. Locally, Rye and the Nature Reserve at Rye Harbour. Our favourite eating place was Webbe’s Fish Café; for a pure blowout try the Woolpack at Brooklands. Have  found Boathouse restful and comfortable.

J & G, Southampton, 15-22nd


An excellent base. Maps & Walking Guides very welcome.

Highlights: Sissinghurst, Great Dixter, walking to Winchelsea via Camber Castle, eating @ New Inn & returning over the fields, Charleston Farmhouse & walking to Berwick Church from there, Rye Deli, Rye Artists, exquisite Catholic Church & Dungeness!!!,

The Mitchells, Cwmdu, West Wales., 22-29th


We really enjoyed our stay and appreciated how well located and appointed the apartment was. Thank you Chris!

We visited many places including Rye and its environs, also Canterbury, Sissinghurst, Great Dixter, Bodiam, Brighton (the Pavilion is outstanding! Well worth a visit).

The Nature Reserve at Rye Harbour is lovely and we also enjoyed the Hastings Country Park at Fairlight (a tip from a previous resident). All in all a great stay!

Thanks for a great stay, Chris, and we did enjoy the fizz.           

Ann & Jeffrey, Adelaide, Australia         July 2010


We enjoyed our week in Rye. It’s a nice town, not too crowded. We walked to Winchelsea, also a nice place. There’s a tearoom over there, but we forgot the name. We biked to Dungeness to see Derek Jarman’s cottage and garden. In some places the bicycle path is in a poor condition, but it is being worked on. The region is not really bicycle-friendly: roads are narrow and people drive fast.

We also visited Bexhill-on-Sea (contemporary art in the de la Warre pavilion) and Hastings. We were rather lucky with the weather, only one afternoon with rain.

The Ypres Castle Inn is the nicest pub, we think. We had to try it since we are from Ypres.      

Jean-Luc Vanhove & Anne Marchand,  Belgium August 2010


A truly lovely week spent here in the Boathouse.

This is our first time in this property, though not our first time in Rye, a place we love & return to year in year out.

We’ve had a very relaxing week here & this spot is very peaceful. Weather been good too. Agree with others regarding places to eat – Flushing is also a good place, though it’s closing soon, we like Webbes & Thai, not tried the George though meant to.

Dungeness holds a mysterious fascination & love the RH&D light railway – go every year! Beautiful stretches of beaches in Rye & surrounding areas. So much to see & do. Will be back to stay in the Boathouse.

Thank you for the sparkling stuff – very thoughtful.

PS. Hoover past its sell by date – won’t hoover up!      

Marie & Martin, Selkirk, Scottish Borders         Aug 2010


A very enjoyable week, visited a good few National Trust places. Recommend Igtham Mote and Chartwell.

Train at Dungeness to Hythe & very enjoyable. Recommend the Ship Inn at Dymchurch for Sunday lunch. Also the Woolpack Inn 15th century, at Brookland. Rye a charming town with good Inns. Would like to return again.

Like watching the river and its changing moods.

Mark, Sat 12th September to 21st September 09


The weather was great – sunny every day. There’s lots to see and do around Rye: Smallhythe (National Trust) is very interesting, Dungeness, Battle (1066 – English Heritage, though a bit busy!). Great places for food – Rye Deli, The Mermaid Inn for Sunday lunch (though a bit expensive!). The Cobbles tea room for afternoon tea & Simply Italian.

Great for bird watching – saw red shanks, little egret & oyster catchers. A very relaxing stay.

Sarah & Nick Leach, Lichfield, 24-28 Oct 09


Delightful flat – clean & comfortable – enjoyed: wandering in Rye, Mermaid Corner Tea Rooms, Ypres Tower – castle Museum, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Winchelsea, Leeds Castle, AND ate at the Lemon Tree in Tenterden and The Gandhi Tandoori in Rye (recommend both)                

Muriel & Felix Zwiebel,                        Minneapolis Minnesota, USA                            17-21 November 2007


Thanks to Mrs B. for the spotless apartment as usual.

Very lucky with the weather- enjoyed Dungeness RSPB site and Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. Have also enjoyed bird-watching from the window – including 8 little egrets and every evening at twilight 2 barn owls hunting in the fields over the river. Also enjoyed eating out at the Ship (good value) Landgate Bistro (has à la carte + set menu Mon – Thurs – not as varied as it used to be) and Simply Italian. Will be back next year.      

Andy & Lindy H.                                  Enfield Middx                                        14-2-07 – 17-2-07


We’ve had a wonderful relaxing break here to celebrate a special anniversary. Nice lunch at the Flushing Inn – especially the puds! And fantastic mural in the dining room. Further afield we enjoyed wandering the streets of Hastings Old Town and recommend lunch at Latham’s Brasserie in George Street. Holiday over all too soon! 

Brenda and Graham,                                             Walthamstow                                        02/03 – 09/03/07


Apartment warm & cosy, nice and clean for our arrival. Some sunny days made sitting outside a real pleasure, with the compulsory glass of wine or two?

Simply Italian nice for food and not too far to walk. In all a very pleasant break.     Howard + Pauline, Copthorne             23-3 to 30/3/07

Up to every standard we had hoped for- but didn’t necessarily think we’d get! Hope to see you again soon. Royal Oak Brookland a highly recommended watering hole but a short drive.               

KEMBALL Daphne & Colin                               Guildford Surrey                                    May 5th


Wonderful relaxing holiday watching the channel fill and empty. Boats floating past and Birds entertaining us. Oystercatcher (what noisy birds) Gulls (pair of Shelducks) Cormorants, a little Tern, & Red Shank. All seen from apartment which is very comfortable and well equipped

Rye is beautiful.   Rye Harbour is a wonderful place especially the Nature Reserve. Cafe good value & good food. Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway good from Dungeness magical especially RSPB Reserve. Leeds Castle enchanting. Wish Rye wasn’t so far from home. Would definitely visit again.

Wonderful supermarket at Peasmarsh ‘ Jempsons’ We don’t eat out at all. We preferred to relax and enjoy view from window as we ate. We shall be sorry to leave The Boathouse has definitely put a spell on us.   

Pat & Tony                                           Northrop West Yorks                                           26th May to 2nd June


Todo maranilloso. Una casa y une eutorus alectiv, comodo, y estrainable

Heuros estadi como eu nuestra propia casa.

Un saludo y Gracias


A great little home .. really lovely.    

Del Pozo Family                                     SPAIN                                                     17/7/07 – 23/7/07


Loved our stay, beautiful apartment. Thank you Chris for letting us stay and thankyou Lisa for the info you gave us. Even though we did not have our own transport we did go to some places, i.e. wild wood and farm world. Our favourite pub was Ypres Castle Inn nice food and service weather was gorgeous could not be better. THANKS AGAIN!!

Love Joe & Jess   

Jess & Joe                                                              Berwick + East Grinstead                     28/7/07 – 4/7/07


We've really enjoyed this holiday. To see a river instead of a road, a boat instead of a car is one of the best things about it. We watched a heron on the far bank last night and a fox on this side tonight. Rye is lovely, plenty of choice for eating out. The old streets and houses take you back in time. The accommodation is first class, very clean and comfortable.

Clare & Geoff Shilton                                                                                                           16-30 AUG 1997


The Boathouse – what a find! A very relaxing week.

Ideal spot to undertake some undisturbed painting and writing. Rye is great, so full of history and all within easy reach on foot.

Geoff & Jen                                                                                                            5 Aug 06 – 12 Aug 06


Lovely week as usual, weather good bit nippy of a night, apartment nice, warm & Cosy. Great Dixter worth a visit, just down the road turning off the A268. The house & garden of the late Christopher Lloyd. It’s like a time warp, lovely old house & pretty garden full of different birds singing merrily.

Herstmonceaux Observatory A259 turn off at Pevensey roundabout head for Watling, is very interesting & fun for bored kids, there’s also a castle on the site. Rye Harbour & town always good to walk to & around. River always calming, find ourselves commenting on the height of the buoy in relation to the tide flow.

Thank you Chris, this is still a gem & chill out zone. But what’s happened to the nature book, we miss it.

Bob & Jan, South Ockendon Essex, April 3-10 2009


A great spot to escape to. I had lots of work to do and found the views and the quiet really stimulated – I got lots done with plenty of time to spare for coastal jogs & walks. Met some interesting artists & saw some great work.

I recommend the sunset from in front of the Hope & Anchor – a beautiful view. A very comfortable & well equipped apartment (some of the kitchen knifes could be replaced). A perfect retreat.

Thank you,

Rosie Alabaster, 5-8th Aug ‘09


Blessed with warm sunshine all week. Thanks Chris!

A garden fanatic’s paradise: Great Dixter, Sissinghurst, Scotney Castle all wonderful. Also Kent & E. Sussex Rlwy, Tenterden to Bodiam Castle, Camber Sands and a couple of good walks – Winchelsea via Rye Harbour, and east along the Rother bank, up the hill to Iden and back down the west side of the A128.

Enjoyed the flat immensely. Good meal @ The Ship, Rye and The Royal Oak, Brookland.

Kate & Richard Powell, Tickton, East Yorkshire, 4-9-09 to 11-9-09


Wonderful relaxing holiday with lovely weather. Apartment extremely comfortable & well appointed (no issues with shower!).

Highlights: fresh fish from Rye Bay Fish (turn right & follow footpath along to road to Camber), local lamb from High St butcher, Lemon Grass Thai restaurant, breakfast on balcony, visits to Scotney Castle, Great Dixter, Smallhythe Place, Canterbury Cathedral, Winchelsea, churches at Brookland & Fairfield, ride on Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, early morning walk on deserted Camber Sands.

Recommend Jempsons at Peasmarsh for a totally different supermarket experience. So much more to see & do – we’ll be back!

Alan & Susan, Godalming, Surrey, 19.09.09 – 26.09.09


Another relaxing visit. Wonders of our trip; Snow, Snow & more snow!! & Barn Owl!!

Egrets, Heron, Hundreds of Lapwings, all from the window.

Maureen & David Whittle                  W/Sx                                                       4 – 3 – 05


Hit the jackpot for weather, nearly 100% sunshine all week. Apartment comfy & clean & no problems. Balcony a great asset in this lovely weather.

Do hire the headphones from the Tourist office on the Strand, it makes a walk around Rye very interesting. Rye Harbour good for watching boats come in & out when the tide is in (it mostly seems to be out!!) Copper Kettle not good value unless you like oysters. Lovely fish from shop by bridge past bowling greens.

Really relaxing & enjoyable holiday.

Adrian & Janet Madin                                         Shrewsbury                                           12-19 June ‘99


Never been here before but it’s different – in a nice way. Dungeness is so weird … like a film set with the ramshackle huts, bleak space & The Smokey (fish).

Simply Italian food & atmosphere great (v. busy on Saturday but can see why it is!) Gandhi Indian OK. Didn’t meet the legendary Mrs B … obviously a very nice lady?!

Alexandra & Tim                                   Weybridge Surrey                                               27-30 JAN 2006


Glorious weather, comfortable accommodation – overall an excellent week. Don’t leave Rye without visiting the Rye Treasury of Mechanical Music, church tower is worth a visit for the view. The Story of Rye in the Heritage Centre also very good. The Union Inn East St has a varied menu at reasonable prices and good sized portions. If you enjoy watching birds Pett Level has been very good this week.

Joyce & Brian Stannard                       Ipswich, Suffolk                                    4/9/99 – 11/9/99


A short but very sweet visit. Very comfortable as always. The Boathouse is a perfect place to escape to time and time again.

Miss T Green                                                                                                         04/10/05


Enjoyed our stay very much – apartment suited us perfectly. We recommend the Fish Café Tower Street & The Place at Camber and the Kettle o Fish for good traditional fish and chips. The Farmers Market 10am on Weds had excellent olives, breads & croissants etc.

Jim & Yvonne McGinley                                                                                     19/8/06 - 26/8/06


A peaceful relaxing week, We went to see the Lamb House, Great Dixter, Camber Sands and Hastings etc..

Enjoyed the food; excellent fish from the fishmonger east of here along the footpath, superb pies and pasties from Rye Delicatessen, apples from the farmers market. The Gandhi is very good value but beware of the hotter dishes which are very hot indeed!

Roy & Shinko                                                                                                       2/9/06 - 9/9/06


A very relaxing week. We found the local transport facilities very good and the narrow gauge railway between Hythe and Dungeness an absolute must. The whole area is a delight.

John and Cecilia                                   from YORK                                            160906


As frequent visitors to Rye having this comfortable and quiet base for a few days is a treat. Recommend Italian on the quay, Cranberries (High St) for teas piece of cake, The Place in Camber is worth a trip. Landgate Bistro recommended only open Tues> Sat. We’ll be back, Rye is a little gem!

Marina & Eamann                                                 Ireland                                                    7/10 – 10/10/06



Canterbury via Park & Ride (£2 per car/bus free)

Jempsons Store at Peasmarsh

Morgan Car museum at Rolvenden

Denge Sound Mirrors at back of Lydd on Sea

Queens Head P.H. for meal (near Landgate)

Rye General Market on Thursday

Rye Harbour Walk

Most enjoyable and relaxing watching the seagulls & ducks

Tony & Pamela Burridge                     Halesowen                                            13-20 August


Unfortunately we hit the 4 weeks of rain in a few days, but being from ‘up north’ we coped and adjusted our programme. Lovely flat, very comfortable, all mod cons (except a wok). Used the Park & Ride at Canterbury – very convenient.

Smallhythe well worth the visit – so dark & atmospheric & Sissinghurst wonderful, if slightly soggy. Batemans’ even better but we benefited as there was enough rain to run the mill & grind flour. Charleston was wonderful with enthusiastic Bloomsburyites showing people around – at Eastbourne Marina (Sovereign Harbour) great for outdoor eating (we did have a day of sunshine). Hastings Country Park has wonderful views across to Rye and towards Eastbourne. Rye, of course, was just beautiful and we hope to return. Many thanks. – Agree re Jempsons & Apothecary café!,

June & John Hutt, York, 3.10.09 -10.10.09


We love the flat and its location. We were blessed with some lovely weather and had lunch out on the balcony twice – not bad for October. Our highlights include Battle, Yesterday’s World Museum, Bateman’s, both steam railways, Bexhill & Beachy Head. We also went to a super Wurlitzer concert at Rye College. We enjoyed exploring Rye and can recommend the Simply Italian Restaurant, the Apothecary Café and Cobbles Tea Room.

Richard and Sally Morgan, Evesham. Worcs., 17th – 24th October 09


Apartment fantastic. Very clean and in a beautiful location. We had a wonderful time. A bit cold & windy, but @no snow@ (thank goodness).

We had our Christmas Day dinner in the Hope Anchor Hotel, an absolute must for a meal 5 star plus service & the manager exceptional & the staff spot on. We went to the Pipemaker’s Arms for a drink. People made us very welcome. Also a visit to the church is worthwhile.

Will definitely be back. Thank you very much Chris for making it a lovely Xmas for me and my husband.

Lesley & Jim Cooper, 23/12/09 – 28/12/09


Great and charming with everything we needed including gull cries – sea swells and blessed late summer sunshine.

Barbara & Luke,                                   Greenwich                                             8-10/-Sep


Don’t see rabbits hopping by where I live

Thanks Mrs B for fab welcome – love the balcony & view.

Visit often never stayed – but will again soon

Love xx

PS saw 2 x oyster catchers & a grey plover too.

Pamela                                                     Walthamstow E17                                                 24-27 March 2006


Very comfortable impressive apartment. Bed was exceptional. Restful break, weather stayed dry & warm. Would definitely return to same apartment.

Thank you very much!! Mrs B has apartment very clean & tidy. X

Lynne & Steve                                                                                                     18-21 April ‘06


Flat very warm, cosy and comfy.

Rye delightful & good bird-watching from Rye Harbour & Winchelsea Beach. A relaxing holiday with fine blend of heritage and nature. We enjoyed the peace and tranquillity so much that this is the only time we have ever wanted to return to a holiday destination!!

David & Ann Scrivens                         (Hertfordshire)                                       5-11-99


Thanks to Mrs B... for the tea tray. A restful stay with some glorious weather. Birdwatching at Dungeness & Rye Harbour + a tawny owl and little egret from the window! Ate out at Landgate Bistro, Monastery & Munrows – all excellent (but not cheap - £16-£19 menus)

Andy & Lindy H                                   Enfield Middx                                        26-2-2000


Another good rest from the rat race.

We have seen 23 species of birds from this window and enjoyed Rye Harbour & Dungeness. Lovely tea & cakes in Cobblers.

Hope to come again!! Rye Treasury good value when too wet for walking we really enjoyed it!!

David & Maureen Whittle                   Sussex                                                     14-21st April


We enjoyed a good rummage in Hastings’ antique bookshops – and bought a super chest of drawers! We visited Bodiam, enjoyed a trip across the channel and Winchelsea but most of all we loved Rye. An exceptional holiday flat. Thank you

David & Anne Slaughter                     Winchester                                            30th Sept – 7th OCT


If you’re into architecture

Rye of course & also (a fair distance!) Faversham – with its splendid church – explore well.

Birdlife Rye Harbour Hides

Food Not sure about those in Rye due to budget – but if you enjoy really fresh fish & chips – try the Mermaid at Old Town front Hastings.

Beer Adnams Broadside at the Ypres here in Rye

Finally – you don’t need to be religious to enjoy evensong (5.30 weekdays) at Canterbury Cathedral – just listen to those voices and enjoy total serenity!                                       

Del & June Ivory                                  N.Devon                                                                 13th Oct’00




*Senior moment. Really redshanks!  L

PETER & GAY COOPER,                     DULWICH, LONDON                          15-3-05/18-3-05


Nice to be back. Nice venue.

All that we remember and more. The orange sun between the boat hulls on the horizon with a gentle morning mist was inspirational!!!

Linda & Len Spiller,                                             Bromley, Kent                                        18/3/05 – 21/3/05


Super flat, very well presented and felt at home straight away. Highly recommend the ’Simply Italian’ restaurant and the Ship Hotel pub, very warm welcome from Pat B. on arrival,

The Rye town model well worth a look and helped us to get our bearings in the town. All the shop people very friendly.

We certainly hope to come back! Loved it!

Rich & Val                                             from  Worthing                                      12/4/05-15/4/05


We had a very good stay, we liked the Boathouse very much. Nice weather all week. Walk to Winchelsea is beautiful, visit to Great Dixter garden (in Northiam) very nice too.

Rye is a great place to stay.

Maryke Hessing & Lenie den Heyer,               Holland                                                   15/04/04 – 22/04/05


We have enjoyed our week here.

East Sussex + Kent very pretty. Visits to Seven Sisters, Beachy Head, White Cliffs of Dover, Hastings Country Park esp. lovely but many other places of interest. The flat comfy. From the flat 25 species of bird seen + one heard (cuckoo). Of special interest barn owl + little + common terns,

Thankyou Rye, very quaint.

Celia & David Bailey,                          Macclesfield Cheshire.                         14-21 May’05


Loved the apartment – very cosy. Lots of good walks – flat & easy. Visits to Hastings, Beachy Head and Eastbourne, Canterbury very interesting – only 1 hour’s drive, - not enough time to see everywhere. Let’s hope we can return. Loved the river and the birds!

Thank you Mrs B for the immaculate condition of our home for one week!

JOAN + JOHN STUBBS,                    BARNSLEY S.YORKS.                         21st -28th May ‘05


Lovely apartment + to be able to wash clothes + cook own food when travelling was great. Rye is great + thoroughly enjoyed Canterbury Cathedral. Will recommend to others from Oz.

Kathy & Tim Steadman,                      Melbourne Australia                                            7.5.05


We were both in need of a break and we could not have picked a nicer town in Rye. After the pace of London we found a little piece of England that is still England.

Mrs B could not have been more helpful in replacing the C/D player for us, it’s the kindness that makes all the difference. The apartment was clean & very peaceful just suited us fine.

Rye has so much to discover. We suggest you just explore & enjoy.

Rosalinda & Colin,                                               Barnet Herts                                           10th to 24 Sept


Enjoyed our stay in peaceful surroundings,

Lovely watching the tide boats and various birds.

Very clean, cosy flat and welcome from Mrs B.

Visited Rye many years ago and still enjoyed its history and quaintness.

First few days the weather was beautiful, next few days very good for Oct.

A really enjoyable week.

Yvonne & Alan Harwood,                  Leigh-on-Sea, Essex                                             1-8 Oct 2005



DAVID & ANGELA BOOTHROYD,                 HOLMFIRTH, N. YORKSHIRE                           13th March



DEREK + LYNNE, MARTIN –                           ASHFORD MIDDX                                              18-21/3/05


Lovely welcome, lovely walks, lovely apartment, lovely town, lovely food, lovely relaxing. What else to say but LOVELY!!! Thanx Chris

Andy + Jules,                                       Uxbridge                                                                 8-10/4/05


1st holiday in Rye, lots to do and see in the town.

We loved the wildlife and have seen plenty this week. Outside of the apartment we have seen collared doves, crows, heron, oystercatchers, terms, herring gulls, swallows and a cormorant as well as ducks, rabbits on the far bank, ostriches & emus in the opposite field!!

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve – free parking or walk from Rye via Camber Castle, we have seen terns with their chicks, herring gulls, avocets, cormorants, swans, goldfinches, linnets, sky larks, crested grebe, tufted ducks, mallards, oystercatchers, kestrel, egrets, swallows, shelducks, marsh harrier, lapwings, Canada geese, greylag geese & a seal entering the river at the harbour during the tide rising!! A great place to come back to!! Thanks for the welcome bottle of fizz.    

Gail & Paul                                                                    21/07/12 28/07/12


Enjoyed ourselves in this well-equipped and enjoyable apartment. Very clean on arrival and all instructions spot on. Bird Life in week fascinating, passing yachts and boat people very friendly. Anyone interested in ships/warships, there is a former Royal Navy patrol/torpedo boat being refurbished in Rye Harbour, the hull of these superb vessels were made of wood as was most of them, very fast, very exciting to be aboard at sea!!            

Ronald & Rita. East Anglia, England     28-7-12 3rd August 2012


Had a lovely time staying in Rye. Very comfortable and quiet apartment with wildlife on our doorstep – will miss ‘Mum’ with her 2 demanding gull chicks!

Enjoyable places to visit :-

Bodiam Castle, Battle Abbey, Scotney Castle, Dungeness, Hastings, Bexhill-on-Sea and many more.

Good places to eat :-

Rye – (all suitable for vegetarians)

-          The Standard Inn

-          The Mermaid

-          The Ship Inn

-          Simply Italian

Overall, really good week and will visit Rye in the near future.

(Thanks for the bottle of bubbly, the tea bags & milk).   

Kev & Ali, Portsmouth             18-25 Aug 2012


This is our 3rd time to this beautiful part of the country in this lovely comfortable apartment & we are never disappointed – Fabulous weather which has made cycling and walking a treat!!

Thank you for the bubbly & tea tray – very welcoming. Will be back next year!!!

Last evening tried “The Ambrette” – posh Indian restaurant. Mixed review, lovely food but waited an age between courses. Would be interested to hear what others felt about the experience???    

Martin & Marie, Scottish Borders         1st Sept – 8th Sept


Lovely quiet sheltered spot. Enjoyed watching the changing river & tides & birds.

Flat very comfortable & well equipped.

We enjoyed the beer, cider & food at the Ypres Castle Inn & also the Standard.

Enjoyed walks on the Nature Reserve, Camber Castle, round Appledore, Peasmarsh & Iden.

Thank you for the bubbly, very nice greeting!     

Chris & Rose, Oxfordshire       15-22/9/12


Having driven down the M20 en route to Francec many times we decided for once to turn right towards this area – we were not disappointed. An excellent week, glorious weather, comfortable & clean apartment.

Lots to do & see. PS. We did go to France for the day via the tunnel – so easy.

Bill & Di Barltrop,                                  Stamford Lincs,                                    16 -23/4/05


Apartment – clean , cosy, comfy & calming! Interesting area.

Recommend train Tenterden to Bodiam. We enjoyed, also, Great Dixter and Merriment Gardens. The rabbits burrowing in the bank opposite were compensation for not seeing a single boat go by!

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

MARGARET & DAVID LUNNON, COULSDON, SURREY                         14.05.05


Apartment warm cosy has everything we needed for our stay. We have seen five boats go by. Plenty of wildlife and the view is fine.

Rye itself is a friendly place. The Ship has great grub.

Dover Castle is a must. So is Tunbridge Wells. Go to Deal rather than Hastings. We’ve had good weather for most of week, Friday was wet! We had a really relaxing time.

The bed is great (Noisy boiler)

Thanks will Recommend to others. Pam Green

*NB Look out for Cormorant fishing then drying himself on top of Signal Pole

Pam and Dave,                                      Tamworth, Staffs                                   21-05-05


Extreme enjoyment – Peace amidst the constant changes of Tide, Wildlife (and weather). Very soothing experience – Recommended

John & Wendy,                                    Melbourne (Australia)                                         09-06-05


I arrived stressed, frazzled and exhausted and shall be leaving relaxed, restored and reinvigorated (and that despite going to work in London 3 days this week). Rye and the Boathouse have woven their usual spell: both the town & Winchelsea have positively glowed in the sun. Mahdi Spice, Simply Italian both good. Flushing Inn up to its usual standard. Thanks to Mrs B.

CLARE CANTON,                                               (GREENWICH)                                      24/6/05


Our first visit and completely the short but valuable and most welcome escape for a few days – a perfect bolthole. We can confirm the Simply Italian and Mahdi Spice recommendations which did not disappoint, but @Rye Delicatessen@ is a place so wonderfully tempting, it’s almost dangerous to go inside ….

Tony and Anne Careless,                   Isle of Wight                                          25th Oct ‘05


Back again, this time for winter break. Just walking and eating and watching the tide. Bliss. Can recommend Rye Bonfire & fireworks

best we have been to.

Rob & Helen,                                        Petersfield                                                              11th Nov 18th Nov 05


We enjoyed our stay at No11, very peaceful & comfortable. Great location, 35 species of birds seen from balcony (including barn owl, turtle dove & cuckoo). See list on board. Avocet Tea Rooms/gallery at Rye Harbour, highly recommended. Sissinghurst & Bateman’s both enjoyable also.

Scotney Castle stunning at this time of year. Thanks for the bubbly!

From List on board:

1.       Black headed gull

2.       Herring gull

3.       Lesser B, Backed gull

4.       Common Tern

5.       Oystercatcher

6.       Blackbird

7.       Wood pigeon

8.       Swallow

9.       Kestrel

10.  Mallard

11.  Shelduck

12.  Cormorant

13.  Carrion Crow

14.  Jackdaw

15.  House sparrow

16.  Swift

17.  Pheasant

18.  Cuckoo

19.  Starling

20.  Collared dove

21.  Grey Heron

22.  Barn owl

23.  Grey Lag goose

24.  Bullfinch

25.  Goldfinch

26.  Avocet

27.  Pied wagtail

28.  Greenfinch

29.  Rook

30.  Magpie

31.  Chaffinch

32.  Turtle Dove

33.  Linnet

34.  Mute swan

35.  Little egret

36.  Common sandpiper


Animals seen:

·         Rabbit

·         Fox

·         Brown rat


Clive Williams, Liz Hogben,                 Sidford Devon                     21/5 – 28/5 2014


Lovely few days. Would highly recommend Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. We’re not really big bird watchers but a small pair of binoculars plus all the info provided in the hides made it very enjoyable. Best thing was Avocet chicks! Also the wildflowers are stunning at the moment. And free car park! Best veggie meals out at Ship Inn and Ypres Inn, ate in garden at latter. Aaron says very good for carnivores too! BBC currently filming a series of Mapp and Lucia around the town and Aaron spotted the dad from ‘Friday Night Dinner’ jogging around the town – very exciting! Thanks for a lovely stay.

Cathie and Aaron Stanley                         (Norwich)                      16/06  - 20/06 2014


Lovely and relaxing break away. The location is fantastic and so peaceful. We went to Camber yesterday and walked along the sandy beach, just perfect. We will come back again. We would recommend Carey’s fish & steak restaurant & the Italian. Thank you for the bubbly. Xx

Donna & Pete                                                                             27th – 29th June 2014


A most enjoyable visit and one that will be repeated.

Although not my first visit to Rye I now see it in a new light. Thanks for the bubbly.

Nick & Jan Humphreys,              Waijeke Island, New Zealand         30 June – 3 July


Terrific peaceful spot to unwind – amazing light & sun in morning.

Great coffee, breakfast & atmosphere at ‘The Apothecary’ in Rye. Also The Mermaid Café at bottom of hill, Deli good.

Great places to visit: Bodiam Castle, Battle, Beachy Head (good food at Tiger Inn, East Dean, nice deli there too!)

Camber Sands for bracing walk & Rye Nature Reserve.

Virr                                                                                                30/9/14 – 5/10/14


Another lovely Christmas in Rye

Jacky & Trevor                                                                            20.12.14 to 27.12.14


Lovely place

Just the right setting with a light dusting of snow. Dungeness out of this world.

Hastings Country Park enchanting.

Susanna and Wilma,                                            Bath, Somerset                                      19 Feb – 26 Feb 2005


Had a very relaxing and enjoyable Valentine’s weekend.

The apartment is very clean & comfortable. Will recommend this to others.

A day in Hastings meant I could share my childhood memories with my boyfriend.

Had a great time and don’t want to go back home to London.

Chelsea & John                                     London                                                   13-2-99 - 16-2-99


Comfortable clean apartment, comfy bed and perfect setting.

Had a super week, weather lovely. Nice to wake to the sound of birds instead of alarm clocks. Rye is a gem to explore. Rye Nature Reserve, Camber Sands & Christopher Lloyds House & Garden at Gt. Dixter (9 miles) a must. Reasonably priced good meals at the Union Inn, also Roast Salt Marsh Lamb at the George Inn very tasty. Barn owl quartering the Marsh opposite most late evenings. Many thanks enjoyed the stay.

Ann & Bob May,                                                 Felixstowe Suffolk                                                 July 9th – July 16th 2005


Another relaxing holiday ambling around Rye and loving it. This is such a good habit. Thanks

Judith & Clive Morgan,                      Buckfast, Devon (Third visit)                             26th March  - 2nd April


Enjoyed our second visit to the Boathouse. Superb weather every day. As photographers we spent a lot of time at Dungeness. See Chris Stone’s Gallery there for local pictures. Not much bird life yet but some gravel pits getting some visitors. Good food from Simply Italian. River Café – good food but service a bit slow mid week.

ALAN & SHEILA BORTHWICK,     PERTH, SCOTLAND                            17 – 24 SEPT 05


Back here at the (BOATHOUSE) for the 2nd year running, on our 6th or 7th visit to Rye.

Enjoyed Rye all over again, as we usually do & the apartment is ideal accommodation & so clean.

We have visited Battle, Winchelsea & Rye Harbour, plus some local walks.

All very enjoyable.

Mr & Mrs Mitchard,                                             Strood, Rochester, Kent                      May 30th to June 6th



Rye is the kind of place we did hope to find. We took the train to Hastings and walked the 12 miles back to Rye (See @Timeout – Country Walks@ Vol.2.). GREAT!

Apartment 10 out of 10. English beer is too warm. Do you put it in microwave before drinking? Too many kids in Chelsea shirts these days. Anyway – Great holidays …

Guido Kirfel Claudia Daugl                  Cologne Trier Germany                       August 19th – 26th 2006


Enjoyed our first visit to Rye. The Town and pubs were great. Lovely and relaxing holiday the weather was good plenty of sunshine.

Apartment is cosy and very comfortable and the surrounds very peaceful. Nice to sit and watch the boats on the river. Hope to be back soon.

VAL & ALAN HUGHES                      HUTTON ESSEX                                  8/8/98


Yet another visit to the Boathouse. A nice warm welcome from the housekeeper when we arrived! Rye really is our second home, lots of lovely pubs/tea rooms around Rye. Can recommend the 'Woolpack Inn' for a great 'Pub Meal' a couple of miles east of Rye. Will return! AGAIN!

Clare & Ian,                                           Eastbourne                                                             25/31-10-98


Well, we survived the Sunday night hurricane & have watched the field on the opposite bank become flooded!! However, we have been very cosy in this comfortable apartment & it wasn’t all rain. Recommend a bracing walk around Rye Harbour Nature Reserve or Dungeness. We were also fortunate to watch the Kingfisher ‘lunch’ on the opposite bank near the weir most days. Winchelsea & Tea Tree Tea rooms recommended!

This was the week that the rivers overflowed over most of England – worst floods for 50 years, perhaps 100 years in some places.

Joan & Eric Sortwell                                                                                                             28 Oct – 4 NOV


Our first visit.

A very comfortable apartment, everything we needed without being cluttered. Seven days of sunshine, what more could we ask. We loved the town of Rye, it was like going back in time.

Joyce & David Fulker                                           Bracknell Berks                                                      25.5.01


This was a last minute holiday to Rye. Being close to our home we have visited Rye many times for a day but a week here has allowed us to explore all the nooks & crannies.

Fantastic weather allowed us to sit on the balcony over breakfast, read a book & relax. Enjoyed Batemans at Burwash, the promenade at Bexhill and the Rye harbour Nature Reserve (Park in the large car park on the right at Rye Harbour then walk down to Lime Kiln cottage RSPB for info.

Keith & Angela Barraclough                                                                                              11-18 AUG 2001


Travellers Tips


Copper Kettle Restaurant. Halibut lovely. Sea Bass not so fresh

Walkers Cocktail bar on the Strand. Happy hour on cocktails great value for money. Try the Rocket Launcher – lethal!


Good old fashioned sea side town. Great for kids – big & small.

Smugglers Cavern not worth the entrance fee

Hastings Castle – Good for a wander & views

Cliff railways – keep ticket for return journey. We lost ours!


Don’t take the Guide Friday tour – not worth the money – not much to see in Dover

Dover Castle – hours of fun!


Take boat trip at Weavers Inn Restaurant. FANTASTIC!

Canterbury Tales – very good & very smelly!!!

Bodiam Castle

Wonderfully romantic if it weren’t for the many screaming over excited children

Great picnic area

Don’t forget your camera

Winchelsea Beach

Do not park in the pay & display car park. FREE parking spaces further along the road.

Calais, France

Forget Auchan, go straight for Carrefour @ Cité Europe

David & Madison,                                               WGC, Herts                                            25/8/01 – 3/9/01


Flat really warm & comfortable.

Italian restaurant on corner Brilliant!!

Very eventful day trip to Paris

Weather good too!

K Reedman & T Harris                         Basingstoke                                           15.10.01


Weather very hot – we have been so lucky!!! Flat perfect – location superb, lovely to walk into Rye for a morning coffee & peruse of newspapers … Really relaxing! Real @fish & chips@ from the shop on the Strand Quay very good indeed. This has been our first visit, but certainly not our last, looking forward to coming again soon. P.S. The walks from the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve are excellent, well worth the blisters …. After a 5 mile walk!!

Lyn & Dan                                             Lichfield, Staffs                                     17.08.02






BOB & JAN                                           SOUTH OCKENDON ESSEX                              JULY 06 22-24



Rye was quiet as expected for time of year. Monastery restaurant, (very top of town) set menu good value.

10 mike walk out to Rye Harbour, along the beach (road) past the old lifeboat stn, back past Camber Castle.

Also Hastings Country Park Sw 86/11 on Big Wall Map. Walks for all!! Very scenic.

Ross & Michelle Waitt                        Sittingbourne Kent                                               11/02/02


Yet again we have had the perfect break – if only too short. Woke up this morning to a perfect blue sky and the sound of the river. Peace! So little traffic. The evening was full of stars and very little light pollution – such a change from the city.

Meal at the ‘Flushing Inn’ in town was wonderful. Excellent service, beautiful food and very relaxed. Watch out for more pretentious customers!

As always, the Boathouse was spotless – thanks to Mrs B.. Complete Heaven!

Annie                                                                                                                      14/02/02


A really good holiday – lots to see.

Charleston (Firle nr Lewes) @Bloomsbury Group@ – well worth a visit. Ship Inn has food on Sunday evenings.

Roger & Pat Savage                                             Riverhead Kent                                     22-29 Sept


Our 3rd visit. Beautifully clean & comfortable accommodation and everything that you need.

Sociable evening at Ypres Inn with good food. Our usual Sunday lunch fish and chips at Inkerman Arms at Rye Harbour – not to be missed.

We’ll be back to beautiful Rye.

Lynne & Derek Martin                         Ashford. Middx.                                    15-18.3.02


Our 2nd visit to the Boathouse. Another relaxing break in this warm & comfortable holiday home.

Spent a day in France & the rest of the week around Rye. Weather perfect!! We will be back again with our bikes in tow!!!

Thanks Mrs B. for your hospitality!!!

Jacqui & Royce Drew                                           West Hallam, Derbyshire                     22-29.3.03


The apartment exceeded our expectations, as did Rye.

Unfortunately the weather was poor which kept us from the beach rather more than we would have liked.

However, the upside was that we explored other places such as Battle – lovely, Hastings – disappointing and Tunbridge Wells – very pleasant place to shop. Overall a most enjoyable holiday and thanks to Mrs B. for a warm welcome.

By the way ….. Great Bed !!

Sarah and Mark                                     Leicester                                                                 6.7.02


Our second visit to the Boathouse, what joy, so peaceful. Great excitement on Monday when the river flooded & the ‘Excelsior’ a sailing trawler took to sea.

Lovely nature walk to Camber Castle. Plenty of quality places to eat but the ‘Flushing Inn’ was very special.

Liz & Richard                                         Cambridge                                                              14-09-02


This is our eighth visit to the Boathouse – unbeatable for peace and tranquillity, great walks (see wall map), good restaurants and bars, fresh sea and country air.

Charming old town with much of interest.

Do visit exquisite, little Catholic Church in Watchbell Street.

John and Carole Owen                         Sittingbourne Kent                                               28/8/04 – 4/9/04


A truly relaxing & peaceful bolthole away from the madding crowd. Apartment clean warm & welcoming. Rye is a wonderful tranquil place to come, ideal to chill out & prepare for Christmas rush! Very highly recommended.

Kate & Jeremy Nears                                            Suffolk                                                    6/12/04


Had a lovely two weeks, the weather has been perfect, and the apartment great. Peaceful yet close to all the pubs and restaurants in Rye. Hope to be back next year.

KEVIN & MARIA                                                FROM HOLLAND                                                16th JULY TO 30TH JULY 94 


We’ve had a wonderful time here. Very peaceful. Flat is very cosy and well equipped. The Mermaid Inn is excellent for a very friendly barman (Terry) and great locals full of good yarns. Town markets on a Thursday are a must for really cheap bargains or just about anything. Ask anyone at the Mermaid about the ghosts in Room 16!! We’ll be back for sure!

Caryn & John Cooper                                          Sydney Australia                                  22-2-97 to 8.3.97


Day 1. V. Clean, firstly – Bed is beautiful - will kill us to go back to 2ft wide bed in UNL halls of residence. Bath lovely – although wonderfully spacious, lacks legroom for two.

Ref. Jill and John from London, and others – what on earth is wrong with the Ship? Do not suffer due to lack of torch, cheese grater or microwave.

Again, bed is lovely, although bedroom generally suffers from inclusion of dubious picture above bedhead, visible in wardrobe mirror.  Jen x

Day 3. The Bed’s lovely, hence no Day 2!

Shower is vast improvement on bath.





Day Six. Whole flat is lovely. Two days in Brighton made an interesting break. Do not want to leave but will not return for about 4 years until both are on a full wage. Has been a quiet if not restful week.

Jen and Rob                                           Chesham, Bucks.                                   28th Dec 1997


Icklesham. A superb vegan meal was prepared for me @ an hours notice. Lovely pub, real ale. Large portion meals. V.impressed. Would also recommend visiting Derek Jarman’s Cottage @ Dungeness if you’re a fan. V. moving. Take away Indian @ Tiger Coast on Landgate/High Street ready to collect within 20 mins of ordering and was delicious. Winchelsea Beach v. peaceful but all pebbles so makes for uncomfortable sunbathing – take lots of padding!! Simply Italian v. good. Excellent food and service. Staff v. helpful & friendly. Finally thanks to Pat for such a warm welcome + cuppa ready to be made. Also good to meet Chris . Will be recommending Rye + the Boathouse to relatives, family + hope to return myself @ same stage.

One criticism – lock on door can be temperamental - & thought  I was locked out a couple of times! No problems at all other than this.

Becky Wright                                        Catton Norwich, Norfolk                      28.07.01- 04.08.01


First class apartment. Situation perfect. Weather has been very kind to us. Thanks to Pat for friendly welcome, tea was needed after long drive. Now, out of season, the town is quiet … custom is slow so you are very welcome almost wherever you go.

The Cockhorse Peasmarsh good value – mixed grill and Japanese prawns excellent.

Crown and Pipemakers @Duty Free@ – lively

Mermaid quiet and refined. Cinque Ports better inside than it looks out. Forge bitter in the Standard – worth a try.

Think we’ll be back … its like a magnet.

Ian & Celia                                             Marus Bridge, Wigan.                                          1st – 8th Sept. 01


We had a very enjoyable time just reading the comments in this visitor’s book!

Rye is a great place – we will probably come back.

Paul & Janet Chandler                          Watford Herts                                       July 5 August 2006


Where have all the birds gone?

Gone away every one!

Not completely true, some seagulls one or two

Listening to the advice of Mr Melville-Brown

Did not feed the birds so as not to make him frown!

To stay here has been wonderful so warm & clean

Thanks to Mrs B. the cleaning QUEEN!!

So thanks for all your thoughtfulness

This accommodation is the BEST


Do, do go & have a coffee & genuine home made cakes & scones at Cheyne House, High St. Rye.

Run by mother, daughter & son-in-law.

Ted & Ginny                                          Henfield, Sx                                            2nd – 6th October


A very peaceful & relaxing stay. V. much needed! Excellent accommodation. Rye lovely. Would highly recommend The Queen’s Head @

Wonderful view, glorious weather – sat outside for breakfast with the sun on our faces most days. We cycled to Winchelsea one day & from Appledore on a circuit route via Ivychurch. Stopped at the Woolpack a really old, friendly & atmospheric pub.

Views, peace & rest – a truly brilliant few days holiday for us both – now back to reality!!!!

Shelagh & Steve Howe,                      East Sussex                                            13th – 17th February 1998


Be very aware that when sitting on balcony drinking vino, if apartment door closes, you are locked out. (very very sorry Mrs B... & peeps at end of block.) We have had a lovely stay here. Rye has lived up to its description of our good friends Johnny & Bob the Builder (Mr.Mrs Guard thanks for the recommendation). Apartment lovely and clean, perfectly situated. Try to visit Camber Sands beach, its one of the best beaches we have been on. Fish shop in town main St, is v. good, nice mushy peas. Ypres Inn customers very yang. Hope & Anchor nice pub.

Jack & Kev                                             Bellchambers, Pooks Green, Southampton      25th Aug - 29th Aug  2001


Peaceful birthday break in the middle of an infant school Christmas! We go home with batteries recharged & fit for Christmas! Previous comments on Cranberries revised, since falling into new hands! The town is very festive & musical – Salvation Army Band, an accordion player & an itinerant lute player, complete with costume!!! The lights look lovely. J

Martin & Jo Itter                                   Horndon on the Hill, Essex                  14/16 Dec 2001


Very short stay lovely warm comfortable clean, not a care! Very enjoyable break – lots of birds seen ! cuckoos (3) stone chat swallows heron (2) sea gull chicks (very young!)

Indian restaurant Mandhi Spice) was very good! Would come again as so much to occupy us! Or just be lazy.

Chris & Bill                                             Cranleigh, Surrey                                                 8th-11th June 2002


Enjoyed a relaxing week watching the boats go by! Leeds Castle worth the trip & ideally situated for a day trip to France. Excellent weather & Italian restaurant was good. Clean & pleasant apartment which is ideally situated for Rye and the surrounding area. Hope to come again.

Derek & Joyce Flounders                    Hartlepool                                                              17-24th August 2002


Very impressed with the apartment, very clean and comfortable. Have very much enjoyed our wonderfully relaxing long weekend. There is plenty to do in and around Rye, especially if you are an EF Benson fan. Ham baguettes at the Ypres inn are memorable!

Nice touches in the apartment are: tea bags and fresh milk from Mrs B., very thoughtful after a long journey and an extension lead for the hairdryer – I’ve been so many places where the hairdryer doesn’t reach to the mirror. Also, the bed – what luxury to have a 5ft. bed on holiday!

Diane and Darren                                  Cheltenham, Glos                                  11-14 Oct 2002


It may have only been a weekend but we feel we’ve had a week of benefit – many thanks.

Alan & Stephanie                                                 Lindfield, West Sussex                        29 Nov to 1 Dec


A Bank Holiday week and the weather was glorious

…….. definitely an oxymoron

Tips for those that follow :-

Spend time exploring the streets of Rye before 10:00am and after 6:00pm (the day trippers are not around and you have the place to enjoy virtually to yourself)

If you need to collect email you can have one hours internet access for free in the local library on Lion Street. Phone to book a time slot

Best paintings of the area are by local artist Peter Jay (available at 102 High St) I’m taking a small one home with me and am in good company (Sir Paul McCartney bought one last week)

David Sharp Pottery very obliging. Will customise their wares and post them to you

Ann Lane                                                               Fareham, Hants                                     24th May  to 31st May 2003


Nice relaxing time. Weather was kind to us. Would we come back again?


Val & Pete Frost                                    Ipswich                                                   26/3/04



A lovely welcome from Mrs B.

Our first time at Rye. The town is wonderful and the apartment perfect for the two of us.

Recommended eateries

Simply Italian – RyeInkerman Arms Rye Harbour

The Place – Camber

Wonderful walks for bird watching

Nature ReserveRye Harbour

Ponds near Camber Castle

RSPB at Dungeness

Also go up tower of church in Rye

Views fantastic

Ann & John Gibbs                                                Old Woking, Surrey                                              19 – 26 June


Our first visit to Sussex. Very good location & accommodation.

Weather dry but v. windy, 2 dull days. Spent a lot of time at Dungeness – we are keen photographers and it is a really good area. Of interest was grounded ship at Camber Sands!

Italian restaurant very good, as was Fish & Chip shop along the Mint. Winchelsea Beach & Rye Harbour both worth a visit.

Alan & Sheila Borthwick                     Perth., Scotland                                     18th – 25th Sept


Very pleasant stay. Can’t add any more to essays in book – we’ll be back.

David and Sally                                     Bath, Somerset                                      17th April 2004


Great visit – fantastic weather

Can heartily recommend ‘Jacques’ for any one who makes it to Canterbury.

Use the binoculars for great views of France from top of old Lighthouse in Dungeness.

John & Michael                                     London E1                                                              29/3/04


Gorgeously clean and cosy flat – will definitely return

Arrived on a Tuesday: warning to all visitors, Rye is closed on a Tuesday so play Patience, walk the beach or read a book, but do not expect so much as a mouse’s fart in Rye! Here are a couple of notes having read previous entries :

Cranberries – gorgeous tea room, do go!

Ypres Castle Inn – reasonable food though no range and not hearty portions!

Mermaid Inn (Rye) – ended every evening with a drink in front of their wonderful log fire

Good beaches – Camber Sands & Winchelsea

Battle – pleasant town to visit

Kathy Cox & Will Taylor                     Midlands                                                                30th Nov – 3rd Dec 2004


Flat as warm, cosy & clean as ever.

The river still works its magic on stressed minds, more hypnotic than ever. Nowhere like Rye at Christmas! Hope to be back in the future. J

PS. Like the new painting in the bedroom very much

Martin & Jo Itter                                   Horndon on the Hill, Essex                  17th/20th December


Loved the apartment. Very lucky with the weather. Port Lympne Animal Park well worth a visit. Also the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway but thought food in pubs and restaurants rather overpriced. Good fish and chips at Inkerman arms, Rye Harbour.

Val & Jack Robins                                                 Stubbington Hants                                               April 2001


Apartment very comfortable clean & cosy,

Most relaxing! Rye absolutely wonderful (Agree with the comment about food above!) Weather superb, will certainly come again.

Sandra & Des Bankes                                          Hemel Hempstead, Herts                     May 2001


Loved the apartment, very comfortable, weather very good. Rye is home to us Rob was born in Udimore we both went to school here we will be back.

Rob & Doreen Wilson                         Uckfield East Sussex                                            12-26 May


Much enjoyed returning to Rye after very many years and to be warmly greeted by Pat B. Accommodation very comfortable clean and well equipped in a quiet and attractive setting. Rye has changed but Rye is still Rye, Excellent meal at the Queens Head, Landgate

Phil & Barbera Simpson                       Maldon Essex                                        8.03.02


Apartment very comfortable & clean – thank you Mrs B.!

Audio walk around Rye very informative. Food at Italian OK – best to book a table at the weekend – not a quiet restful place but entertaining in its own way. Walkers do a good ‘Tapas’ – more like Antipasto

Ypres Pub good for food too. Local fish excellent.

If you go to Canterbury try a River Boat ride – very peaceful.

Anne & David Couchman                                                                                   30.3 – 6.4


A clean & pleasant aPARTMENT

Flat perfect for our needs of getting to know the area which is certainly full of interest plus we struck very lucky with the weather – the sun shone every day.

So much to see & do ‘Rye’ is a gem. Try those ancient back streets near the church. Do have a trip on the miniature Kent & East Sussex Steam Railway and see the various castles, manor houses & countryside.

Mr & Mrs N Dee                                                                                                   Week ending 10 May


Clean comfortable flat, Rye lovely old quaint place. Never seen beaches with cabbages growing on them before, amongst the stones & other plants, at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve & Pett near Winchelsea.

Lovely views from Stony Beach to the cliff also a sm. Castle nestled amongst the trees.

Our first visit to Rye, pleasantly surprised!

June & John Hannington                                                                                    28th June – 5 July



Ideal quiet situation with an easy walk into town. Food at Ypres Inn poor and overpriced. Indian Food at Gandhi superb as also is the Fish & Chips from the place in the Mint. Battle of Britain Museum at Hawkinge excellent and the Memorial is close by too (only 3 miles from museum).

Re-visited childhood due to exhibition at Rye Art Gallery (Capt. Pugwash). Free internet access at Rye library is very handy as can leave laptop at home.

Ann & John Lane                                                 Fareham, Hants + Cannock, Staffs    20-9-03 - 27-9-03


Flat very warm & comfortable as we managed to choose the one week of winter for our holiday. If your clients think the food in Rye expensive coming from Scilly we do not agree. All the meals we had were excellent!

People of Rye very friendly. Thanks Mrs B.



Clean + warm flat, very welcoming on return after the gales at the beginning of our stay. Had some sun too and enjoyed walks to Winchelsea and around the RSPB reserve at Dungeness. Food in Rye O.K. ‘Lemon Grass’ Thai restaurant very good.

Gill + Mike,                                             Nottingham                                            25.03.04


A very comfortable stay with friendly locals and neighbours. First visit to Rye and found it wonderful. The weather has been clear/blue/hot. The walk to Dixter via County Boundary trail was beautiful with lots of real woodland. Coast and castles very striking. We hope to be back. Thanks

Richard & Ilona Warham                     Settle Nth Yks                                        13/04/04- 17/04/04


Peace and quiet, with a luxury apartment. Thanks for a very comfortable holiday.

We can recommend a visit to the house and Gardens at Great Dixter. The mechanical Music Museum in Cinque Ports Street is fascinating. The Forge Restaurant just around the corner does very good steaks and local fish dishes. I had cucumber soup from cucumbers grown in the chefs own garden!

Phil & Edwina Farlow                           New Malden, Surrey                                            17-24 July 99


First visit to Rye enjoyed our stay, comfortable flat, weather good, found food at Art & Coffee shop good also newly opened Fish Café and Bistro. Hope to return some time in the future.

Thanks to Mrs B. for her help.

J & M CARLESS                                  STAFFS                                                  24/4/04


Our 3rd good time here, weather good for the birding. Love the area for a short holiday .Egret and kingfisher and redshank very good from the balcony. Thanks to Mrs B. again!

Maureen & David Whittle                   Hurstpierpoint Sx                                  4-10 Oct 03


A beautiful, relaxing week. Loads to see and do locally. Lovely walks across the marshes and plenty of birds to see. Hobbies common at the moment – one perched on the telegraph pole opposite – and a good variety of waders. Recommended outings : Battle & Pevensey, Lewes (don’t miss Middle Farm for cider etc.). Dungeness, Camber Sands for the sea-bathing. PJM.

John & Sheila McLaughlin                  Writtle, Essex                                         21-28/8/99


We were looking for peace and quiet after a hectic year - and we found it here. It is particularly pleasant in the morning when the sun is shining and the tide is high. Take advantage of the recommended walks (see box on wall)....Don’t burn the toast because it will set off the smoke alarm! If a light bulb blows none of the other lights will work. However, this can be remedied by the switch in the box on the back wall of the bedroom.


John & Carole Owen,                                          Sittingbourne, Kent                                              11/5/96 – 18/5/96


A relaxing week, with it absence of kids, dogs & traffic – just the view, the birds, the boats and the bunnies – a holiday in itself!

Our week coincided with the medieval weekend and the solar eclipse – the latter was witnessed at Camber Sands – very impressive.

- We visited some places on hired bikes (available from @Rye Hire@ Cyprus Place)

Go on the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway – good fun for young children and old children.

Beachy Head, Dungeness, Winchelsea & Eastbourne well worth visiting but very few places equal Rye!

Graham & Rosemary Hall                     Pontefract. West Yorks                        Aug 7th – 14th Aug 99


Another relaxing stay in Rye, at No. 11 this time. Birdwatching at Dungeness & Rye Harbour Reserves. Good food at Munrows & the Monastery (both set menus at reasonable prices – not cheap, but good value) also an interesting menu at Landgate Bistro. Enjoyed visiting the galleries in Rye.

Good comfortable accommodation as usual, Thank you

* Also – really enjoyed a few hours at the Mechanical Music Museum in Rye – Really good for rainy weather.

Andy & Lindy H                                   Enfield, Middx                                       20-2-99


Lovely stay – outlook from flat tranquil and v. relaxing. Perfect bolthole for exploring The area. A visit to Dungeness Bird Reserve  a must. Tunbridge Wells a good day out. Too many places to visit in a week!

NT properties in easy driving distances. Recommend the Monastery restaurant in High Street, Rye. Good food and service friendly.

Howard & Jackie Mansell                    Woking, Surrey                                     12-19 Aug 2000


Our second visit and as good as we remember. After a hectic few months the perfect respite and haven’t missed the phone at all (well not much) Mrs B... provided excellent welcome & service. Good cream tea at quaint Cobbles off the Mint. Dinner at the Old Forge excellent, if a bit pricey if on a budget. Excellent fish and chips at Inkerman Arms at Rye Harbour. We look forward to our next visit with pleasure.

Lynne + Derek Martin                          Ashford Middlesex                                               16/3/01 – 19/3/01


Delighted with the apartment. Very peaceful and comfortable. Enjoyed wandering around Rye & looking at antique shops. Had a great meal in ‘Simply Italian’ – very buzzing. Dover Castle very interesting day trip. Didn’t see the kingfisher but saw the ‘little Egret’ twice (white heron!).

Chris & June Locke                                              Ipswich, Suffolk                                    15.11.02


Novel location, Cosy berth. Ancient town.

New experience!

James & Pamela Forbes                       Clod Hill Wigginton Herts.                  12.4.97 – 19.4.97



A lovely warm, relaxing week – just what I needed! A great town to wander through and then over to the marshes – a needed trip down memory lane!

Tala Hobson                                          Nottinghamshire                                   7/11 – 14/11/03


Our first visit to Rye. We found the flat very cosy + comfortable + perfect on a sunny winter morning to watch the sunrise. Rye is an ideal town for browsing = interesting bookshops + a good delicatessen + fantastic cook shop at end of High Street. We ate in the Flushing Inn which was very good + friendly service – ideal for a special meal + the Simply Spice – delicious Indian Food.

Dungeness RSPB was a good reserve with great hides. I’m sure we’ll come back to explore more!

Lynne + Amit                                         Pagham/Bognor Regis


I wanted time away from a busy job and hectic home life and I found the perfect retreat in the Boathouse + Rye.

Morning coffee in town, long walks in the afternoon – an absolute perfect week and even a sprinkling of snow!

Donna Uden                                          Berkshire                                                                7-13 March ‘-04


Our 4th visit to Rye – Enjoyed it just as much if not more each time!! Weather good as usual – will be back!!

Thanks once again to Mrs B. We come for a restful holiday & it never fails!!

Jacqui & Royce                                    Derbyshire                                                             10-17th April



STEPHEN + CATHERINE TEES        (KIMPTON HERTS)                                             31ST MAY – 4TH JUNE 04




SALLY + STEVE, HILDENBOROUGH              KENT                                                      19-22 Nov 2004


Well-appointed spotless, warm apartment. Everything one needs. Housekeeper Mrs B... v. welcoming, and having learned we are newly married, left flowers + a card for us. Greatly appreciated. Good birdwatching at Rye Harbour. Hope to return!

John & Olive Mercer                                            Sidcup, Kent                                          27-31 March 2000


Very warm reception, literally. We chose the hottest 2 weeks. Were kept entertained by workers from Environment Agency for 4 days on opposite bank. Watched birdlife including two herons behind house to the right, white egret twice, daily cormorant but no kingfishers. Have thoroughly enjoyed our relaxing holiday. We shall return. Thanks.

Rita & Keith Ormston                                           Sidcup. Kent           &n