Rye Bay covers some 91 square kilometres with fantastic views, wonderful countryside and a largely unspoilt coastline. To the east of Rye is Camber Sands. Home to the only sand dunes in the county, Camber is the perfect place for a family picnic and a day of sandcastle building. Its dramatic landscape has often been used as a location for films and tv shows. There’s a beachside café for drinks and ice-creams. Our top tip? – in high season the road to and from the beach gets very congested so an early start is recommended.
Winchelsea Beach is a small, rural resort, first developed in the early 20th century. Its gently sloping beach is made up of shingle rather than sand, a lovely spot – quiet and unspoiled. You’ll find an ice-cream van there in summer time and there’s also The Ship - open 7 days a week for beachside dining.
Hastings’ main beach backs right onto the seafront so you’re never far away from the town’s facilities and attractions. Once a Great British Seaside Town – time hasn’t been kind to Hastings and its grandeur has faded – but the old town is still very pretty and the newly restored pier is worth a visit. The Blue Dolphin Fish Bar serves some of the finest fish and chips you’ll ever have!
The beach at Dungeness is unusual - a vast expanse of shingle on the edge of Romney Marsh it is one of the most unique habitats in Britain, home to 600 species of plant and a number of rare insects and technically classified as a desert. You can visit Derek Jarman’s post-modern Garden at Prospect Cottage on the shingle shore. The Pilot Inn at Dungeness is also famed for its fish and chips.
The Reserve is one of the most important conservation sites in Britain, it's recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area for birds, a Special Area of Conservation and a Ramsar site. If you’re planning a day here, there’s a café, two pubs and a tearoom in Rye Harbour Village.
Further afield there’s Pevensey Beach – a rural shingle beach which was where William the Conqueror landed in 1066 before the Battle of Hastings. The beach is quieter than many along this stretch of coast and has lovely views across the channel and around the curve of the coastline.
Over the border into Kent there’s Dymchurch Beach which is a flat and mainly sandy beach. Popular with families there’s plenty of seaside fun in Dymchurch as well as the Hythe and Dymchurch narrow gauge railway to enjoy too.
I am in love with this place! This place is perfection! Wonderful hosts too. Can't wait to come back for more adventures. A slice of heaven in the world - it will always be a special place for us both.
Sam & MJ
Perfect, idyllic, lovely and special times together.
Sheena and Lenny
The best pork pie we've ever eaten! We couldn't eat it all on our picnic (you don't underfeed do you!), so we're taking the rest home with us - delicious. Thank you.
Amanda & Michael
Wow – the Meadow Keeper’s Cottage is a work of genius. A beautiful, peaceful, setting and a most relaxing of places to stay. We loved every minute of it. Will definitely be back in the future.
Em & Dom
Brilliant weekend in Woodcutter’s Cottage. Very peaceful and left feeling purified, living in London as we do. Showered in sleet the first morning and frost the next, but the shower was toasty and invigorating.
Joe & Zoe Sharpe
The kids have loved the freedom here, the experiences, not to mention feeding the animals. Thank you for sharing this with us.
The most amazing weekend, so magical! Sarah & Christopher are the pefect hosts and couldn't have made our time here more special. Had our own private dinner in the Hill Top Tent watching the sun go down and my boyfriend proposed! Will never forget our stay here!
Dom & Matt
What a find! Exactly what we needed for a few days. Time together, no business, no children and time with a book. Sarah and Christopher thank you for your great hospitality. Rye – thank you for the great shops. Lunch at the George was fab. The experience has been fantastic and I’d like to think we’ll see you again one day.
Mary & Nick
We had a wonderful few days staying in the cottage, playing games and toasting marshmallows and running in the sand dune of Camber Sands - thank you.
Very much enjoyed our stay and also the boat trip to Bodiam; the science observatory at Herstmonceaux; and the rare breeds centre as well as fish & chips on the beach at Winchelsea. Many thanks!
Katie & Co.
Thank you for such a wonderful stay in your beautiful Meadow Keeper's Cottage. It's just the sweetest hideaway with some amazing touches. The area is stunning we visited Rye, Bodiam Castle and had a great meal at The Ferry Inn. A very special way to spend our first wedding anniversary.
Cathy & James
What a way to celebrate a 70th birthday, back to nature with most of the family. We had glorious weather too. Thank yoy for a great weekend!
Tish & John
Thank you for the beautiful setting and the most perfect wedding day. What a beautiful place to wake up as Mr & Mrs. We first fell in love with Swallowtail Hill two years ago - we'll definitely be back. Magical!
Hannah & Lee
Loved our time with you – thank you so much! Really relaxing just being here and got super lucky with the weather. Cooked an extravaganza on the campfire on two occasions, loved feeding the gorgeous animals, and waking up with the dawn to foxes, bird song, squirrels and sheep. Beautifully snug. Thank you so much.
Marie-Louise, Becca & Suko
A unique experience for a great escape away from the stresses and strains for modern city life and mod cons. Thank you!
Nadia & Claire
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