Chic and great-value little hideaway for 2, in the heart of buzzy Rye
Small but perfectly formed describes this blue-doored tiny house perfectly. It’s basically a one-up, one-down, but oh, such a lovely one, loaded with little hits of luxe. An Amazon Alexa smart speaker with Apple music; a well-equipped kitchen with Nespresso; books, games, you’ll want for nothing. But it’s the décor we really fell in love with, all exposed stone walls, big plants, clusters of lights and a beautiful high, vaulted ceiling. Just 200m from Rye’s train station, it’s a cinch to get here, and brilliantly located near restaurants and the historic cobbled lanes. The town bustles in summer – great fun – but locals say winter’s the best time to visit, for beautiful soft sunlight, windswept coastal walks, and pubs with roaring fires. Just the thing to shake off those January blues.
Getting here: come by train or drive here.
- Wander Rye’s cobbled streets, full of history and great independent boutiques. Knoops does the best hot chocolate in town.
- Follow local footpaths out to Rye’s nature reserve, a beautiful mosaic of salt marsh, saline lagoon and reedbeds that teems with birdlife. Or stroll along the Royal Military Canal.
- Hire a bike down the street, and zip out to Camber Sands for a wander.
- There are great pubs and restaurants steps from the front door. James’ favourites are the Standard, the Ypres, the Globe, Landgate Bistro and the Tuscan Kitchen.
- Or buy some just-caught seafood from the fishmonger or local meat from the butcher and whip up a feast back at home.
- Taxi out to Chapel Down vineyards for wine tasting.