The Crow’s Nest


Rye, Sussex

Quirky and quietly luxurious little apartment for 4, in the heart of historic Rye

2 Bedrooms

1 Bathroom

Child friendly

Close to a beach

Dog friendly

Walk to a pub

Walk to a shop


Space & setting.

From the moment you enter this apartment’s deep-blue hallway, you’re immersed all-things nautical. Inspired by the proximity to the coast, there are dangling fishermen’s lanterns, mock portholes, a wall of gold plates embossed by ancient ships, tiny model ships and exotic shells. Even the colour scheme runs through a spectrum of ocean shades, from stormy dark blue to calm blue grey, with accents of white dancing like seaspray. It’s super creative and clever.

On the lower floor, beautiful armchairs beckon you to relax in the light-filled lounge, perhaps with the windows open to hear seabirds calling. Up above, there’s a double bedroom tucked into the eaves, and a cosy second bedroom with curtained cabin beds; kids will love staying here. But the location is the best bit. You’re overlooking Lion Street in the heart of pretty Rye, with interesting shops, boho cafes and history all around you. And after a day’s exploring, you get to return to this characterful little hideaway for peace and a whole lotta home comfort.

Getting here: drive or train to Rye and walk.

Owner Hannah is a textile and fashion accessories designer.

My Kip favourites

She loves
“The cosiness of the apartment – and the ship’s cabin beds, which are hugely popular with small – and large! – guests.”

We love
The luxe statement wallpaper stamped with golden fish, and the beautiful Ercol chairs.

You may not love
The bathroom is small with a shower but no bath. No parking but local carparks are cheap.

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  • This bijou flat is the perfect place to stay in beautiful Rye. The location is fantastic, right in the centre of the picturesque old town, with the shops, tearooms and old church right on your doorstep. Ideal for wandering around and soaking up the atmosphere. The flat is quirky and cosy with luxurious bedding and stylish furnishings with a coastal theme. We have stayed many times already and each time wish we could have stayed longer. Highly recommended!

    Anna Namiki


  • Mermaid Street, Rye
  • Camber Sands
    Camber Sands
  • Rye Citadel
    Rye Citadel
  • Wander Rye’s cobbled streets and little winding lanes, full of artisan shops and independent cafes. Knoops does the best hot chocolate; The Fig Rye is amazing for brunch (think Peruvian corn cake with chimichurri, poached eggs and nigella seeds, plus a Root Power smoothie).
  • You’re yards from the Citadel; climb St Mary’s church tower for amazing panoramas over the town and out to sea.
  • Walk to Camber Sands or hire electric bikes to zip over to Winchelsea Beach.
  • Book in for a luxurious Aveda treatment at The Rye Retreat spa.
  • Day trip to atmospheric Dungeness, Britain’s only desert, almost eerie in its sparse beauty. Watch the sky for hundreds of swallows, swifts and martins in the spring and autumn – this is a migration hotspot.


  • Private apartment spread over the 1st and 2nd floor of a 1500s Grade II-listed building; private entrance.
  • Lounge area with sofas, stove, dining table, internet TV and games cupboard
  • Well-equipped small kitchen – oven, stove, microwave, Nespresso, basic ingredients
  • Bijou shower bathroom: towels and local toiletries
  • Master bedroom in the eaves, with a double bed and dressing room
  • Connects to the second bedroom, which has 2 full-size cabin beds
  • Dog friendly – one small dog welcome (extra fee)
  • Easy to train it here (1 hr 10 mins from London)
  • Or drive; local car parks are very cheap
  • Surrounded by shops, pubs and restaurants
  • Booking conditions: a 2-night minimum stay
  • Remember to pack: wellies for beach walks in autumn and winter; swimming gear and beach towels in summer

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30% deposit, with the balance due 8 weeks prior to stay.
Cancellations: 8+ weeks prior to stay: deposit refunded, minus a £30 processing fee.
6-8 weeks prior to stay: deposit retained, 70% balance refunded, minus a £30 processing fee.
4-6 weeks prior to stay: 50% of the total booking fee retained, 50% refunded, minus a £30 processing fee.
No refunds if booking cancelled within 4 weeks of stay.
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