Superb Spacious Medieval House in Rye

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Last updated: 10/10/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Robin Hill is a lovely and surprisingly spacious 15th century house, famous for having one of England's finest timbered and straw plastered bedrooms, in one of Britain's most photographed streets and opposite the world-renowned Mermaid Inn. It is beautifully furnished, very well-equipped and can easily and comfortably accommodate 12 guests. The large, quiet and secluded garden is shaded by a wonderful mulberry tree. At the foot of the cobbled street yachts and pleasure craft lie moored alongside medieval warehouses full of bustling antique shops. Rye delights the eye with its wealth of old buildings, its church and tower. Restaurants, pubs and cafes abound and offer excellent food within easy walking distance of the house. Rye Bay plaice and scallops are provided by the picturesque local fishing fleet.

Description of the house: This delightful house displays its original beams, high ceilings and rooms full of character and surprise. The upper living room is especially light and sunny, contains a bar and projects into a secluded garden complete with a large mulberry tree set against a panorama of ancient rooftops. The lower living room with its inglenook fireplace looks out onto the famous cobblestone street and the magic of Rye. One bedroom still has its groove for the original medieval wooden shutters. The whole house testifies to a bygone era and has been dated to 1480. Within this medieval setting a fascinating variety of Asian artefacts has been imaginatively displayed ranging from an antique rickshaw to Chinese ancestral doors.

Location and town of Rye: Situated 1.5 miles from the open sea and nature reserves, Rye is within easy reach of Brussels, Paris and London. Canterbury is only one hour away by car. Rye is probably the most complete example of a medieval town in Britain and crowns a hill originally surrounded by the sea. Its 12th century church, fortified tower, Landgate and ancient wall are all within easy walking distance of the house and bear testimony to its history as a Cinque Port. Robin Hill was the origin of the ballad 'There's an old-fashioned house in an old-fashioned street' and formed the basis and front cover design of Beatrix Potter's 'Tale of the Faithful Dove.' Mabel Lucy Atwell lived, wrote and illustrated here and one of the publisher-owner's many literary guests, E.F Benson, the novelist famous for his creation of 'Mapp and Lucia,' gave the house its name - 'Robin Hill'.

Leisure facilities: Three miles beyond Rye are Camber Sands, ideal for children, and Winchelsea, which is a lovely example of medieval town planning. Rye has good sporting and sailing facilities, splendid walks and excursions into the smugglers' paradise of Romney Marsh and the delights of rural Sussex and Kent. A wildlife bird sanctuary stretches from Rye Harbour to Fairlight. Rye also boasts some excellent eating houses. We can recommend The Fish Cafe, The Union Steakhouse, Fletcher's House, The Gandhi Tandoori, The Globe Inn, The Hope Anchor, The Lemon Grass, The Mermaid Inn bar, Simply Italian. There are many other possibilities from among the numerous cafes and pubs in Rye.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 325 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Considered
  • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14

  • Bedroom Queen: 1 queen


  • Bedroom Queen: 1 queen


  • Bedroom Double: 1 double


  • 1/F lounge bedroom: 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • Bedroom Single: 1 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 2/F: 1 double, 1 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 7 gallery: 2 twin/ single


  • On 1/F: 2 queen size doubles in very spacious rooms, 1 double, 1 spacious single, On 2/F: 1 large room with 1 double and 1 single bed, 1 sleeping gallery with 2 chair-beds. On G/F: sofa double bed in lounge...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom: toilet, tub


  • Bathroom: toilet


  • Bathroom: toilet, shower, bidet


  • The first floor bathroom contains a bath, a shower attachment for hair washing, a wash basin and a toilet. There is also a separate first floor toilet. On the ground floor there is a shower room with a bidet, a wash basin and a toilet....moreless

Other Amenities

  • The bar in the 1/F lounge incorporates a lift-up counter hiding a wash basin. The single 1/F bedroom also has its own wash basin. The 2/F family room contains 1 double and 1 single bed. There are also two single fold-out chair beds on 2/F in a library/lobby at the top of the stairs, although this is not entirely private. G/F shower room includes a toilet. 1/F bathroom includes a toilet. There is also a separate 1/F toilet. The kitchen is large, extremely well equipped and has a mahogany table seating 8 people easily. The electric cooker has a double oven and 4 ceramic hobs. The dining room is also spacious seating 10 people at its handsome teak wood table. The house is on a hill. Shops and historic attractions are within 3 minutes' walking distance....moreless


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Bay/Sound
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Near The Ocean
  • Town

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave


  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill

Property Descriptor

  • Terraced


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from 16 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jan 7 - Dec 21, 2017
2 night min stay
Fri, Sat, Sun

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $61 per night, per additional guest

Christmas & New Year
Dec 22 - Jan 5, 2018
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Fri, Sat

Additional information about rental rates


  • No additional mandatory fees


Weekend rate GBP 380 per night for up to 8 guests and GBP 47.5 per night for each extra guest. Minimum 2 nights.

7 Jan 2014 - 20 Dec 2014 GBP1600

20 Dec 2014 - 4 Jan 2015 GBP1800

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 10/10/2016
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64 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
London Gatwick
32 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
32 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Beach

Car: Not Necessary

Rye is located between Hastings and Folkestone and is a mile and a half from the coast. From London Rye can be reached either via M20/A2070/A259 through Ashford or via M25/A21/A268 through Hawkhurst. Historically known as '1066 country' the surrounding area provides the visitor with an abundance of castles, abbeys, fortresses, National Trust gardens and houses, and museums. The coastal area is noted for its flora and fauna including a wildlife bird sanctuary: marshland stretches eastwards, a haven for smugglers in bygone days, and the haunting seascape of Dungeness is a habitat for a wide variety of unusual plants and dominated by two lighthouses; to the west stretch the unspoilt beach of Winchelsea and the cliffs of Fairlight Country Park.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1967

About the owner: We have lived for many years in Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong. Asia has proved a fascinating destination for many of our travels.

Why the Owner Chose Rye, East Sussex, UK:
This Grade 2 listed house has been a constant source of interest and delight. We continue to learn about former residents - back to 1680 so far - and to welcome friends and family to a building which we feel privileged to occupy for a short time in its long history. We have much pleasure in inviting you to share this experience with us.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
A truly medieval environment in the very special town of Rye. A home from home with all the comforts. An excellent range of small shops for gifts to suit a vast range of tastes: pottery, paintings, books old and new, leather, antiques of every description, glass, specialist kitchen ware, furniture.

Contact us

Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • 15th century frontage

    15th century frontage

  • Lounge


  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • Kitchen to Dining Room

    Kitchen to Dining Room

  • Scullery with tumble dryer through to G/F shower room

    Scullery with tumble dryer through to G/F shower room

  • Back of house

    Back of house

  • Garden towards back of house

    Garden towards back of house

  • Second queen size bedroom

    Second queen size bedroom

  • Single bedroom

    Single bedroom

  • Garden room 1/F

    Garden room 1/F

  • Garden Room 1/F

    Garden Room 1/F

  • Chair beds 2/F lobby area

    Chair beds 2/F lobby area

  • Inglenook in lounge

    Inglenook in lounge

  • From Lounge with sofa bed to Dining Room

    From Lounge with sofa bed to Dining Room

  • Kitchen


  • Scullery with washing machine, dishwasher, fridge

    Scullery with washing machine, dishwasher, fridge

  • Garden


  • Steps up to garden

    Steps up to garden

  • Queen size bedroom

    Queen size bedroom

  • Double bedroom with medieval shutter groove

    Double bedroom with medieval shutter groove

  • Garden room 1/F

    Garden room 1/F

  • Garden Room 1/F

    Garden Room 1/F

  • Bathroom 1/F

    Bathroom 1/F

  • Triple bedroom 2/F

    Triple bedroom 2/F

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