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Stylish Luxury Let In Rye. Walk To Shops/Pubs/Restaurants + Near Beach

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

A Hip Holiday Let Sleeping 6 In A Beautiful Medieval English Town

Bee Cottage is a comfortable, stylish house sleeping up to 6 in 3 bedrooms (1 twin, 1 double, 1 king). It's an easy, level ten-minute walk into Rye itself and there's free parking less than a minute's walk away.

Ground floor:

- Large open-plan lounge/diner

- Well-appointed kitchen including induction range cooker, fridge freezer, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher, cafetiere , digital radio

- Steps down to a lawned garden with patio, barbecue and colourful festoon lighting

First floor:

- Twin bedroom

- Double bedroom

- Family bathroom with rain shower head over bath and separate hand-held shower

- Separate cloakroom with loo and basin

Second floor:

- Master bedroom

Bee Cottage also features lots to keep you entertained:

- An XBox + games, Blu-Ray/DVD player, Netflix, a wireless speaker you can plug your own device in to, plus a record player and some vinyl

- Wi-fi

- Old-fashioned games too! Jigsaws, Scrabble etc

For babies, there's:

- Two high chairs

- A travel cot with mattress (guests to supply cot linen)

- A bag of bath toys

- 2 x stair gates

- plastic cutlery & crockery

- Step-stool for toddlers to reach the sink/loo etc

- Toys and books

We had a great time decorating the house to feel like home, and there are lots of fun touches, from our wall of kitsch mountain landscapes to the old waltzer panels we've mounted on the wall in the garden; plenty of the antique/vintage pieces were gleaned from Rye's many second-hand shops.

Changeover day is generally Friday, but is flexible outside of high season. Minimum stay: 2 nights.

Pets are not allowed.

Bee Cottage is a non-smoking property.

More Details

Emily Brooks
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2018

About Emily Brooks

I'm a freelance interiors journalist, and I also write a blog about stylish holiday lets, Emily Escaped, an antidote to the idea that holiday rentals need to be bland and beige. In the end I decided to dive in and create the kind of holiday home that I would like to stay in as a guest – luxurious, stylish, but fun.

We had been coming to Rye as visitors for a while before we bought here, and fell in love with its beautiful buildings and amazing history - but also the fact that's it's a thriving town, not preserved in aspic.

An ideal day would see us up for breakfast at The Ship Inn, before walking it off down over the dunes to Camber Sands. Back in Rye for the afternoon, we'd dig out some vintage bargains in the antique shops and rummage for some vinyl at Grammar School Records, then have a quick drink in the atmospheric back bar at the ancient Mermaid. Dinner would be in acclaimed local eatery the Landgate Bistro, finishing the night with some live music at the Queen's Head over the road.

Emily Brooks purchased this house in 2013

Why Emily Brooks chose Rye

Bee Cottage stole our hearts because it's a modest little house that also seems to have loads of room for everyone! The easy walk into Rye, good parking (a rarity in the town) and closeness to the station were all practical factors, too.

What makes this house unique

It's a lovely period property, but we've given it lots of special touches and modern comforts, blending old and new in a lively way.


Rye House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Groups
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Stylish Luxury Let In Rye. Walk To Shops/Pubs/Restaurants + Near Beach
average rating of 4.714286 based on 7 reviews

Great property in great location. With everything you need for a wonderful stay.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this property for a week with our 14 month old daughter and my parents. It was the perfect Base for a lovely family holiday. Our daughter loved the toys and books that were provided this added with all the great facilities really made it home away from home. Great location for an easy walk into rye. We also had lovely days out in battle, Hastings, camber sands and the rare breeds farm all within easy reach.

  • Submitted: May 12, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review! We hope that you come to stay again.
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🐝 BEEautiful 🐝

  • 5 of 5

What a warm welcome from the lovely Emily . A Christmas tree, fairy lights , a wreath, cake , apple juice , milk and mince pies

Little touches like this made our first ever Christmas away from home even more special.

We read, dozed, played games we even did a puzzle . Really recharged our batteries, perfect location. Although on a road it was so peaceful .

Loved our time at Bee cottage and we hope to come back. Thank you Emily from

Michele , Julian and Denise x

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: That's great to hear! Glad you had a good time. Thank you for such kind words.
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Lovely house

  • 5 of 5

Great to stay in a house rather than a hotel while working away. Easy quick walk into Rye for all the restaurants and pubs. Only slight downside was the car park which has the most overly complicated ticket system I've ever encountered (though that is nothing to do with the owner). Would definitely book again

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very homely stay

  • 4 of 5

We were 5 people staying for a long week-end. The house is very comfortable and feels like home and not a holiday stay. The lounge and dining room are very spacious and the facilities are very good though we have not used the kitchen. The bedrooms were also spacious and easily accommodate 6 people.

The only comment is that one couple staying did not have good night sleep due to the bed not being too comfortable. But they would come back any time as the rest was perfect.

We were on 4 motorbikes and parked on the street 100 meters from the house with no problems, and within 5 minutes walk through the car park we were in Rye center.

Will definitely re-book this cottage when we go to Rye again.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for you kind review. You'll be happy to hear that the double bed is getting replaced next month! Please come back and try it out...
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Super Wohnung !

  • 4 of 5

Wir waren mit 6 Motorrädern in Rye und haben ein tolles Wochenende in Südengland verbracht ! Die Wohnung ist bestens Ausgestattet . Gute Lage um in die Stadt zu laufen ! Motorräder können in einer Seitenstrasse ca. 100m geparkt werden!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stylish and functional cottage in a charming village

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Bee Cottage for three weeks in July. We were traveling with our 7 months old baby, so we were happy that the house has all the necessary baby-equipment. It also has a well-equipped kitchen for making dinner at home and lots of entertainment and toys. On top of that, we loved that the house is so beautifully furnished and has a cosy little garden. Rye is a charming village with good shops, eating out-options and things to do and see as a family. Emily has made a thorough guide to the city and the area, which we used a lot - thanks for that!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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Nearest Airport
67 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Beauport Park Golf Course, St Leonards-on-Sea
Nearest Train
0.3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
19 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Camber Sands
Car: not necessary

The property sits on the Kent & East Sussex borders, in the heart of '1066 Country', near the sea and the countryside.

Rye itself is a gem of a place – a medieval citadel that is gorgeously picturesque, yet full of life, bursting with ancient buildings that are home to wonderful shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants.

The town’s seafaring history encompasses everything from 18th-century smugglers to Captain Pugwash, and the wider area has miles of beaches, sun-baked vineyards, historic houses and world-famous gardens.

Our favourite places include Camber Sands, a huge, glorious stretch of beach backed by sand dunes; Great Dixter and Sissinghurst, both wonderful gardens; Hastings, great for antiques shopping in the pretty Old Town, the Jerwood Gallery and family-friendly activities like Smuggler's Adventure; and the Kent & East Sussex Railway, a light railway that takes in many local attractions such as fairytale Bodiam Castle.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $79.62
Refundable damage deposit $331.74

Short breaks are available any time outside of high season/school holidays, please contact us for rates
Rates include linens, towels and final clean.
Rates also include a welcome pack that includes home-made cake and biscuits, local apple juice, milk, loo rolls and dishwasher tablets
Changeover day is usually Friday but is flexible outside of high season

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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