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Grade II Listed Cottage In The Heart Of Rye's Historic And Beautiful Citadel

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's2
Space 1,334 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet


About the property

Cottage in Rye, Sussex, England - Within Two Miles Of Local Beaches, Historic Sites And A Wealth Of Other Attractions

The Artist’s Cottage is a beautiful Grade II listed building built in 1483. Located in the heart of Rye’s historic citadel area, this cottage is ideally situated for exploring the town and accessing the surrounding coast and countryside. Built in 1483, the cottage boasts a wealth of original features, beams and fireplaces – alongside newly refurbished kitchen and bathrooms. In recent history, the property has been owned by a string of artists - hence the name of the cottage - with an art gallery in the front room (now a modern games room). Looking further back, the beautiful arch on the wall of the main living room is thought to be the remains of an ancient bread oven! Rye itself is an endearing place. Whether you are looking for historic sites, local beaches, beautiful nature reserves, child friendly attractions, famous golf courses, romantic restaurants, delicious cream teas, or some of the oldest pubs in England, it could be for you.

PLEASE NOTE: The price quoted above by the Owners Direct website is correct for weekly stays (7 nights) and for weekend breaks (2 nights). We don't charge extra for a third night (same price as for 2 nights - despite what is quoted above) and the price for stays of 4-6 nights will be cheaper than quoted. Please contact us for a confirmation of price. Sorry for any confusion - the pricing options on this site are limited by the Owners Direct system!

More Details

Rachel & Nick Turner
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
18 May, 2018

About Rachel & Nick Turner

The Artist’s Cottage is owned and run by Rachel and Nick Turner and their family. We live in South London with our three young children and work as a counsellor (Rachel) and film/video maker (Nick).

Rachel & Nick Turner purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Rachel & Nick Turner chose Rye

We first visited Rye in a snowy February half term with our three young children and fell in love with the place. Renovating The Artist's Cottage has been a labour of love for the past year and we are really excited to be able to share this unique and charming property with others.

What makes this cottage unique

The Artist's Cottage is a large three bedroom cottage situated in the heart of the citadel area of Rye. We love the fact that it is a few moments walk from a wealth of nearby bars, restaurants, shops, cafes and galleries. The property itself is certainly quirky and full of character. We have tried to balance allowing the historic feel of the cottage with providing modern conveniences and a games room (for children and adults alike!).


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Rye in Rother District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1334 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Toilet 2 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • En-suite bathroom to master bedroom with wc, sink and bath. En-suite bathroom to second bedroom with wc, sink and bath (with 'rain' shower). En-suite wc/sink to attic bedroom. Extra wc downstairs.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , 2 Child Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The master bedroom has a beautiful wrought iron king size bed. The second bedroom has a double bed. Up in the eaves of the cottage is the attic bedroom which has twin single beds, with the option of two extra pull out trundle beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Golf ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The cottage comfortably sleeps six guests in it’s three bedrooms but can also accommodate larger parties if required (using two trundle and two sofa beds). For more than six guests please contact us to discuss your requirements. Outside: French doors on the mezzanine open out onto a small roof space with a bistro table and two chairs. Utility Room: Washing machine, drying rack, iron, ironing board Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen and towels are included. The property is cleaner once a week (or at the end of each stay if shorter breaks). Other: A separate games room has a 6ft pool/table tennis table, a TV/DVD player and Wii (with games). Stairs from the kitchen lead up to a lovely wooden-floored mezzanine space, perfect as a quieter area with French doors opening onto a small roof space.


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Grade II Listed Cottage In The Heart Of Rye's Historic And Beautiful Citadel
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Super holiday. Exceeded all expectations.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the cottage as a family with three older boys. The cottage itself is full of character and so spacious with lots of places for everyone to relax. Our eldest enjoyed playing guitar on the mezzanine and we all enjoyed the table tennis. Booking was easy and as our hosts responded quickly to our enquiries. Rye itself is beautiful - it was like opening your door onto a film set each morning. There are numerous options for eating and drinking right on your doorstep. We enjoyed trips to Battle, Hastings and Camber Sands. We didn't want to leave - hope to visit again.

Thanks Rachel and Nick.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: you are welcome! We're so pleased you had a great stay.
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Fantastic cottage in central Rye

  • 5 of 5

We were staying as a group of adults in Rye and had a fantastic time at the Artist's Cottage. The house has really spacious living areas, much more so than we were expecting for such an old property. There are a few low beams and characterful staircases, but nothing you wouldn't expect from a cottage. It was spotless and Rachel was very helpful with my enquiries in the lead-up to our trip. We had an excellent meal a couple of doors down in the Standard Inn. I wouldn't hesitate to stay at the cottage again and to recommend it to friends.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a great time! We would love to welcome you back in future.
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Gorgeous cottage in centre of Rye

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is a lovely find, in a wonderful location in the centre of Rye. It is suitably quirky given it's age but very comfortable and modernised where it counts (kitchen and bathrooms!). It was very clean and the welcome pack of wine and chocolates was a nice touch. Parking was an easy 5 mins walk away and shops were very handy. The cinema is a few minutes' walk and there is a great pub two doors down serving delicious food. Rachel was really helpful with any queries we had when making our booking and we really hope we might get back there again one day.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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What a wonderful property

  • 5 of 5

6 adults were here to celebrate a 60th birthday for 3 nights - cannot fault this cottage - it had everything you needed - beautifully furnished with all mod cons - very quirky - the pictures do not do it justice - we loved every minute and would definitely return - a joy from start to finish - a big thank you to the owners.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Mar-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage in a great place!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful week at the Artist's Cottage with our three young children. The house is full of charm and character and is very warm and cosy. There is lots to do in Rye itself, with many shops, pubs and restaurants on the doorstep and the castle and church are well worth a visit, as is Lamb House (National Trust), plus a great surrounding area. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect for a family weekend away.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this cottage for a long weekend with our two grown up children and their partners and two small grandchildren. The cottage was perfect for us with lots of nooks and crannies that the children loved. The layout of the bedrooms gave us all some privacy and with 4 toilets there was never a queue! The large dining room table was perfect for leisurely dinners with all the family and the games room a fun aspect. We felt at home straight away as the cottage has such a nice feel to it. Lots of nice touches from the owners with wine, coffee and chocolates. The location was great with shops, restaurants and pubs on the doorstep. We were able to stop outside the cottage to unload the cars and there is a large car park for a very reasonable charge just 5 minutes walk away. The church is well worth a visit, especially going up to the top but beware of the steep steps. Camber Sands a short drive away with lots of amenities, lovely for a long walk in the morning. A very nice cottage in a lovely location for a family weekend.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
85 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
10 Metres
Standard Inn
Nearest Ferry
53 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Rye Golf Club
Nearest Train
800 Metres
Rye Train Station
Nearest Motorway
27 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Metres
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Winchelsea Beach


It is located a few miles from local beaches including Camber Sands (5 miles - a vast sandy beach with huge sand dunes) and Winchelsea Beach (3 miles - a pebble beach). These beaches are accessible with a bus ride from Rye as well as by car.

In addition, Hasting, with its pebble beaches and seafront attractions, is only 12 miles (or a short train ride) away.


Rye is a suitable holiday location for those with or without a car.

Most of the local attractions are accessible via bus and/or train and moving within Rye itself requires no car. Train times from London to Rye are just over an hour (changing at via Ashford International).


Winchelsea and Winchelsea Beach are 3 miles away

Camber and Camber Sands are 5 miles away.

Battle, a beautiful small town hosting the 1066 Battle of Hastings Abbey and Battleground is just 15 miles away.

Hastings (seaside resort) is 12 miles away.

Bodiam Castle is 13 miles and is also accessible by steam train or boat (from Northiam).

Tenterden, renown for its antiques shops, is 11 mile away.

The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway is a few miles away.

Further Details:

The Artist’s Cottage is situated in the heart of the ancient citadel of Rye. The beautiful streets of Rye are jammed full of history, culture, cafes and antiques shops. Many happy hours can be spent wondering around this small but fascinating town. Rye Heritage centre hosts a beautiful model of the town brought to life in an informative light show, which is an interesting way to learn more of the varied and colourful events of the town’s history. Rye museum and the Ypres tower with the gun garden outside is well worth a visit. The town is home to many artists and there are plenty of galleries to browse.

Rye citadel is packed with a wide range of restaurants and cafes. Whether you are looking for a special meal out, somewhere to go with the kids, or a delicious cream tea, you are sure to find the perfect place.

Rye itself offers many relaxing pastimes. The Rye Retreat just a few minutes walk from the cottage provides spa packages as well as hair and beauty treatments. The local leisure centre – also within walking distance – has a good sized swimming pool.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Rye, Sussex

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
May Half Term 2018
25 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
June 2018
1 Jun 2018 - 28 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Early Summer Peak 2018
29 Jun 2018 - 12 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Summer Peak 2018
13 Jul 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Early September 2018
31 Aug 2018 - 13 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Late September 2018
14 Sep 2018 - 27 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Early October 2018
28 Sep 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
October Half Term 2018
19 Oct 2018 - 1 Nov 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Late Autumn 2018
2 Nov 2018 - 13 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Pre-Christmas 2018
14 Dec 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas & New Year 2018
21 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
if you are interested booking a stay at The Artist's Cottage then please contact us. Once we have confirmed availability we ask for a non-refundable £150 deposit to secure the booking. The balance is due no later than one month prior to the start date of the holiday together with a refundable deposit (damage bond) of £150.

Changeover Day:
During peak times (school holidays) rental of the Artist's Cottage is for week periods starting on a Friday or Saturday. At other times of the year we are happy to discuss weekend/shorter breaks with different changeover days.

Notes on prices:
These prices are for a party of six people for a full week beginning on a Friday (or sometimes Saturday). We offer reduced prices for shorter breaks and smaller parties (apart from during peak season). The property can accommodate larger parties (with two children's trundle beds and two double sofa beds) – contact us with your party’s needs to discuss prices and conditions. Heating, electricity, a basket of logs for the wood burning stove, linen, towels and a welcome pack are included in the price.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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