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C16th house, large garden,central Rye, sleeps eight+

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

About the property

Full of character, 4 bedrooms, optional annex, ideal for 1 or 2 families

Our guest book says it all 'A truly wonderful place', 'we truly struck gold' 'Charming old house' 'We wished it would last forever' 'one of our happiest weeks' 'we've been bowled over' 'our second stay here, and we'll be back'

With two sitting rooms, two double bedrooms and two twin bedrooms the house sleeps eight+ and (unusually for Rye) has a large sunny garden; the Old Surgery is ideal for one or two families.

eight+? as well as the four bedrooms there is a sofa-bed in the 1st floor living room, and in the warm weather there is the annex (additional cost) with independent access, a double bedroom and small bathroom with shower.

Note - the total living space isn't really big enough for more than eight adults, but for family groups with children you will have the flexibility to squeeze in one or two extras.

Our house is old with many interesting features including a giant fireplace with wood burning stove, antique floorboards, picturesque beams, a centuries-old iron pillar, and timbers from a Spanish shipwreck; but also is fully equipped for your holiday with two washing machines, two dryers, two fridges and an iron. Bed linen and towels are also provided, and for babies we have a put-up cot and high-chair.

The property has a large, sunny garden with tables, chairs and barbecue, and yet is in the heart of Rye with shops, art galleries, traditional pubs and restaurants all on your doorstep.

The house website is http://www.oldsurgeryrye.com where there is more information and more photographs, including pages from our guestbook where you can read many positive guest comments.

Interested? Please get in touch -- I respond to all day-time enquiries within an hour or so, if you haven't heard from me after three hours email or call me.

Summary of Accommodation:

- two double bedrooms on the top floor, which share a bathroom between them

- the two twin bedrooms on the first floor, which use the main bathroom.

You also have the convenience of an additional sitting room on the first floor, ideal for children's games, and hanging out

Ground Floor - Living room and Kitchen both with wood-burning stoves.

Please note that the house is old and well equipped for family life - but is not suitable for hen or stag parties.

Outside: The house has a large, sunny garden with lawn, seating area with large table and chairs, deckchairs and a portable barbecue and badminton set.

Within a short walk is the Tennis Club, playground, bowling green, petanque (boules) piste and putting green.

About town:

The house is centrally located in Rye with its shops, art galleries, museums and attractions. The golden beach at Camber Sands is just three miles away, as is the world famous Rye Golf Club, and the watersports centre (kite surfing, SUP etc)

For Childen -

We hope that younger visitors enjoy the house and we leave a small selection of board games and books in the house, as well as a few DVDs. The very young may enjoy finding the geckoes decorating the alley (not as easy as it sounds)

The vast sandy beach at Camber Sands is about 3 miles away and there are plenty of playgrounds in Rye, local pubs welcome children and often have toys and games available. In town, the Heritage centre at the quay has some delightful old slot machines and town model which entertained our children when they were younger. You can also hire audio ghost and history walks for slightly older children which are fun


Top floor

- Bedroom 1 : king size bed

- Bedroom 2: double bed

- Bathroom: shower, basin, WC (bathroom is situated between the two bedrooms).

Middle floor

- Bedroom 3: 2x single bed

- Bedroom 4: 2x single bed

- Sitting room / play room: TV/DVD, sofa bed, desk

- Bathroom

All bedrooms have wardrobe and drawers.

Ground floor

- Living room: TV, DVD, dining table, sofa, 2x armchair, wood burning stove

- Kitchen: table, range, microwave, dishwasher, fridge


- Utility room with washing machines and dryers

(note - the stairs are quite steep, especially to the second floor, and may not be comfortable for the elderly or unsteady. The stairs to the first floor do have a handrail. If you have any questions on access please let me know and I will send more detailed information and pictures)

Parking - in common with much of the Citadel in Rye, we don't have on street parking, but there four 1-hour spaces outside the house for loading/unloading (free all night). Nearest parking is the station car-park, £2.70 a day, and just a two minute walk from the house.

More Details

Steve Axbey
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
20 February, 2017

About Steve Axbey

We live in South West London and bought our second home in Rye after three lovely family holidays renting houses in the town.

Steve Axbey purchased this house in 2008

Why Steve Axbey chose East Sussex

We wanted a house in the Citadel of Rye, large enough for two families (we love having friends to stay) and with a garden. It also needed to be old and characterful. Such houses don't come up too often and we were very pleased to buy the Old Surgery.

We stay in the house ourselves for two weeks every summer, alternate Christmases and a weekend most months. We never tire of Rye or the house

What makes this house unique

Central Location - stroll to pubs and restaurants.

Well connected by train - older children can arrive/leave independently

Barbeques in the large Sunny garden

Cycling, walking and an amazing beach

Guestbook comments from the owner

Amazing house! What age and character.. We enjoyed a scorching week in Rye with our four children. Camber Sands,, Rye market, Hastings and Sissinghurst all a must.

Owners note - this page from our guestbook can be seen on http://www.oldsurgeryrye.com/feedback
Jul 2014
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(36 traveller reviews)


Fabulous weekend

  • 5 of 5

We were very impressed with the quaintness and decor in this beautiful cottage. As we wanted to celebrate our daughters 18th birthday in a special way she wanted all the family to come too and had decided that her older sister might be more comfortable in a house rather than a hotel as she had recently had a baby. The property was clean, tidy and very welcoming. The customer service was very good and the owner very accomodating.

I would definitely recommend this property to other people, although perhaps for toddlers it would not be ideal due to the stairs and uneven floors.

The town is very historic and we enjoyed walking around the town sightseeing. We also did a Treasure Trail which we all thoroughly enjoyed and walked to Camber Castle, taking lots of photos.

We had our daughters celebration meal in the Union Steak House and they were absolutely brilliant, the food was good and not too expensive.

We all think that Rye is a beautiful town with lots of very individual shops and the best thing was that we didn't have to drive the car all weekend.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
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Rye - December 2016

  • 5 of 5

Great location, great house, great fun. Can't wait to do it again.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
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Lovely house in a fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

Spacious, well appointed ancient house in the centre of Rye. Well equipped with everything you could need. Although the house is on the high street it is peaceful. Beautiful garden with sunny patio area. Shops nearby and a big choice of excellent places to eat. The owner provided a lot of very useful information about Rye and the surrounding area.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful, homely and quirky old house right in the centre of Rye.

  • 5 of 5

There were seven of us adults for a weekend and there was plenty of room to be together and apart and to come and go easily. It was very well equipped (keep looking and you'll find it!) and we were able to gather around the wood burning stove as a group, or sit quietly overlooking the garden by ourselves. We enjoyed a walk around Rye Harbour, Lamb House, the George (for a meal), the charming little shops, the view from the church tower and much more in just a couple of days.The owner was very helpful in providing all the information we needed and the only down side was that we could not have stayed longer!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Atmospheric and quirky.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful tw days.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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Lovely house and location

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful few days in Rye. The house was well equipped and comfortable. I would recommend to everyone

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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Prices & Availability

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring 2017
9 Feb 2017 - 29 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Easter 2017
30 Mar 2017 - 19 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Spring 2017
20 Apr 2017 - 24 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
May Holiday
25 May 2017 - 7 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
8 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 6 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2017
7 Sep 2017 - 18 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Half Term
19 Oct 2017 - 1 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Autumn 2017
2 Nov 2017 - 20 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £80
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

WEEKEND rentals are 12:00 to 12:00, flexible on days.
WEEKLY rentals are normally Sat-Sat (but flexible outside summer holidays).
ANNEX available for £90
OTHER or unusual, periods please enquire.
We take credit cards or bank transfer.
25% deposit on booking. Balance due two month before stay
Refundable Damage deposit of £100 is included in the payment calculated by website

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Rye in Sussex

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedrooms 1 and 2 are on the top floor, and share bathroom 2, which is private, situated between the bedrooms. Bedrooms 3 and 4 on middle floor, sharing bathroom 1
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck Chairs
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 14 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Wood burning stove in living room - - welcome basket of wood included. There is a separate Annex with double bed and bathroom which is available in spring summer for people who need more flexibility in sleeping arrangements - please enquire for details.

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