Visitor's Book

for The Boathouse Rye


“This precious stone set in the silver sea,

This beloved plot, this earth, this realm,

This England …..”

Shakespeare, Richard II

We spent two fantastic weeks here.

This flat is cosy, comfortable and an ideal place to explore some beautiful gardens and National Trust properties from.

We’ll recommend it to all our friends

Brigitte and Ebershard,                                Germany                                                  5/8/00 – 19/8/00

We’ve had a lovely time here. The highlights, apart from the charming town of Rye, were Sissinghurst and Hole Park Gardens. (farmers’ market on Mondays). We’ve been coming to Rye regularly for over 15 years now and this is our second stay at the Boathouse. If there is a more perfect place to stay in Rye, we’ve yet to find it. It’s the place to stay for easy access to the charms of Rye and the countryside beyond

Jane & John, Hampton            May 2010


Arrived to sun on the decking and bubbly in the fridge, what a welcome! Came for a restful break, but have walked miles, around Rye to Rye Harbour nature reserve, saw curlews and white egrets, redshank, wonderful photo opportunities. Shower lovely & hot, heating great for evenings. Lovely on the decking just watching the tide and ostriches in field in front!

Fish & chips from Kettle of Fish was good. Roasted chicken portions in oven all OK! Live music Ypres Castle Inn – Friday.

Thank you we have had a lovely time. K & D          

Kate & Dave Canterbury                                                        19th Oct – 23rd Oct 2011


Another lovely visit to the Boathouse.

We have had the most beautiful spring weather. Sun, blue skies and a gentle breeze.

Our son & daughter gave is a surprise visit on day 1 to help us celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary. Wonderful!

We have walked over the marsh to Winchelsea Beach.

A ride on the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway took us to Hythe and a long walk along the ‘prom’. Day 3 saw us walking to Hastings (take good maps if you do this). We came back to Rye by train and it was amazing to see how far we had walked. On day 4 we walked part way along the canal and then headed north of Rye to a lovely village called Iden where we stopped for a drink before making our way back. Today (day 5) we walked to Winchelsea for a pub lunch.

Thank you Chris for the bottle which helped with our celebrations. We will be back!

Angela & Richard Main                      (Surrey)                       18-23 March 2011


Enjoyed the apartment, the views & the ostriches. Thanks Chris for the bottle. Weather has been mostly wild, wet & windy. So we visited Dungeness to make the most of the conditions! We saw Derek Jarman’s cottage and garden & went up the Old Lighthouse. Well worth a visit & tremendous views of the shingle peninsula. Good fish & chips at the Britannia Inn.

Plenty of good cafés  in Rye, best cakes & ambience in the Apothecary? Good meal also at the Ypres Castle Inn. Pity we missed out on the Arts Festival, but we’ve had a great week.         

Richard & Jane                                   Abingdon                    3rd – 10th Sept 2011    


Really enjoyed our stay here.

Would thoroughly recommend ‘Haydens’ for proper coffee and delicious fresh lunches. ‘Webbe’s Fish Café’ an absolute must for fish lovers – must book though, and ‘The Lemongrass’ Thai restaurant was also superb. ‘SI’ (Simply Italian) very slick service and good food, we found the ‘Ship’ a little wannabe trendy beach café-ish, overpriced and not that great. Fish platter at Ypres Castle Inn was fabulous as was the fresh fish – crab, prawns, crayfish tails etc from the fresh fish retailer on the quay, behind the playground.

Rye was delightful, unspoilt with lots to see and do, some lovely walks to Camber Castle, Rye Harbour and Winchelsea where Spike Milligan is buried.

Apartment is v. comfortable and has everything you need, We will definitely be back!

PS. The bubbly a very nice touch after a long drive here!    (J) As was the milk and tea tray! J Thank you.         

Rob & Katie                            Bath                                        16-23 July 2011


In Rye for 12 days. Snow and ice delayed arrival & a challenge to get into apt due to Jackie being in plaster on 1 leg – ice didn’t help!!

Apt fab, clean warm & inviting.

Thanks v. much for the wine. Our favourite pub Queens Head Icklesham. Bay Tree Gifts for unusual gifts. No supermarket in Rye open on Sundays but Tesco at Ashford/Kingsnorth 25 mins. Wildlife walks out to the Harbour mouth recommended for birdwatchers.

So much to see & do in and around Rye even tho’ we lived here for 11 years still find nooks & crannies.

Home from home for Christmas!!      

John & Jackie Warner (ex-Rye)                                                                      20/12/10


Ducks nesting on opposite bank while I enjoyed breakfast on the balcony.

A yacht sailed (apparently) along the field on the left! Comfort, peace and warmth within us! Shall leave here refreshed and ready to face the world once more. Do visit Jempsons of Peasmarsh – the Harrods food store of the South East!,

Gill, 9th – 11th/4/9


We've really enjoyed this holiday. To see a river instead of a road, a boat instead of a car is one of the best things about it. We watched a heron on the far bank last night and a fox on this side tonight. Rye is lovely, plenty of choice for eating out. The old streets and houses take you back in time. The accommodation is first class, very clean and comfortable.

Clare & Geoff Shilton                                                                                                     16-30 AUG 1997


One night definitely not enough! We loved Rye and will have to come again for a longer stay. The flat is perfectly situated; extremely comfortable and well looked after.

The nightlife is good, if a little too good!

Saturday night we had a delicious fresh plaice in a pub around from the Mermaid, think it was The Borough Arms. Thank you very much for a lovely stay.,

Katherine & JP, 30-31st May


The Boathouse – what a find! A very relaxing week.

Ideal spot to undertake some undisturbed painting and writing. Rye is great, so full of history and all within easy reach on foot.

Geoff & Jen                                                                                                             5 Aug 06 – 12 Aug 06


It’s taken 2yrs for us to get back for our 2nd visit to the Boathouse.

Once again we are going home rested after enjoying all that is Rye, thanks to this brilliant location.

Go to the Woolpack at Tenterden for a good meal & service. The Standard in Rye always gives a warm welcome & a good meal too. This visit we fitted in a day trip to Calais for lunch & wine shopping. Hoping it won’t be another 2 yrs before we return again.

Thanks for the ‘bubbly’ Chris – a very welcome surprise. We loved the addition of Wifi too.           

Brian & Angie, Beckenham Kent       Oct 2010


Another fabulous weekend, in spite of all the rain. We so love this apartment, we are so relaxed here, and it gives us such a welcome break from fostering and a house full of children. Many thanks.


Jennie & Des, Pevensey          Oct 2010


Our tenth visit to the Boathouse and still the most relaxing holiday.

Se easy to get to but so far from the cares of everyday life. We have the sea, the countryside, a superb beach at Camber and the historic town of Rye – and a welcome bottle of “bubbly”.

Why bother with the hassle of airports, passports, strikes, transport problems and costs of long-distance travel?

John & Carole Owen                                                              4-10 July 2011


Back again, 5th visit. 1st time in Flat 1, very nice & clean & usual for all the flats we’ve stayed at.

Thanks Chris for the bottle of bubbly. Weather pretty good. Opposite flat is an ostrich farm which we gave a visit & got some sausages, yum yum J Peter.

The farmer was very friendly & gave us a tour of the farm, birds & their eggs & you can get good photos of flats, boats & river. Nice to chill out watching river & birds pairing up. Scotney Castle very scenic & fairy tale.

Lovely week, thanks Chris.   

Bob & Jan                    South Ockendon                                8th April 2011


We have enjoyed a very relaxing few days here in Rye.

It is a beautiful town and the Boathouse has been the ideal base while here. We loved the walk to Camber and around Rye Harbour/Nature Reserve. The food at Baileys was excellent and very good value for money.

The Ship Inn had a limited menu – but we assume that was due to being New Year’s day evening. Despite the lack of choice it was excellent food. We hope to be back again in the near future.

Happy New Year!      

Mr & Mrs White                     (Portsmouth)     30/12/2010 – 2/1/2011


We have had a beautiful week running around on the beach and even getting in the sea. We tried to have a picnic but was a little bit too sandy in the wind. We            love your little home, perfect for two. Thank you so much for letting us stay. Happy New Year!     

Thomas & Jessica (engaged) London                        16th Jan 11


A short stay in Rye but once again it weaves its magic. If you’ve never read any of the E.F. Benson Mapp & Lucia books now is the time to start. You can conjure up the scenes so easily & the bookshop do a lovely little map of where all the characters live.

Kairen                                                                                              19.2.11 – 22.2.11


Lovely cosy apartment – perfect for two. Rye is a fascinating place full of character & history. It’s definitely the most haunted place we have visited.

Great trip out to Bodiam Castle, Camber Sands, Beachy Head & Dungeness. Dungeness is the weirdest most fascinating place, but it’s not for the conventional sightseer! Had the most delicious meal at the George – great ambience too. Webbe’s good for fish but a lot of butter on everything. Steer clear of Simply Italian – more like Simply Terrible with lazy service & watery food. The Mermaid is a perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon drinking. Calvados by the fire. For musicians, we recommend the Guitar shop on Lion Street, friendly, knowledgeable staff & an excellent selection of guitars & equipment.

Thanks for the bubs – cheers

Lucy & Andy                (London)                                         12-19 March 2011


Ideal location to explore Rye etc. Flat cosy and very well equipped.

For a quiet location the Bird Sanctuary at Dungeness is a good place to go.

Winchelsea a perfect village with good views and pub. Good beers at Ship but food expensive and not very well done except for the fish pie. Simply Italian – good robust Italian reasonably priced.

All in all a relaxed place to stay – bubbly much appreciated. Enjoyed all the wild life including the ones on the boats sailing by.

All this and sunshine every day.

Who needs abroad?   

Penny & Joe Savage          London SW9                                16-23rd April 2011


Really enjoyed our time at the Boathouse. The apartment was very comfortable and clean, with a lovely touch, a bottle in the fridge. Heating was nice and cosy and the electric fire really finished it off. On our first night we went to the Standard Inn and had a really lovely meal – good value. Went to Rye Heritage Centre. It might seem a lot, £3.50 each to see a model of the town along with a commentary of the history of the buildings, we loved every minute of it. We would recommend the Boathouse to our friends and a visit to Rye.         

Phil & Donna, Herne Bay       Nov 2010

I’m here for one full month – lucky me!! So far, having a great time, lovely to see Rye & old friends again. The apartment is clean & the water pressure for shower is amazing – it’s normally awful in rentals.

Anne is a wonderful housekeeper leaves everything wonderful.

Hamdens in Rye great for breakfast & lunch. Fish Café good but a bit expensive. Had a good curry from The Spice Place on main st and good pub grub at the Royal Oak & other locals.

Plan on returning every year. Thanks so much for making my stay so comfortable. I’ll be leaving on Sat and I’m sad to go. Sitting here sipping tea & watching the boats sail by I’m reminded we are all like ships in the wind. Who knows what next year will bring. Anyway, come what may if all is well, I hope to return to No 1 Boathouse next year.

Thanks again and thank you Anne for all your hard work.

Georgia Thompson  July 09,


This is our 9th visit to the Boathouse!

Reading, writing, walking, relaxing. Fantastic!

John & Carole Owen                                                Sittingbourne, Kent                                  6/4/07


We had a fantastic week in the Boathouse.

Flat very comfortable, well equipped.

The location is excellent for visiting Sussex, and ….. the weather was superb.

Breakfast at the balcony 6 of the 7 days

Visits to – Dungeness, Camber Sands, Canterbury, Bodiam Castle

In Rye we had dinner at Carey’s for fish & steaks, very good! Also an Indian meal in High Street.

Lunch at Ypres Inn, excellent, could have our drinks outside, sitting in the garden.

Hope to come back!,

Ann & Jan  Hoogmade, Holland, 14-21 March


Our first visit to Rye – we came down for a friend’s wedding – and what a lovely time we’ve had! Days filled with Art, Culture and Gardens, the South East offers such a lot. Hastings Old Town was a revelation with its Net Sheds, gift shops, bars restaurants and the De La Warre Pavilion at Bexhill was breathtaking! Rye has plenty of bars & restaurants for evening entertainment although suffers a little from ‘London Prices’. The flat has been a clean, comfortable & well-equipped base from which to explore the area. We hope to visit again.   

Annabel Roberts & Jim Galloway                                                                                                                                            02-08 – 08-08-08

Had a fantastic week here – found the Boathouse to be very comfortable and handy location for everything in Rye. We will be coming back – Rye is lovely! Had excellent meals everywhere – Baileys – great steak, Carey’s – seafood platter was impressive, Simply Italian – try the special seafood pasta, it’s delicious! The Ship for real ale and excellent standard of food. Great coffee & cream tea at Tambika near the Heritage Centre too. Jempsons café is reasonable and good food too for a quick bite. We don’t want to leave!!

Thank you.

Cath and Shaun, August 2010


After the hectic pace of London it was nice to come back to the peace and quiet of Rye. We had a lovely break; sunshine every day for the whole of our eight day stay, it was great just to drive around the villages and open countryside, and feel at one with the beauty of your surroundings, having my first cup of tea on the balcony in the early morning sun was a real treat, and one memory that did stay with me until I come back again, as I surely will. Rosalinda. Thanks Chris for being so patient when we locked ourselves out, remember future guests, don’t leave key in back of door and close it. The apartment was comfortable and welcoming with everything to hand. Made use of washing machine & dryer, so no dirty washing to take home, yippee!

Kind regards  

Rosalinda & Colin, London    April 2010


We did as we said in April 2008 – we returned to Rye & No1 The Boathouse. Weather this time was a big improvement. We planned to visit less places this time and therefore we managed to see all we planned.

A note for arctophiles – visit Bears Galore (Rye) and the antique/bric-a-brac shops in Rye and Old Hastings.

Got a sweet tooth? Then the Old Sweet shops and cake shops are well worth a look too. Incentives enough to consider another visit sometime.        

Helen– Essex

David– North Yorkshire, May 2010


This is our fourth stay at the Boathouse and our third one in No1. Rye is a great base for exploring Kent and Sussex.

Rochester is well worth the effort and so is Dickens World at Chatham (which we did last year). For shopping Tenterden is very good with lots of individual shops and The Lemon Tree is very good for lunch and teas. Hope to return again next year.

John & Beryl, Sutton Coldfield          May 2010


Our second very successful stay at 1 The Boathouse, combining walks and attending the Florestan Festival at Peasmarsh. Enjoyed a wonderful and, these days, not expensive meal at the fish restaurant in Tower St. Rye has some wonderful shops – my favourite is My Sweet Old Etcetera at 3 High St which fronts as an antique jewellery place but out the back has some very clean second hand women’s clothes at a modest price. I’m away with two pairs of linen trousers and a Hobbs jacket (£28) to wear at a wedding. Not to mention the fascinator from Medusa (I think) for £14.95 – a similar one in John Lewis was £75! And my husband bought a jacket in the Edinburgh Woollen Mill. Altogether a very successful stay. We plan to be back next year for more walking, music – and clothes!!                                                                                                                                                         

Andrew & Margaret, Brighton June 2010

Most enjoyable week in Rye. Lots to see & do in the area. Good pub meals at the Standard & The Union, excellent lunch at Haydens (High St). If you like trains can recommend the Kent & East Sussex railway  - Tenterden to Bodiam Castle.

Mary & Michael,               Ely, Cambs                                   7-14 May 2011


We have lost count of how many times we have stayed at The Boathouse, but our 1st stay in No1 and very nice too, love the wall to wall wardrobes (thanks for the bottle in the fridge Chris).

Hever Castle is great, expensive at £14 Adults/£11.50 O.A.Ps but well worth it – we spent five hours there.

Merriments Gardens lovely gardens, very good restaurant

Batemans very good.

Chartwell very good.

Maidstone has very good shops & big precinct, Park-n-ride & river trips.

(If wanting gifts to take home try.) “Wood-n-Things” in Rye High Street. Full of lovely unusual things as all prices.           

Rose & Mike Long,                Fareham Hampshire                21st – 28th May 2011



Another lovely stay – our third. Yes – it’s very welcoming to find bubbly in the fridge. I think Great Dixter’s our very favourite garden in England. It’s great to park at Northiam and walk to Great Dixter over the fields.

Any local walk book will describe the route. Our favourite restaurant in Rye is Webbe’s Fish Café – very stylish but not pretentious. Best grilled plaice EVER!

Andrew & Margaret Polmear                                                 9th – 13th June 2011


Arriving at the Boathouse we were very pleased to see that everything was as mentioned on the internet. After having been staying at many houses for our holidays either in France, Spain or Italy we can say that the Boathouse is very well equipped and located strategically for visiting many sights in East Sussex.

To name a few: Bodiam Castle was absolutely perfect and even in the rain. Tenterden is a very lovely place to visit with good shops and 2 great superstores: Tesco & Waitrose.

Winchelsea was very interesting, known to be the smallest village in England. Very impressive was of course Great Dixter house. The house is lovely to visit but the gardens are unbelievable, all done by Christopher Lloyd. Everyone should try either a steam train or diesel. We opt for steam from Tenterden to Bodiam it is a must etc. etc.

Thanks for the bubbles .. and a very enjoyable stay. We will surely come again.

Henny & Ed de Bruyn Kops     The Hague, The Netherlands        June 2011


Our second visit to No1. The Boathouse proved as pleasant and tranquil as the first. What a lovely place to stay.

Gareth & Judith Woolcott                                                      1-4 July 2011


Had a lovely relaxing time & enjoyed our stay at No1, we particularly liked the view. We found Rye to be nice & central. We particularly liked the train from Dungeness to Hythe & if you don’t mind a little drive Bedgebury Pinetum.         

Marie & Jason                                     Surrey                          9th – 16th July


Lovely weather with only 1 day rain and most of the time a lot of sun.

We did enjoy our trips to Canterbury (must go! If you don’t care the drive), Sandwich, Seven Sisters (view from Seaford Head is amazing), Rye and the walks along the beach in the evening at Camber beach.

The Boathouse was a nice and well equipped home these days.


***** Our subjective advice

1.      Canterbury

2.      Rye

3.      Seven Sisters (Seaford view)

4.      Sandwich & Deal

5.      Eastbourne (only when sun and temp is +22ºC, lovely beach


Thanks Chris for the warm welcome and trip info.

I wish other readers a nice vacation and lovely stay.

Maarkie & Geert                     Dinxperlo The Netherlands   23-7-2011



What a find. We’d stayed in Rye before but decided to do the self-catering this time. A lovely house, great views and with the fine weather early in the week, breakfast on the verandah just put the icing on the cake. If you eat out (but with such a fine setting, why bother?) avoid the Kettle of Fish – rarely does a piece of cod taste like a cod-piece!

SI Italian is quite superb, so is the Rainbow Trout at Broad Oak. And for a short trip out, do not miss MERRIMENT GARDENS – the best kept gardens we have ever seen.

Ann & Ron Meiners-Drummond,                                                            From Sunderland                                                                     12-19 July’08


The weather has been brilliant, so we didn’t get to see everything we wanted to – too much lazing on Camber Sands. Golf at Lydd Golf course very reasonable and you can hire buggies as well.

All a great excuse for coming back.

Apartment was great – shower boiling!!!

Thanks for a most enjoyable stay.

John & Sue Darge

Scotland, August 3rd -7th 2009


We enjoyed our stay here very much. Rye is a fine little town, with typical English streets and shops. We liked the English custom to form queues/lines in shops, and even on the market. It is very polite and efficient and fair. We visited Sissinghurst gardens, Bodiam Castle, Penshurst Place & Gardens, Great Dixter (Northiam), Hastings, Canterbury by train and also enjoyed very much apartment with its rich scala of facilities. We are very satisfied about apartment, weather, surroundings and the kind people.          

Hans & Hannie Hoogland                                                        Houten Holland                                                                       21-28 June 2008


Very comfortable, enjoyed ourselves

Snow in Spring! Great for an Aussie couple

Battle was something √ Heaps of photos of Buildings

Food in Rye : SI Italian – No! Ship Inn - No! Copper Kettle – No!

The Bell √ The Mermaid √ The Anchor √

& you must go to the Rye Deli – Great tucker. Great markets on Thursdays.

Merci, cheers – enjoy.            

Howard & Jane Riach                                                                              Sunshine Coast, Nambour, Queensland Australia                     1-8.4.08


We had a wonderful stay here on our honeymoon, it was the perfect place to be.

Only regret is we didn’t book for longer.

The Ship Inn was excellent for food – not cheap but what we got what we paid for and it was absolutely delicious – best steak ever!

Very grateful for the incredibly thoughtful touches of a box of chocolate, and the bottle of champagne waiting for us when we arrived, thank you so much. We would love to come here again. All in all, a beautiful start to our married life together., Sophie & Seamus, Aug 8-10th 2009


3rd visit to Rye but 1st stay at the Boathouse.

Good comfortable accommodation with all you need. Wifi access very handy. Lovely watching the tidal flow of the river & boats going by.

Great fillet steak at the Tuscan Kitchen on Lion Street. Bar food at the Mermaid good value. Don’t go to the Monastery restaurant – appalling.

Battle Abbey a must.  Marion Pullen & Mick Baden, London, July 2010


We’ve had a great week here at No1. So peaceful and calm, what a change from the rat race. We walked the town twice, the second time with the audio guide (well worth it). Also visited Hastings, Bodiam and Battle. The train ride to Bodiam from Tenterden was bumpy but worth the try. We were halfway down the bottle of bubbly before the thought struck us that it was for the housekeeper from the last tenants. Oops!!      

Malcolm – Yorkshire

Charlotte – Kent, August 2010


We have had a very enjoyable few days here at the Boathouse and the weather has been perfect. Loved Rye and made some great discoveries in the area. One of our highs was the little church, St Thomas Becket isolated in Welland March just south of Appledore.

We thought the apartment exceeded our expectations. We would come again.

Thank you.     

Peter & Liz, Burgess Hill        Sept 2010


We have had a great holiday, with pretty good weather. We enjoyed Camber Sands, Winchelsea and Winchelsea Beach. It was quite exciting when the estuary overflowed and came half way up the curb outside the flat! Marino’s fish & chips was excellent.    

Steve & Abby, St Albans       Sept 2010


A short stay to see the bonfire and visit the ‘deli’ – neither disappointed! Flat is warm and clean, very welcome at this time of year.

Despite inclement weather Rye always has something to offer its visitors. See you in 2011 we hope!


Terry & Judith, Hampshire,    November 2010


Really enjoyed our stay. Apartment ideally placed for walking into Rye yet so quiet & peaceful.

We’d recommend the Cobbles Tea Room in Rye for coffee, cakes and light lunches and we bought excellent sausages at Winchelsea Farm Kitchen (cards in information file). There’s a Waitrose and Tesco at Tenterden. For anyone interested in plants & gardens Merriments at Hurst Green has a good range of plants, a good restaurant & a very pretty garden. We also bought some camellias from Coghurst Camellias (Near Three Oaks). They also sell alpines but the camellias are a real spectacle at the moment – excellent plants, good prices and hundreds to choose from.

There are so many places to visit we just couldn’t fit them all in so look forward to next time.      

Gwen & Jim, Aspley Guise, March 2010


Our ‘Eleventh Hour’ booking was certainly inspired!

Fabulous weather everyday. Rye is a delight. Tenterden is also lovely particularly if you like to browse antiques. Comfortable apartment. Altogether a wonderful week.      

Chris & Heather Hetherington                  Nottingham                                              4.8.07 - 11.8.07


As bird-watchers we found Rye Harbour & Dungeness Nature Reserves very interesting. Seeing the kingfisher on posts outside the flat was a bonus (every day!)       

Yvonne & Pete Allen                                               Rowhedge nr Colchester                          6-13 OCT. 2007


Here to work & a very comfortable & peaceful place to do so. Recommend Simply Italian, The Apothecary for breakfast, The George for a beer, Whites Bar have internet access if you require it.      

Neil                                                          Whitstable, Kent                                      23/3/07


Fascinating birds – shag, oystercatcher etc.

So peaceful I slept well as did Peter. Area almost as good as Devon! The farmers’ market has wonderful quiches – try the pea & mint – really excellent. Recommend the Flushing Inn. Not cheap but wonderful food. Lisa very friendly & helpful, 

Peter & Myris Rose,                                                Barnstaple Devon                          

We have been very impressed with the apartment and its facilities. Thanks, Chris, for the bubbly – reminded us of many happy holidays in the Loire valley! Only here for five days but it’s been fantastic and seemed much longer. Maritime Festival was colourful and we’ve seen our share of ‘traffic’ on the Rock Channel.

Having read the comments in this book, we think you should make up your own mind about restaurants!! We went to ‘Simply Italian’ and The George in Rye and enjoyed both!

We also cooked on the quirky cooker* after buying local plaice and mussels as the (freshly caught/sold) fishmongers by the bridge on the way out to Camber Sands – highly recommended!

All in all a great week! We will recommend this place and Rye to our friends (and will no doubt bore everyone with our photos!)


* It’s an adventure using the cooker – don’t cook anything (in oven) that relies on precision!        

Sue & Mark                             Hook, Hants                            13/8/11 to 18/8/11


We originally came for a week, but were able to extend stay in No5 and move to No 1 for final evening. Very lucky!

A perfect holiday venue in this lovely place.

We have walked many miles (12.6 in one day alone).

There is so much to see in Rye and surrounding area.

We agree that you should make up your own mind about where to eat. We have had good experiences everywhere.

We must mention fish & chips though – we had lovely fish & chips from Marino’s in The Mint, then we saw that ‘Kettle O’fish’ was No2 on The Times ‘Best Fish & Chip’ list, so we got some from there as our next treat. Fish & chips tasteless, nothing like as good as Marino’s.

Observing the river and ostriches inspired me to invent sayings

When the tide coming in looks like the tide going out, it’s not the time to be out & about”

“When ostrich run around the field, go out & put on your sun shield”

We hope you have a lovely stay, as we did. Rye is full of surprises. JG


Many thanks to Chris for making No1 available & ready when we moved out of No5

Christopher & Joan                 Grantchester, Cambridge        08/08/11


We’ve really enjoyed our short stay here, thank you Chris for this lovely base, we love this apartment! Beautiful walks in the immediate area & Rye is stunning. Had a lovely relaxing time, now back to the craziness that is London! Claire           

Claire & Matt –                       Camberwell, London              03/09 – 06/09/11


What a gem! And Rye’s not bad either. We enjoyed our short stay and hope to return, even if it’s just for the Apothecary coffee. Many thanks for the hospitality and farewell.   

Sue & Jim                                Cornwall                                                         10/9/11


We have spent a great week here in Rye. The apartment was a lovely place to stay – it is just so peaceful. The weather has been kind to us. Don’t bother going to Hastings it has become very run down. We had a very nice day at Dover Castle – the underground tunnels were amazing. Lovely coffee at the ‘Apothecary’.

Restaurants very varied. Best thing is to try a few!! 

June & Freddie Barry                                                             15th Sept – 22nd Sept 2011


It’s thirty years since we last visited Rye and it hasn’t lost its charm! Try Jeake’s House in Mermaid St for a luxurious start to the day – breakfast is £12.50 for non-residents.

We explored on foot and picked up the 1066 way by going over the crossing by the station and taking the footpath opposite Mason Road. This takes you to Winchelsea –

Wonderful deli & coffee shop, amazing church – dear old Spike Milligan’s buried there. Interesting houses in grid layout. Continued the round trip back to Rye following the Royal Military Canal path past Camber Castle.

The Boathouse itself is in a superb location within walking distance of town and yet no traffic noise – amazing!! So peaceful. Delicious bubbly – a great start to a lovely weekend. Thankyou.


Don’t miss Farrells

01797 223 336

If you use the American Diner you can take photos of the cars

-          they are amazing!!        

Val & Berni                             Ingatestone                                         7th – 9th Oct 2011


Had a lovely relaxing time, lots of walking.

Thrilled to see an otter swimming in the river.

For best value try all inclusive 3 course meal at Hope Anchor.         

Sheila & Malcolm Horton       Tutt Hill Farmhouse                30th Oct – Nov 6th 2011  


Our second stay at the Boathouse. A super way to start the new year. Lunch at the New Inn in Winchelsea. Very welcoming, relaxing and excellent sausage & onion baguette! The Ship also provided good beer and a tasty dinner.

Weather has been kind – we have had many interesting walks but need to return as we have so much more to see.

Thank you for the fizz! We will be back!      


Angela & Richard Main          Surrey                                      30 December 2010


Another stay at the Boathouse bit a different apartment – still the usual high standard (thank you Chris). If you like game try the Queen’s Head – opposite Landgate Bistro for an inexpensive meal.

Also enjoyed meals at Gandhi & Simply Italian. Good Birdwatching & walking at Rye Harbour & Dungeness.  

Andy & Lindy,                       Enfield, Middx                       23rd Feb – 26th 2011



A very comfortable apartment in a good position with welcoming bottle of bubbly!

Good local walks and we have been blessed with terrific weather for time of year.

Never tired of walking around Rye and enjoyed meals at Simply Italian & Mahdi Spice.

Bought local caught plaice at fish market & enjoyed the meal in!

Thursday market worth a visit for exceptional value fruit & veg.

All in all a very relaxing holiday & for us something different. Will come again.,

Dan & Geraldine Turner, Beckenham Kent, 19-26 Sept 09


No emu! But cranes seen at Dungeness in Sept.

Kingfisher, barn owl, egrets, redshank, heron & all common birds all seen from window!

Good pub food “Queens Head”. Icklesham. (Chef cooks while you wait).             

M & D. Whittle                                        W/Sx                                                        12.10-07


A lovely week in Rye with lots of walks, good food and incredible weather. An excellent ‘Plan B’ to our diving holiday in Egypt, not possible because of the volcanic ash cloud! Apartment ideal base, comfortable and well equipped. We particularly liked the Ship Inn for cocktails and ‘The Place’ at Camber Sands for a good lunch followed by a nice beach walk.

Thanks very much!     

Peter Boxer & Charlotte Crowe, Rabat – Morocco    April 2010


Great to be back again. S.I Simply the same.

Very relaxing week after all those dark London months.

Isobel & Wilf, May 2010


Fantastic few days here – recommend to join National Trust as there are so many places to visit – Hastings Castle & Battle Abbey also highly recommended. Ship Inn – Rye, excellent food. No complaints with apartment. Very good!!                                                                                                                                                            

Dan & Joset Scott, May 2010


We have travelled a long way to explore Kent & Sussex & we haven’t been disappointed. A cosy apartment in a super location.

Thanks for the fizz - a welcoming start to our hols.

Our find: “Cook” a shop in Tenterden (next to M & Co) sell ready made home cooked frozen meals. Loads of choice but we stuck with Lasagne (£6.95). 1hr in oven – cook from frozen, serve with salad & a chilled vino – follow with strawbs & cream – gorgeous.     

Bob & Lesley, Tyne & Wear  June 2010


Lovely comfortable apartment. As you approach Rye along the canal it appears perched on a hill like a medieval place of pilgrimage.

With its old cobbled streets this impression is sustained when you arrive.                                                     

Brian & Cathy Medhurst, April 2010


We have stayed at the Boathouse before in April & October so thought a summer visit would be good. Showers most days, spectacular thunderstorm on Wednesday evening and Force 8-9 gales today (Thursday)!

The Boathouse is an excellent base to explore the lovely old town of Rye and surrounding area.

Visit Dungeness for a different day out. Views from the top of the Old Lighthouse are great, travel on the RH&D R 13 mile steam train route or walk on the miles of sandy beach at Greatstone or visit the RSPB reserve. Then buy the best fresh fish at the slab opposite the Pilot Inn.

Dungeness, you will either love it or hate it – but you will never forget it!

For lunch take the road by the canal to Appledore. The Black Lion is a lovely village pub with excellent value sandwiches & ploughman’s.  

Mike & Sue, W. Sussex, July 2010


We have had a great week at the Boathouse! The fizz got us off to a good start – thank you. The apartment has been very comfortable and peaceful – a real haven. We have enjoyed trips to Hastings Country Park, where we enjoyed a walk and picnic in a beautiful location overlooking the sea, Bewl water, again a walk & picnic, and the National Pinetum at Bedgebury. Weather has been good, warm and dry, just right for a walk and picnic. One highlight was our visit to Webbes at The Fish Café in Tower Street. We had an excellent meal – best mussels I’ve tasted – so fresh!           

Ian & Sue, North Walsham     Jul 2010


Back again. Yippee. We saw a seal in the river, outside flat, how great is that, nice one. Central heating works well, warm as toast. Supermarket opposite rail station..

Nice Madras at the ‘Gandhi’. Hastings great for Fishermen’s Museum & real working boats. Winchelsea town very pretty & Pett. Rye has its own charm that you can’t forget. Flat is home from home with better scenery. Wonderful              

Bob & Jan                                                                S. Ockendon Essex                                  30 March – 6 April


Thanks for a lovely, clean and comfy apartment.

Our 1st visit to the area. We enjoyed the miniature railway at New Romney, travelling from Hythe to Dungeness. Good fish & chip lunch Brittania Inn.

Rye’s Historical Audio Town tour is fantastic.

As is the views from St Mary’s tower. Our highlight has to be seeing two seals at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve,

Rosemarie & Roy, Godalming Sy., 20th – 23rd Sept 08


Apartment excellent

Nice to watch the wildlife, enjoyable       

Adrian & Louise Hopkins                       Ashby-de-la-Zouche                Leicestershire          12/05/07

Really lovely stay. We enjoyed watching the river. Recommend the shipwreck at Jury’s Gap at low tide. Very peaceful & secluded, like a home away from home. Thanks for the stay and the bubbly – a lovely birthday treat.

Sen & Catherine                      (London)                                 30th April – 2nd May 2011


Another week in the Boathouse same high standard as last year. Thanks Chris.

Again Carey’s & Baileys for food. Found Jempsons supermarket in Peasmarsh this time. Lunch time food excellent value and evening buffet at £6 all you can eat even better! Electric boat trip at Hythe a must. Super gentle boat very peaceful. Even saw a kingfisher.       

Dorothy & Frank Traynor       Scone Perth Scotland              15/5/11 – 21/5/11


Back again! Dry but windy first half of week – some rain showers Thursday & Friday. Again we had dinner at the Black Lion Appledore – excellent food and a great selection.

Lots of birds in river, black headed gulls, oystercatchers, great crested grebe etc.

Mike & Sue,                            W. Sussex                               21/5/11 – 28/5/11


Our second visit to the Boathouse.

Love the apartment. One of our favourites.

This visit Small Hythe Place & return visit to St Thomas a Becket church surrounded by sheep in the marsh.

Thank you for the bubbly.     

Pete & Liz                               Burgess Hill, W. Sussex          13th – 17th June 2011


We visited Rye on a day trip for our anniversary and wanted to stay longer. The Boathouse gave us a good base for our long weekend – follow up. Highlights were the walk to the Harbour, a large and tasty Sunday lunch at the Black Lion in Appledore and wandering the streets in the early evening exploring Rye. Carey’s fish restaurant is recommended too.

Thanks for a good break!       

Jeff  & Suzy                            Cobham, Surrey                      23-25 July 2011


A second visit for us and a lovely relaxing stay.

The sparkle is a wonderful warm and welcoming gesture. The Mermaid (though expensive) scores Brownie points with us because of its vegetarian menu with vegan options. Thank you Chris for this haven.         

The Pollards of Walthamstow                                                            28-31st July 2011


Second time for us as well. Weather has been mixed. Went to London to visit Greenwich Maritime Museum, lasted 2hrs had to come back due to the Riots there!! What an experience. Scotney Castle well worth the visit, very peaceful. Try the local Rye Bay Plaice off the fish-man by the bridge. Managed to bake in oven (foiled) beautiful!! Thanks again Chris and for the fizz!!

Jean & Mike                                                                            6-8-2011 – 13.8.2011


Our first visit to the Boathouse and Rye – we were not disappointed. The location of the apartment is lovely – very peaceful. Rye is beautiful with lots of nice restaurants and pubs to choose from. We will definitely be visiting again.

Many thanks Claire & Mark x

PS Thanks for the fizz!          

Claire & Mark Hood.                                                                          26/8/11 – 29/8/11


Enjoyed the food at Webbe’s Fish Café, the beer at Ypres Castle and the gardens at Great Dixter. A very comfortable and relaxing stay.           

John & Maggie R                                                                                05 -10 Sept 11


A happy stay, once again.

Lovely part of the world.

Webbe’s Fish Restaurant excellent.   

Jean & John Fildes                                                                              10-17 Sep 2011


Just a much needed 3 day break, the Boathouse was just what I needed, very cosy and comfortable.

Enjoyed a meal at SI, lovely walks at Rye Harbour and along Winchelsea Beach. Great location to just chill!

Thanks Chris,  I may well be back!!  

Mary Rowe                                                                                         25/9/11


A well equipped apartment in an interesting location. First visit to the Boathouse – would definitely come again! A real trip down ‘memory lane’ for us after many years absence. Thanks for the wine – a nice gesture. Fish & Chip shop in Mint Shop is popular & v. good! SI good meal and good value for money. Ship Inn expensive and disappointing meal. The Bell good for a drink in patio garden.        

Katrin & Keith                                                                                    29.9 – 3.10.11


Another visit to the Boathouse! Nowhere better to stay in Rye. The Pilot at Dungeness not as good as it was – no longer buy local fish so go across the road and buy fresh Dover sole or plaice & cook in the oven – much better. For lunch drive to Appledore (along the road by Royal Military Canal) and try the White Lion for sandwiches & ploughmans at v. reasonable prices. On this visit  I learned that in early 1944 Churchill visited Rye and Field Marshall Montgomery inspected the trap on the field by the bridge to Camber – all part of the invasion deception plan. More to see and learn about Rye history on our next visit. The Ashford Designer Outlet is excellent for bargains (M&S, Clarke’s, Next, etc etc) and not v. far away.           

Mike & Sue                             W. Sussex                                           15-22/10/11


Enjoyed our second visit to the Boathouse. Comfortable accommodation – love watching the tide coming and going! Webbe’s Fish Café and Landgate Bistro excellent (wise to book as they get busy). Glorious walks at Rye Harbour and from Pett to Winchelsea along the canal. Will certainly be back in the future!           

Pat & Eric O’Connor              Bromley                                              22-29 Oct 11


A glorious week – wall to wall sunshine (except Tuesday) and very warm for early April. Visited Dover Castle, Battle Abbey & Battlefield and Bodiam Castle – all well worth the visit. Simply Italian has good authentic Italian food at reasonable prices and the Ypres Castle Inn is good too.

For take-away food (healthy!!) try the Rye Deli in High Street.

And for coffee the Apothecary is excellent (good cakes too!)

Many thanks for the bottle of fizz, Chris; it was much appreciated. 

Jill & Derek Watkins,              Coventry                                             8/4/11


A lovely Easter weekend!

Great walk to Camber Castle & then onto the beach near Winchelsea. Very relaxing, peaceful place to be.           

Rosey & Adam,                                  London                                               25/4/11


Thank you, thank you, thank you for the most lovely stay.  We have both enjoyed ourselves in this relaxing environment.  

Alex McAllister & Mum (90)                                                                         12.6.11



Thanks for the tea tray and introduction to the Inkerman Arms, Liz, the large cod was extra large. We have never spent such a relaxing holiday. The apartment was clean and comfortable. The birds were a joy, especially the oyster catchers. A pair of little egrets were frequent visitors as were a pair of shelducks. The Boathouse is a venue we would like to return to.    

John & Kathy King                                  Islington London                                     12-25/05/07


A big plus for our holiday was the location and cosiness of the Boathouse. Dungeness well worth a visit.

Quite surreal! Rye Heritage Centre worth visiting for history of Rye.

We enjoyed watching a pair of cormorants diving for fish and their antics. A very relaxing holiday. We’ll be back!              

Sue & Dave                                             Mossop   Mansfield Nottinghamshire      16th – 23rd June 2007


Force 6-8 veering to Force 9 in the channel.

Very restful stay in Rye after walking the 1066 way from Pevensey. Boathouse excellent. Binoculars very much appreciated – some good walks/birds at Dungeness and round Camber Castle. Mesmerised by tide – spotting & waiting for boats. Many thanks for v.good apartment.

Keith & Jill, Aug 2010


We very much enjoyed our stay.

One of the highlights was watching Richard Branson, supported by his family, kite surf across the channel from Dungeness. Thank you for the binoculars – a gem of an accessory! Also the welcome fizz was great!

Monica & Linda, Aug 2010


First time in the area. Great comfy apartment, well equipped. Bailey, Simply Italian and Carey’s great for food.

In Hastings De Pola on Marine Parade a must for home made Italian ice cream. Great farm shops around – Middle Farm on route to Brighton (never seen so much cider!) Train from Dungeness to Hythe very good with an interesting stop at New Romney to see the model train display also Kent and East Sussex railway at Tenterden very good trip. One week not long enough to see everything.                                                                                                

Dorothy & Frank – Perth Scotland, Sept 2010


Another repeat week at the Boathouse revisiting familiar places. Area seemed busier this year – loads of bird watchers at Dungeness apparently looking for a Lapwing Bunting which Alan almost stood on! Saw Egret on riverbank opposite apartment, but our bird knowledge is sparse! Weather dry with a couple of dull days, but windy – only managed 3 days in shorts this time. Eating out good, Carey’s, Baileys and Simply Italian all v. good. At Rye Harbour try William the Conqueror Pub – does lunch and evening meals (after 7.00) with boules being played outside. Avocet Tea Room and Gallery worth a visit. Will no doubt return again.  

Alan & Sheila, Perth Scotland            Sept 2010


Many thanks for the use of your super apartment – it was everything we needed with Champagne!

The binoculars allowed us to count the Ostriches and “supervise” the work being carried out on the large white boat. The weather closed in on Friday otherwise a dry week.

The countryside is fascinating with good days visiting Whitstable, Scotney Castle, various marsh churches and the unique area of Dungeness with Derek Jarman’s “Prospect Cottage” and his pebble beach garden served by a regular rail service on the miniature railway. The Fish & chip lunch in the Pilot was fantastic.

Should your visitors like fish (if not why are they in Rye?) then surely the best is at the Fish Café/Webbes here and at Hastings Roc’o’Nor. Wonderful food.

We are going home with fins and tails but we will be back.

Don’t forget Bateman’s at Burwash – Kipling’s Home.

PS Thank God the ‘Copper Kettle’ has gone and children are welcome now.         

Sue & John, West Sussex       Oct 2010

Ideal spot for a good interesting break. A great range of books worth reading. Thank you!                                          

Valerie & Bruce                                – London                                     3-10 Sept 2011


We liked:

Rock Channel


Rye Festival

Medieval Churches of Romney Marsh

Bodiam Castle

Romney, Dymchurch & Hythe Railway

Restaurants : Simply Italian. Nice ambience, good service, food OK, but not as good as –

Trattoria Italia (Bexhill & Hastings). 2 course lunch @ £6.95 is a bargain.

Authentic Italian food; Italians eat here!

The Queen’s Head, Icklesham. Home cooked Sunday lunch; rest of menu looked interesting. Good value & service.

Carey’s Seafood & Steak Bar: bland fish

Ypres Tower Inn: good seafood platter

Landgate Bistro: melt in the mouth meat & iced parfait to die for.

The Monastery: Ordinary; v. slow service

Best of the bunch: Landgate Bistro   

Carol & Jerry Buxton –                       Wales                                     10-17 Sept 2011


We enjoyed visiting Rye again with the delightful view from the Boathouse. The town and surrounding area especially nature reserves are always a joy to us. Thank you for the use of an excellent apartment & thanks to all who prepared it for our use.

David & Margaret,                              Shoreham-by-Sea                    17-24  Sep 2011


A perfect place to come home after exploring such a delightful part of England.

Must do’s include :

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Winchelsea Village and Beach

Snargate – Pub & Church.

Royal Military Canal Path from Appledore

Jempsons in Peasmarsh – a shopping experience

Feathers in Salehurst for bird lovers.

Ghost walk from the Heritage Centre

Or just sitting on this balcony watching the world go by!    

Jen & Fran                                           Somerset                                 11-14th Oct 2011


Have enjoyed a most wonderful week and the time has really flown past. The Boathouse is fantastic. Comfortable and very well equipped. Managed to make good use of the balcony which is a real sun trap. Don’t worry if the river starts to flood – it quickly retreats! Rye is a jewel in the crown of England. This is our first visit and we are very, very impressed. Mermaid Street is taken straight from a Dickens’ novel and take a rest in the Mermaid Inn the fireplace is gigantic. There is so much to do we will need to return again!

Thanks Chris for your help and bubbly!        

Kathy & Glen                                                 (Essex)                                                22-29 Oct 2011


Another lovely stay. Just what was needed! A prescription of good food, wine and quietness! It was our 21st anniversary so made it more memorable. Thanks Chris for the fizzy wine too. Definitely will be our bolthole.      

Heggie & Blue                                    (Brighton)                   24th Nov – 29th Nov 2011


Thought we would be snowed in for a month – but snow melted completely when it was time to go.       

Phil                                                                                                                  1-5/12/10


We’ve been to Rye a few times but never in December.

Looks lovely in the snow. There’s only one problem. Getting here and getting home. Once you’re here it’s perfect!           

Guido Kirfel, Claudia                         Cologne                                   10-20/12/10


Another fantastic stay at the Boathouse. Thank you Chris!

Another wonderful meal at the Hope & Anchor Hotel Xmas Day – same great standard (5 star plus).

Weather cold & icy, but luckily no snow!! Recommend Pipemakers for a quiet friendly drink. Meal wise, Simply Italian, takeaway Chinese Hot Wok, & takeaway Indian. We love Rye, so relaxed & peaceful. Will be back again very soon!!     

Lesley & Jim Cooper                          (London)                     24.12.10 to 31.12.10


Wonderful place! We had a lovely time and really enjoyed the Boathouse. Great walks to Camber Sands and Rye Harbour.

Excellent meals at Ghandi and the Landgate Bistro.

Petulia & Rob Redman                       Italy                             22.1.11-29.1.11


We had a lovely holiday. The Boathouse is great – welcoming, very comfortable, peaceful. We appreciated the tea & fizz to greet us! Recommend the Pipemakers as did your last visitors. Also Marino’s for good fish and chips, Strand Quay Café for an excellent and cholesterol-inducing Full English Breakfast! We don’t drive but found excellent bus & train links to interesting places, and great walk over the marshes to Winchelsea & Camber Castle. Thank you Chris, we will be definitely be back.

Ruth Cohen & Richard Saffron          (London)                     29.1.11 – 4.2.11



Nice & cosy in No3. Herring gulls & cormorant (or shag) spotted 7am on Mon 8/11. Wind turbines just visible. This is our 2nd visit to the Boathouse & we love the tranquillity of the place (sorry for spelling!) The rawness of the weather with bracing winds & warm rain makes for an ideal bolthole from ‘Old Smokey!’ The lighting is ideal for both photography & painting & we will come again as log as our legs will carry us. Hopefully we have a kind & mild winter here in the S.E. Apartment very clean & comfy.,

Thelma & Bill (Hendon, N. London), 8/11 – 15/11/8


Great week couldn’t believe the hot weather. Fairlight, Hastings Country Park worth a visit for views of Rye Bay & beyond. Lots of rabbits.

Rye as usual, really lovely. Medieval fair was enjoyable & informative. Chilled out at apartment watching river & boat traffic. Sid & Sophie Seagulls have kept us company all week, we will miss them.               

Bob & Jan                                                                S. Ockendon            Essex                       July – Aug  07


We arrived frazzled after the trials and tribulations of the ‘big smoke’ and were quickly mesmerised by the tranquillity of the Boathouse – it was all we thought it would be and more. We had sunshine every day and though there was lots of frost we were warm and cosy in the apartment! This was our 2nd visit to Rye, but our first to the Boathouse. But as Arnie said – “we’ll be back”.

A few suggestions –

Audio walking tour from the Tourist Office

Farmers’ market on Wednesday

Sunday lunch in the Union Inn (East Street) – don’t go there too late as the ‘roasts’ go quickly.

Inkerman Inn, Rye Harbour – great fish

The Woolpack

Thanks Chris, also Barbara and Dean.    

Thelma and Bill                                       N W London                                            10-17 November 07


Delightful flat – clean & comfortable – enjoyed: wandering in Rye, Mermaid Corner Tea Rooms, Ypres Tower – castle Museum, Rye Harbour nature Reserve, Winchelsea, Leeds Castle, AND ate at the Lemon Tree in Tenterden and The Gandhi Tandoori in Rye (recommend both)    

Muriel & Felix Zwiebel,                           Minneapolis Minnesota, USA                  17-21 November 2007


Thanks to Mrs B. for the spotless apartment as usual.

Very lucky with the weather- enjoyed Dungeness RSPB site and Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. Have also enjoyed bird-watching from the window – including 8 little egrets and every evening at twilight 2 barn owls hunting in the fields over the river. Also enjoyed eating out at the Ship (good value) Landgate Bistro (has à la carte + set menu Mon – Thurs – not as varied as it used to be) and Simply Italian. Will be back next year.        

Andy & Lindy H.                                    Enfield Middx                                         14-2-07 – 17-2-07


Great little town with exceptional selection of places to eat.

Simply Italian – Good food, good portions, good value. For something different try MAHDI SPICE – no air conditioning but wonderful Bangladeshi food. The Crown & Flushing Inn – good but expensive! Ypres Castle Inn not cheap but great food. Baileys was a surprise – their mixed grill & steak were very good. For the best pub grub, home made, fresh veg & gravy try the Bridge Inn @ Winchelsea.

DAYS OUT – Take the steam train from Tenterden to Bodiam Castle.

Canterbury – always worth a visit.

For N.T. Members (& others)

Scotney is a must along with Sissinghurst (of course).

For a walk – try Rye Harbour to Winchelsea via Camber Castle.

If you like fish – try the Fresh Fish Shop on New Road.

Cheap & fresh and landed daily.


Mike & Rene Fordham, Princes Risborough, Bucks, 8/8-15/8(09)


We’ve had a wonderful relaxing break here to celebrate a special anniversary. Nice lunch at the Flushing Inn – especially the puds! And fantastic mural in the dining room. Further afield we enjoyed wandering the streets of Hastings Old Town and recommend lunch at Latham’s Brasserie in George Street. Holiday over all too soon!           

Brenda and Graham,                                                Walthamstow                                           02/03 – 09/03/07

Another great stay at the Boathouse. Very peaceful after a hectic half. Have even been able to sit outside a couple of times. Thanks Chris, see you next year.         

John & Margaret Cousins                   Eton Windsor              11.2.11-19.2.11


Had lovely time staying in fabulous flat, very clean and comfortable. Dover Castle incredible. Tenterden beautiful town, loved the antique shops, this town has everything you need, everyone very helpful and friendly. Ostriches were a surprise, will definitely be back.

Thank you for bubbly, only rained on Wednesday, sat out with drinks on balcony on Thursday.   

Heather & Patrick Robinson               IOW                                        19-26/2/11


You can get used to quietness, warmth and comfort, then going downstairs to bed. Everything as one would wish. On a bird-watching expedition a very large bird was spotting a little way downstream. Experts pointed out that it was a seal. Rye rules OK.

Rosemary & Michael Brown              Norfolk                       3rd – 10th March 2011


Our seventh stay since we came in 2000 on honeymoon (aahh!). Weather changed from ice blast at first to warm summer on later days.

Bittern booming but unseen at Castle Water & at reserve in Dungeness. There are recycling facilities at Jempson’s/Budgens for glass, plastic bottles etc. We’ll be back! Happy Days!        

John & Olive Mercer,              Sidcup                         2-9 April 2011


Our fifth stay and still absolutely lovely. We have had some fantastic weather to see Rye at its best. We have been able to sit in the sunshine and read the papers – so relaxing and just what we needed. We have had fantastic service and coffee at the American Diner – Farrells. Just go and check out those cars!

We will be back very soon. Lovely to see you again Chris.  

Judith & Clive Morgan                       Buckfast, Devon         9th – 16th April 2011


Fantastic, well equipped apartment set in peaceful & idyllic surroundings.

Enjoyed walking to Camber Sands (quiet end!). Winchelsea coast was a great walk with fab views, great run through the Nature Reserve via the castle & nice just wandering the streets of Rye. Disappointed by Hastings!

We had a great time and would love to come back.

(we’ll read the instruction book properly next time!)

Paula & Nuvit                                     London                       23rd – 30th April 2011


Very comfortable again. We would recommend Scotney Castle (NT) up the A21 past Flimwell & Bewl Water. Clearly signed at roundabout.

Merriment Gardens (behind garden centre) very worthwhile – 4 acres of lovingly tended, varied borders and features. Just off A21 a mile or 2 south of Flimwell. See if you too can find the starfish amongst the boulders at Rye Harbour. If you try walking the High Weald Landscape Trail go north from Wittersham to Tenterden. Southern part less interesting.           

Dennis & Margaret                             Cheshire                      30th April – 7th May 2011


First of all thank you for the bottle, very handy for our anniversary. Pleasant and comfortable with glorious weather. Ostrich wandering on the plain and windmills to keen Don Quixote busy. Entertained by quarrelling gulls, fishing terns, cormorants and other just passing by. For trips out, Bodiam – disappointing, Sissinghurst – pretty but crowded. Bateman’s – exceedingly good.

Rye Harbour Reserve – excellent value.        

John & Dawn Hackett                                    Coventry                     7th to 21st May 2011


Comfortable, fresh & clean. Ostriches a real surprise. Gulls always worth watching. Strange weather sunny windy fresh. Winchelsea delightful with excellent museum & lively “live” commentary. Bateman’s beautifully kept & friendly guides. Bodiam very interesting but you must see the video.

KESR is a ‘different’ preserved railway with an interesting history. The museum there is 1st rate. Even Mary found that very interesting and well presented.

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve surprisingly interesting with a friendly capable manager. The Monastery – good ambience, well cooked interesting food good service. Not pub food but not pretentious. I should have stayed Italian! Old Rye wonderful. Parking difficult but worth the effort.

The locals say Mapp & Lucia are still around!           

Derek & Mary Draper                         (Cambridgeshire)                    21-28 May 2011


Lovely apartment – clean, tidy and comfortable. So quiet & peaceful. Looking forward to exploring the surrounding are as it’s all new to me. As I’m here on my own to explore the surrounding gardens I feel safe – which is important. My thanks for the bottle and tea stuff – just what I needed after the M4 & M25 this morning. Recommend Great Dixter, Sissinghurst (get there early!) Worth climbing up Rye Church tower to see amazing views . Canterbury and West Dean gardens on way home.    

Claire                                                   Wiltshire                                  6 June 2011


Lovely quiet location, very pleasant apartment, everything you need. Enjoyed watching the cormorant every day, especially tussling with the seagull over his supper he had just caught.

Enjoyed a very good Sunday lunch (roast) at The Unicorn.

Would not recommend fish & chips from Kettle of Fish.

We visited a couple of National Trust properties, Sissinghurst was lovely. Many thanks for the bottle & welcome tray, weather could have been better but didn’t let it spoil our stay.

Graham & Geraldine                           Ludlow                                   18-25 June 2011                     

This is now our over ten years of coming to Rye.

I started as a child with my parents when I was about 10 (maybe younger) so it is for me 50 years and have seen how things have changed but it has still kept what we like about Rye.

Apartment is great and we hope to book again.

For food Ypres Tower pub a bit pricey but a lovely pub.

Smugglers Inn up towards Pett is a nice pub with good cheap food.

If you like the American theme then the ‘Ship’ in Winchelsea Beach is right up your street.

We didn’t like it and have seen how under new management it has lost everything we liked but then of course it will prob. appeal to the youngsters.

Loved the ostriches opposite the flat.

It is interesting to read in this book how people’s likes and dislikes change because some people’s hates are our likes so you’re best to try for yourself and judge.

PS. Thankyou for the bottle of plonk – a lovely gesture.      

Mr & Mrs Wynder                                                                              20-27 Aug 2011



Had a great week – plenty to do & see. Enjoyed Bateman’s – even on a rainy day it was spectacular. Walk along Royal Military canal to Cliff End, along sea front to Pett’s Pools and back to Winchelsea was a highlight. Dungeness, a photographer’s paradise.

Enjoyed ‘Ship’ – good beer & atmosphere. Good food at ‘Pilot’ and Ypres Castle Inn. Our experience at ‘Carey’s’ not good. Landgate Bistro Excellent!           

David & Julia, Sheffield         Oct 2010


The weather this week was excellent – no rain during the daytime. Lots of birds on the riverbank – curlew, oystercatcher, tunstee?, cormorant etc and excellent birds at ARC Dungeness including sparrowhawk, kestrels, peregrine falcons etc.

Also about 300 waders at Greatstone beach – curlew oystercatcher, sanderling etc.

Bar lunches and drinks at the Black Lion Appledore of the usual v. high standard. Pub reached via the road from Rye beside the canal. Fish and chips at the Pilot Dungeness used to be excellent but it is now expensive and is the fish fresh or frozen?

Wifi and Freeview TV at the apartment both much appreciated. We will be back next year!                     

Mike & Sue, West Sussex                                                                                                                                Oct 2010


Most comfortable week & appreciate instant warmth on arrival.

Rye certainly needs a whole day in itself to appreciate all its history. So many lovely pubs in Rye & the surrounding area. Good welcome in Ypres Castle Inn. They do let you try all the Real Ales before you decide. Good food too!

Two pubs we wished we had eaten at but didn’t have time in the end were at Stone in Oxney. The Ferry Inn and another both facing the evening sun & looked ideal for an early evening meal. Only 10-15 minutes north.

David & Liz, Devon   May 2010


Never having been to East Sussex or Kent before. We found it a lovely area. Many interesting villages & towns, e.g. Biddenden – Goudhurst – Cranbrook & Tenterden. - Rye has many old pubs – with good selection of real ales, e.g. the “Bell” – The Mermaid & the (“Simply Italian Restaurant” on the Strand is good value, with really nice food.) I’d certainly love to come again. The “Boathouse” is clean, well positioned to explore by car from & within easy walking distance from town centre. Supermarket up by rail stn open 7am to 10pm Mon – Sat closed Suns.

John & Jean, Norwich, May 2010


A lovely, comfortable and well situated apartment. So lovely to come back to such a warm place following a long walk in the cold.

We walked to Winchelsea and met an informative elderly gentleman on route who told us a lot about the local area including tales of local celebrities!

We also visited Rye Harbour Nature Reserve but feel that we need to come back another time to do it justice.

Thank you Chris for the welcoming bottle in the fridge for us to welcome in the New Year. We aim to return.

Angela & Richard, South Nutfield, Jan 2010


A most enjoyable and relaxing stay as usual. Having been regulars to the Boathouse for a long time (8 always in Feb) we had our first really wet day and had to forego the walking boots. We had a rather different time at a delightful little cinema – converted from the village hall – in Hawkhurst. The KINO, Rye Rd, Hawkhurst, has a café and seems to average 6 showings a day of 2 or 3 different films. Great for a rainy day and better than the usual experience.

As always we recommend Simply Italian – on the Strand (wine voucher on board above sink) & we also enjoyed a meal at the Thai – Lemon Grass. Many thanks to Chris for the welcome beverages – Cheers!        

Andy & Lindy H. Enfield      Feb 2010


To think we nearly missed this opportunity of a couple of nights in this very comfortable, well appointed well equipped, clean, warm, sunny apartment! Early morning walk to Camber Sands quite breathtaking lunch at Webbes, fabulous taster menu indulged in Henry James at Lamb House (Thurs & Sun pms only) then the fish-shop opened up for us especially for gorgeous fresh plaice & prawns for supper. Don’t want to leave!                                 

Harry & Lindsey Christophides, Apr 2010


Very comfortable flat. Welcome items were very much appreciated especially after a long flight from “Down Under”.

We loved everything about the area, especially Rye town centre. The trip to Battle Abbey N.T. was worthwhile. We loved the sausages from the butcher. Best we have had and they surely met the recommendation. Thanks a million Chris. Great to meet you. Hope we get back or see you in Aus.       

Greg & Noela, Queensland Australia May 2010


Apartment warm & cosy, nice and clean for our arrival. Some sunny days made sitting outside a real pleasure, with the compulsory glass of wine or two?

Simply Italian nice for food and not too far to walk. In all a very pleasant break.    Howard + Pauline, Copthorne  23-3 to 30/3/07

Up to every standard we had hoped for- but didn’t necessarily think we’d get! Hope to see you again soon. Royal Oak Brookland a highly recommended watering hole but a short drive.               

KEMBALL Daphne & Colin                    Guildford Surrey                                     May 5th

The Boathouse is a great place to stay- quiet & peaceful yet within easy reach of the town. Thank you Chris for the welcome tray and the bottle. We’ve had brilliant weather and a great holiday. Been on many walks including Camber, Camber Castle, Winchelsea and Rye Harbour & others. Enjoyed good meals in Landgate Bistro and the Tuscan Kitchen, Lion Street – but you need to book early for this one. Carey’s good for seafood – we had excellent lobster there. Have had a lovely week and would return in the future.        

Christine & John Lloyd                      Northampton               27 Aug – 3 Sept 2011


Thanks again Chris for having us in flat No.9.

We enjoyed mild and sunny days and already look forward to coming back next year. If there’s a place to get away from it all, it’s Rye!    

Guido & Claudia                                Cologne / Germany                 8-18 Oct 2011


Lovely apartment & champagne & ostriches.


At Simply Italian – recommended

Went to Dungeness Nature Reserve

Then toured Rye town

Booked for Ship Inn – which was a lovely meal

Found the farm shop at Winchelsea

Really lovely. Great coffee shop

Walked to Rye Harbour and reserve. Then had a meal at Carey’s, very good. Very large burger Sunday. Had sister & brother in law popped down, we walked round Rye, especially antiques. Bought a retro phone for my sister in law for Xmas. Went to Bailey’s and had another good meal, excellent value.

Rye very busy, weather like a summer’s day.

Lovely few days. Thanks Chris. PS didn’t miss internet at all.

Jane & Simon                                      Birchington, Kent                   20/Oct 2011


Despite the snow and cold snap we have had lovely holiday. Have fallen in love with Rye and hope to come back again in the summer. Thanks for the bubbly and letting us stay a little longer because of the bad weather.

Viv & David Gower                           Notts                                       4-12-10


Dear Chris, Thank you for yet another stay in your Boat House, our 2nd. Thanks for the bubbly too. The addition of a bedroom stereo was appreciated. – Did David Essex and wife really stay here? – I wonder, being an avid fan I would like to think so, having met him one or two times at Concerts and musicals and had many a conversation with him. Aaah all too soon it has passed and we have to go home. Back to work at Brockenhurst Manor Golf Club. Weather has been exceptional, the views and peaces fantastic as usual. Went to ‘The Lodge’ at Winchelsea fro a Sunday Carvery lunch, a lovely meal. Very clean place to visit too Service good. Hope to return again for a 3rd visit soon . Many kind regards, Julie & Peter Oke J        

Julie & Peter Oke,                   Blackfield, Southampton        19th – 23rd March 2011


We have had the best 7 days here at the Boathouse. We love Rye, is a fantastic area & we explored a great part of it.

Love the location of the Boathouse, so easy to walk to the Strand where we enjoyed lunch & dinner (both large & excellent value) at Baileys (friendly staff), a great coffee & cake (the best coffee in England) & bought fantastic pottery at a small shop ‘Strand Quay Gallery’ (lovely ladies) & a welcome hot chocolate (best hot choc we have had) at the small blue & white tea house on the corner of Mermaid St (the only wet & windy & cold day). Loved our wandering around Rye even me with ‘bad knees’ found the walking easy – slow but I did not tire of the wonderful old buildings & the spring colour everywhere. Visited the markets on Thursday – bit boring for me who loves crafts. Have found the driving a real “challenge”!!! hence so pleased to walk to town.

Thanks –as we head off on the next part of our trip. PS. Love your paintings Chris           

Alan & Kaye Storer                Narangba – Qld – Australia                1/4 - 7/4/11


Lovely apartment and good clear guide notes from Chris.

The tea bags & bubbly were appreciated. Wi-fi useful, although everywhere in town seems to offer wi-fi. ‘The Standard’ offers great ales and decent pub food. Avoid the ‘George’, surly staff and not friendly, we walked out!!

‘The Bell’ is also good, excellent pint of Fuller London Pride, great baguettes with ‘chips’! ‘Ypres Castle Inn’ offered Timothy Taylors Landlord bitter and very good food too.

Fish lovers will like Webbe’s restaurant. All in all Rye is quite a lovely place to wander, eat and drink. We were lucky with the weather, no rain! Thanks Chris, great spot.   

Stuart & Gill Howat                           Middlesborough                      27/29 April ‘11



Wonderful relaxing holiday watching the channel fill and empty. Boats floating past and Birds entertaining us. Oystercatcher (what noisy birds) Gulls (pair of Shelducks) Cormorants, a little Tern, & Red Shank. All seen from apartment which is very comfortable and well equipped

Rye is beautiful.   Rye Harbour is a wonderful place especially the Nature Reserve. Cafe good value & good food. Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway good from Dungeness magical especially RSPB Reserve. Leeds Castle enchanting. Wish Rye wasn’t so far from home. Would definitely visit again.

Wonderful supermarket at Peasmarsh ‘ Jempsons’ We don’t eat out at all. We preferred to relax and enjoy view from window as we ate. We shall be sorry to leave The Boathouse has definitely put a spell on us.             

Pat & Tony                                              Northrop West Yorks                                              26th May to 2nd June


Arrived for an anti-valentine break with a heavy heart and stressed with work pressures. The deep peace of the tranquil surroundings have recharged my spiritual batteries. Lovely apartment – warm welcome from Joy and sunshine! I will be back. Thank you.

Diane, Maidstone, 13-16 Feb 09


Todo maranilloso. Una casa y une eutorus alectiv, comodo, y estrainable

Heuros estadi como eu nuestra propia casa.

Un saludo y Gracias


A great little home .. really lovely.          

Del Pozo Family                                      SPAIN                                                     17/7/07 – 23/7/07


Loved our stay, beautiful apartment. Thank you Chris for letting us stay and thankyou Lisa for the info you gave us. Even though we did not have our own transport we did go to some places, i.e. wild wood and farm world. Our favourite pub was Ypres Castle Inn nice food and service weather was gorgeous could not be better. THANKS AGAIN!!

Love Joe & Jess      

Jess & Joe                                                                Berwick + East Grinstead                         28/7/07 – 4/7/07


Another relaxing visit. Wonders of our trip; Snow, Snow & more snow!! & Barn Owl!!

Egrets, Heron, Hundreds of Lapwings, all from the window.

Maureen & David Whittle                    W/Sx                                                        4 – 3 – 05


Hit the jackpot for weather, nearly 100% sunshine all week. Apartment comfy & clean & no problems. Balcony a great asset in this lovely weather.

Do hire the headphones from the Tourist office on the Strand, it makes a walk around Rye very interesting. Rye Harbour good for watching boats come in & out when the tide is in (it mostly seems to be out!!) Copper Kettle not good value unless you like oysters. Lovely fish from shop by bridge past bowling greens.

Really relaxing & enjoyable holiday.

Adrian & Janet Madin                                      Shrewsbury                                              12-19 June ‘99


Thanks as usual for the well kept flat. We come regularly but seem to have become creatures of habit. Lunch from the Deli to eat back here, mornings in Rye and afternoons at Dungeness & Rye Harbour.

Unexpectedly better weather – only one damp morning so afternoon walks with some sun and no wind. Evening meals at Landgate Bistro (mid-week set menu), The Ship (somewhat smarter & a little pricier) and Simply Italian. Look out for the Barn Owl hunting just before dusk on opposite banks and field.

Andy & Lindy H, Enfield, 18-21 Feb ‘09


Never been here before but it’s different – in a nice way. Dungeness is so weird … like a film set with the ramshackle huts, bleak space & The Smokey (fish).

Simply Italian food & atmosphere great (v. busy on Saturday but can see why it is!) Ghandi Indian OK. Didn’t meet the legendary Mrs B … obviously a very nice lady?!

Alexandra & Tim                                     Weybridge Surrey                                    27-30 JAN 2006


Glorious weather, comfortable accommodation – overall an excellent week. Don’t leave Rye without visiting the Rye Treasury of Mechanical Music, church tower is worth a visit for the view. The Story of Rye in the Heritage Centre also very good. The Union Inn East St has a varied menu at reasonable prices and good sized portions. If you enjoy watching birds Pett Level has been very good this week.

Joyce & Brian Stannard                   Ipswich, Suffolk                                     4/9/99 – 11/9/99


We had a wonderful time here, the apartment is very comfortable  & quiet. Thanks a lot for the welcome – beverages, Chris. We loved the Rye Bay Fish Shop and bought our fish & shellfish there every day.

For Hikers: From Rye to Hastings via Royal Military Canal & Saxon Shore Way, return by train (always 8:36 – 9:36 also), about 6 hours, lovely scenery.

Last but not least Great Dixter Garden & Scotney Castle!   

Eva & Wolfgang, Schwabach (near Nuremburg)       May 2010

We had a very good week! First time in this part of the UK. Good weather, nice town, (mostly) friendly people, comfortable apartment (although Lukas could not get used to the bed). Cappuccino at Cafe les Fleurs tastes superb! View from the church tower is certainly worth the climb up.

Now … back to reality and maybe till next time.      

Lukas and Marijke de Vries – van der Heide Heerenveen Holland   May 2011


Have had a great week, lots of contrast.

We’ve enjoyed the wildlife – gull & cormorant fighting over a fish – the cormorant won!

Enjoyed watching the ostrich fighting and showing off their feathers.

Rye is as lovely as I remember it from almost 50 years ago! Flat had everything we wanted, warm and comfortable. Thanks Chris. 

Jenny & Brian Coles                           Stafford                      18/6/11 – 25/06/11


What a wonderful last minute find your apartment was, it has everything we needed, TV aerial on the blink though! We had brilliant weather lazing on Winchelsea Beach and on apartment balcony. Great outlook, shame tide was out – kept missing boats going by. The bubbly was a lovely welcome – great touch! Must remember to book restaurant next time.

Fish & chips twice washed down with red wine, so we didn’t miss out!

Thank you we will be sure to visit again. X

PS. Artwork very good.         

Jill & Martyn                                       Gravesend                                           2/10/11


Another fantastic week – this quiet & peaceful part of Rye. Enjoyed the hustle & bustle of the Arts Festival and as usual enjoyed the abundance of good eateries.

Would recommend Webbe’s as a definite – very good food.

Also Ypres Castle Inn & the Thai restaurant.

Thank you for yet another lovely time & for the bubbly.      

Martin & Marie                                   Scottish Borders                     10/9 – 17/9/11


Cosy, peaceful apartment, fantastic weather walking around in shorts! And swallows in mid October. Agree with earlier comments, go to Webbe’s fish restaurant, excellent meal.

Drank bubbly on the balcony, thank you.      

Jane and Carl Baker                            Worcs                          9th Oct – 14th Oct 2011


Very nice apartment & peaceful. Many thanks for the bottle we didn’t expect came in nicely for Michael’s 60 birthday on Sunday 30th. Weather been good but ended up heatwave. Enjoyed East Sussex Railway, Scotney Castle, Dover Castle and last but not least Walmer Castle. Very interesting place, home of the Warden of the Cinque Ports (Queen Mother was one when she died). Also, nice walks around Rye Harbour. Thanks again.        

Jean & Michael, Staffordshire            May 2010


Lovely apartment – Nice touch welcome tray & wine. Weather good, rain only over night! Fish wonderful so fresh from market we have grown gills!

Good eating places – sorry to go will come again. Used the local buses to many places – able to use our bus passes!           

Alan & Jennifer, Yorkshire, June 2010


Lovely clean & comfy apartment. Would love to return. Lots to do. Enjoyed Rye Harbours nature reserve, there were some open gardens at Winchelsea during the week that were stunning. Even better than Dixter.      

Stephen & Patricia, June 2010


We’ve spent a very enjoyable week at The Boathouse. The apartment is very well equipped and comfortable. Thanks for the welcome tea tray and wine! It has been good to visit Rye after a gap of over 40 years! We enjoyed visits to Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Battle Abbey and Battlefield, The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, (The Hythe Bay Seafood Restaurant & Bar on Marine Parade, Hythe is recommended). Would also recommend Simply Italian in Rye (on the Strand).

So many interesting things to do, we must definitely come again!   

John & Margaret, High Wycombe, June 2010


We have been so lucky with the weather, 30º on Sunday and not much cooler for the rest of the week, fantastic! Wonderful location for a base. We have eaten out in most of the major restaurants in Rye and our top 2 were ‘The Lemon Grass’ and ‘Simply Italian’ on ‘The Strand’. The area lends itself and indeed, invites being explored. We unearthed ‘gems’ wherever we went. Thank you for the use of the property for the week and we hope that all the guests that follow have same enjoyment and happiness that we did.           

Chris & Carol, Northants        June 2010


Just as nice as last year – lovely champers on arrival – luxury.

Wished we were staying longer – what were we thinking of!

Definitely come back for longer next time. Thanks.  

Sue & John, Scotland 30-7-2010 1-8-2010


Thanks for a very good base for exploring some of East Sussex and Kent. Enjoyed seeing: Battle, Bodiam, Great Dixter & Scotney Castle, Rye itself.

Enjoyed walking Rye Harbour and Dungeness Reserves.

Enjoyed eating in the buzz of The Strand: Simply Italian, Carey’s, Tuscan Kitchen & The George quieter. Spoil yourselves with a breakfast at Hayden’s (after 10am) Food great all places best to book most places for dinner.  

Roy & Lesley, Plymouth, Aug 2010


Ideal apartment for two & an excellent week of typically English weather. Bird life a bit quiet, but saw redshank, oystercatcher & common sandpiper from the balcony & the usual suspects at Rye Harbour. A barn owl near Winchelsea Station was the biggest surprise.

Ate well at the Hope & Anchor, & George, good pub food at the New Inn in Winchelsea and excellent India at the Gandhi. The Rye Art Gallery was a big surprise – Piper, Burra, Nash.         

Colin & Sarah, London SE26, Aug 2010


Good holiday as last time – Can recommend Hope & Anchor for Sunday Lunch, Fish Café, Monastery and The Ship. Had breakfast out on the deck every day.       

John & Kate, Chesterfield, Sept 2010


The flat was cosy and warm despite it being -4º outside! We enjoyed looking round Rye and getting reacquainted with the Captain Pugwash stories. Also visited Camber Sands, totally deserted, very restful.

Biddenden Vineyard – Excellent welcome – lots of free samples and no pressure to buy. Also toured Marsh Churches – a wealth of history here and interesting to see how they continue to meet needs of local community. So much more want to do but time has run out. Can we come again, please – or maybe we could hide in the wardrobe!

Chris & Mary Fuller, Enfield, Middx., Jan 2009 6th – 10th


A short but very sweet visit. Very comfortable as always. The Boathouse is a perfect place to escape to time and time again.

Miss T Green                                                                                                           04/10/05


Enjoyed our stay very much – apartment suited us perfectly. We recommend the Fish Café Tower Street & The Place at Camber and the Kettle o Fish for good traditional fish and chips. The Farmers Market 10am on Weds had excellent olives, breads & croissants etc.

Jim & Yvonne McGinley                                                                                                 19/8/06 - 26/8/06

A peaceful relaxing week, We went to see the Lamb House, Great Dixter, Camber Sands and Hastings etc..

Enjoyed the food; excellent fish from the fishmonger east of here along the footpath, superb pies and pasties from Rye Delicatessen, apples from the farmers market. The Gandhi is very good value but beware of the hotter dishes which are very hot indeed!

Roy & Shinko                                                                                                          2/9/06 - 9/9/06


Thoroughly recommend The George for good food, conviviality. Lovely courtyard for Al Fresco eating. SI restaurant, always book – but if you don’t like children running around, don’t go. Apothecary House for great coffee, tea & cakes. Hope Anchor Inn/Hotel – up the steps & you’re there! – Good for Sunday lunch but pricey in the week!

Last, but certainly not least – what a wonderful, peaceful stay we have had at the Boathouse – we feel thoroughly rested and a little pampered! Thankyou, Chris, we’ll come again!!!

Christine & Mel Tanner, Caterham Surrey, 1/8/09 - 5/8/09


A very relaxing week. We found the local transport facilities very good and the narrow gauge railway between Hythe and Dungeness an absolute must. The whole area is a delight.

John and Cecilia                                       from YORK                                      160906


As frequent visitors to Rye having this comfortable and quiet base for a few days is a treat. Recommend Italian on the quay, Cranberries (High St) for teas piece of cake, The Place in Camber is worth a trip. Landgate Bistro recommended only open Tues> Sat. We’ll be back, Rye is a little gem!

Marina & Eamann                                   Ireland                                                     7/10 – 10/10/06


-          Canterbury via Park & Ride (£2 per car/bus free)

-          Jempsons Store at Peasmarsh

-          Morgan Car museum at Rolvenden

-          Denge Sound Mirrors at back of Lydd on Sea

-          Queens Head P.H. for meal (near Landgate)

-          Rye General Market on Thursday

-          Rye Harbour Walk

Most enjoyable and relaxing watching the seagulls & ducks

Tony & Pamela Burridge                   Halesowen                                              13-20 August


Great and charming with everything we needed including gull cries – sea swells and blessed late summer sunshine.

Barbara & Luke,                                       Greenwich                                                 8-10/-Sep


We really enjoyed visiting Bodiam Castle, Tenterden, having lunch in the Black Lion in Appledore, walking to Camber Castle then on to Rye Harbour although it was difficult to find a nice place to have lunch around the Harbour.

Like the previous entry we also enjoyed shopping at Jempsons in Peasmarsh.

We had delicious lobster at Carey’s and equally good marsh lamb at the Ypres Inn.

We were disappointed with Hastings and although we enjoyed the small steam train to Dungeness the ride could hardly be called scenic – mainly passing by the end of gardens!

Certainly exploring Rye was delightful and I’m sure we’ll return.

The Boathouse was a great location and comfortable for a short break.

Thank you.,

Tom & Julie from Oxford, 8th-12th May


Don’t see rabbits hopping by where I live

Thanks Mrs B for fab welcome – love the balcony & view.

Visit often never stayed – but will again soon

Love xx

PS saw 2 x oyster catchers & a grey plover too.

Pamela                                                     Walthamstow E17                                   24-27 March 2006


Very comfortable impressive apartment. Bed was exceptional. Restful break, weather stayed dry & warm. Would definitely return to same apartment.

Thank you very much!! Mrs B has apartment very clean & tidy. X

Lynne & Steve                                                                                                         18-21 April ‘06


Flat very warm, cosy and comfy.

Rye delightful & good bird-watching from Rye Harbour & Winchelsea Beach. A relaxing holiday with fine blend of heritage and nature. We enjoyed the peace and tranquillity so much that this is the only time we have ever wanted to return to a holiday destination!!

David & Ann Scrivens                   (Hertfordshire)                                         5-11-99

Thanks to Mrs B... for the tea tray. A restful stay with some glorious weather. Birdwatching at Dungeness & Rye Harbour + a tawny owl and little egret from the window! Ate out at Landgate Bistro, Monastery & Munrows – all excellent (but not cheap - £16-£19 menus)

Andy & Lindy H                                      Enfield Middx                                      26-2-2000


Another good rest from the rat race.

We have seen 23 species of birds from this window and enjoyed Rye Harbour & Dungeness. Lovely tea & cakes in Cobblers.

Hope to come again!! Rye Treasury good value when too wet for walking we really enjoyed it!!

David & Maureen Whittle                    Sussex                                                      14-21st April


We have really enjoyed our two weeks in this lovely apartment. We found it an ideal location for exploring the region, we must have visited most of the gardens and Merriment was our favourite. As for eating out the White Hart at Cripps Corner does very good meals.

Thanks for the champers.

June – Colin, Birmingham, 22/8-5/9


Came to Rye over 20 yrs ago and wanted to come back. This is a beautiful apartment reminds me of Mudeford on the Quay in Christchurch, Dorset. Peter has enjoyed the walks along to Camber Castle etc. Dungeness is something else, with a pub in the middle of nowhere. It has been a real pleasure being here having worked all over Christmas myself. Very tranquil. Hope to come back – soon!

Many thanks for the sparkling wine and cup of tea etc supplied. Yes Chris the weather was mainly dry even sun on occasions – It all went so quickly. Thank you very much! J            

Julie & Peter, Blackfield         Mar 2010


We had a wonderful long weekend! The apartment was exactly as expected as seen on-line. Peaceful and great location!

Rye very quaint and most enjoyable. Sat on balcony in the sun with a bottle of wine while making our wedding invitations!!! Perfect way to spend our Easter weekend! Thanks

  With best wishes

       Richard and Carole

Simply Italian is a good as everyone says! We had an amazing meal. Giant king prawn! Very tasty. Chef willing to deviate from menu if you ask!

Richard and Carole, April 2010


Another delightful stay at The Boathouse. Weather was fresh but sunny.

Blossoms glorious. The ‘raised’ coffee shop/Delicatessen in Winchelsea a food lovers’ delight. Rye as fascinating as ever.

Michael & John, April 2010


Another lovely, quiet holiday. You just can’t find a nicer place to chill-out! Our new discovery this year – The Bell at Iden – decent food, a good pint and very friendly.

PS. Thanks for the bottle of bubby, a very nice touch!

We’ll be back!

Ton & Ann Meiners-Drummond, May 2010


We really enjoyed our stay and appreciated how well located and appointed the apartment was. Thank you Chris!

We visited many places including Rye and its environs, also Canterbury, Sissinghurst, Great Dixter, Bodiam, Brighton (the Pavilion is outstanding! Well worth a visit).

The nature reserve at Rye Harbour is lovely and we also enjoyed the Hastings Country Park at Fairlight (a tip from a previous resident). All in all a great stay!

Thanks for a great stay, Chris, and we did enjoy the fizz.    

Ann & Jeffrey, Adelaide, Australia    July 2010


We enjoyed our week in Rye. It’s a nice town, not too crowded. We walked to Winchelsea, also a nice place. There’s a tearoom over there, but we forgot the name. We biked to Dungeness to see Derek Jarman’s cottage and garden. In some places the bicycle path is in a poor condition, but it is being worked on. The region is not really bicycle-friendly: roads are narrow and people drive fast.

We also visited Bexhill-on-Sea (contemporary art in the de la Warre pavilion) and Hastings. We were rather lucky with the weather, only one afternoon with rain.

The Ypres Castle Inn is the nicest pub, we think. We had to try it since we are from Ypres.          

Jean-Luc Vanhove & Anne Marchand,  Belgium August 2010


A truly lovely week spent here in the Boathouse.

This is our first time in this property, though not our first time in Rye, a place we love & return to year in year out.

We’ve had a very relaxing week here & this spot is very peaceful. Weather been good too. Agree with others regarding places to eat – Flushing is also a good place, though it’s closing soon, we like Webbes & Thai, not tried the George though meant to.

Dungeness holds a mysterious fascination & love the RH&D light railway – go every year! Beautiful stretches of beaches in Rye & surrounding areas. So much to see & do. Will be back to stay in the Boathouse.

Thank you for the sparkling stuff – very thoughtful.

PS. Hoover past its sell by date – won’t hoover up! 

Marie & Martin, Selkirk, Scottish Borders     Aug 2010


We enjoyed a good rummage in Hastings’ antique bookshops – and bought a super chest of drawers! We visited Bodiam, enjoyed a trip across the channel and Winchelsea but most of all we loved Rye. An exceptional holiday flat. Thank you

David & Anne Slaughter                  Winchester                                             30th Sept – 7th OCT


If you’re into architecture

Rye of course & also (a fair distance!) Faversham – with its splendid church – explore well.

Birdlife Rye Harbour Hides

Food Not sure about those in Rye due to budget – but if you enjoy really fresh fish & chips – try the Mermaid at Old Town front Hastings.

Beer Adnams Broadside at the Ypres here in Rye

Finally – you don’t need to be religious to enjoy evensong (5.30 weekdays) at Canterbury Cathedral – just listen to those voices and enjoy total serenity!                                         

Del & June Ivory                                     N.Devon                                                  13th Oct’00




*Senior moment. Really redshanks!  L

PETER & GAY COOPER,                                DULWICH, LONDON                            15-3-05/18-3-05


Nice to be back. Nice venue.

All that we remember and more. The orange sun between the boat hulls on the horizon with a gentle morning mist was inspirational!!!

Linda & Len Spiller,                                                 Bromley, Kent                                        18/3/05 – 21/3/05


Super flat, very well presented and felt at home straight away. Highly recommend the ’Simply Italian’ restaurant and the Ship Hotel pub, very warm welcome from Pat B. on arrival,

The Rye town model well worth a look and helped us to get our bearings in the town. All the shop people very friendly.

We certainly hope to come back! Loved it!

Rich & Val                                               from  Worthing                                 12/4/05-15/4/05


Second visit – even more peaceful than the last.

Flat great & very comfortable.

This time :- Dungeness – well worth a visit & small gauge railway. Fond memories of childhood.

Very little birdlife – disappointing but did see 40+ swans in a field!! Turnstones, oystercatchers, plovers, Med. Gulls, tufted ducks, Shelducks – at Rye Harbour.

  • Ypres Pub – great food but little bit expensive. Great for a special occasion.
  • Budgens (Supermarket) closed on Sundays
  • “Simon – the Pieman” shop – terrific for pastries & pies

Italian – good food but service diabolical,

Lorraine & Andrew,   London                       14th – 21st February 2009


We had a very good stay, we liked the Boathouse very much. Nice weather all week. Walk to Winchelsea is beautiful, visit to Great Dixter garden (in Northiam) very nice too.

Rye is a great place to stay.

Maryke Hessing & Lenie den Heyer,                 Holland                                                    15/04/04 – 22/04/05


A lovely peaceful and very comfortable apartment.

The raft race was so much fun, Simply Italian is an excellent place to enjoy a meal, food and service excellent, price very reasonable. Ship Inn, don’t bother, good pub is the Crown, we will be back for the raft race next year.     

Jackie & Neil Cross                                                                                                       20/7/08


We have visited this area many times but only discovered the Boathouse last year, this is now our 2nd visit. Many places to eat we found the Hope Anchor Inn excellent for a special treat. A visit to RSPB reserve at Dungeness for bird lovers.,

Mike & Sue Shirley, West Sussex, 18th- 25th Oct 08


Excellent location, great time watching birds, including emus! Enjoyed our visit to Lamb House (we’re Tilling fans), Small Hythe Place and the Romney Marsh churches. For eating we strongly recommend the Globe Inn, just at the start of Military Road, 40’s décor/theme and superb gourmet food. We also liked the Flushing Inn – great crab sandwich lunch & old fashioned service. Royal Oak on the Peasmarsh Rd and the Royal Oak at Brookland are also excellent.    

Margaret & Roy Edgar                                                                                        10-17 May ‘05


Nice apartment with lovely views.

A Sussex girl & a man of Kent (or Kentish man?) and yet we’d never been here! Went to Bexhill for an exhibition at the De La Warre pavilion – lovely building & good exhibition followed by ‘promenading’ on beach! Good weather & great pub – The Mermaid – in Rye – great food as well – when they do it! Dungeness fantastic – wild & sparse. Rye Harbour reserve excellent …. And the best thing? …. Southerners ARE friendly!! 

Anne & Roy Palmer                                             Bristol                                                         6th – 10th June 08


A warm welcome from Mrs C, some sunny weather and this comfortable and well-equipped apartment led to a relaxing and enjoyable holiday, much of it spent re-visiting old haunts.

No11 was in clean and spotless order. You seem to have thought of everything. Thanks you so much.

John & Pat Murrell, Suffolk, 3/4/09 to 10/4/09


We have enjoyed our week here.

East Sussex + Kent very pretty. Visits to Seven Sisters, Beachy Head, White Cliffs of Dover, Hastings Country Park esp. lovely but many other places of interest. The flat comfy. From the flat 25 species of bird seen + one heard (cuckoo). Of special interest barn owl + little + common terns,

Thankyou Rye, very quaint.

Celia & David Bailey,                     Macclesfield Cheshire.                            14-21 May’05


Thanks for the tea tray and introduction to the Inkerman Arms, Liz, the large cod was extra large. We have never spent such a relaxing holiday. The apartment was clean and comfortable. The birds were a joy, especially the oyster catchers. A pair of little egrets were frequent visitors as were a pair of shelducks. The Boathouse is a venue we would like to return to. 

John & Kathy King                             Islington London 12-25/05/07



Loved the apartment – very cosy. Lots of good walks – flat & easy. Visits to Hastings, Beachy Head and Eastbourne, Canterbury very interesting – only 1 hour’s drive, - not enough time to see everywhere. Let’s hope we can return. Loved the river and the birds!

Thank you Mrs B for the immaculate condition of our home for one week!

JOAN + JOHN STUBBS,                 BARNSLEY S.YORKS.                          21st -28th May ‘05


Lovely 60th Birthday weekend for Martin. If you visit Chapel Down vineyard at Smallhythe, it’s worth visiting the Bistro upstairs. The lunch menu is very reasonably priced & beautifully cooked & presented. We didn’t see the resident seal – better luck next time. PS Yes, the very large birds in the field opposite really are ostriches!, Martin & Jo Itter, Horndon on the Hill, Essex, 20th – 23rd December


Excellent base for exploring – Rye town on foot, further afield by car. Xmas day lunch at the Mermaid was very good.

Thoroughly recommend Greatstone for a wonderful walk along the long sandy beach; Also drive to Tenterden, take steam train to Bodiam, to visit Castle then back to Tenterden. Relaxing week away.,

Chris & Amanda, Odiham, Hants, 23-30 Dec


Lovely apartment + to be able to wash clothes + cook own food when travelling was great. Rye is great + thoroughly enjoyed Canterbury Cathedral. Will recommend to others from Oz.

Kathy & Tim Steadman,                                Melbourne Australia                                                7.5.05


We were both in need of a break and we could not have picked a nicer town in Rye. After the pace of London we found a little piece of England that is still England.

Mrs B could not have been more helpful in replacing the C/D player for us, it’s the kindness that makes all the difference. The apartment was clean & very peaceful just suited us fine.

Rye has so much to discover. We suggest you just explore & enjoy.

Rosalinda & Colin,                                   Barnet Herts                                        10th to 24 Sept

Enjoyed our stay in peaceful surroundings,

Lovely watching the tide boats and various birds.

Very clean, cosy flat and welcome from Mrs B.

Visited Rye many years ago and still enjoyed its history and quaintness.

First few days the weather was beautiful, next few days very good for Oct.

A really enjoyable week.

Yvonne & Alan Harwood,                                 Leigh-on-Sea, Essex                                                1-8 Oct 2005



DAVID & ANGELA BOOTHROYD,                 HOLMFIRTH, N. YORKSHIRE                           13th March



DEREK + LYNNE, MARTIN –                              ASHFORD MIDDX                                                18-21/3/05


Best self-catering accommodation I have ever stayed in. I was born in the area, and have had a great week tracing my past. Very restful and warm, no traffic noise!! An extra bonus. (28.03.09 David – here with Elizabeth for the week to see the area she was brought up in. Lovely relaxing week with lots of lovely views and walks).

Elizabeth Marsh, Rye/London 1938 – 1975 now Tewkesbury, Glos, 21.03.09 – 28.03.09


Area of amazing contrasts – viz Dungeness & Tenterden! Flushing Inn recommended for special meal – excellent food service & generous helpings.,

John Beaven & Joan Barker, Boston Lincs, 6/9/08 to 13/9/08


Lovely welcome, lovely walks, lovely apartment, lovely town, lovely food, lovely relaxing. What else to say but LOVELY!!! Thanx Chris

Andy + Jules,                                            Uxbridge                                                  8-10/4/05


Having driven down the M20 en route to Francec many times we decided for once to turn right towards this area – we were not disappointed. An excellent week, glorious weather, comfortable & clean apartment.

Lots to do & see. PS. We did go to France for the day via the tunnel – so easy.

Bill & Di Barltrop,                                   Stamford Lincs,                                       16 -23/4/05

Apartment – clean , cosy, comfy & calming! Interesting area.

Recommend train Tenterden to Bodiam. We enjoyed, also, Great Dixter and Merriment Gardens. The rabbits burrowing in the bank opposite were compensation for not seeing a single boat go by!

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

MARGARET & DAVID LUNNON,                 COULSDON, SURREY                           14.05.05

Apartment warm cosy has everything we needed for our stay. We have seen five boats go by. Plenty of wildlife and the view is fine.

Rye itself is a friendly place. The Ship has great grub.

Dover Castle is a must. So is Tunbridge Wells. Go to Deal rather than Hastings. We’ve had good weather for most of week, Friday was wet! We had a really relaxing time.

The bed is great (Noisy boiler)

Thanks will Recommend to others. Pam Green

*NB Look out for Cormorant fishing then drying himself on top of Signal Pole

Pam and Dave,                                         Tamworth, Staffs                                   21-05-05


We loved it here! A must : The Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and beach, Winchelsea, (especially very early in the morning) and the walk to Camber castle!

To drink: Try Ypres Inn

To eat: Try the Fish Café for lovely sea food.

Hope to be back soon.

Tom Goos & Evi van de Heyer                                                                                                26th July - 4th AUG 2008


First visit to this part of England, completely enchanted with Rye. Webbe’s Fish Café/Restaurant recommended (near town gate). Flushing Inn also excellent & friendly but pricey (!). Walk across to Winchelsea via Camber Castle very pleasant.

Enjoyed white wines at 2 vineyards : Chapel Down (dry white, expensive) and Biddenden (fruity, medium, inexpensive). Very pleasant stay.,

Pete & Margaret Crittenden, Nottingham, 5-11 April 2009


Our 2nd visit here, lovely comfortable flat.

Enjoyed watching the ostriches which you can see across the other side of the river. If you drive up the road to Rye Harbour there is a gap in the hedge where you can get close to them.

I love watching them run.

Eileen & Patrick Smith, Watford, Herts, May 2-9 ‘09


Lovely apartment in relaxing setting.

We made Rye our base to explore the Southeast of England. Day trips to Canterbury & Chartwell as well as visits to Battle & Dover. Scotney Castle was our hidden gem & well worth. Ellen Terry’s home, a nearby (Small Hythe Place) National Trust property was also fascinating.

Dinner at the Woolpack Inn, just east of Rye, near Brookland, was atmospheric & very good.

Thanks to all for the tips & advice. 

John & Leslie D’Elia                                            Virginia, USA                                             31 Aug – 8 Sept 2008


We have had a short but enjoyable stay here. The town is very special and memorable. The Deli is well worth a visit – for a lunch with a difference. Eating out: The Union Pub good simple food, The Italian Simply basic.

Dungeness is a special place & should be visited and a trip on the RH&D light railway won’t go amiss!

Thank you for the warm welcome by the lady who looks after the properties. By the way we both think the emus have been upgraded to ostriches.

Have a good holiday.    

Jenny & Bob                                               Peterborough                                               21/9/08 – 23/9/08


We had a great time. Rye is a gem. Has wonderful meals at Fletcher’s House & the Mermaid. Winchelsea magical. Bluebells were beautiful. Accommodation comfortable and well-kept. 

Wikus & Mignon de Jager                                   Bradford, West Yorkshire                                    April 19-26 2008


No1 Boathouse – Congratulations on your 1st year.

The location is excellent for enjoying all that Rye has to offer. We’ve tried a variety of pubs & restaurants throughout the week, all have been good.

The Ostriches, baby seagull & river have added to the enjoyment of sitting on the balcony in the sunshine with a large G&T!

Shop at Jempsons in Peasmarsh – good supermarket …. Cheap petrol too! (shut Sundays)

Walk 5 mins along the footpath, right out of car park, to get to the steps leading to Ypres Pub and fresh fish shop on bridge.

John Cawdron Antiques on Market Road ….. good selection, friendly & willing to haggle ….!!         

Brian & Angie                                             Beckenham Kent                                        11th – 18th Oct’08


Rye is a very nice place to stay in – and all the surroundings are wonderful. We enjoyed the services of St Mary’s Church on top of the hill.

We ate at one of the pubs in town – we drove around Canterbury, Folkestone, Dover and many other places. At this time of the year there are still flowers all over the gardens which is different in comparison to our home area.

If you go from one village to the other you’ll see pure nature with sheep and trees and hedges and water groves. You’ll find ancient churches and houses which are built in a very nice style with brick walls and chimneys and more details that give them real character. As if time had stopped.

We are delighted by all this and wouldn’t have expected it that wonderful!

The time was too short so we’ll have to come back.    

Bernd & Britta Rothert                                            Ludensheid Germany                              25th Oct – 2nd Nov


This is a real gem – such a lovely peaceful & interesting setting and good clean accommodation – with everything needed, close at hand!! We have really enjoyed the whole area. Good weather has been a bonus. Simply Italian STILL has wonderful food – and service!,

Margaret & Mac Clarkson, Worksop, 20-27 June 09


Very pleasant week in a new (to us) area.
Enjoyed watching the birds from the apartment – didn’t expect to see ostriches but there they were in the distance! A cuckoo performed for us although not seen it was definitely heard!

Enjoyed S.Italian for food and handy to walk to.

Highly recommend Jempsons at Peasmarsh although Budgens is fine in Rye.

Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway much enjoyed and we found Dungeness fascinating – I guess you love it or you hate it – but it’s unique.

Hastings Country Park – wonderful views & walks and the bluebells were spectacular.

Yesterdays Exhibition at Battle for a walk down memory lane – well worth it – don’t be put off by the apparent small frontage – it’s vast inside.

Generally the sun shone for us even though it was rather windy.

Shaun & Jacki Vance, (Southampton), 3rd May – 9th May 09


Extreme enjoyment – Peace amidst the constant changes of Tide, Wildlife (and weather). Very soothing experience – Recommended

John & Wendy,                                        Melbourne (Australia)                                             09-06-05


I arrived stressed, frazzled and exhausted and shall be leaving relaxed, restored and reinvigorated (and that despite going to work in London 3 days this week). Rye and the Boathouse have woven their usual spell: both the town & Winchelsea have positively glowed in the sun. Mahdi Spice, Simply Italian both good. Flushing Inn up to its usual standard. Thanks to Mrs B.

CLARE CANTON,                                 (GREENWICH)                                     24/6/05


Our first visit and completely the short but valuable and most welcome escape for a few days – a perfect bolthole. We can confirm the Simply Italian and Mahdi Spice recommendations which did not disappoint, but “Rye Delicatessen” is a place so wonderfully tempting, it’s almost dangerous to go inside ….

Tony and Anne Careless,                   Isle of Wight                                      25th Oct ‘05


Back again, this time for winter break. Just walking and eating and watching the tide. Bliss. Can recommend Rye Bonfire & fireworks

best we have been to.

Rob & Helen,                                           Petersfield                                                              11th Nov 18th Nov 05


Lovely place

Just the right setting with a light dusting of snow. Dungeness out of this world.

Hastings Country Park enchanting.

Susanna and Wilma,                                                 Bath, Somerset                    19 Feb – 26 Feb 2005

Had a very relaxing and enjoyable Valentine’s weekend.

The apartment is very clean & comfortable. Will recommend this to others.

A day in Hastings meant I could share my childhood memories with my boyfriend.

Had a great time and don’t want to go back home to London.

Chelsea & John                                        London                                                    13-2-99 - 16-2-99

Week of mixed weather, flat comfortable, well equipped & warm.

Very good food at both Woolpack & Simply Italian, also Rye Deli is excellent. We enjoyed Great Dixter even on a drizzly, grey day (shop sells deli baguettes & cakes & drinks). Bodiam Castle visit and Battle Abbey very enjoyable. Sissinghurst needs a full day – café meals are excellent. Gardens vary with time of year, but we preferred G. Dixter – an absolute gem – both garden & house. Rye Harbour is worth visiting – amazing to watch birds from hides.

Robert & Barbara Bellett, Kirkbride, Cumbria, 9th-16th May’09


Great spot for a relaxing break and watching “electric” storm. Recommend Kings Head Udimore for good food & beer and friendly landlord.

For birders: Rye Harbour Nature Reserve has breeding colonies of Mediterranean Gulls (90prs) & sandwich terns (amongst others), Rose & Gerry, Edinburgh, 14-18 July

First time at the Boathouse & Rye, lovely location, very comfortable & well equipped.

Rye is a lovely old town. Visited Brighton by train, quite a busy resort, lovely pier. Had a day on beach at St Leonard’s weather beautiful.

Ate at Simply Italian, (best pasta ever). Ate at Carey’s Fish Restaurant, very good, lacking a little atmosphere. Bought fresh fish from Simmons Quay excellent quality, good price.

Walked to Camber Sands, lovely beach & Rye Harbour. Cycled to Winchelsea (not to be missed).

Clive & Pauline Splevings, 1st-8th Aug09


Comfortable clean apartment, comfy bed and perfect setting.

Had a super week, weather lovely. Nice to wake to the sound of birds instead of alarm clocks. Rye is a gem to explore. Rye Nature Reserve, Camber Sands & Christopher Lloyds House & Garden at Gt. Dixter (9 miles) a must. Reasonably priced good meals at the Union Inn, also Roast Salt Marsh Lamb at the George Inn very tasty. Barn owl quartering the Marsh opposite most late evenings. Many thanks enjoyed the stay.

Ann & Bob May,                                     Felixstowe Suffolk                                  July 9th – July 16th 2005


Another relaxing holiday ambling around Rye and loving it. This is such a good habit. Thanks

Judith & Clive Morgan,                   Buckfast, Devon (Third visit)                  26th March  - 2nd April


Enjoyed our second visit to the Boathouse. Superb weather every day. As photographers we spent a lot of time at Dungeness. See Chris Stone’s Gallery there for local pictures. Not much bird life yet but some gravel pits getting some visitors. Good food from Simply Italian. River Café – good food but service a bit slow mid week.

ALAN & SHEILA BORTHWICK,                 PERTH, SCOTLAND                            17 – 24 SEPT 05


Very pleasant week’s holiday with kind weather. Have enjoyed our visits to K & ES Railway & Bodiam Castle, Winchelsea, Sissinghurst & Canterbury. Locally, Rye and the nature reserve at Rye Harbour. Our favourite eating place was Webbe’s Fish Café; for a pure blowout try the Woolpack at Brooklands. Have  found Boathouse restful and comfortable.

J & G, Southampton, 15-22nd


An excellent base. Maps & Walking Guides very welcome.

Highlights: Sissinghurst, Great Dixter, walking to Winchelsea via Camber Castle, eating @ New Inn & returning over the fields, Charleston Farmhouse & walking to Berwick Church from there, Rye Deli, Rye Artists, exquisite Catholic Church & Dungeness!!!,

The Mitchells, Cwmdu, West Wales., 22-29th


Back here at the (BOATHOUSE) for the 2nd year running, on our 6th or 7th visit to Rye.

Enjoyed Rye all over again, as we usually do & the apartment is ideal accommodation & so clean.

We have visited Battle, Winchelsea & Rye Harbour, plus some local walks.

All very enjoyable.

Mr & Mrs Mitchard,                                                Strood, Rochester, Kent                       May 30th to June 6th

Rye is the kind of place we did hope to find. We took the train to Hastings and walked the 12 miles back to Rye (See “Timeout – Country Walks” Vol.2.). GREAT!

Apartment 10 out of 10. English beer is too warm. Do you put it in microwave before drinking? Too many kids in Chelsea shirts these days. Anyway – Great holidays …

Guido Kirfel Claudia Daugl                       Cologne Trier Germany                         August 19th – 26th 2006


Enjoyed our first visit to Rye. The Town and pubs were great. Lovely and relaxing holiday the weather was good plenty of sunshine.

Apartment is cosy and very comfortable and the surrounds very peaceful. Nice to sit and watch the boats on the river. Hope to be back soon.

VAL & ALAN HUGHES                  HUTTON ESSEX                                     8/8/98


A very enjoyable week, visited a good few National Trust places. Recommend Igtham Mote and Chartwell.

Train at Dungeness to Hythe & very enjoyable. Recommend the Ship Inn at Dymchurch for Sunday lunch. Also the Woolpack Inn 15th century, at Brookland. Rye a charming town with good Inns. Would like to return again.

Like watching the river and its changing moods.

Mark, Sat 12th September to 21st September 09


The weather was great – sunny every day. There’s lots to see and do around Rye: Smallhythe (National Trust) is very interesting, Dungeness, Battle (1066 – English Heritage, though a bit busy!). Great places for food – Rye Deli, The Mermaid Inn for Sunday lunch (though a bit expensive!). The Cobbles tea room for afternoon tea & Simply Italian.

Great for bird watching – saw red shanks, little egret & oyster catchers. A very relaxing stay.

Sarah & Nick Leach, Lichfield, 24-28 Oct 09


Yet another visit to the Boathouse. A nice warm welcome from the housekeeper when we arrived! Rye really is our second home, lots of lovely pubs/tea rooms around Rye. Can recommend the 'Woolpack Inn' for a great 'Pub Meal' a couple of miles east of Rye. Will return! AGAIN!

Clare & Ian,                                             Eastbourne                                                              25/31-10-98


Well, we survived the Sunday night hurricane & have watched the field on the opposite bank become flooded!! However, we have been very cosy in this comfortable apartment & it wasn’t all rain. Recommend a bracing walk around Rye Harbour Nature Reserve or Dungeness. We were also fortunate to watch the Kingfisher ‘lunch’ on the opposite bank near the weir most days. Winchelsea & Tea Tree Tea rooms recommended!

This was the week that the rivers overflowed over most of England – worst floods for 50 years, perhaps 100 years in some places.

Joan & Eric Sortwell                                                                                                                28 Oct – 4 NOV


Our first visit.

A very comfortable apartment, everything we needed without being cluttered. Seven days of sunshine, what more could we ask. We loved the town of Rye, it was like going back in time.

Joyce & David Fulker                                      Bracknell Berks                                                       25.5.01


This was a last minute holiday to Rye. Being close to our home we have visited Rye many times for a day but a week here has allowed us to explore all the nooks & crannies.

Fantastic weather allowed us to sit on the balcony over breakfast, read a book & relax. Enjoyed Batemans at Burwash, the promenade at Bexhill and the Rye harbour nature reserve (Park in the large car park on the right at Rye Harbour then walk down to Lime Kiln cottage RSPB for info.

Keith & Angela Barraclough                                                                                              11-18 AUG 2001


Travellers Tips


-          Copper Kettle Restaurant. Halibut lovely. Sea Bass not so fresh

-          Walkers Cocktail bar on the Strand. Happy hour on cocktails great value for money. Try the Rocket Launcher – lethal!


-          Good old fashioned sea side town. Great for kids – big & small.

-          Smugglers Cavern not worth the entrance fee

-          Hastings Castle – Good for a wander & views

-          Cliff railways – keep ticket for return journey. We lost ours!


-          Don’t take the Guide Friday tour – not worth the money – not much to see in Dover

-          Dover Castle – hours of fun!


-          Take boat trip at Weavers Inn Restaurant. FANTASTIC!

-          Canterbury Tales – very good & very smelly!!!

Bodiam Castle

-          Wonderfully romantic if it weren’t for the many screaming over excited children

-          Great picnic area

-          Don’t forget your camera

Winchelsea Beach

-          Do not park in the pay & display car park. FREE parking spaces further along the road.

Calais, France

-          Forget Auchan, go straight for Carrefour @ Cité Europe

David & Madison,                                    WGC, Herts                                        25/8/01 – 3/9/01

Lovely week as usual, weather good bit nippy of a night, apartment nice, warm & Cosy. Great Dixter worth a visit, just down the road turning off the A268. The house & garden of the late Christopher Lloyd. It’s like a time warp, lovely old house & pretty garden full of different birds singing merrily.

Herstmonceaux Observatory A259 turn off at Pevensey roundabout head for Watling, is very interesting & fun for bored kids, there’s also a castle on the site. Rye Harbour & town always good to walk to & around. River always calming, find ourselves commenting on the height of the buoy in relation to the tide flow.

Thank you Chris, this is still a gem & chill out zone. But what’s happened to the nature book, we miss it.

Bob & Jan, South Ockendon Essex, April 3-10 2009


A great spot to escape to. I had lots of work to do and found the views and the quiet really stimulated – I got lots done with plenty of time to spare for coastal jogs & walks. Met some interesting artists & saw some great work.

I recommend the sunset from in front of the Hope & Anchor – a beautiful view. A very comfortable & well equipped apartment (some of the kitchen knifes could be replaced). A perfect retreat.

Thank you,

Rosie Alabaster, 5-8th Aug ‘09


Flat really warm & comfortable.

Italian restaurant on corner Brilliant!!

Very eventful day trip to Paris

Weather good too!

K Reedman & T Harris                       Basingstoke                                            15.10.01

Weather very hot – we have been so lucky!!! Flat perfect – location superb, lovely to walk into Rye for a morning coffee & peruse of newspapers … Really relaxing! Real “fish & chips” from the shop on the Strand Quay very good indeed. This has been our first visit, but certainly not our last, looking forward to coming again soon. P.S. The walks from the Rye Harbour nature reserve are excellent, well worth the blisters …. After a 5 mile walk!!

Lyn & Dan                                              Lichfield, Staffs                                       17.08.02






BOB & JAN                                             SOUTH OCKENDON ESSEX                     JULY 06 22-24

Rye was quiet as expected for time of year. Monastery restaurant, (very top of town) set menu good value.

10 mike walk out to Rye Harbour, along the beach (road) past the old lifeboat stn, back past Camber Castle.

Also Hastings Country Park Sw 86/11 on Big Wall Map. Walks for all!! Very scenic.

Ross & Michelle Waitt                       Sittingbourne Kent                                  11/02/02


Blessed with warm sunshine all week. Thanks Chris!

A garden fanatic’s paradise: Great Dixter, Sissinghurst, Scotney Castle all wonderful. Also Kent & E. Sussex Rlwy, Tenterden to Bodiam Castle, Camber Sands and a couple of good walks – Winchelsea via Rye Harbour, and east along the Rother bank, up the hill to Iden and back down the west side of the A128.

Enjoyed the flat immensely. Good meal @ The Ship, Rye and The Royal Oak, Brookland.

Kate & Richard Powell, Tickton, East Yorkshire, 4-9-09 to 11-9-09


Wonderful relaxing holiday with lovely weather. Apartment extremely comfortable & well appointed (no issues with shower!).

Highlights: fresh fish from Rye Bay Fish (turn right & follow footpath along to road to Camber), local lamb from High St butcher, Lemon Grass Thai restaurant, breakfast on balcony, visits to Scotney Castle, Great Dixter, Smallhythe Place, Canterbury Cathedral, Winchelsea, churches at Brookland & Fairfield, ride on Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, early morning walk on deserted Camber Sands.

Recommend Jempsons at Peasmarsh for a totally different supermarket experience. So much more to see & do – we’ll be back!

Alan & Susan, Godalming, Surrey, 19.09.09 – 26.09.09


Really great accommodation with good views, including the 2 resident seagulls. Weather really mixed with really strong winds & squally showers. (Yes, - That Week!)

Good walks although wet with lots to see. Visit to Tenterden was good.

Comfortable residence, a nice break. Shame about the weather!      

Alan & Jan Coakley                Harpenden Herts            7 March – 14 March 2008


Lovely apartment, great weather – not as wet as Wales!

Visited Small Hythe & Tenterden – ‘a must’

As well as Dungeness for the ‘quality’ houses. Good location close to town only with PARKING!!! Will recommend this to friends.    

Peter & Ann Johnson              Pembrokeshire  W.Wales        3-9 May ‘08


Lovely apartment and location.

We have had a wonderful week’s holiday which commenced with a warm welcome from the housekeeper Anne. Hopefully we will be back for the third time next year.

PS. Inkerman Arms, Rye Harbour Road for a good Sunday lunch. 

Beryl & John Tyler                 Sutton Coldfield             17-23 May 08


Also 2nd visit to Rye but first time to the Boathouse. Weather variable but nevertheless had a really relaxing time. Gulls, gulls & more gulls – but rather endearing. As ‘twitchers’ – a really disappointing, limited range of birds. Fleeting glimpses of one Kingfisher, Redshank, Oystercatchers galore, and the ‘rare’ sparrow (in London at least). DON’T FEED THE JUVENILE GULL!! HE IS RELENTLESS BUT NEEDS TO FEED HIMSELF Naturally!!

The Boathouse is an excellent base from which to explore Sussex & Kent.

Make sure you visit ALL the ancient streets of Rye – very easy to miss them.

Some useful tips :

·        If arriving Saturday – stock up on any provisions (milk, bread, etc) as Supermarket is CLOSED ALL DAY SUNDAY. The Co-op in Winchelsea Beach is open 7 days a week just down the road.

·        Sunday papers – can be found near Rye Station. Everyone heads for this – so follow the crowds!

·        Ypres Pub – the best food around but a little expensive. Well worth it. All day breakfast & super PANINI – useful for a snack or Sunday breakfast

·        325 bus goes to the Harbour

Andy & Lorraine                     London      


As a young London couple used to noise and traffic Rye was a lovely change. NOT into bird-watching, but bought our bikes and went on some great rides to Camber Sands, Rye Harbour and Winchelsea (where Spike Milligan is buried!!) There’s an Odeon cinema in Hastings and we loved the George pub for food. The apartment’s great – modern and comfy – loved watching the boats go by and the feisty baby seagull made us laugh.

My only complaint is the exceptionally bright lights in the lounge – a table lamp wouldn’t go amiss!        

Alix & Rob                                       (London)                        16-23rd Aug


Unfortunately we hit the 4 weeks of rain in a few days, but being from ‘up north’ we coped and adjusted our programme. Lovely flat, very comfortable, all mod cons (except a wok). Used the Park & Ride at Canterbury – very convenient.

Smallhythe well worth the visit – so dark & atmospheric & Sissinghurst wonderful, if slightly soggy. Batemans’ even better but we benefited as there was enough rain to run the mill & grind flour. Charleston was wonderful with enthusiastic Bloomsburyites showing people around – at Eastbourne Marina (Sovereign Harbour) great for outdoor eating (we did have a day of sunshine). Hastings Country Park has wonderful views across to Rye and towards Eastbourne. Rye, of course, was just beautiful and we hope to return. Many thanks. – Agree re Jempsons & Apothecary café!,

June & John Hutt, York, 3.10.09 -10.10.09


We love the flat and its location. We were blessed with some lovely weather and had lunch out on the balcony twice – not bad for October. Our highlights include Battle, Yesterday’s World Museum, Bateman’s, both steam railways, Bexhill & Beachy Head. We also went to a super Wurlitzer concert at Rye College. We enjoyed exploring Rye and can recommend the Simply Italian Restaurant, the Apothecary Café and Cobbles Tea Room.

Richard and Sally Morgan, Evesham. Worcs., 17th – 24th October 09


Apartment fantastic. Very clean and in a beautiful location. We had a wonderful time. A bit cold & windy, but “no snow” (thank goodness).

We had our Christmas Day dinner in the Hope Anchor Hotel, an absolute must for a meal 5 star plus service & the manager exceptional & the staff spot on. We went to the Pipemaker’s Arms for a drink. People made us very welcome. Also a visit to the church is worthwhile.

Will definitely be back. Thank you very much Chris for making it a lovely Xmas for me and my husband.

Lesley & Jim Cooper, 23/12/09 – 28/12/09


Yet again we have had the perfect break – if only too short. Woke up this morning to a perfect blue sky and the sound of the river. Peace! So little traffic. The evening was full of stars and very little light pollution – such a change from the city.

Meal at the ‘Flushing Inn’ in town was wonderful. Excellent service, beautiful food and very relaxed. Watch out for more pretentious customers!

As always, the Boathouse was spotless – thanks to Mrs B.. Complete Heaven!

Annie                                                                                                                       14/02/02


A really good holiday – lots to see.

Charleston (Firle nr Lewes) “Bloomsbury Group” – well worth a visit. Ship Inn has food on Sunday evenings.

Roger & Pat Savage                                 Riverhead Kent                                        22-29 Sept


Our 3rd visit. Beautifully clean & comfortable accommodation and everything that you need.

Sociable evening at Ypres Inn with good food. Our usual Sunday lunch fish and chips at Inkerman Arms at Rye Harbour – not to be missed.

We’ll be back to beautiful Rye.

Lynne & Derek Martin                     Ashford. Middx.                                     15-18.3.02


Our 2nd visit to the Boathouse. Another relaxing break in this warm & comfortable holiday home.

Spent a day in France & the rest of the week around Rye. Weather perfect!! We will be back again with our bikes in tow!!!

Thanks Mrs B. for your hospitality!!!

Jacqui & Royce Drew                                        West Hallam, Derbyshire                  22-29.3.03


The apartment exceeded our expectations, as did Rye.

Unfortunately the weather was poor which kept us from the beach rather more than we would have liked.

However, the upside was that we explored other places such as Battle – lovely, Hastings – disappointing and Tunbridge Wells – very pleasant place to shop. Overall a most enjoyable holiday and thanks to Mrs B. for a warm welcome.

By the way ….. Great Bed !!

Sarah and Mark                                        Leicester                                                  6.7.02


Our second visit to the Boathouse, what joy, so peaceful. Great excitement on Monday when the river flooded & the ‘Excelsior’ a sailing trawler took to sea.

Lovely nature walk to Camber Castle. Plenty of quality places to eat but the ‘Flushing Inn’ was very special.

Liz & Richard                                          Cambridge                                                                14-09-02

This is our eighth visit to the Boathouse – unbeatable for peace and tranquillity, great walks (see wall map), good restaurants and bars, fresh sea and country air.

Charming old town with much of interest.

Do visit exquisite, little Catholic Church in Watchbell Street.

John and Carole Owen                       Sittingbourne Kent                                  28/8/04 – 4/9/04


A big plus for our holiday was the location and cosiness of the Boathouse. Dungeness well worth a visit.

Quite surreal! Rye Heritage Centre worth visiting for history of Rye.

We enjoyed watching a pair of cormorants diving for fish and their antics. A very relaxing holiday. We’ll be back!   

Sue & Dave Mossop                           Mansfield Nottinghamshire               16th – 23rd June 2007



A truly relaxing & peaceful bolthole away from the madding crowd. Apartment clean warm & welcoming. Rye is a wonderful tranquil place to come, ideal to chill out & prepare for Christmas rush! Very highly recommended.

Kate & Jeremy Nears                                       Suffolk                                                     6/12/04


Had a lovely two weeks, the weather has been perfect, and the apartment great. Peaceful yet close to all the pubs and restaurants in Rye. Hope to be back next year.

KEVIN & MARIA                                   FROM HOLLAND                                              16th JULY TO 30TH JULY 94 


We’ve had a wonderful time here. Very peaceful. Flat is very cosy and well equipped. The Mermaid Inn is excellent for a very friendly barman (Terry) and great locals full of good yarns. Town markets on a Thursday are a must for really cheap bargains or just about anything. Ask anyone at the Mermaid about the ghosts in Room 16!! We’ll be back for sure!

Caryn & John Cooper                                     Sydney Australia                                  22-2-97 to 8.3.97


Day 1. V. Clean, firstly – Bed is beautiful - will kill us to go back to 2ft wide bed in UNL halls of residence. Bath lovely – although wonderfully spacious, lacks legroom for two.

Ref. Jill and John from London, and others – what on earth is wrong with the Ship? Do not suffer due to lack of torch, cheese grater or microwave.

Again, bed is lovely, although bedroom generally suffers from inclusion of dubious picture above bedhead, visible in wardrobe mirror.  Jen x

Day 3. The Bed’s lovely, hence no Day 2!

Shower is vast improvement on bath.





Day Six. Whole flat is lovely. Two days in Brighton made an interesting break. Do not want to leave but will not return for about 4 years until both are on a full wage. Has been a quiet if not restful week.

Jen and Rob                                              Chesham, Bucks.                                      28th Dec 1997


Quiet location, convenient for travelling to various locations.

Highlights –

enjoyed Tenterden town then onto Kent & East Susses Railway to Bodiam Castle

the audio tour of Rye – obtained from the tourist office – really good

Best restaurant by far is ‘The Monastery’ 6 High Street 01797 223272 – Looks empty from the front but main area is behind

Sunday shopping – try the garage opposite of river to Tourist Office – basics available.     

Martin + Rene Watts                        Lancs                    23rd Aug – 30th Aug 08


Another enjoyable trip to Rye.

Enjoyed our stay in the ‘Boathouse’ very much, clean & comfortable. Visited Battle Abbey & Yesterday’s World good for all ages & worth visiting. Beach Retreat Café at Winchelsea beach ideal for snack/lunches/dinners; varied menu & reasonably priced.

Hope to be back before too long.

Hired bikes, tiring but good fun.      

Jean & Bob                                       London                 8/9/08 to 12/9/08


Fantastic weekend in Rye.

Apartment Wonderful, far better than it looks on Website. Couldn’t fault anything, Housekeeper so helpful, truly amazing weekend

So peaceful and relaxing, really hope to come again.   

Jennie + Des                                      Eastbourne Sx                26 Sept – 28 Sept 2008


An excellent apartment in a fine location; no complaints about anything, though it took us a while to figure out the central heating. A couple of days just mooching around in Rye, in beautiful bright cold sunshine. We kept returning to Haydens for lunch, a jewel of an institution, especially for anyone with a gluten intolerance – The Fish Café is also excellent, a bit more pricey but worth it and very helpful staff.

The Standard was a pleasant pub, but our food, after nearly an hour and a half’s wait was disappointing. We also enjoyed the retro shop on Cinque Port Street and the Grammar School Record Shop, especially for folk and jazz. And Biddenden’s still, strong, Kentish cider is fine stuff!

Ben & Lisa                              Brighton               27-29 Oct


A truly wonderful 4 days in Rye, the accommodation was superb, even better than we expected, it was neat, very clean and tidy and also very homely. The housekeeper was very helpful.

We had a lovely time in Rye and would like to return in the future. We will definitely recommend the apartment to our family and friends.   

Maureen & Malcolm Mackenzie       Chatham               30th Oct – 2nd Nov 2008


Had a lovely short break at the ‘Boathouse’ – we enjoyed lots of walks around the area.

The walk from Romney Sands to Dungeness was a particular highlight with the short trip on the railway!

Lou & Pat                                                   18th – 22nd February 2008


Our 7th visit and as usual a very enjoyable visit, weather kind, visits to Tenterden, Hythe (via the little railway) Sissinghurst, Sandwich (there’s a lovely secret garden there), Hastings, and Rye on Thursday (market day)        

Rose & Mike Long                            Fareham, Hants    10th – 17th May’08


A most enjoyable holiday. A lovely area for cycling, flat over the marshes, hilly when travelling in land.

Sandra & John Carpenter                 St Albans, Herts   17-24 May 2008


A very wet Bank Holiday! Did not spoil the pleasure of our first visit to Rye. Trips to Great Dixter, Winchelsea village (a real haven of quiet), Winchelsea & Camber Sands, Hastings and Bodiam Castle etc etc. Liked the Woolpack at Brookland. The apt is so comfortable, and evening walks. This side of the river, towards Rye Harbour relaxing and interesting. Thanks!

P.S. Enjoyed the book selection – especially Owen Meany.   

Alan and Maggie Jarman,                 Oxford                           26-31 May 2008


Great Flatlet! We’ve enjoyed our stay, visited great places!

Eaten fantastically!, best gardens Great Dixter, delightful stay all round! 

Graham & Lois                                                    31st May – 7th June


Lovely lovely lovely surroundings & sunshine all week.

Another super visit.      

Frank Fowler, Liz Rowland.             South Ronaldsay Orkney        14-21 June’08


10th visit to the Boathouse!

Blessed peace & quiet.  

John & Carole Owen                        Sittingbourne, Kent                 24 JUNE 08


Icklesham. A superb vegan meal was prepared for me @ an hours notice. Lovely pub, real ale. Large portion meals. V.impressed. Would also recommend visiting Derek Jarman’s Cottage @ Dungeness if you’re a fan. V. moving. Take away Indian @ Tiger Coast on Landgate/High Street ready to collect within 20 mins of ordering and was delicious. Winchelsea Beach v. peaceful but all pebbles so makes for uncomfortable sunbathing – take lots of padding!! Simply Italian v. good. Excellent food and service. Staff v. helpful & friendly. Finally thanks to Pat for such a warm welcome + cuppa ready to be made. Also good to meet Chris . Will be recommending Rye + the Boathouse to relatives, family + hope to return myself @ same stage.

One criticism – lock on door can be temperamental - & thought  I was locked out a couple of times! No problems at all other than this.

Becky Wright                                          Catton Norwich, Norfolk                     28.07.01- 04.08.01


Great week couldn’t believe the hot weather. Fairlight, Hastings Country Park worth a visit for views of Rye Bay & beyond. Lots of rabbits.

Rye as usual, really lovely. Medieval fair was enjoyable & informative. Chilled out at apartment watching river & boat traffic. Sid & Sophie Seagulls have kept us company all week, we will miss them.       

Bob & Jan                                             S. Ockendon         Essex      July – Aug





First class apartment. Situation perfect. Weather has been very kind to us. Thanks to Pat for friendly welcome, tea was needed after long drive. Now, out of season, the town is quiet … custom is slow so you are very welcome almost wherever you go.

The Cockhorse Peasmarsh good value – mixed grill and Japanese prawns excellent.

Crown and Pipemakers “Duty Free” – lively

Mermaid quiet and refined. Cinque Ports better inside than it looks out. Forge bitter in the Standard – worth a try.

Think we’ll be back … its like a magnet.

Ian & Celia                                              Marus Bridge, Wigan.                                         1st – 8th Sept. 01


We had a very enjoyable time just reading the comments in this visitor’s book!

Rye is a great place – we will probably come back.

Paul & Janet Chandler                  Watford Herts                                        July 5 August 2006


Where have all the birds gone?

Gone away every one!

Not completely true, some seagulls one or two

Listening to the advice of Mr Melville-Brown

Did not feed the birds so as not to make him frown!

To stay here has been wonderful so warm & clean

Thanks to Mrs B. the cleaning QUEEN!!

So thanks for all your thoughtfulness

This accommodation is the BEST


Do, do go & have a coffee & genuine home made cakes & scones at Cheyne House, High St. Rye.

Run by mother, daughter & son-in-law.

Ted & Ginny                                           Henfield, Sx                                            2nd – 6th October


A very peaceful & relaxing stay. V. much needed! Excellent accommodation. Rye lovely. Would highly recommend The Queen’s Head @

Wonderful view, glorious weather – sat outside for breakfast with the sun on our faces most days. We cycled to Winchelsea one day & from Appledore on a circuit route via Ivychurch. Stopped at the Woolpack a really old, friendly & atmospheric pub.

Views, peace & rest – a truly brilliant few days holiday for us both – now back to reality!!!!

Shelagh & Steve Howe,                      East Sussex                                      13th – 17th February 1998


Be very aware that when sitting on balcony drinking vino, if apartment door closes, you are locked out. (very very sorry Mrs B... & peeps at end of block.) We have had a lovely stay here. Rye has lived up to its description of our good friends Johnny & Bob the Builder (Mr.Mrs Guard thanks for the recommendation). Apartment lovely and clean, perfectly situated. Try to visit Camber Sands beach, its one of the best beaches we have been on. Fish shop in town main St, is v. good, nice mushy peas. Ypres Inn customers very yang. Hope & Anchor nice pub.

Jack & Kev                                              Bellchambers, Pooks Green, Southampton                25th Aug - 29th Aug  2001


Peaceful birthday break in the middle of an infant school Christmas! We go home with batteries recharged & fit for Christmas! Previous comments on Cranberries revised, since falling into new hands! The town is very festive & musical – Salvation Army Band, an accordion player & an itinerant lute player, complete with costume!!! The lights look lovely. J

Martin & Jo Itter                                     Horndon on the Hill, Essex                     14/16 Dec 2001

Very short stay lovely warm comfortable clean, not a care! Very enjoyable break – lots of birds seen ! cuckoos (3) stone chat swallows heron (2) sea gull chicks (very young!)

Indian restaurant Mandhi Spice) was very good! Would come again as so much to occupy us! Or just be lazy.

Chris & Bill                                              Cranleigh, Surrey                                      8th-11th June 2002


Enjoyed a relaxing week watching the boats go by! Leeds Castle worth the trip & ideally situated for a day trip to France. Excellent weather & Italian restaurant was good. Clean & pleasant apartment which is ideally situated for Rye and the surrounding area. Hope to come again.

Derek & Joyce Flounders                 Hartlepool                                                               17-24th August 2002


Very impressed with the apartment, very clean and comfortable. Have very much enjoyed our wonderfully relaxing long weekend. There is plenty to do in and around Rye, especially if you are an EF Benson fan. Ham baguettes at the Ypres inn are memorable!

Nice touches in the apartment are: tea bags and fresh milk from Mrs B., very thoughtful after a long journey and an extension lead for the hairdryer – I’ve been so many places where the hairdryer doesn’t reach to the mirror. Also, the bed – what luxury to have a 5ft. bed on holiday!

Diane and Darren                                     Cheltenham, Glos                                    11-14 Oct 2002


It may have only been a weekend but we feel we’ve had a week of benefit – many thanks.

Alan & Stephanie                                     Lindfield, West Sussex                             29 Nov to 1 Dec

A Bank Holiday week and the weather was glorious

…….. definitely an oxymoron

Tips for those that follow :-

1.        Spend time exploring the streets of Rye before 10:00am and after 6:00pm (the day trippers are not around and you have the place to enjoy virtually to yourself)

2.        If you need to collect email you can have one hours internet access for free in the local library on Lion Street. Phone to book a time slot

3.        Best paintings of the area are by local artist Peter Jay (available at 102 High St) I’m taking a small one home with me and am in good company (Sir Paul McCartney bought one last week)

4.        David Sharp Pottery very obliging. Will customise their wares and post them to you

Ann Lane                                                 Fareham, Hants                                       24th May  to 31st May 2003


We arrived frazzled after the trials and tribulations of the ‘big smoke’ and were quickly mesmerised by the tranquillity of the Boathouse – it was all we thought it would be and more. We had sunshine every day and though there was lots of frost we were warm and cosy in the apartment! This was our 2nd visit to Rye, but our first to the Boathouse. But as Arnie said – “we’ll be back”.

A few suggestions –

Audio walking tour from the Tourist Office

Farmers’ market on Wednesday

Sunday lunch in the Union Inn (East Street) – don’t go there too late as the ‘roasts’ go quickly.

Inkerman Inn, Rye Harbour – great fish

The Woolpack

Thanks Chris, also Barbara and Dean.          

Thelma and Bill                                   N W London         10-17 November 07



Nice relaxing time. Weather was kind to us. Would we come back again?


Val & Pete Frost                                      Ipswich                                                    26/3/04

A lovely welcome from Mrs B.

Our first time at Rye. The town is wonderful and the apartment perfect for the two of us.

Recommended eateries

Simply Italian – Rye – Inkerman Arms Rye Harbour

The Place – Camber

Wonderful walks for bird watching

Nature Reserve – Rye Harbour

Ponds near Camber Castle

RSPB at Dungeness

Also go up tower of church in Rye

Views fantastic

Ann & John Gibbs                                    Old Woking, Surrey                                        19 – 26 June


Our first visit to Sussex. Very good location & accommodation.

Weather dry but v. windy, 2 dull days. Spent a lot of time at Dungeness – we are keen photographers and it is a really good area. Of interest was grounded ship at Camber Sands!

Italian restaurant very good, as was Fish & Chip shop along the Mint. Winchelsea Beach & Rye Harbour both worth a visit.

Alan & Sheila Borthwick                                Perth., Scotland                                   18th – 25th Sept


Very pleasant stay. Can’t add any more to essays in book – we’ll be back.

David and Sally                                        Bath, Somerset                                  17th April 2004


Great visit – fantastic weather

Can heartily recommend ‘Jacques’ for any one who makes it to Canterbury.

Use the binoculars for great views of France from top of old Lighthouse in Dungeness.

John & Michael                                       London E1                                                            29/3/04

Gorgeously clean and cosy flat – will definitely return

Arrived on a Tuesday: warning to all visitors, Rye is closed on a Tuesday so play Patience, walk the beach or read a book, but do not expect so much as a mouse’s fart in Rye! Here are a couple of notes having read previous entries :

Cranberries – gorgeous tea room, do go!

Ypres Castle Inn – reasonable food though no range and not hearty portions!

Mermaid Inn (Rye) – ended every evening with a drink in front of their wonderful log fire

Good beaches – Camber Sands & Winchelsea

Battle – pleasant town to visit

Kathy Cox & Will Taylor                     Midlands                                                  30th Nov – 3rd Dec 2004


Delightful flat – clean & comfortable – enjoyed: wandering in Rye, Mermaid Corner Tea Rooms, Ypres Tower – castle Museum, Rye Harbour nature Reserve, Winchelsea, Leeds Castle, AND ate at the Lemon Tree in Tenterden and The Gandhi Tandoori in Rye (recommend both)             

Muriel & Felix Zwiebel,                      Minneapolis          Minnesota, USA  17-21 November 2007


Another return to the Boathouse, our second this year. Despite the forecasts weather has been good and dry. Re-visited our favourite locations – Dungeness, Hastings, St Leonard’s & Rye Harbour. As photographers, always lots of interest. We like the wide open space down here. Eating out – Pilot Inn at Dungeness does great Fish & chips. Simply Italian good as always. Good bar lunches in William the Conqueror at Rye Harbour. No doubt we will be back again.         

Sheila & Alan Borthwick                  Perth, Scotland               6-13 Sept 08


First visit to flat but not to Rye.

Will be back to flat, very good.

Fantastic weather. Walks from Rye Harbour beautiful – beach great. Union Inn very good for food. Do go to Dungeness it is a very strange place – nowhere else like it.

The Bell on The Mint is a very good pub.

Seafood and Steak Bar on quay was not very good.    

The Walkers –                         Telscombe Cliffs            21/7 – 25/7


We are frequent visitors to Rye but found that our stay in this comfortable flat gave us a new perspective on Rye and its surroundings.

A very relaxing and enjoyable week.

Pat & Peter Jackson,                         Cheam                                     25/7 – 1/8 ‘08


A short break to explore the marshland churches (we already know Rye). They’re very special – particularly Fairfield, New Romney and Brookland, (where you get the added bonus of the most delicious Romney Marsh lamb at the Royal Oak – even better than Landgate Bistro (and that’s pretty good). Also recommend the Fish Café in Tower St & Simply Spice in the High St.  Wednesday market disappointing – very little there.

Won’t mention the weather – unspeakable!

Birds seen from terrace, Cormorant, little egret, sandpiper & oyster catcher.    

Sue Fasquelle & Oliver Darlington, Lewes                             08.08.08 to 13.08.08


Area of amazing contrasts – viz. Dungeness & Tenterden! Flushing Inn recommended for special meat – excellent food good service & Generous helpings.    

John Beever &  Joan Barker             Boston, Lincs                 6/9/08 60 13/9/08


Nice welcome, enough good weather to enjoy the walking; Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Winchelsea & Iden. Interesting birds, long tailed tits, tawny owl. Woodpecker, egret (River Rother), and the ever present gulls. 

Paula Amy Bright                             Milton Keynes                11/1/08 to 18/1/08


Beautiful weather for walks. Rye is an enchanting town. The harbour walk is bracing – we enjoyed a wonderful break from our busy lives – time to breathe!  

Jack & Jill Walker                             Leigh Park  Havant                  16-20.2.08


Well-kept accommodation as usual.

Bird-watching at Dungeness, Rye Harbour &  Pett Level – eating out at Ship (on Strand) Landgate Bistro (cheaper menu Tues – Thurs) Simply Italian (wine voucher enclosed here) all excellent. Weather unseasonably mild.      

Andy & Lindy H.                    Enfield                                     20/2 – 23/2/08


Our fourth visit and we enjoyed it just as much. The weather went from snow to sunshine in a week and there were plenty of blue sky days. We love it here – the flat is super, so cosy and comfortable. I know we’ll come back. Thank you, Chris and lovely to meet you after all these years.                   

Judith & Clive Morgan            Buckfast, Devon            April 5th – 12th




Flat as warm, cosy & clean as ever.

The river still works its magic on stressed minds, more hypnotic than ever. Nowhere like Rye at Christmas! Hope to be back in the future. J

PS. Like the new painting in the bedroom very much

Martin & Jo Itter                                     Horndon on the Hill, Essex                     17th/20th December


Loved the apartment. Very lucky with the weather. Port Lympne Animal Park well worth a visit. Also the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway but thought food in pubs and restaurants rather overpriced. Good fish and chips at Inkerman arms, Rye Harbour.

Val & Jack Robins                                    Stubbington Hants                                    April 2001


Apartment very comfortable clean & cosy,

Most relaxing! Rye absolutely wonderful (Agree with the comment about food above!) Weather superb, will certainly come again.

Sandra & Des Bankes                                     Hemel Hempstead, Herts                     May 2001


Loved the apartment, very comfortable, weather very good. Rye is home to us Rob was born in Udimore we both went to school here we will be back.

Rob & Doreen Wilson                     Uckfield East Sussex                                               12-26 May


Much enjoyed returning to Rye after very many years and to be warmly greeted by Pat B. Accommodation very comfortable clean and well equipped in a quiet and attractive setting. Rye has changed but Rye is still Rye, Excellent meal at the Queens Head, Landgate

Phil & Barbera Simpson                   Maldon Essex                                       8.03.02


Apartment very comfortable & clean – thank you Mrs B.!

Audio walk around Rye very informative. Food at Italian OK – best to book a table at the weekend – not a quiet restful place but entertaining in its own way. Walkers do a good ‘Tapas’ – more like Antipasto

Ypres Pub good for food too. Local fish excellent.

If you go to Canterbury try a River Boat ride – very peaceful.

Anne & David Couchman                                                                                                30.3 – 6.4


A clean & pleasant aPARTMENT

Flat perfect for our needs of getting to know the area which is certainly full of interest plus we struck very lucky with the weather – the sun shone every day.

So much to see & do ‘Rye’ is a gem. Try those ancient back streets near the church. Do have a trip on the miniature Kent & East Sussex Steam Railway and see the various castles, manor houses & countryside.

Mr & Mrs N Dee                                                                                                  Week ending 10 May


Clean comfortable flat, Rye lovely old quaint place. Never seen beaches with cabbages growing on them before, amongst the stones & other plants, at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve & Pett near Winchelsea.

Lovely views from Stony Beach to the cliff also a sm. Castle nestled amongst the trees.

Our first visit to Rye, pleasantly surprised!

June & John Hannington                                                                                              28th June – 5 July


Thanks to Mrs B. for the spotless apartment as usual.

Very lucky with the weather- enjoyed Dungeness RSPB site and Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. Have also enjoyed bird-watching from the window – including 8 little egrets and every evening at twilight 2 barn owls hunting in the fields over the river. Also enjoyed eating out at the Ship (good value) Landgate Bistro (has à la carte + set menu Mon – Thurs – not as varied as it used to be) and Simply Italian. Will be back next year.             

Andy & Lindy H.                                 Enfield Middx      14-2-07 – 17-2-07



Ideal quiet situation with an easy walk into town. Food at Ypres Inn poor and overpriced. Indian Food at Ghandi superb as also is the Fish & Chips from the place in the Mint. Battle of Britain Museum at Hawkinge excellent and the Memorial is close by too (only 3 miles from museum).

Re-visited childhood due to exhibition at Rye Art Gallery (Capt. Pugwash). Free internet access at Rye library is very handy as can leave laptop at home.

Ann & John Lane                                    Fareham, Hants + Cannock, Staffs       20-9-03 - 27-9-03

Flat very warm & comfortable as we managed to choose the one week of winter for our holiday. If your clients think the food in Rye expensive coming from Scilly we do not agree. All the meals we had were excellent!

People of Rye very friendly. Thanks Mrs B.

GILLIAN & GERARD LANGDON                ATLANTA BRYHER, ISLES OF SCILLY                5.3.04


Clean + warm flat, very welcoming on return after the gales at the beginning of our stay. Had some sun too and enjoyed walks to Winchelsea and around the RSPB reserve at Dungeness. Food in Rye O.K. ‘Lemon Grass’ Thai restaurant very good.

Gill + Mike,                                              Nottingham                                             25.03.04


A very comfortable stay with friendly locals and neighbours. First visit to Rye and found it wonderful. The weather has been clear/blue/hot. The walk to Dixter via County Boundary trail was beautiful with lots of real woodland. Coast and castles very striking. We hope to be back. Thanks

Richard & Ilona Warham                   Settle Nth Yks                                          13/04/04- 17/04/04


Peace and quiet, with a luxury apartment. Thanks for a very comfortable holiday.

We can recommend a visit to the house and Gardens at Great Dixter. The mechanical Music Museum in Cinque Ports Street is fascinating. The Forge Restaurant just around the corner does very good steaks and local fish dishes. I had cucumber soup from cucumbers grown in the chefs own garden!

Phil & Edwina Farlow                      New Malden, Surrey                                         17-24 July 99


First visit to Rye enjoyed our stay, comfortable flat, weather good, found food at Art & Coffee shop good also newly opened Fish Café and Bistro. Hope to return some time in the future.

Thanks to Mrs B. for her help.

J & M CARLESS                                      STAFFS                                                   24/4/04

Our 3rd good time here, weather good for the birding. Love the area for a short holiday .Egret and kingfisher and redshank very good from the balcony. Thanks to Mrs B. again!

Maureen & David Whittle                    Hurstpierpoint Sx                                   4-10 Oct 03


A beautiful, relaxing week. Loads to see and do locally. Lovely walks across the marshes and plenty of birds to see. Hobbies common at the moment – one perched on the telegraph pole opposite – and a good variety of waders. Recommended outings : Battle & Pevensey, Lewes (don’t miss Middle Farm for cider etc.). Dungeness, Camber Sands for the sea-bathing. PJM.

John & Sheila McLaughlin                              Writtle, Essex                                       21-28/8/99


We were looking for peace and quiet after a hectic year - and we found it here. It is particularly pleasant in the morning when the sun is shining and the tide is high. Take advantage of the recommended walks (see box on wall)....Don’t burn the toast because it will set off the smoke alarm! If a light bulb blows none of the other lights will work. However, this can be remedied by the switch in the box on the back wall of the bedroom.


John & Carole Owen,                                      Sittingbourne, Kent                                 11/5/96 – 18/5/96

We’ve had a wonderful relaxing break here to celebrate a special anniversary. Nice lunch at the Flushing Inn – especially the puds! And fantastic mural in the dining room. Further afield we enjoyed wandering the streets of Hastings Old Town and recommend lunch at Latham’s Brasserie in George Street. Holiday over all too soon!              

Brenda and Graham,                          Walthamstow       02/03 – 09/03/07




A relaxing week, with it absence of kids, dogs & traffic – just the view, the birds, the boats and the bunnies – a holiday in itself!

Our week coincided with the medieval weekend and the solar eclipse – the latter was witnessed at Camber Sands – very impressive.

- We visited some places on hired bikes (available from “Rye Hire” Cyprus Place)

Go on the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway – good fun for young children and old children.

Beachy Head, Dungeness, Winchelsea & Eastbourne well worth visiting but very few places equal Rye!

Graham & Rosemary Hall                         Pontefract. West Yorks                          Aug 7th – 14th Aug 99


Another relaxing stay in Rye, at No. 11 this time. Birdwatching at Dungeness & Rye Harbour Reserves. Good food at Munrows & the Monastery (both set menus at reasonable prices – not cheap, but good value) also an interesting menu at Landgate Bistro. Enjoyed visiting the galleries in Rye.

Good comfortable accommodation as usual, Thank you

* Also – really enjoyed a few hours at the Mechanical Music Museum in Rye – Really good for rainy weather.

Andy & Lindy H                                      Enfield, Middx                                      20-2-99


Lovely stay – outlook from flat tranquil and v. relaxing. Perfect bolthole for exploring The area. A visit to Dungeness Bird Reserve  a must. Tunbridge Wells a good day out. Too many places to visit in a week!

NT properties in easy driving distances. Recommend the Monastery restaurant in High Street, Rye. Good food and service friendly.

Howard & Jackie Mansell                    Woking, Surrey                                      12-19 Aug 2000


Our second visit and as good as we remember. After a hectic few months the perfect respite and haven’t missed the phone at all (well not much) Mrs B... provided excellent welcome & service. Good cream tea at quaint Cobbles off the Mint. Dinner at the Old Forge excellent, if a bit pricey if on a budget. Excellent fish and chips at Inkerman Arms at Rye Harbour. We look forward to our next visit with pleasure.

Lynne + Derek Martin                     Ashford Middlesex                                 16/3/01 – 19/3/01


Delighted with the apartment. Very peaceful and comfortable. Enjoyed wandering around Rye & looking at antique shops. Had a great meal in ‘Simply Italian’ – very buzzing. Dover Castle very interesting day trip. Didn’t see the kingfisher but saw the ‘little Egret’ twice (white heron!).

Chris & June Locke                                  Ipswich, Suffolk                                     15.11.02


Novel location, Cosy berth. Ancient town.

New experience!

James & Pamela Forbes                      Clod Hill Wigginton Herts.                     12.4.97 – 19.4.97

A lovely warm, relaxing week – just what I needed! A great town to wander through and then over to the marshes – a needed trip down memory lane!

Tala Hobson                                            Nottinghamshire                                      7/11 – 14/11/03


Our first visit to Rye. We found the flat very cosy + comfortable + perfect on a sunny winter morning to watch the sunrise. Rye is an ideal town for browsing = interesting bookshops + a good delicatessen + fantastic cook shop at end of High Street. We ate in the Flushing Inn which was very good + friendly service – ideal for a special meal + the Simply Spice – delicious Indian Food.

Dungeness RSPB was a good reserve with great hides. I’m sure we’ll come back to explore more!

Lynne + Amit                                          Pagham/Bognor Regis


Apartment warm & cosy, nice and clean for our arrival. Some sunny days made sitting outside a real pleasure, with the compulsory glass of wine or two?

Simply Italian nice for food and not too far to walk. In all a very pleasant break.              

Howard + Pauline,                               Copthorne             23-3 to 30/3/07



I wanted time away from a busy job and hectic home life and I found the perfect retreat in the Boathouse + Rye.

Morning coffee in town, long walks in the afternoon – an absolute perfect week and even a sprinkling of snow!

Donna Uden                                             Berkshire                                                 7-13 March ‘-04


Our 4th visit to Rye – Enjoyed it just as much if not more each time!! Weather good as usual – will be back!!

Thanks once again to Mrs B. We come for a restful holiday & it never fails!!

Jacqui & Royce                                        Derbyshire                                                              10-17th April



STEPHEN + CATHERINE TEES                (KIMPTON HERTS)                                             31ST MAY – 4TH JUNE 04




SALLY + STEVE, HILDENBOROUGH                KENT                                                      19-22 Nov 2004


Well-appointed spotless, warm apartment. Everything one needs. Housekeeper Mrs B... v. welcoming, and having learned we are newly married, left flowers + a card for us. Greatly appreciated. Good birdwatching at Rye Harbour. Hope to return!

John & Olive Mercer                                     Sidcup, Kent                                        27-31 March 2000


Very warm reception, literally. We chose the hottest 2 weeks. Were kept entertained by workers from Environment Agency for 4 days on opposite bank. Watched birdlife including two herons behind house to the right, white egret twice, daily cormorant but no kingfishers. Have thoroughly enjoyed our relaxing holiday. We shall return. Thanks.

Rita & Keith Ormston                                  Sidcup. Kent                                        9-23rd August 2003

Three days to chill out here. Bright/watery sun shone on use and we had good walks. Great bread from the Bakers. King sized bed is F.A.B!

Rich Sylvester

Chris Forrest                                                                                                            14-16th January 2005

Flat warm & comfy & v. clean (Thanks Mrs B.)

A wonderful break. Rye must have more Tea Shops / Cafes than anywhere else we’ve visited! Had a great time bird watching in Rye Harbour & Dungeness.

Saw a Bittern from the Bittern view point.

BRIAN + SUE BAKER                    Felpham, W. SUSSEX                              7-9 JAN 2005


Friendly welcome from Mrs J.... This place is simply beautiful with the views, flat perfect. Eat out in Winchelsea Pub the Ship a place worth visiting for a meal & the Beefeater in Guestling A1 Hope to be able to come back. Proprietors really nice people and make sure you are comfortable.

Rita & George                                          from Wimbledon SW19                    5. 8.95


Flat was really lovely – could not wish for more. Nice setting – Weather was unpredictable but it was just the break we both needed, really peaceful we will both be coming back again in the future. Would recommend the Ship pub at Winchelsea Beach a visit also “Yesterday’s World” at Battle

Sue & Steve S                                           Hurst Green, Sy                                 21.2.97


Had an excellent time. Everything you need in accommodation.

A visit to the Mechanical Music Centre Rye is a must. The curator is so informative, and 1½ hours is easily spent listening to him & his music.

Lily & Syd Stonehouse                               Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands                  6 June 98


Enjoyable apartment. Enjoyed our stay except the weather! Went all round via British Railroad.

Ann & Dave Mesaros                                   The Tacoma, Washington                             6/13/98

A lovely week with perfect summer weather. Very comfortable & peaceful.

Try ‘The Mill’ – a bit expensive but it is your holiday!!

The food & atmosphere are super, not too formal.

‘Peggotty’s’ in town for the best coffee around. Again, a trifle dear but worth it and you only live once.

This is an excellent place to stay.

Clive & Judith Morgan                    Buckfast, Devon                                      1.8.98 - 8.8.98


Our 4th visit, but first in May, Superb weather, 21-24º and sun every day. Lots of spring flowers & blossom.

We always spend a lot of time at Dungeness, as well as Hastings Old Town – as photographers they are great places. Also Rye Harbour, Military Canal at Winchelsea, and Appledore & Fairfield Church.

Too hot to eat out much – Simply Italian good as always and the Pilot at Dungeness serves good food. Nice lunch at the pub in Rye Harbour – lots of outside seats.

Not much birdlife – winter visitors now gone but river and gravel pits always fascinating.

No doubt we will be back again, meanwhile back to cold wet and windy Scotland – after our terrible winter this week has been a tonic! 

Sheila & Alan Borthwick                  Perth Scotland                May 3-10 2008


Rye must be one of England’s finest towns – packed with interest and well cared for.

Recommend “Runcible Spoon” for good value lunches and “the White Vine” for cream teas.

Splendid walk to Rye Harbour then along shore to Winchelsea Beach and back via Camber Castle.

Wonderful old churches in the area, particularly Rye, Brookland, Fairfield, and Old Romney.

The apartment was a comfortable haven – 26 species of birds seen from the windows including barn owl, Shelducks and curlew.

Still lots to see and do in the area – would love to return,     

Eric & Pauline Roberts,           Cannock, Staffs    5th to 12th July ‘08


Have thoroughly enjoyed our return visit to Rye & the Boathouse. Visited some new (to us) areas in the locality. Discovered the Globe Inn in Military Road – the road to Appledore. Interesting décor, service and music – all reminiscent of the 1940s! Excellent menu, superb cooking and good value – we thought.      

Barry & Moira Carter                       Stirling.                          6-13 Sep 2008


Good to be here again – weather not marvellous but we have visited some favourite places and long standing friends. Thanks for the welcome – hope to return.    

David & Margaret                             Shoreham-by Sea 31 Oct – 5 Nov ‘08


A pleasant quiet place for a short break. Good food & welcome at the White Vine in the High Street. A fine snug bar at the Mermaid Hotel. Fine walk to Camber Castle on to Winchelsea Beach, on to Winchelsea – wonderful town and good food at the New Inn, then back across the fields to Rye.

Nice Italian meal at Simply Italian. Simply wonderful place!

Sue & Paul Cook                     Bromley                         13-17 Mar 08


We came – we saw – we rested! Enjoyed the bird-watching at Rye Harbour & Dungeness. Impressed with Bodiam Castle and its history. Recommend “Cobbles Tea Room” – Rye.    

Elizabeth & Phil Davis            Swansea Valley    19th – 25th April


2nd time here. We love the peace & quiet of the Rock Channel. Watching Boats & Birds enjoyed Eastbourne & Battle. Dungeness RSPB site lovely & Rye Harbour wonderful still for food. White’s Fish & Steak Bar, the Pilot at Dungeness, Cobbles Tea Rooms.  

Pat & Tony Northrop                                                              24/31 May 2008


1st time at Rock Channel, we loved the peace & quiet. The delicatessen in Rye High Street is excellent as are the many tea shops. Recommend Cobbles Tea Room “try the scones with jam & fresh cream”! We also had some lovely fish at the “Kettle of Fish”. Merriment garden centre is worth a visit (approx 17 miles). Apartment comfortable and very clean.       

Irene & Jeff                              S. Wales               9th June – 12th June.


Really enjoyed our stay – perfect situation. Spoilt for choice for food but the Monastery takes the Michelin Award.     

John & Kate Cutts,                           Chesterfield                    2-9.8.08


Beautiful beach and best birdwatching at Rye Harbour & Winchelsea Beach

“This Castle hath a pleasant seat”.


Dam + Trevor                                          London                                                    8  + 9th August


Lovely welcome with tea-tray ready – flat is great- a haven of peace. Rye is super with old-fashioned service.

Best butchers shop we’ve seen for ages.

We’ll be back in the springtime.

George & Olga Wallman                  Herts                                                        6/11/ - 13/11


Great apartment; great location, great weather; nuff said!

Dan & Gill                                                               Aston, Sheffield                                   31 July – 7 August 1999

Sunny & warm almost all the time.

Very comfortable flat.

Rye Harbour good for birdwatching & walk

Enjoyed Hastings & Battle  MUST, Dover Castle well worth a visit. Sissinghurst Castle & gardens lovely at this time of year. Rye is a very interesting place well worth another visit, plenty of eating places ranging in price from fish & chips to a 5 course meal

Enjoyed every moment of our holiday!

Ron & Eve Jones                                     Blackburn Lancs.                                      3-7-99 to 17.7.99


Up to every standard we had hoped for- but didn’t necessarily think we’d get! Hope to see you again soon. Royal Oak Brookland a highly recommended watering hole but a short drive.              KEMBALL Daphne & Colin                                             Guildford Surrey  May 5th


Wonderful relaxing holiday watching the channel fill and empty. Boats floating past and Birds entertaining us. Oystercatcher (what noisy birds) Gulls (pair of Shelducks) Cormorants, a little Tern, & Red Shank. All seen from apartment which is very comfortable and well equipped

Rye is beautiful.   Rye Harbour is a wonderful place especially the Nature Reserve. Cafe good value & good food. Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway good from Dungeness magical especially RSPB Reserve. Leeds Castle enchanting. Wish Rye wasn’t so far from home. Would definitely visit again.

Wonderful supermarket at Peasmarsh ‘ Jempsons’ We don’t eat out at all. We preferred to relax and enjoy view from window as we ate. We shall be sorry to leave The Boathouse has definitely put a spell on us.            

Pat & Tony                                           Northrop West Yorks          26th May to 2nd June










Julie & Stewart Jarrett                                      Sittingbourne, Kent.                                                FEB 2000


Very comfortable and ideally situated apartment; found Rye a nice town, with the Ypres by far the best pub for food & ale; take care when taking a 3000 bus to Northiam; they might not run due to lack of drivers! Rye Harbour a bit dull but Icklesham is a really beautifully located village with the Queen’s Head a brilliant pub.

Carla Mastbrock

Marco Daane                                           Pijnacker the Netherlands                        16th – 23rd Sept 2000


Sunshine and Showers – but a really lovely week.

After a warm welcome from Patricia, a most comfortable stay in the delightful apartment.

With visits to National Trust properties, and some good meals at the Top O’Hill, and several good walks, the week has been very happy.

Joan & Malcolm                                      Maidenhead                                             13-20th May


We have had wonderful weather even though it is only Feb, perfect for enjoying the flat at its best. Rye is a little quiet at this time of year and it can be tricky to find something to eat locally. Try the Queen’s Head at Icklesham, and Cranberries tea shop for lovely cakes!

Avoid Fletchers tea shop – over priced.

Don’t bother with audio ghost tour of Rye.

Sally & Robert,                                        Hayes, Kent                                        18/02/01 – 21/02/01


2nd visit. Very enjoyable week. Sissinghurst & Gt. Dixter lovely as ever. Excellent Mexican food at The Wooden Horse Rolvenden Layne.

Chinese takeaway very good.

Janet & Ian Lafbery                                 Wakefield Yorkshire                                 17th – 24th June

Have had a very comfortable and enjoyable stay, considering we’ve had a very wet and windy weather (winds up to 90 mph, worse since storms of 1987)

Had an exhilarating walk to the beach at Rye Harbour.

We recommend : St Mary’s Church Tower (you need to be slim to get up stairs!) great views, Dungeness Lighthouse & R,H & D Railway. So much we haven’t seen! We would like to come again, maybe in summer!

Mark &  Janet East                                  Frogmore Park, St Albans Herts                        28th Oct to 1st Nov 00


Our first visit to this part of England.

The flat and Rye lived up to our expectations. Recommend Ye Olde Bell, The Mint for toasted sandwiches and Poppy’s for coffee.

If you want to see birds, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is excellent despite absence of Little Terns this year and RSPB at Dungeness is outstanding. If you haven’t been before, don’t miss the spectacular Beachy Head. But Hastings is appalling unless you’re into down-market antique shops.

P.S. Despite our address we’re both English!

Bob & Hazel Wicks                                  Porthcawl, Mid. Glam                                              1st – 8th July 2000


Managed to dodge the worst of the weather and enjoyed some glorious sunshine. Ate out at the ‘Monastery’ and ‘Landgate Bistro’ – both doing special menus during the week. Spotted over 20 bird species from the window including a barn owl hunting in the field opposite. Look out for him between 4.30 to 5.30pm.

Andy & Lindy H.                                     Enfield, Middx                                      21-2-01 to 25-2-01


So comfortable & thoroughly equipped. Leaflets + map v. helpful.

Recommend Gasparutti’s café in Market Road for light or main meals. In Udimore the King’s Head pub has good food and a welcoming landlord who is an authority on local history.

Try Small Hythe Place (N.T., home of Ellen Temy) on B2080, south of Tenterden. Very interesting, also brick-build 16th century chapel nearby.

V.g. birding again at Rye Harbour : Brent geese, sandwich terns, wheatears, turnstong, corn buntings + green woodpecker.

On bank opposite flat, pair of oystercatchers feeding in the evenings.

Second visit of John & Olive Mercer                Sidcup, Kent (last visit March 2000) and we hope to come back

30 March – 6 April 2001

Excellent weeks holiday – only disappointment that is was not two weeks or more!

Queens Head Icklesham lived up to its reputation, so did Peace and Plenty at Playden – watch out for the Steak and Kidney Pudding – we will be back.

Thank you all.

Rita & Keith                                            Sidcup Kent                                        18th Sept. 22 Sept


Todo maranilloso. Una casa y une eutorus alectiv, comodo, y estrainable

Heuros estadi como eu nuestra propia casa.

Un saludo y Gracias


A great little home .. really lovely.   

Del Pozo Family                                  SPAIN    17/7/07 – 23/7/07




We’ve had a really good break despite dull weather. Thoroughly enjoyed the walks around Rye especially to Rye Harbour + Camber Castle where we saw a kingfisher + egret. The William the Conqueror Pub at Rye Harbour even serves Bishops Finger Ale! We’ve had meals at the Peace and Plenty P.H. A268 Playden 9/10 for food service surroundings etc, The Lemon Grass Thai in Tower Street 8/10 + Mahdi Spice Indian in Cinque Port Street 5/10. Best locations visited have been Sissinghurst Gardens (also worth visiting nearby Cranbrook re picturesque views of 2nd tallest windmill in England) Country Park at Fairlight and Brookland Church which has an unusual bell tower, an 1150 lead font with signs of the Zodiac and peoples occupations thereon like harvesting and killing a pig. To cap that there is a very old wall painting of the murder of Thomas Becket with a sword through his head! Thanks to Mrs B. for the friendly welcome.

Margaret + Andrew WRIGHT                 Ipswich, Suffolk                                     10th – 17th July 2004


Very friendly welcome. Flat very cosy & well equipped.

Bird watching from the window interesting. Red shank & little egret. Best food – Landgate Bistro. Smallhythe Place, Scotney Castle & Great Dixter well worth  a visit, also some of the Romney Marsh churches.

Canterbury Cathedral magnificent, but the city on the whole disappointing, Rye never disappointing!

Doreen & Oliver Armstrong                               Oxon                                                       6th Oct – 13th

Great visit –

Enjoyed : -

·          watching the tide, the bunnies and the lambs (not eating any of ‘em)

·          days out on bikes

·          reading g this Visitor Book!

Did not enjoy :-

·          pictures on the wall (the one in the bedroom is nightmare inducing)

·          the prospect of leaving, so we extended our stay from 3 days to a week!!

John & Michael                                       London E1                                                            6th -13th April 2002


Everything A1

Had a wonderful 2 weeks, thanks. Weather perfect- Mrs B.

Inkermans Rye H. New Inn Winchelsea, Pasta in the Strand.

Weather perfect. 17 bird types from No. 9. (includes sparrows/starlings) and a further 11 roundabout.

Isobel & Wilf Lusted                                                London                                                    03-08-02


Our first visit to the Boathouse. This is a wonderful apartment. We thoroughly enjoyed our week in Rye. We recommend a ride on the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch miniature railway – for fun! We enjoyed climbing the church tower and also our visit to Lamb House especially the garden

Barbara and Maurice Banbury                   Putney – London                                    26-2ND NOV 2002

Our 3rd visit to the Boathouse, but I suspect, not our last.

Once again a very relaxing break, with the added bonus of lots of sunshine. The Queens Head at Icklesham is still excellent and we also enjoyed meals at Simply Italian and the Peace & Plenty (Playden). Sorry to be going home!

Richard & Christine                                 Hedge End, Southampton                   15 – 19 NOV 2002


Sorry not to have met Mrs B.

Hope you are feeling much better now Mrs B. Water is going to be our biggest memory of Rye. Rivers’ dykes, marshland, flooding and rain, rain, rain. Flat very warm & welcoming to dry out in.

John & Rose Bateman                                  Wantage, Oxon                                       28-12-02 - 4-1-3


As usual a restful stay but we’ve had such glorious weather it certainly doesn’t feel like February!

Good walking and bird watching at Dungeness and Rye harbour and off to Winchelsea Beach on our way home. Thanks to Mrs B. for the ‘welcome’ tea tray and for keeping the flats so well. We’ll be back as usual.

Andy & Lindy H.                                     Enfield, Middx                                      19-2-03 - 22-2-03

Visited on the wildest, wettest weekend of the year & still had a great time, the walk to Winchelsea Beach via Camber Castle was bracing. Great fun.

Lisa Marlow & Martin Jones                            Oxted Surrey                                      30th Jan to 2nd Feb 04


2nd stay, once again lovely stay

added bonus of sunshine all the time! So we could be outside visiting the nature reserve, bit of bird watching

ring plovers, redshanks, skylarks and reed buntings amongst them. Winchelsea beach is gorgeous.

Time ran out on us, it’s over all too soon!

Thanks Chris and Mrs B.

Chris & Bill                                              Cranleigh Sy                                            15/3 - 18/3 03


Quiet and peaceful break, very comfortable.

Good walks around Rye and Nature Reserve beyond Rye Harbour worth a visit saw a Merlin. Ypres pub excellent salt marsh lamb a local delicacy! Plus good ale and decent wine list and only 5 mins walk away.

Bob & Liz                                                                Ashbourne Derbys                                   20/3 – 23/3


4 years since we last managed a few days here – flat still v. well maintained super weather – had a nice meal at ‘M’ Indian Restaurant. Will try to visit again next year – still lots of walks we have not yet done.

Clive & Pauline Ollis                                         Westbay, Bridport Dorset                        25-28-3-03


Flat immaculate as always. First time we’ve had dry (but cold) weather. New Nature Reserve (so new the info office don’t know it) – Pannel Farm Reserve. From Icklesham (W. of Winchelsea) go south to Ashes Farm. Park by farm and take marked footpath E. Of farm, south across Pannel Sewer. L. for 100yds to hide. 2 other hides apparently not yet open to public. V.g bird watching – 52 species in one week.

Butcher in High Street excellent. Mermaid Inn – first visit – expensive but excellent for lunch (can’t afford dinner at £35) – worth it just once. Will return!

John & Olive Mercer     (4th visit)                 Sidcup                                                      2003-12-06 4 -11 April


Are we the only people from the West Mids to have discovered Rye? The Boathouse has been a most convenient place to stay. Highly recommended the Lemon Grass Thai restaurant and Simply Italian is good value.

Don’t try The Place (Camber) unless you like waiting a very long time for your food.

Look out for greedy duck who’ll try to join you for breakfast on the balcony. 2 ½ mile walk to Camber Castle was great.

Paula & Jack Cotteril                                    Kingswinford, West Mids                         26/7/03- 2/8/03


An idyllic week. Several interesting National Trust properties in the vicinity and had good visits to Great Dixter Garden and Dungeness Power Station & nearby RSPB Nature Reserve.

Rye audio trail from Tourist Info also good.

Jon & Ruth Robinson                                  Goostrey ,Cheshire                                  20-27th September

Our first time in the Boathouse.

Very much enjoyed our few days (4).

So much to see and do around this area, would like to come back sometime.

If you ever go to Fairlight Country Park call in to the ‘Coastguards Tea Room’. Excellent service and a good menu.

Stella and Fred Clarke                                      Beckenham Kent                                    30th Sep 03 to 4th Oct 03


Loved our stay, beautiful apartment. Thank you Chris for letting us stay and thankyou Lisa for the info you gave us. Even though we did not have our own transport we did go to some places, i.e. wild wood and farm world. Our favourite pub was Ypres Castle Inn nice food and service weather was gorgeous could not be better. THANKS AGAIN!!

Love Joe & Jess  

Jess & Joe                                              Berwick +East Grinstead    28/7/07 – 4/7/07







Paul & Debbie O’Doherty                               (HARROW, MIDDLESEX)                    20/10/02


Boathouse faultless again. Loads of great pubs (Union, Standard & Ypres) Great town. Back again next year. Cheers!

Sarah & Ian                                              West Yoke  Kent                                              Nov 6 – 9


Lovely warm cosy flat with everything we needed.

Rye people very friendly. Landgate Bistro very good but book. For lovers of ‘Grand Designs’ on TV the ‘boys’ from the White House on the beach were dining there too! Great variety of birds on the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve incl. 4 Sandwich Terns.

Thanks Mrs B. for the welcome tray.

Alan & Celine                                          Winchester                                             13-2-04

Enjoyed our stay, flat warm & cosy. Rye is a lovely town, pity we have to go back to work.

Roy & Lyn                                              Petersfield                                                              Nov 14-17


Enjoyed a very restful and relaxing week – thanks!

Enjoyed – Beer at the Standard

Excellent food from the Weds. Farmers’ market at Strand Quay; good birds watching at Dungeness; Fine Indian at the Mardi Spice – thanks again for your welcome.

Mark and Julie Stubberfield                              Basildon, Essex                                       1st May – 8th May



DAVE + LYN CAMPBELL                            LONDON                                                                3/4/04 – 10/4/04


Lovely weekend in lovely warm flat.

Weather beautiful. Busier Saturday nights than we expected due to fireworks! Nice cheap beer at Pipemakers Arms and nice lunch at Ye Olde Bell.

Simon & Gill                                            Wallington, Sy                                        12th – 15th Nov

Great Valentine’s Weekend.








Thanks to Mrs B. for greeting us and suggesting the Landgate Bistro for food!

Lou & Rog                                               Surbiton, Surrey                                      13-15 Feb 04


Our 2nd visit and a lovely stay. Weather terrific and the flat is as comfortable as it was six years ago. We had lovely meals in ‘Simply Italian’  and ‘Walkers’. Rye is such a lovely place and this holiday has been so relaxing. Thanks – we’ll be back!

Judith and Clive Morgan.                   Buckfast, Devon                                      10th April – 17th April 2004.


I endorse all the good things that have been said and hope to return to this lovely apartment and thanks to Pat for her warm welcome.

Nancy Walthew                                       Wilmslow Cheshire                                   31st July – 7th August. 04


Very happy and peaceful week.

Rye good – go early morning when it’s quiet. Cranberries is v. good café (near Landgate) Travelling outside Rye, we loved Batemans, Sissinghurst and Dungeness. Port Lympne Wildlife Park (very good but take your own food).

Otherwise. Lovely stay, lots of places to visit and enjoy, thank you Mrs B.

Cherry & Brian Anderson,

Alresford                                                  Hants                                                       28 Aug – 4 Sept 04


We’ve had a very pleasant week. There’s not a lot to add to the other comments. The Ypres Castle is still recommended.

ROGER & SUE                                        EASTBURY BERKS                                               2-9 OCT 2004


Our 4th visit to the Boathouse. As relaxing as ever, although weather mostly overcast. Sorry to be going home – have made a mental note to stay for a week next time!

Richard & Christine                                 Hedge End, Hants                                               19th – 23rd November

Comfortable flat conveniently situated.

Enjoyed watching the river rise also exploring Rye and seeing high tide from the top of the church tower. Winchelsea beautiful, good bread in shop opposite church & good butcher. Excellent take away fish and chips in the Mint. Smallhythe place lovely and birds at RSPB Dungeness v. interesting.

Great Dixter garden and marsh churches.

We really appreciated the wall map.

David and Margaret Young                      Exmoor                                                   Oct 5-12



Despite dire forecast the weather was mostly bright, and had a really restful break.

Flat wonderfully warm & everything we needed – even think we saw a white egret!

S Bradley & D Kirby                                                 Brighton                                                  NOV 25 – Dec 1


Short break before facing the horrors of H.M.I & OFSTED!! The river has a very soothing effect. Mrs B. ensured a spotless flat, as usual. Many thanks. J

Martin & Jo Itter                                     Horndon on the Hill, Essex                     29-31st May


Enjoyed reasonable weather while the rest of the country was lashed by storms. Extensive view of the “mudflats” was compensated for by sightings if Little Egret, Dunlin, Redshank & Greenshank.

A nice cosy haven after a long day exploring the countryside – we even managed to find the sea a couple of times!

Ann & David Fulljames                  Wolverhampton                                      14-21 August


A very cosy and well equipped flat.

Lovely sunny, sunny crisp weather and the flat was always warm no matter how frosty it was outside. Lovely walks & sunsets on Camber Sands. Dungeness was fascinating. In Rye we enjoyed eating at the Ypres Inn and thoroughly recommend the Cobbles Tearooms (just off the Mint) for lunches & teas – best cheese scones ever! Thanks to Mrs B. for warm welcome.

Katherine & Odette                                 Brighton                                                  23-30 Dec 2004


We found it really helpful .We came for a quiet weekend, but the “Bonfire Society” parade & fireworks were a real bonus, (although vaguely “league of gentlemen” J). Quite fantastic! – hope to catch it next year

Local supermarket – very good variety & excellent quality.

Lovely, well-equipped apartment for a short or longer term stay. Ditto above re map   >> Oops!!

Rob & Jennifer Shelvey,                   Sheppey, Kent                                        Nov 8-10 2002


Why go anywhere? The Boathouse has comfort and seclusion .Spend time just watching the tides turn, the gulls soaring or the rabbits on the bank Spend time listening to the running water, the chirping wild life or the crunching pebbles. Let the Boathouse weave its magic and then wander through the picturesque and historic town of Rye and Winchelsea and you will know why people come back!

Linda & Ken Spiller                                 Bromley Kent                                        14 March – 18 March 2003    


Our first visit to Rye could not have wished for better accommodation, the location is great. Being our first Christmas away it could not have been better. The weather was amazing for Dec.

Thanks to Pat for welcome and the makings of a cuppa?

Denis & Pam                                           SEAFORD                                             22nd – 29th Dec

Welcome from Mrs B... started our week in the right mood. Thank you Pat. (A+)

Apartment warm and dry – so important in Autumn/Winter with night frost and North winds. Well appointed and quiet at night. All very adequate (B+/A-)

The sunsets and sunrises were far better than TV programmes! Photogenic on three occasions.

Nicholas + Sylvia Hilliard,                    Stockbridge, Hants                                   9-16th Nov. 2001


I found the Standard (pub) very cosy and did a great cheddar ploughman’s (other food looked v.good too). Ypres (called Wipers locally) is quiet and relaxed and very friendly. Found the pizza at the Italian above average – atmosphere, salad and service very nice. Probably had the best cod and chips (ever) at the fish & chip restaurant on the Mint (just up from the Standard)

Edward Harris                                                                                                           20/4/02

We had a nice stay here. Weather ideal; hot during the day, cool at night which made for a good night’s sleep every time.

If you’re interested in real “wildlife” you should take a peek inside the workshop marked ‘Jaguar’ further down the road. If you have ever wondered how these ‘animals’ have survived here lies the answer in an impeccable workshop where craftsmanship is still written in capital letters.

If you are more interested in birds however, well seagulls aplenty in your backyard.

Eddie & Angelien Linssen                    Holland                                                    7-14 Aug 04


Flat spotless and cosy.

Rye delightful. Sissinghurst Castle garden a highlight of visit.

Alfred and Caroline Eatherden,                               Southsea Hampshire                                               26.5.2001 to 2.6.2001


The most relaxing week of our lives. Apartment was perfect for us – great base & v. comfortable. Don’t miss the fabulous sausages from the farmers market!

Chris & Em                                              Bucks                                                       21-28 July 2001


Great location. From the living room the outside was like a TV nature program!

Rye Harbour & walk to Camber Castle a fab highlight.

Wonderful skies and clouds.

Sunset@ Dungeness equally fantastic. Didn’t like the neighbour in first house as he would not let us see McCartney’s boat. Too much ‘private property’ nonsense. Thank you Mrs B for keeping the place so well.

Brenda Duggon                                         Brighton                                                  Oct 24/10 – 1/11


A great little base

-          Sunsets over Camber & Tillingham Valley fabulous !

Seen flights of swans, ducks, cormorants!

Coming back to explore other nearby nature reserves!

Priscilla Foley                                          Brighton                                                  Oct 25 – Nov 1


Another enjoyable and comfortable – week at Rye. Good to see Mrs B...’s welcoming face again. Pity about the weather but it did mean we experienced a flood on Wednesday lunchtime at high tide.

Don & Maureen Stewart,                    Worthing                                                 21-9-01


Warm sunny week. Enjoyed bike rides to Rye Harbour & Winchelsea Beach. Camber Sands and Romney Sands are beautiful. National Trust properties at Batemans, Bodiam & Sissinghurst, v. good.

Nigel & Beryl Pridham,                 Wimborne Dorset                                   22-29th Sept. 2001

2 Relaxing weeks.

I got some inspiration for my next book.

We wrote a poem about Rye (in German)


Eine kleine stadt in England

Mit einer Burg aus Fels und Stein,

Weiter entfernt ein Streifen Strand,

Das Kana nier Rye un Suden sein.

Der Fluss so sabrig wie das heer

Troigt Boote und Schiffe beei Flut,

Bei Ebbe ist er wast und leer,

Die hőwen nāturen ihre Brut,

Katholika und Baptisten

Betea taglich in Goteeshaus,

Manchinal Kommen and Touristen.

Geber in Kirchen und wieder reas

 (Ricarda and Reiner M Sowa)   Germany                04.08.01- 18.08.01

V. clean cosy & comfortable accommodation – beautifully calm & peaceful location and the sun shone all weekend. PERFECT! Thanks for everything. BEWARE roasting tin is very slippy on oven shelf – I nearly had the roast in my lap!!

Jo & Duncan Osborn                                                Hove. East Sussex                                               15.02.02 – 18.02.02


Food at Walkers Italian Restaurant good. Take away fish and chips superb! Bought “Country Walks Around Rye” at Information Centre and enjoyed these. Bayleave Bistro at Appledore does a fantastic cream tea with real Devon cream and other yummy cakes too!

Janet and Paul Tublin                                      Harrow Middx                                      25.3 – 30.3



DAVE + Lynn Campbell,                           LONDON                                                                13/7/02


Had a wonderful stay – we love England and the English people & Rye & the Boathouse!

Dan & Joyce Rees                                    Atlanta, Georgia. USA                           Aug-2-31 2002


A lovely break. If you go out at night you can actually see the stars! We loved seeing the dawn and the sunrise through the front window.

Barbara and Maurice Banbury                   London                                                    18/1/05 – 21/1/05


We can recommend the beer - Pett Progress in the Standard. Live music in the Ypres on Sunday Night. Great cycling country - all around the marshes and up to Appledore & surrounding villages. Canterbury Cathedral well worth a visit. Did a day trip to France through the Tunnel - special offer at £29! Had a few barbecues. Hope future visitors have such a great time. (Congratulations to Chris on a nice bed!)

Debbie & Leigh Rowden,                   Torpoint Cornwall,                                 6/7/96


Beautiful week- weather all sunny.

Loved the apartment & sun on front all day. Quiet situation. Just great.

Hastings just 25 mins away & truly wonderful. Do hope to return. Our thanks.

Jim & Doris Bays                                     Stevenage Herts.                                       Aug 28 – Sept 4th

Enjoyed my stay, will miss the ducks.

Diane Barfield,                                         Seaford                                                     23/10/04


Have thoroughly enjoyed our holiday home – warm & comfortable to return to after a day bird watching. A barn owl & a kestrel hunt over the fields in front of the gravel works – super. 

David & Verna Blakemore                               Langley Berks                                       14.2.96

Peace and quiet in this busy world! Musts are : New Romney to Hythe train; The Tea Tree Winchelsea; C.O.T Coffee Shop (Oast House Trust) opp. Forte Hotel.

Sorry we could not stay longer ...

Keith & Christine Phillimore                                                                                                18-25-5-96


Comfortable chalet in beautiful surroundings, what more can one say. Recommend “Top of the Hill” Pub, Very good food, service excellent and polite courteous staff.

M & WR Day                                                                                                          1st – 8th – 5 – 96


Had a wonderful week here. One week is not long enough to visit all the interesting places around this area. Flat very comfortable, - especially the bed.

Heather & Roy Williams,                                 Salisbury,                                                  10.8.96


Very nice watching boats go up & down the river.

Very comfortable apartment. Had a lovely break. Enjoyed Walk to Leasam Hill and Playden Church.

See you again we hope.

Thomas & Olive Camfield                  Croydon                                                   21-9-96




IAN & JANET                                         ERITH                                                     28.9.96

Commuted on daily car trips. Brighton, Lewes, Leeds, Dover and Canterbury were main destinations. Thoughtful vintner at Penshurst Vineyard talked at length with us and UK college group about how to do wine right. Worship at Canterbury C and St Marys Rye was special. Enjoyed castle ruins at Bodiam and Lewes especially. Dover Castle and Leeds are not to be missed. Brighton Royal Pavilion is well worth the drive. Roman Ruins at Dover, Canterbury an Lewes and a church at Canterbury (St Martins) that’s over 1400 years old won’t be forgotten. We ate all breakfasts in room and some suppers. Copper Kettle (vegetarian puff pastry) and Standard Inn (both on High Street) are both excellent as is pastry at Simon the Pieman. Hope to be back in March or April 1998 when days are longer.

Gary & Lynda Swenson                   Wichita Falls, TX USA                          17/12/96 to 23/12/96



Beautiful location for a summer break, but this time of year, it can be windy, wet, and cold, which it was, but it didn't stop us from having the most enjoyable relaxing week, as the apartment is the most cosiest and warm we have ever stayed at. You'll see us again.

Barry & Judy Barron,                                Milton, Portsmouth, Hampshire                8th Feb – 15th Feb 1997


We have greatly appreciated the comfort of your well equipped property and have particularly enjoyed walking at Fairlight County Park.

Further afield Ellen Terry’s house at Smallhythe and Sissinghurst Garden are well worth a visit. JT

J. & L. Thompson                                   Surrey                                                      3.9.05 10.9.05


Clean and comfortable base to explore the beautiful area, wonderful weather, everything worth the 500 mile round trip, hope to return soon!

Denis & Carol Cotton                                     Cheshire                                                   27/7/02 – 3/8/02

A very enjoyable week. Flat and location excellent.

Lots of good places to go. Winchelsea and Camber superb in evening.

Joy & David                                             Knutsford, Cheshire                                 31 May – 7 June 2003


Enjoyed our first visit to Rye in beautiful weather

Lots of interesting places to see. Great Dixter house & garden lovely today!

Jean & Terry Hemmings                                                                                                14th – 21st June


Very comfortable & relaxing apartment.

After a hectic day taking in all the sights of East Sussex & Kent nice to get back in the evening & relax watching the wildlife from the veranda. For us first-time sighting of cormorant, oyster catcher & even a barn owl flying over the fields opposite at eight o’clock in the evening.

Bodiam Castle is a must see, Canterbury worth a visit but Cathedral a rip-off.

Incidentally, hot & sunny (25-30°C) all week. (Sorry!)

JOHN & MIRIAM POWNER,                               STOKE-ON-TRENT, STAFFS                   9-16 JULY ‘05


Another wonderful week at the Boathouse, blessed with hot, sunny weather. The usual friendly and helpful welcome from Mrs. B.

Expect we will be back – for a ninth year!!

Don & Maureen Stewart,                    Worthing                                                 4th – 11th Sept


Very enjoyable stay – although weather variable – liked the peace + lack of traffic! Very thoughtfully equipped apartment + Rye a fascinating place!

Rita + Richard Lloyd,                                      Reading                                                    18-25 Sept


Enjoyed staying in lovely, cosy flat; liked Rye; great walks, especially around Pett & Fairlight. Dungeness : unusual, odd – liked it. Bodiam & Gt. Dixter: good visits.

Pat & Dick Waddington,                            Norwich                                                   5-11 Oct


Our third visit to this delightful place, accommodation as usual of high standard – weather was excellent. A good break before Christmas activities. Excellent fish and chips at Inkerman Arms.

Alan and Stephanie Tuddenham                              Lindfield, West Sussex                             18-22 December ‘04


Another relaxing break here. Bright but cold weather but we braved Dungeness RSPB site and the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. Our favourite restaurants were as good as usual.

* Landgate Bistro & * Monastery – Tues to Thurs Special price menus

* Monrows – (don’t be put off by the façade)

Thanks to Mrs B. for the welcome.

Andy & Lindy H.                                     Enfield, Middx.                                     23rd Feb 2002


Visits : Port Lympne wild animal park (½ price vouchers for a future visit given to us – please use). Excellent day out – all outside, so pick dry day – a lot of walking, but free trailer ride around whole park inc. areas not accessible/out of bounds, if on foot. Rooms in Mansion, well worth seeing. Tea – grim! (as usual, in this type of place!!)

Rye Treasury of mechanical Music – very interesting & extremely enthusiastic owner.

St. Mary’s Church Tower – excellent all round views

Romney Hythe + Dymchurch Railway – disappointing – most views of people’s back fences!

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Dungeness RSPB

Food + Drink : Ypres Inn * beautifully cooked lamb

Standard Inn * High St) check for Sunday opening

HOPE ANCHOR * (steps up from nr. Tourist info) check times for food.

Inkerman’s Arms * – Rye Harbour – Closed SUN + MON winter

CINQUE PORTS * Shepherd Neame

GHANDI TANDOORI eat in or take away

LEMON GRASS THAI house wine quite tasteless


* Decent Real Ales

The Savages! “mal + sav”                         Kingsley, Northampton                           17-24.03.00


A relaxing week in comfortable flat. Great welcome from Mrs B.... We’ve been out and about every day. Wonderful visit to Bateman’s, really interesting & a good lunch. Lamb Hse in Rye – only 3 rooms on view but a charming garden. Good food & nice friendly staff at Cock House at Peasmarsh. Tenterden well worth a visit. Hope to come again.

L & M Watkins                                       Broadstone Dorset                                   13-20 May 2000

Pleasant time visiting National Trust properties & Rye. For lovers of ‘Mapp & Lucia’ series on ITV. The Martello Bookshop have two series on video.

Apartment very cosy.

GV & IE Clare                                          Crawley W.Sx                                        20-05-2000


Back again. Yippee. We saw a seal in the river, outside flat, how great is that, nice one. Central heating works well, warm as toast. Supermarket opposite rail station..

Nice Madras at the ‘Gandhi’. Hastings great for Fishermen’s Museum & real working boats. Winchelsea town very pretty & Pett. Rye has its own charm that you can’t forget. Flat is home from home with better scenery. Wonderful          

Bob & Jan                             S. Ockendon                         Essex      30 March – 6 April


This is our 4th visit to the Boathouse and we love the area so no doubt will be back for a 5th visit. Lovely and relaxing. I&C

Ian & Clare,                                             Eastbourne                                                              24/11/00 to 1/12/00

Had an excellent time. Accommodation was wonderful- very clean and with everything we needed – won’t bring so much next time. Mrs B... deserves a pay rise!!

The town itself was very relaxed and interesting. “The Flushing Inn” provides superb service, gorgeous food and excellent service. Reasonably priced considering the standard and quality.

It was very tranquil here at “The Boathouse” and we would very much like to return. So peaceful – in spite of the awful weather, but we still found plenty to do.

The bed was very comfortable!

Lorraine (London)                Ann (Staffordshire)                                                                          10/08/01


Another perfect holiday here. Weather OK. A couple of cloudy days but rest of the week was superb. Went into Camber. Lovely beach though a bit windy. The Flushing Inn was fantastic again. The food & service there is outstanding. Definitely a must. Apartment was clean & tidy as usual. We will return yet again!!

Lorraine & A.                                                                                                          26.7.02

Thoroughly enjoyed a relaxing week in Rye, our first visits to Great Dixter & Battle. Had some good walks along the well marked Saxon Shore footpath & alongside the Royal Military Canal. All had good stopping points at Shepherd Neame pubs!

Sylvia & Richard                                      Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs.                           24.8.02



Apartment excellent

Nice to watch the wildlife, enjoyable              

Adrian & Louise Hopkins                  Ashby-de-la-Zouche           Leicestershire        12/05/07



Enjoyed Charleston, Batemans, Tide Place and Smallhythe. Also the apartment – convenient to so much in the area. The Italian restaurant is excellent!

Pat and Mary Carkin                                      Manchester, NH. USA                             29.8.02


Our second visit of the year. Flat ideal for a short winter break – warn and very comfortable. Seemed to live on fish from the little shop at the quayside – down footpath to right of entrance to car park. Jempsons supermarket in Peasmarsh worth a glancing visit.

Went to Calais for Christmas shopping – nice not to give all your money to Mr Brown for a change!

Thank you Mrs B. once again.

BILL & DI BARLTROP                            STAMFORD, LINCS                                               21-25 Nov 05


A very good week in spite of rain. Flat very comfortable. Enjoyed view of river especially the kingfisher.

David & Janet Clarke                                      Winchcombe Glos.                                                 10.12.02


A wet visit with the river within 1” of flooding!! Nevertheless tranquil and calm and opportunity for late night coast walks with views of French coastal illuminations.

J&M                                                        London                 E1                                            4-3-02


In Rye we found the peace & tranquillity we were looking for – lovely.

Dallas & Mick Allen                                                Ilford Essex                                       2-8 June



Maurits & Lief                                                                                                         20-24 May-04


Arrived in rain & left in rain but in between we had some sunshine enjoyed the wide open spaces, very warm & comfortable in the apartment really good beer in Rye. We have enjoyed ourselves.

Gill & John Shephard                                  Luton Beds                                         24-31 Oct 1998