Froglets, Hop Press and Firkin Barn Cottages, Rye, East Sussex
A choice of three personally cared for luxury cottages, two of which have achieved enjoyEngland.com GOLD AWARDS three years running and the third yet to be inspected, are all carefully furnished and equipped to a high standard to create a real home from home, whichever one you choose.
Froglets Cottage is a charming character cottage, in a picturesque location in the heart of the historic conservation area of the ancient Cinque Port of Rye, just minutes from the historic attractions, antique shops, art galleries, book shops, potteries, ancient inns and not least within a few minutes walk of glorious views over the River Rother to Romney Marsh. The wonderful beaches and sand dunes at Camber Sands are within easy reach, as is Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.
Hop Press Cottage and Firkin Barn Cottage are historic properties both with spectacular features, set within the old walled garden of our farm house, in the Rye countryside, close to the village of Northiam, famous for its Elizabethan connections and the late Christopher Lloyd’s Great Dixter. Both have the use of our private gym/games room including a full sized table tennis table for the odd dull day and offer a rural alternative, just 6 miles from central Rye, and set within beautiful countryside with the picturesque villages and inns that this area is so famous for.
All are centrally heated but Froglets Cottage also has a large open fire whilst Hop Press Cottage and Firkin Barn Cottage have cosy wood burning stoves. A supply of logs is left, making them all cosy bases for holidays and breaks throughout the year.
The area attracts many people for romantic breaks because of its special atmosphere, so please do let us know if your break is for a special occasion!
OOur prices for all three properties are inclusive of fuels, quality linen, fluffy white towels, fresh flowers, a bottle of wine, a welcome pack and best of all – as many of our guests would confirm – our own “very” free range eggs! “Eggs as they used to taste”!
Froglets Cottage, 19 East Street, Rye, is quietly situated in picturesque East Street and is a charming grade two listed cottage dating from the 18th century. Behind its deceptive Victorian fašade, the cottage is light and spacious, whilst still retaining much charm and character from its bygone era. Comfortably sleeping up to six people, it is one of the few real three bedroomed cottages in Rye, and welcomes many return visitors year after year.
Quality furnishings include comfortable sofas and beds, numerous antiques, including the pine dining table and chairs to the main living room, together with the scrubbed pine table and chairs in the breakfasting kitchen. The living room has a television/DVD, and CD player, and the old pantry has been turned into a characterful study, complete with games, cards, books of all types and colouring implements to keep everyone entertained in the event of bad weather.
The kitchen is well equipped with dishwasher, fridge, freezer, washer/drier, integrated oven and hob, microwave, etc., along with full cooking equipment, quality cutlery, crockery and glassware.
There is a spacious rear hallway offering plenty of space for storing beach and holiday items, leading to an attractive but very small walled rear courtyard area, with table and chairs, and suitable for drying.
Unlike many ancient cottages, the oak panelled and timbered landing is approached by an easy staircase, making this cottage suitable for all age groups.
The master bedroom is light and sunny with a large bay window, TV and ample room for a travel cot which can be hired at nominal cost along with a child stair gate and high chair booster seat if necessary.There is a further double room, also with TV to the rear of the property The twin bedroom contains two full size beds (one stacking under the other when not in use) and all bedrooms have ample wardrobe space. The bathroom is modern and comprises bath with mixer taps and shower attachment, low level WC and hand basin.
After travel cot please delete the words “which can be hired at nominal cost along with a child stair gate and high chair booster seat if necessary” and add “which can be supplied along with a child stair gate and booster seat if required”
Unusually for Rye citadel, there is street parking available outside the cottage.
The cottage is Non Smoking.
Firkin Barn Cottage
Firkin Barn is a lovely old 18th Century barn constructed of ragstone and old brickwork, heavily beamed, and opening onto the old walled garden of Morley Farm. It has undergone sympathetic conversion to a very high standard, carefully retaining its many historic features in keeping with the estate which dates back some 600 years.
Sleeping up to five, the property offers stylish and luxurious accommodation. It has two double bedrooms (one with an additional rolling trundle bed suitable for a child) and two bathrooms, one being ensuite to the master bedroom. As with our other properties, a travel cot, stair gate and childs booster seat can all be supplied if required.
The characterful living/dining room with its part stone walls and cosy log burner for cooler days is very comfortably furnished with colourful rugs, characterful lighting and oak furniture. The kitchen has a wonderful vaulted ceiling and part stone walls and is fully fitted with country style units, oven, hob, with extractor, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave etc as well as an additional dining area.
A downstairs cloakroom leads off the kitchen and a stable door leads onto the old garden and an ancient brick terrace where guests can enjoy outside dining, with table, chairs, barbeque and sunloungers in season. Whilst sharing the walled garden with Hop Press Cottage, each property has its own terrace, screened from the other by numerous mature shrubs and trees in the old garden, providing privacy and seclusion.
The garden in turn leads to our farmland with sheep and lambs in springtime (guests can enjoy feeding the newborn lambs!) and our own chickens supplying very fresh eggs.
Whilst the barn enjoys a more contempory feel internally than the other cottages, it retains a lot of character and is in an historic setting making a wonderful and unique atmosphere which we feel sure our guests will enjoy.
Larger parties may like to know that we have an additional private self contained suite which sleeps two, which can be booked upon request along with Firkin Barn Cottage.
Guests also have the use of the owners private games room/gym with full sized table tennis table (children under 18 must be accompanied) along with the two utility areas with washing machines and tumble driers.
The cottage is Non Smoking.
Hop Press Cottage
Hop Press Cottage, Morley Farm, Northiam, is an idyllic Grade II detached cottage, located within the walled garden of our farmhouse, which is situated within unspoilt Wealden countryside, six miles behind Rye.
The cottage has its own private car parking and entrance and its own secluded private terrace with barbeque, and just across the walled garden is a gateway leading out onto sixteen acres of our own farmland including a stream.
Guests choosing this cottage have the additional benefit of our own eggs right on their doorstep for breakfast! Whilst not strictly a working farm you can enjoy the company of our sheep, baby lambs in springtime, cows and two spectacular cockerels as well as our family of chickens
Northiam village is approximately a mile away, where you can catch the famous East Sussex Steam Railway to either Tenterden with its antique shops, or to moated Bodiam Castle, and also the River Rother with boat trips, and the late Christopher Lloyd's Great Dixter with its wonderful gardens and historic hall house nearby
This cosy cottage is very special and whilst perfect for a special romantic break, it can sleep a maximum of four adults and a child.
The front door enters from a cobbled courtyard, and the back door enters from the cottage's own picturesque private cobbled terrace. Sun loungers and barbeque are provided in summer months.
The living room has a spectacular inglenook fireplace, with wood burning stove and complete with ancient wash copper to the side, mellow polished brick floors with cosy rugs, part stone walls and the whole is heavily beamed. It is very comfortably furnished with quality armchairs, and sofa bed, along with polished oak dining table and chairs, TV/DVD/CD/radio, Ipod dock etc and a selection of books and games in case of the odd wet day. The cottage also has free Wi-Fi.
The separate tiny kitchen is very pretty with a beamed, vaulted ceiling and has been carefully planned to include electric oven, gas hob with extractor, fridge and dishwasher, along with the usual microwave, toaster and full selection of cooking utensils. A freezer is housed in a cupboard just outside the kitchen. Quality crockery, glassware and cutlery all contribute to a special stay.
A polished oak staircase leads to the first floor with views out over the surrounding countryside, both from the window and also the top portion of a stable door which can be opened in summer time. The double bedroom has a glorious vaulted ceiling, complete with bracket for the original hop press, and a further full sized chair bed, providing a single bed, suitable for adult or child. A travel cot, stair gate and booster high chair seat can all be supplied if required. Antique pine furniture and a further TV/DVD complete this lovely room.
The newly fitted bathroom, with WC, hand basin, bath with mixer taps and shower attachment and further wash basin, runs full width of the cottage and contains the brick chimney, which runs up the centre and is a feature of this room.
Whilst Hop Press Cottage can be booked on its own as a special place to stay, larger parties or families can book it together with Firkin Barn Cottage to accommodate a larger group. There is also an additional self contained suite available on request, accommodating a couple, and further adding to the accommodation available.
Guests to Hop Press Cottage along with those in Firkin Barn Cottage have the use of the owners private games room/gym (at guests own risk and provided children under 18 are accompanied by an adult) adding another dimension for the odd dull day or for those wishing to keep fit.
They also have the use of the washing machine and tumble drier in the gym area and the washing machines and tumble driers in the utility room.
Hop Press Cottage attracts many return visitors who appreciate the peaceful rural alternative with plenty of parking, whilst still being close to Rye with its many attractions.
This cottage will certainly attract many return visitors who will appreciate the alternative option of a rural location, whilst still being close to Rye and its many attractions, and enjoying the high quality and comfort associated with our central Rye cottages.
(As with all farmland, there are stiles, and the stream is not fenced, so please bear this in mind if you are walking in our fields with small children)
The cottage is Non Smoking.