Froglets and Smugglers Cottages, Rye, East Sussex and Hop Press Cottage, Northiam, East Sussex
A choice of three personally cared for luxury cottages, each of which have achieved enjoyEngland.com Gold Awards three years running for exceptional quality of accommodation and customer service. All have been carefully furnished and equipped to a high standard to create a real home from home, whichever one you choose.
Froglets and Smugglers Cottages are charming character cottages, located 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 is an historic detached cottage, 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. It offers a rural alternative to the centre of Rye, within beautiful countryside for walking, picturesque villages and inns to explore, and all within just six miles of Rye itself.
All are centrally heated, but have the benefit of open fireplaces, (Hop Press Cottage has a cosy wood burning stove) for which logs and coal are supplied without charge, making them cosy bases for holidays and short breaks throughout the year. Rye and the surrounding area attracts many people for romantic breaks because of its special atmosphere, so please let us know if your break is a special occasion!
Our prices for all three cottages are fully inclusive of all fuels, (including logs and coal for the open fires) 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"!
What is more, in conjunction with the renowned Rye Retreat Aveda Spa, we are now delighted to offer special "Froglets Cottages Spa Packages" to our guests, including special Bridal packages, to make your stay extra special - so be sure to check out our "Activities" page and also our "Special Offers" page for full details. Don't forget to call or email for your special Froglets Discount Voucher!
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.
Unusually for Rye citadel, there is street parking available outside the cottage.
The cottage is Non Smoking.
Five and twenty ponies
Trotting through the dark -
Brandy for the Parson
'Baccy for the clerk;
Laces for a lady, letters for a spy;
And watch the wall, my darling, while the Gentlemen go by!
Smugglers Cottage, 40 Mermaid Street, is idyllically located in this world famous cobbled street, just a few doors up from the renowned smuggling inn of the same name, and haunt of the infamous "Hawkhust Gang"!
This pretty Georgian Cottage, in the most atmospheric location has just undergone complete yet sympathetic renovation, which has successfully combined the considerable character of this historic property with all the modern conveniences that our guests expect.
The cottage sleeps four adults comfortably in two double bedrooms which each contain double beds. In addition, there is a further folding "chair bed" in the upper bedroom which converts to form a comfortable single bed for either adult or child, and a comfortable sofa bed in the living room which can also accommodate an additional two guests on occasion.
A travel cot, high chair booster seat and a child stair gate can also be hired at a nominal cost. It has the benefit of gas fired central heating throughout.
Upon entering the cottage, the cosy living room features warm colours and has an open log fire. The comfy window seat affords lovely views down picturesque Mermaid Street. There are quality sofas, (one unfolding to form an occasional comfortable sofa bed for two people), warm rugs, TV, video and DVD player, CD player and radio. There is a selection of books and games in case of wet weather.
The dining area is characterful and features exposed brick and stonework. It comfortably seats six people.
The well fitted kitchen features a vaulted ceiling along with exposed brickwork and comprises traditional stove styled oven and hob, dishwasher, washer/drier, fridge, freezer, microwave, toaster, etc., and of course full cooking equipment and quality tableware.
The back door leads to a tiny but pretty walled courtyard, with table and chairs for a relaxing drink. It also houses the store for coal and logs.
On the first floor, the characterful master bedroom, again with window seat and views down Mermaid Street, features quality carpeting, rugs and antique pine. It also has a television, video and radio, and a character open fireplace. The extremely spacious family bathroom has a large bath with mixer taps and hand held shower attachment, WC and washbasin.
Further stairs lead from the landing to the second floor, with a lovely double aspect room with views over the Rye rooftops to the hills beyond. This bedroom contains a double bed, folding single chair bed, television, built in cupboard and pine chests.
When arriving and departing from Smugglers Cottage, there is space to pull over to ensure easy loading and unloading, and plenty of long stay parking is available a few minutes away in the Cattle Market or Rye Salts car parks. There is also limited parking available at the bottom of Mermaid Street.
Within a few miles of both cottages you will find Camber Sands with its glorious beaches, Winchelsea beach (many of our guests find this to be quieter) Ancient Winchelsea town - a fellow Cinque Port, and also the traditional seaside town of Hastings with its fishing fleet. Sissinghurst Castle and gardens, Great Dixter, Smallhythe Place, Bodiam Castle and Battle Abbey are just a few of the many attractions in this lovely area, much of which is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. Ashford International Station and the port of Folkestone are within easy reach for trips across the Channel to add a further dimension to your holiday.
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 hired at nominal cost. 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.
Guests in this cottage have the use of the washing machines and tumble driers (two of each) in the main farmhouse utility room which has its own entrance across the courtyard, separate to the main farmhouse entrance.
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.