Guests are requested not to smoke inside the property

Guests are strongly advised to take out travel insurance to cover any cancellation charges.

During main holiday periods, changeover day is Friday, and the cottage is available from 4.30 pm on arrival day, until 10.00am upon departure. At other times, we welcome short breaks of any duration and are pleased to make individual arrangements.


1) The Applicant certifies that they are over 18 and authorised to sign the proposal form on behalf of all guests who will occupy the property, and that they are all (apart from children) aware of the Booking Conditions. No other guests other than those named on the form may occupy the property without written confirmation from the owner. Additional guests without such agreement will constitute a breach of contract and the owner has the right to terminate the booking forthwith and all monies paid will be forfeit.

2) All guests undertake to take care of the property and will replace or pay for any articles damaged, chipped or lost by their party. All guests undertake to leave the property in the clean and tidy condition in which they find it and pay for any additional cleaning if they fail to do so, and also to leave the key where instructed at the end of their stay.

3) No booking shall be deemed as confirmed until a deposit has been paid and confirmed in writing by the owner.

4) The deposit to secure the reservation is 50% of the rent due. In the event of cancellation, the owner will immediately offer the dates again at whatever price may be appropriate at the time. In the event of a re-let then repayment shall be made to the applicant, after deduction of any difference in rental and any additional expenses incurred by the owner. We strongly advise that guests take out holiday insurance to cover cancellation costs.

5) The balance of the holiday cost is due 4 weeks prior to the date of arrival and if not received by this date, the owner will contact the applicant by all means available. If the balance remains unpaid, then the owner shall immediately re-offer the holiday and any monies already received shall be forfeit unless the dates are re-let as set out in 3) above.

6) Pets are only allowed by specific prior agreement and subject to the owner accepting liability for any damage they may do, and on the condition that they are not left unattended in the property. Pet owners undertake not to allow their pets on the beds, and also to bring their own suitable pet bedding with them. Pet owners are reminded that other guests including children will use the gardens, and undertake to clean up any mess made by their pets.

7) Properties are available from 4.30pm on arrival day and until 10.00am on departure day. These times must be adhered to except by special arrangement in writing from the owner.

8) The use of all amenities provided by the owners is entirely at users risk and no responsibility can be accepted for any injuries to persons or loss or damage to any belongings of persons who use them. Children must be accompanied by an adult when using the games room/gym.

9) If the property should not be available owing to damage by fire or storm or for any other reason outside of the control of the owner or for any reason the owner is not able to comply with this agreement the owner shall refund to the applicant the full amount of money paid and the owners liability is limited to the refunding of such monies.

10) Finally, in spite of all due care and precautions taken, mistakes do sometimes happen. Any complaint must be taken up immediately in full with the owner who will take all reasonable steps to put the matter right.


Hop Press Cottage, is an idyllic Grade II detached cottage, located within the walled garden of our farmhouse, and perfect for a romantic break. (Do let us know if your stay is for a special occasion!) It has its own secluded private cobbled terrace with barbeque and across the walled garden is a gateway leading out onto sixteen acres of our own farmland with very fresh eggs for breakfast and wonderful views all around.

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.

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.

From the cobbled courtyard, the front door opens into the living room with 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.  The log burner is laid ready for your arrival in winter months and there is a good supply of logs in the fireplace. The cottage is very comfortably furnished with quality armchairs, and sofa bed, (for occasional extra guests) 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. It 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 bathroom comprises 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 and /or The Suite to accommodate a larger group.

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 and also the laundry area with washing machine and tumble drier.

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.


Check-in time


Check-out time


Children and extra beds





  • Dining Area
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Heating
  • Highchair
  • Hob
  • Ironing board
  • Kitchen
  • Living Room
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Parking
  • Refrigerator
  • Tumble Dryer
  • TV
  • Washing Machine
  • WiFi


Arboretum, autumn foliage, bay, botanical garden, churches, cinemas, forests, library, museums, playground, restaurants, ruins, winery tours, beachcombing, bird watching, paddle boating, scenic drives, sight seeing, walking, ATM/bank, fitness centre, groceries, hospital, massage therapist, medical services, fishing, golf, hiking, rafting, swimming


The cottage also has free Wi-Fi.


The cottage has its own private car parking.

Guest Reviews (Reviews from Owners Direct Guests)

  • 10/10

    Charming little Cottage

    My family & I had a lovely week at Hop press Cottage. What a great stay in a cosy cottage bursting with character & charm in beautiful, rural surroundings. Lots of places to eat & drink nearby that also allow dogs. We had a great stay & would happily recommend to all. Aug 13, 2017 - Wesley A

  • 9/10

    Short break

    I stayed here in July with my grown up children and had a lovely stay in a beautiful cottage. Very accessible to local attractions and beaches. Gym and games room was a bonus. Owners were away but we were greeted by a friend of theirs who was very friendly and ensured that we were made to feel very welcome. If there were to be a negative I would stay the cottage is slightly small for three adults and my son found the put you up bed slightly uncomfortable!!! Thank you for a lovely stay. Jul 22, 2017 - Donna W

  • 10/10

    Historical cozy cottage - with a bedroom you'll never forget

    We loved our stay at Hot Press Cottage. The hosts we're away but left us in very good hands. Barry and Jo could not have been more hospitable and helpful. The cottage itself was such a treat to stay at. Some 500 years old, the bedroom in particular, was something special. And we loved making a roaring fire in the cozy living area. The entrainment room provided pastime for our 8 year old, and the clothes washing facilities came in very handy after a week on the road. Thanks and look forward to the next time. Jul 16, 2017 - Maria C

  • 10/10


    Absolutely wonderful Jul 13, 2017 - Simon H

  • 10/10

    Excellent property

    Very comfortable well appointed property, well maintained and clean. Good base for visiting local gardens and towns such as Rye Jun 20, 2017 - David P

  • 10/10

    Great location, lovely setting and friendly owners.

    We were lucky to have such sunny weather in May and the owners set the BBQ up for us to use too! The games room with the table tennis set up was also a fun feature. Rye is beautiful with some great pubs and restaurants. Our favourite pub was The Globe, lovely atmosphere and great food. Well worth a visit globeinnmarshrye.com. Thank you Brenda, we had a lovely stay and would stay again. Jun 6, 2017 - Debbie B

  • 9/10

    Cosy cottage , lovely people. Surroundings very pretty.

    Lovely cottage, host and surroundings. Enjoyed it very much. May 20, 2017 - Marianne V

  • 10/10

    Lovely characterful cosy cottage in a beautiful setting. Great for exploring Sussex and Kent.

    Lovely cottage with open fire and period features including beams in the bedroom. Great location for exploring local area including Bodiam Castle, Rye, Great Dixter and Dungeness. May 2, 2017 - Helen W

  • 10/10

    Wished we could have stayed longer

    Just back from a wonderful few days at Hop Press cottage. The building itself is beautifully restored with an amazing inglenook fire, and stunnung bedroom. It is small, but I think this makes it wonderfully cosy and perfect for two people. The cottage was well equipped and spotlessly clean. The garden was lovely and well maintained. There were nice little touches like fresh eggs, milk in the fridge, fresh flowers on the table and a bottle of wine. I really couldn’t fault the place at all. We enjoyed our time there so much that we are already talking about booking the larger barn and bringing the kids back. There is so much to do locally, and some really nice country pubs. Apr 19, 2017 - Tamara M

  • 10/10

    Really cosy cottage, lovely gardens and setting.

    Loved our time at Hop cottage, really relaxing and peaceful. Great walks nearby. Apr 10, 2017 - Nichola B

  • 8/10

    Memorable stay in gorgeous cottage

    The cottage is totally unique, clean & equipped with everything you could need.It is small , but ideal for 2.The fireplace is bigger than the kitchen, yet designed to maximise space so there's even room for a dishwasher! (And it is a very large fireplace...)It is cosy & furnished sympathetically with the style of the building.The bedroom is a showpiece with exposed beams up to the apex of the roof & we found the bed very comfortable.The washer, dryer & small gym are separate in a building opposite. Sunloungers are provided as well as the patio furniture( although I did find the metal chairs uncomfortable for my ample curves!).The owners are friendly & approachable & provide extras such as milk, tea/coffee & wine on arrival. We had a great holiday here- so much to see within 40 miles of the cottage, so we would not hesitate to recommend it to others. We also recommend The Red Lion at Brede for food ( especially the Sunday carvery) & the White Dog at Ewhurst.The Castle Inn opposite Bodiam Castle does the best burgers I've ever had.Out of all the Historic buildings we visited, favourites were Great Dixter, Batemans( Rudyard Kiplings house),Battle ( audio guide for battlefield walk is essential) & Bodiam castle.Also loved Rye & sandy Camber sands. Peter & Karen D. Sep 29, 2016

  • 10/10

    A very charming cottage

    We loved it from the first step inside to the last view back. Fully equipped we had nothing to miss. So we felt really comfortable. Special destinations and leisure activities for families are plenty of fun for adults and children alike. It was a really successful holiday for all four of us. Thanks a lot! 4 from Germany P.S. We missed the sheep Marc B. Sep 1, 2016

  • 10/10

    we found the property extremely comfortable , everything we needed was provided.

    Had an absolutely wonderful time. The garden was fully secure which was great for the dogs and the fields at the back (especially once the grass had been cut!) was perfect for dog walking. We loved the cottage itself; the sofas were very comfortable as was the bed. Everything we could have wanted was provided; barbecue, chairs for sitting out etc etc. The location was ideal. All in all it was everything we hoped for and would definitely recommend this property to anyone and would also go back again. Tracy R. Jun 29, 2016

  • 8/10

    Our stay at Hop Press Cottage

    We had a most enjoyable stay at Hop Press Cottage and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone considering a holiday in East Sussex. The cottage has been beautifully restored and has many amazing features, the main ones being the inglenook fireplace and the vaulted ceiling in the bedroom. We were very comfortable and although the evenings were cool we were very cozy with heating and log burning stove. Our two dogs had a lovely time too, the walled enclosed garden was perfect to ensure they were safe and access to the fields behind meant they could be exercised easily before we took them out for the day and last thing at night. The cottage had all amenities required and there were some nice touches in the way of fresh free range eggs, a bottle of wine and some milk plus tea, coffee, sugar and condiments. The cottage was spotlessly clean and well maintained. Camber Sands was perfect to walk the dogs along the golden, sandy beach and only a few miles away. We loved Rye, which was also only a few miles away and had much to offer in the way of interesting historic architecture and some lovely eateries. The customer service was very good and there were contact numbers if any problems or queries arose. Everything was very well organised and well maintained. We would not hesitate to,recommend Hop Press Cottage to friends and family and indeed have already done so. We hope to return some time in the future, maybe with some family members as there is also the other cottage on site to rent with access to the gym and table tennis facilities. Dave M. May 8, 2016


LocationHop Press Cottage, is an idyllic Grade II detached cottage, located within the walled garden of our farmhouse, and perfect for a romantic break. (Do let us know if your stay is for a special occasion!) It has its own secluded private cobbled terrace with barbeque and across the walled garden is a gateway leading out [...]

Getting to Rye

By train
Trains depart from London, Charing Cross, and change at Ashford International for Rye

By road
Rye is situated on the A259 (which bypasses the ancient citadel) between Hastings to the west and Folkestone to the east and on the A268 from the north.

There is street parking outside Froglets Cottage, but this cannot be guaranteed as there are so few places in the medieval citadel. There are always plenty of spaces in the car parks, the closest being the Cattle Market, but all are within a few minutes walk.

Getting to Northiam

By road
For Northiam village follow the A268, and at the southern end of the village take the left hand fork to Rye. About one and a half miles further on, take the right hand turn, into Clayhill, signposted to Staplecross. Morley Farm , Hop Press Cottage & Firkin Barn can be found about a mile and a half along on the right hand side.

A detailed map will be sent with your booking confirmation.

There is off road private parking for Hop Press Cottage & Firkin Barn. There is plenty of welloff road parking for both Hop Press Cottage & Firkin Barn.
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The prices shown on the table below are for 7 night stays. However we are also pleased to offer our popular short breaks out of peak holiday season:-

Hop Press Cottage costs £300.00 for up to three nights Firkin Barn costs £300.00 for up to three nights Firkin Barn Suite can be booked alongside either one of these for just £60.00 per night.

All prices, whether for a short break or longer stay are inclusive of fuels, linen, fluffy white towels, supply of logs in season, welcome pack, wine, fresh flowers in season, our own free range eggs and of course use of the table tennis /gym.

Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly
Early Autumn
15 Sep 2017 - 26 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Late Autumn
27 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas week
23 Dec 2017 - 29 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights