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Landgate Cottage rests on the very edge of the Rye citadel where smugglers once crept the cobbled streets by night. This coastal town has fortified itself against invaders for centuries and Landgate Cottage is rumoured to have been the gatekeeper’s cottage in times gone by. It still retains all its traditional features, while providing a modern and comfortable living space for couples or families.
In winter, curl up with a book on the soft, deep sofa before a roaring open fire, or toast your toes while playing a board game or game of cards. In summer, eat out in the pretty, walled courtyard garden and make the most of the dappled sun between neighbouring trees.
The perfect base to explore the town, you can take a walk to the harbour and select your own freshly-caught fish, stroll the ramparts of the citadel overlooking Romney Marsh, or hide in the dunes of nearby Camber Sands. With numerous artisan shops, galleries and privately-owned boutiques, not to mention the wide range of cuisine and fine dining available on every street, there is something to occupy you every day of the week.
The cottage in detail…
Landgate Cottage sleeps four in two first-floor, light and airy bedrooms that look directly out onto the ancient stone of the Landgate Arch. Lie safely in bed while imagining arrows being fired from the Arch’s slit windows, as the citadel brought out its defences in the face of attack. The Arch is subtly lit at night, casting a romantic glow and crooked shadows that can be seen from the generous cottage windows.
The main bedroom features a luxurious double bed with freshly ironed linen, soft, plump towels and bedside cabinets in keeping with the cottage-style of the house. The room has traditional beams and is softly lit to enhance the cosy, relaxing, home-from-home atmosphere. A bedside table and mirror, drawers and a cupboard for hanging space are provided and the bathroom is just a short step across the landing.
The second bedroom can be either a twin or double, as required. Benefiting from the same view and similar dimensions to the master bedroom, the twin beds can be zipped together to make a substantial, comfortable double. As with the master bedroom, the room is completed with subtly painted bedside tables and a dressing table with chair and mirror. Plenty of hanging space and shelving are also provided to allow you to unpack and really settle in.
The bathroom is within easy reach of both rooms and has been completely refurbished with brand new fittings including a basin and WC, a deep, luxurious bath and a powerful shower. Spotlessly clean and light, it looks out over the terrace and onto nearby gardens, roofs and grand old trees.
Moving downstairs to the cosy living space, the main feature of the sitting room is the open fire, for which logs are provided free of charge. Pull up one of the comfy chairs or take possession of the soft, deep, quality sofa and gaze into the flames. With double aspect windows, you can look out on the Landgate Arch and the courtyard garden, and the room has plenty of natural light.
Medieval, but with all mod cons…
Blending comfortable, contemporary furnishings with traditional beams and antiques, a TV and DVD player are also provided, as well as board games and cards. Set up your laptop on the gate-leg table, or select one of the books from the shelves of the antique dresser. A small selection of books are provided, but we recommend that you also bring your own.
The kitchen-breakfast room leads off from the sitting room and opens out onto the courtyard garden. With pretty, custom-made cabinets and oak work surfaces, the room is fitted with a deep, traditional Belfast sink which rests beneath the sash window. With cupboards, an attractive dresser and fridge-freezer, there is plenty of space to prepare meals and store food. The modern electric oven has ceramic hobs, and a microwave and washing machine are also provided. Sit down for breakfast on cushioned pews around the room’s main attraction – a rough-hewn oak table built around a beam and looking out onto the courtyard.
A door from the kitchen can be thrown open onto the courtyard garden to let in the fresh air. Bound with attractive, low stone walls and plants, this area attracts the sun for most of the day and is the perfect place to relax. Enjoy a cup of tea or glass of wine on the tastefully weathered decking, which is kitted out with a table, chairs and barbecue to allow you to dine outdoors.
The Landgate Cottage is centrally heated throughout, with extra heating provided by the open fire in winter. Cosy, comfortable and centrally located in the heart of Rye, it is the ideal place to enjoy a self-catered holiday or short break any time of the year.
Parking is easy with street parking outside the cottage and long term car parks within 150 metres.
Easy transport links…
Just 40 minutes from the EuroTunnel at Folkestone, 50 minutes from Dover ferry terminal and 30mins from Ashford International Eurostar station, Rye is easily accessible from the continent. Rye train station is just a five minute walk from the Landgate Cottage and connects to the Ashford mainline, bound for London, as well as the Hastings, Eastbourne and Brighton coastal route.
Landgate Cottage is also within easy reach of the Battle of Hastings sites, Bodiam Castle, Rudyard Kipling’s house Batemans, and Christopher Lloyd’s stunning gardens at Great Dixter. With the added attraction of the long sandy beach at Camber Sands, this area of Sussex has more than enough to cater for every taste, interest or activity. Please see our ‘Things to See’ page for more information on what to do in the area.
All guests will receive a welcome pack containing locally produced milk, home made jam or marmalade, apple juice and fresh free-range eggs from our neighbour’s farm, along with other items of local produce, according to the season.
Trained assistance dogs are welcome but we regret that pets are not allowed in Landgate Cottage .
Pets are not allowed in Landgate Cottage except for trained assistance dogs. If you would like to bring a pet please consider our other property in nearby Northiam. Search Airbnb for Oasthouse Loft in Northiam.
Please let us know in advance how many people will be staying and how you would like the beds arranged ie two double beds or a double and a twin room.
A travel cot and stair gate are available for babies and small children, please let us know in advance if you would like to use them.
There is an open fire in the living room which must be handled with great care.
By confirming the booking and making payment, all guests undertake to take good care of the property and replace any articles
that are damaged or lost by their party during their stay. They also undertake to leave the property in a clean and tidy condition and will be liable to pay for additional cleaning if they fail to do so.
Guests are advised to take out travel insurance.
Now just relax and enjoy yourself!
The instructions and contact from Jan - Ernst were very helpful and made getting settled in very easy. The accommodation and location were excellent and made our stay very enjoyable.
Everything was just as described at this charming cottage. Jan-Ernst and Vanessa could not have been more helpful in making sure everything was just right! We really appreciated the efforts to accommodate our extra daughter and her late decision to join us! Conveniently located to parking, the train station and the village, it was a perfect base camp for the time that we were there. The extra touches of fresh bread, homemade marmalade and jam made the experience even more special. Rye is such a great place to visit and this cottage and the gracious hosts helped make it more so!
Of all of the four places we stayed in Europe during our vacation, this was by far our favorite! While we never met Jan-Ernst or his wife in person, their personal touches were all over the adorable house in Rye.
First off, the house is in a perfect location and has a great view of Landgate. Once we got to Rye, we walked everywhere: grocery store, restaurants, and even to the English Channel (it's about 2 miles). The house has two full sized bedrooms and a really nice shower/tub in the bathroom upstairs. We were traveling with our one year old and they provided a travel cot, a baby gate for the stairs (which was useful!), and a high chair.
When we arrived, the hosts had left us six fresh eggs, a fresh loaf of bread, homemade jam, and a small gift for our son. Plus, they also had fresh cut flowers throughout the house - a touch that was not lost on me :-)
Another thing worth mentioning is that the back garden is just lovely. We had forgotten that was part of the listing. Every night, after we put down our son for bed, my husband and I would eat our dinner and drink wine out in the back garden, which is just off the (adorable) kitchen. We have very happy memories of this rental.
We really loved this place and hope to go back again.
A beautiful cottage in the perfect location to explore Rye. It was comfortable and clean and the owners were incredibly responsive and helpful. Highly recommended.
Jan Ernst und Vanessa sind herzliche Gastgeber und waren um unser Wohl bemüht. Das Haus ist liebevoll eingerichtet und gut ausgestattet, auch wenn das Wohnzimmer auf den Bildern deutlich größer wirkt. Für vier Erwachsene ist es etwas eng, für Familien mit jüngeren Kindern aber prima.
Landgate Cottage is a lovely little place to stay, well appointed and in an exceptional position to wander and experience the joys of the old town of Rye. Jan-Ernst and Vanessa are greacious hosts and if you get a chance to visit them on their farm nearby, take it, it is a lovely place populated by inquisitive and friendly goats.
Landgate cottage is small and intimate, with a great atmosphere, perfect for a couple. We stayed a week and loved it.
Stayed at the cottage with some friends to celebrate a wedding at a nearby hotel. Cottage was very cute, clean and well presented. Hosts left us a handy box of supplies to welcome us. Cottage is excellently located for exploring Rye, which is a great village. Finding the cottage and keys was very simple. Great service.
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About the Host, Jan-Ernst
My wife Vanessa and I are farmers with a working farm with goats. On the farm we have a holiday let where we can share the joys of the lovely location we in live in. The views of the local countryside are exquisite with fields and woodland populated by sheep and cattle almost as far as the eye can see. There are also wonderful woodland walks with wild orchids.
We greatly enjoy sharing this wonderful situation with our guests and are always available to advise guest where they can visit for good food and drink. Our knowledge of pubs and good eating places locally is almost encyclopaedic.
Having farmed fruit for most of our lives in the garden of England we decided upon a change and set up a stud farm breeding a rare breed of South African Boer Goats. The goats are extremely friendly and picturesque. We are always happy to introduce our guests to these lovely animals.
We also have another pretty and very old cottage to let in nearby Rye called Landgate Cottage.
We are always accompanied by our friendly terriers who delight in meeting our guests and their children.