Eat, Explore and Experience
It's all on your doorstep...
From famous castles and National Trust properties, to coastal towns, kite surfing and a steam railway, this little corner of England has everything you could possibly need for a memorable holiday. Just ask us for recommendations of places to eat and things to do nearby.
Smugglers’ town of Rye
The ancient citadel of Rye keeps watch over the famous Romney Marsh. Its ancient buildings, cobbled streets and secret passages were once the haunt of smugglers and highwaymen, but are now buzzing with numerous boutiques, cosy inns and top class restaurants.
Camber is a beautiful, wide sandy beach near Rye which is famous for its spectacular dunes. In summer take the whole family to build sand castles and top up the tan, or in winter stroll along the beach and absorb the stunning views. Camber is also a popular spot for kite surfing and other watersports.
Bodiam Castle dates back to the 14th century and is one of Britain’s most picturesque and romantic castles, set in spectacular grounds. The castle’s original and very rare portcullis still hangs in the impressive gatehouse and enough of the interior ruins survive to give an impression of castle life. Take the steam train from Tenterden to the castle and arrive in style…
Explore Hastings’ fishing village with its colourful boats, traditional architecture and the Jerwood Gallery of modern art. Get there early to get the catch of the day, fresh off the boat! Then wander into Hastings Old Town with its warren of tiny, cobbled streets winding up the cliff. Packed with medieval cottages, antique shops and small cafes, it’s a great place to lose track of time.
Modernist architecture in Bexhill-on-Sea
Built in 1935, the De La Warr Pavilion is one of the UK’s first Modernist buildings, designed by Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff. It now houses a contemporary art gallery and auditorium.
Great Dixter Gardens
The family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd, Great Dixter is a historic house, a garden, a centre of education, and a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world.
Bodiam Boating Station
Paddle or cruise along the River Rother through this incredibly peaceful Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Take the ferry, rent a kayak or book a cruise on the ex-Royal Navy Lifeboat the MV Dannie-Lee from Bodiam Boating Station, finishing up with tea at the delicious Lime Wharf Cafe.
Kent & Sussex Steam Train
Travel by 100-year-old steam locomotive from Tenterden to Bodiam with three stops along the route – an unforgettable way to explore the rural Kent/Sussex border.
The Rose & Crown
Popular and friendly village local, half a mile from Oasthouse Loft. Well-kept ales from local breweries including Harveys, generous pub food, pleasant garden and children and dogs are welcome.
The Globe Inn Marsh
The Globe Inn Marsh is a traditional country inn located in the heart of Rye. They specialise in using fresh and local produce to create innovative, home-cooked food from the field, the farm and the sea!