Have a magical Christmas in Rye as this charming town celebrates the festive season by paying homage to famous English novelist Charles Dickens on Saturday, 12th December 2015, from 10am till late.
Locals and visitors can enjoy a traditional Christmas Market for an array of holiday gifts, fine food and festive drinks from local retailers, producers, creators and artisans.
Sally Aviss, author of ‘Changing Times, Changing Tides’ and ‘The Call of Cairnmor’, will have a storytelling and book-signing activity between 10am and 2pm.
Of course, what is Christmas without a visit from Father Christmas himself? Be down on the Strand Quay to greet everyone’s favourite Christmas character as he arrives on a boat with a little help from the RNLI.
Just like Dickens’ renowned classic ‘A Christmas Carol’, Christmas in Rye will appeal to both young and old in this season of joy and festivity.
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Comfort and convenient location – these are two of the most common things guests have to say about Rye Lodge Hotel. By adding excellent service and delectable food, we now have 200 ‘Excellent’ reviews on leading travel review website TripAdvisor.
Guests staying at our hotel can explore the lovely town of Rye from our central location – an advantage many of our guests have come to enjoy. Despite being on the high street and a good base for discovering the town, Rye Lodge Hotel is surprisingly quiet, which makes it ideal for a relaxing vacation.
We also have our car park, so guests need not park on the street and worry about their vehicle. While at Rye Lodge Hotel, all you need to do is relax, enjoy and indulge. W even have a Venetian Spa with the only hotel swimming pool in town and in-room spa treatments for total pampering. Needless to say, 200 ‘Excellent’ reviews can’t be wrong.
The Venetian Spa at Rye Lodge Hotel includes a heated swimming pool, spa bath and sauna. Guests may enjoy exclusive complimentary use of the centre throughout their stay – just one of the perks we offer as we are the only hotel in Rye with a swimming pool.
Enjoying our spa will not only relax your muscles, but also help with your blood circulation. Use it as therapy for any aches you might have in your joints, feet, back and muscles. The water itself is also therapeutic – it’s like having a massage! Spas have been known to help with back pain and arthritis, and improve cardiovascular health and sleep.
If you don’t feel like going into the water, you can relax in our traditional pine sauna room, where you can simply sit and enjoy the heat as your body flushes out toxins through your sweat. The dry heat also increases your heart rate – as if you were exercising, so you also lose weight!
Saunas also strengthen your immune system, increase your endurance, improve your hair by activating glands in the scalp and moisturising it, and help keep you looking younger!
There are spacious changing rooms with showers and hair driers. You don’t need to miss working out just because you’re on vacation. Step out of our Venetian Leisure Centre feeling refreshed and revitalised for another day of exploring town!
Staying in our Deluxe or Grand Deluxe Room? You don’t even need to go out to get pampered… With our in-room spa services, you can relax through the soothing hands of our skilled therapists. We offer different treatments ranging from facials, body massages, manicure and pedicure, as well as makeup. It’s everything you need to feel good and look good – inside out!
See our Spa Treatment Menu.
2016 Events and Festivals in Rye not to be missed
Located on the edge of Romney Marsh just minutes from the sea, beautiful Rye in East Sussex is the perfect place to explore a variety of diverse natural landscapes by boat, bicycle or on foot. You can enjoy endless water sports, explore medieval castles, feast on delectable cuisine, basically, enjoy magical experiences. This charming area also plays host to extraordinary events and festivals that shouldn’t be missed including the following.
Rye Ukulele Festival 2016 – 3rd July 2016
After the success of last year’s first ever Rye Ukulele Festival, we’ll see its return in 2016 on Sunday 3rd July at the Cinque Ports Pub, just a short walk from Rye Lodge Hotel. This now annual event attracts Ukulele groups from across the country and even features a Ukulele Open Mic spot for those fancying themselves a bit of a dab-hand on the miniature string instrument!
The festival will run from 11.30 – 20.00
For more information, visit http://ryeukuleleexperiment.co.uk/rye-ukulele-festival-2016-2/
Rye Jazz Festival 2016 – 25th – 29th August 2016
Rye Jazz Festival in the last few years has cemented itself on the musical calendar as a must-see event. Spread over four days and five nights over the August bank holiday weekend, the festival features some of the finest musicians from the genres of jazz, blues, R&B, soul, funk, gospel and world music. At Rye Lodge Hotel we even get involved having had a number of artists playing in our courtyard whilst customers enjoy a glass of something chilled in the warm summer air.
For the full line up and for details on tickets visit https://ryejazz.com/
45th Rye Arts Festival 2016 – 17th Sept – 1st Oct 2016
Now impressively in it’s 45th year, the Rye Arts Festival returns to the bay throughout the latter weeks of September. This year’s festival will feature dozens of events and exhibitions from both up and coming artists, seasoned professionals and household names across the art world. Tickets for these exhibitions and events can be purchased directly from the Rye Arts Festival website.
For more information and to buy tickets visit http://www.ryeartsfestival.co.uk/
Wild Boar Week – 22nd – 30th October 2016
Now in its 6th year, the Wild Boar Week is a celebration of delicious game in our small town of Rye in East Sussex. Restaurants across the town fully embrace the festival by serving up a selection of locally sourced game dishes. Plus, the week has become well known for its events and entertainment boasting over 30 events – naturally all serving their own offering and interpretation on Wild Boar and game.
For the full schedule, visit http://wildboar.org.uk/
There is so much history and things to see and do in Rye that many of our guests will spend their whole holiday in the town. However, Rye also makes the perfect base if you wish to venture further a field. One destination that would make the perfect day out from Rye is Bodiam Castle. A mere 25-minute drive from the town takes you on a once in a lifetime excursion into the past.
Rising dramatically out of its watery surroundings Bodiam Castle paints a majestic picture of medieval times. Originally built in the 14th century this ancient edifice has gone from mighty fortress to ivy covered ruin and, thanks to painstaking restoration, now stands as a monument to its former glory.
One of the most picturesque castles in England, Bodiam boasts a spiral staircase, battlements, and the original spiked wooden portcullis which can be found in the gatehouse. Built in the quadrangle style popular to this era, Bodiam has crenellated towers on each corner and is surrounded by a protective moat.
Here visitors walk the same cobblestones once frequented by knights in armor, and can also enjoy tales of days gone by from the miller’s wife, the forester, and any number of authentic characters who now inhabit the castle grounds.
Located near Robertsbridge in East Sussex, England, construction began on Bodiam in the year 1385. Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, a knight of King Richard II, built the fortress as a defense against the French during the Hundred Year’s War. Bodiam also served as the family home to several generations of Dalyngrigge’s until it was occupied by Sir Thomas Leuknor during the War of the Roses. The castle subsequently passed through many hands until the end of the 1600’s when it was captured and “dismantled” or rendered unusable.
Fast forward to 1829 when John “Mad Jack” Fuller came into possession of the property and made some minor repairs to the long neglected structure. At this point it was fashionable to leave intact the vines and foliage which encroached on ancient ruins, so while romantic in appearance the castle was still in deplorable condition. The next owner, Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India, decided that so rare a treasure should not be allowed to fall into ruin. With plans for massive renovation he began the process of restoring the castle, which was later taken over by the National Trust.
The trust provided new roofs, refurbished the moat, made necessary structural repairs, and updated the landscaping. Indeed, whether the weather be fine or foul the approach to Bodiam is stunning as visitors cross an expanse of shimmering water and come face to face with this majestic lady of the lake.
Today’s castle is a busy place, with over 170,000 visitors annually. Activities include free guided tours, character talks, and informative videos. Guests can even participate in the Outlaw Academy where they learn to shoot arrows and evade the local sheriff.
If you’re in the area, don’t miss this medieval gem. The haunting beauty of Bodiam Castle makes it a travel destination you won’t soon forget.
5 of the best golf courses near Rye
Known around England for its medieval history and antiquated look, it may be surprising that Rye is actually a fantastic base for golfers looking to take a break on a fantastic course. For those of you interested in golfing by day and retreating to a quaint and cozy town by night, consider taking a trip to Rye. About a 30 minute drive from the town, these five golf courses make an excellent choice for your next outing.
Rye Golf Club
Envisioned in 1893, this golf course was seeing its first President’s Putter by 1920. Soon after, it saw the clubs of famous names such as Darwin and Crawley before being damaged by a WW1 bomb in 1944. This course prides itself on the traditional links courses it provides to players and its unique culture. All play is in two ball format with a preference of foursomes. The club provides a traditional lunch from noon until 2 PM and tea and cake is available after golf. For one person with their own ball, a round will cost 125 pounds and 60 pounds per person in a foursome.
Lydd Golf Club
This 18-hole, links style course is filled with lakes and bunkering, making it a fantastic challenge for golfers amongst a beautiful landscape. The club is suitable for any type of golfer as it offers an 18 bay driving range, a putting green, two chipping greens and a par 3 6-hole course. The clubhouse here offers a bar and grill that is open from 7:30 until dusk. Not only are the courses fantastic for golfing but the facilities are perfect for events.
Littlestone Golf Club
Located between the Romney Marsh and the English Channel, this club offers two unique links courses. Opened in 1888, this course has a history of famous championships and has now been called one of the top 100 golf courses in all of England as well as one of the top links courses in both Great Britain and Ireland. The Champion Links course is a primary two ball course that is open to visitors 7 days a week and the Warren course is a full 18 holes of rugged landscape. Depending on which course you choose, prices range from 75 to105 pounds.
Sedlescombe Golf Club
This parkland course offers golfers 6269 yards of challenging lakes and fairway bunkers. Golfers are offered a difficult 3 par course as well as a scenic 18 hole course which is said to be a great course to enhance your golfing skills. The club includes Green’s Restaurant and Spikes bar which serves up a full English breakfast daily from 7:30 until 11 am. Lunch is made available from 11am until 3pm and dinner serves up all of the favorites from 6:30 until 9 pm. Depending on the course, visitors will pay between 10 and 20 pounds.
Beauport Park Golf Club
With a view of the beautiful East Sussex countryside, this 18-hole Championship course offers a fantastic challenge to guests. Their 14 bay driving range and 9-hole pitch and putt course makes this club suitable for all types of golfers. Overlooking the countryside, the club restaurant and bar serves up a delicious lunch and tea for hungry golfers or a good brew to wind down the day. Depending on the course and the day, visitors can pay between 10 and 30 pounds.
Spa treatments now available at Rye Lodge Hotel
We are proud to announce that we are now offering in-room treatments at Rye Lodge Hotel. As the only hotel in Rye with an indoor swimming pool, sauna and spa pool it made sense to offer our guests a range of in room spa and beauty treatments.
From a relaxing full body massage to a luxury Shellac manicure we have a range of treatments for him and her that can be booked in the comfort and privacy of your own room.
To book a treatment please call reception on 01797 223838. Do avoid disappointment it is advised to book treatments prior to your arrival. Please note in-room treatments are only available to guests staying in our Deluxe bedrooms.
Bird Watching and Nature Reserves near Rye
Nature lovers and twitchers will find Rye a delight. Just a short walk from Rye Lodge is Rye Harbour nature reserve, recently named as one of the top ten sites in the UK for bird watching.
This internationally important site is on largely flat terrain with paths and bird hides that allow disabled access, and is open all year round. Here you will find coastal and wetland wildlife not found in other parts of East Sussex. Over 70 species may be seen on the reserve in one day in a wide variety of habitats including shingle, saltmarsh, sand dunes, rivers, grazing marsh and farmland.
Birds regularly breeding at the site include redshanks, wheaters, ringed plovers and oystercatchers, with many species of terns, waders and ducks. Rare bitterns may be seen and new reedbeds are being introduced to attract more of them to the reserve. In autumn and spring the reserve is visited by a great variety of migratory birds.
In addition to birds, the reserve is home to specialised plants such as Sea Pea and Sea Kale – spectacular in summer, with many more species in flower throughout the spring and autumn. You can discover interesting military fortifications from the 16th, 19th and 20th centuries, including Camber Castle. Rye Harbour nature reserve has a visitor centre at Lime Kiln Cottage, Rye Harbour Road or visit the Rye Harbour nature reserve website, at www.wildrye.info.
Though cafes can be found at Rye Harbour, Rye Lodge is pleased to prepare a packed lunch for our guests, with drinks, fruit and extra snacks for you to take with you if you wish to spend the day exploring. Just let reception know during the previous evening (or when you book if you will need a packed lunch on the first day of your stay).
In addition to Rye Harbour Nature reserve the Sussex countryside around Rye offers many opportunities for river and canal side walks where wildlife can be seen as well as the wide sandy beaches at nearby Camber, another area popular for birding. The Firehills of nearby Fairlight are named after the yellow gorse which blooms every year, and there you can enjoy cliff top walks with accessible areas for wheelchairs with many birds, butterflies and flowers to be seen.
After an invigorating day in the countryside, what better way to unwind than in the spa bath or Sauna at Rye Lodge, perhaps followed by a swim. A truly comfortable bed will soothe tired limbs. Next morning a hearty breakfast can be enjoyed in your room, or even in bed to set you up for the next day’s adventures.