1066 Country Walk

By / 2nd June, 2016 / Uncategorised / No Comments

1066The 1066 Country Walk is a historic walk through Sussex that follows in the steps of William the Conqueror as he progressed with his army from Pevensey, his landing place, to Battle, where the famous Battle of Hastings took place. The battle famously resulted in the demise of King Harold of England who, it is said, was mortally wounded by an arrow in his eye. The walk includes several historic sites and passes through ancient villages, towns, woodlands, over hillsides, passing close to many other interesting landmarks.

Some highlights

You will discover a wealth of places to explore, but some you should try not to miss are:

  • Pevensey Castle – built around 290 AD to guard the English coast against Saxon pirates, this castle has a rich history. The Normans reoccupied it in 1066 and used it as a major bulwark.    Pervensey
  • Herstmonceux Castle – this is still a beautiful castle surrounded by a moat. Built in the 15th century, it is more of a large elaborate manor than a defensive castle. The estate covers 300 acres and includes several formal gardens and trails through managed woodland.herstmonceux

  • Battle – now an elegant market town this is close to where the Battle of Hastings took place, resulting in 70,000 English and Norman deaths and a major change to England’s history. Visit the English Heritage site “Battle Abbey and Battlefield” where you can relive history. There is even a re-enactment of the famous battle in October.  battle abbey
  • Icklesham – located on a ridge connecting the coast and the River Brede you will find some excellent views of the countryside. This was an important target in 1066 as whichever army held it would command the crossing of the River Brede.ickelesham
  • Rye – said to be England’s best preserved medieval town, it marks the end of the 1066 trail. With its cobbled Mermaid Street, its charming shops inns and restaurants, Ypres Castle, Rye Museum, and the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, it is one of the walk’s shining highlights.rye

Joining the walk

The complete walk is around 30 miles (50 kilometers) and extends from Pevensey Castle to Strand Quay in Rye, though if you don’t want to cover the complete walk, you can choose to join it at an intermediate point. If you base your visit at Rye, you can take a bus to various locations on the walk including Pevensey, so you can complete the walk in sections returning to Rye at the end of each day. Allow four good days walking if you intend to cover the full route. Alternatively, if you prefer to take your car, there are several circular routes on the 1066 route including a 4½ walk from Rye.

Rest your weary feet with a stay at the Rye Lodge Hotel

Whether you intend to complete the full walk or just sample part of it, at the end of the day you will need somewhere to rest your weary feet. As Rye lies on the east end of the walk, the Rye Lodge Hotel is the perfect place to do so. You will discover our hotel is the perfect place to relax with comfortable rooms, an excellent champagne bar, and a Venetian Spa pool where you can revitalise your aching limbs. Rye has some great restaurants too, and we will be happy to recommend some of the best.


Visiting Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

By / 17th May, 2016 / Rye, Things to do / No Comments

Visiting Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is a fascinating place to visit at any time of the year. As a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest there is an abundance of habitats and wildlife to explore including many rare and endangered species. Here are some of the things to do there.


Just walking around Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is a delight; there are so many things to see and places to explore. You can choose to join one of the many guided walks or find your own way round. Served by many easy footpaths along with several long distance walks for the more serious hiker; the Rye Bay Countryside is perfect walking territory.


As the terrain is mostly flat, cycling around the reserve is easy. If you are a serious cyclist you can reach the reserve using one of the National Cycle Network trails that serve the area; alternatively, you can hire a cycle in Rye.

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Rye Harbour is an excellent place for observing bird life. Following a successful conservation programme there are now thriving colonies of ground-nesting birds, and you can easily spot terns, lapwing, ringed plover, redshank and other species. In fact, at least 90 species of birds have nested in the reserve and around 200 additional species have been recorded there.

The reserve boasts several excellent viewing hides. The best places for viewing ducks, waders and breeding seabirds are the John Gooders, Guy Crittall, Steve Denny and Ray Parkes hides, all of which are less than a mile from the information centre. The Ken Halpin Hide by Camber Castle provides great views of bitterns, cormorants, marsh harriers along with many species of ducks and geese.

If you are visiting in late summer or early autumn, the reserve is an excellent place to view migrating birds, and in the winter you will find many different species of waders and wildfowl taking advantage of the sanctuary the reserve provides.

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During May and June flowering yellow horned-poppy, sea campion, viper’s bugloss, sea pea, sea kale along with numerous other species create a breathtakingly colourful display across the shingle. You will also find an abundance intertidal saltmarsh plant life along the river’s edge along with aquatic pond life in the dykes and gravel pits. Many of the plants are rare and endangered species, including the stinking hawksbeard and least lettuce. Altogether more than 450 species of flora have been recorded there.

Animal life

The animal life in the reserve is considered to be of national importance. Around 2,300 species of invertebrates have been recorded, over 200 of which are classified as notable species, and 56 are “red data book” species.

And of course you can’t miss the marsh frog; dominating the Romney Marshes you will hear its noisy croak throughout the summer months. You will also find badgers and foxes along with various species of bat. From September to March, Herdwick Sheep graze the land as part of the conservation scheme.

Camber castle

Camber castle was once an artillery fort built by Henry VIII to guard the port of Rye and provide a safe haven for the fleet. If you are visiting on the first Saturday of July, August or September, then you can join a guided walk that takes in the castle along with a local farm. You can visit the outside of the castle any time, but the guided walk is the only opportunity to visit the inside.

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Several of the walks are accessible by wheelchair, including the short circular walk and the beach reserve which is served by a long tarmac road. All the hides mentioned above are also accessible, though the Ken Halpin Hide is accessible only in dry weather.

Where to stay during your visit

While there are many places you might choose to stay for your visit, we sincerely hope that you choose to stay at the Rye Lodge Hotel. It really is the perfect base for visiting Rye and the surrounding countryside, and especially the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. With a spa pool, champagne bar and comfortable rooms, we are a dog-friendly hotel too, so if you are thinking of taking your dog to the reserve, then it’s a doubly perfect solution.


Rye Arts Festival

By / 23rd March, 2016 / Events, Rye / No Comments

Rye Arts Festival

Later this year Rye is once again going to host its’ renowned Rye Arts Festival. The most famous art festival in the area will be drawing crowds from all parts of UK over the two week period in September 2016. It is the best time to visit Rye and enjoy this stunning medieval town. We recommend making your room reservation as soon as possible as Rye Lodge Hotel is in such a prime position with a large,secure car park and indoor swimming pool with spa, rooms are booked well in advance of the Arts Festival.

Rye Arts Festival has been attracting top quality artists for the past 44 years. This year it’s going to be the 45th Anniversary. What can you expect? Only the most acclaimed book authors, theatre actors and musicians coming together for this famous event. The fact that all of the activities take place just a few steps from Rye Lodge Hotel is an amazing bonus! Have an evening stroll along the cobbled streets on a warm September evening, watch performances and enjoy a glass of wine or a pint of beer in one of the town’s ancient inns.

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Family friendly events

Last year’s festival was particularly successful hosting, amongst others: Dame Ellen MacArthur, Peter Snow, Sir Max Hastings, Benjamin Grosvenor and many more. With over 58 events during the two week period in September 2015, Rye Arts Festival entertained many thousands of visitors. Many events and exhibitions are FREE to attend, which is a fantastic opportunity to be part of the fun, especially if coming with a larger group.

If you are looking for a family friendly event, we recommend attending a pop-up show by a local artist, who will be talking about his work and you will have the chance to see a painting come to life! Last year Luke Hannam hosted a number of exhibitions in a pop-up studio in Rye town centre. FREE to attend, these events attracted crowds of all ages with the children particularly enjoying watching the process of creating a painting whilst parents enjoyed chatting to the artist and seeing his completed projects during the show.

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Fans of opera will be delighted to know that the Rye Arts Festival is hosting some fine performances during the two weeks in September.  Mozart’s masterpiece, Don Giovanni, was staged twice during last year’s celebrations. Alisdair Kitchen, the brilliant conductor, directed the show with his acclaimed Euphonic orchestra.  According to the festival’s website:

The first performance was superb and received a standing ovation for many minutes.  As the audience left the theatre, chatting to each other, they were finding it difficult to pick out a single performer for special comment, as the main cast were seemingly of equal, exceptionally high standard.  The acting, the singing and the orchestra were all of excellent quality and, if you missed this one, you must make every effort to attend the second and final performance on Saturday 26th September…”.

This year there will be even more examples of outstanding artists from the world of opera and classical music coming to Rye to perform their best pieces for your enjoyment!


Take part in Art!

An exciting twist on all exhibitions is the fact that Rye’s first ever Artist in Residence, Charlie Cobb, records impressions of all places, people and events during the festival. This acclaimed artist is going to attend shows hosted during the two weeks in September and sketch all that surrounds him. His unique pieces will be on display and available to view – and purchase – in his pop-up studio gallery on the last day of the event. Not to be missed!

Rye Arts Festival is a regCharliesackbut1istered charity run by local volunteers. The aim is to promote the appreciation and understanding of classical music, theatre, literature and visual arts. The charity also loves involving the younger generation by giving local students a chance to attend the festival committee meetings during the academic year. One of the students is also chosen to take photos of the festival events for the charity website. This is part of a long standing tradition to include young people in the world of art and music.


How to buy tickets?

All tickets for this year’s festival will be available to purchase from July 2016. You can choose to buy tickets online and then print them at home. Telephone bookings are also possible, as well as buying the tickets via postal order. Please refer to the festival ticket info for more details.

Discover Medieval Rye!

Rye is one of few truly medieval towns remaining in England today. Full of little cobbled streets and Georgian houses, its charm is clear to see. With a wide variety of restaurants and cafes you are only a short stroll away from your next exquisite meal or a delicious hot chocolate! But did you know that our town is also a shopping paradise? With an abundance of privately owned boutiques and specialist shops giving you the chance to browse its unique offerings and pick up a bargain or two. Rye is also famous for its pottery. You will find a number of working potteries throughout the town.

Dive into Luxury

Rye Lodge Hotel, conveniently situated only few steps from the town centre is ideally located to explore the area and enjoy the festival’s events. With the choice of 5 room types you will find the perfect one to suit your dream escape._MG_4393

Our most romantic and luxurious bedroom – The Champagne Room – is designed to cater for all those special celebrations. Situated on the first floor, it boasts the most spectacular views of the estuary and the Romney Marsh beyond. This elegant and spacious room comes with en-suite bathroom with a separate bath and shower. Complimentary bath robes and slippers are perfect to take to our own Venetian Spa.

Rye Lodge Hotel also hosts its own prestigious heated swimming pool, spa bath and sauna you can unwind, relax and soak up the indulgence. Available for the use of our guests during their stay. Our hotel is the only accommodation in Rye offering a heated swimming pool. Perfect after a day of culture or shopping!

Book your stay now!

To ensure your reservation, simply call us on 01797 223838 or email at info@ryelodge.co.uk to make a booking today!

Rye Arts Festival 2016 dates: 17th September – 1st October 2016. Festival official website and booking info can be found here: http://www.ryeartsfestival.co.uk/

In-Room Treatments

By / 27th November, 2015 / Uncategorised / No Comments


Go all-out with indulging yourself when you stay in one of our Deluxe Rooms by getting pampered with our soothing in-room treatments. You can enjoy a massage, facial, manicure and pedicure – or all of it – right in the comfort of your cosy room.

Set an appointment before your arrival, so we can have everything prepared well in advance. Whether you’d like a 60-minute full-body massage for total relaxation or a 25-minute Sports Massage Quick Fix, Rye Lodge Hotel has the answer to your recreational needs.

For a complete list of our in-room treatments, please visit our spa page.

Christmas in Rye

By / 18th November, 2015 / Uncategorised / No Comments

christmas in rye

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.

Click here for more details christmasinrye.co.uk 

2016 Events and Festivals in Rye

By / 28th April, 2015 / Events, Rye, Things to do / No Comments

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

ukuleleAfter 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

Jazz festival in Rye

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

artsNow 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

Wild Boar week

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/

Bodiam Castle

By / 15th April, 2015 / History, Things to do / No Comments

Bodiam Castle

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 Best Golf Courses Near Rye

By / 31st March, 2015 / Golf, Rye, Things to do / No Comments

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.