- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Summer is in full swing and Rye is basking in day after day of glorious sunshine. On the subject of swing, our friends over at the Rye International Jazz Festival have announced a knock-out line-up of headliners for the summer event over the August bank holiday weekend, 24th-27th! Legendary jazz saxophonist Courtney Pine and worldwide star Joan Armatrading are among the glittering performers. What’s more, the festival has now been extended into September, with Corinne Bailey Rae and Dionne Warwick taking to the stage at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill over the weekend of 7th and 8th! Get more information and tickets here.
In other news, a brand-new boutique music festival is coming to East Sussex this weekend, June 15th-17th. The TN32 Festival has been launched by local singer/songwriter Sam Calver as a way of bringing together the astonishing array of musical talent in the area. From soul to reggae, there will be something to cater for all musical tastes. What’s more, there will be street-food stalls and craft beer to satiate the crowds, plus hot tubs, sauna, yoga and massage for those in need of some pampering after all the partying! There will also be plenty to keep the little ones entertained, with a kids’ rave, fun-fair rides, face painting, craft activities and a forest school. Book tickets here.
Our local Nature Reserve at Rye Harbour is one of the largest and most important wildlife sites in England. The Rye Harbour Discovery Centre Appeal is raising money for a much-needed, brand new visitor centre at the site and it’s getting a big boost from the Hastings Philharmonic this Saturday June 16th, at 7.30pm, from their special opera gala at Rye’s newest venue. The Old Bourne Auction House in Rock Channel Quay has been transformed for this special event, featuring the Hastings Philharmonic orchestra and chamber choir, plus conductor and baritone Marcio da Silva, soprano Alice Privett, tenor Leonel Pinheiro and bass Vedat Dalgiran. There will be stirring music from a selection of composing heavyweights, including Puccini and Verdi. Book tickets here.
Until next month!
Rye Lodge Hotel
The hedgerows are frothing with cow parsley, the sun is shining and the calendar is chock-a-block with fabulous things to do in Rye and the surrounding area!
We cannot wait for the Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival on June 21st-24th. This special event features world-class musicians performing in nine-concerts over a four-day run. On June 22nd, at 8pm, the festival comes to St Mary’s Church in Rye with its fabulous orchestral concert.
The National Open Gardens Scheme sees a stunning selection of local gardens throw open their gates during the month of June. Whether you’re a dab hand at horticulture or a novice who can’t even care for a cactus, these quintessentially English gardens are the perfect source of inspiration. Beauchamps, open during the afternoon of June 10th in nearby Udimore, is a real gem, affording beautiful valley views and a colourful, mature cottage garden.
For some fresh air and stunning scenery, take the short trip down to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve for a guided walk by the sea. On Saturday May 26th, as part of the 1066 Walking Festival, there is a Coastal Plants walk, giving ramblers the opportunity to discover how the flora and fauna thrive in the shingle and saltmarsh environment. The walk starts at 10am from the Rye Harbour village car park and lasts some 2 hours. After the exertion, we recommend a massage in Rye Lodge’s own treatment room.
Finally, the weekend of June 30th and July 1st heralds the Wealden Literary Festival in Woodchurch. Set in the spectacular garden of a family home, Boldshaves, the event brings together authors and artists from all over the country and offers a wonderful programme of events. Not to mention a yummy selection of street food!
Until next month!
With best wishes
The 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.
You will discover a wealth of places to explore, but some you should try not to miss are:
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.
Whenever you feel the need for a soothing, relaxing glass of Champagne, The Champagne Bar at Rye Lodge offers a wide selection of bubbles from with most major Champagne houses.
Find “all-time greats” like Taittinger, Bollinger, Krug, Moet and Chandon, Pol Roger, Louis Roederer and Ruinart. House Champagne is also available by the glass at £9.50 and £39.50 per bottle.
Enjoy a selection of fine vintages personally selected by Rye Lodge Hotel’s own late Kerry de Courcy, Chevalier and Maître-Sabreur.
Whether you prefer mid-morning or evening to sip your Champagne or even to have some fruit juice, The Champagne Bar is ready to serve you.
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.
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.