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the landgate, Rye

The Landgate, Rye

Autumn in Rye

Autumn in Rye


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The ultimate Short Break desitination in South East England

Author E.F. Benson described Rye as "perfectly enchanting" in his Mapp and Lucia stories. Little has changed down the centuries, and the medieval charm that Rye retains led Bridget Adams, a reporter from Australian TV's Network 7, to recently rate Rye as "the most beautiful small town in England".


With decades of experience in the hospitality business and having owned and run major UK hotels, it was Rye that stole Kerry de Courcy's heart and led him to buy Rye Lodge and develop it into a luxury hotel, perfect for a relaxing UK short break.


Kerry would like to share his thoughts about the town with you. Just email him and he will personally send you a copy of 'Why Rye?'. He will also be pleased to answer questions you may have about staying in Rye and the wonderful places you can explore nearby.

You can also download 'Why Rye?' as a pdf.


Medieval House, RyeFind out more

No town in England captures the atmosphere of medieval England more than Rye with its cobbled streets and picturesque Tudor and Elizabethan period houses, making it the perfect place for a peaceful and relaxing stay - but there is no shortage of things to see and do. Rye boasts a number of award-winning restaurants, charming old inns with live music on some evenings, museums, art galleries and is renowned for its antique shops and vintage boutiques.

Find out more about Rye on this site or visit


Rye also has an excellent Tourist information and Heritage Centre. Here you can hire audio tours of the town and ghost walks (for the brave).


Nature lover and walkers will also love Rye Harbour Nature Reserve - one of the UK's leading birdwatching sites alongside the river. Visit our page for more information




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