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Coastguard Cottage

(Ref. 1091042)

Rye, Sussex Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "Good location for nature reserve with tranquil views from back of property,"

    Reviewed by Judi5.0Jan 2024

  • "Beautiful will look forward to our next visit"

    Reviewed by Jeanette5.0Dec 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at the cottage everything was perfect."

    With all the cooking things needed to make a decent meal! The decor was devine and really funky. I think in the summer the back garden would be a wonderful space to enjoy too and the conservatory is a lovely addition. The location is perfect for enjoying the nature reserve and the lovely pub serving great food!! We would definitely stay again. Thank you

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Dec 2023

  • "This was such a lovely cosy and comfortable house."

    We had everything we needed, everything worked properly and there were lots of extra touches that helped us feel welcome and looked after. We only had a short stay so didn’t get chance to use the sweet conservatory area or sit in the different outdoor spaces but it was still fun to check them out. We definitely hope to stay here again in the future. And thank you for the cake!

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Oct 2023

  • "Fab cottage great position by river."

    Lovely walks from door and very helpful and understanding host.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Oct 2023

  • "I thoroughly enjoyed my week in this cottage where I found the bed comfortable, plenty of hot water and the kitchen provided enough kit for my needs."

    I was on my own so did not use the dishwasher nor the washing machine. The garden was full of flowering Verbena Bonariesis which had a number of Humming bird Moths and butterflies. It was a very warm week in October which meant I could take many walks in the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and enjoy visits to Dungeness RSPB ( no cafe) Winchelsea and a walking tour of the town. A gem of a place perfectly placed to visit a number of places beyond but watching the tide come and go into the Rother River from the bedroom window was a treat. Especially as I saw the highest Spring tide of the year.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Sep 2023

  • "Great location, cottage didn't quite come up to our expectations"

    Reviewed by Hazel3.1Sep 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely, and the garden teeming with wildlife, which was a joy."

    Ideally placed for so many trips out too. Comfier pillows would have made the stay perfect as good sleep makes such a difference!

    Thank you for letting us know about the pillow, they have now been replaced . Property Owner

    Reviewed by Viki4.1Aug 2023

  • "We have been holidaying in the UK for many years and this was undoubtably the best location we have ever stayed in."

    The proximity to the river and access to the nature reserve was fantastic. The house is a good size for two people and is well equipped and Wi-Fi is reliable. The decor is quirky, and of its time, but it a really relaxing place to be. Prospective renters should be aware that it is a terraced house in a residential area, I really liked this, but it may put some people off. Also there is no privacy in the (beautiful) gardens, so if that is what you are looking for, then this is not the property for you. The only issue ( and this feels very pedantic) that would stop us for returning here time and time again is the bed. It is a standard sized double and we had real difficulty sleeping in it as a couple, being used to having a bit more space. However, we would highly recommend this house. It’s location is brilliant for exploring the local area and wider across East Sussex and Kent.

    Hi thank you for your review . We now have a new king size bed and mattress so hope to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire4.7Jul 2023

  • "Excellent cottage, well placed to visit interesting places and handy also for Brighton, Eastbourne."

    Been three times and will go again!

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2023

  • "We felt it was quite expensive overall and was not quite as well 'stocked' with alternative crockery in the kitchen."

    That said, it was adequate and given the smaller dishwasher, there was enough for each day. The towels were uber lovely, but we found the pillows lumpy and uncomfortable. Great position for walking, good local pub and nice walk (40 minutes) through countryside to get to Rye town where there were lots more pubs and eateries.

    Reviewed by Susan3.8Jun 2023

  • "Lovely peaceful location backing onto the river."

    Ideal spot for great walks and visiting nearby Rye, Winchelsea, Pett Level, etc. Cottage is very attractively kitted out - we had a great time.

    Reviewed by Julie3.8Jun 2023

  • "This is a hidden gem."

    Beautifully situated in Rye Harbour & right next to the Nature reserve - but only a short bus ride from Rye itself. Lovely, helpful owners on hand if needs be.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0May 2023

  • "Great location, particularly its nearness to a pub with great food and beer!"

    Coastal walking was excellent and the nearness of other places worthy of a visit eg Dungeness was great. There was a minor issue with the hot water but the landlord was willing to come around and sort it out. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Gareth4.7May 2023

  • "Found everything exactly as described on line very pleased with our stay"

    Reviewed by James5.0May 2023

  • "First rate home, so much attention to details in the decor which is very nautical."

    Definitely recommend this for anyone who has dogs, you simply go out back gate and follow river to the nature reserve and sea. We had a silly little problem which was seen to within 30 mins, so outstanding hosts! Thank you for letting us stay at your home, we felt so relaxed all the time we were there.

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Apr 2023

  • "This truly felt like a home from home."

    Beautifully decorated property with everything we could have possibly needed to make our stay comfortable. We tend to cook our evening meals back at our properties when we go away and I have become used to taking lots of kitchen stuff with me. This wasn't required at all here. Everything was there and all of a really lovely quality. Great location with so many walks and a fantastic pub and cafes around the corner. Would definitely go back and highly recommend to anyone.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Apr 2023

  • "The only downside was that local pubs/restaurants closed between 5pm - 6pm during the winter months which we hadn't realised."

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Mar 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay in this cosy comfortable cottage."

    It is very well placed with just a short walk from the bottom of the garden to a cafe, pub and the nature reserve. It provides a great base to explore further afield too. The owners responded very quickly when we had a query. We would thoroughly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Mar 2023

  • "This cottage lived up to expectations."

    As recommended by the owner, on the first night we went for a meal in the William the Conqueror which was enjoyable - the staff were very friendly and the fish and chips were tasty. The owners' list of recommendations was very useful. We tried out another pub at the end of the week, the Globe Inn Marsh where we had delicious lamb and fish. The situation of the property meant that we were able to visit five National Trust properties in the week. There was a bit of confusion over the bins but a kind neighbour put us right.

    Reviewed by Jane4.1Mar 2023

  • "A beautifully presented, well equipped, relaxing home, great location, quirky garden."

    We will be back.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Feb 2023

  • "Coastguard Cottage was extremely comfortable and it was lovely to have a view of the river from our bedroom - watching redshank in the warm and dry was a huge plus point."

    The kitchen was well equipped, the sofas and bed were comfortable, the cottage was warm and the cake that was kindly provided was delicious. Thank you

    Reviewed by Lesley4.7Jan 2023

  • "Wonderful place to stay ."

    Attention to detail was brilliant and nice touches for Christmas . Bottle of bubbly as well as a lovely lemon drizzle cake . The cottage was warm and cosy as well as well furnished . We thoroughly enjoyed our stay . Well done .

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Dec 2022

  • "Loved the properties quirky decoration & especially the lit wall in the living room."

    I’d seen a negative comment about the shower, but you’ve obviously sorted this out as showers were powerful enough for me. Garden being pebbled was great with dog as is meant it helped prevent muddy feet coming in (although I towelled paws before coming in). I marked cleanliness down slightly but this was due to cobwebs & a few spiders in back conservatory (I’m not a fan). I would’ve hoovered them but struggled to put attachment on Henry...Doh! The location in relation to the beaches & reserve was perfect for getting to dog walks. The dog loved his early morning walk across the back path & to the harbour but he would insist on checking the pub door to see if they were open as we passed.

    Reviewed by Lorraine4.7Nov 2022

  • "Very quirky which was great."

    Everything good except shower which could do with updating. Will definitely stay there again

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2022

  • "Great location."

    Lovely to sit outside and enjoy the garden. Access to the nature reserve was a real bonus - so beautiful and perfect for dog walks. Was expecting grass in the garden, rather than pebbles!

    Reviewed by Sophie4.4Aug 2022

  • "The cottage was amazing."

    The attention to detail the owner provided was like being home from home. The position of the cottage was right on the harbour and nature reserve was a beautiful place to walk around. Would recommend this cottage for couples or families.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely little cottage."

    Facilities provided very good. Near to pub and cafe, both serving very nice food. Great area for walks, dog walks, sitting on the beach and bike riding. We were lucky with the weather, so managed to do all these things without needing a raincoat! The only negative thing was, the original photo from which the cottage was booked, showed a lawn to the back garden. When we got there, this had been replaced by stones, so the dog wouldn’t walk on them, therefore wouldn’t go out into the garden. There are dogs both sides of the property but were not problem for us. There were four adults in our party. This was fine for a weekend but we would have needed somewhere a little bigger if we were to stay longer.

    Reviewed by Lesley4.7Jul 2022

  • "The only thing we found lacking was a microwave oven in the kitchen and a few dishwasher tablets."

    Other than that there's everything you need.

    Reviewed by John4.7Jul 2022

  • "It was a fantastic time at this cottage."

    Clean, cozy, lots of space indoor and outdoor and relaxing. Totally recommended!

    Reviewed by Luca5.0Jun 2022

  • "This is really beautifully decorated cottage with some really quirky features."

    It is well equipped and the owners had left milk and a cake which was a lovely touch. It is nicely situated for a peaceful holiday. There are some lovely walks nearby Sadly though, it could have been cleaner. Lots of surfaces looked like they had been wiped over with a greasy cloth. The dishwasher was disgusting and had to be cleaned thoroughly before use. And the living room smelt of dog. I know it’s a dog friendly cottage but we’ve never stayed anywhere that has smelt of dog before. We had a nice time and the cottage itself is beautiful but cleanliness needs to be improved.

    Reviewed by Gillian4.4May 2022

  • "My wife and i had a great stay in this wonderful and well equipped cottage."

    friendly and helpful owners, great surroundings and an all around perfect holiday. would strongly recommend!

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Apr 2022

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room
  • Conservatory/games room
  • Central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Unrestricted on-street parking
  • Rear garden with patio, beach style garden, summerhouse and furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.1 miles, pub 0.2 miles
  • Note if you wish to book a Saturday arrival please call reservations
  • Please call reservations to book the break starting 31 Oct 2022

The property

Nestled in the coastal village of Rye Harbour in Sussex, is this superb two-bedroom cottage, 23 Coastguard Cottages.

Enjoying a fantastic location along the River Rother with easy access to the estuary from your own private garden, and the stunning High Weald AONB, 23 Coastguard Cottages is a wonderful pet-friendly dwelling for couples or a family of four and their canine companion.

Step into the kitchen, featuring garden views and a handy dishwasher and washing machine, where you can rustle up mouth-watering dishes, ready to be enjoyed at the dining table for four or alfresco out on your private patio.

After dinner, why not take advantage of the steps that lead from your garden up to the river and head out for a walk with your pooch where you can both stretch your legs?

Kick-back and relax on the plush sofas in front of a much-loved film on the Smart TV or challenge your loved ones to a game of table football which can be found in the conservatory.

Climb the stairs up to the first floor, where you can indulge in a soothing soak in the bath or wash away the day with a refreshing shower after a day of exploring.

When sleep calls, choose from two well-appointed bedrooms to catch your rest, a king-size with views out towards the river and beyond, and a twin.

Explore the local village, where right on your doorstep you will find the popular William the Conqueror pub, well-known for its delicious and fresh seafood and lovely river views.

There is also the welcoming eateries of Avocet Tea Room and Bosun’s Bite, or if you don’t fancy heading out, you can pick up essentials at the well-stocked supermarket.

Outdoor enthusiasts will delight at the nearby wildlife rich Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, where you can spot rare species and visit the landmark Red Roofed Hut, whilst budding historians can enjoy the fascinating remains of Camber Castle, built by Henry VIII, and the abandoned Mary Stanford Lifeboat House.

For a truly memorable experience, why not hire a boat and cruise along the River Rother as you take in the fabulous views?

Take the short drive over to Rye, where you will find a wonderful selection of attractions including the Rye Heritage Centre, Mermaid St, a well-known walkway peppered with historic buildings, the 14th-century Rye Castle Museum, and the remarkable National Trust site of Lamb House.

You will also find a plethora of eateries where you can sample the local delights, including the Webbe’s at The Fish Café and The Ship Inn, and for drinks The Grapevine Champagne and Jazz Bar or Rye Waterworks Micropub.

For a day at the beach, be sure to head to the golden sands of Camber, where you can bathe and try your hand at watersports.

All this and more awaits at 23 Coastguard Cottages

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Rye 2.4 miles; Camber 6.4 miles; Eastbourne 30.6 miles.

Rye Harbour is a lovely coastal village resting between Rye and Camber. The village is well-known for its idyllic position along the River Rother and offers a good selection of attractions, including boat charters, the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Rye Harbour Discovery Centre, Mary Stanford Lifeboat House, and Camber Castle. Dining options include the William the Conqueror and Avocet Tea Room, while you can stock up on essentials at the nearby supermarket. Just a short drive from the town is Rye, where you can find further attractions and amenities such as Rye Heritage Centre, Rye Castle Museum, National Trust – Lamb House, Rye Art Gallery, or continue onto Camber where you can spend a day on the golden sands of Camber Beach.

Note if you wish to book a Saturday arrival please call reservations
Please call reservations to book the break starting 22nd January 2023.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas