Jeake’s House

Rye, Sussex

A cinematic street of cobblestone and gently listing cross-beamed houses hosts this ‘beautiful, comfortable and relaxing' B&B, once a haunt of Malcolm Lowry and Radclyffe Hall. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

A photogenic street of cobblestone and gently listing cross-beamed houses hosts this ‘beautiful, comfortable and relaxing’ B&B, once a haunt of Malcolm Lowry and Radclyffe Hall. A reader was made to ‘feel special and very welcome’ by owner Jenny Hadfield and her staff. While you can unload your car in front of the ivy-covered property, parking is a six-minute walk away (‘straightforward once you got used to the route’). The atmospheric parlours of the former 17th-century wool storehouse have oil paintings, a blazing fire, antiques and clusters of seating, ideal for a drink from the honesty bar. Stairs, described by the owners as ‘somewhat medieval’, take visitors to the ‘pretty, old-fashioned (but not tired) bedrooms’. The Elizabeth Fry room, where the prison reformer once slept, has an antique four-poster; the Conrad Aitken, the American novelist’s former study, has a large bay window, four-poster and adjoining double room. Views are of Romney Marsh or Rye’s rooftops; the ‘well-equipped bathrooms’ might have a roll-top bath. Mornings bring Richard Martin’s ‘exquisitely good breakfasts’, served in the galleried former chapel, once the meeting place of the Rye Quakers. (A and CB)

Hotel details

Address

Mermaid Street
Rye
Sussex
TN31 7ET
England

Telephone

01797 222828

Bedrooms

11.

Open

all year.

Facilities

parlour, bar/library, breakfast room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

chamber music in breakfast room.

Children

not under 8.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms, public rooms, on leads and ‘always supervised’.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £99–£155. 1-night bookings sometimes refused Fri/Sat.

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