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)
parlour, bar/library, breakfast room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), unsuitable for disabled.
chamber music in breakfast room.
not under 8.
allowed in bedrooms, public rooms, on leads and ‘always supervised’.
per room B&B £99–£155. 1-night bookings sometimes refused Fri/Sat.
Weekly Discount Special Offer
Throughout the year this hotel offers a discount of 10% from the cost of your room if you wish to stay for seven or more nights. The weekly discount is not available over the Christmas period. To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.