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COUNTRY PUBS WITH FOOD
The Ferry Inn, Stone in Oxney TEL: 01233 758246. Very popular country pub with good food.
The Plough Inn, Cock Marling, Udimore TEL: 01797 223361 Sister of the Union in Rye – good food.
The Horse and Cart , Peasmarsh. Well-restored village pub with good food.
The Queen’s Head, Icklesham TEL: 01424 814552 Very popular country pub in lovely setting.
The Royal Oak, High St, Brookland, Romney Marsh, Kent TN29 9QR –TEL: 01797 344025. Right in the middle of the marsh and worth a detour.
The Woolpack in Wharehorne Sister pub of Globe in Rye. Good food in rural location opposite the church.
The Woolpack in Brookland More conventional pub with low ceilings and open fire.
The Ship Inn Winchelsea Beach Unusual pub with delicatessen and local butcher attached and impressive garden
OTHER LOCAL ATTRACTIONS
Historic Towns: Rye – especially the view from the top of the church tower, Winchelsea – look for the famous tombs in the church, Battle and the supposed site of the Battle of Hastings.
Some local National Trust Properties Bodiam Castle, Smallhythe Place, Henry James’ home in Rye. If you go to Smallhythe Place then visit the Chapel Down Vineyard next door
LOCAL GARDENS Sissinghurst Castle, Great Dixter
MARSH CHURCHES The Romney Marsh Churches especially Fairfield with its triple decker pulpit.
BIRD RESERVES: Rye harbour Nature Reserve, RSPB nature reserve at Dungeness
BEACHES: Camber Sands – an enormous sandy beach at low tide and Winchelsea Beach– look out for fossilised trees at low tide at the Pett Level end.
ART GALLERIES: Rye Art Gallery, Jerwood Gallery in Hastings
RAILWAYS: Kent and East Sussex Railway, Romney Hythe Dymchurch miniature railway.
For wet days in Hastings try the Smugglers Adventure
EATING OUT IN RYE ( NOT ON MAP)
The Landgate Bistro: Landgate, Rye TEL: 01797 222829 (Small bistro with locally sourced produce)
The Union Steak House, East Street, Rye tel : 01797 229289 (locally reared steak house)
Hoof: 35 The Mint, Rye TN31 7EN Tel: 01797 224983 Burger and steak bar run by local farmer.
Webbe’s at the Fish Café , 17 Tower Street TEL: 01797 222226
Larger fish restaurant with cooking of a high standard.
The George in Rye, High Street. TEL 01797 222114
Stylish hotel has a grill and also you can have meals served in the bar.
The Standard Inn The Mint, Rye. Tel: 01797 225 231. Well restored pub with rooms. Reports are good
Ypres Castle Inn tucked away behind Rye Museum off Church Square
The Globe Inn Marsh, Military Road, Rye. Fun and good food – imaginatively restored (cannot book)
The Kings Head, Rye Hill, Rye. This is also recently refurbished and reports are good.
The Tuscan Kitchen Lion Street, Rye. Now open again (Feb 2016) with the original owners. Italian home cooking. 01797 223269
MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE HOUSE FOR VISITORS
The temperature in the house is controlled by a thermostat in the dining room.
This is available and the Password for access is in the folder in the house.
IDEN STORES is located in the centre of the village about a 15 minute walk away. This community owned shop stocks most of what you would expect from a general stores and post office including newspapers and freshly baked bread (from Rye bakery) .TEL: 01797 280201. Normal opening times are Monday- Friday 7.30am -1.00pm then 2.00pm – 5.30pm
Saturday 8.00am- 1.00pm then 2.00-4.00pm, Sunday 8.30am-12.00pm
FARMERS’ MARKETS: Rye Farmers market – Every Wednesday 10-12(winter) 10-1pm(summer)
Strand quay. Brede Farmers Market – Every Friday Brede Village Hall 10-12 Rolvenden Farmers Market – Every Thursday 10-12 Rolvenden Village Hall
RYE GENERAL MARKET
For many years there has been a general market on Thursday morning in the main car park near the Railway Station. This sells everything, clothes, toys and food. As it uses the main car park in Rye then it can be difficult to find anywhere to park on Thursday mornings.
RYE SUPERMARKET – JEMPSONS
This is a medium sized supermarket and is pretty standard except that it closes on Sundays throughout the year. Opening times 7am-10pm Monday – Saturday. Sunday CLOSED.
All the major supermarkets appear to be happy to deliver. There is a Tesco and Waitrose in Tenterden and Hawkhurst.
The Bell Inn is next to the shop in the centre of the village and serves food at lunchtime and in the evenings . TEL: 01797 280242
GARDEN – MOWING
During the summer it is occasionally necessary to mow the lawn. We will let you know in advance if this is necessary.
If you have more cars than can be fitted onto the track by the house please park up nearer the farm buildings – in summer more cars can park on the grass next to the house although it is a bit rough in places. In the winter the grass areas adjoining the garden fence near the house can become very boggy so please avoid parking or driving here.
DINING ROOM TABLE
The table can be contracted or extended o seat up to 12 people– the additional leaf is stored in the table.
VISITING THE FARM
Depending on the time of year there could sheep and cattle in the barns and you are welcome to come and look around. You may see Jack the livestock manager and his dogs. Young people do need to be supervised as it can be dangerous and they should not be allowed to climb on the bales. You are welcome to walk across the farm on a number of public footpaths and there is a map of these in the house.
The white house opposite is called Lower Bosney and is occupied by a family who park 2 cars on the track outside their house. There is a separate flat above the garage.
You will find a leaflet for this in the information folder with a guide to what can be recycled. The recycling and rubbish are collected on alternate Thursday mornings. If your stay includes a Wednesday night it would be helpful if you could put out either the black bin (for rubbish) or the green bin together with boxes for bottles on the recycling day. They should be placed at the corner of the garden hedge next to the farm lane.
These are kept safely near the house and you will be advised where they are in case we cannot meet you to let you in.
More wood is available if you need it please ask. Or help yourselves from the woodshed – turn right before the oast house and continue to shed at end of the track.
The local surgery at the Rye Medical Centre at the top of the hill outside Rye can be contacted on 01797 223333
Cinque Ports Vets, main car park in Rye and their telephone number is 01797 222265
Davies and Seeley, 6 East Street, Rye 01797 222834,
There is a regular bus service that runs through Iden to Rye and other locations. The Bus stop to Rye is opposite the Bell Inn and there is a bus stop just up the road nearer the village hall to go towards Wittersham and Tenterden and Ashford.
There is a Railway Station in Rye with connections to Ashford International in one direction and Hastings Lewes and Brighton in the other. The train takes 40 minutes from London St Pancras to Ashford and you should allow an additional 40 minutes if travelling to Rye on the Marsh Link. Trains through Rye are run by Southern Railways
There are normally taxis parked at the station TAXI TIME 01797224016, Rother Cabs 01797 224554.
During the summer Tourist information is at the Rye Heritage Centre which is on the Strand – near the warehouses at the bottom of Mermaid Street. TEL: 01797 226696. They also have an animated model of the town that is used to tell the history of Rye.
RYE CINEMA: Rye Kino is a state of the art cinema in the heart of Rye showing all latest releases on 2 very high quality screens with comfortable seating. There is a bar that also serves a light meals, coffee and cakes. The cinema opened in February 2015. Rye Kino 01797 226293
RYE NEWS: Rye has an online newspaper that covers all subjects of local interest – this recent local initiative is run by volunteers. www.ryenews.org.uk