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The best Airbnbs in Rye

Characterful cottages, historic homes and ace hideaways where you can stay the night in Rye, East Sussex

Written by
Ellie Walker-Arnott
Rhys Thomas
Ella Doyle

If you’re looking for a cosy weekend getaway, look no further than Rye, a sweet little town in East Sussex. Rye will fulfill all of your get-me-out-of-London needs, with miles of cobbled streets, snug country pubs with roaring fires, and tons of opportunity to explore the arts and culture on offer. For foodies, there’s endless restaurants and cafes to rejuvenate after a long hard day of, well, pottering round shops. But it’s also home to some incredible places to stay. So whether you want to escape to a tucked away cottage, or splash out on some Grand Designs-style architecture, book into an Airbnb to complete your trip. 

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The best Airbnbs in Rye

This neat period conversion is in a prime location, just a five minute walk from the train station and the center of Rye. Crown Stables is a thoughtfully designed, modern and rustic one bedroom cottage, with plush furnishings and added extras like a great coffee machine for that morning brew. 

Located on The Mint, a historic street in Rye, this sweet cottage sleeps four in two comfy bedrooms, each with kingsize beds. There’s a fully stocked kitchen, plus homebaked treats waiting for you on arrival. Breakfast should be enjoyed in the white-walled patio area – a spot that'll transport you across the meditteranian (weather permitting). If you want to skip the washing up, you’re right in the heart of things, it won't take too long to find delicious food. Complete the day with a visit to the castle, or a walk along the beach. 


If you’re looking for somewhere cosy and private with a bit of character, this cottage will do the trick. The quaint spot, hidden away in a leafy nook in Church Square in the heart of Rye, is actually a refurbished Georgian pub, and is a two mile walk from Camber Sands beach (or a 12 minute drive if you’ve brought a car). The cottage overlooks a sea of thatched rooves and magnificent greenery, opposite St Marys Churchyard and adjacent to the Gun Garden. This place is ideal for two or three people, as there is a sofa bed in the lounge. 

This stunning private lodge is perfect for a couple’s trip (or friends that get on really well). The vast converted barn is surrounded by the unspoiled Tillingham Valley, overlooking the endless East Sussex countryside. As Airbnbs go, this is more of the luxurious variety. A treat. Huge windows cast sunlight into the lodge in the mornings, and you get cotton dressing gowns for your stay which are, apparently, fluffy. The host also claims you’ll make up to the sound of birdsong, and there’s plenty of walk opportunities to local pubs and breweries. 


If as many as eight of you are planning the escape to Rye, this sixteenth-century home just off Rye’s High Street might be what you're looking for. It’s a beaut of a building, with grand fireplaces, beams, wood panelling and a deep rolltop bath to sink into. A really charming place for the post-beach snooze. 

Like your Airbnbs to have design credentials? This house is so lovely to look at, it has featured in interiors magazines. You can pretend the place (and all that good taste) is yours by booking the Edwardian home, which sleeps seven, for your next trip. It's a small stroll over to the heart of Rye, and all the great shops, cafes and galleries that call the town home. 


Big into architecture? Big into Grand Designs? This place wasn't on the show, but it was in their magazine! The wonderful contemporary cottage is a four bedroom, three bathroom conversion of a former St Johns Ambulance station, right in the centre of Rye. You’ll get to make use of a huge open-plan living space with a wood burner, a big outdoor seating area and four amazing bedrooms. The interior is breath-taking too. 

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