Come to Rye

…and stay in Bee Cottage

An alehouse since medieval times, the Mermaid’s cellars date from the 12th century, although what you see now is a mere 700 years old or so, with thick beams, elegant panelling and crooked floors.

Now a popular hotel – famously reputed to be haunted by the smugglers that used to hang out here in the 18th century – it also has an extraordinary lounge bar, dominated by an enormous inglenook ‘giant’s fireplace’, so big that it even accommodates a priest’s hole in the chimney breast.

The uniformed bar staff serve local ale and cider and there’s a good wine list. It’s a particularly welcome spot on a cold night, or after a big walk.

The Mermaid Inn

Mermaid Street, Rye TN31 7EY  //  mermaidinn.com  //  01797 223065

Rye is a great place to spend a week, or a long weekend, and our three-bedroom cottage is available to rent.

Find out more about Bee Cottage.

Bee Cottage