In the wake of the heatwave back in July, we headed out to Parkdean Camber Sands for a weekend getaway. We rented a privately owned chalet on site which was 12 minutes’ walk from Camber Sands beach . What we didn’t’ know at the time was that on hot days that beach is heaving! We’re not into crowds and certainly not on a hot day, so we drove to Rye. Rye has been on destination list for AGES! Well, we finally made it and we were not disappointed. You really must add Rye to your staycation (holiday) destination list.
The Ancient Town Of Rye
This idyllic town is perfect for the relaxing getaway. It’s the medieval harbour town that’s popular with writers, artists and holidaymakers. The streets are gathered around a sandstone hillside, overlooking the River Rother and Romney Marsh. Mermaid Street is well known for its medieval half-timbered houses. The Mermaid Inn on Mermaid Street has a notorious past, built in 1420, once a meeting place for smuggles it still provides accommodation and has a 2 AA Rosette Restaurant. Rye is about 1.5 hours southeast of London making ideal for cheeky last minute weekend getaway
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Where to Stay
As I mentioned earlier, we stayed at a privately rented chalet on the Parkdean Resorts site, Camber Sands . Hubby fond the accommodation via Holiday Lettings website. Since our chalet was walking distance from Camber Sands beach and 10 minutes’ drive from Rye town centre it was a plus, we got the best of both worlds. Although, I must say that beach is extremely popular and not one we are likely to return to.
If you’re not mad about the beach scene you can simply stay in Rye. There’s a variety of places to stay from the elegant holiday home such as, The Mint in Rye, known for its Tudor brick inglenook fireplace and romantic décor to a pub like The Mermaid Inn located on Mermaid. When in Rye, you can’t miss Mermaid Street with its historic medieval half-timbered houses. Notable historical residents include writer Henry James and the Jeakes family. It’s a fab spot for stylish insta pics.
Where to Eat
Well, the food we feasted on in Rye was simply scrumptious! We had breakfast at The Old Grain on The Strand. After a day on the beach we returned for dinner at Marino’s Fish Bar, The Mint. I can’t recommend this eating establishments anymore, then to say yummy food freshly cooked with love and served with pride.
Then we ended our day with stroll and ice cream from Mermaid Street Café (Old Borough Arms, The Strand). I went for Rum & Raisin a tried and true favourite of mine which reminds me of home (Trinidad), Vallie had mint chocolate, Ang had salted caramel and Hubby had pistachio if I remember correctly.
Shopping and Attractions in Rye
There are quite a few boutiques and craft shops along East Street, The Mint and the high street. On this occasion we didn’t do any shopping ourselves. I was tempted though! Two shops did tempt me Craft Magic and Penny Royal which stocks gifts and homeware but alas with all the beach gear we had no space for additional luggage.
In conclusion, Rye is definitely a town I would revisit in a heartbeat! But next time, I would prefer to stay in Rye. Out of season, I have no doubt this quintessentially British town would welcome respite from the maddening city days. Find out about our other family staycations and beaches we love by reading our other blog posts.