Rye View, Rye Harbour

Exterior of Rye View, Rye Harbour

What’s Rye View like?

This traditional cottage, in the heart of peaceful Rye Harbour, has been given a thoroughly modern makeover by its owners, Sandra and Ric, and feels fun and playful as a result. It sleeps four, with the accommodation spread over three storeys, and there are some wonderful walks on the doorstep. The medieval town of Rye is approximately two miles away.

How dog-friendly is Rye View?

Good. There’s a big jar of treats in the kitchen, a couple of bowls and a few fluffy rugs dotted around that make perfect makeshift dog beds. Pets are allowed throughout the house and lots of throws are provided to protect the furniture. There is also a lovely enclosed garden, which is spread over several levels. It is mostly paved but has lots of pot plants and bushes and is secure – as long as the gate at the bottom of the garden is closed. There is no additional charge for dogs to stay.

Lounge at Rye View, Rye Harbour

Tell me more about Rye View

The first thing I noticed about this quirky two-bedroom property was its bold colour scheme. You’d never think that mixing shades of blue, pink, yellow and grey would work, but Rye View proves that actually, it really does. From the mustard bean bag in the lounge to the geometric splashes of colour on the landing, everything feels bright and funky. The lounge/diner, complete with wood burner and exposed floorboards, is a lovely, light space and from here, a couple of steps lead down to the kitchen (keep reading to find out more) and garden.

On the first floor, you’ll find a large double room in shades of dark teal and pink, complete with an on-trend panelled wall. And just next-door is the bathroom, which has an original fireplace, painted wooden floors and a separate bath tub and shower cubicle. The master bedroom, painted in shades of mustard and blue, is located on the second-floor and has lots of storage and stylish features like bedside lamps with exposed filament bulbs. You’ll find plenty of other quirky bits and bobs dotted around too, from fun wall art to animal head planters.

Sandra and Ric leave a number of handy items for guests to use, from kitchen essentials to toiletries. There is also a selection of games, children’s toys, books and magazines, plus lots of leaflets for local attractions to help you plan your stay. The WiFi is also excellent and the smart TV has access to Netflix and other streaming services. While you cannot park directly outside the cottage – which is one of four terraced properties accessed via a footpath – there is plenty of on-street parking on the main road.

Kitchen at Rye View, Rye Harbour

What’s the food like at Rye View?

This is a self-catering cottage so you’ll need to bring your own but when we visited, a few basics – such as tea, coffee and cooking oil – were provided. We also had a couple of bottles of water and cans of Coca-Cola waiting for us in the fridge. The kitchen, which had grey units and a sunny yellow strip along one wall, had everything we needed to cook up a storm, plus a coffee machine, dishwasher and washing machine.

If you’d prefer to eat out though, there are some great dog-friendly spots within easy walking distance of Rye View. The William the Conqueror pub has a fantastic Greek-inspired menu and Bosun’s Bite serves excellent breakfasts and freshly-caught fish. Also make time to visit the glass-fronted Lime Kiln Cafe at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve’s Discovery Centre. Here, you can enjoy coffee, cakes and light bites alongside incredible views (binoculars are provided).

Are there resident dogs at Rye View?

No, but a few of the immediate neighbours have dogs so you may well hear or see them out and about.

Ernie and Stan at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Where are the best dog walks near Rye View?

Head to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve – one of the largest and most important places for wildlife in England. This spectacular site, just minutes from Rye View, is a wonderful place to walk your dog, both on and off-lead. The main paths are flat and paved, making the reserve a great spot to visit whatever the weather. The site, which is managed by Sussex Wildlife Trust, has a number of walking trails. Try the 3km circular route that takes in the modern Discovery Centre, saltmarsh and iconic red roofed hut. To see a map of the reserve, click here.

If it’s beaches you’re after though, you can’t beat a trip to Camber Sands. The famous dunes are approximately a 15-minute drive from the cottage, although dogs are only allowed on the beach out of season. We’re big fans of Broomhill Sands, however – a little bit further east on the main road from Camber. This lesser-known beach, beloved by kitesurfers, is arguably just as spectacular. Plus, it rarely gets busy, has free parking and dogs are allowed all year round. What’s not to love?!

Bedroom at Rye View, Rye Harbour

What Ernie and Stan loved about Rye View

The secure outdoor space, having so many great walks close by

What I loved about Rye View

The stylish decor, the peaceful location, the comfy beds

How to book Rye View

Prices start from £110 per night. The minimum stay is two nights. For more information or to book, visit the Rye View Airbnb listing.

Ernie in the garden at Rye View, Rye Harbour

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