The drive from London took under 2 hours and it was a beautiful drive, despite the rain. the A roads from London towards the coast are beautiful to drive along. Especially if driving through central London where you rarely get out of 3rd gear is your norm.
We arrived in time to check out our rooms, park the car and walk to our spa appointment. Everything was running smoothly.
The Rye Retreat was the perfect way to start our trip. We had massages, facials, mani-pedi's and ended with a wash and blow dry. We walked in feeling a little stressed and frazzled and floated out feeling fabulous. We organised everything via email and it worked perfectly.
A very good friend of mine from when I first moved to London at the age of 21 recently hit quite a stressful point in her life.
I had also been quite busy recently and so we decided a little break away might be what we both needed. Although we always try to catch up with each other when I am in London we decided that instead of a few hours over dinner it would be nice to drive away and spend a couple of nights in a B&B and have some quality time away from daily life, relax, chatter, drink good wine, eat nice food and not have to worry about making the bed.
After a bit of googling we decided on Rye. Its cute old town and cobbled streets is not so big we couldn't walk everywhere and there were several good restaurants, pubs and hotels we could eat in. We also discovered Jeake's House B&B and managed to make a half day appointment at The Rye Retreat.
Rye has a good mixture of restaurants, coffee shops and antiques shops to occupy most people on a short stay. During the dryer months there are some beautiful walks nearby and the coast at Hastings is a short drive. There are also some great National Trust properties and even some vineyards nearby. What's not to like about Rye ??
The Rye Retreat 36-38 Cinque Ports Street Rye East Sussex 01797 222211
Jeake's House Mermaid Street Rye East Sussex 01797 222828
I chose Jeake's House of our two nights stay after reading some great reviews online and we were not disappointed.
It is a beautiful old building renovated into a B&B. It is right in the centre of town on an old cobbled street, so after abandoning the car we could walk everywhere.
The rooms were all individually renovated, beautifully decorated with very comfy beds. Breakfast was a great mixture of continental style fruit/cereals/yoghurt with additional cooked classics. Full English to Eggs Benedict. cooked to order and using fresh local ingredients.
They have an honesty bar that is a lovely place to wind down after dinner, with a selection of board games.
We were really please with our choice and are seriously thinking of making this an annual trip, including Jeake's House.
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