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A friendly, family-run B&B in an iconic Grade II-listed landmark, perfectly nestled on the banks of a picturesque river.

An ideal setting for awakening your creative spirit, Rye Windmill is perfectly positioned on the banks of the river Tillingham. This much-loved local landmark is an ideal base for you to explore the romantic cobbled lanes of the town that has inspired artists and writers throughout the ages.

The striking, white smock windmill itself has stood proudly for centuries, and was once a thriving bakery. These days, you'll find ten beautiful guest rooms (including two suites - ideal if you're celebrating something special), along with a relaxing lounge and licensed bar area.  

Not to mention a tasty, locally-sourced breakfast, cooked to order every day!

Choose from eight cosy double or twin rooms, each one complete with a spacious ensuite and a digital TV...for those unlikely times when you tire of the soothing views from your window.

The two suites are situated in the windmill itself, for a unique and authentic sense of history. You'll find the charming four-poster room, complete with a Juliet balcony, in the original 300 year-old brick base of the mill.

Meanwhile, the Windmill Suite is the most spectacular room, luxuriously spaced over two floors and boasting panoramic town-and-country views. With private balcony access, you can enjoy that blazing sunset as it sinks over the accompanied with a glass of bubbles!

If you prefer chatting the evening away with new friends, head for the lounge area, where you can relax in front of the fire on squishy sofas - or soak up the rays on the sun terrace.

After a sound night's sleep, your friendly hosts Kathryn and Toby will be waiting to welcome you to ‘The Granary' for a hearty home-cooked breakfast. What a way to greet the day!

Better still, you'll have an almost endless choice of things to do once you've finished breakfast. There's the town of Rye itself, of course, one of the most scenic and characterful settings Britain has to offer.  

Then there's the rich countryside, sprinkled with glittering jewels that include grand stately homes and gardens, nature reserves, and historic castles. Or how about a romantic, windswept coastal stroll instead?

With so much to see and do, and such an iconic place to rest your heads, this is one holiday that promises to restore the wind to those sails!

Things to note

Check-in is between 4pm-8pm (early check-in is available on request). Check-out is between 8am-11am. No children under 12.  Dogs are permitted at a small extra charge (dogs are not permitted in the breakfast area). Gift vouchers are available. 

Tried and tested

"Our two-night stay was excellent in every respect. Our room was comfortable, quiet and clean, with a large en suite. Breakfast was plentiful and of a very high standard, with some tables on the ground floor of the old mill itself. Toby is a very well informed, helpful and welcoming host."

"We loved our stay at the Rye Windmill. Lucky enough to enjoy the fabulous Windmill Suite. Incredible room with long-reaching views of lovely Rye. Comfortable bed, beautifully decorated room and an absolute memorable stay. Great breakfast and gracious hosts."

"We had a very relaxing short break in Rye, despite poor weather, with Rye Windmill being an excellent location for exploring the local area. The owners were wonderfully helpful - attentive without being intrusive, genuinely welcoming, and nothing was too much trouble. The Windmill is really well located for the town, with a short walk to places of interest, and also longer walks along the river and further afield."

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The basics

Region: Rye, East Sussex
Cost (from): £80 per night (2 guests)
Sleeps: 2 per room
Bedrooms: 10
Bathrooms: 1 per room
Minimum stay: 2 nights (weekends)
Property ref: 1133

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Family-run bed and breakfast with eight ensuite double/twin rooms and two suites, one with private balcony access. Licensed bar and lounge area. Free guest parking. In-room digital TV. Hot drink-making facilities. Free WiFi.

Local Activities

Beach, stately homes and gardens, shopping, golf, walking, cycling, castles, nature reserves, birdwatching.

At a glance

  • A friendly, family run bed and breakfast in a Grade II-listed smock windmill, set on the banks of the river Tillingham. A fantastic base for exploring all that Rye has to offer.
  • Free guest car parking is available. Easily accessed by rail, with the mill a two-minute walk from the local station.
  • Choose from ten ensuite rooms, eight double or twin, and two suites situated in the mill itself.
  • There is also a lounge and licensed bar area.
  • Head into the cobbled town of Rye, or visit one of the many stately homes and castles in the surrounding area. The coast is in easy reach, along with several nature reserves.

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