A show-stopping architectural gem, dog-friendly and filled with quirky accessories, blissfully tucked away behind iconic High Street shops in medieval Rye.
  • Sleeps: 3
  • Bedroom: 1
  • Bathroom: 1
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights

Perfectly situated in the beating heart of medieval Rye, The Playhouse is stunning architect-owned property that has been beautifully transformed into a show-stopping, dog-friendly couple’s retreat.

Creative types with an eye for style will particularly love the quirky, vibrant décor throughout, with bright bursts of colour, local artwork, and playful accessories (including a huge 90’s ‘acid house’ smiley face!) that promise to give your senses a lift.

You’ll enter The Playhouse through a narrow passageway that leads away from the bustling High Street – so you’ll feel like you’re headed for a deliciously ‘secret’ retreat!

Once inside, the double-height, retro-furnished sitting room is sure to wow you, with its characterful beams, exposed brickwork, and ginormous windows that allow daylight to flood cheerfully inside.

Curl up on the velvet sofa and enjoy a movie on the Smart TV, as the smokeless bio-fuel fire flickers gently in the background.

Although there’s an array of restaurants within walking distance, you’ll have a bespoke kitchen to help you whip up romantic feasts galore, with a kitchen table expertly recycled from the old front door! Enjoy an after-dinner tipple in the courtyard garden, complete with reclaimed furniture and a stunning garden shed.

Simply head up the especially commissioned metal staircase (which comes complete with a neon sign stating ‘Upstairs’, just in case you’re at a loss!) to discover the spectacular bedroom.

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At a glance

  • A unique architectural gem, quirkily renovated into a stunning apartment for up to three guests, tucked away behind iconic High Street shops in the medieval town of Rye.
  • The apartment is dog-friendly – why not take advantage of the close proximity to Camber beach and head out for long, breezy coastal walks?
  • Vibrantly furnished with local art and quirky accessories, there are plenty of places to relax, including the light-filled sitting room, and a courtyard garden.
  • Browse the cobbled streets of Rye, with plenty of shops and eateries in walking distance, and a wealth of castles and sightseeing opportunities on the doorstep.


  • Dog Friendly


Quirky renovated apartment, sleeps 3 guests.  Entrance via High Street passageway, cloakroom, double-height sitting room: sofa bed (for extra guest), Smart TV, retro sideboard, smokeless bio-fuel fire.  Bespoke kitchen: oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, recycled kitchen table, access to furnished courtyard garden.  Bespoke metal staircase with wooden treads to first floor: kingsize bedroom with upholstered bed, Egyptian cotton 400 thread count bedding with goose down duvet and pillows, curtains and blinds.  Shower room with WC, large bath sheets.  Wi-Fi included.

Local Activities

Beach, coastal walks, watersports, castles, historic sites, shops, restaurants, pubs, market towns

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Furnished with a sumptuously dressed, exquisitely upholstered kingsize bed, with soft-toned curtains and blinds, you’re all but guaranteed a sound night’s sleep… and with a delicious breakfast spot just across the road, you can look forward to some morning goodies, too.

Freshen up in the indulgent shower room – complete with its stack of huge, fluffy bath towels – and then it’s on to the important business of exploring the local area.

Wander Rye’s ancient, cobbled streets, weaving in and out of independent shops and tempting cafés, or head to nearby Camber, with its miles of soft, sandy beach and selection of watersports. Take the dog on a breezy coastal walk towards Hastings, or stretch out by the dunes with a good book.

History buffs, meanwhile, will love visiting the area’s many castles and manor houses including Bodiam, Sissinghurst, and Ightham Mote – to name just a few!

Wear yourselves out in just the way you choose, before returning to The Playhouse for another epic, fun-fuelled evening in.

Things to note

Up to two well-behaved dogs welcome at a small additional cost.  A travel cot can be provided on request.

Where you'll be staying

Rye, East Sussex

What the guests of The Playhouse say

“Thank you for a wonderful weekend. The playhouse completely matched our expectations. We’re heading home with fresh air, new ideas and plenty of beach sand.”

“The Playhouse is a stylish, comfortable and unique house in the centre of Rye, directly off the High Street. An eye for design and real talent has gone into converting an old butchers out house into a gorgeous, modern pied-a-terre. Some of the original features, wooden beams and pulleys still remain around the modern design pieces and mixed with mid-century modern furniture. You feel before you think and as soon as you get inside The Playhouse warmth and lovely smells mean you can start to relax. An easy check-in with a key safe and a very generous welcome pack meant we were having a glass of wine in the cute back yard shortly after arrival. We had booked tables on different nights in the Standard and Globe Inn Marsh pub, both a short walk and enjoyed delicious alfresco dinners. During the days we walked on the lovely local beaches at Pett Level and Camber plus we were able to enjoy the vintage shops in Hastings and the antique shops in Rye.”

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