Thursday 2 April 2015

Our Sussex Adventures: Rye

This time last year, hubbins and I were in Vietnam, and I think I am having serious Vitamin D withdrawal just remembering the sunshine, the warmth, the sunshine...

But, this Easter we decided to have a 'stay-cation' in order to better explore beautiful Sussex. It is too easy to take for granted what is on offer here in the UK, and I'm really excited to experience a holiday in our new home county.
And every day I'm going to share our adventures with you!

Day 1

Rye, East Sussex

Gorgeous place! Think cobblestones, thatched rooves, the smell of fish and chips in the air...and you have Rye. In short, its history is very much rooted in circa1066 and William the Conqueror. The town is flanked by the Romney marshes which lie under a huge sky and it is easy to see why it was vulnerable to naval attacks. But Rye is also famous for its smugglers! We visited The Mermaid Inn to explore the evocative secret passageways used by the smugglers and to sample their drinks menu. We decided we'll definitely stay over there next time we are in the area.

Next we went to Henry James' final residence, Lamb House, which is now owned by The National Trust. Two very jolly women greeted us and we wandered freely around the 18th century town house. The gardens were particularly lovely, lit up by a profusion of spring flowers, and the kitchen garden was beginning to come to life. Unfortunately the room used by James as his writing quarters was destroyed by a bomb in World War Two, but there are lots of photographs and letters on display.

Where we ate...

Edith's House, which is located on the main high street. The jacket potatoes were HUGE! 

We then stopped off in Netherfield (entirely because of the name!) and had dinner at The Netherfield Arms. This is owned by a lovely couple and they made us feel so at home. The food was delicious and there was a steady stream of diners. Our window looked out at the spectacular sweeping views across the High Weald and over to the Downs and we felt very cosy as black clouds rolled in from the Channel. This was a very lucky find, indeed. 

Where we shopped: 

There are a number of antique and homeware shops in Rye. I particularly liked Penny Royal ( 

Super-snug and locally made knitted jumpers and cardigans are available from Black Sheep.

Needles Antiques is home to some lovely and - crucially - reasonably priced pieces. We hankered a while after an oak corner unit.

What I wore: 
Rivoli dress by Cabbages and Roses, from the AW14 range, Barker ankle boots, and a floral scarf from London House in Topsham, Devon ( The lady in the National Trust house and I couldn't decide whether the scarf print is apple or almond blossom...

Will we go back? 
Yes! There were some art shops we liked the look of, but they were closed. There are so many nooks and crannies to explore and I don't feel we saw them all - and if we did I'd be happy to see them again. And I never did get my fish and chips...

Next stop: Arundel.

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