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Superb spacious medieval house in Rye

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 3,498 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps a maximum of 14

Robin Hill is a lovely and surprisingly spacious 15th century house, famous for having two of England's finest timbered and straw plastered bedrooms, in one of Britain's most photographed streets and opposite the world-renowned Mermaid Inn. It is beautifully furnished, very well-equipped and can easily and comfortably accommodate 12 guests. The large, quiet and secluded garden is shaded by a wonderful mulberry tree. At the foot of the cobbled street yachts and pleasure craft lie moored alongside medieval warehouses full of bustling antique shops. Rye delights the eye with its wealth of old buildings, its church and tower. Restaurants, pubs and cafes abound and offer excellent food within easy walking distance of the house. Rye Bay plaice and scallops are provided by the picturesque local fishing fleet.

Description of the house: This delightful house displays its original beams, high ceilings and rooms full of character and surprise. The upper living room is especially light and sunny, contains a bar and projects into a secluded garden complete with a large mulberry tree set against a panorama of ancient rooftops. The lower living room with its inglenook fireplace looks out onto the famous cobblestone street and the magic of Rye. One bedroom still has its groove for the original medieval wooden shutters. The whole house testifies to a bygone era and has been dated to 1480. Within this medieval setting a fascinating variety of Asian artefacts has been imaginatively displayed ranging from an antique rickshaw to Chinese ancestral doors.

Location and town of Rye: Situated 1.5 miles from the open sea and nature reserves, Rye is within easy reach of Brussels, Paris and London. Canterbury is only one hour away by car. Rye is probably the most complete example of a medieval town in Britain and crowns a hill originally surrounded by the sea. Its 12th century church, fortified tower, Landgate and ancient wall are all within easy walking distance of the house and bear testimony to its history as a Cinque Port. Robin Hill was the origin of the ballad 'There's an old-fashioned house in an old-fashioned street' and formed the basis and front cover design of Beatrix Potter's 'Tale of the Faithful Dove.' Mabel Lucy Atwell lived, wrote and illustrated here and one of the publisher-owner's many literary guests, E.F Benson, the novelist famous for his creation of 'Mapp and Lucia,' gave the house its name - 'Robin Hill'.

Leisure facilities: Three miles beyond Rye are Camber Sands, ideal for children, and Winchelsea, which is a lovely example of medieval town planning. Rye has good sporting and sailing facilities, splendid walks and excursions into the smugglers' paradise of Romney Marsh and the delights of rural Sussex and Kent. A wildlife bird sanctuary stretches from Rye Harbour to Fairlight. Rye also boasts some excellent eating houses. We can recommend The Fish Cafe, The Union Steakhouse, Fletcher's House, The Gandhi Tandoori, The Globe Inn, The Hope Anchor, The Lemon Grass, The Mermaid Inn bar, Simply Italian. There are many other possibilities from among the numerous cafes and pubs in Rye.

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Mrs Moyreen Tilbrook
Member since: 1998
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
August 14, 2017

About Mrs Moyreen Tilbrook

We have lived for many years in Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong. Asia has proved a fascinating destination for many of our travels.

Mrs Moyreen Tilbrook purchased this house in 1967

Why Mrs Moyreen Tilbrook chose East Sussex

This Grade 2 listed house has been a constant source of interest and delight. We continue to learn about former residents - back to 1680 so far - and to welcome friends and family to a building which we feel privileged to occupy for a short time in its long history. We have much pleasure in inviting you to share this experience with us.

What makes this house unique

A truly medieval environment in the very special town of Rye.

A home from home with all the comforts.

An excellent range of small shops for gifts to suit a vast range of tastes: pottery, paintings, books old and new, leather, antiques of every description, glass, specialist kitchen ware, furniture.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Once again the reality far exceeds the expectation and anticipation! This is a truly wonderful house in a wonderful setting'. 'This house is became a talking and visiting point for our friends and family and we delighted in taking ownership for 3 days'. 'Thank you for sharing this wonderful house with all of us'. 'A beautiful house in a beautiful setting'. 'Another wonderful fortnight... We love the house and the lovely town of Rye'. 'I have just turned 30 and I can't imagine a better place to spend my birthday weekend'. 'We enjoyed our stay in Rye very much which was enhanced by being able to share your warm and comfortable home'. 'We have enjoyed a wonderful stay here in this delightful house with its fusion of olde England and the spirit of Chinese and eastern artefacts. So much to discover every day. Such harmony. Our family party of 3 generations - English, American, Swedish and Italian - celebrated a 30th wedding anniversary. A short but memorable week.'
Nov 2007
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Rye House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3498 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - toilet , tub
    Bathroom - toilet
    Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet
  • The first floor bathroom contains a bath, a shower attachment for hair washing, a wash basin and a toilet. There is also a separate first floor toilet. On the ground floor there is a shower room with a bidet, a wash basin and a toilet.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • 1st Floor - Bedroom Queen - 1 queen
    1st Floor - Bedroom Queen - 1 queen
    1st Floor - Bedroom Double - 1 double
    1st Floor - Bedroom Single - 1 twin/ single
    2nd Floor - Bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    2nd Floor - Bedroom 6 Gallery - 2 twin/ single
  • On 1/F: 2 queen size doubles in very spacious rooms, 1 double, 1 spacious single, On 2/F: 1 large room with 1 double and 1 single bed, 1 sleeping gallery with 2 chair-beds. On G/F: sofa double bed in lounge
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 12 garden chairs
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The bar in the 1/F lounge incorporates a lift-up counter hiding a wash basin. The single 1/F bedroom also has its own wash basin. The 2/F family room contains 1 double and 1 single bed. There are also two single fold-out chair beds on 2/F in a library/lobby at the top of the stairs, although this is not entirely private. G/F shower room includes a toilet. 1/F bathroom includes a toilet. There is also a separate 1/F toilet. The kitchen is large, extremely well equipped and has a mahogany table seating 8 people easily. The electric cooker has a double oven and 4 ceramic hobs. The dining room is also spacious seating 10 people at its handsome teak wood table. The house is on a hill. Shops and historic attractions are within 3 minutes' walking distance.


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Superb spacious medieval house in Rye
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A marvellous house in one of the prettiest streets in Rye

  • 5 of 5

We organised this accommodation for guests from Germany, who came to Rye for our Silver Wedding Anniversary party. The house is great for a group of friends. There is plenty of space in the house and a large garden, which everyone enjoyed during a Summer heatwave. The house looked beautiful inside and from the outside and everyone agreed that the house was perfect. The owners were helpful and picking up the keys to the property was easy. Mermaid street is one of the prettiest streets in Rye and this house is a must for people looking for an historical, individual and quirky self-catering option for a family group, or a group of friends in the town.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Heidi. You were model guests and left the house in immaculate condition. Please come again. You are most definitely 5/5 guests.
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Absolutely amazing house in a great location

  • 5 of 5

The house is amazing, so much better than the pictures. We had the most fantastic weekend here, I couldn't recommend it more

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our ancestral journey to Robin Hill

  • 5 of 5

Our family was thrilled to be able to stay in Robin Hill recently to celebrate a 70th birthday,particularly thrilled as it was the house where my bargeman Great grandfather was born in 1851, the house no doubt looking very different to what it does today. We really appreciated the art and oriental artefacts & we loved being in the centre of Rye and listening to all the tourists passing by. We thought ourselves very lucky to be staying there- we had great weather and a memorable holiday.

Thank you.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Memorable stay in this unique house in Rye

  • 5 of 5

We have been staying at Robin Hill for many years and this trip was as memorable as any of our previous visits. We were celebrating our Parents' 60th Wedding Anniversary and had 11 family members in total. Everyone was very comfortable and had space to escape if needed. The house and its decoration are unique. A real step back into old England, via Asia. The location cannot be beaten, right there on picturesque Mermaid St. Thank you to the owners for their amazing hospitality. We look forward to returning again to Robin Hill.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful house in ideal location

  • 5 of 5

We had a total of 10 in our party, and all were comfortably accommodated. It was the first time out of the USA for six of our party, and to be able to sample life in England from such a location was a truly memorable experience. The location was ideal for day trips to London, Canterbury, Brighton, and also for the Eurostar to Paris.

In addition, the large, pretty garden proved to be ideal for entertaining other friends and family.

The house is so charming and decorated with such interesting pieces. It will be a talking point and a strong memory for us for many years to come.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Everything you could want and more!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I have just returned from another wonderful weekend at Robin Hill - we think it might be our fourth visit but we have lost count! It's the ideal place for a relaxing weekend; comfortable, spacious, quirky (we love all the Chinese artefacts) and such a magical setting in Mermaid Street. We have already booked a return visit in November!

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
64 Kilometres
London Gatwick
Nearest Ferry
32 Kilometres
Nearest Train
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
32 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Rye is located between Hastings and Folkestone and is a mile and a half from the coast. From London Rye can be reached either via M20/A2070/A259 through Ashford or via M25/A21/A268 through Hawkhurst. Historically known as '1066 country' the surrounding area provides the visitor with an abundance of castles, abbeys, fortresses, National Trust gardens and houses, and museums. The coastal area is noted for its flora and fauna including a wildlife bird sanctuary: marshland stretches eastwards, a haven for smugglers in bygone days, and the haunting seascape of Dungeness is a habitat for a wide variety of unusual plants and dominated by two lighthouses; to the west stretch the unspoilt beach of Winchelsea and the cliffs of Fairlight Country Park.


Rates & Availability

Rye House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan 7 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $64 per night, per additional guest
Christmas & New Year
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Additional Guest Fee $64.33 per person per night

Weekend rate GBP 380 per night for up to 8 guests and GBP 47.5 per night for each extra guest. Minimum 2 nights.
7 Jan 2014 - 20 Dec 2014 GBP1600
20 Dec 2014 - 4 Jan 2015 GBP1800

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.