[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ast week I wrote about the picnic we had up in Camber Sands, and how we spent a beachy couple of hours by the sea. The next day, we had some time to wander around in the next town over, in Rye, where we were staying. Rye is, without a doubt, one of the prettiest little towns I’ve ever been to. It’s all picture perfect cobbled side streets, ivy covered walls and charming shop fronts. Rye has some serious Stars Hollow style charm about it and I can only imagine what it must be like during Autumn and even Christmas time. Bleary eyed and awoken by the sound of seagulls, we went out to make the most of our short time here.
That white wooden panelled cottage was right next door to our hotel and had yellow flowers blossoming on it’s doorstep. All I have on my own doorstop in London are the remnants of my neighbour’s recycling on bin day.
Our hotel was on top of a hill that led into the main high street of Rye. You had to drive under this medieval stone archway towards it. And yet another pretty looking cottage next to the archway that I gazed dreamily at!
There are loads of antique shops up and down the street and so many pretty cafes and tea rooms that I wish we had more time to stop at. There were also art galleries and an independent cinema next door to the church- where you can walk up to the top and see the views over the hill and out towards the sea.
There was a old sweet shop that we walked past that had shelves from floor to ceiling with old sweet classics; rosy apples, cola bottles, rhubarb and custards. They were sold by the weight and placed in separate paper bags, served by two older gentleman behind the counter.
This shop wasn’t open, but oh the possibilities…
Rye is the capital of dreamy cottages. My hanging baskets wither away! It’s like Rye has been blessed by the Jolly Green Giant- everything was just vibrant, thriving and green here.
Rye, you are a beauty.
It’s so picturesque and a perfect getaway from the griminess of London.
We stayed at the Rye Lodge Hotel, which I recommend. It has onsite parking, a pool, a great view and location- and is utterly charming (just like the town it’s in!)