Stylish country house
A warm welcome awaits
Sitting room with wood burner
Finishing details
Relax in style
Open-plan living
Dining area
Well-equipped kitchen with Aga
Family room
Perfect for relaxing
Playroom with games available
Full of character
King-size bedroom
Finished to a high standard
Interesting features
Spacious bedroom
Elegant features
Shower room
Twin bedroom
Single bedroom
Bunk bedroom
Single bedroom
Shower room
Family bathroom
Double bedroom located on second floor
Distinct features
Study area with access to patio
Terraced patio at the rear of the property
Rattan furniture
Sun loungers to relax
Al fresco dining
Well maintained garden
Pet friendly
1 / 33  Stylish country house
2 / 33  A warm welcome awaits
3 / 33  Sitting room with wood burner
4 / 33  Finishing details
5 / 33  Relax in style
6 / 33  Open-plan living
7 / 33  Dining area
8 / 33  Well-equipped kitchen with Aga
9 / 33  Family room
10 / 33  Perfect for relaxing
11 / 33  Playroom with games available
12 / 33  Full of character
13 / 33  King-size bedroom
14 / 33  Finished to a high standard
15 / 33  Interesting features
16 / 33  Spacious bedroom
17 / 33  Elegant features
18 / 33  Shower room
19 / 33  Twin bedroom
20 / 33  Single bedroom
21 / 33  Bunk bedroom
22 / 33  Single bedroom
23 / 33  Shower room
24 / 33  Family bathroom
25 / 33  Double bedroom located on second floor
26 / 33  Distinct features
27 / 33  Study area with access to patio
28 / 33  Terraced patio at the rear of the property
29 / 33  Rattan furniture
30 / 33  Sun loungers to relax
31 / 33  Al fresco dining
32 / 33  Well maintained garden
33 / 33  Pet friendly

Playden House,

Rye, Sussex
Sleeps 12
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms 4
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 3
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Pub nearby
Beach within easy reach
Fishing onsite / nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • The stylish Mapp & Lucia House close to the medieval town of Rye
  • Large reception rooms ideal for large family gatherings
  • Fully enclosed garden perfect for children and dogs
  • Terraced patio area with garden furniture and BBQ for al fresco dining
  • Separate suite on second floor for those looking for a private hideaway
  • Only a 15 minute walk from wonderful Rye’s shops and cafes
Property code: BT062

As seen in Mapp and Lucia, this is a beautiful character property located just a short 15 minute walk away from the centre of medieval Rye and its old cobbled streets. Furnished throughout with tasteful décor, it's the perfect family choice

This beautiful character property is located just a 15 minute walk from the centre of Rye, in East Sussex. Rye is an absolutely wonderful town, with its cobbled streets, historic pubs, stylish independent shops, bars, antique shops and galleries. It really is the antidote to the monotony of the British High Street. There is even a tiny state-of-the-art cinema, which offers a very different experience from your local multiplex. Nearby is the pretty village of Rye Harbour, where you can wander the RSPB reserve on the shingle beach and watch the fishing boats come home.

The property has high literary credentials - it is the house that captured the imagination of the famous Rye author E F Benson. It was this very house that his fictional character Lucia moved into in the Mapp and Lucia books, called Grebe. The descriptions he wrote are so accurate that it is easily recognisable when you visit.

The front door of the property brings you to the light hallway, off from which you will find the tranquil lounge with its large sofa, TV and DVD player and selection of books and DVDs. Along from this, the family room has an altogether very different feel, with TV, DVD player, games console and large sofa, making it a perfect hideaway for teenagers. A playroom is also found on the ground floor, with a sofa, table football and a selection of games. A fourth living space on the ground floor is the huge open-plan communal room, featuring kitchen/diner/lounge. This is the hub of the house and has an informal feel to it. The lounge has two comfortable sofas, which are located next to the woodburner, and the dining area has a contemporary dining table which seats 12. The kitchen is fully fitted with gas Aga, combination microwave and oven, separate fridge and freezer, dishwasher and coffee machine. The washing machine is housed in a separate utility room, which also has a handy additional sink. There is a downstairs WC.

Stairs lead to the first floor, where you will find the majority of the bedrooms. A suite with king-size bed, dressing room and en-suite shower room has views over the Royal Military Canal, whilst a second bedroom enjoys similar views and also has a king-size bed and en-suite shower. A third bedroom has twin single beds, whilst the fourth is a bunk room (suitable for children only) with wooden bunk beds and vanity basin. There are two more bedrooms on this floor, both with single beds and there is also a study area with desk and access to the terraced patio. There are two bathrooms on this floor, the main one with shower over bath and a smaller shower room. Stairs lead to the second floor and the private master suite, which has a bedroom with double bed, a small snug room and a separate bathroom with shower over bath.

Outside, there is a large enclosed lawn to the front of the property, which also has a patio area with garden furniture. To the rear of the property is a terraced patio with table and chairs, sun loungers, dining table and a BBQ. There is parking for two cars on the drive way and a further bay to the front of the property which is also adequate for two vehicles.


Dogs fees are charged per dog at £20.00 for up to 7 nights, £40.00 for up to 14 nights and an additional £20.00 for every week or part week thereafter.

Please note there is a refundable £600 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • Seven bedrooms – two king size, one double, one twin, one bunk and two single rooms
  • Perfect for extended family gatherings
  • Additional blow up beds available for children
  • Three dogs welcome
  • Off-street parking for 4 cars
  • Internet access
  • Travel cot and high chair
  • SkyTV and DVD, X-Box and iPod dock
  • Aga, microwave, fridge and freezer
  • Nespresso machine, dishwasher and washing machine
  • Bed linen and towels included 
  • Regret no smoking
  • 15 minute walk to medieval town of Rye
  • Arrival time – 3pm

This property is personally managed by Lyndsey.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 7 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Christine, 12th January 2018

Ten family members spent three days here celebrating a BIG 0 birthday and it worked perfectly. There were plenty of activities for the grandchildren, ages 10 - 17, and stacks of room for the adults to spread out. However once the log fires were lit no one wanted to move. The property is extremely well stocked with every day bits of food and drink. Read moreI would recommend this property to anyone who wants to get a large group of family and friends together. Hide

Reviewed by Martin, 20th November 2017

Booked Playden House for my mothers 80th, we loved the welcome package, the house and the cool decor, location is great, the size and layout really suited our week long 'rolling' event, that and along with great direct support form the owner Penny - makes this venue top notch highly recommended.

Reviewed by Michelle, 27th October 2017

Lovely, large comfortable property for a family celebration. We recently celebrated my father-in-laws 70th birthday here and our party included the elderly, young children and dogs, and it was suitable for everyone. There are quite a few stairs and unfortunately no downstairs bedroom, so it might be a little tricky for anyone who struggles to climbRead more stairs but all in all it is a lovely, spacious house, which I would highly recommend. Hide

Reviewed by Allison, 22nd September 2017

Have just returned from a fantastic weekend- the house is just amazing.

Reviewed by Richard, 8th September 2017

Excellent property situated within walking distance to Rye centre,perfect for our party of 7.So much to see and do in the area,something for everyone,beautiful beaches at Camber,wild life, lots of National Trust properties,wineries etc.Will have no hesitation in recommending Playden House,brilliant.

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Stylish country house
A warm welcome awaits
Sitting room with wood burner
Finishing details
Relax in style
Open-plan living
Dining area
Well-equipped kitchen with Aga
Family room
Perfect for relaxing
Playroom with games available
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