Playden House,

Rye, Sussex
Sleeps 12
Bedrooms 7
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.

  • 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

For this particular property there is a security deposit of £600 which is pre-authorised against your credit card. This is in case there is any damage to the property during your stay. The amount of the security deposit is simply reserved and then released afterwards if there is no damage. We will contact you nearer the time of your arrival to arrange this.

This property is personally managed by Sue.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 1 guest rating

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Overall location
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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