We love windmills.
We often visit the windmill in Wimbledon Common, it is close by and fascinating inside and out!
This is a similar looking windmill. Wooden, white smock windmill... but with one big difference!!!
It is a bed and Breakfast!
Rye Windmill B&B is rated 4 stars by the AA and is also fully licensed, and we look forward to staying here on our next visit.
Bodiam is a fairytale medieval castle, one of the most famous in Britain. Rising from the moat which is filled with huge carp.
It was built in anticipation of a French Invasion in 1385 which never happened. Due to the castle being in fine condition you can see superb examples of old English architecture with rounded corner towers, battlements, portcullis and extensive moat.
Open: open 17 February-31 October: daily 10am-6pm (last admission 5pm) or dusk; 3 November-Mid February 2002: Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm or dusk
If cobbles streets and quaint bookshops and exquisite architecture and character is your thing, then Rye is the place to visit.
We first visited this part of England on my hubby's birthday, we did Rye and then went on to Bodiam Castle.
Situated in the traffic-free Church Square - the old vicarage of St Mary's Church has just recently ceased functioning after 19 years as a B&B. The previous owners recommend Jeake's House Mermaid Street.
I was going to put this as an accommodation tip but as it is no longer running as a B&B and I haven't stayed there anyway, I decided it would be best here as a general tip.
Rye has several famous old pubs and The Ship Inn has it's share of history...this place was where confiscated contraband was stored in the 16th C. It is currently also a hotel/B&B and serves great food! Hubby had the ham and cheese omlette and I had the Butternut soup and with drinks it came to around £14 for two. Very reasonable.
The pub has been host to many famous literary locals, including Henry James, EF & AC Benson, GK Chesterton, Belloc, HG Wells and Rudyard Kipling who wrote a delightful poem about The Smugglers that is now etched in the oak timber in the ceiling of the pub:
If you wake at midnight and hear a horse's feet, don't go drawing back the blind or looking in the street. Them that ask no questions isn't told a lie, watch the wall my darling while the gentlemen go by.
Five and twenty ponies trotting through the dark, brandy for the parson, baccy for the clerk. Laces for a lady, letters for a spy and watch the wall my darling while the gentlemen go by
Rye Tourism Ship Inn
Fondest memory: Pubs with warm fireplaces and hot food!
The water cistern built in the churchyard of St Mary's in 1735 is no longer in use - but must have been an absolute God send to the local people at the time!
Fondest memory: I've been here innumerable times - but still find little streets and unusual things every time I visit!
Jen (Craic) loves Mapp and Lucia... Rye has a history of being home to famous writers and artists .... Henry James and E F Benson amongst them ... (Paul McCartney currently has a home here).
This plaque is placed on a look out point just at the end of the High Street.
Not exactly a favourite thing.. but it all adds to the charm and character of this lovely little town..the cobblestoned streets can be quite painful on tired feet! (Or feet wearing high heels!!!) In the summer these narrow lanes get packed with tourists... and the traffic adds to the congestion.
Fondest memory: Sitting outside a pub or restaurant on a warm summers evening, people watching.
Rye is full of interesting little inglenooky places, each with their own history... where you can sit and drink tea, eat scones and cakes and egg sandwiches.
Fondest memory: Browsing the antique shops, visiting historic places, walking down to Rye Harbour on sunny days, windy days and rainy days. These are a few of my favourite things.
Antique/junk shops... you will spend hours browsing here.. and in the summer there will be coachloads doing the same thing!
Fondest memory: Finding a little gem or a bargain!