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Strand House - Hotel in Sussex

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Tanyards Lane Winchelsea, Rye, TN36 4JT, Sussex
England, United Kingdom

Mary Sullivan & Hugh Davie

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+44 (0)1797 226276(landline)

An ancient old house, painted by Turner, with timber frames, lovely owners, a pretty garden and a sandy beach across the fields

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As you follow the Royal Military Canal down to miles of sandy beach, bear in mind that 600 years ago, you'd have been swimming in the sea. This is reclaimed land and Strand House, built in 1425, originally stood on Winchelsea Harbour. Outside, you find wandering wisteria, colourful flowerbeds and a woodland walk that leads up to the village. Inside, medieval interiors have low ceilings, timber frames and mind-your-head beams. There are reds and yellows, sofas galore, a wood-burner in the sitting room, an honesty bar from which to help yourself. It's a home-spun affair: Hugh cooks breakfast, Mary looks after guests in style. Quirky bedrooms sweep you back in time. One has an ancient four-poster, some have wonky floors, three open onto a terrace, all have good beds and robes for tiny shower rooms. As for the cottage, airy rooms have more space, and the suite, with its balcony and views across fields, is a treat. The house, once a work house, was painted by Turner and Millais. Local restaurants wait: Webbe's Fish Café, The Kings Head in Rye, top notch food at the Curlew in Odium. Dogs are very welcome.

Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
Children welcome
Kids of all ages can stay.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.

Local points of interest from Mary Sullivan & Hugh Davie:

Local points of interest from
Mary Sullivan & Hugh Davie:

  • Strand House used to be known as the "Old Poor Houses" and was the workhouse for the town of Winchelsea until 1839.
  • This is a great location for gardens, with Sissinghurst, Scotney Castle, Great Dixter, Pashley Manor, Marle Place, Batemans (Rudyard Kipling's home) Hole Place, and the eclectic Marle Place all within half an hours drive.
  • If you love steams trains then you are in for a treat, because we are close to the Kent and East Sussex Railway, the Lavendar Line and the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Light Railway, so plenty of steam fun.
  • For Art lovers, Hastings can provide the wonderful Jerwood Gallery and the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill as well as a host of smaller galleries in Hastings and St Leonards. Then you can visit the home of the Bloomsbury Group in Sussex at Charleston.
  • All kids love a good castle and we have the best of all Bodiam Castle as well as the deserted Camber Castle, Martello Towers and the Redoubt Fortress at Eastbourne. If you want a real live battlefield, then head to Battle Abbey and the Battle of Hastings.
  • If you bring your bucket and spade, you can visit the sandy beach and dunes at Camber Sands, the lovely Winchelsea Beach or the eerie landscapes of Dungerness. There is dinghy sailing in the area, a windsurfing centre and horse riding on the beach.
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Guest feedback
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"The Strand House is a great place to stay, rooms are immaculately clean and very charming, breakfast is delicious, Hugh and Mary are very friendly and welcoming. We loved the sitting area with the fireplace! The place is dog friendly and this is another big plus. We will definitely come back."

Sandra - London, United Kingdom

November 2015
"This definitely our favourite place to stay! Always a warm welcome, caring hospitality, beautiful,immaculately clean and fab food. We now visit as regularly as we can and have never been disappointed"
June 2014
"Strand House was everything we could wish for with a relaxing, calm and cosy atmosphere. The house was full for the New Years celebrations, yet Mary and Hugh and all the staff were very friendly, helpful and calm. The room was very comfortable with luscious towels and bedlinen. The sitting room with wood burner was perfect for reading or chatting to the other guests. The new years Eve feast was absolutely delicious, so were the breakfasts and all food was locally sourced. A great place to come back to maybe in the summer to enjoy the beautiful garden."
December 2013
"We booked our family Christmas - three couples & a single - French & English. It was wonderful. Mary & Hugh were brilliant hosts. Cosy & warm. Marvellous food - including veggie for our son whose Christmas dining was every bit as good as ours. Bedrooms were really comfy & well equipped. We had a great stay - thanks both of you."
December 2013
"Strand House is full of character and a delightful bolt hole. Mary and her staff create a friendly, warm and relaxed atmosphere while looking after their guests to perfection. We booked at the very last minute (on the morning of our visit) and were warned that the only room that was available for two nights was small and under the eaves. This was true and we were glad to have been warned. It was however very cosy. The beds were very comfortable, the mini shower room supplied with decent sized white towels and White Company products and the tea tray included home made shortbread cookies. We were entirely happy. Mary was relaxed and warm, helpful, friendly and efficient even though she had a full house. Breakfasts were superb and included the best of local ingredients, dinner similarly delicious and nothing was too much trouble. Delightful."
February 2012
"We stayed at Strand House for two nights and Hugh and Mary could not have been more friendly and helpful. The food, both breakfast and dinner, was delicious. We will be back ! John and Sally G."
October 2010

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  • 6 Doubles
  • , 5 Triples
  • , 1 Twin/double
  • , 1 Suite for 4
Price:(i) £80 to£180 per night

Singles from £60. Extra beds £25 per person. Dogs £7.50.

Booking info:

Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends & in high season. 3 dog-friendly rooms available.


Dinner for groups by arrangements (minimum 8 people)



Paw prints Bringing your dog
Handy to know:

Canal towpath to walk along just in front of the hotel.

Dog treats:

Homemade biscuits, drying towels and drying room. Lots of local walks and places to eat too.

Dog fee:

Dogs £7.50 per night.

Bringing your dog

Tanyards Lane Winchelsea, Rye, TN36 4JT, Sussex

Hotel 5 Double rooms
Price: (i) £ 80 to £ 150 per night
Hotel 5 Triple rooms
Price: (i) £ 80 to £ 150 per night
Hotel 1 Twin/double room
Price: (i) £ 80 to £ 150 per night
Hotel 1 Suite, sleeping 4
Price: (i) £ 180 to £ 180 per night
Hotel 1 Double room
with separate bath
Price: (i) £ 80 to £ 150 per night

Mary Sullivan & Hugh Davie

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+44 (0)1797 226276(landline)