The George in Rye

Rye, Sussex

Old meets new at the George - exposed beams, wood panelled walls, chic contemporary bedrooms and a restaurant serving brasserie style food


34 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


Rye is beautiful, old England trapped in aspic. It was a Cinque Port, Henry James lived here and the oldest church clock in England chimes at the top of the hill. The George stands on its cobbled High Street right in the thick of things. Built in 1575 from reclaimed ships’ timbers, its exposed beams and panelled walls remain on display. Inside, old and new mix beautifully – expect Jane Austen in the 21st century. There’s a roaring fire in the bar, screen prints of the Beatles on the walls in reception, a sun-trapping courtyard for lunch in summer. Beautiful bedrooms come in all shapes and sizes (a couple are small), but chic fabrics, Frette linen and Vi-Spring mattresses are standard, as are good books, fine bathrooms, white robes and cashmere covers on hot water bottles. Some are huge with zinc baths in the room, one has a round bed. You eat in the George Grill, an open kitchen on display, perhaps Provençal fish soup, grilled rib-eye with hand-cut chips, gooseberry soufflé with bay leaf ice cream. Walk it off by following the river down to the sea. Mapp and Lucia was filmed in the town.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Sorry, no pets allowed.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Lunch from £6. Dinner, 3 courses, £30-£40. Afternoon tea £12.50.


Nightly price
from £135
Singles from £95.
21 Twin/doubles
From £135
5 Suites for 2
From £295
8 Doubles
From £135


Just returned from our 5th stay at the gerorge in Rye. Our most favourite place to stay. We love everything about it, the rooms, restaurant, bar, and staff are lovely. I am always taking back ideas for my own home and frequent the 'shop next door'. Please stay as you are and we hope to return again next year, such a special place.

Gill, Bury st edmunds

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Alex & Katie Clarke

  • One of the best preserved medieval towns in England, Rye is home to the enchanting cobbled Mermaid Street, the impressive Norman church of St Mary's, a rich selection of specialist shops and a thriving fishing fleet.
  • The famous Inns were once the haunt of notorious smugglers, the Hawkhurst Gang.
  • Camber Castle, built by Henry VIII which is located in the dramatic Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.
  • Amongst the long list of attractions visit Lamb House, a National Trust Property (once the home of Henry James).
  • Enjoy the Rye Bay Scallop Festival every February. Further afield Great Dixterin Northiam or Chapel Down Winery in Tenterden - both a short drive away.