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What We Love

  • A charming historic hotel in Rye, with breakfast and optional three-course dinnerDining on delicious local fare at the double AA Rosette-awarded restaurant
  • Relaxing amidst the authentic historic interiors of this charming hotel
  • Exploring Rye - a cute cobbled town that's sure to delight

What To Know

  • The hotel's cozy bar has an enormous fireplace surrounded by lounge chairs
  • Rumor has it the Elizabethean Chamber room is haunted
  • Free WiFi is super spotty
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A historic smugglers' inn with award-winning dining in Rye – includes breakfast and optional dinner

The Lowdown

Mermaid Street in Rye exhibits some of the best antiquity to be found in the UK, and this extends all the way to The Mermaid Inn, which was originally built around 1156. If its walls had ears, they’d have been privy to conversations among Catholic priests on the run from the Reformation, smugglers planning their next shady move and Canadian officers talking strategy during the Second World War.
Ships’ timbers were used in The Mermaid Inn’s reconstruction in 1420, as well as baulks of Sussex Oak, and fireplaces were risen from French stone that was scavenged from the harbour. Not much has changed since, making this a truly unique destination in the East Sussex countryside. What’s more, it’s furnished to perfection, with antique four-poster beds in some rooms, providing a welcome respite behind latticed lead windows.

How to Get There

The Mermaid Inn
Mermaid Street
Rye, TN31 7EY United Kingdom