... and the most magical weekend I have ever had.
I was swept away for a surprise weekend at Saltcote Place by my boyfriend at the end of April. We arrived on Friday evening, with the sun slung low in the sky, and the light skimming the Sussex hedgrows. Upon pulling up outside the big gates to Saltcote Place, I knew we had arrived somewhere wonderfully special. The building and grounds are spectacular, the former school cutting a striking figure amongst the immaculately kept grounds, which roll down to a small cliff, from where you can see for miles out across the endless green of the Romney marshes to the sea. The immediate sense of space and complete quiet was the perfect end to a busy working week in London.
We were greeted by Paul and Java (the enormous, but gorgeous rotty), who offered us complimentary drinks, lots of tips on where to visit in Rye, but more importantly the warmth of someone wholeheartedly welcoming you into their home. We were immediately put at ease and throughout our stay were treated like pampered friends, rather than guests, and this is one of the many things that distinguishes Saltcote Place from your average 5 star B&B.
We were shown to our suite, which was spotlessly clean, gloriously comfortable and brimming with beautiful little touches. The B&B annex has its own separate entrance, so as to ensure privacy and the sense of being able to come and go as we pleased, because, as well as being the friendliest hosts you could ever meet, Alan and Paul never invade your space, leaving you to chill out and enjoy the peaceful luxury of your surroundings.
A weekend of true relaxation had just begun and that evening, following a mouthwatering contemporary evening meal at The Ambrette in Rye, we fell asleep to the sound of nothing, save for the occasional gentle peacock call through the dark.
After a lovely long, comfortable sleep, we pottered down for a late breakfast (at our own specified time), where we met Alan, king of the kitchen, who rustled up the most delicious English breakfast I have ever eaten, sourced from local providers, and provided much breakfast banter. Together with fresh fruit, croissants, brioche, constant juice and coffee refills, the pleasant and hilarious conversation with our hosts meant that most of the morning had passed at the breakfast table, before we ventured out to Rye, armed with much local knowledge and anecdotes. There was plenty to see in the town and, in particular, we would heartily recommend the cream tea at Fletchers and a visit to the town model.
Sunday morning was much the same - a luxuriously lazy two hour breakfast with lots of laughs - save for afterwards we went for a stroll in the gardens and, against the backdrop of the breathtaking view, someone popped an important question. I can honestly say that, in my loveliest dreams, I couldn't have imagined a more fantastic place to get engaged, or two more wonderful and considerate hosts for such an important occasion than Alan and Paul, who (having been in on the act but having kept a very discreet distance) had left us champagne and strawberries to celebrate on the veranda. It was the gorgeous little gestures like this and attention to detail that puts Saltcote Place above and beyond all of the other first class places we have stayed.
So, if you are looking to visit somewhere you will treasure forever, you need look no further than here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relaxed calm & quiet, Saltcote Place is all about you. Our home is a modest country mansion overlooking Rye where we offer a very bespoke personal service. We are not a hotel. We enjoy the early discussions when you are booking and then work with you to help you create something rather special for your break. 6 to 8 minutes walk will place you in the High St. Secure off street parking with charging FOC for electric vehicles. Exclusive use We offer exclusive use weekends for private family celebrations and whilst we offer Weddings it will always be exclusive to the Couple so if you see a wedding here then you will personally know the Bride or Groom as WE NEVER MIX GUESTS. We hope you enjoy Champagne breakfasts and don't mind complimentary decanters upon your return in the evening. No Children under 15 unless at a Wedding With regret we cannot accept children under the age of 15. Please always try to BOOK DIRECT with us as you will save the Online Travel Agency commission. You found us without them so you do not need to pay more for your stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Saltcote Place Rye Hotel Rye
- Saltcote Place Rye East Sussex