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“Almost perfect”
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Strand House
Ranked #1 of 5 Winchelsea B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

We booked two rooms and our one night stay was almost perfect. The positives for Strand House are: comfortable, clean, quiet, charming, friendly and helpful staff. The negatives for me in particular were the very small bathroom in our room, Inglenook, and the number of cushions, throws and knickknacks throughout the house - it's charming enough as it is and it felt over-styled.
Breakfast was plentiful and delicious, Mary made some special toast shapes for our two year old grandson which was very thoughtful.
Location is great for exploring the Rye and Winchelsea area.

Room Tip: Ask for room with a normal size bathroom if you are above average height/size.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

We stayed at the Strand House over the May Bank Holiday weekend, we took over the main house with 17 of us in total. It was my father's 80th birthday and we planned a murder mystery. We had a fabulous weekend, all very well organised by Mary and Hugh, a treasure hunt during the day, tea and cake, champagne reception and then the murder mystery over dinner. Huge thanks have to go to Mary, Hugh and their staff for putting up with us at dinner, with all parties swapping seats regularly and disappearing outside on occasion they had a lot to put up with and I am amazed that they were as patient as they were! The house is beautiful, the location perfect, the house clean and tidy and great service. A very memorable weekend, with thanks to our hosts!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

I wanted a few days of peace and quiet to explore the areas of Kent and Sussex. Mary put me in the Battle Room and it was lovely watching the rabbits and other wildlife through the large windows which lead onto the balcony. The 'sussex breakfast' was equally delicious and I would certainly return. It was an absolute pleasure staying there and very convenient.

Room Tip: Tell Mary a little bit about yourselves and she will find the perfect room for you.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Thank SigiBentley
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

My Wife and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary at the charming small hotel at Winchelsea with our 2 daughters and their families. We were all made very welcome from the outset and nothing was too much trouble for our friendly hosts. We all stayed in the medieval part of the house and found it wonderfully atmospheric - especially our Grandchildren! We were entertained to a champagne reception in the lounge followed by an absolutely first class meal. It really could not have been bettered. Very highly recommended!

Room Tip: Bear in mind the house is very old and to watch out for low beams!
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Thank BrianMeliot
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Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

The wife and I spent another weekend at strand house this time we had the inglenook room witch was spacious with a very large bed this is the best room we have had and would book it again the food and staff are excellent know doubt we will be staying here again at some point

  • Stayed: April 2014
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1  Thank Mandycavendish
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

Strand House is in a wonderful location for easy access to Rye and Winchelsea. It's on the main road, but quiet inside so you feel like you're tucked away somewhere. The building is lovely and old, full of character, and well maintained. There is a pathway the entire way along the road to Rye (and to Winchelsea) so it's walkable, but there are no street lights so it made for an interesting walk back that night. The room was pretty. The floor was VERY slanted, so it felt like you were rolling out of bed, and the shower room very small, but it had everything we needed and the bed was very comfortable. The tea/coffee making facilities even have shortbread biscuits which is a nice touch. The afternoon tea was huge, there was so much to eat, so don't have lunch before you have it. The breakfast was delicious. They offer you a buffet cereal, fruit, juices etc, and then a cooked breakfast too with tea and coffee and unlimited toast (or so it seemed). The breakfast room is clean and bright and looks loved. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The layout of the building is quirky, and the lounge area is cosy. We would definitely come back to stay here.

Some suggestions for improvement:
The welcome wasn't great - we stood for ages in the doorway waiting for someone and then although we'd arranged early checkin, the papers weren't ready. The afternoon tea took quite a while to come out, and then we weren't given the same options as the other guests at the table next to us. (They had a choice of cakes, where ours was just delivered - and the toffee cake was a bit dry, we would have preferred chocolate like the table next to us had.)

Room Tip: If you can, ask to see the rooms. Our room (Crow's Nest) was at the back of the hotel with one...
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank 2xsjgb
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

My husband and I spent the weekend at Strand House and had the most amazing time. A beautiful, utterly charming and lovingly maintained property with an abundance of character. Strand House is in a stunning setting and actually really easy to find from London. The proprietors are friendly, welcoming and relaxed, yet someone is there in a flash if you have any needs; the service levels were exemplary. They also benefit from a great selection of wine (my favourite was in stock!) and the breakfasts are to die for. A tranquil, cosy, retreat which is reasonably priced and highly recommended for those looking for a weekend break in the English countryside with a touch of luxury and a wealth of history thrown in.

Room Tip: sorry there is no swimming pool but I cannot unclick the box - please can you correct Trip Advisor a...
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Elizabeth_S_Drake
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Additional Information about Strand House

Address: Tanyards Lane, Winchelsea, Rye TN36 4JT, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Rye > Winchelsea
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Winchelsea
Price Range: £99 - £161 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Strand House 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Warm Welcome to a Luxury Bed and Breakfast RyeStrand House Guest House Rye is the home of Mary Sullivan and Hugh Davie, a luxury bed and breakfast near Rye. Strand House offers quiet, relaxed and calm surroundings for you to savour and enjoy. Its sense of history makes it a unique house to escape to. Your hosts Mary and Hugh provide a brand of hospitality that will make a short stay feel like a holiday and a holiday like home from home. ... more   less 
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