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“Excellent location and good food” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Lodge at Winchelsea

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The Lodge at Winchelsea
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Winchelsea
Certificate of Excellence
Barnet, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent location and good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2013

We stayed at the Lodge for two nights although we initially booked it for a one night only. We decided to book it because of its location as we wanted to go to Rye, Camber Sands beach, Battle and Hastings with our small kids. They only had a treble room which was just big enough to fit our travel cot. We arrived just after 2pm and went straight to the restaurant for lunch.
Food was well made - home-cooked and nicely presented. Lemon chicken breast with roast vegetables - simply delicious. Kids menu was very simple but for our 6years old that was exactly what he wanted chicken nuggets or fish fingers with chips, roast of the day...
We stayed in a room with recently refurbished bathroom which was very nice as we all love good power shower. Room was nice and clean and facilities were all working good (TV, hairdryer, kettle - coffee, tea, bedside lamps) and for me very importantly - perfect wi-fi connection in the room. The highlight for our kids were sheep that we could see and hear bleating from our window.
Pleased with our dining experience we decided to have a dinner in the hotel and although the service was a bit slower as they were very busy in the restaurant, we enjoyed the food very much again. I glanced over the other tables and could say that the portions of all dishes were generous and well presented. Didn't see anyone complaining about their food.
We didn't have minibar in our room as we have hoped for, so the staff were very kind to store our formula milk for the youngest member of our family in a fridge overnight which they also warmed up the next day when we requested it.
As the weather turned out to be sunny and hot for the next day we decided to stay for another night and we were very pleased that they were not fully booked.
Continental breakfast which was included in the price was good: good selection of breakfast cereals 5-6, fresh fruits, yoghurt, plenty of toasts, jams, tea, coffee. It would certainly benefit from a choice of salamis and cheese, but nevertheless it was plenty to fuel up us for a good start of a day. The only downsize was the amount of pastries that we got on a first day which varied a lot from the next day.
Overall, its a small hotel well positioned next to the main road which gives you a lot of options to plan your day out. Even though being closed to A259 it was quiet at night and comfortable to sleep. It doesn't have a swimming pool, gym or tennis courts so its certainly not a hotel to stay in for a week. But for a couple of nights and exploring the nearby attractions it offers a very good value for your money, and we paid £85 for room per night with breakfast.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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30 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2013

I'm surprised this place has so many 5 star reviews. There is nothing really wrong with it, but it certainly isn't anything to write home about, especially for the price.

We paid £79 for a double room in peak season.

The room was very small and simply furnished. It was perfectly clean. The bathroom was more of a wet room so it all got very wet when we showered, but again, it was clean.

The whole room had a bit of a musty smell. Walls were very thin and you could hear people talking and using the toilet next door. The duvet covers were pretty good but the mattress was lumpy.

There was a cooked breakfast which we didn't have, the cereal options however were pretty limited - a basket of different packets and some yoghurts.

This place does the job for a quick stopover, but compared to other places we have stayed for the same price, it is pretty expensive. I imagine that off season, the lower prices are more representative of what you get here.

Its not somewhere I would tell people to avoid, but I won't be back!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2013

The Lodge is a great value motel. My room wasn't large, but very clean, recently decorated, well furnished & appointed......and most of all comfortable. It's a great place for a one or two night stay if you're passing through or visiting locally. Although The Lodge is near Winchelsea, it's not actually in it and it's too far to walk into the village. There's nothing nearby in terms of restaurants or pubs apart from a pub in the village. The Lodge is on the main road, so I noticed a little passing traffic noise, but at night of course it's quiet and my sleep was not disturbed. Food is available at The Lodge but I drove into lovely Rye for an evening meal. Continental breakfast is included in the price but you can pay extra for a cooked breakfast. Staff are very friendly and welcoming. Highly recommended if you are in the area.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank soulmanAl
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013

The hotel is located near the delightful town of Winchelsea. If you are staying only one night it is fine but the rooms are too basic for a comfortable multi-night stay.
Don't miss Winchelsea it is a lovely village for a morning or afternoon stroll.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2013

We booked this hotel for one night as we decided to go kite surfing in Camber Sands for the weekend at the last minute. It wasn't too far from where we needed to be each morning, staff were extremely friendly and helpful, plenty of car parking, rooms were clean and well decorated with tea and coffee available. Nice continental breakfast offered; you can pay extra for cooked breakfast.
Rooms were a little noisy (not from traffic) but only because we were in one of the middle rooms.
Overall would recommend and would stay again.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kcflight
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Borås
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20 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

Just outside the village lies this small hotel for itself, near the road which we didn´t hear from our room. We arrived at nine pm, just in time for the last orders in the restaurant. It was good, so we ate here the next evening too. The room was good enough, the shower great.
We ordered english breakfast that kept us satisfied for lots of hours afterwards.
Very nice staff, all of them!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank KosmosASL
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Box, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

We booked into this hotel at the last minute when looking for accommodation. Very much motel in style, but the rooms was very clean and well decorated. One of my friends is wheelchair bound and the staff could not do enough to accommodate him. We were given a ramp and extra equipment to use in the wet room bathroom. All the staff in the main restaurant/bar were helpful and friendly. Although on a main road, we weren't keep awake with noise. A really good stay in the heart of 1006 country. Good position for all local attractions.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank felix099
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Property: The Lodge at Winchelsea
Address: Hastings Road, Winchelsea, Rye TN36 4AD, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Rye > Winchelsea
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Winchelsea
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — The Lodge at Winchelsea 4*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lodge at Winchelsea offers its guests the perfect base to explore the beautiful 1066 countryside and historic sites. Situated between Rye and Hastings with ample free onsite parking. There are fantastic walks from our doorstep including the ‘1066 country walk’. 28 modern en-suite guest rooms, bar and restaurant, free wi-fi and free parking. Room price includes continental breakfast. The contemporary restaurant is open seven days a week serving a wide range of delicious dishes, including an excellent carvery every Sunday. Our menu changes to reflect the seasons and offers dishes for all tastes and budgets. ... more   less 
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