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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Lodge At Winchelsea Hotel Winchelsea
- Winchelsea Hotel East Sussex
- Winchelsea Motel East Sussex
- The Lodge At Winchelsea East Sussex