Just three miles from the white beach at Camber Sands, Rye is an excellent escape all year round. The cobbled streets are packed with brassy antique shops, second hand book stores and proper fish and chippys. In the middle of the medieval town is The George, a Grade II listed old coaching inn.
It’s low-key but full of character with original beams and a huge open fireplace in the bar. A former set designer, owner Katie Clarke, has added a shot of retro style to the ancient interiors and in the bedrooms there are shelves lined with Penguin paperbacks, William Morris textiles and crisp Frette linen. There are corduroy cushions in mustard yellow and in the bathroom a zinc tub on a floor that’s also the colour of Colman’s. The Grill restaurant serves up lobster with fennel seeds and lamb from nearby Romney Marsh with glazed carrots. Stay local by teaming with wine from Sussex or Kent.
Rooms from around £100, georgeinrye.com
Get there: 1 hour 17 minutes from St Pancras
Words by Tabitha Joyce. The Iris Letter July 2017.