Our trip down south would not be complete without a day in Rye, East Sussex. It’s a very special place to us. It’s where the hubby and I used to go for a rare child free day out when we first started dating, we had some lovely times here. We loved the place so much that we chose to get married there.
First stop was to the little old fashioned sweet shop on the high street for a quarter of chocolate nibbles and peppermint creams. It’s like the law that we have to come here every time. The shopkeeper is usually very chatty with a story about Paul McCartney to tell. Not this time though, maybe he was all talked out.
Just along the High St and up the hill is Simon the Pieman’s. It’s often full when we come but today we were lucky and got a table.
We’ve been here in the winter before and it’s so cosy with the open fire burning.
Rye has an awful lot of history, I’m not going to bore you with it now but Google it if you’re interested. After lunch we walked just up the hill about 30 yards to the church. It’s beautiful inside. You can go up the tower and take in the view but we’ll do that another time when we’re without a buggy.
Just around the back of the church you’ll find Rye Castle and the gun gardens.
We had a lot of our wedding pictures taken here.
Walking around Rye can be a little challenging depending on your choice of footwear. It’s worth it though as the cobbled streets are so pretty and full of character.
Some of the houses are a bit quirky , look at this one…
It’s the house with two front doors! There’s another road where a couple of the doors are numbered 44 and 44 1/2!
It’s the little things like that, that make this town so charming.
East Sussex is relatively flat but Rye is perched up on a hill and has wonderful views.
I think it looks a bit like a model village here. Down by the harbour there are some gorgeous antique shops.
I could pootle around these shops for hours if a certain little person wasn’t around. They’re crammed full of some really unusual pieces. The only person who came away with anything though was the above mentioned little person.
He found a little vintage London bus with Carnaby Street on funnily enough. It kept him busy for hours.
Back up the hill towards the town, we found a national trust property. It’s called Lamb House and was the home of authors Henry James and E.F.Benson.
There were only 3 rooms open which were nice, but it was the walled garden I was really looking forward to seeing. It didn’t disappoint.
You can have a nice cream tea sat under the trees, how lovely would that be? It was a very typical English country garden, so pretty.
Just a few minutes walk back into the town and we stopped into Grammar School Records.
It’s been there for donkeys years. It’s a proper old fashioned shop full to the rafters with vinyl records. We’ve recently purchased a record player so can now start our own little record collection.
Directly opposite is The George In Rye. It’s the most beautiful, elegant, Boutique hotel I’ve ever seen.
On the first floor there is a Georgian ballroom which is where we said our wedding vows and danced the night away.
So, six years on, we paid the garden a little visit for a drink in the sunshine.
The weather was pretty much as it was on our wedding day, just gorgeous.
All in all, a perfect day. I do believe a little piece of my heart will always be here in Rye ❤️