Motherhoods: Rye

One of England’s quaintest towns, cobble-stone chic meets boho beachlife in this seaside resort.

Local View

Rosie Clarke, manager of the Hoolie Cafe, is mum to Cam, 10, Leo, eight, and Max, six.

ROSIE LOVES

Shopping
Adams is great for children’s toys and gifts – it’s like stepping back in time – and we love The Rye Bookshop.

Eating
Simply Italian for pizza, and the Hoolie Cafe by the lake as the kids can run wild. It’s a great place to chill out with homemade food. There are weekly yoga classes on the deck and stone painting for toddlers.

Sunny Days vs Rainy Days
The Gun Gardens by the Ypres Tower are great for picnics and the kids love Rye skatepark. On a wet day, you can’t beat a visit to The Kino, a gorgeous little cinema.

play

RYE WATERSPORTS
Learn to windsurf, kitesurf or paddle board all year round at this coastal lake near Camber Sands. Try boating or hire kayaks at its Royal Yachting Association school. ryewatersports.co.uk

eat

LANDGATE BISTRO
With fresh and fast coast-to-plate appeal, Rye is heaven for foodies. This bistro, voted as a ‘Where Chefs Eat’ choice outside of London, uses local and foraged ingredients. Settle around one of the tables by the fireplace. landgatebistro.co.uk

explore

THE YPRES TOWER
Scramble through this 13th century fort (pronounced ‘wipers’). Located next to Rye Castle Museum, make it to the top for gorgeous widescreen views of Rye Bay and even France on a clear day. ryemuseum.co.uk

relax

CAMBER SANDS
One of the few remaining wild stretches of the south coast. Come for fresh air, flocks of birds and a four-mile walk taking in Camber Castle. Tumble down dunes and watch kitesurfers. discovercambersands.com

shop

THE SHOP NEXT DOOR
Get hotel chic at this boutique crammed with gorgeous items. Owned by luxury hotel The George, pick up Etta French jewel candles or pillows identical to the ones at the Savoy. thegeorgeinrye.com

on the move

BUY: A four-bed, detached country cottage with an acre of land and views over Romney Marsh will set you back £850k. Alternatively, opt for a cosy three-bed townhouse for £350k.
SCHOOLS: Buckswood is an independent co-ed school (11–18) and the Ofsted Outstanding Peasmarsh Primary is just outside the town.

 

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