On a quiet stretch of the Rye seafront, the loudest sounds you might hear at The Ridge are the swish of the hammock in the garden or the waves on Winchelsea Beach. On a private road, facing the nature reserve, The Ridge seems to command you to follow the footpath to the beach. Then rinse and repeat tomorrow.
Sleeping six in bleachy, beachy comfort, The Ridge comes with white floorboards, sea blues and a kitchen made from reclaimed boards from Hastings Pier, to cement the nautical but nice theme. The squishy sofas and logs that demand to be lit suggest cosy, lazy days by the Sussex seaside.
When the sun puts his hat on again, break out the barbie and the sizzling of your shish kebabs on the wraparound deck is all you’ll hear in the salty seaside air.
It’s quiet out here. Where the quarter acre of shingle, plants and trees gives way to the beach path and the nature reserve. Where you lie in the hammock and gently swish in the seaside air. Where you sit on the benches to watch the gulls and hear the rolling waves.
The decking wraps around the property like the breeze off the beach, a base for sizzling steaks and sausages on the barbie. There’s a salty tang in the air and the call of the redshank or ringed plover drifts over from the reserve.
The Ridge, a track that takes you to Rye Harbour, skirts the nature reserve on the landward side. There’s a select community of beach houses here, Hamptons style, and The Ridge fits in a treat.
Décor has that washed, beachy look and the wooden floors reclaimed from Hastings Pier and soft sofas come dressed in homely rugs and throws. There’s a scattering of cushions in Breton blue and white, seaside artwork and a porthole theme that pops up around the place.
After a day on the reserve or the sands, you can immerse yourself in this beachside haven of style and sink back in front of the burning logs to a family film night or game of cards. When the sun comes out, fling back the French windows and hit the decks for breezy outside living in the pure ocean air.
It’s primed to make memories for the kids of holidays from another age reborn under big skies. And yet, with wifi buzzing throughout The Ridge, there’s no need to miss out on 21st-century comforts.
Field House is both of the area and made from the area, with the delightful open-plan kitchen and bespoke island unit crafted from wood salvaged from the old fire-damaged Hastings Pier. Cook up a seaside storm on the island-unit hob and oven or call up our caterers. They’ll pull on the whites while you sink a glass of red.
The chunky table by the French doors comes with a view of the marshes that pan away beneath big skies down to beach and the nature reserve. This is the place to get together, discuss the day, make plans for tomorrow and be a family again.
Eating out? Within a short stagger, The Ship on Winchelsea beach is a bar, café, restaurant and coastal oasis. What will it be? Fresh, pan-seared scallops or coriander-crusted lamb cutlets? Other watering holes by the water include The New Inn in Winchelsea, or The Standard and The George in Rye.
For fine dining, The Curlew in Bodiam is just 25 minutes away and light years ahead of the competition. With a glittering Michelin star, The Curlew brings you the cream of East Sussex cuisine, including rabbit terrine, slow-cooked duck egg with violet artichoke or halibut with Whitstable oyster.
Pop open the window at night and drift away to the call of the gulls and the rhythmic rush of the waves on Winchelsea Beach, like a meditation tape made real. Burrowing down in soft, crisp Egyptian cotton and amid the luxurious throws and cushions, you’ll wake with a strange and unfamiliar feeling – of being truly alive.
Bedrooms here are stylish, seasidey and substantial. You’ll enjoy two double bedrooms, with one bathroom en-suite and one twin room, plus a sofa bed and bunk cabin for kids. Soak away your cares in the spare family bathroom and wet room knowing no one’s crossing their legs outside.
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