Designed as a traditional Sussex barn, The Lodge at Winchelsea is located between Rye and Hastings, 1.5 miles from Winchelsea Beach. It offers a bistro-style restaurant and modern bedrooms with free Wi-Fi.
The Lodge prides itself on offering a warm welcome and brilliant customer service. We recognise that your time away from home, whether for business or relaxation, is important and our staff is here to ensure that every aspect of your stay is seamlessly easy and comfortable. But don’t take our word for it – The Lodge has won the prestigious Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for the 3rd year running and boasts a 4-star Guest Accommodation rating from National Quality Assessment Scheme.
There are a wealth of attractions and places to visit during your stay in this beautiful and historic part of England. During your visit to the area, you will discover the nation’s heritage while re-capturing life and experiences from Roman times to the present day.
Situated next to the beautiful cinque port town of Winchelsea, The Lodge at Winchelsea is also less than 3 miles from the ancient seaside town of Rye where the cobbled streets reveal delights such as the 13th century Ypres Tower, art galleries, potteries, and a traditional weekly market.
Swimming can be enjoyed at Camber Sands, Winchelsea Beach and at the new indoor swimming pool in Rye. Windsurfing and dinghy sailing can be found at Rye Windsurfing Lake whilst kite surfing courses take place on nearby Camber Sands. Fishing, cycle hire, horse riding, tennis and golf are also available in the locality.
Walkers of all abilities can explore the footpath across the marshes leading to Camber Castle, built by Henry VIII in the 16th century to protect Rye from invasion. Discover the 19th century Martello Towers, added to the south coast to counteract the threat of Napoleonic invasion still seen around Romney Marsh and at Rye Harbour. The Royal Military Canal, designed to act as a fortification and canal provides an excellent walkway with abundant wildlife, and a steep climb up on to the old sea cliff will reward you with panoramic views over Romney Marshes and Pett Level. The Lodge is also situated along the famous 1066 Walk, linking the important sites of the Norman Conquest.
Lovers of history and horticulture will be amazed by the number of stately homes, castles and gardens that are open to the public in 1066 country. The area is popular with artists and photographers for its stunning scenery and big skies. Wildlife enthusiasts will find abundant opportunities for bird watching, with regular visits from rare species. Winding roads and picturesque villages offer a change of pace from everyday life and the countryside is peppered with ancient inns and delightful tea shops where you can enjoy refreshments.
Here are some local attractions you can visit while stay at The Lodge.
The Ancient Town of Winchelsea
Seven centuries ago, the new town of Winchelsea was founded by Edward I to take the place of an older town of the same name, which had been lost to the sea in a series of great storms and now lies beneath the waters of Rye Bay. The new town of Winchelsea assumed Old Winchelsea’s status of Ancient Town and Head Port of the Cinque Port Confederation, the alliance of Kent and Sussex ports that were England’s bulwark against invasion in the days before there was a Royal Navy. For over a hundred years, New Winchelsea was one of the major ports of the kingdom.
Winchelsea Court Hall Museum
Inside the Court Hall museum, displays illustrate the history of the Antient Town, since it was built by Edward I as a medieval “New Town” over 700 years ago, and about Winchelsea’s position as Head Port of the Confederation of Cinque Ports. Exhibits include maps, models, pictures, seals, local pottery and items of daily life from the area. One of the most noteworthy features is the list of Mayors of Winchelsea shown on a series of oak boards.
Journey deep into the heart of Hastings’ historic West Hill to discover the fascinating world of the Smugglers Adventure in St Clements Caves. Join notorious smuggler ‘Hairy Jack’ as he leads you through acres of underground caverns, passages and tunnels on a voyage back through time to the heyday of smuggling. At its peak more than 40,000 people were involved in this illicit but highly profitable trade along England’s south and east coasts alone.
Blue Reef Aquarium
Blue Reef is part of an exciting new generation of sealife attractions designed to inspire deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world. See all the fantastic creatures that live in our seas and oceans. The Blue Reef displays take you on an undersea tour; from the British coastline to faraway tropical reefs and lots more in between. During your visit, you’ll come face to face with incredible sealife with everything from giant crabs and lobsters to seahorses and tropical sharks and you’ll get a chance to find out more about these creatures’ amazing lives in over 40 naturally recreated displays.
When you’re in need of a treat or want to escape the pressures of modern life, come to Rye in the East Sussex countryside, in the south east of England. Perched on a hill, overlooking the River Rother and Romney Marsh, this ancient town is the sort of place you thought existed only in your imagination. With enchanting cobbled streets, medieval church and beautifully preserved historic houses from medieval, Tudor and Georgian times, Rye is almost suspended in time and has a uniquely unhurried atmosphere. Compact enough to discover the key places of interest over a week-end but with plenty of secret treasures to entice you to stay much longer and to return again.
One of the most famous and evocative castles in Britain, Bodiam was built in 1385, as both a defence and a comfortable home. The exterior is virtually complete and the ramparts rise dramatically above the moat. Enough of the interior survives to give an impression of castle life. There are spiral staircases and battlements to explore, and wonderful views of the Rother Valley from the top of the towers. In the impressive gatehouse is the castle’s original wooden portcullis, an extremely rare example of its kind.
Hastings Fishermans Museum
The Hastings Fishermen’s Museum is one of the biggest attractions in Hastings. Over 140,000 people come through the doors every year to see the many photographs, paintings and historic objects – and to climb aboard the last of the local sailing luggers, built in 1912. The Museum is set amongst the unique net shops, the tall black sheds in which fishermen used to keep all their fishing gear. The net shop next to the Museum has a display of such equipment, and several old fishing boats are also on show on the adjoining beach.
Shipwreck & Coastal Heritage Centre
The Shipwreck & Coastal Heritage Centre in Hastings, East Sussex, tells the unique story of the maritime Hastings area – encouraging people to explore the ‘maritime park’ shore at low tide. At the Centre they will discover how to find the two major historic shipwrecks on the beach nearby that are protected by English Heritage; they will see how to walk through a prehistoric forest 4000 years old; how to collect rocks and fossils from the age of the dinosaurs 135 million years ago; and how to experience the rising sea level and changing coastline and massive sea defences; and where to wander through the quaint streets of the medieval Cinque Port of Hastings. There is also the story of several other important shipwrecks lying on the seabed of the English Channel.
Following an extensive reconstruction project, Hastings Pier reopened to the public in April 2016. The pier is a modern, 21st century attraction with its history and heritage at its heart.
White Rock Theatre
The White Rock Theatre is a 1,066 seat venue in Hastings and is home to some of the best live music and entertainment in East Sussex.
Originally the ‘East Sussex Hospital’, the building was replaced with the White Rock Pavilion which was opened by Edward, Prince of Wales in April 1927. It was built for the Hastings Municipal Orchestra. The pavilion underwent a further re-modification in 1937 and again in 1985 when it was renamed the White Rock Theatre.
Situated in a commanding position on the Hastings shoreline the White Rock Theatre is the perfect concert and theatre venue, with a recently-refurbished, sea-view Café Bar. The Theatre’s programme is varied and includes one night concerts, musicals, drama and an annual pantomime.
De La Warr Pavilion
The De La Warr Pavilion is situated in Bexhill on Sea and has the 1930s modernist architectural characteristics of clean straight lines, smooth curves, floor to ceiling windows, a helix-shaped staircase, outside balconies and terraces and a large flat roof.
Grade 1 listed in the 1980s and redeveloped and refurbished in 2005, the Pavilion has two gallery spaces, an auditorium for 1,500 people (1,000 seated), a Cafe Bar overlooking the sea, a shop, a studio and large public outdoor spaces, including the rooftop. We present a diverse, festival-style programme of exhibitions from contemporary and 20th century artists and designers; music, comedy, live broadcast and family events in the auditorium, a dynamic learning and participation programme for all ages and outdoor music and comedy events.
Opened in March 2012, the award-winning Jerwood Gallery sits next to the fishing beach in Hastings’ historic Old Town. The gallery is home to the Jerwood Collection of 20th and 21st century art and a varied temporary exhibition programme showcasing the best of modern and contemporary British art.