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Some of our ducks taking it easy after supplying eggs to our guests...
Some of the various eggs laid by our hens and ducks, and regularly enjoyed by our guests.
Early morning at Beech House, with Blackthorn on the left, the hot tub, and the pool room opposite.
A magical morning at Blackthorn.
Camber Sands with its dunes, and sea at low tide, just 9 miles away.
The dramatic coastline of the Hastings Country Park, just 6 miles west of Blackthorn.
Winchelsea Beach, 5 miles, and our nearest beach of picturesque pebbles and groynes at sunset.
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Cottage -
1 Bedroom, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 2
Rye, East Sussex, England

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shari w
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“perfect little trip”
Reviewed April 15, 2015 for a stay in April 2015

myself and my partner went for a quiet long weekend break and it was amazing.
from start to finish there we had the best time. Pete the owner was very polite and could not of been more helpful.
We were amazed at the price we paid for what we got. The pool and hot tube were for our use only and very simple to use.
Set in a lovely area quiet peaceful and great views, it was lovely to eat breakfast out on the veranda.
in the local towns I would most highly recommend to eat simply Italy and the queens head great value for money and fantastic food.
we are happy t say I am definitely looking forward to planning my next mini beak to blackthorn cottage
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Liked best: privacy and peacefulness
Liked least: nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
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Management Response
Apr 16, 2015
Many thanks for taking time to write a review - it's much appreciated.
We're really glad that Blackthorn ticked all the boxes, and that you were able to visit Rye.
The beautiful old town of Rye has some great places to eat out at, and Simply Italian is one of our favourites. We're also fortunate to have two pubs that do good food in the village, and the Queens Head rarely disappoints: massive home-cooked portions of food, with a number of guest ales, all set in a cosy traditional country pub complete with log fires for the winter and a large beer garden for the summer... It doesn't get much better than that!
We hope you'll get a chance to return and sample some more of this fabulous area soon.
Peter & Karen.
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judithlor...
Cologne, Germany
Level 6 Contributor
210 reviews
77 hotel reviews
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“Even better than anticipated!”
Reviewed April 9, 2015 for a stay in April 2015

Hugely enjoyed our long anticipated easter break at blackthorn. after reading so many glowing reviews of this lovely place we were prepared for at least some small disappointments...but NO...everything met or exceeded our high expectations. blackthorn ticks all those boxes for a couples escape. beautiful location, great facilites, privacy, lovely and spacious grounds, cosy accommodation, well equipped and immaculately presented and maintained. delicious eggs..thankyou ladies...and wildlife at your door are the icing on the cake. we spent most of our break sightseeing (so much to see and do in the area for virtually all tastes) so we simply have to come back to enjoy a few days wallowing in the pool and hot tub! we´ll be looking fwd to those return trips (notice plural) even more than our first visit. a BIG thankyou to our hosts.

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Liked best: Location and grounds
Liked least: not applicable
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
Apr 10, 2015
Many thanks for your lovely review. Yes, next time you must indulge in the hot tub and indoor pool! Perhaps after a day-out taking the little boat to Bodiam Castle and catching the steam train back, or exploring the unique churches on Romney Marsh? Whatever your choices happens to be, it will be great to welcome you both back to Blackthorn!
Best wishes until there.
Peter & Karen.
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mazda1988
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
40 hotel reviews
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“Brilliant little gem!”
Reviewed March 16, 2015 for a stay in March 2015

Amazing holiday rental in a quiet setting with easy access to Hastings and Rye. Stayed for a long weekend and couldn't be happier!

Lovely hot tub which sitting in at night watching the stars is great and its seems very cosy with the log fire (after a couple of attempts to light!) at night. Nice sized swimming pool and the hosts were very helpful and pleasant and can't do enough for you !

will definitely come back again!

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Management Response
Mar 17, 2015
Many thanks for the review. After driving such along way I'm glad to know that you made the most of your weekend. Certainly sitting in the hot tub gazing up at the stars is special! Fortunately being both near the sea and not having light pollution means you can enjoy a larger expanse of sky, and if there's only a little cloud cover then the night sky is awesome, - the same with the sunsets at the local beach.
Thanks again for the lovely review, and we hope to welcome you both again soon!
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Michael F
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Service beyond the call of duty and amazing cottage”
Reviewed March 9, 2015 for a stay in March 2015
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I had to book this 5 months in advance but it was worth the wait. Great value compared to some of the others I looked at. Cheaper AND better.
Blackthorn is about 1.5 hours away from London Kings Cross by public transport. The cottage is surrounded by beautiful countryside yet within easy walking distance of buses to Rye and Hastings.The house, hot tub and swimming pool were all very clean and there were absolutely no problems with the facilities. Admittedly we were really lucky with the weather, rare march sunshine. The hot tub is outdoors so would have been less great in colder months or rain.

The town of Rye has some great little independent shops and can be covered in 1 day.

The most pleasing thing was the excellent customer service provided by the host. Peter arranged for a predelivered birthday card and chocolates to be waiting for us on arrival, gave us all the information we could possibly need to help us plan our trip and even picked us up from Rye train station since we were not driving.

Probably the best guest accommodation I have ever stayed in and I would definitely go back.

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
Mar 10, 2015
Many thanks for the glowing review. It's great to know that your special weekend went as well as it did!
Personally I think relying on public transport to get you to a rural location, somewhere new and unknown, was quite brave of you, so I was more than happy to help in any way I could.
Blackthorn's location is the best of both worlds, as although we're situated on the edge of a village with stunning rural views, we are quite close to the Hastings/Rye trunk road - served by a regular bus service running between both Hastings and Rye railway stations, which in turn have regular trains from both London Charing Cross, and London St Pancras via Ashford. We even have a small country station at nearby Three Oaks on the Hastings to Rye line where I have collected guests from in the past. So, idyllically rural but not remote!
Anyway, many thanks again for the review, and we hope to welcome you again soon.
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Kristina...
London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“My favourite place to relax”
Reviewed December 23, 2014 for a stay in December 2014
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person found this review helpful

I recently stayed at Blackthorn for a weekend with my partner. We had the most wonderful and relaxing weekend ever! The cottage is furnished and fitted beautifully with modern facilities whilst still maintaining a cosy feeling. We enjoyed relaxing in the hot tub with a glass of champagne, and a quick dip in the pool (which is so warm even in the winter). The views are beautiful. We didn't explore any of the local towns much as we just wanted to relax and unwind after working so hard all year. We even stayed in and cooked dinner! plenty of utensils/pots and pans to use. Even a dishwasher.
Peter and his family are very welcoming and helpful and are there to offer help and advice but also respect your privacy and give you space to enjoy your stay. We had some of their fresh eggs for breakfast (which were left in the kitchen on arrival) that was a really nice touch.
Would recommend it to everyone, and I already have, Will definitely come back as soon as I have some time off, maybe in the spring/summer and would love to stay an extra day or two as we didn't want to leave after just two nights :(
Best place ever...there's no other place like it in England....I've looked!
Thanks for a lovely weekend

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Liked best: The hot tub and huge bed!
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
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Management Response
Dec 29, 2014
I'm not sure how to respond to such an incredible review - I'm speechless, which is a rarity! Many, many thanks for all your complimentary words - it makes running Blackthorn such a pleasure!
Karen and I just try to offer the type of self-catering and weekends away that we would personally like to experience and enjoy ourselves, and also to make it as affordable as possible so that as many people can enjoy Blackthorn, and not just an elite few.
We look forward to welcoming you again soon!
Best wishes to you both for 2015.
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Dan P
Colchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Fab-u-LOUS!!!”
Reviewed December 15, 2014 for a stay in December 2014

My Partner Lucy and I returned home on Friday after a wonderful 5 night getaway in this lovely cottage set in a stunning backdrop. We`ve seen "four in a bed" so we know what we`re looking for (only kidding Peter & Karen) and we could not fault our stay even if we wanted too!

The cottage has everything you could want, the fire was glorious (don`t put the heating on in the evening!) and the facilities first rate!

So much to do in easy distance (even if your partner makes you walk!), so much so that we shall be consulting our diary for a return trip in the summer to enjoy this wonderful cottage in another season. Thank you for making a very special occasion even more so!

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Your age range 25-34
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Recommended for:
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Management Response
Dec 19, 2014
Many thanks for your lovely review. Yes, perhaps a little less walking next time!
The Rye area has much to do and see without having to walk any distance: two steam railways - the 1/3 scale Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch which runs along the coast, and is great for a memorable day out if you take in the vast sandy beach with its donkey rides, and nostalgic Fun Fair at Dymchurch, for example; or the more grown up Kent & East Sussex Railway where you can travel back in time to Bodiam and its impressive Castle, and perhaps return on the river Rother courtesy of the Bodiam Boating Station, finishing off with tea in their garden, and a visit to the nearby Toy & pedal Car Museum... That's two days taken care of already!
There really is SO much to see and do in his area - i think that's one reason why some of our guests have returned to Blackthorn six times!
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PingEscof...
London
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“An excellent weekend break.”
Reviewed November 25, 2014 for a stay in November 2014

A lovely little cottage. Well equipped, and in a great setting. A real treat to have a pool and a hot tub. Peter was very helpful.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Nov 26, 2014
Many thanks for taking time to leave the review.
I'm glad the indoor pool was a success. I think it's particularly great for young families with it's wide, shallow shelf at one end - an ideal feature for initially getting your baby used to the warm water. As the pool only very gradually shelves it's also practical and safe for parents to wander up and down its length allowing their little ones to experience deeper water too, if they wish.
As you know we are very happy to accommodate families with one child up to 2 years old - or for as long as they can squeeze into our travel cot and high chair!
So thanks again, and we hope the three of you will have the opportunity to visit us another time soon.
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