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“A Memorable Weekend”
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Strand House
Ranked #1 of 5 Winchelsea B&B and Inns
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Welling, Kent
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17 reviews
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“A Memorable Weekend”
Reviewed April 30, 2014

My Wife and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary at the charming small hotel at Winchelsea with our 2 daughters and their families. We were all made very welcome from the outset and nothing was too much trouble for our friendly hosts. We all stayed in the medieval part of the house and found it wonderfully atmospheric - especially our Grandchildren! We were entertained to a champagne reception in the lounge followed by an absolutely first class meal. It really could not have been bettered. Very highly recommended!

Room Tip: Bear in mind the house is very old and to watch out for low beams!
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 27, 2014 via mobile

The wife and I spent another weekend at strand house this time we had the inglenook room witch was spacious with a very large bed this is the best room we have had and would book it again the food and staff are excellent know doubt we will be staying here again at some point

  • Stayed April 2014
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Ashford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 20, 2014

Strand House is in a wonderful location for easy access to Rye and Winchelsea. It's on the main road, but quiet inside so you feel like you're tucked away somewhere. The building is lovely and old, full of character, and well maintained. There is a pathway the entire way along the road to Rye (and to Winchelsea) so it's walkable, but there are no street lights so it made for an interesting walk back that night. The room was pretty. The floor was VERY slanted, so it felt like you were rolling out of bed, and the shower room very small, but it had everything we needed and the bed was very comfortable. The tea/coffee making facilities even have shortbread biscuits which is a nice touch. The afternoon tea was huge, there was so much to eat, so don't have lunch before you have it. The breakfast was delicious. They offer you a buffet cereal, fruit, juices etc, and then a cooked breakfast too with tea and coffee and unlimited toast (or so it seemed). The breakfast room is clean and bright and looks loved. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The layout of the building is quirky, and the lounge area is cosy. We would definitely come back to stay here.

Some suggestions for improvement:
The welcome wasn't great - we stood for ages in the doorway waiting for someone and then although we'd arranged early checkin, the papers weren't ready. The afternoon tea took quite a while to come out, and then we weren't given the same options as the other guests at the table next to us. (They had a choice of cakes, where ours was just delivered - and the toffee cake was a bit dry, we would have preferred chocolate like the table next to us had.)

Room Tip: If you can, ask to see the rooms. Our room (Crow's Nest) was at the back of the hotel with one...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 24, 2014

My husband and I spent the weekend at Strand House and had the most amazing time. A beautiful, utterly charming and lovingly maintained property with an abundance of character. Strand House is in a stunning setting and actually really easy to find from London. The proprietors are friendly, welcoming and relaxed, yet someone is there in a flash if you have any needs; the service levels were exemplary. They also benefit from a great selection of wine (my favourite was in stock!) and the breakfasts are to die for. A tranquil, cosy, retreat which is reasonably priced and highly recommended for those looking for a weekend break in the English countryside with a touch of luxury and a wealth of history thrown in.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Potters Bar, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed March 11, 2014

Having last been to Rye 30 years ago, we decided to take a weekend break and treat ourselves. The Strand house was perfect! We stayed in the Battle Suite which was lovely. Yes, you do have to duck in the main house as the ceilings are very low but that's all part of the charm of this wonderful old building. The evening meal and breakfast was absolutely excellent and the staff can't do enough for you. A first class place to stay, relax and dine in a lovely, intimate atmosphere.

Room Tip: The battle suite has lovely views and a "watership down" feeling when taking in the splend...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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122 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed January 4, 2014

Our room at the Stand House was very cosy, the bed was really comfortable (ensuring a good night’s sleep!) and the 32" flat screen in the Master Room was a bonus. Really good breakfast offering lots of variety and you couldn't fault the staff, who were warm and friendly. The house is very quaint and quirky with very low beams which is not very conducive to people over 5ft! My husband is 6ft 2in and he bashed his head a few times, as did I and I’m only 5ft 4in! Also, my husband could not use the shower as the height only just about accommodated myself and although we were offered another room for our second night, the room was so cosy that we couldn’t be bothered to change, but something to bear in mind if booking for more than 2 nights.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed November 16, 2013

We stayed for two nights. Very pleasant staff and hosts but every time my husband walk around the room I was sure he was going to knock himself out on the beams and our ensuite was described as compact more like a cupboard. Also no storage and hardly any hanging space. Not for us and expensive as well

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Strand House

Property: Strand House
Address: Tanyards Lane, Winchelsea, Rye TN36 4JT, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Rye > Winchelsea
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Winchelsea
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Strand House 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Warm Welcome to a Luxury Bed and Breakfast RyeStrand House Guest House Rye is the home of Mary Sullivan and Hugh Davie, a luxury bed and breakfast near Rye. Strand House offers quiet, relaxed and calm surroundings for you to savour and enjoy. Its sense of history makes it a unique house to escape to. Your hosts Mary and Hugh provide a brand of hospitality that will make a short stay feel like a holiday and a holiday like home from home. ... more   less 
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