Willow Tree House, 113 Winchelsea Road, Rye TN31 7EL
First impressions count and this early Georgian boathouse, which has been sympathetically refurbished, oozed class as we drove in.
The exterior has been preserved virtually intact, but the period interior has been redesigned sympathetically to incorporate modern comforts alongside its undoubted character.
The six period bedrooms have en-suite (ours had a wonderfully powerful overhead shower plus toiletries from The White Company, their shampoo and conditioner is excellent, by the way).
The beds were comfortable. There is free wi-fi with free parking with the centre of Rye being only a ten minute stroll away.
The breakfast selection is excellent, with several fruit and cereal bowls boasting local produce. In season, try the succulent raspberries. Yoghurt is also available and so is soya milk.
My poached eggs and smoked salmon proved an ideal way to start the day and the full English includes tasty sausages (delicious) and smoked bacon sourced from a local butcher.
A tad more expensive than supermarket produce but worth the extra cost and effort.
Eggs are cooked to your liking and Pam’s mushroom omelette was all you could wish for.
Staff are a delight and one feels at home here. Indeed, guests can use the extensive garden to relax and take in the sun.
There is an extensive selection of brochures for local attractions and Bob White, the owner, is full of useful hints and tips about local restaurants and travel.
We decided to take the train to Eastbourne and he provided the train times and costs from the internet. Little touches count.
This is undoubtedly five-star and Bob deserves to be successful.