Rye, East Sus­sex

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If you were to com­bine all the es­sen­tial el­e­ments for the most sub­lime bou­tique ho­tel ex­pe­ri­ence, you’d ul­ti­mately find your­self at The Ge­orge in Rye. A ho­tel since the 18th cen­tury (steeped in his­tory, its beau­ti­ful ball­room was built in 1818 as an assem­bly room for farm­ers who came to the mar­ket), it has been stylishly spruced up. It now has a mix of eclec­tic and con­tem­po­rary fur­nish­ings and fab­rics – some rooms have a ro­man­tic Re­gency feel, oth­ers are dis­tinctly more mid-cen­tury mod­ern. Joy­fully, most of the decor can be pur­chased at The Shop Next Door, in­clud­ing its sig­na­ture Glug­gle jugs – fish-shaped ceramic jugs that ‘glug­gle’ when poured and are avail­able in a rain­bow of shades.

The rooms in the main build­ing are more tra­di­tional. We stayed in room 31, a for­mer hayloft dec­o­rated in a min­i­mal­ist style with lash­ings of pale wood (ap­par­ently Ge­orge Clooney stayed in the one next door while film­ing The Mon­u­ments Men in Rye). It’s the per­fect fam­ily space, with a pitched roof, a gi­ant bed in the cen­tre and a pur­pose-built cub­by­hole, which houses a dou­ble bed for the kids with their own TV (bliss for all in­volved!). Tucked around the cor­ner is a roll-top bath and then a large bath­room that has a shower and lots of Ren skin­care prod­ucts.

It def­i­nitely helps that Rye is one of the pret­ti­est towns you could ever hope to visit, too. It’s eas­ily walk­a­ble, many of its streets are cob­bled and the build­ings, a melee of Tu­dor, me­dieval and Ge­or­gian styles, seem sus­pended in time. You could spend an af­ter­noon just mooching here. The bou­tiques are hard to re­sist (my favourites: Mar­sha By The Sea, Hunter Jones and Pale & In­ter­est­ing), but then Cam­ber Sands, with its vast dunes and crash­ing waves, is a short 10-minute drive away, and with kids in tow, it’s an ideal spot to work off some en­ergy.

We re­turn for the high­light of our stay: the food. If the decor at The Ge­orge is sen­sa­tional, the food is some­thing else. West Mersea Pa­cific rock oys­ters are served three ways here (Au Na­turel, Rock­e­feller and Bloody Mary), and then there’s the char­coal fire Josper oven, on which steak and lob­ster are seared to per­fec­tion. The frites are salty, the sal­ads un­usual and mor­eish, the pud­dings (blue­berry tart with vi­o­let ice cream and clot­ted cream panna cotta) un­miss­able. I vow not to eat for the rest of the week­end to com­pen­sate, un­til I ar­rive at breakfast and spot the yo­gurt, granola and poached pears, which are all home-made (yes, home-made yo­gurt!). My hus­band goes for the full English, my kids boiled eggs and sol­diers. We are all in heaven. SARAH TOMCZAK

TRIP NOTES Dou­ble rooms start at £135 per night, the­ge­orgein­rye.com

Clock­wise from above: Ju­nior Suites boast lux­u­ri­ous roll-top baths; The Ge­orge is lo­cated in the heart of Rye; guests can re­lax in the pretty court­yard gar­den; room 31 is a dream come true

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