Announcing The George in Rye’s iphone app

April 8th, 2011

Yes, smartphone fever has reached Rye – we are pleased to announce our new iphone app.

It's a phone app!













We’ve designed this for guests so that while you’re here, you can have a portable guide to things to do around Rye while you’re on the trot – from gardens, beaches and historic homes and special events, through to handy info like the nearest pharmacist, Doctor’s surgery and ATM machine.

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You can also send an e-postcard to friends and family (we love snail mail, but just sometimes buying a card slips the mind…).

Walks Ahoy













But hang on, there’s more – you can even book rooms directly through the app.

So if you’re coming to stay with us, go download it!

We’re One of the UK’s Top Christmas Hotels

October 8th, 2010

Lovely writeup in the Sunday Times, placing us as one of the best 8 hotels in the UK for Christmas breaks. See the feature below. Rye certainly is Dickensian, and we certainly hope that Tiny Time will make it home for Christmas if that’s the case…

We're Featured in Conde Nast Traveller

August 20th, 2010

The flurry of summertime seaside press continues, with a writeup in Conde Nast Traveller on Teh George in Rye. We’re a recommended boutique hotel by the sea!

Here’s the article, or follow the link!

The Hotel Inspector features us in her new book

August 11th, 2010

Alex Polizzi, otherwise known as TVs formidable Hotel Inspector, has included The George in Rye in her new book, which is described as hotel porn in the best possible way due to lots of lovely photographs of all the hotels!  The Little Black Book of hotels features 32 secret destinations around the UK, from country house hotels to small family owned B&Bs, and The George in Rye is selected for our ‘understated glamour’. We’re quite tempted by the tiny Gallon House in Knaresborough, Yorkshire (only 3 rooms), which looks lovely.

The Little Black Book of Hotels is available now in Hardback from Amazon, currently at £10..

"The Hotel You Want to Live In" – We’re reviewed in Who’s Jack Magazine

August 3rd, 2010

Lovely writeup for the hotel this month in the estimable style mag Who’s Jack.

Check out the piece! Also don’t forget that if you are visiting from London, the high speed rail line to Ashford cuts the journey time to 90 minutes….

On Art in East Sussex

June 18th, 2010

Wow, the area around Rye is fast becoming very interesting for art. What with Anthony Gormley at Bexhill and the Jerwood Gallery planned for Hastings, It’s all taking off!

Now we are in store for the first ever Battle Contemporary Fine Art Fair, a prestigious new event to showcase artwork from London and the South East and which kicks off in September. We’ll be hosting a satellite sculpture exhibition at The George in Rye as part of the fair, so watch this space for more soon.

Ahead of this, here are our recommendations of great places our guests can see and buy art in 1066 country:

The Rye Art Gallery – just down the road and hosts work of regional and national importance. We buy quite a lot of art for the hotel here which we’re always asked about.

Weekend Gallery –  gallery representing really diverse mix of artists in Hastings which runs an international art exchange programme with a gallery in Idaho.

Hop Gallery – Really champions local East Sussex artists through a very fast-moving and dynamic programme of exhibitions. In Lewes, well worth a daytrip from Rye!

Burton Gallery – another one in Hastings. Really accessible range of illustration, paintings and applied arts.

The Towner – cutting edge visual arts centre in a stunning modernist venue in Eastbourne, which has links with the Tate. Pictured above.

If you know of any more great galleries, do get in touch by leaving a comment.

Anthony Gormley Comes to Bexhill

April 22nd, 2010

Another great art event coming close by to Rye this summer.

Artist Anthony Gormley’s Critical Mass, one of his most famous works, is landing on the roof of beautiful cultural venue the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill. You can expect 60 lifesize cast iron bodies looking out on you from above – unsettling stuff!

The Iron Man - having a snooze

Photo: Nigel Green

Highly recommended, and on the roof between 8th May to August 2010. The venue, De La Warr Pavillion, is fast becoming one of the most important arts centres in the south of England – check out their programme at

We’re One of the 10 Cosiest Hotels!

February 1st, 2010

This is our kind of writeup. The Guardian have included us as one of the 10 cosiest hotels in the UK to beat the winter chill. We love being thought of as cosy, it means much more us than accolades of being grand. Which we’re not, really.

A Very Cosy Bed

If you’re coming to The George in Rye in the next few weeks and want to get cosy, we’ve plenty to get you going:

– DVDs to enjoy in-room.
– Cashmere-covered hot waterbottles
– Lambswool blankets
– Vintage Penguin paperpacks
– Big mugs of hot choc
– Warming baths with REN rose oil

Check out all 10 hotels here and come down if you fancy warming up in deepest darkest February!

Culture Fix

January 14th, 2010

Quick blog post from us to say that if you’re staying with us up to Mid-March and are an art enthusiast, you must check out an exhibition of the Chapman Brothers’ work, being held at Hastings’ Museum Old Town Hall Art Gallery.

Jake and Dinos Chapman, who stirred up the British art scene in the 1990s and who went to school in Hastings, so their work is coming back home. We won’t pretend to be art critics; if you want an intro to their work, here’s an interview on YouTube from ArtPatrol TV:


This is a great exhibition to have locally, so stop in if you fancy a trip over to hastings. More on the gallery website.

Apple Day

October 23rd, 2009

Apples aren’t the the most glamorous of fruits compared to the papaya or lycee. Is this because it’s a boring fruit, or simply because the supermarkets only sell a fraction of the hundreds of varieties that are out there? Thank heavens for Apple Day, which is every year shines a light on this taken-for-granted fruit and celebrates local varieties. In Rye apples took centre stage for during the farmers market this week – from bobbings to apple pie-making competitions and juice tastings. Sadly the great British weather was a bit of a dampener, but the hard-core fans (sorry for the pun!) turned out to support the Pippin and Cox. Check out the pictures.

Bobbing Boy - don't fall in!

Bobbing Boy - don't fall in!

Tasty to the Core!

Tasty to the Core!

Apple Crisps? What next!

Apple Crisps? What next!

Granny Smith

Granny Smith