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…
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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!
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..
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….
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.
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.
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!
There’s a shop in Rye which is dangerous. It beckons you in with glittering jewels and you may well emerge back onto the streets of Rye a little bit poorer.
But we have to say that Juel is one of the most wonderful treasure-troves around, selling jewellery that you’d never find anywhere else. Most of what they sell is handmade in Europe and each piece is unique. This is not where you go for a silver neck chain, this is where you go for someting that will make a real statement.
We’ve also just found out Juel are offering a hire service so you can make like Cate Blanchett and head off to a party wearing something seriously special (pearl choker below a case in point) knowing that it’s not cost you very much. Sadly Juel don’t provide a security guard to protect you on the red carpet, but maybe next year.
Given that they specialise in being ahead of the curve, we asked Juel co-owner Judith Herbert about the cultural movements influencing what you’ll see in the shop:
“We don’t follow seasonal trends because we adopt a ‘futurist’ approach - we look at key events - like anniversaries of famous artists and designers – that have a great influence on design in our environment, from clothing to interiors and architecture. These movements become reference points for the jewellery we buy for Juel.
So at the moment in jewellery, you’ll generally be seeing elaborate designs around, which stems from the Victora and Albert museum’s current Baroque Exhibition, also abstract designs which take a cue from all the Picasso revival’s that are going on.
“For next season, we’re anticipating a 1950s and modernist revival, and Juel is also going to be reflecting the Art Deco period with a strong contemporary edge.
“Another movement, linked to the recession, is the revival of ‘Art in Design’. We want to offer products that will stand the test of time, and that offer versatility – people are being more cautious in buying new clothing, so this season we are having great success with vibrant colours that lift and enhance neutral outfits. Sometimes it is more prudent to purchase accessories than to replace items in the wardrobe. Several new looks can be created using accessories, say with a simple black dress. It is a formula used always by stylish French women.”
So there you go: make like the French and don’t bother with a new frock, all you need’s a necklace (though make sure it’s Art Deco!).
Juel have shops in Battle and Rye, and say hello to Judith next time you’re in. She might even show you that pearl choker.
For all you budding artists out there, we’re very lucky to have Fiona Graham-Mackay at The George in Rye next week, where she’ll be running a series of art classes between 28 – 30 April.
Fiona has lived all over the world – she is a Border Scot but spent periods of her childhood in Nigeria and Central America. Her artistic talents went through the roof as she grew up, and so Fiona headed off to the Royal College of Art, where she studied alongside Quentin Blake.
Though Fiona continues to travel heavily, she now lives near Rye in the countryside, where she practices oil painting, portraiture and runs an annual festival of painters. Some of her recent work comes from her time in Morocco, The Alhambra, among tribesmen and women in Pakistan and at sea (she sails an ocean-going yacht).
So, whether you’ve never picked up a paintbrush in your life, or are an artist yourself who’d like to develop your skills, come join us for the art break. Find out more about Fiona on her website, and as a taster, here’s her account of Robin Knox-Johnston’s round the world boat trip, taken from the website:
Conversation with Courage:
“There is a sense in Robin Knox-Johnston that he could never have been ordinary. The ﬁrst man to sail single-handed non-stop round the world in Sulhali, his boat he built in India. He set out on the last round-the-world race at the age of 67. In this painting I saw the strength and courage of this man. Someone said, “O Robin? He’ll be all right. In the middle of the gale, he’d just make himself an Irish Coffee and ﬁght it. And he’ll win.” The brush strokes took on the tempo of the wind. It had to be got down. A sense of urgency. But then, I saw him, casually surveying the wreckage. Knowing what had to be done next. Then sailing on, all alone. Eventually, I thought, most of us have to do that. We all have Gale Force 10’s sometime in our lives.’” – Fiona Graham-Mackay
Some pleasing news: Rye has been rated in the top ten destinations for UK holidays by Which? Holiday. The town’s been voted alongside The Cotswolds, North Cornwall and Colansay, Hebrides.
In a moment of glowing pride, three things we love about Rye:
- the brilliant kitchen shop that sells lovely pots and pans
- walking the circle around Great St Mary’s and hearing the seagulls
- the sausages at Ashby & Son Butchers
Oh my. We’ve come out the other end of the Rye Bay Scallop Festival. Epic is all we can say. I think in the space of a few days we ate more scallops than in the last 5 years put together.
Some highlights: we had over 80 people in our ballroom for our annual Scallop Gourmet dinner. We went to town on the decor front and dressed the table with seagrasses, coastal plants and tealights in scallop shells. You can also see from the picture below that the table was rather full of wineglasses – we always have a different wine with each course and there are quite a few courses…always makes for an enjoyable evening.
Earlier in the festival the infamous Hairy Bikers arrived in Rye (mode of transport: as you would expect) and went out to catch scallops with one of our local fisherman. Check back the number of scallops they brought back!
Festivals such as this one are so important. Yes the Rye Scallop Festival is rather focused in subject-matter, but by shining the light strongly on one local treasure, you’re reminding people that it’s little things that make life enjoyable. Why else is the Isle of Wight’s rip-roaring garlic festival so popular other than giving people the chance to get really, obsessively into a flavour for a weekend? Bring on next year, and in the meantime, what other ingredients deserve their own festivities?