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Dear Georgians,

Never before has our introductory salutation been more in tune with the times. Yeah yeah the Royal Baby, but even more excitingly, George Clooney stayed with us for a few nights this summer on location for filming, and produced a mob-type situation down Rye high street. Naturally Katie was extremely calm throughout and never revealed her excitement.

Back to proper news. We have finally done it. It has taken a few years, but as of this month….we are delighted to announce the opening of The Shop Next Door.

Since re-opening the hotel back in 2006, one of the thing guests most often ask is where we source all the furnishings in the rooms. We tell people whenever we can where to buy a lampshade like the one in Room 10, or how to get that cushion with the deer-print. It got to the point where we were receiving so many requests, that when a shop unit became vacant just next to us, we decided the signs were there to get on with it.

The Shop Next Door is where you can take a bit of hotel living home with you. If you love the bedspreads, mohair throws or even the bespoke headboards that are in The George, you can buy them here, down to the very patterns and fabrics we use. If you had the best night sleep in one of our beds, or loved the Frette duvet and pillows (which are the same spec as The Savoy’s) we have them – even a William Holland bath can be yours. Alongside furnishings, you can browse for presents and accessories including Whitehorn handmarbled washbags, fluorescent dinner candles and Orla Kiely garden tools.

And die-hard fans can come to pick up a bag of The George’s house granola, hot water bottle covers and G branded mugs.  There’s even an in-house floristry. We can’t wait to say hello, so do come down for a stay and make sure you pop into the shop while you’re here. After being open just a couple of weeks, we’ve been nominated for shop of the month in Country Homes and Interiors.

As a launch offer, newsletter subscribers can enjoy 10% off your first shop by mentioning the code phrase ‘Rye Smile’ at the till – valid on all items except Farrow & Ball until the 31st August 2013. If you can’t make it in person, then get in touch with us on 01797 222114 to place an order.

Speaking of offers, George customers can also enjoy a 10% discount to any ticketed performance during the upcoming Rye International Jazz Festival on the August bank holiday, if purchased online at using the promotional code RJ13GRG. Superb artists are to perform at the festival this year with music across the genres of Jazz, Blues, Soul, Gospel, Funk and World Music,with acts performing at the George including rising star Theo Jackson, velvety powerhouse vocalist Melissa.

Have a lovely summer and we’ll be back in touch in September with news on Autumn happenings.

Best Wishes
Alex & Katie Clarke

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