Rye & Beyond

Jeakes House is a perfectly situated Bed and Breakfast in Rye and we are happy to advise you on the many attractions and villages to see during your stay. While you relax in our bar area please feel free to look through our extensive information on places to visit and interesting walks around Rye and the surrounding countryside.

The ancient cinque port town of Rye sits on a hill commanding breathtaking views of Romney marsh and the sea. Incorporated in 1289 and once a seaport, the town played a vital role in the defence against invaders and as a trading centre. Its cobbled streets and medieval houses once echoed to the sounds of smugglers and revenue men, and fine trading vessels were to be found unloading at the warehouses on the quay.

Rye’s rich history can be explored at the Ypres castle, which is now the Rye museum, and at the Rye Tourist Centre where the town model brings Rye’s scandals and ghosts to life. The Rye Tourist Centre also offers a self guided tour around the town and for those brave enough a ghost tour around the citadel. Both tours take you up Mermaid street which is where the Rye bed and breakfast Jeakes House can be found.

Rye is an excellent base for a visit to East Sussex as it boasts art galleries, potteries, wonderful boutique shopping and many excellent restaurants and friendly pubs.

Hastings, Battle and the 1066 country is right on our doorstep. In Hastings there is a chance to go down into the smugglers caves and to visit the ruins of Hastings castle accessed by the east and west cliff railways. Hastings also boasts an aquarium, museums and two popular theatres.  Battle Abbey was built by William the conqueror on the site of the battle of Hastings and today provides an excellent account of the time leading up to Harold’s defeat.

From Rye is also possible to visit many interesting castles including our very own Rye tower and Camber castle which makes for an enjoyable walk over the marsh. Hever castle, the home of Anne Boleyn is within easy travelling and gardens and maze provide a pleasant day out. Other castles to visit include Bodium, Pevensy, Lewes, Dover and Leeds.

Another popular attraction is the Sissinghurst gardens, which were designed by the writer Vita Sackville-West in 1967.

Finally, for a fantastic day out, don’t forget Full Throttle Boat Charters, their Powerboat Trips are an extreme experience to say the least!