Property, setting and location:
Jeake's House stands on the famed cobbled Mermaid Street in Rye, and offers a combination of historic atmosphere, modern comforts and relaxed hospitality. Guests are welcomed by one of the three resident cats, Yum Yum, Sam or Monte.
Comfort is the watchword. You can relax in the oak-beamed
or have a drink in the book-lined bar. On cold mornings you will be
by a roaring fire, typical of the traditional attention to detail that
will make your stay a truly memorable experience.
The hotel is a 5-diamond and Guide César award winning establishment and is included in the AA Premier Collection; other awards include RAC Sparkling Diamond and Warm Welcome Awards, and the English Tourist Board Silver Award.
Rye itself is a beautiful old seaport and market town. It boasts a fine museum within the Norman keep of the Ypres Castle, an ancient church with an Elizabethan clock and the last stained glass window created by Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris: there are also art galleries, interesting shops and boutiques and potteries.
The surrounding countryside is richly rewarding for the perceptive visitor, and Jenny, your host is always happy to advise on leisurely trips to historic castles, beautiful gardens and picturesque villages.
THE BEAUTIES OF EAST SUSSEX AND KENT
Day excursions or leisurely wanderings . . . there is plenty of scope. Within easy reach are Rye Harbour, a bustling little village near the mouth of the River Rother, with one pub named after that long-ago invader, William the Conqueror, and another after the Crimean War battle of Inkerman. Across the river is the Rye Golf Club, where the President's Putter competition is played annually.
But the dominating landscape round here is "The Marsh", a wilderness, grazed by its very own breed of sheep that thrives on the grasses of the salt marsh, extending to the sea's edge and Dungeness lighthouse.
A descendant of a Huguenot family which had established a bakery in the High Street, Samuel Jeake senior (1623-1690) was Town Clerk of Rye for ten years, but his Nonconformist preaching led to his resignation and banishment from the town. He returned to Rye in 1687 and died in the year that his son, a wool merchant completed Jeake's Storehouse on Mermaid Street.
"AT MID-DAY ON JUNE 13, 1689. THE FOUNDATION OF THIS WAREHOUSE WAS LAYED, THE HEAVENLY BODIES BEING IN THESE POSITIONS"
In 1853 Jeake's storehouse was converted into a school by the Baptists, but in 1909 was sold on again and converted into a dwelling-house, while the Baptists' chapel next door became a Men's Club.
The American poet, novelist and critic Conrad Aiken, Pulitzer Prize winner, bought Jeake's House in 1924 and the Men's Club in 1928. He was visited here by T.S. Eliot, E.F.Benson, the artists Paul Nash and Malcolm Lowry, and Radclyffe Hall. Today the combined premises, together with neighbouring Elders House, have become the property of Jenny Hadfield.
Also born in Rye was Jenny Hadfield's father John Burke, novelist, historian and winner of an Atlantic Award for Literature from the Rockefeller Foundation.
Guest rooms and facilities:
Each bedroom in this historic building has been individually restored to create its own special atmosphere, combining traditional elegance and luxury with modern amenities. There are brass or mahogany bedsteads, linen sheets and lace. Every room has a direct dial access telephone, television, hairdryer, and hospitality tray. Most have an en suite bathroom, and all provide luxuriously fluffy towels and face-cloths. Iron and ironing board are available on request.
The building is furnished in keeping with its rich history. Wooden floors have settled so that in some rooms it is an uphill walk to bed. In others, the original beams are very low. Doors do not always fit as once they did, and our resident ghosts rustle and creak in the night.
1. Single room shared bathroom
2. Double room single occupancy en-suite
3. Double room en-suite
4. Twin room en-suite
5. Double room private bath opposite
6. Family room (3 people) en-suite
7. Elizabeth Fry Four Poster Room (2 people) en-suite
8. Conrad Aiken Four Poster Suite (2 people) en-suite
9. Conrad Aiken Four Poster Suite (3 people) en-suite
10. The "Lowry Suite" - queen size double four poster bed with bath, shower and toilet en-suite.
10. Radclyffe Hall - queen size double four poster bed with shower and toilet en-suite.
Note: Parts of Jeake's House were built in the 16th century and the staircase and architecture reflects this, therefore it may not be suitable for guests with walking difficulties.
Meals and other facilities:
There is a choice of traditional or vegetarian breakfast in the elegant galleried hall of what was once the chapel of a Quaker meeting house. A delicious selection of fresh fruit and cereals, together with home-made preserves is also offered. Please notify your hosts if you have any special dietary needs. Evening meals are not served, so while you enjoy a pre-dinner drink and browse through our many books on the history of Rye and the locality, you can also scan our folder of sample restuarant menus or, if you prefer, your host can recommend the best local restaurants and inns. Within the citadel lie many fine restaurants.
The well-stocked book-lined bar, furnished from the old chapel pews is to be found on the ground floor behind the old Quaker meeting house doors.
Other details and house rules:
For the comfort of guests, the dining room is a non-smoking area.
Jeake's House is unsuitable for small children during busy periods, however, younger people are welcomed in mid-week during the winter when space permits.
Parking is very restricted in Rye, so guests are offered a guaranteed space in the hotel's own private car park at £3.00 per day.
A £5 a night housekeeping fee applies if you bring a dog and guests must not leave a pet unattended in the bedroom. Please bring its own bed.
Check-in time is between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. If you plan to arrive earlier or later, please let your host know. Check-out time is 11.00 a.m. (luggage can be cared for for the day after check-out).
Open: All Year
in pounds sterling per person per night including breakfast ($US approx):
1. Single room
A 50GBP ($95US)
required to secure your reservation.
direct contact with hosts:
Jeake's House Hotel
Tel: +44 (0) 1797 222828
Fax: +44 (0) 1797 222623
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