Winchelsea Lodge
  • Lodge from Field
  • Winchelsea Beach
  • Rye
  • South Downs
  • Hastings


Places to stay near Rye and Hastings are easy to find however finding something with character that is designed as a traditional Sussex barn with a good restaurant and bar is another thing.

Winchelsea Lodge is less than ten minutes drive from Hastings and Rye and only 1.5 miles from Winchelsea Beach. We offer a bistro-style restaurant and 28 modern bedrooms with free Wi-Fi.

A Short drive from the White Rock Theatre in Hastings and even close to the Kino Cinema in Rye. We are well supported by Taxis and the No 100 bus stops 30m from the front door.

Book direct with us and save up to 10% as you avoid online commissions and get a feel for the personal service we offer.

We are child friendly and have rooms for those Guests with impairments that include walk in showers on ground floors and the English Restaurant is open 7 days a week serving fresh locally sourced food that is well presented..

We look forward to meeting you and discussing your preferences prior to arrival, we think you have found perhaps one of the best places to stay near Rye and Hastings

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Looking for local attractions in Rye, Hastings and Winchelsea?

Here are some local attractions in Rye, Hastings and Winchelsea you can visit while stay at The Winchelsea Lodge, Bus 100 stops right outside and the A259 takes to you Hastings, Rye and Battle within a few minutes.

The Shipwreck and Heritage Centre

Shipwreck & Coastal Heritage Centre
The Shipwreck & Coastal Heritage Centre in Hastings, East Sussex, tells the unique story of the maritime Hastings area – encouraging people to explore the ‘maritime park’ shore at low tide. At the Centre they will discover how to find the two major historic shipwrecks on the beach nearby that are protected by English Heritage; they will see how to walk through a prehistoric forest 4000 years old; how to collect rocks and fossils from the age of the dinosaurs 135 million years ago; and how to experience the rising sea level and changing coastline and massive sea defences; and where to wander through the quaint streets of the medieval Cinque Port of Hastings. There is also the story of several other important shipwrecks lying on the seabed of the English Channel.

Hastings Fishermans Museum

Hastings Fishermans Museum
The Hastings Fishermen’s Museum is one of the biggest attractions in Hastings. Over 140,000 people come through the doors every year to see the many photographs, paintings and historic objects – and to climb aboard the last of the local sailing luggers, built in 1912. The Museum is set amongst the unique net shops, the tall black sheds in which fishermen used to keep all their fishing gear. The net shop next to the Museum has a display of such equipment, and several old fishing boats are also on show on the adjoining beach.

Bodiam Castle

Bodiam Castle
One of the most famous and evocative castles in Britain, Bodiam was built in 1385, as both a defence and a comfortable home. The exterior is virtually complete and the ramparts rise dramatically above the moat. Enough of the interior survives to give an impression of castle life. There are spiral staircases and battlements to explore, and wonderful views of the Rother Valley from the top of the towers. In the impressive gatehouse is the castle’s original wooden portcullis, an extremely rare example of its kind.


Charles Palmer Vineyards

Charles Palmer  Vineyards property is less than 100 yards from our front door.

This multi award winning Sussex Vineyard offer a range of memorable white, sparkling white ( we know what we would like to call it) and delicate Rose wines.

We are pleased to stock the full range in house and to assist with which meal benefits from each of the wines.

We can arrange a visit to the vineyard or you can call them yourself, Chantal has a wide knowledge of wines generally and can be relied upon to give a few very interesting hours passing time enjoying excellent wines.

AddressWickham Manor, Wickham Rock Lane, Winchelsea TN36 4AG
Phone01797 226216


Visit Rye
When you’re in need of a treat or want to escape the pressures of modern life, come to the Rye Bay Area.

Located in the East Sussex countryside the Winchelsea Lodge is between Rye, Battle and Hastings in the south east of England.

Turn left and within 2 minutes you are in Winchelsea where the late Spike Milligan lays at rest, famous for the epitaph “I told you I was ill”.

Keep going another 5 minutes and you could be on Winchelsea beach or in Rye which is perched on a hill Rye is overlooking the River Rother and Romney Marsh.

This ancient town is the sort of place you thought existed only in your imagination. With enchanting cobbled streets, medieval church and beautifully preserved historic houses from medieval, Tudor and Georgian times, Rye is almost suspended in time and has a uniquely unhurried atmosphere. Compact enough to discover the key places of interest over a week-end but with plenty of secret treasures to entice you to stay much longer and to return again.



Blue Reef Aquarium
Blue Reef is part of an exciting new generation of sealife attractions designed to inspire deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world. See all the fantastic creatures that live in our seas and oceans. The Blue Reef displays take you on an undersea tour; from the British coastline to faraway tropical reefs and lots more in between. During your visit, you’ll come face to face with incredible sealife with everything from giant crabs and lobsters to seahorses and tropical sharks and you’ll get a chance to find out more about these creatures’ amazing lives in over 40 naturally recreated displays.

Smugglers Adventure

Smugglers Adventure
Journey deep into the heart of Hastings’ historic West Hill to discover the fascinating world of the Smugglers Adventure in St Clements Caves. Join notorious smuggler ‘Hairy Jack’ as he leads you through acres of underground caverns, passages and tunnels on a voyage back through time to the heyday of smuggling. At its peak more than 40,000 people were involved in this illicit but highly profitable trade along England’s south and east coasts alone.

Winchelsea Court Hall Museum

Winchelsea Court Hall Museum
Inside the Court Hall museum, displays illustrate the history of the Antient Town, since it was built by Edward I as a medieval “New Town” over 700 years ago, and about Winchelsea’s position as Head Port of the Confederation of Cinque Ports. Exhibits include maps, models, pictures, seals, local pottery and items of daily life from the area. One of the most noteworthy features is the list of Mayors of Winchelsea shown on a series of oak boards.

The Acient Town of Winchelsea

The Ancient Town of Winchelsea
Seven centuries ago, the new town of Winchelsea was founded by Edward I to take the place of an older town of the same name, which had been lost to the sea in a series of great storms and now lies beneath the waters of Rye Bay.

The new town of Winchelsea assumed Old Winchelsea’s status of Ancient Town and Head Port of the Cinque Port Confederation, the alliance of Kent and Sussex ports that were England’s bulwark against invasion in the days before there was a Royal Navy. For over a hundred years, New Winchelsea was one of the major ports of the kingdom.

One of the earliest towns in Europe to be built on the “Grid system” Winchelsea is a much sought after place to live with low crime and a great sense of community spirit.

If you are visiting Rye or Hastings then do book direct with us on 01797 226211 to get the best deal possible and come and stay at The Ancient Town of Winchelsea.

1066 Country Walks

1066 country Winchelsea Rye and Hastings. There are a wealth of attractions and places to visit during your stay in this beautiful and historic part of England. During your visit to the area, you will discover the nation’s heritage while re-capturing life and experiences from Roman times to the present day.

Situated next to the beautiful cinque port town of Winchelsea, The Lodge at Winchelsea is also less than 3 miles from the ancient seaside town of Rye where the cobbled streets reveal delights such as the 13th century Ypres Tower, art galleries, potteries, and a traditional weekly market.

Swimming can be enjoyed at Camber Sands, Winchelsea Beach and at the new indoor swimming pool in Rye. Windsurfing and dinghy sailing can be found at Rye Windsurfing Lake whilst kite surfing courses take place on nearby Camber Sands. Fishing, cycle hire, horse riding, tennis and golf are also available in the locality.

Walkers of all abilities can explore the footpath across the marshes leading to Camber Castle, built by Henry VIII in the 16th century to protect Rye from invasion. Discover the 19th century Martello Towers, added to the south coast to counteract the threat of Napoleonic invasion still seen around Romney Marsh and at Rye Harbour. The Royal Military Canal, designed to act as a fortification and canal provides an excellent walkway with abundant wildlife, and a steep climb up on to the old sea cliff will reward you with panoramic views over Romney Marshes and Pett Level. The Lodge is also situated along the famous 1066 Walk, linking the important sites of the Norman Conquest.

Lovers of history and horticulture will be amazed by the number of stately homes, castles and gardens that are open to the public in 1066 country. The area is popular with artists and photographers for its stunning scenery and big skies. Wildlife enthusiasts will find abundant opportunities for bird watching, with regular visits from rare species. Winding roads and picturesque villages offer a change of pace from everyday life and the countryside is peppered with ancient inns and delightful tea shops where you can enjoy refreshments.

The Lodge prides itself on offering a warm welcome and brilliant customer service. We recognise that your time away from home, whether for business or relaxation, is important and our staff is here to ensure that every aspect of your stay is seamlessly easy and comfortable. But don’t take our word for it – The Lodge has won the prestigious Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for the 4th year running and boasts a 4-star Guest Accommodation rating from National Quality Assessment Scheme.

Disabled Access
The Lodge has been designed with full disabled access to all areas. The bar and lounge are on the ground floor with a gentle ramp to the entrance from the outside. Our restaurant has a ground and raised level option and all ground floor rooms are wheelchair friendly with level wet rooms for ease of access.