The English Channel once lapped at the very toes of Rye, an ancient hilltop town and Cinque Port that now lies on the sheltered Rother Estuary surrounded by the wetlands of Romney Marsh. Before the sea receded, the only access to the citadel was through the medieval Landgate, which still stands not a stone's throw from Rye Lodge. The hotel occupies a wonderful position on East Cliff, with great panoramic views down to the harbour, where the Rye fishing fleet gathers. A few steps away are the bustling high street, Rye Castle and picturesque cobbled streets of quaint Tudor and Elizabethan buildings festooned with flower-filled window boxes and hanging baskets. Rye Lodge is a labour of love for the de Courcy family and their team of dedicated staff. Relaxation and attention to detail are two key elements in the ethos here - guests can relax, and the service is second to none. There are 18 attractive bedrooms ranging from small rooms with shower to the spacious 'Superior Deluxe' rooms which are the last word in comfort and elegance with all the little extras you expect from a top hotel. For those staying in Deluxe Rooms, a range of in-room massage and beauty treatments is available. The new Salts Restaurant evokes the salt marshes of Rye, and specialises in creative takes on sustainable local produce. Head Chef Attila Csisco has worked in Michelin-starred and 5-star restaurants and brings a slight Mediterranean influence and a touch of molecular magic to the gastronomic menu. The Champagne Bar offers some great champagnes by the glass - you really will enjoy the 'Rye Lodge' experience!