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Pelsham Manor | Luxury Self-Catering Manor House | Rye, East Sussex

Pelsham Manor

Peasmarsh, Rye, East Sussex, UK

Classic English styling marries European sophistication at this exquisite luxury self-catering manor house near Rye. With swathes of opulent fabrics and an extensive antiques collection, Pelsham Manor will satisfy the most discerning of tastes. Spend days pottering around Rye or exploring the 600 acres of parkland surrounding the estate, then retire to open fires and bedroom suites rivalling those of London's finest hotels.


This elegant period manor house near the historic town of Rye weaves lashings of opulence with stylish flair, adding a hint of the Orient and blending it with traditional English style. Sitting within 600 acres of its own gorgeous parkland, the house enjoys vast grounds ensconced in nature; a peaceful stroll might give rise to sightings of wild deer, bunny tails and rare birds. Back at the house, many serene hours can be idled away in the library room with a good book and endless rolling views to gaze on. Slip into a bubble bath by candlelight then rug up in front of an open fire before enjoying a family evening feast in the formal dining room.


Pelsham Manor has three large en suite bedrooms as well as an additional single and super-king or twin available on request. A nursery with a cot adjoins the elegant master suite, which has an open fire, in-laid marble bathroom, access to a balcony and accents of blue and cream, reflecting views over the bluebell wood and beyond. Hand-painted chinoiserie wallpaper in the Chinese Suite affords a sense of exotic luxury: here, the en suite shower has a sauna function for ultra relaxation. The Pond Suite is so called thanks to its scenic views across the ponds, and the room has its own adjoining library, stuffed full of fascinating reads. 


There's an orchard, a large pond and opulent rolling lawns, with wildlife all around like a scene from a Beatrix Potter story. Anyone for tennis? Sport lovers will enjoy donning whites and making the most of the outdoor court, and there's a pretty parterre with boxed hedging plus acres of manicured greenery to explore, ensuring plenty of fresh air pottering in the gardens or following the country trails. For days out, the cobbled streets of historic Rye in are a ten-minute drive away, with the East Sussex coast a little further. Pack a picnic and join the bucket-and-spade weekend crowd at Camber Sands, known for its giant sand dunes and sweeping shoreline.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 8 guests
    From £2,850 per week, £2,150 per short break
  • Alternative group optionsUp to 2 or up to 4 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThe house has one master bedroom with an adjoining nursery, and two further doubles with king-size beds. There is also an optional single bedroom with one super king-size zip-and-link bed at an extra charge of £150. The house has three en suite bathrooms (one with a sauna), a family shower room and two downstairs WCs
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  • HousekeepingAdditional housekeeping is available
  • FeaturesOutdoor tennis court and a fitness pavilion
  • PetsSorry, no pets
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyChildren are very welcome, however a maximum of two children aged between 2 and 12 years. One cot and one highchair are available
  • PracticalitiesPelsham Manor has ample parking for several cars. The kitchen features an Aga, dishwasher, electric hob, fridge, freezer, gas stove and more. There is a washing machine and dryer in the laundry room. Each room has its own individual digital temperature control for guests´ convenience. Where children under the age of 12 are booked in, housekeeping will be a requirement every other day at an additional cost to guests. Please note that the gardener lives in a cottage within the grounds
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper, two bottles of the owner´s favourite wine, fresh flowers, candles, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you started, three TVs, all with Sky+, and an iPhone-controlled Sonos music system, WiFi internet, barbecue and gamesHouse book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner
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A golden nugget of a historic holiday spot, the ancient town of Rye has cobbled streets, crooked medieval buildings and a quintessential chocolate-box feel. Look forward to roasted chestnuts wafting through the frosty air come wintertime.

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Getting there

  • On the map Pelsham Manor is near the coast in the south east of the UK, close to Rye, Winchelsea, Dover, London and the historic town of Hastings.
  • By car A 10 minute drive from Rye, approximately 1.5 hours from London
  • By train Rye Station is closest (change at Ashford International), with links to London St Pancras and the Eurostar to Paris.
  • By air The manor is well-placed for all London airports, where taxis and car hire are easily available.

From the owner

“The extensive gardens add to the special magic at Pelsham Manor; guests can weave a path through the overgrown archways and find solace underneath the old apple tree. No matter the weather, no matter the occasion, the atmosphere has always been incredibly relaxing with a true sense of luxury.”

From the owner

The Scott family, who were keen cricketers, built the house in 1923 as an extension to a Victorian farmhouse. For the build, Tom Scott employed the architect Charles Oldrid Scott, his cousin and grandson to the prominent Victorian architect Sir George Gilbert Scott. At about the same time the family formed the cricket ground and built a pavilion, which is just in front of the manor’s main gates. Here the Scotts headed up a team that played against the West Indian touring sides as the opening fixture of their tours in the 1930s.

The manor was gentrified in the 1950s and 60s by the then owner Samuel Messer, an important collector of 18th century English furniture and clocks and it now stands as a handsome country manor. After Samuel Messer passed away, we were fortunate enough to acquire the property in 1994 fulfilling a lifelong dream of mine to have a beautiful home in the wonderful English countryside. I then spent two years modernising the manor to make it the very comfortable, modern home it is today.



Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Rye with an insider’s perspective.

Quintessential Rye
To See

Quintessential Rye

Perched on a hill overlooking Romney Marsh, this ancient town encompasses cobbled streets, an ancient church and beautifully preserved historic houses. Compact enough to explore over a weekend but has more than enough to entertain for longer.

Winchelsea Farm Kitchen
To Eat

Winchelsea Farm Kitchen

This delightful coffee shop is the perfect spot for a morning espresso or a healthy lunch after a long beach walk. Relax in the conservatory or courtyard garden, taking in the views. The Kitchen is also a tasty delicatessen and fine butcher’s shop, so stock up while here.

Steam train rides, Tenterden
To Do

Steam train rides, Tenterden

Family daytrips are always a hit when involving a journey. Take a trip on the Kent and East Sussex Railway and enjoy the rolling scenery as the route chugs between Tenterden in the Kentish Weald and 600-year-old Bodiam Castle in East Sussex.

Dungeness Beach, Dungeness
To Do

Dungeness Beach, Dungeness

Technically classed as a desert, this beach has a unique, flat landscape, waters dotted with fishing boats and wrecks, and a host of unusual houses, including film director Derek Jarman´s wooden cottage and driftwood garden.

Guest Testimonials

Wonderful property in a fantastic location, the gardener was very helpful and had good local knowledge. We will definitely return.

Our stay was fantastic. We were absolutely more than happy at the Pelsham Manor. The service was great, the towels were fluffy, and we had a warm welcome from the house manager. The freshly baked muffins were delicious, everything was more than perfect! We would love to come again very soon.

We have had the most wonderful birthday weekend with our friends staying at your beautiful home. It was such a pleasure to be surrounded by the impeccable and tasteful decor and surroundings. The garden and grounds were stunning and we had a marvellous day with the gamekeeper, who showed his love of falconry with us. The exquisite attention to detail didn´t go unnoticed as we wanted for nothing. We have certainly enjoyed country living at its best. To the owner, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us.

Pelsham Manor is a fantastic house. The rooms are beautifully proportioned and everything was of the finest quality. It is very special yet feels like a home. The owner made us feel very welcome.

What a fantastic house, we have had a ball. A weekend was far too short! Every comfort and need was provided for, with many lovely personal touches. What a great way to celebrate at your lovely house and enjoy your wonderful gardens- a real sense of occasion! We are all sad to be leaving, thank you so much for making us so welcome and for the comprehensive guided tour

Our stay was absolutely wonderful. We only had one problem... it wasn´t long enough! We hope to come back soon. A huge thank you to everyone for making it so perfect.

We are having a great family vacation. Great weather, a superb spacious and luxurious house, wonderful surroundings and everything we could wish for. A dream place and we will be back.

So deliciously cosy, we felt spoilt as if staying in a luxury hotel. Loved all the views from each window: pond life, rabbits and all the beautiful roses and peonies. Thank you so much for all the things for our children - they were beyond excited finding the DVD hamper in their room and loved the tractor and the bikes, they have definitely become hooked on tennis. There were stunning walks all around.

We are enjoying our stay immensely. We could almost have delusions of grandeur playing croquet on the lawn and tennis (albeit it very badly!) in a private garden court. The views and gardens are all splendid and the history of the house itself interests us enormously. In addition to loving the house and grounds at Pelsham Manor, we have enjoyed visits to Rye and Battle, Winchelsea and Dixter.

The extra touches were superb and really appreciated. The property was stunningly dressed for Christmas and extremely warm and comfortable. We had a wonderful week celebrating my mother´s 80th birthday and couldn´t have asked for a more perfect venue. It was very special to be able to meet the owner too, and hear first hand about the house. All in all a fabulous experience, thank you.

We have had a great time - beautiful weather, beautiful location and what a wonderful house. Thank you.

We had a wonderful time staying in your beautiful home and we will always cherish the memories of our time here. Thank you for sharing this countryside paradise!

We´ve had such an amazing time here in your beautiful home- thank you! We are so sad that we had to leave and hope to return in the future!

What a lovely stay! Thank you so much. The house, flowers, grounds, ducks and horses were all very friendly, and Rye is a lovely town!

We want to thank you for your generous hospitality and for the very friendly reception. We simply had the most incredible and unforgettable weekend. All the nice touches, which made it really special, and the house and grounds were amazing!! I hope to return one day soon, hopefully for longer. So thank you again!!

Another wonderful stay in your beautiful well appointed house - a great place to enjoy being! Thank you

An absolutely perfect weekend. Thank you so much for giving us the most wonderful stay. We were incredibly happy with the whole experience and would like you to know how grateful we are for our perfect weekend.

Amazing, wonderful place. The best thing about Pelsham Manor is the personal touches and attention to detail.

All of our dreams came true, nothing could have been better. The attention to detail was perfect, I will never ever forget Pelsham Manor. This place makes you feel like a princess. Thank you so so much.

Your wonderful personal touches and attention to detail made our stay so special. Thank you so much!

Thank you so much for opening your home and sharing its beauty with us. It has made our stay perfect, we couldn´t have asked for anything else. We will treasure the memories of our time here, it was just perfect!

Thank you for everything you have done to make our stay so magical. Every little detail was just perfect and we will remember Pelsham Manor forever.

Your beautiful home, your generosity and kindness made our stay at Pelsham Manor the greatest. We could never thank you enough.´ 

Now we are back in London the bright sunshine of yesterday has now turned to torrential rain but we have happy memories of a great place to stay with its warming fireplaces.

Thank you so much for all that you did to make our stay at Pelsham Manor so comfortable and welcoming. From the beautiful and original Christmas wreath on the front door to the Christmas tree in the hall, the garlands, the candles and incidental decorations, the house looked splendid.

Stunning setting. Tranquil atmosphere. Wonderful relaxation. Pelsham Manor has been an absolute delight - thank you so much.

We had a fantastic stay and can´t wait to book again...it´s such a shame we are not able to come back as soon as we hoped!

We all loved Pelsham Manor, the house and grounds were just perfect. Thank you for the welcome hamper

We enjoyed every minute in your beautiful house, and the grounds seemed paradise to us and our daughters. Thank you so much! 

Thank you so much for letting us stay in your beautiful home. We had a lovely relaxing stay and wouldn´t have changed a thing! Everything was perfect. Thank you

We´ve had the most wonderful time. It has been the perfect venue for our family all together to celebrate a special forthcoming birthday.

Thank you so much for letting us stay in your beautiful home! It has been a magical birthday weekend that we all won´t forget. Compliments on the decor, it is very apparent that the owners take wonderful care of it. We hope to be back again for the next big birthday in the family.


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