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The Matchbox | Luxury Self-Catering Beach House | Winchelsea, Rye

Natural, bright and just a five minute stroll from the sea, The Matchbox is an organic luxury beach house overlooking Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. Enjoy an early morning dip at Winchelsea Beach before stretching into the day with some sun salutations on the deck. A relaxed self-catering family home on the East Sussex coast where bare feet, salty hair and sun-kissed skin are perfectly at ease.

Self-catering beach house for hire on Winchelsea Beach, East Sussex


Rustling sea grasses, calling oystercatchers and an overwhelming sense of peace; The Matchbox is the perfect family beach house settled on the Rye coastline. Inside, exposed wood and whitewashed floors ensure calm throughout, while the decking and al fresco living areas encourage a life spent outside. Along the coast is the pretty town of Rye, arguably southeast England’s most quintessential town, where cobbled streets and crooked half-timbered buildings house glimmering antique shops and boutique artisans. A luxury self-catering home by the sea created for slow, sun bleached and carefree days.

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Head upstairs to the elegant and harmonious master bedroom, where the king-size bed nestles comfortably under the eaves. Through the reclaimed wooden doors lies the en suite, with bath tub and handheld shower. On the ground floor are two further bedrooms, one twin and one king-size, along with one family bathroom with roll top bathtub and handheld shower and one wet room with WC.


With a south-facing decking overlooking Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and the sea beyond, The Matchbox’s humble al fresco living space allows the gentle, quiet call of birds to take centre stage. Early risers will be in their element at this luxury Winchelsea beach house; while the brood slumber the morning away, wrap hands around a steaming mug of tea, perch on the steps and listen to the dawn chorus crescendo as the skies brighten across the horizon.

For Relaxation

With Camber Sands, Hastings, Pett Level and Dungeness all within a short drive, buckets and spades will be forever at the ready. Wander the cobbled streets of Rye, explore the castles and abbeys which dot the Sussex landscape and celebrate the humble scallop at the Rye Bay Scallop Festival at the end of February. For those with energy to burn or a penchant for adventure, hot air balloon flights, boat charters and water sports are all in abundance along the coast; further afield, the South Downs National Park offers exceptional hiking.


There is parking for two small cars or one large car on the private driveway, with additional free road parking. The unmade lane to access the property is not suitable for low slung cars. The Matchbox is well-equipped with an electric oven and four hobs, a fridge freezer, dishwasher and a washing machine and tumble dryer.


  • SleepsUp to 6 guests
    From £1,550 per week, £1,195 per short break
  • Alternative Group OptionUp to 2 guests
  • Your Home Stay IncludesLinen, towels and logs for the fireDigital Property GuideDiscover what else you can look forward to...
  • BedroomsDoubles: Two king-size double bedroomsTwins: One twin bedroom
  • BathroomsOne first floor en suite with bath and handheld shower, one ground floor family bathroom with roll top bath and handheld shower and one ground floor wet room with shower and WC
  • FamilyChildren: Yes, children are very welcomeCots: One cot is availableHighchairs: One highchair is available
  • BBQA gas barbecue is provided
  • PetsTwo small well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Mod ConsTV with Sky package, DVD player and Nespresso machineInternet & Communications: Wi-Fi internet is availableMobile Signal: Check reception maps
  • Arrivals & DeparturesArrival Day: Friday and MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
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Style: Wood cladding, recycled interiors and a fresh sea breeze endlessly washing through the windows; this modern rustic beach house is the perfect escape for family holidays by the sea.

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Our Take

Property Owner Piers says

We fell in love with The Matchbox as soon as we saw it! Its unique and private position next to Rye Nature Reserve and the beach beyond make any stay here a restful one. In winter we love to cosy up by the woodburner while in summer we throw open the windows and listen to the sound of the waves.

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Out & About

Discover places to see and things to do whilst in and around Winchelsea, East Sussex to truly enhance your stay come rain or shine!

Explore Rye The medieval market town of Rye feels suspended in time, where historic houses, independent boutiques and antique shops line cobbled streets. Visit Grade-I listed Rye Castle to soak up the history before meandering along historic Mermaid Street, passing ancient half-timber houses and gorgeous antique shops.

On Two Wheels For those looking to explore the area by bike, Rye Hire has a range of cycles available to hire. The surrounding area is full of cycle paths and country lanes, ensuring peddling through the landscape is a breeze. Whilst Camber Sands can be easily reached, Dungeness, Bodiam and Romney Marsh are a little further afield.

At One With Nature Recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is a haven for wildlife. With habitats ranging from saltmarshes, saline lagoons and reedbeds, the five perfectly placed bird hides ensures visitors can view the variety of birds that call this unique landscape home. Located just a stone's throw from the house, the nature reserve has miles of footpaths to explore.

Head to the Beach With Winchelsea Beach on the doorstep, pack up a picnic and enjoy a traditional day at the seaside. For those in search of more than just relaxation, Rye Watersports in near by Camber Sands offers lessons in kitesurfing, windsurfing, dinghy sailing and stand-up paddle boarding. With a small selection of beach cafés, Camber is a great option for those with younger children in tow.

Nearest Beaches 0.3 miles to Winchelsea, 7 miles to Camber Sands



This beach house was made for barbecues, so head on down to Jaimie Wickham Butchers, just one mile away on Winchelsea Beach, for the finest local produce in the area. For all the trimmings, Rye Deli and Winchelsea Farm Shop offer up traditional deli goodies, vegetables and scrummy sausage rolls.

In-House Cuisine

If you'd rather spend your luxury self-catering break indulging in the little luxuries, let an in-house chef prepare a mouth-watering meal for your party (on prior request and subject to an additional cost). 

Eating Out

From gastro pubs to stylish brasseries to burger joints, Winchelsea and the surrounding area is positively bursting with excellent places to dine. For rustic, Tuscan cuisine and a wine menu to write home about, the Tuscan Kitchen in Rye is a firm favourite amongst family members of all ages; for a trendy dining experience, head to Camber Sands and The Gallivant where the best food in the area (and even better cocktails) are served on the beach.

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