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Ammonite | Luxury Self-Catering Coastal Cabin | Winchelsea, Rye


Winchelsea, Rye, East Sussex, UK

Shirking convention, this reclaimed 1930's cabin near Rye and Winchelsea beach is a refreshing escape from city living. Luxuriously understated and lovingly created by interior design duo Atlanta Bartlett and Dave Coote of Pale & Interesting fame, Ammonite's rustic interiors are an outcry against the shiny and new. Sumptuously informal and complete with a sun deck and hot tub, families will soon slip into life on the East Sussex coast.


Just a short drive from the shores of Winchelsea beach, Ammonite affords a true escape from the everyday. While inside is a tale of stripped-back coastal living and quality where it counts, outside juxtaposes a picture-perfect white picket fence with wraparound deck and hot tub for chasing the sun. If you must explore, the East Sussex coast is brimming with golden stretches of sand, waterside eateries and quaint villages. After a morning browsing Rye’s pretty, crooked streets and a beachy afternoon on Camber Sands, let the feel-good atmosphere of this rough-luxe retreat wash over you in waves.


A lofty ceiling and whitewashed wood interior create a bright and breezy atmosphere at Ammonite, while soft sheepskins and a woodburning stove ensure comfort is at the very heart of this beach-style cabin. As well as the beautiful living areas, wending further inside leads you to the elegant, chalky-toned master bedroom, which flaunts a squishy double bed settled under the glitter of a vintage Gatsby-inspired chandelier. Ideal for small families, couples or friends, there is also one further double bedroom, with a zip-and-link king-size bed and exposed wooden headboards, plus one double bunk room.


Perched on the steps of the decking with hands cradling a steaming cup of tea, enjoy the break of day and the rise of the dawn chorus as the brood sleep the morning away. After a breakfast of crumpets smothered with butter on the outdoor dining area, gather together towels and a picnic hamper and head to Winchelsea beach for a good old-fashioned day by the seaside. If it’s possible to get bored of snoozing the days away with feet buried in the sand, the charming town of Rye is just a short drive away. When the daylight begins to fade, head back to the hot tub, sipping crisp white wine as stars shimmer overhead.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 6 guests (ideally 4 adults and 2 children)
    From £1,550 per week, £1,250 per short break
    Day hire options are available
  • Alternative group optionUp to 2 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsOne king-size bedroom, one double bunk bedroom for children (the second bunk is available for £75 per bed), one zip-and-link super-king-size bedroom, one family bathroom with bath and separate shower, plus one separate WC.
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  • FeaturesHot tub
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Monday or FridayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilyChildren are very welcome, one cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThere is private off-road parking for four cars. The open-plan kitchen is well-equipped with a Smeg cooker, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washer-dryer.
  • Homestay includesLinen, towels, logs for the fire, Smart TV, DVD player, Netflix, WiFi internet and a charcoal barbecue...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
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Warm by the woodburner after bracing coastal hikes
Bright, whitewashed wood runs throughout Ammonite
A luxury self-catering family home near Winchelsea

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Please note, availability for this property is to be confirmed by Unique Homestays on receipt of your enquiry


A golden nugget of a historic holiday spot, this ancient town has cobbled streets, crooked medieval buildings and a charming chocolate-box feel.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Ammonite is located just a short drive from Winchelsea beach and 10 minutes from Rye.
  • By Car The house is an easy two hours' drive from central London.
  • By Train The nearest train station is Winchelsea, just six minutes away by car.
  • By Air Gatwick airport is around one hour and 30 minutes away by car whilst Heathrow is two.

From the owner

“We love escaping to Ammonite. The moment you walk through the door you can instantly feel all your worries slip away. The white interior panelled walls, high pitched ceiling and accents of natural wood create a calm and cosseting environment that makes you feel a million miles away.”

From the owner

We hope you love Ammonite as much as we do! We are a local family with four children and we just love the area and its copious beaches. The ancient town of Rye is one of our favourite spots with its cobbled streets, antique shops and many restaurants.

We are a husband and wife interior design team. Having each successfully worked in the magazine, photography and design industries for the last 30 years, we have produced books, interiors, furniture, products, sets, magazines features and cabins, both together and individually. We also run Pale & Interesting, an online homeware boutique store with a local branch in Rye.

Our home has been created with an emphasis on reclaimed and natural materials and we were very careful, despite extensive renovations, to keep the original charm and integrity of the building. We retained the white clapboard cladding on the exterior as white weather boarded houses are part of the south-east heritage, and we felt a great need to protect this.

Dave Coote & Atlanta Bartlett

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.

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
To See

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Excellent for bird watching, walking and cycling, the nature reserve lies within a large triangle of land. A Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because of the many unusual plants and animals that live here, it´s well worth a visit.

Rye Water Sports
To Do

Rye Water Sports

Learn to sail, paddleboard, windsurf, kitesurf and more. All ages and abilities are easily catered for in this freshwater lake just five minutes walk away from Camber beach. Challenge yourself and try something new on your holiday by the sea.

Boat Hire
To Do

Boat Hire

The boats in Rye can offer some great and varied fishing all year round. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned angler, this is perfect for a day out on the water.

The Globe Inn
To Eat

The Globe Inn

A pretty little clapperboard pub on the outskirts of Rye where the Miltary Canal meets the River Rother, with its “sheep-shack chic” interiors and warm hospitality. A fun atmosphere and lovely outside space with a good wine list.

Guest Testimonials

So many peaceful and tranquil memories have been made here in the last few days. The house is so gorgeous, from the calm white walls, to the mornings filled with so much light, and the evenings in the hot tub at sunset. Thank you so much for letting us stay at this truly beautiful house.

We have had a lovely, relaxing stay at this beach house. It is such a well-equipped home with all that you could need. We really enjoyed the hot tub which added an extra wow factor to the house! The surrounding beaches are great for walks, and the dog especially loved it! The fire is also an excellent addition that we used every night. A fabulous stay!

A long weekend in an exquisite holiday cottage with lovely welcome goodies, breathtaking decor and lots of inspiration for our home spaces! The hot tub is heavenly and we enjoyed sunny beach walks and lovely beachcombing. Thank you for making this 21st birthday celebration so amazing. It has been a relaxing haven and we will most definitely be back.

A wonderful, peacefully situated cabin and the interiors are cosy and inviting. The weather was consistently raining in the morning and sunny in the afternoon, but we were more than happy to hideout in the cabin until the sun appeared! The house worked so well for all of us. Thank you.

What a gorgeous house! It is just so relaxing both inside and out. We had a sunny weekend and the house worked its magic on us. We hope to come back very soon!

We have had such a nice week here, we have had lovely weather and the peacefulness of this gorgeous house just made it even better! Thank you so much!

We had a fabulous time here. The house is incredible, beautiful, spacious and everything has been thought of! We visited Pale & Interesting and bought lots of beautiful things. The design of the house is just great. We went on some big adventures but were always eager to return to this perfect house. Overall, an unforgettable week. Thank you so much!

Thank you for a fantastic weekend at Ammonite. The house is beautiful and the perfect place for families and children to be together. Lovely bedding, towels and the decor is gorgeous! We hope to be back.

Thank you for the perfect weekend in the perfect house! The weather was a little wild but it didn´t matter as we loved just relaxing in the house, eating and watching movies. We will be back again, for sure.

We loved our time at Ammonite! It has been perfect for the family to get together and see in the new year! The house is so cosy, warm and in an ideal spot for long walks with the dog. Thank you for a wonderful stay!

Thank you so much for a fantastic weekend! The house is beautiful and a perfect place for the family and children to be together. Lovely bedding and towels and the decor is gorgeous! We hope to be back soon.

We absolutely loved our stay at Ammonite and won´t hesitate to recommend to all our friends and family. Everything was incredible and we hope to return in the near future!

Ammonite is the most beautiful, peaceful little house. Light pours through the windows at all times of day creating a real sense of calm and the fire is so perfect for snuggly evenings. I had the most wonderfully restorative stay, reading, relaxing and watching the ducks. I left feeling truly refreshed and I will be sure to return when I am next in need of an escape from the day to day.

Unique extras

Enhance your stay with a unique experience from one of our preferred suppliers. From professional in-house chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and wine delivered to the door, see what’s on offer for your bespoke escape.


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