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Ammonite | Luxury Beach Cabin | Winchelsea Beach, Rye


Winchelsea, Rye, East Sussex, UK

Shirking convention, this reclaimed 1930's cabin is a refreshing escape from the humdrum of city living. Luxuriously understated from top to toe and lovingly created by interior design duo Atlanta Bartlett and Dave Coote of Pale & Interesting fame, Ammonite's rustic interiors are a rebellious outcry against the shiny and new. A sumptuous and informal abode where families can fully relax 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 gorgeously stripped-back coastal living and quality where it counts, outside juxtaposes a picture-perfect white picket fence with wraparound deck, perfect for chasing the sun. If you must explore, the East Sussex coastline is brimming with golden stretches of sand, waterside eateries and quaint villages. After a morning browsing Rye’s pretty, crooked streets and an afternoon on the beach at Camber Sands, come back to this rough-luxe retreat and let the feel-good atmosphere wash over 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 simple, elegant and chalky-toned master bedroom, which flaunts a squishy double bed settled under the glitter of a vintage, Gatsby-inspired chandelier. Ideal for small families or groups of friends, there is also one further double bedroom, with a zip-and-link king-size bed and exposed wooden headboards, and one double bunk room with built-in beds.


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 and wrap shoulders in blankets, sipping crisp white wine as stars shimmer overhead.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 6 guests (ideally 4 adults and 2 children)
    From £1,495 per week, £1,195 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 double sofa bed, 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: 10am
  • 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 barbecueHouse book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
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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 cabin is around two hours 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.

Atlanta and Dave x

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.

Tuscan Kitchen, Rye
To Eat

Tuscan Kitchen, Rye

Just around the corner from Kino cinema, Tuscan Kitchen Rye specialises in Tuscan ´slow food´. Rustic and delicious, the menu is also complemented by a phenomenal wine list. The perfect pitstop after a movie night.

Village Life, Winchelsea
To See

Village Life, Winchelsea

This bountifully picturesque and sleepy village is reminiscent of something out of a Jane Austen novel. Winchelsea has a great farm shop and butchers, as well as some amazing views across the countryside as you go.

Webbes Cooking School, Rye
To Do

Webbes Cooking School, Rye

Prepare and cook a specially designed lunch menu with chef Paul Webbe in his purpose built training kitchen. Enjoy a relaxed, informal and fun day topped off by tucking into the fruits of your labour.

Grove Farm Riding School, Iden
To Do

Grove Farm Riding School, Iden

Set in the idyllic village of Iden, Grove Farm is an ideal location for a riding school with over 60 acres of unspoiled land housing the livery stables and perfect bridleways for hacks in and around Iden village.

Guest Testimonials

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.

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