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Romany | Luxury Self-Catering Cottage Retreat | Rye, Winchelsea


Brookland, Kent, UK

Cool but cosy and bright, feminine but not the least bit ditsy, Romany promises a refreshing escape where flower children can waltz freely to the rhythmic beat of their untamed hearts. Hidden behind a meadow of swaying grass and with a hot tub settled between headily-scented herbs, here is a luxury cabin where one can run to in search of wild abandon, exploring the remote countryside, long beaches and tidal creeks of Romney Marsh. 


Designers Dave and Atlanta Bartlett have created a true back-to-nature retreat near their home in Rye, a secret cabin which welcomes guests to fall into step with the gentle tempo of Romney Marsh. Inside is a welcoming, informal affair where pure relaxation washes through the soul, inviting winter nights curled by the woodburner and summer mornings making breakfast with the sun pouring through the windows. Here inside the bubble of this romantic self-catering hideaway, it's as if nothing else in the world could possibly exist.


With its shimmering chandelier and billowing muslin, Romany’s bedroom is like a scene right out of a vintage romance film. Wake to the gentle swaying of fabric on the four-poster bed and stretch into the day with nothing on the agenda but propping up on soft pillows while sipping English tea. There is a roll top bath in the bedroom at Romany, perfect for evenings in together (one tucked under linens and the other under bubbles), and a shower room with WC off the hallway. 


A white picket fence, a colourful flower and herb garden and a hot tub for two tucked away far from view; Romany’s outdoor space offers a taste of The Good Life with some luxurious touches thrown in for good measure. On those blazing days when the sun scorches the ground, retreat to the daybed for an afternoon siesta before a lazy supper of local cheese and fresh bread under the pear tree as the sunset watercolours the sky. If you can, step outside your Romany bubble and discover the unique landscape of Romney Marsh.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 2 guests
    From £1,150 per week, £850 per short break
    Day hire options are available
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsOne double bedroom with king-size bed and roll-top bath, plus a shower room.
  • FeaturesHot tub and fire pit
  • PetsOne well-behaved dog is welcome
    Pets are charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabes-in-arms are welcome. One travel cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThere is private parking for one car at the front of the cabin. The white-washed kitchen includes a fridge with freezer box, electric oven with hob, dishwasher and washer-dryer. There are two Tonkinese cats who live nearby which may show their friendly faces. Due to the wooden structure and wildlife setting, candles are not permitted.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper, fresh flowers, two Smart TVs with Netflix and Amazon Prime, Marshall Bluetooth speaker, luxury handmade soaps, fluffy bathrobes, books, board games, linen, bath towels, hammam towels for the hot tubDiscover more little luxuries
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A golden nugget of an historic holiday spot, the ancient town of Rye has cobbled streets, crooked medieval buildings and a quintessential chocolate-box feel. A favourite for those wanting to experience the romance of bygone times.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Romany is located just a short drive from Rye and Winchelsea Beach.
  • By Car This unique home is located two hours from central London.
  • By Train The nearest train station is in Rye, just seven miles away.
  • By Air Gatwick airport is around one hour and 30 minutes' away by car; Heathrow two hours.

From the owner

“The cabin is perfectly situated for you to enjoy the stunning countryside and the gorgeous Romney Marsh - also known as the Fifth Continent - with its wide open vistas, special micro climate and proximity to miles of beautiful coastline filled with wildlife and beaches.”

From the owner

We have lived on Romney Marsh for 15 years and totally adore it. At times it is like an onslaught to your senses with fragrant smells of rape fields in the spring, wheat in the summer and the rich marshy earth in the winter. In the summer we wake every day to the sound of birdsong, the roar of the poplar trees and the extraordinary 'chorus' of the marsh frogs.

Romney Marsh is a nature lovers paradise; bats, foxes, badgers, mink, stoats, water voles, hares, field mice and moles are all welcome residents here while birdwatchers flock from all over the world to catch a sight of the amazing and rare array of birdlife from marsh harriers, kestrels, nightingales, cuckoos, herons, cormorants, woodpeckers, and barn owls.

Rare sightings include honey buzzards, European serins and purple herons. Romney Marsh is also home to the much protected great crested newt and many endangered insects... and we have it all in our back garden!

This is a land of smugglers, shipwrecks (the local pub was once a smugglers inn), long walks, cycling, birdwatching, beaches, windsurfing, fishing (you can catch mackerel off the beach at Dungeness) and all only an hour and a half from London.

Dave & 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.

Winchelsea Beach
To Do

Winchelsea Beach

A lovely, often overlooked pebble beach that rarely gets crowded, Winchelsea Beach is excellent for swimming. Pack-up a picnic of local produce and make a day of it. Pack blankets, magazines and mini bottles of fizz!

Grove Farm Riding School
To Do

Grove Farm Riding School

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

Webbes Cooking School, Rye
To Do

Webbes Cooking School, Rye

A fabulous opportunity to prepare and cook a specially designed lunch menu with Chef Paul Webbe in the purpose-built kitchen. The day is informal and fun and finishes with you enjoying the sumptuous lunch that you have created.

New Inn, Winchelsea
To Eat

New Inn, Winchelsea

Committed to delivering the very best in dining and customer service, welcoming locals and visitors alike, whether you are looking for a romantic setting or occasion celebration meal, there´s something here for everyone.

Guest Testimonials

We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay and have also found inspiration from your exquisite interior design! We are sad to leave but do so with warm and happy hearts.

Thank you so much for making the cottage so welcoming. It felt lovely to be so secluded, yet so cosy indoors. It is the ideal spot to explore Rye add the surrounding areas. We are returning home after a peaceful and relaxing weekend.

We had a lovely short break, exploring Rye and Dungeness and the beaches of the marshes. The cabin is a delight and an ideal location for an early autumn retreat. Thank you very much.

We very much enjoyed our stay at Romany. Peaceful, private and beautiful - just right for us.

Romany is an absolutely beautiful property with charming interior, an alluring hot tub and roll-top bath. Along with the secluded and lovely location, it is a perfect retreat.

We cannot thank you enough for an amazing stay. Romany is beautiful and will always be in our memories as we got engaged this weekend! Thank you for helping to make our stay magical. We can´t wait to visit again in the future!

We loved the look of the property and its location which is close to Rye, whilst also being secluded. Romany is truly lovely and we felt very at home there!

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