Venue: Glamour on the cobbled streets of Rye
You may recall, recently mum and I visited Sussex to check out a couple of wedding venues to tell you about. The first was a beautiful seaside themed hotel right on the beach of Camber Sands. Our next stop was a complete contrast and stunning in a different way.
The George in Rye (www.thegeorgeinrye.com) is a sixteenth century building on the cobbled streets of the medieval town. The Grade II listed bolt-hole offers a wealth of interest for foodies and design lovers, with rooms individually created, each with their own theme.
Despite loving our time at the beach, mum and I were excited to arrive in Rye and at The George, with so much character to enjoy, it having been renovated using a mix of both old and new, eclectic and contemporary design. The main hotel offers several quiet, dimly lit nooks to sit and enjoy a drink and a catch-up. The adjoining George Grill stands proud with classy lighting, a reclaimed gym floor and a menu of classic favourites and contemporary dishes. We thoroughly enjoyed a meal here (both opting for The George Bacon Blue Burger), tucked away in our own booth to spend our evening having a chat, good food and the odd glass of fizz!
We were given a tour of the hotel, its 34 rooms and suites and, of course, the beautiful Regency Ballroom where weddings can take place with up to 130 guests. As soon as you step up to the ballroom and the Benson Room – perfect for intimate ceremonies or wedding drinks – you can feel the glamour and stand a foot taller, I’m sure. I could just imagine gliding in in a wedding gown, greeting your guests and feeling the belle of the ball. The venue is licensed for both civil ceremonies and civil partnerships.
We couldn’t have been more thrilled with our room, number 45, up its own private staircase no less. After all that sea air at Camber, we were thankful for our relaxing, large Luxury Room, full of colours and interesting features including a wall of vivid patterned fabric. The bathroom had my favourite feature, a rolltop bath, and the windows gave a view out across Rye’s rooftops and church.
Rye itself was simply a joy. Mum and I enjoyed a day strolling through the maze of cobbled streets, popping in and out of the many independent shops and enjoying a homemade lunch at The Cobbles Tea Room (www.thecobblestearoom.co.uk) – just wonderful! A quirky addition is The Shop Next Door (http://thegeorgeinrye.com/TSND.html) where you can buy any of the decor or nicknacks you’ve admired at the hotel, what a genius idea!
Our stay in Rye and at The George was just perfect. A wedding here would give your friends and family an opportunity to enjoy a relaxing break away from it all, to escape the hustle and bustle and really stop to enjoy their surroundings.
Disclaimer: Our bed and breakfast stay at The George in Rye was given free of charge in return for a write-up on this blog.