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“My favourite place to relax”
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Some of our ducks taking it easy after supplying eggs to our guests...
Some of the various eggs laid by our hens and ducks, and regularly enjoyed by our guests.
Early morning at Beech House, with Blackthorn on the left, the hot tub, and the pool room opposite.
A magical morning at Blackthorn.
Camber Sands with its dunes, and sea at low tide, just 9 miles away.
The dramatic coastline of the Hastings Country Park, just 6 miles west of Blackthorn.
Winchelsea Beach, 5 miles, and our nearest beach of picturesque pebbles and groynes at sunset.
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Cottage -
1 Bedroom, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 2
Rye, East Sussex, England

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Kristina...
London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“My favourite place to relax”
Reviewed December 23, 2014 for a stay in December 2014
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I recently stayed at Blackthorn for a weekend with my partner. We had the most wonderful and relaxing weekend ever! The cottage is furnished and fitted beautifully with modern facilities whilst still maintaining a cosy feeling. We enjoyed relaxing in the hot tub with a glass of champagne, and a quick dip in the pool (which is so warm even in the winter). The views are beautiful. We didn't explore any of the local towns much as we just wanted to relax and unwind after working so hard all year. We even stayed in and cooked dinner! plenty of utensils/pots and pans to use. Even a dishwasher.
Peter and his family are very welcoming and helpful and are there to offer help and advice but also respect your privacy and give you space to enjoy your stay. We had some of their fresh eggs for breakfast (which were left in the kitchen on arrival) that was a really nice touch.
Would recommend it to everyone, and I already have, Will definitely come back as soon as I have some time off, maybe in the spring/summer and would love to stay an extra day or two as we didn't want to leave after just two nights :(
Best place ever...there's no other place like it in England....I've looked!
Thanks for a lovely weekend

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Liked best: The hot tub and huge bed!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
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Management Response
29 Dec 2014
I'm not sure how to respond to such an incredible review - I'm speechless, which is a rarity! Many, many thanks for all your complimentary words - it makes running Blackthorn such a pleasure!
Karen and I just try to offer the type of self-catering and weekends away that we would personally like to experience and enjoy ourselves, and also to make it as affordable as possible so that as many people can enjoy Blackthorn, and not just an elite few.
We look forward to welcoming you again soon!
Best wishes to you both for 2015.
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Dan P
Colchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fab-u-LOUS!!!”
Reviewed December 15, 2014 for a stay in December 2014

My Partner Lucy and I returned home on Friday after a wonderful 5 night getaway in this lovely cottage set in a stunning backdrop. We`ve seen "four in a bed" so we know what we`re looking for (only kidding Peter & Karen) and we could not fault our stay even if we wanted too!

The cottage has everything you could want, the fire was glorious (don`t put the heating on in the evening!) and the facilities first rate!

So much to do in easy distance (even if your partner makes you walk!), so much so that we shall be consulting our diary for a return trip in the summer to enjoy this wonderful cottage in another season. Thank you for making a very special occasion even more so!

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Your age range 25-34
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Management Response
19 Dec 2014
Many thanks for your lovely review. Yes, perhaps a little less walking next time!
The Rye area has much to do and see without having to walk any distance: two steam railways - the 1/3 scale Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch which runs along the coast, and is great for a memorable day out if you take in the vast sandy beach with its donkey rides, and nostalgic Fun Fair at Dymchurch, for example; or the more grown up Kent & East Sussex Railway where you can travel back in time to Bodiam and its impressive Castle, and perhaps return on the river Rother courtesy of the Bodiam Boating Station, finishing off with tea in their garden, and a visit to the nearby Toy & pedal Car Museum... That's two days taken care of already!
There really is SO much to see and do in his area - i think that's one reason why some of our guests have returned to Blackthorn six times!
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PingEscof...
London
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“An excellent weekend break.”
Reviewed November 25, 2014 for a stay in November 2014

A lovely little cottage. Well equipped, and in a great setting. A real treat to have a pool and a hot tub. Peter was very helpful.

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Management Response
26 Nov 2014
Many thanks for taking time to leave the review.
I'm glad the indoor pool was a success. I think it's particularly great for young families with it's wide, shallow shelf at one end - an ideal feature for initially getting your baby used to the warm water. As the pool only very gradually shelves it's also practical and safe for parents to wander up and down its length allowing their little ones to experience deeper water too, if they wish.
As you know we are very happy to accommodate families with one child up to 2 years old - or for as long as they can squeeze into our travel cot and high chair!
So thanks again, and we hope the three of you will have the opportunity to visit us another time soon.
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AmyKay868...
1 review
“Perfect for a break away!!”
Reviewed November 18, 2014 for a stay in November 2014

This was our first break away from our busy daily lives... The hosts were great, gave us all the information we needed and then left us to enjoy the amazing and peaceful surroundings of their cottage, but with the option to contact them via phone if we needed absolutely anything!
The cottage, hot tub and pool were completely at our disposal and were lovely and clean.
We could not have wished for a better place to stay and will be going back next year to do the exact same thing!

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Management Response
19 Nov 2014
Thank you so much for taking time to write a review.
You traveled a long way for your two nights of rest and relaxation so we're really glad it was such a success.
On a personal note, after a daunting start with the cottage wood burner, you can now confidently add 'fire making skills' to your list of achievements, as well as 'women's swimming pool volleyball champ'. Thank you again for leaving a review - it means a lot - and we look forward to welcoming you both again sometime next year!
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Anne190
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Simply an amazing place to stay.”
Reviewed November 16, 2014 for a stay in November 2014

Was booked for a birthday get away from it all and it surpassed my expectations. Definitely going to return. Very genuine,lovely and helpful host.

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Management Response
18 Nov 2014
Thank you so much for the complimentary review. It was great to meet you both, and to know that your midweek birthday break was such a success! Karen and I look forward to welcoming you again soon. Perhaps a weekend in the summer sunshine when we'll have dusted off the sun loungers and put the badminton net up in the garden...
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Ashley404...
Kent, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Perfect stay”
Reviewed November 12, 2014 for a stay in November 2014

Had a wonderful short break at Blackthorn Cottage, it is really cosy and comfortable and has everything you could need, very well equipped for cooking although we didn't bother as so many places close by to eat, we did cook the lovely eggs left for us by Peter and Karen which were lovely. Peter and karen are so friendly and helpful, they are very discreet but available when needed. In the cottage they provide information packs on the area, a whole folder on places to eat including some sample menus, maps and leaflets so is easy to decide where to go/what to do. The swimming pool and hot tub are fabulous, both lovely temperature. We used both, including the hot tub on a very windy evening. Overall a fantastic place to go as so much to do in the area as well as a fantastic cottage to come back to and relax.

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Management Response
13 Nov 2014
Thank you so much for the review. It's greatly appreciated as it's one thing to think of leaving a review, and another to take the time to do it once your back home and thrown into your daily routine.
We hope that you'll visit us again, and then you'll have a further opportunity to discover and enjoy more of what this beautiful area has to offer.
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Amy S
Crawley, United Kingdom
1 review
“Fantastic!”
Reviewed October 21, 2014 for a stay in October 2014

Blackthorn cottage was the perfect, relaxing weekend break we were after, in a beautiful setting.

The hot tub and pool were fantastic and Peter and Karen could not be more helpful. They were the perfect hosts and so friendly. We had bubbly and fresh eggs waiting for us on arrival which was a lovely touch.

I would definately recommend to anyone and would love to return myself in the future.

Thank you for a wonderful stay.

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Liked best: The hot tub and pool.
Liked least: There was nothing I did not like. The only problem we had was finding a local taxi company to get us into Rye on a Saturday evening.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
23 Oct 2014
Thank you for the lovely review.
We're glad you were able to spend time relaxing in the hot tub and the indoor pool, but also squeeze in quad biking near Hailsham, a meal out in Rye, and a walk on Camber beach!
As you know, there are plenty more places to visit and things to do in this lovely area, and so we look forward to welcoming you again soon.
Best wishes to you both and thank you for finding time to review Blackthorn. It is much appreciated.
Peter & Karen.
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