I don’t know about you, but when I manage to escape reality for a few days of relaxation it helps if the accommodation is as pretty as this. I’m never tempted by the ultra-modern or minimal. I’m most tempted by country or city escapes where I can enjoy a few days living a long held fantasy. In this case a dream of living a simple country life. Simple things like summer mornings making breakfast with the sun pouring through the windows, retreating to the daybed for an afternoon siesta, and cosy winter nights curled up by the woodburner.
So behind a white picket fence and colourful flower and herb garden, you’ll find this true back-to-nature retreat not far from pretty Rye.
Cool but cosy and bright, feminine but not the least bit ditsy, Romany is a one bedroom, one bathroom cabin that offers a taste of ‘The Good Life’ with some luxurious touches thrown in for good measure. And it comes as no surprise that this gorgeous venue is the loving creation of interior design duo Atlanta Bartlett and Dave Coote from Pale and Interesting, where white-washed wood, one-off finds and soft linens perfectly combine.
The open-plan living space is delightful. The wood burner is surrounded by a plump sofa and armchairs. There’s a charming kitchen area with vintage wares displayed on open shelves. And a tiny table (also vintage) for breakfast and simple suppers. The daybed is in an adjoining conservatory and I could imagine whiling away many hours there with a good book come rain or shine.
With its shimmering chandelier and billowing muslin, Romany’s bedroom is a scene right out of a fairytale. 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 tucked into the bedroom which is perfect for candlelit evenings in together. There’s also a shower room with WC in the connecting hallway.
Outside, there’s not just a pretty garden but also a hot tub for two, tucked away far from view.
Take me there, and I might never leave.
Romany is available to book via Unique Home Stays.
Nearby Rye and Camber Sands
Half-timbered, quintessentially English Rye is a must for any visitor to East Sussex (and just 15 minutes from Romany), where a stroll down cobbled Mermaid Street will reveal old inns, tearooms, and boutiques. For those who want to move the book-reading and sun-lounging from cottage to sea, Camber Sands is classic seaside chic; a place where soft-whip ice cream and sandcastle building go hand-in-hand.
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