It was love at first sight for Jo and Barrie… they came across the Mint in Rye two years ago and knew the potential this town house in Rye would have.
From the detailing to the front of the house you can tell that the first floor would have been jettied in the 16th Century and the exquisite quatrefoils and mullioned windows are still the most notable feature from that time.
Over the years the house has been both pub, shop and home with an interesting mix of owners – including a candle maker, a wig maker, a wheelwright, a cordwainer, a hairdresser and a gentleman farmer to name a few – the couple luckily found deeds for the house which go back to 1704.
The couple were keen to restore this wonderful building to its former glory. They started from scratch, taking up floors, scraping back paper and paint to reveal beams that had been hidden or painted over. Everything had to be stripped by hand, the council do not allow sandblasting on listed buildings in the area as it can damage the structure of the wood.
They sourced materials from local reclaimation centres and have integrated them beautifully using local craftsmen. Their carpenter was amazing ‘there’s not a right angle in the building’ said Barrie when he was explaining the difficulties the carpenter had to deal with.
They changed the kitchen totally, moving the work area to the rear and then creating the open shelving in the dining room to create the storage necessary. The house has been painted throughout in a subtle shade of white – Stock by Little Greene which gives a fresh warm backdrop.
The owners knew they wanted to make it into a holiday house for others to enjoy and Jo felt ‘it should be as nice or nicer than where you live’ and so that is what they strove to create.
Not only is the building itself beautiful and historic, the owners have brought together their finds from local markets and antique shops to mix old and interesting items with quirky individual pieces. They wanted the interior to be sympathetic to the history yet not scrimp on the today’s home comforts.
They love wandering down the street in Rye and searching through the vintage shops. A favourite in Rye is McCully & Crane Art Gallery in Cinque Port Street where they found works by a local artist Luke Hamman which now hang in the sitting room. They also enjoy going further afield to Hastings Old Town and St Leonards where there are a myriad of places to find old treasures.
The couple are keen to promote local businesses. The welcome pack not only includes an English wine sourced from Chapel Down Vineyard, but some treats from Britcher and Rivers the famous sweet shop on Rye High Street – what a treat!
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The Mint in Rye
Sleeps 6 | Bedrooms: 3 | From £626
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