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The Hope Anchor Hotel is a family-run inn in East Sussex in the town of Rye, a place of "fine Georgian and medieval houses, cobbled streets and views of Romney Marsh", says The Guardian. The property is at the top of a hill overlooking the harbour, a few minutes' walk into the main town. It's the number-one hotel in Rye on TripAdvisor and 100% of Travelzoo members who previously stayed here and reviewed their stay said they loved it.
The inn was built around 1750, and was a watering hole for local sailors and shipbuilders. Legend has it the hotel's secret passages were once used by the Tenterden Gang for smuggling.
With only 16 rooms, The Hope Anchor Hotel is one of the smallest hotels in the town. Each room has its own design, and the Junior Suite has a telescope so you can zoom in on the quayside and Romney Marsh.
Breakfast and dinner are served in the restaurant, which offers dishes using produce such as fish from Rye Bay and meat from Romney Marsh. There's also a bar serving daily snacks and sandwiches.
In Rye you'll see quaint cobbled streets, narrow passageways and crooked Tudor buildings. Don't miss Mermaid Street, which was named one of the prettiest streets in Britain by The Daily Telegraph. Climb the tower of St Mary's Church for views of Rye and see the turret clock, which is one of the oldest in England. Lamb House is another highlight -- this Georgian National Trust property was home to American writer Henry James.
Three miles outside Rye is Camber Sands, a popular beach for kite surfers. Parts of the beach were used for scenes in the 2015 film "The Theory of Everything". Alternatively, 30 minutes to the west of Rye is Battle -- site of the Battle of Hastings in 1066. You can visit the battlefield and Abbey ruins, and see the spot where King Harold is said to have died.
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