We packed the car with 2 kids and a dog and set off to discover East Sussex, here's what we found.
The enchanting Medieval town of Rye, steeped in history with it's cobbled stones, narrow passageways and remarkably preserved buildings.
Refreshingly crammed with lots of diverse independent shops and restaurants. For me the highlight was a long overdue visit to Merchant & Mills, we're makers at heart and this has everything you need for making clothes to bags, cloths, patterns and of course their beautifully packaged notions.
We had great cake and coffee at The Old Grain Store sat outside with the dog and watched the world go by before we carried on wandering.
You're going to either love it or hate it. We adored it, I could have spent hours walking along the pebbled shoreline, discovering wrecked boats and decaying ship paraphernalia.
New architect built houses have sprung up taking inspiration from their surroundings and sitting alongside the more traditional beach homes.
Below, North Vat designed by Rodic Davidson Architects, you can find out more here.
Shingle House below, designed by renowned Scottish architects NORD. You can rent it through Living Architecture here.
In amongst all the other eclectic houses, was the home of the late film director Derek Jarman, Prospect cottage (below) is famous for the garden that this extraordinary film director created in such a baron landscape. For more information on the garden, you can find his inspirational book Derek Jarman's Garden here.
We ended the day eating fish and chips at The Pilot, perfect!
WHERE WE STAYED
How lucky were we, when you take the dog with you, you quite often have to compromise on stylish interiors, not here. The Workshop at Lydd was stunning, with plenty of space to let the dog wander and the kids run free. I can't recommend it enough.
15mins drive to Dungeness, 10mins to Camber Sands, 20mins to Rye.
We booked The Workshop through airbnb, you can find it here.