A room with a view


From: £90.0 Night

When you walk into Tilling at Red Cottage, the first thing you’ll notice about your accommodation is the lovely view of the town with the church of St Mary’s atop Rye’s iconic profile. And it is precisely because of the view that we decided to call the room ‘Tilling’.

‘Tilling on Sea’ was the setting for E.F. Benson’s humorous and charming novels featuring the feuding grande dames of social one upmanship, Mapp and Lucia. Benson based this town on Rye where he lived and was mayor from 1934 to 1937 and the name was derived from the River Tillingham that flows just behind the Red Cottage B&B.

Bright and spacious, Tilling provides you with all the facilities you’d expect from a luxury en-suite including top-end toiletries and a wonderful choice of refreshments. There’s even a small fridge for your fresh milk and filtered water.

As seen on TV

The Mapp and Lucia novels inspired not one but two TV dramas, both filmed in and around Rye. The first series aired on Channel 4 in 1984 featured Prunella Scales and Geraldine McEwan taking the lead roles of Mapp and the willowy Lucia and Nigel Hawthorne playing the theatrical Georgie.

A recent three part adaptation written by Steve Pemberton (League of Gentlemen fame)
appeared on our screens in 2014 to much critical acclaim. This time the roles of Mapp and Lucia were played by Miranda Richardson and Anna Chancellor. Other stars in the comedy series included Mark Gatiss as Major Benny and Gemma Coles as Irene Whelan.

Prices from £90 if booked direct.


  • Kings Sized Bed
  • Free High Speed WiFi
  • Flat Screen Smart TV
  • Breakfast Included
  • En-suite
  • Shower
  • Luxury Toiletries
  • Town Views
  • Free Onsite Parking
  • 5 Minute Walk From Town Centre
  • Tea / Coffee Facilities
  • Mini Fridge