Bed, breakfast and books

Jeake's House

Jeake’s House in Rye’s Mermaid Street has been described as one of the ten best bed and breakfasts in Britain in a tourist magazine in the following text from Britain Magazine

“Literary pilgrims beat a path to Jenny Hadfield’s B&B, on cobbled Mermaid Street in a medieval town with many bookish associations. It occupies a run of ancient buildings, including a former wool store, a chapel, and the house of merchant Samuel Jeake, and this was for a time home to American novelist Conrad Aitken, who entertained the likes of Malcolm Lowry and Radclyffe Hall here.

“Rooms named after such luminaries have an antique four-poster dressed with English toile (linen cloth or canvas). Breakfast – served in a former Quaker meeting house, its deep-red walls hung with portraits – includes such traditional dishes as oak-smoked haddock and devilled kidneys, as well as the more modish smashed avocado on toast.”

Image Credits: Jenny Hadfield .


  1. Also the birthplace of Joan Aiken, author of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and many other wonderful novels and collections of stories.


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