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Lamb House, Rye

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Lamb House is a Grade II* listed 18th-century house situated in Rye, East Sussex, England, and in the ownership of the National Trust.

The house is run as a writer's house museum. It has been the home of many writers, including Henry James from 1897 to 1914, and later E.F. Benson.
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  • Lamb House in Rye is one of my very favourite places on earth. The atmosphere is so wonderful, redolent of literary giants with their famous guests. Henry James lived here as did E F Benson a few...  more »
  • Its been about 10 years since we last visited Lamb House in Rye and in those days most of the house, which had tenants, was not open for the public. Now it is all open and the garden is magnificent.....  more »
  • Lambs House is now owned by the National Trust,steeped in history in the beautiful Town of Rye. The house has now been opened up so that the public can go upstairs to see the bedroom & the writing room. The garden is beautiful to walk round it's not massive but it does have some gorgeous plants to look at & with the most gorgeous smelling roses. There is a tea room and a court yard to sit in whilst having a drink & to sit there in the sun is wonderful, worth a visit.
  • Very interesting house with interesting literary connections. Set in an amazing area of outstanding architectural beauty. The house is of a small to medium size in comparison to other National Trust properties. However, that does not, in any way, diminish the brilliance of the house. The cafe is small so only outside seating may be available at busy times but don't let that stop you from trying because it is worth a visit as you can certainly enjoy a nice cup of tea there. One thing to look out for is when you enter the main house, look at the inside of the door with all it bolts and bars and how big it looks in the house in comparison to its proportions outside. I was travelling with my elderly mum and her friends. If you are travelling with elderly or disabled bear in mind that there is no parking on site. I dropped them off at the front door then went to park. You have to drive up the steep cobbled hill but it is fine for a car. I found some free one hour parking around the corner from the church but unfortunately it wasn't enough time when you do the cafe as well, if I had just done the house it would have been fine. Therefore, I had to move it into the public car park as you come into Rye. From there I walked towards the windmill, over the pedestrian crossing on the railway, be careful to make you sure you look properly before crossing, then just walked through the cut through opposite the estuary and up the hill to lamb house. Certainly a property worth visiting with some interesting stories attached to it so make sure you speak to the friendly guides in each room.
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