£1,300,000 - Recently Sold
Twilight image of the Oast with a beautiful pink sky

Sowdens Oast – Rye

Discover a piece of history set in the East Sussex countryside. Originally developed to dry hops for beer in the early to mid 19th Century, the main house and Oasts were renovated in 1990. Just a few minutes drive from the charming and vibrant town of Rye, this delightful Oast house is a unique dwelling, and a wonderful place to indulge in country living. 

An Impressive Arrival

Double gates open onto a neat gravel drive and courtyard where there is ample parking for several cars and areas to relax and enjoy the views of the lush countryside surrounding the property. 

Stroll towards the grand entrance, where the majestic door unveils a double height entryway that exudes sophistication with its sweeping staircase.

Turn left into the spacious living area, fitted with a working fireplace that provides a cosy ambiance in the wintry evenings and makes the perfect companion to a warming hot drink or flicking through a magazine. In the summer months, the french doors here open out onto a sheltered York stone patio that makes a wonderful space to enjoy an after-dinner glass of fizz as the sun sets. 

Venture down a few steps into another intriguing reception room. Known to the current owners as ‘The Den’, this circular room is an excellent hideaway to escape with a good book or can also serve as a bar area for hosting after dinner drinks. 

Dining in Style

Moving through the first living area you will find the kitchen, which emanates charm and comfort. 

The cream cupboards and blue tiled worktops accommodate a Stove oven and grill, an electric hob and a Beko dishwasher. The windows flood the room with glorious light, bathing the kitchen table in sunshine as you sip your morning coffee. 

Just off the kitchen is a utility room, where there is a sink and Beko washing machine. Here you will also find the boiler room tucked away.

Continuing on through the kitchen into the capacious dining room. This majestic room is dual aspect and painted a superb shade of green, offering a more formal space to entertain guests. 

Turning left out of the dining room there is an accessible wet room, fitted with an electric shower, sink and toilet. A boot room next door provides ample storage space for outerwear and shoes; perfect for when arriving from long walks. There is also a staircase here for access to the upper floor and a door leading out to the courtyard.

Retreat Upstairs

Returning to the striking entryway, ascend the stylishly carpeted staircase to discover the four double bedrooms, all named after places the owners have lived or visited, and all with spectacular views of the verdant Brede Valley. 

Step down into the stunning principal bedroom in the Oast, affectionately known to the current owners as the ‘Indian Ocean’ room. Painted in a calming shade of blue, this room is unique in its circular shape and a tranquil oasis for relaxation. The view from the dual aspect windows is breathtaking and the beautiful cherry blossom tree that is situated at the front of the house can be enjoyed from this room. There is an ensuite bathroom as you enter the bedroom decorated in a pretty powder pink and double fitted wardrobes opposite. 

Moving down the corridor, you will find the next bedroom, which features a mirrored fitted wardrobe, providing plentiful storage for shoes and clothes. This bedroom shares the same gorgeous views over the lush Brede valley. 

Opposite this bedroom is the shared family bathroom, fitted with a bath, WC and wash basin. Next door to the bathroom is a study which looks over the main courtyard, that could also be used as a fifth bedroom if so desired.

Across the landing is another double bedroom, known as the ‘Kyoto Room’, with a bespoke fitted wardrobe and a casement window that drenches the room in radiant sunlight and looks out to the wonderful countryside that makes this home so exciting.

The final bedroom is another large double, with a full wall of Sharps’ fitted wardrobes and an en-suite bathroom. With radiant yellow tiling and a shower and separate bath, this bathroom is the perfect place for you to unwind and relax.

Apartment living

This property features an annexe with two en-suite double bedrooms, a fully equipped, open plan kitchen-dining-living room. With front and back access to both the courtyard and garden, this self-contained apartment could be used as a separate dwelling for guests or rented out for holidaymakers looking for a countryside getaway. 

Al Fresco

The two single garages have lift over doors and provide ample space for storage as well as parking your vintage car or maybe to carry out a bit of DIY. One of the garages is currently being used as a laundry room and contains a sink and connections for a washing machine and dryer. There are outdoor power sockets and a tap perfect for connecting a hose pipe for watering the garden and any pots outside of the home. 

The wrap-around garden is extensive and sublimely tranquil, offering a delightful backdrop to a morning coffee or a friendly game of croquet, surrounded by harmonious birdsong. Just off the courtyard is a newly resurfaced tennis court, providing a recreational space to improve your backhand and showcase your skills to family and friends. 

There is another building just off the courtyard that is currently being used as a storehouse but was originally a schoolhouse. Whether you choose to turn this into a home gym, a cinema room or even a yoga studio – Namaste; this space’s versatility is its most exciting feature. 

On your Doorstep

Rye is a mediaeval citadel rich with history and just minutes from your door. It is home to a wide selection of restaurants, cosy pubs and contemporary hotels. Explore the cobbled streets and check out The Standard Inn, an excellent British pub or treat yourself to a seaside feast from Merino’s Fish & Chips and for those cold days try the delicious hot chocolate from Knoop. Ypres, Whitehouse Cafe in the High St popular for its bakery, Fig, Union & Landgate Bistro are also some of the locals’ favourites. Rye also has the closest Post Office and GP surgery.

For the more sociable ones you will find lots to see and do such as the Rye Arts Festival, the Rye Bonfire, the Rye Jazz Festival or for your foodie friends and family enjoy Rye Bay Scallops Week.

Amble through the unrivalled countryside that surrounds you, with a myriad of hiking pathways awaiting you from behind the tennis court. The enchanting Tillingham Valley, home to Tillingham Winery is easily accessible by foot. The Plough Pub and the nearby farm shop, serving up mouth-watering savouries, are just down the road.

Beyond its cultural offerings, Rye provides practical conveniences, with easy commuting options to Hastings or Tunbridge Wells. Catch a fast train from Ashford to St Pancras, and within 40 minutes, you could find yourself boarding the Eurostar to Paris. Bon voyage!

Families are well served by a range of local schools, with Claremont Senior School, independent school Battle Abbey a short drive away, and grammar school Cranbrook also ideally located.

For the sun lovers or the thrill seekers the adventurous water sport activities in Camber Sands is the perfect spot offering watersports such as kite surfing, sailing or windsurfing to sandcastle building and wildlife. This beach is famous for the long ridges of sand dunes leading down to miles of soft golden sands perfect for walks with your four-legged friend, or just for your pooch to paddle his paws. 

For a home that lends itself to all seasons, Sowdens Oast offers a safe, warm and beautiful embrace to all. Perfectly private, rich in character and with views over the Brede valley storybook charm doesn’t get better than this.

Home Nuances

  • Historic coastal town of Rye
  • Grade II listed 19th century oast house
  • Detached 4/5 double bedroom characterful home
  • Sweeping staircase leading to a galleried landing above
  • 3 reception rooms, including Den/TV room
  • Built-in kitchen appliances
  • Southerly views across undulating countryside in the Brede Valley
  • Self-contained single-storey barn
  • Approx. 4481 sq/ft inc. Outbuildings

Grounds & Location:

  • Gated drive
  • Two single garages & gravel parking area
  • Store room & ‘school house’
  • Tennis court (resurfaced June 2022)
  • Approx 0.81 of an acre with fruit trees, flower beds, hydrangeas, camellia, rhododendron, heather, alpines, lavender and twisted leaf Yucca
  • Easy access to walks across the Tillingham Valley
  • 4.5 miles to Rye train station
  • 7 miles to two traditional links golf courses 
  • 8.6 miles to Camber Sands 
  • 11.1 miles to Battle train station
  • 11.4 miles to Hastings
  • 1 hr 14 min to London Gatwick Airport (LGW)
  • 1 hr and 9 min direct to London St Pancras from Rye train station


  • Oil fired central heating (2500 bunded oil tank installed Nov 2019)
  • Mains water and electricity
  • Sewage treatment plant (installed in Aug 2023)
  • Council Tax G – Oast
  • Council Tax A – Annexe/Barn


  • 8.7 miles to Claremont Senior School
  • 10 miles to independent school Battle Abbey
  • 12.1 miles to Marlborough House School
  • 13.9 miles to Benenden School

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Price : £1,300,000 - Recently Sold
Property Type : House
Purpose : Sell
Status : Available
Area : 4481 Sq Ft
Address : Rye
Property ID : 4550

Internal Structure

Bedrooms : 5
Bathrooms : 4