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Nestled between the green rolling hills of the Weald and the sandy beaches of Camber is George in Rye, a wedding venue in the medieval town of Rye. With Sweeping views from its hilltop location, this property offers a chance for pure escapism and romantic adventure. Within Rye's meandering cobbled streets and pretty half-timbered houses, right in the heart of the town’s citadel, resides The George. Effortlessly warm and welcoming the hotel is part-medieval with later Georgian additions. Loving restored in 2022, it offers an eclectic mix of quintessential English and contemporary elegance.

Facilities and Capacity

A Georgian townhouse and 16th Century coaching inn situated in one of England’s best-kept secrets the historic Cinque port town of Rye. The Magnificent Georgian Ballroom, with hand-painted Chinoiserie panelled walls, is a magical space for your wedding breakfast. There are two fireplaces, large bay windows, high ceilings, a minstrels’ gallery and a large bar area. In the evening, it is transformed for dancing and entertainment. The Ballroom can accommodate up to 80 guests for a wedding breakfast and up to 120 in the evening.

The Elegant 16th Century Long Room is a convenient additional room which you can use in several ways. It can be used in tandem with The Ballroom for larger weddings or for more intimate and smaller weddings on its own. You can have your drinks reception after your wedding here or private dining on the eve of your wedding for friends and family. This room can accommodate up to 80 guests for drinks and 40 guests for a wedding breakfast.

In between the Long Room and Ballroom is the Green sitting room is a cosy and informal space for private drinks receptions. The beautiful soft seating is adjacent to The Ballroom, which you can use during your wedding day for quieter moments or for cocktail evenings, drinks receptions and afternoon teas.

Luxurious and intimate, the 40 bedrooms are a place to retreat, relax and unwind. Each room tells its own story to captivate and enchant. Carefully sourced antiques and sumptuous beds with Egyptian cotton linens in every room. The bathrooms all have waterfall showers and roll-top baths in the larger rooms. From the cosy rooms in the eves, to master rooms and spacious junior suites in the hayloft there is somewhere for you, your family and your guests to relax.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
Coastal weddings

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for George in Rye

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Simon Sent on 17/12/2018
5 out of 5 rating

ok it didnt snow but..

otherwise this was pretty much a perfect winter wedding in a very scenic town. All thanks to Natalie and her team at The George In Rye who from day 1 of our planning were super efficient and helpful and who on the day were superbly organised and attentive to our needs. My mum did high end silver service waitressing for nearly 40 years and she was very impressed at everything she saw and all our thirty guests really enjoyed the day (beyond stuff people just say to the married couple) in large part due to the venue and staff.
Sarah Sent on 15/08/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Our wedding day

It was a joy working with Natalie and the events team at The George. The day ran so perfectly seamless for us and your attention to detail was superb. Our friends have spoken so highly about the venue and the day, many have told us it was "the best wedding they have ever attended". What more could i possibly say?!
Russell Sent on 02/05/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Our Dream Wedding

Russell & I met 8 years ago & in 2015 we had our little boy, my first Mothers Day Russell proposed to me in March 2016, we decided we were going to get married that year. I searched and searched for ‘that special venue’ and then I came across the George in Rye and instantly fell in love, this was my perfect was quirky, had rooms for all my guests to stay, amazing food & wine, it ticked all the boxes. We went to view the venue and met Natalie the wedding organiser for the George & it was even more perfect, they had our December date so we booked! Natalie said the venue was even more special at xmas with all the fairy lights and xmas decorations, she did not disappoint. Natalie is a credit to the George she couldn’t do more to help & make sure your wedding day was everything and more. On the day of the wedding I can’t tell you how many guests said how beautiful the venue was & how amazing the food was, the day was literally perfect! The photographer was just bowled over with how beautiful the venue looked & was so excited to be working our wedding as she knew the pictures would shine. I wish I could say in words how special our day was and how happy we are that we found the George. I will go back to the George every year to mark our anniversary, it truly is the most beautiful venue and Natalie will ensure everything goes perfect for your day! I can’t thank the George enough for giving us our dream wedding!
Amy Sent on 02/04/2017
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Both myself and My now husband Tim chose The George Rye as our wedding venue. Oh wow it was magical. From the first day of booking the venue to the actual big day. The staff were amazing, helpful and so kind. They never made me feel like I was being a 'bridezilla' they made me and my family feel so welcome. We have enjoyed every single second of it and that it down to Natalie and the events team. You are all truly amazing and we cannot thank you enough. We will be back I can promise you that!! Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts! Would thoroughly recommend this team and venue for your wedding or any other special occasion.
Can we do it all again?? Xx
Georgina Sent on 22/03/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Our perfect day at the George in Rye

The George in Rye - this beautiful elegant hotel is set in the heart of Rye town centre, a lovely little historic town with cobbled lanes, which makes the perfect back drop to beautiful wedding photos. The hotel itself is just stunning like a mini Downton Abby it's very classic and chic. The beautiful ballroom is the perfect setting for a wedding it really doesn't need any more frills added to it to make it a wow wedding venue.
Good Food and wine are extremely important to myself and my husband!!! and it was a high priority that on our wedding day it was right, the menu choices were amazing and if we wanted anything specific the hotel would accommodate it. The food was all outstanding and the wine choices were of exceptional standard too.
Natalie the wedding coordinator at the George was just amazing she made us feel like our wedding was the only wedding that had or ever will take place in the George!! She made it so personal and took care of everything running up too and on the day itself, with personal touches everywhere from her wake up call on the morning of the wedding to when she personally bought us our 1st glass of fizz after the ceremony ( which was very much needed!!) she really was fantastic.
I honestly couldn't fault any part of our day and it really was our perfect venue.
Rachel Sent on 26/05/2016
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful Wedding venue

The team at The George were superb. Operationally, the day was faultless. Timings were spot on, the food was smart and delicious and they really did go that extra mile in customer service. I was able to relax throughout the day, safe in the knowledge that the team would do the perfect job. We have received compliments from all our guests for having such a wonderful wedding and we thank The George for their professionalism and expertise.
Gabby Sent on 24/04/2015
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful Wedding

Thank you so much for our wonderful wedding. It was a brilliant day and we are so glad that we held it at the George. It is such an exquisite venue, plus your support, staff and service were amazing. I would be happy to recommend the George. I used to work in events and I have not seen such good service as we received, both leading up to the wedding, but also on the day. Everything was perfect.
Sian Sent on 15/09/2014
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect wedding day

The wedding day itself was perfect and I don’t think either of us could have asked for more. We had the absolute best time and everyone from your team were just wonderful. It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it!

Also, we obviously came to The George after being seriously let down by our original venue and I don’t think I could be happier. To say that it was the best thing that happened during the time we were planning the wedding is probably an understatement! The venue is beautiful, the food was divine and the service was second to none. Our entire guestlist have been raving about it and we can’t thank you enough.

Once again, thank you. It doesn’t seem enough to just say that but I can’t really put into words how we both feel! We will certainly be back for many years to come!
Jenny Sent on 15/09/2014
5 out of 5 rating

Best ever Lamb wellington!

We just wanted to say thank you so very much for everything you and your team did to make our wedding day so special. Despite some of the plans having to change due to the weather, we had a lovely day and all of our guests really enjoyed it too. We received some great feedback about the venue, the hotel, the ballroom and the food. A lot of people thought the lamb wellington was the best thing ever!
Laura Sent on 09/09/2014
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Wonderful Wedding day

Thank you Karen and Sarah for the wonderful organisation of our wedding day. Sarah you were so relaxed throughout the process and instantly calmed me down when speaking with you! We had the best day and had so many lovely compliments about the delicious food, wine and beautiful look of the ballroom
Lionel Sent on 17/06/2012
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Absoultely excellent wedding venue, fantasic staff and the Hotel had the most excellent atomsphere which made for a fabulous day Thank you the George in Rye
Jodie Sent on 15/09/2009
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Beautiful to photograph, wonderful venue

I photographed a wedding here last summer and the venue played a very important and successful part in the photographs. Lottie and Mick''s wedding looked beautiful, and the vintage touches of The George combined with the excellent service provided by the staff resulted in a wonderful day. Lottie and Mick''s wedding at The George is featured in the current issue of Cosmo Bride magazine.
Fatginger Sent on 16/12/2008
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Perfect Weekend!

We have just returned from a perfect weekend away at the George in Rye. We arrived on the Friday night from London to be greeted by curteous, friendly staff. We were shown to our room on the first floor, overlooking the streets of Rye. We had booked a standard double and the room was lovely, as mentioned in other reviews the room was a bit small but this wasn''t a problem at all as it was comfortable and full of nice little touches - lavender pillows, the radio playing classical music as we came in etc. The bathroom was perfect with a deep bath and a monsoon shower, as well as gorgeous Aveda products. We had reserved a table in the bar on the Friday night and a table in the restaurant on the Saturday night. Both nights the food was fantastic and the wine list was extensive and very reasonable. We had breakfast in the dining room on the Saturday and as an indulgent treat - in bed on the Sunday. We wanted a relaxing, get away from it all weekend, and this is exactly what we had. We will definitely be going back - sooner rather than later hopefully!
Illona Sent on 16/12/2008
5 out of 5 rating

Glorious stay at the George in Rye

I have just spent 4 days at The George and could not be more enchanted with every detail of the trip. The Hotel is spectacularly beautifully decorated, calm and elegant and relaxing, i wish that my own house managed to mix old and new so seamlessly.

All the staff were amazingly friendly, knowledgeable and efficient, we felt really well looked after. We had the gourmet tasting menu with specially selected wines with each course, which was truly indulgent and absolutely delicious!

I cannot find a single fault with the George in Rye, I just feel so lucky to have found it, and keep raving to all my friends about how they should definately book themselves a little bit of luxury soon!

Jessimaelondon Sent on 16/12/2008
5 out of 5 rating

Gorgeous George

My husband and I are regular visitors to The George. Since the refurb it has become our favourite UK retreat - we love exploring the area and find the hotel fabulously informal, while being extremely well-run. The place has been miraculously transformed by the Clarkes - the rooms are gorgeous with luxurious touches, the bar and restaurant equally so. The food is fantastic and we are always assured of a warm welcome. Other people clearly share our view - booking ahead is advised!

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