Your Room is named after William Carter, a smuggler. Native of Hampshire, yet and active member of the ‘Hawkhurst gang’. He was involved in the kidnapping of Chater and Galley members of the ‘Gang’. He was eventually caught, hung and gibbeted for his part in the affair in 1747.

– A Single Bed  – Antique furniture  – Beamed ceiling

– Wattle and daub walls  – Latticed windows

Welcome to the unique Mermaid Inn, rich in history with cellars dating from 1156 and rebuilt in 1420. The Mermaid Inn offers a totally different experience. Sloping ceilings, creaking floorboards and numerous staircases, which are the product of history and a rich tradition that is maintained by careful stewardship.

Experience a drink in the Giant’s Fireplace Bar and imagine how the Hawkhurst Gang, local smugglers in the 1730s and 1740s, caroused in the bar. Can you see the secret passageway entrance?

Dine in the Linen Fold Panelled Restaurant. Enjoy the ambience of the large restaurant, the cosiness of the small dining room or the privacy of the Boardroom for your evening meal, lunch and breakfast.

Relax in one of the two lounges. Enjoy the comfort and atmosphere of Dr Syn’s Lounge and look for the wall carvings of the Catholic priests fleeing to the continent at the time of the Reformation. The Small Lounge overlooks the cobbles of Mermaid Street which was once the main route to the anchorage in Rye in years gone by.


Rest assured that you will have a peaceful night, but when you hear those floorboards creaking….

– En Suite with shower

– 24 hour Room Service and Porterage

– Television with full Freeview  channels

– Beverage making facilities

– Hair dryer

– Bathroom products

– Breakfast: There is a wide selection for your breakfast choice.


There is a Continental Breakfast option or a Full English Breakfast, but you can try the Smoked Salmon with Scrambled Eggs, or enjoy Waffles with Streaky Bacon and Maple Syrup.

Check-In:  2pm though rooms are available once they have been prepared.

Check-out:  11am

Make your stay even more special.

Please contact us and we will be happy to assist with;

• Champagne in your room
• Flowers in your room
• Chocolates in your room
• Arrange a pampering session


Call Reception on 01797 223065 or

Email: [email protected]

The Mermaid Inn offers a 15 space car park in the middle of the Rye Medieval Citadel. There are public car parking spaces close by.  Reception will be happy to provide further advice and help.