Welcome to Wickham Manor, a National Trust-owned 16th Century Manor House nestled within our 750-acre mixed farm and vineyard, surrounding the picturesque ancient town of Winchelsea. References to this Manor are found from the 12th Century onwards, though the earliest surviving parts of the building date from the mid to late 16th Century. In the 17th Century it was owned by Pennsylvania founder, William Penn. Wickham Manor was divided into four cottages in the late 19th Century, then converted back into a single dwelling during the 1920s. It has been home to The Palmer Family since 1998 and Sally had previously run it as a Bed & Breakfast for the last 21 years.

Due to the pandemic in 2020, the family and I made the decision to split the Manor into three wings, offering two private accommodations for guests, along with a separate wing for us. This means we are now able to offer a much safer stay, with private gardens, parking and entrances.

Spoilt with sea views, Winchelsea is a 20-minute walk via the 1066 footpath which runs directly through the farm and past the Manor, making it a perfect stay for keen explorers. If you are wanting to travel further afield, we are blessed with lots of local towns and villages such as Rye (3.8 miles) Hastings (9 miles) and Tenterden (16 miles) which offer local cuisine and a range of boutique shops.

Covid update - Following government guidelines we are currently closed but aim to re-open from 12th April onwards. To find out more information, please visit our covid-19 page.

Caz’n’Jack
Caz’n’Jack
18/10/2020
Blissful escape Thoroughly enjoyed our escape from COVID mundanity to this magnificent Elizabethan manor. Inevitably COVID guidelines meant changes to usual arrangements but Sally was very upfront about this before we booked. Our suite of historic rooms and cosy log fire was like nothing we have stayed in before. We also enjoyed a tasting of Charles Palmer wines from the very knowledgeable Chantal. We will definitely visit again
Magda K
Magda K
04/10/2020
A blissful stay I came here with my boyfriend to replace our trip to Italy and it was everything I wanted and needed! The location is absolutely incredible and the owner was so accommodating, helping us with walking/cycling routes and filling our fridge with breakfast goodies. Would definitely come here again for a peaceful, active country getaway! I recommend renting a bike from Rye ☺️
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OnAir49474374734
28/09/2020
Pleasantly surprised in difficult circumstances ! I felt I had to write this review in contrast to one of the previous reviewers criticisms . As a regular visitor .We have Just had a marvellous Stay in our favourite Bed and breakfast in the south , I’m writing to support the wonderful hostess Sally , still doing amazing things in these difficult times, I Noted a couple of unusually grumpy reviews , I was made aware before I booked ,that due to covid ,Sally has had to separate the house for safety reasons, and ,now sadly, is only able to supply a basic breakfast in your own individual dining area ,instead the normal slap up full English ,due to having to initiate a one way one system in this iconic medieval Manor House. I felt I had to say something as Sally made me aware on arrival , how upset she was by her previous guest ,having looked at his review (dock brief) One point about his stay,what he left out was, he had informed Sally ,that, as he had already contracted covid ,(so basically ,he was so selfish and disinterested in other guests he wanted his breakfast whatever the cost to other guests ) he couldn’t understand what’s the problem was over breakfast ,even though he was pre warned on booking the situation , with regard to his beef On pricing for the room , we are all getting more available private space , in my case and mr grumpy’s case , both guests ,as opposed to three available rooms pre covid , we now have an extra lounge ,dining area and two double rooms extra, within the price , a bargain ! Michael
TEAMESQ
TEAMESQ
19/09/2020
Its better than you expect We originally stayed at Wickham Manor. B&B after personal 5star recommendation. It was better than expected. This time it was our second stay and we preferred the new arrangements. We hope to come back. If you like four posters Inglenook fire places in a beautiful 16C Manor with plenty of personal space you don't need to look anywhere else Dr. Fossil
aexsb12
aexsb12
01/01/2020
Best start to the New Year We were the only guests at Wickham Manor over New Year. How lucky! Sally was very welcoming and had a great fire going in the cosy lounge where we saw in the new year. Comfortable bedroom with a huge bed. All very clean and tidy. Interesting to see what parts of the house were used in the Holmes film. Winchelsea is a beautiful area.
cathrine1968
cathrine1968
30/09/2019
Just what the Dr ordered Just stayed for a couple of nights which went so quickly Warm, friendly welcome from Sally. Very comfortable room with a fantastic view across to the sea and lots of thoughtful touches Such a quiet peaceful location and we were lucky to have a clear night to see so many stars in the sky Excellent breakfast with fresh fruit, yoghurt, cereals and toast and hot food cooked to order Thoroughly enjoyable stay
mlg123
mlg123
01/08/2019
Simply stunning Sorry to have to add nothing new to the previous reviews but there is simply nothing bad to say about this stunning property and the wonderful hospitality provided by Sally and Charles. What a location, with sweeping bucolic views, over open fields, right down to the English Channel. Comfy beds, peaceful, full of character. As a lone traveller, I was made to feel truly welcome and at home. Superb 3 night stay. If you want to make your stay even better, ask for a glass of their award-winning sparkling wine. Grown and produced within yards of the house. A glass worth raising to such a lovely stay!
jaydeek
jaydeek
23/06/2019
Peace in abundance I’m so pleased that this popped up when I was searching for a b&b in the Rye area. If you want clinical 21st century accommodation then this isn’t for you. However if you appreciate country house living with good food and views to die for (the silence is deafening) then stay here. It’s a great base for visiting the south east coast and countryside.