History of Saltcote Place

Saltcote Place started life as a Wedding present, for many these days a toaster is far more popular; designed by the influential architect Sir Reginald Blomfield in the Queen Anne style for Captain AAR Hennessy and his young bride by the French side of this famous family. The house was completed in 1905 having taken over two years to build. It took us over 4 years to renovate. As a Rye Country mansion, Saltcote Place has enjoyed a colourful past.

Above the portico leading into the vestibule we have the Royal Cypher of the late Queen Mother, perhaps in recognition of happy times spent here with the Hennessy family between the Wars.

Because of the heritage, we named the penthouse "The Hennessy suite" which is also available as an elegant bridal suite in addition to being a fantastic weekend or midweek retreat for those used to the best things in life. The Hennessy suite is not available all year around, it is only available for a maximum of 139 days.

Used as a Military headquarters, a nursing home and three times as a School the first being in 1922 it came back into private ownership in 2003 for the first time since 1920, since then we have worked hard to restore the property and now you can enjoy it for your visit to Rye.

Captain Hennessy referred to Saltcote as his "white elephant" not because he disliked the house but due to the fact he had other homes in Norfolk and London and his life was more and more revolving around London. Eventually selling for £8,000 the 18 and a half acres the Estate was sold in many parts - the fields to the north west becoming Mill place Estate now known as Mill Road.

Saltcote affords awesome views from the garden; the secure location lets you relax and with plenty of free parking and only 8 minutes walk to the town centre. It is more than just the facilities and location that make Saltcote Place stand out as the obvious choice when looking for something rather special.

This Rye Country mansion is large with extensive grounds, outstanding views ranging from Dover to Fairlight over Camber beach, the harbour and of course panoramic views of Rye bay, from the penthouse looking at the horizon you have uninterrupted and panoramic views of at least 50 miles of horizon overlooking the Romney marshes and the sea.

As a sought after Sussex wedding venue we specialise in the smaller intimate Ceremony and receptions here, we are not interested in becoming yet another "Wedding factory".

We work with many of the hotels in Rye, our Rye Bed and Breakfast is award winning and we have two coveted Gold awards, and ideal location for a Rye break or a Rye treat and we are very close to Mermaid street, Rye Tourism and Tourist information centre, the mint, Rye high street and the Landgate. We look forward to meeting you and exceeding your expectations.


At Saltcote Place we are committed to the creation of legendary Weddings. Intimate celebrations can also be inspirational and moving Visit our Weddings Website here.


Wedding anniversary gifts or other special events are our speciality - we work with you to create the most magical and memorable few days. Wedding Anniversary ideas.

Mature Birthdays

Sophisticated & elegant Celebrations welcome; we offer the space to celebrate in style Opera, Jazz, Piano, Magicians. Give us a call and tell us what you want to achieve.

Living Funerals

Living Funerals are not a time for sadness but a time to reflect and give thanks for a life well spent Read about a Celebration of Life.