History of Saltcote Place

Saltcote Place started life as a Wedding present, for many young couples a toaster is far more likely to be the main present.

Designed by the influential architect Sir Reginald Blomfield in the Queen Anne style. The French side of this famous family funded the development for Captain AAR Hennessy and his young bride. The house was completed in 1905 having taken over two years to build and came with 18.5 acres of grounds. The yield from the fruit and vegetables was enough to run the house and pay for the staff who lived on the estate. 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 available as an elegant bridal suite in addition to being a fantastic weekend or midweek retreat for those who enjoy 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. In later years his life revolved more around London, the main residence being in Eaton Square. Eventually selling for £8,000 the Estate was sold in many parts - the fields to the north west becoming Mill place Estate now known as Mill Road.

Saltcote affords splended views from the garden; the secure location lets you relax and with plenty of free parking and only 7 to 8 minutes walk to the town centre. Over the years many former school girls return for significant wedding anniversaries. Our catering team will prepare your selected menu and wines, we do not have "packages" so every event here is unique.

Outstanding views ranging from Dover to Fairlight over Romney marsh toward Camber beach and the English channel. The harbour is clearly visible and of course panoramic views of Rye bay. From the penthouse looking at the horizon you have uninterrupted panoramic views of at least 50 miles of land and sea views.

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" hence we keep the number of celebrations quite low and never mix Weddings with non wedding guests.

We work with many of the hotels in Rye to promote leisure and tourism interests. Our Rye Bed and Breakfast or Rye B&B is award winning. We have two coveted 5 star Gold awards, as well as having been first in England on TripAdvisor and 3rd in the World.

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.