Anna, we were going to use Rye as a touring base this summer because I wanted to see Prospect Cottage and visit the Romney Marshes but we didn't get around to it. Your blog makes me want to try and make it happen next year. I had not imagined Rye was so 'Dickensian' looking. How perfect for the season!
Rye is a great place to visit, I'll do you a guided tour of my favourite parts of the area tomorrow.