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Loved the Mapp & Lucia Tour

I was so thrilled to go on the Mapp & Lucia Tour this summer. I loved every minute of it. Allan... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Portland, Oregon
Rye is our favourite holiday destination ever

We've been holidaying in Rye virtually every year (sometimes twice a year) since 1987 after seeing... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2018
Preston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was so thrilled to go on the Mapp & Lucia Tour this summer. I loved every minute of it. Allan Downend showed us all the places from the books. He's a great tour guide and knows everything about Mapp & Lucia. The tour covers...More

2  Thank oregoncynthia
Reviewed 7 August 2018

We've been holidaying in Rye virtually every year (sometimes twice a year) since 1987 after seeing the Prunella Scales Mapp and Lucia tv series and we've loved every minute. it is a beautiful, quirky, quaint little town and though shops have come and gone over...More

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Reviewed 17 June 2018

Who wouldn't return to Rye. Lovely town. Lovely for a weekend break. We often visit and it always gives us pleasure. Never miss the Church and its grand piano. Lots of trendy cafes.

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Reviewed 6 June 2018

This walk will no doubt appeal to seasoned EF Benson fans as the town of Rye (Tilling) played such an important role in the Mapp and Lucia books. The tour was highly informative and expertly led, it was a perfect accompaniment to my day trip...More

Thank Millicent H
Reviewed 29 July 2017

As we were traveling midweek we arranged a private tour with Allan, who was very obliging, and we met at the agreed time and place. Allan was extremely knowledgeable about both Rye and the Mapp and Lucia stories and extremely charming; our knowledge of the...More

2  Thank Mark B
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Lamb House in Rye is Mallards House, although Garden Room was bombed in the war. Many features of Tilling are recognisable in Rye.

Thank deborah292
Reviewed 29 December 2016

A wonderful setting for this drama with the quirky buildings, the cobbled street and the merchants houses. I can see Mapp and Lucia standing on the doorstep of Lamb House bickering with one another in their inimitable way!

1  Thank dandlv
Reviewed 21 November 2016

Quite a lovely old town but did not live up to all the hype as 'England's best preserved town'. Enjoyed wandering the streets and, yes, there are some lovely buildings and the cobblestones add character but, please, get a grip on reality.

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Reviewed 11 September 2016

Take your walking shoes as there are lots of cobbled areas. Plenty to see in this beautiful quaint town. Friendly locals as well. I adored Rye and would certainly recommend a couple of days stay. Lots of lovely antique shops .

Thank Lisa C
Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Allan is a personable, energetic and informative guide to all sights and history connected to E.F. Benson, the Mapp & Lucia series of books and the two televised programs based on this series. Just under two hours in length, the walking tour takes you to...More

1  Thank 49viaggio
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Response from Marilyn O | Reviewed this property |
It is a National Trust Property so you just turn up.