The Village of Playden is located (1.6 miles) from Rye on A268 and is set on a hilltop, partly nestled within the High Weald Area Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and within the site of Special Scientific Interest (SSI) Houghton Green Cliff. Playden lies within a 15-minute walk of Rye. A visitor could be forgiven for passing by unaware of its existence, as the village has no centre, no shops and the houses are scattered over the rural parish.
There has been a settlement in Playden since the New Stone Age 4000 years ago. Playden, or Saltcote as it was once known, is mentioned in the Domesday Book and at one time had a thriving fish salting industry based in Saltcote Street now known as New England Lane, which to this day remains a beautiful country lane set between high banks of earth and sandstone. The picturesque Norman church of St Michael stands at the top of the hill, and its spire which can be seen peeping through the trees, is cedar shingled and on top rests a large lead cross. Inside amongst other things is a carved screen dating from the fourteenth century. https://www.playden.info/friendsofplaydenchurch.php
The area has many rambling footpaths affording outstanding views over the picturesque valleys of the River Tilligham, Rye Foreign, The River Rother and Romney Marsh and Rye Citadel. Playden has great appeal to those who relish the peace of rural living and country walks, whilst being close to all amenities and good travel links. For primary education St Michaels Primary School, https://www.st-michaels-playden.e-sussex.sch.uk a short distance away is Rye Community Primary & Rye Secondary School. https://www.ryeprimary.e-sussex.sch.uk
Private education is available in the towns of Ashford,(19 miles) Hastings (13 miles) and Hawkhurst (13 miles) as well as more local education. Nursery Schools and Play Groups are also to be found in the area. Adult Education is catered for at The Community Learning Centre, Lion Street and at the Rye Community College.
Rye Medical Centre in Playden – a modern GP & Rehabilitation Centre. https://www.ryemedicalcentre.com
The village boasts a highly rated hotel, four B&B’s and three pubs which span the parish, so wherever you may be, sustenance is never more than an easy walk away! Trains go from Rye station, east to Ashford International with its 38 minute high-speed trains to London and also to the Continent. Westward to Hastings, Eastbourne and Brighton.