The Oast House – Beechcroft

Cowbeech, East Sussex
5 Guests
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    The Oast House, unique to the original hop producing regions of the South East, has a private south facing terrace and partially enclosed lawned garden
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    The Oast House, sleeping 5, is a charming sympathetic conversion which is beautifully equipped and excellently furnished
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    The Oast House is excellent for the younger family or for those seeking a relaxing holiday with wildlife on the doorstep & lots to do in Sussex
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    Ground floor: Beautifully equipped kitchen with exposed beams, a Sandyford cooker and a dining area
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    Ground floor: Dining area in the beautifully equipped kitchen with sliding French window to the south facing patio
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    Ground floor: The roundel, once used for drying hops now provides the cosy sitting room with exposed beams
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    First floor: Circular double bedroom with a 5′ bed, TV and en suite bathroom
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    First floor: En suite bathroom to circular double bedroom
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    First floor: Comfortable double bedroom with 4’6” bed
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    First floor: Comfortable single bedroom with a 3′ bed
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    First floor: Luxury small shower room
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    The Oast House is one of four luxury holiday cottages at Beechcroft in the rural village of Cowbeech in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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    Beechcroft is approached by a newly gravelled drive
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    The cottage has open southerly views across a small lake to rolling countryside
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    Situated on a cattle breeding farm where racehorses are also trained, the ambiance, tranquility and setting of these cottages ensure guests regularly return
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    The cottages at Beechcroft enjoy the hills, downs and ragged coastline of East Sussex
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    The Merrie Harriers, an excellent pub restaurant in the village, is only a 3 minute walk away
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    The De La Warr Pavilion is a Grade one listed modernist building housing a contemporary art gallery and auditorium
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    The Clergy House is remarkable as a surviving example of a typical thatched Wealden Hall House dating back to the fourteenth century
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    Ye Olde Smugglers Inne in Alfriston was built in 1358
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    Lewes Castle stands high above the medieval streets
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    Hastings Castle is a huge part of England’s history as it was the first Norman motte and bailey castle to be built here
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    Of Rye’s many attractive streets perhaps the most picturesque is Mermaid Street, a cobbled lane lined with a mix of medieval timber-framed inns and elegant Georgian houses
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    Rye Castle, also known as Ypres Tower, was built in 1249, and is situated in Rye
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    One of the most important conservation sites on the Sussex coast, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve has been recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest
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    Experience the extraordinary at the Royal Pavilion, an exotic palace in the centre of Brighton
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    Brighton Pier is a Victorian Pier with fairground attractions, Palace of Fun arcade and various food and drink outlets
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    Brighton Marina is an artificial marina featuring a working harbour and residential housing alongside a variety of leisure, retail and commercial activities
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    From the independent shops of The Lanes, North Laine & London Road to the big-name stores of Churchill Square & Brighton Marina, shopping in Brighton is second to none
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    Pevensey Bay Beach is a shingle beach with lovely sand at low tide
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    Sailing, jet-skiing and wind-surfing are popular pursuits at Pevensey Bay and normans Bay
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    Herstmonceux is renowned for its magnificent moated castle set in 550 acres of glorious parkland and superb Elizabethan gardens
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    Pevensey Castle is a medieval castle and former Roman Saxon Shore fort
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    Michelham Priory is an historic house, gardens, forge and watermill with 800 years of history and the longest water filled moat in England
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    Battle Abbey was founded by William the Conqueror on the site of the Battle of Hastings
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    Built in 1385, Bodiam Castle is set in open parkland and approached through a series of medieval water features
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    Glyndebourne is an international opera house renowned for the Glyndebourne Festival held each summer
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    A moated castle and pictorial gardens make Scotney one of the most romantic estates in England
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    Camber Castle, Rye was an artillery fort built by Henry VIII to guard the port of Rye
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    Bateman’s is a 17th-century house located in Burwash. Author Rudyard Kipling lived in Bateman’s from 1902 to his death in 1936
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    Firle is an historic village and country estate in the South Downs National Park
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    Merriments has featured on BBC Gardeners World and other gardening television shows, and in most gardening magazines in England
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    Glynde Place is a beautiful Elizabethan manor house with far-reaching views across the Weald
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    Visit Pashley Manor Gardens, ‘One of the finest gardens in England’, to see Romantic English landscaping and artistic planting
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    Great Dixter is a Tudor house with a famous twentieth century Arts and Crafts garden
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    The gardens at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent created by Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson
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    The South Downs Way is a beautiful 100 mile long walking trail, passing through the wonderful South Downs National Park
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    Seven Sisters Country Park – Perhaps the most famous stretch of coast within the South Downs National Park
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    The Cuckoo Trail , once a railway line, offers a superb, peaceful, traffic-free route through open Sussex countryside, ideal for cyclists and walkers of all ages
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    Beachy Head Lighthouse was built in the sea below Beachy Head
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    Bedgebury Forest is ideal for cycling, walking, running and riding, adventure play and Go Ape
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    Bewl Water Country Park has a great deal to offer, including walking, adventure playgrounds, fishing and watersports
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    Coarse angling at Furnace Brook Fishery – a two lake full amenity complex located in Cowbeech
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    Cooden Beach Golf Club 18 hole course is an ideal location with its proximity to the beach at Bexhill-on-Sea
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    Discover East Sussex with a hot air balloon ride from the British School of Ballooning
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    The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead
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    The Kent & East Sussex Railway is the country’s finest example of a rural light railway
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    The Llama Park is set in 33 acres of land in the heart of the beautiful Ashdown Forest
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The Oast House is one of four luxury holiday cottages at Beechcroft in the rural village of Cowbeech in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a lovely pub, village green and period homes. Situated on a cattle breeding farm where racehorses are also trained, the ambience, tranquillity and setting is very appealing.

The Oast House, unique to the original hop producing regions of the South East, dates from 1638 and has some exceptional exposed timbering. The roundel, once used for drying hops, now provides a circular sitting room and principal bedroom with en suite bathroom. Having been awarded five gold stars by enjoyEngland.com every year since 2010, this exceptional restoration commands its own privacy and individuality. The spacious accommodation has been designed with your comfort and relaxation in mind and is beautifully done, with elegant furnishings and great attention to detail. In a superb setting next to the village, the cottage has open southerly views across a small lake to rolling countryside. It has a private south facing terrace with outdoor furniture where Guests can sit and enjoy al fresco meals, a morning cuppa or a night cap under the stars.

The other holiday homes at Beechcroft are The Granary (sleeps 6), The Byre (sleeps 4) and The Bull Pen & Cart Lodge (sleeps 2) – please see the individual properties for more detail. For larger groups, the properties can be booked together as one very large property to sleep up to 17 guests, providing the ideal setting for a special getaway. With the accommodation split into four self-contained cottages, guests can enjoy the flexibility of their own space whilst enjoying the company of friends and family. The Bull Pen and Cart Lodge has the capacity to seat up to 20 and a kitchen capable of catering for such numbers. Please see the separate listing for Beechcroft if you are interested in this option.

An outstanding example of rural preservation, in unique contrasting countryside, the cottages at Beechcroft enjoy the hills, downs and ragged coastline of East Sussex. Close to historic 1066 country with a multitude of ancient castles, renowned open gardens and National Trust properties to visit, there is plenty of history – from the thousands year old church at Rye to the tranquil gardens at Michelham Priory. The cottages are also conveniently situated for the Glyndebourne season of world-famous opera (May – August) which is a must for classical music fans. There are a host of outdoor activities in the area with some of the best walking and off-road cycling in the country. Explore the picture book Sussex towns and villages, including Hastings, one of England’s most traditional seaside resorts.

 

Overview

  • 5 Guests
  • Three bedrooms, one of which is en suite
  • Two doubles, one single bedroom
  • One bathroom, one shower room
  • Suitable for a baby under 6 months old in own moses basket
  • Children over 5 years old are welcome
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • South facing patio with garden furniture
  • Partially enclosed lawned garden
  • Catering can be arranged
  • Welcome hamper, linen and toiletries
  • Ample parking

Features

  • The Oast House is excellent for the younger family or for those seeking a relaxing holiday, with wildlife on the doorstep and lots to do in Sussex.
  • A unique, spacious and comfortable home-from-home with some exceptional exposed timbering, dating from 1638.
  • The roundel, once used for drying hops now provides a circular sitting room with the principal en suite bedroom above.
  • The Oast House commands its own privacy and individuality with tasteful, high specification furnishings.
  • One of four detached properties in a pleasant and informal grouping in a superb setting on the edge of the village, with open southerly views across a small lake to rolling countryside.
  • The three other properties at Beechcroft, The Granary (sleeps 6), The Byre (sleeps 4) and The Bull Pen and Cart Lodge (sleeps 2), can be booked with The Oast House to create a very large property for family get-togethers or groups of friends of up to 17 people. Cottages may be taken individually or in any combination.
  • The Bull Pen and Cart Lodge has the capacity to seat up to 20 guests and a kitchen capable of catering for such numbers. Outside catering or special gourmet ‘takeaway’ services may be provided by prior arrangmement.
  • Short and midweek breaks are available, with a minimum stay of 2 nights or 3 nights for combined bookings of 2 or more properties.
  • Brilliant in all seasons and the ideal setting for Autumn and Winter breaks, a New Year gathering or Christmas morning. There is a lot to do in Winter, including country walks and Christmas markets and guests can return to a warm and cosy cottage.
  • There is an excellent pub restaurant in the village, The Merrie Harriers (3 minutes’ walk) and other local hostelries with good food, farmer’s markets and farm shops are in abundance.
  • A perfect base from which to explore the highlights of East Sussex with a multitude of ancient castles, gardens and National Trust properties to visit.
  • Country walks from front door, as well as some of the best walking and off road cycling in the country.
  • The nearest beach is at Pevensey (9.5 miles) and many other beaches are nearby including Normans Bay Beach (11 miles) and Eastbourne Beach (13 miles).

Property layout

  • Ground floor
    Hall, cloakroom with wc.

    Well equipped kitchen with exposed beams, Sandyford cooker, a dining area and sliding French windows to the south facing patio.

    Circular sitting room with exposed beams and TV.

  • First floor
    Circular double bedroom with a 5′ bed, TV and en suite bathroom.

    Double bedroom with 4’6” bed.

    Single bedroom with a 3′ bed.

    Shower room with wc.

Equipment

  • Oil-fired central heating
  • Sandyford cooker, microwave, fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine
  • TV in the sitting room and main bedroom, DVD player
  • WiFi internet access*
  • Garden furniture
  • Ample parking

Catering

  • Enjoy restaurant-style dining without leaving the property – Beechcroft can arrange for a private chef to provide catering during your stay, given adequate notice and sufficient numbers. Food Glorious Food or Caroline the Cook are able to provide a special menu, cooked and served for you. For something exceptional, Vincent at The Sundial Restaurant, Herstmonceux (2.6 miles, 7 minutes’ drive), may produce gourmet dishes (to order) for you to collect from his restaurant. For advice on a special occasions, please contact us.

 

”Wonderful return stay at The Oast. Wonderful views, lovely comfortable stay.”
G Family (3 generations)
”Perfect cottage for a girls catch up weekend – loved the quirky round rooms. Great meal at the Merrie Harriers pub -try the steak! Also try the Horse & Groom at Rushlake Green. Off now to find another pub for a Sunday Roast! Will recommend The Oast!”
S,P,A&N, London
”Back again for another wonderful stay, as comfortable, cosy, and enjoyable as ever.”
H Family, Texas USA
”Thank you – this is a very special place, sensitively converted and beautifully equipped property. We had a lovely relaxed break and thank you for the welcome basket.”
R Family, Reigate
”Beautiful conversion, excellently furnished and maintained. We spent a very relaxing Christmas with the family.”
Mr & Mrs M, London
”Second visit – as peaceful and welcoming as we remembered. The Snow Drop trail at Hever Castle was really lovely.”
P Family, Isle of Wight
”Had a great time with a new experience staying at the Oast House – cosy, warm, especially the round bedroom! Loved the natural surroundings too!”
P Family, London
”Our second stay in the Oast House within a year, and was as lovely as the first! Went to the opera at Glyndebourne, were overwhelmed by The Pavillion at Brighton and loved the gardens at Nymans. Marvellous place to be.”
V Family, Netherlands
”An absolutely fantastic stay. Kids loved the wide open spaces. Really comfortable cottage and the kids really loved it. Would come again, the Oast is so charming, Thank you.”
L Family, Essex
”A wonderful location with everything to promote an atmosphere of total relaxation with good local food. The Oast was the host with the most. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.”
C&T and A&B
”A peaceful and tranquil oasis, the perfect setting for a wonderful celebratory few days. We would recommend unreservedly to friends and family.”
A & R
”The Oast House + Glyndebourne = The perfect coalition.”
K Family, Edinburgh
”A super sympathetic conversion, full marks to all concerned. Impossible not to be very comfortable.”
Mr & Mrs A
”Talk about picturesque. This gaggle of beguilingly restored byres and bull pens, in the village of Cowbeech, is a dead ringer for Tolkien’s Shire. There are four cottages in all, beamy as anything, and strewn beside a reedy lake. The Oast House, dating to 1683, is a pick, with its master bedroom in the original roundel. It sleeps five, but Beechcroft can host 17 hobbits in all. Sleep 2, 4, 5 and 6.”
THE SUNDAY TIMES
”not far south of London in an unspoilt part of England where you will find a cottage you will never want to leave’… ‘a very good line of silence too, as well as some more breathable air’…‘the fact that the county is without a motorway certainly adds to the effect’…‘here is that unique countryside all together – hills, downs and ragged coast line – that the guide books are full of yet seem increasingly difficult to find’…’Cowbeech is a sleepy little place that seems to have had a 21st century by-pass – luckily’… ‘there has been no skimping on the interiors – everything is solid, nothing veneer or done on the cheap’… ‘and you can enjoy all of it in some luxury at reasonable prices’”
Quotes from Barry Reynolds of the HAMPSTEAD & HIGHGATE GAZETTE in his Travel article on Beechcroft
”’I want to arrange a weekend for an extended family break of 16, but I’m anxious about how we’ll all get on living under the same roof. Any suggestions?’
– ‘Beechcroft, a collection of traditional farmhouse cottages in rural East Sussex is a favourite of Good Housekeeping’s Editor-in-Chief, Lindsay Nicholson.’ – ‘Consisting of four self-contained units it has a vaulted dining room with table that can seat up to 17, Guests need to bring nothing except personal luggage – there are toiletries and towels in the bathrooms and a complimentary food hamper in the kitchen…you can arrive any day of the week’”
from ‘The Canny Traveller’ of GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

 
LOCAL INFORMATION

Cowbeech is a rural village in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a lovely pub, The Merrie Harriers (3 minutes’ walk), a village green and period homes.

Cowbeech is just outside Herstmonceux which has the country’s first brick-built castle. There are also some fabulous circular walks around the area, which take in fields, woods, rivers and pubs!

The nearest train stations are Polegate (19 minutes) and Stonegate (22 minutes), which provide direct lines to London (approximately 1 hour 15 minutes) and Gatwick is one hour away by train.

TOWNS & VILLAGES

PEVENSEY (8.3 miles) was the landing point for both the Romans in the 4th Century and William the Conqueror in 1066. Explore the famous Castle (English Heritage) and bathe in the sea at Pevensey Bay beach (9.5 miles).

BATTLE (10.7 miles). Discover the famous Battle Abbey (English Heritage), walk around battle field and look around the picturesque town.

BEXHILL ON SEA (10.8 miles) is the birthplace of British motor racing and home of the De La Warr Pavilion. Other attractions include Bexhill Museum and Egerton Park. The town is also the location for the ‘Poirot’ TV Series.

ALFRISTON (11.3 miles) is a beautiful Medieval village boasting a fantastic church, St Andrew’s, ‘The Cathedral of the Downs’, surrounded by wonderful walking. Attractions include the Old Smugglers Inn and Clergy House (The National Trust). It is also home to Drusillas Park (10 miles), an award-winning zoo/park.

LITLINGTON (12.3 miles) is a very small village with a flint church dating back to 1150. The village is close to the award-winning zoo/park Drusillas Park.

FIRLE (13 miles) has a narrow village street which looks much as it did a century or more ago. Firle beacon lies behind the village and at 718ft is one of the highest peaks in the area, with many walks and rambles.

EASTBOURNE (13.2 miles). Close to Eastbourne is the famous Beachy Head lighthouse and chalk cliffs. The New Marina at Sovereign Harbour has harbour-side cafes, bars, restaurants and shops.

WEST DEAN (14 miles), probably founded in Saxon Times, where Alfred the Great had a palace, nestles at the foot of the downs adjoining Friston Forest. The walk alongside the Cuckmere to Cuckmere Haven and the sea is excellent. Close by at East Dean (12.9 miles) is The Tiger Inn, just off the idyllic village green.

LEWES (15.9 miles). Attractions include Lewes Castle and Barbican House Museum and Anne of Cleves House Museum.

HASTINGS (16.2 miles), with the Old Town and Fisherman’s Museum, is home of Britain’s first Norman Castle, Hastings Castle. This seaside town and port is also heart of the TV drama “Foyles War’. Attractions include the Smugglers Adventure at St Clements Caves (17.7 miles), a labyrinth of caves and smuggler’s lair, and the Blue Reef Aquarium.

WINCHELSEA (22.4 miles). This ancient town and Cinque Port offers plenty of walks, the 13th century Church of St Thomas and Winchelsea Beach. Rye Bay surrounds the Cinque Port towns of Winchelsea and Rye, and is in an area rich in wildlife and historical interest.

RYE (24.1 miles), perched on a hill overlooking the River Rother and Romney Marsh, has a maze of cobbled streets and narrow passages with Medieval and Georgian buildings. This historic Cinque Port and one of the best preserved medieval towns in England is home to the enchanting cobbled Mermaid Street, the impressive Norman church of St Mary’s and Ypres Tower. Camber Castle (English Heritage), built by Henry VIII, is located in the dramatic Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.

BRIGHTON (24.7 miles). Attractions include the Royal Pavilion, Victorian Pier and Beach, Brighton Marina, “The Lanes” shopping and The Brighton Museum & Gallery. Devil’s Dyke (National Trust) just five miles north of Brighton, is a legendary beauty spot on the South Downs.

BEACHES

About 20 minutes drive from the sea, the beaches are pebbly at high tide but at low tide they become sandy and you can walk for miles in either direction. There are many scenic fishing villages and coastal towns to visit, from lively resorts to quiet rural beaches with the nearest beaches at:

Pevensey Bay (9.5 miles). Sailing, jet-skiing and wind-surfing are popular pursuits.

Normans Bay (11 miles). Sailing, jet-skiing and wind-surfing are popular pursuitsa quiet spot where the car may be parked adjacent to the beach.

Cooden Beach, Bexhill-on-Sea (11.5 miles).

Eastbourne Beaches (12 miles).

Birling Gap Beach (13.8 miles).

Cuckmere Haven Beach (16.2 miles).

Hastings Beach (16.8 miles).

Brighton Beach (25 miles).

Camber Sands (28 miles) is a popular sandy beach, not far from the historic town of Rye.

HISTORY & CULTURE/CASTLES

Herstmonceux Castle Gardens and Grounds, Herstmonceux (2.1 miles). Within it’s grounds is The Observatory Science Centre at the National Observatory where science comes alive at the former Greenwich Observatory.

Michelham Priory, Hailsham (6.9 miles).

Pevensey Castle (English Heritage), Pevensey (8.5 miles).

St Michael and All Angels Church, Berwick (10.5 miles).

Battle Abbey (English Heritage), Battle (10.7 miles).

Bodiam Castle, Bodiam (16.3 miles) is a 14th-century castle set in open parkland and approached through a series of medieval water features, including a picturesque spring-filled moat. It also often has fun and educational events for children.

The Long Man of Wilmington, Polegate (11.3 miles).

Clergy House (National Trust), Alfriston (11.3 miles).

Glyndebourne (13.7 miles) is an international opera house renowned for the Glyndebourne Festival held each summer.

Lewes Castle and Barbican House Museum, Lewes (16 miles).

Monk’s House (National Trust), near Lewes (19.7 miles).

Scotney Castle (National Trust), Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells (20.4 miles).

Royal Pavilion, Brighton (24.7 miles).

Camber Castle (English Heritage), Camber (24.8 miles). Stunning stretch of sand dunes.

Hever Castle (30.3 miles) is a 13th century romantic castle – once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Set in magnificent gardens, mazes, cafe and romantic walks.

Leeds Castle (34 miles). Rising majestically from the still waters of its moat, surrounded by 500 acres of parkland and gardens, Leeds Castle is without a doubt one of the most beautiful venues in Kent. Coined ‘The Loveliest Castle in the World’, it is the perfect place for a great day out with the family. There is a Go Ape tree top adventure here – enjoy a 250m long zip wire with great views of the north Downs.

HOUSES & GARDENS

Open Gardens Scheme, throughout Sussex.

Bateman’s (National Trust), home of Rudyard Kipling, Burwash (9 miles).

Charleston Farmhouse & Gardens, near Lewes (12.3 miles).

Firle Place, Firle, Lewes (13.2 miles).

Merriments Garden & Nursery, Hurst Green (13.9 miles).

Glynde Place & Gardens, Glynde (14 miles).

Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst, Wadhurst (16 miles).

Great Dixter House & Gardens, near Bodiam (19 miles).

Groombridge Place, Groombridge (21.5 miles).

Sheffield Park and Garden (National Trust), Sheffield Park, Uckfield (21.5 miles). Acres of landscape garden bordered by historic parkland and woodland.

Sissinghurst Castle Gardens (National Trust), near Cranbrook (23.4 miles).

Penshurst Place & Gardens, Penshurst (25 miles) is described as ‘the grandest and most perfectly preserved example of a fortified manor house in all England’, with 11 acres of Elizabethan walled gardens.

Wakehurst Place (National Trust), Ardingly, Haywards Heath (28.5 miles) is the country estate of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Knole, a huge Tudor Mansion and Deer Park (30.7 miles) and the smaller Ightham Mote Manor House and Garden (31 miles), near Sevenoaks are both owned by The National Trust.

Chartwell (National Trust), Westerham (33 miles) was the principal adult home of Sir Winston Churchill.

Nymans (National Trust), Handcross, near Haywards Heath (34.2 miles) contains a variety of gardens, a country house, and extensive woodland.

WALKING/CYCLING, NATURE RESERVES AND COUNTRY PARKS

Local Walks and Cycling East Sussex give details of many rides and walks in the locality.

The South Downs National Park, with it’s stunning scenery, the South Downs Way and a multitude of other bridleways offer some of the best rambling and off road cycling in the country.

The Cuckoo Trail gained its name from an old Sussex tradition of releasing a cuckoo at the Heathfield Fair. Once a railway line, this trail from Heathfield (5.7 miles) to Polegate offers a superb, peaceful, traffic-free route (which can be easily shortened), through open Sussex countryside, ideal for cyclists and walkers of all ages. Discover the traditional wildflower meadows and iron workings at Ashburnum, famous for it’s iron blast furnace – the last one in Sussex to be extinguished in 1813. There are a variety of circular cycle rides to try off the Cuckoo Trail.

Mountain bike to Alfriston (11.3 miles) returning along the Old Coach Road, taking lunch at the Cricketers at Berwick or at the Rose Cottage Inn at Alciston.

You can walk and cycle in most woods owned by the Forestry Commission, including:

Abbot’s Wood at Hailsham (7.5 miles).
Friston Forest (14.6 miles).
Bedgebury National Pinetum and forest (17.8 miles), ideal for cycling, walking, picnics, running and riding, adventure play and Go Ape.

Cuckmere Valley Nature Reserve (12 miles) is located in the lower estuary portion of the river Cuckmere. Designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, the valley is of very high importance for nature conservation and is a haven for wildlife.

Seven Sisters Country Park, Exceat, Seaford (13.7 miles).

Drive up to Firle Bostal (14 miles) for a bracing walk with amazing panorama.

Beachy Head (14.5 miles). The link provides a number of different walks around this area.

Bewl Water Country Park, between Wadhurst and Lamberhurst (20.8 miles) is the largest stretch of water in the South-East and host to a huge variety of wildlife and also offers windsurfing, sailing, trout fishing, waterside walking and cycling together with a look-out restaurant.

The Ouse Estuary Nature Reserve has created a nature reserve at Newhaven (17 miles), with natural marsh and reed beds at the mouth of the River Ouse. New cycleways and footpaths cross the area.

CYCLE HIRE

Rebicycled, The Old Forge, High Street, Hailsham (4 miles).
Cycle Revival, Hailsham Road, Heathfield (6 miles).
Seven Sisters Cycle Co Ltd, Seven Sisters Country Park, Exceat (14 miles). They also hire out rear cycle carriers for cars.

ACTIVITIES

WATERSPORTS

Buzz Active, Eastbourne have two centres:
Buzz Eastbourne (Spray Water Sports Centre), Royal Parade, Eastbourne offering courses in sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, powerboating, raft building and standup paddleboarding (SUP).
Buzz Cuckmere (The Seven Sisters Canoe Centre), Exceat, offering canoeing, kayaking and raft building activities.

Bewl Water Outdoor Centre, Wadhurst (19.4 miles) offer courses in sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, powerboating and rock climbing on real rock!

HIGH ADRENALIN ACTIVITIES

Airworks Paragliding Centre, The Old Station, Glynde (14.4 miles) offer tuition and taster days.

LEISURE CENTRES

Hailsham Leisure Centre, Hailsham (4 miles).

Heathfield Leisure Centre, Heathfield (5.5 miles).

Pells Pool seasonal freshwater open-air pool at Lewes (16 miles).

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Amazon Outdoor Activities, based at Knockhatch Adventure Park, near Hailsham (5.4 miles), offer Mud Buggying, Quad Bikes and Laser Clay shooting amongst the many other experiences they have available. They are able to cater for children from 11 years old as well as groups. You will need to book though.

FISHING

Course Fishing at Furnace Brook Fishery (1 mile) or Brick Farm Lakes (3 miles).
Alternatively, just take some nets down to Bexhill beach for some Shrimping.

GOLF

Wellshurst Golf Club, Hellingly (6 miles).
Horam Park Golf Club, Horam (5.3 miles).
Highwoods Golf Club, Bexhill-on-Sea (9.8 miles).
East Sussex National, Little Horsted, Uckfield (12.8 miles).
Willingdon Golf Club, near Eastbourne (10.8 miles).
Cooden Beach, Bexhill-on-Sea (11 miles).
Dewlands Manor Golf Course, Rotherfield (12.7 miles).
Sedlescombe Golf Club, near Battle (14 miles).
The Royal Eastbourne Golf Club, Eastbourne (11.7 miles).
Eastbourne Downs Golf Club, Eastbourne (12 miles).
Dale Hill Golf Course, Ticehurst (15 miles).
Seaford Golf Club, Seaford (15.6 miles).
Crowborough Beacon Golf Club, Crowborough (16 miles).
The Piltdown Golf Club, Piltdown (17.8 miles).
Rye Golf Club, Camber (27 miles).
Holtye Golf Club, Cowden (28 miles).

HORSE RACING

The nearest racecourses are at Plumpton (22.1 miles) and Brighton (24.5 miles).

Showjumping & Dressage at Hickstead (32.6 miles).

FALCONRY

Learn how to handle and fly birds of prey with East Sussex Falconry, who offer various experience days locally in Herstmonceux (5.2 miles).

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

Drusillas Park (10 miles), widely regarded as the best small zoo in the country with ‘Animal Magic’ and ‘Playland’ – perhaps followed by a cream tea at Alfriston or a dip in the sea.

Knockhatch Adventure Park, Hailsham (6 miles), with outdoor ski centre, climbing facilities and various daily displays.

Bentley Country Park, Wildfowl Collection, Motor Museum, Miniature Railway, Restaurant and Shop , Woodland and Bentley House (14.1 miles).

The Kent & East Sussex Railway weaves between Tenterden and Bodiam (17 miles) for 10.5 miles. A must for Steam Railway enthusiasts, it is the country’s finest example of a rural light railway.

The Spa Valley Railway has heritage steam and diesel trains operating between Eridge (17.6 miles) and Tunbridge Wells.

Paradise Park, Newhaven (19 miles) to discover dinosaurs and some fascinating history.

The Bluebell Line run steam-hauled trains between Sheffield Park (22 miles) and East Grinstead.

Ashdown Forest Llama Park, Wych Cross (22.5 miles).

SHOPPING

Herstmonceux (2 miles, 6 minutes’ drive) has a variety of shops including two general stores, delicatessen & Post Office.

Hailsham (4.5 miles, 10 minutes’ drive) has the nearest supermarkets and has a Tesco, Waitrose and an Asda.

Heathfield (6.8 miles, 15 minutes’ drive) has a Sainsburys, Tesco Local and a Co-operative.

For those that wish for some retail therapy, serious shopping is available in Eastbourne (13.2 miles), Brighton (25 miles), Royal Tunbridge Wells (19 miles), Tenterden (26.4 miles), and outlet shops at Ashford (37.4 miles). Or perhaps, a day trip to Calais via Eurotunnel or Eurostar from Ashford to Lille, Brussells or Paris.

FARM SHOPS

Whether it be the finest Sussex beef or Southdown lamb, traditional local cheese, additive free chicken or truly free range eggs – top quality food is available close-by.

Red House Farm, Bodle Street Green (2.7 miles, 7 minutes’ drive) provide locally produced meat.

Rushlake Green (3 miles, 7 minutes’ drive) has a wide range of local products, produce, providers and retailers selling local eggs, honey, cakes & other produce.

Redlands Farm, Vines Cross Road, Horam (3.6 miles, 10 minutes’ drive) provide locally produced meat.

Middle Farm, West Firle (12 miles, 24 minutes’ drive) is a farm shop with a difference offering Cider amonst many other local specialities.

South Brockwells Farm, Little Horsted, Uckfield (13.5 miles, 25 minutes’ drive) sell oven ready game & asparagus when in season.

FARMERS’ MARKETS

There are regular Farmers’ Markets in the locality:

Hailsham – Second Saturday every month, 9am – 12.30pm (4.5 miles).

Heathfield – Third Saturday every month, 9am – 12.30pm (5.7 miles).

Battle – Third Saturday every month, 9am – 1pm (10.7 miles).

Middle Farm, West Firle, Lewes – Fourth Sunday of every month from March to November, 10am – 2pm (12 miles).

Tunbridge Wells – Second and Fourth Saturday every month, 9am – 2pm (19 miles).

Rye – Every Wednesday, 10am – 1pm (24.4 miles).

FOOD AND DRINK

PUBS

There is an excellent pub restaurant in the village, The Merrie Harriers (3 minutes’ walk), providing Harvey’s bitter and ‘quality fresh cooked food with fish a specialty’. Please check their website for details on their Theme Food Nights.

Other lovely country pubs and cafes with good food include:

The Brewers Arms, Vines Cross, Herstmonceux (2.3 miles, 7 minutes’ drive). Modern Pub Cuisine, featuring a ‘Catch of the Day’ Board, served in a welcoming atmosphere. Serves Harvey’s bitter along with other guest ales.

Blackstock, Blackstock Farm, Grove Hill, Hellingly (2.5 miles, 8 minutes’ drive). Something for everyone! An Open Farm, with a Farm Shop and Cafe serving light snacks and heartier meals prepared by their award winning Chef.

The White Horse, Hailsham (2.6 miles, 7 minutes’ drive).

The Sundial Restaurant, Herstmonceux (2.6 miles, 7 minutes’ drive). ‘Finest French Cuisine featuring Seasonal Local Delicacies’. Gourmet Evenings, Cookery Courses & Special Events.

The Horse & Groom, Rushlake Green, Heathfield (2.7 miles, 6 minutes’ drive). Country Gastro Pub with ‘Specialty’ Boards. Quality fresh food at all times with additional lunchtime menu and garden dining.

The Black Duck, Warbleton (3 miles, 8 minutes’ drive). Good classic pub food, also offers traditional Sunday Roasts.

The Ash Tree Inn, Ashburnham, Battle (5.1 miles, 13 minutes’ drive).

The Lamb Inn, Wartling (5.4 miles, 18 minutes’ drive). ‘A Mix of Modern & Traditional Cuisine – Fish a Speciality’. 17th Century Country Inn – En route to the coast at Pevensey.

The Star Inn, Old Heathfield (5.8 miles, 14 minutes’ drive). 12th Century Pub which offers ‘Bistro Style dining’ – modern and european. ‘Garden cooking & eating’.

Sherry’s Cafe, Heathfield (6 miles, 13 minutes’ drive) provide all day breakfasts.

RECOMMENDED RESTAURANTS

There are many very well-regarded and award winning restaurants not too far away from Beechcroft, this is just a selection:

Nobles, Battle (10.3 miles, 24 minutes’ drive). All their food is homemade on the premises using fresh, seasonal & local produce and offers a dining experience in a relaxed, professional environment. Nobles Restaurant has been awarded two knives & forks in the 2013 Michelin Guide! Nobles are the ONLY restaurant to have been Michelin accredited recently in Battle! Nobles were also the winner of ‘The Best Eatery’ in the 1066 Business Awards 2012 and winner of ‘The Best Restaurant’ in the Arrow FM Awards 2011, and a finalist in the 2013/2014 Sussex Food & Drinks Awards.

Webbe’s The Wild Mushroom, Woodgate House, Westfield Lane, Westfield (15.3 miles, 30 minutes’ drive).

The Curlew, Junction Road, Bodiam (15.5 miles, 30 minutes’ drive). The Curlew is a place where formal food meets informal dining, where the city and country brush shoulders, style meets stile. Modern British dining for the Modern British diner. The Curlew was awarded a Michelin Star in the 2011 100th Anniversary Guide and named ‘Best Eating Experience’ in the 2011 Sussex Food & Drink Awards.

Webbes’s Rock-a-Nore, 1 Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings (17.6 miles, 39 minutes’ drive).

The Griffin Inn, Fletching (19 miles, 33 minutes’ drive). Number 2 in The Times – Great Pubs for Summer, it has a wood oven on the terrace and a spit barbecue on Sundays combined with 10 mile views stretching to the South Downs. Features in The Good Food Guide, The Good Pub Guide, The Michelin Guide and many others.

Thackeray’s, 85 London Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells (19.2 miles, 35 minutes’ drive). Grade II listed clapperboard house; once home to the author, Thackeray. Two stylish, contemporary dining rooms and a delightful terrace; original features include lovely oak flooring. Exacting, skilful cooking with clear, well-defined flavours: classical dishes display modern elements. Opentable.com Diner’s Choice Winner 2012, awarded 1 Michelin Star and 3 AA Rosettes.

Apicius, 23 Stone Street, Cranbrook (20.4 miles, 43 minutes’ drive). Intimate, personally and passionately run restaurant in a pretty market town; its rustic walls filled with framed menus from the great and the good of the restaurant world. Skilfully prepared dishes use the best local ingredients in classic, tried-and-tested flavour combinations. Awarded 1 Star Michelin 3 AA Rosettes.

The Jolly Sportsman, The Chapel Lane, East Chiltington (21.5 miles, 43 minutes’ drive). Country Pub/Restaurant set in the South Downs National Park, offering fantastic seasonal food and prides itself on fine cooking rather than fine dining. Offers a la carte and fixed price menus. Recommended in the Michelin Guide and The Good Pub Guide.

Webbe’s at The Fish Cafe, 17 Tower Street, Rye (24 miles, 45 minutes’ drive).

The West House, 28 High Street, Biddenden (25.7 miles, 50 minutes’ drive). A characterful beamed restaurant with contemporary oil paintings and a wood-burning stove; one in a row of former weavers‘ cottages in a picturesque village. Dishes err towards the classical but are replete with modern touches; quality ingredients allow the flavours to shine through.

TAKEAWAY RESTAURANTS

There is a good range of takeaway restaurants in Hailsham High Street.

Li’s Cottage Chinese Restaurant & Takeaway, 8a George Street, Hailsham (4.2 miles, 12 minutes’ drive).

Wessons Cafe, Horam (4.3 miles, 12 minutes’ drive). All Day Breakfast and Burgers to eat in or take away.

Eastern Promise in Herstmonceux (2.1 miles, 6 minutes’ drive), an Indian Restaurant which also provides takeaways.

The New Evergreen, Heathfield, (6 miles, 15 minutes’ drive). ‘Combines contemporary Chinese cuisine with warm & elegant surroundings’. Provides takeaways.

Prezzo, The Old School House, High Street, Hailsham (3.9 miles, 10 minutes’ drive) can provide takeaways.

EVENTS

JANUARY

Royal Pavilion Ice Rink, Brighton (26 miles).

FEBRUARY

Half term events at Battle Abbey (English Heritage), Battle (10.7 miles).
Rye Bay Scallop Week, Rye Bay (24 miles).

MARCH

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, Bateman’s (The National Trust) Burwash (9 miles).
Easter Adventure Quest, Battle Abbey (English Heritage), Battle (10.7 miles).
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts, Bodiam Castle (National Trust) (16.3 miles).
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, Sheffield Park and Garden (The National Trust), Sheffield Park, Uckfield (21.5 miles).

APRIL

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, Bateman’s (The National Trust) Burwash (9 miles).
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts, Bodiam Castle (National Trust) (16.3 miles).
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, Sheffield Park and Garden (The National Trust), Sheffield Park, Uckfield (21.5 miles).
Jack in the Green Festival, Hastings (16.2 miles).

MAY

Jack in the Green Festival, Hastings (16.2 miles).
Brighton Arts Festival, Brighton (24.7 miles). An annual celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events – taking place in venues both familiar and unusual across Brighton & Hove for three weeks every May.
Open Air Theatre, Herstmonceux Castle (2.1 miles).
Charleston Festival of literature, art and ideas, Charleston Farmhouse & Gardens, near Lewes (12.3 miles).
Glyndebourne Festival, Glyndebourne Opera House (13.7 miles).
Half term events at Bateman’s (The National Trust) Burwash (9 miles).
Elderflower Fields Festival, Pippingford Park, Nutley (21.5 miles).
Heathfield Agricultural Show, Heathfield Showground, Heathfield (6.3 miles).
Half term events at Battle Abbey (English Heritage), Battle (10.7 miles).
Half term events at Bodiam Castle (National Trust) (16.3 miles).
Half term workshops and events, The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux (5 miles).
Battle Medieval Fayre, Battle Green, Battle (10.5 miles).
Half term events at Sheffield Park and Garden (The National Trust), Sheffield Park, Uckfield (21.5 miles).
Half term events at Drusillas Park, Alfriston (10 miles).

JUNE

Half term events at Sheffield Park and Garden (The National Trust), Sheffield Park, Uckfield (21.5 miles).
Half term events at Drusillas Park, Alfriston (10 miles).
Half term events at Battle Abbey (English Heritage), Battle (10.7 miles).
Half term events at Bodiam Castle (National Trust) (16.3 miles).
Half term workshops and events, The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux (5 miles).
Half term events at Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters (National Trust), East Dean (14 miles).
Half term events at Bateman’s (The National Trust) Burwash (9 miles).
Glyndebourne Festival, Glyndebourne Opera House (13.7 miles).
South of England Agricultural Show, Ardingly (29 miles).
Goodwood Festival of Speed, Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester (54.3 miles).
The Hickstead Derby, All England Jumping Course, London Rd, Hickstead (32.6 miles).

JULY

1-31 Glyndebourne Festival, Glyndebourne Opera House (13.7 miles).
Battle Scarecrow Festival, Battle (11 miles).
Wealden Food & Wine Festival, Pevensey Castle (8.5 miles).
Eastbourne Extreme, one of the biggest free extreme sports festivals in the UK, Eastbourne (12 miles).
St Leonards Festival, St Leonards (14.8 miles).
Glorious Goodwood, Goodwood Racecourse, Goodwood, Chichester (55.4 miles).
Medieval Tournament, Battle Abbey (English Heritage), Battle (10.7 miles).

AUGUST

Glyndebourne Festival, Glyndebourne Opera House (13.7 miles).
Summer holiday events at Battle Abbey (English Heritage), Battle (10.7 miles).
Airbourne, the world’s largest free seafront airshow, Eastbourne (12 miles).
England’s Medieval Festival, Herstmonceux Castle (2.1 miles).
Vintage at Goodwood, Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester (54.3 miles). Celebrate the style and fashion of the 1950s, 60s & 70s at Goodwood’s Vintage Festival.

SEPTEMBER

Into The Trees, Pippingford Park, Nutley (21.5 miles).
Goodwood Revival, Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester (54.3 miles).
Rye Arts Festival, Rye (24 miles).
Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival, Hastings (16.2 miles).
Lewes OctoberFeast, Lewes Food & Drink Festival, Lewes (15.9 miles).
Sussex Walking Festival.

OCTOBER

Rye Arts Festival, Rye (24 miles).
Sussex Walking Festival.
Lewes OctoberFeast, Lewes Food & Drink Festival, Lewes (15.9 miles).
1066 Walking Festival with more than 40 town and country walks across Hastings and Rother.
Brighton Comedy Festival, Brighton (24.7 miles).
Battle of Hastings Re-enactment, Battle Abbey, Battle (11 miles).
Hastings Bonfire & Fireworks Display, Hastings (16.2 miles).
Halloween events at Battle Abbey (English Heritage), Battle (10.7 miles).
Cowbeech Firework Display, Cowbeech.
Christmas at Michelham Priory, Hailsham (6.9 miles).

NOVEMBER

Christmas at Michelham Priory, Hailsham (6.9 miles).
Lewes Firework Display, Lewes (16 miles). The biggest bonfire celebration in the world, featuring six different torchlit processions throughout the town, plus tar barrel rolling, marching bands, drummers, traditional fancy dress and floats with topical bonfire effigies.
Battel Bonfire & Firework Display, Battle (10.2 miles).
Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.
East Hoathly Bonfire Night Celebrations, East Hoathly (9 miles).
Brighton Christmas Fair, Brighton Racecourse (24.5 miles).
Royal Pavilion Ice Rink, Brighton (26 miles).
Christmas Fair at the AMEX Stadium, The American Express Community Stadium, Brighton (21 miles). One of the largest Christmas Fayres along the South Coast.
The Wealden Times Midwinter Fair, the walled garden, Bedgebury Pinetum ( 17.8 miles).
BO! HO! HO! Seaside Bohemian Christmas Fair, Seaside Road, Eastbourne (12 miles).
Winter Wonderland Illuminations, Drusillas Park, (10 miles).

DECEMBER

Royal Pavilion Ice Rink, Brighton (26 miles).
Winter Wonderland Illuminations, Drusillas Park, (10 miles).
Neon Noel at Little Chelsea, Eastbourne (12 miles).
Little Christmas at Little Chelsea, Eastbourne (12 miles). A traditional evening street event offering great pre-christmas fun.
Christmas Market at Eastbourne Bandstand, Eastbourne (12 miles).
Santa at The Royal Pavilion, Brighton (26 miles).
Christmas Raceday at Plumpton (22.1 miles). Enjoy national hunt jump racing in Sussex with 7 races on this Christmas fixture card.
21 Burning the Clocks, Brighton (24.7 miles). The winter solstice parade see thousands of people gather to make paper and willow lanterns to carry through the city and burn on the beach as a token for the end of the year and to greet the lengthening days.

 

 

Visitors’ Notes

Things you need to know about The Oast House if you’re thinking of booking a holiday there:

  • Smoking is not allowed inside any of our properties
  • Sorry, no pets are allowed at this cottage
  • Children over 5 years old only
  • Suitable for a baby under 6 months of age in his/her own moses basket. There is no travel cot or high chair available
  • Minimum stay 2 nights throughout the year, except at Christmas/New Year which is 4 nights

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