Gun Hiill, Sussex, Surrey & Kent Cottages
Gun Hill Cottage should certainly be at the top of your list if you're searching for a rural retreat for the family or with friends in this idyllic part of England. Care and attention has gone into its refurbishment with no expense spared in making this a really comfortable and homely place to stay.
The pretty, rose-covered, weather-boarded exterior will certainly catch your eye as you venture up the front path. Once inside you'll be won over by the charming character the cottage exudes, with its original features such as the beamed ceilings, yet all the comforts you'd expect from a contemporary home are there for you to enjoy. Subtle tones dominate throughout adding to the feeling of tranquillity.
There is plenty to entertain here and you may find yourself whiling away more than a few hours in the games room with its pool table. Outside you have third of an acre of garden and woodland to explore as well as a lovely pond to lounge by at the end of a busy day.
Front entrance into lobby.
Dining Room (Hallway) with dining table, chairs, dresser and small open fireplace.
Downstairs Bathroom/WC with independent shower above the bath and heated towel rail.
L-shaped Living Room with large leather sofa, armchair, TV, DVD player, brick fireplace containing a wood burning stove and double doors out to patio.
Kitchen, fully fitted in 'Shaker style', with oven, electric hob, washing machine, microwave, Butler sink and door out to garden.
Games Room with pool table and door to the garden .
First Floor (via staircase open on one side with handrail)
Bedroom One with double bed (4ft 6) and chest of drawers.
Bedroom Two with twin beds and chest of drawers.
Bedroom Three with single bed and chest of drawers.
Family Bathroom/WC with independent shower above the bath.
Third of an acre of garden with a shallow band of woodland behind the cottage supporting a diversity of wild flowers and bird life. Kidney shaped pond with underwater lighting system and 'statue' water feature and lawned areas extending into the woodland beyond. NB Small children must be supervised because of the unfenced pond.
Children welcome. Travel cot provided. Small children must be supervised outside - unfenced pond. Sorry no pets. No smoking. WiFi broadband (NB very slow connection). Driveway parking for one car and further roadside parking for one car.
Bordering the cottage is ancient woodland in the Low Weald of East Sussex. The landscape is undulating and unspoilt, criss-crossed with footpaths, bridleways and lanes, with fields, streams, tucked-away cottages and cosy pubs (the award-winning Gun Inn with its great food and atmosphere is just a short stroll away). A perfect rural haven.
One of the vicinity's lovely walks is the Wealdway, which meanders around a mile to Chiddingly, a classic English village with church, pub (The Six Bells), cricket field and street of delightful cottages.
Horam Manor (about one mile to the north) offers fishing, nature trails, riding lessons and pottery painting, while for keen golfers there are courses at Horam Park (one mile) and Wellshurst (three miles).
Further afield, but still within easy driving distance, are the ancient village of Alfriston (eight miles) with quaint tearooms, oak-beamed pubs, antiquarian bookshops and Clergy House museum, and Seven Sisters Country Park (12 miles - you can hire bikes here) where the Cuckmere River meanders its way down to the sea and a shingle beach.
Less than half an hour's drive is Birling Gap, a charming unspoilt beach with sand and rockpools at low tide, close to Beachy Head.
Lewes (12 miles - Sussex's historic county town), Eastbourne (13 miles - with leisure attractions for all the family) and Brighton (18 miles - the south of England's most vibrant seaside town) all make a super day out.
This part of Sussex is rich in stately homes, gardens and literary legacy including Charleston (the Bloomsbury Group's country home), Bateman's (former home of Rudyard Kipling), Glyndebourne (the Opera House) and the Gage family's Firle Place.
"The cottage was delightful, clean and well equipped with a spacious garden that was delightful to sit in after an active day out (if not making use of the pool table in the pool room). The property was situated in an attractive area that was easy accessible to many attractions ranging from steam train rides, gardens and castles to numerous seaside resorts-Brighton, Hastings and Eastbourne. We would happily return to the area and cottage as it was one of the best holidays we have experienced."Guest's review on Trip Advisor 2017-03-12
"A beautiful cottage. Especially loved the activity shelves, gardens, local info., wood stove and Gun Pub. We loved it, and will be anticipating our next visit before too long."Mr Scott 2013-01-01
"Lovely cottage - third time we have booked through you and I recommend you regularly."Mr & Mrs Murworth 2011-06-01