Property Details

ETB Rating:
Near to: nr Ditchling
Sleeps: 1-6
Price range: £570 - £1350
Cottages: 1
Total capacity: 6
Change over day: Flexible

Features

Short breaks: Yes
Smoking: No
Pets: Yes
Disabled friendly: No
Wifi: Yes
Linen & Towels: Yes
Cots/highchairs Yes
Near to coast Yes
Near pub Yes
Near to golf Yes
Near to fishing No
Indoor pool No
Outdoor pool No
Sea/river view No
Play facilities No
Onsite parking Yes

Cottage near Ditchling, Lewes & Southdowns Way, Streat

Cottage near Ditchling, Lewes & Southdowns Way

About Cottage near Ditchling, Lewes & Southdowns Way, Streat

This cottage was formerly two gardeners' cottages for the nearby manor house, and guests now love its authentic Bloomsbury/Arts & Crafts feel, but also appreciate its well-equipped modern amenities.  The cottage is very accessible, yet wrapped in spacious, secluded gardens and unspoilt views. Night-skies are star-strewn and owls can be heard most evenings twit-twooing across the valley below. As one recent guest put it: 'The peace here is addictive.' 

The cottage offers easy access to Ditchling, Lewes, Glyndebourne, and the coast. There are many idyllic cross-country footpaths and cycle tracks from the cottage gate, as well as easy walking to the South Downs Way. Large gardens and southfacing terrace for sun-bathing and eating al-fresco. Two highly-regarded foodie pubs within 30 mins scenic walk.  Less than 90 mins from London by train or car.The local branch station of Plumpton is 20mins walk along a private track. Hourly trains to Gatwick and London.

This area of rural East Sussex is dominated by the curving geology of the scarp side of the South Downs. This is exactly where Raymond Briggs imagined his 'Snowman' flights, and where Roland Emmett created and built (in the old forge next to our cottage) his flying car Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Take a walk up the Downs at any time of year and you'll see why they were inspired!  Below the Downs, the landscape is small-scale agricultural, dotted with deciduous woodlands and, in Spring, wild-garlic banked streams.  Horses and riding are very popular - hence be prepared to drive very slowly down the narrow, high-hedged lanes!  The South Downs are strewn  with wildflowers in spring and early summer (this is one of the most bio-diverse areas in Europe) and you can spot many types of birds too -  kestrels, lapwings, even buzzards - if you have sharp eyes.  

The area is certainly not short of interesting things to do and to visit - too many to list here.  Wonderful walks and cycles, National Trust properties, the much-feted Ditchling Museum, rummaging through shops in the mediaeval streets of Lewes, taking a pottery or sculpture class at the nearby Skelton workshops, riding on the Downs, a night out in Brighton, going to the races at Plumpton, searching out local produce at farm shops, hang-gliding (if that's your thing!), visiting Bloomsbury group haunts such as Monk's House and Charleston Farmhouse...not to mention the many Brighton Festival events all around this part of Sussex in May/June.

The cottage is equipped with:

Kitchen - electric cooker and hob (halogen), microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, toaster, blender, and an abundance of crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils needed for family cooking

Utility Room - washing machine, drying area with racks, sink, storage

Bedrooms - 2 doubles - one with 5ft bed, one with 4'6 bed.  One has own sink. 2 singles, both with 3 ft beds. All bedrooms have chest of drawers, hanging space etc. Cotton bedlinen provided throughout. Towels provided. Hairdryer.

Bathroom - bath/shower, WC, basin

Cloakroom - WC and basin

Sitting room - seats 6, open fire, WiFi, flatscreen TV, maps, books, games

Dining Area - seats 6.

Central heating throughout, plus additional portable electric heaters.

Outside - parking for 2 cars, walled front garden with herbs, side lawn for boules/badminton, southfacing terrace with table/chairs/loungers.

Please note that this cottage is not graded by the English Tourist Board but has been given an equivalent rating of 4 stars.

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