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Thornsdale - The Granary

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Iden Rye
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Pet friendly cottage with wood burning stove and inglenook fireplace, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and Camber Sands nearby.

This attractive detached house set in the owner’s grounds provide spacious holiday accommodation situated at the end of a mile-long lane in glorious rural surroundings. Pet friendly and offering a plethora of walks on the doorstep, the cottage offers good quality linen and towels and a superb self catering base. There is a public footpath leading off the owner’s drive providing miles of walks across open countryside. A trip to picturesque Rye enables visitors to sample local foods at the Wednesday morning farmers market which is held at Strand Quay. By taking a stroll along the cobbled streets, there is also the chance to buy a memento from one of the many independently-owned shops and boutiques, art galleries and potteries - or even start Christmas shopping from the wide selection of goods available! Also worth a visit are Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Camber Sands and Camber Castle – this area of saltmarsh protects some very special wildlife, and footpaths lead to four birdwatching hides. The picturesque market town of Battle makes for an enjoyable day out, as well as Hastings, the Sealife Centre and Pevensey Castle (where the Romans invaded). The area is also well known for its local vineyards including Chapel Down and Sedlescombe. A trip to Tenterden - often referred to as the Jewel of the Weald - is an alternative and, for garden lovers, Sissinghurst (NT) is not to be missed. Further National Trust places to visit include Smallhythe Place, Scotney Castle and Bodiam Castle. Day trips to France are possible with the Channel Tunnel a mere 30-minute drive. An excellent sky venue for astrology, photography, or just wishing on a star. Shops 1½ miles, pub 1 mile.

Spacious living room with wood-burning stove in inglenook, oak floor and two sets of French doors to terrace - open plan with games area. Single bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Well-equipped kitchen/dining room with range (for cooking) and slate floor. Two double bedrooms, one with dressing room, additional single bed (for +1) and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Twin bedroom with zip & link beds (can be double). Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Vaulted ceilings throughout first floor.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Range (7-ring, built-in barbecue) included
  • Washing machine
  • Enclosed garden and terrace with furniture
  • Pool table
  • Parking (for 3 cars); additional parking on request

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen, towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Sky TV (movies, kids and entertainment channels)
  • Radio/CD (small library)
  • DVD (small library)
  • iPhone/iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Barbecue
  • Football table
  • No smoking
  • NB: Pond in owner’s grounds

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  • BarbecueBarbecue
  • Detached PropertyDetached Property
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden / PatioEnclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / PatioGarden / Patio
  • HighchairHighchair
  • Pub within 1 milePub within 1 mile
  • Rural LocationRural Location
  • Satellite TVSatellite TV
  • Woodburning StoveWoodburning Stove
  • WifiWifi
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Green SchemeGreen Scheme
  • Car Parking - On SiteCar Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 3

    Confirmed guest, 30/09/2016
    Cottage was supposed to be child friendly, but the stairs are dangerous. Hopefully this is corrected to some degree as a gate was ordered while we were there. Cabinet taped shut with electrical tape and a broken sign. The beds were brutal. General cleanliness was acceptable but not great. Internet was decent considering the very rural location, and the pool table and table football was nice, but pubs are not walking distance in the evening.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for visiting our property as you were aware, there was an issue with the stair gates, immediately we purchased two new ones, these were given to you at the property. Regarding the cabinet this was broken by previous guests and we are trying to locate a new mechanism. Regarding your concerns about the beds, these are standard approved beds, they are subject to a person’s preference. We were glad to hear the wifi was a decent speed it is a high speed BT connection. Regarding the pub it is approx. 1,000 meters from the property, we are very lucky to have one, along with a village shop.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 17/06/2016
    very nice place to stay lovely views and quiet . a stair gate would have been useful as the stairs are very open

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 16/05/2016
    A beautiful property in a lovely rural setting. This is a good location for getting away from a busy life. It's quiet accept for the donkeys and horses next door! it has everything you could need for a great stay, including a lovely fire. The stairs that lead up to the kitchen area could do with a stair gate as it isn't child friendly. With dogs staying with us they can get out from the 'secure' garden, however the area is remote so not a huge problem! Really enjoyable stay, thank you !

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your comments. I’m glad you had an enjoyable stay. We will check how dogs can get out from the garden as there is a 5ft fence all the way around. If this issue had been brought to our attention during stay we’d have been more than happy to resolve the problem. Thank you for coming.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 19/02/2016
    Fabulous holiday, beautiful location and great to find a cottage with enough room for two couples and two toddlers. Rural feeling drive but rocked the toddlers off to sleep well :-) We loved the table football, pool and log burner and the toddlers loved the space to run around and play. Thank you. Ps a well fixed stairgate might be a welcome addition to an otherwise brilliant property.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 15/02/2016
    Fantastic rental for a family event. Loads of space, excellent cooking facilities and a fantastic setting. Couldn't wish for a better place.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 11/01/2016
    It was an ideal set up for our is lovely and well equipped. ..a little bit dusty but we all know what dust is like!! Lane is long and bumpy but not a problem to us and pot holes were filled whilst we were there as there had been a lot of rain. Knob missing from wardrobe door but did not spoil our time there. Lots of games supplied.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 14/12/2015
    In many ways this was a good cottage for our family gathering, but in other ways it did not live up to the mark. For example, it was spacious with the welcome addition of a pool table and table football in the living area, but there was a general feeling that only minimal and hasty cleaning had been done before our arrival (peanuts on the floor in the living room, mouldy bread in the bread bin). Overall, however, we felt it was a comfortable rental for our group. As far as equipment was concerned, it was a mixed bag. For example, while the supply of table crockery in the kitchen was excellent, there was a lack of suitable bowls for use in the microwave or sufficient pots for use on the cooker hob. As the location of the property is such that occupants (up to 8) are more likely to be using the cooking facilities rather than eating out, this restriction posed a few problems. In my view, it is not the responsibility of guests to be monitoring the state of cleanliness of a property (the owner had asked me to inform him if there were any problems as he didn't want to read about them in the reviews), but the owner should ensure that there is appropriate supervision of the cleaning of the property and replacement/supply of sufficient equipment for, in this case, a group of 8 people.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your comments. With regards to cleaning we had just employed a new Company and instant feedback would have been very useful. I agree that ultimately it is our responsibility and we try our best with the one hour after the cleaners have finished checking a 2000 sq. property. With regards to the pots and pans these have been replaced. We ask you to call us if there is a problem, not because we don’t want you to write on the internet, but because we want to rectify any problems so you can have the best possible holiday.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 30/11/2015
    The Granary was a lovely place to stay for the weekend - great building, lovely and quiet and catered well for our girls weekend with 7 girls staying. Lovely big kitchen , comfortable bedrooms and plenty of bathrooms - although to have one directly off the kitchen was a little odd. Nice spacious lounge with log burner - made it really cosy. The only thing I would say was that the mile long rough road that led to the Granary was a bit unexpected. It did put us off venturing out too frequently and staying in the winter meant we did not want to walk to the pub in the evening and no taxis would come to pick us up. Overall, a nice cottage to rent and would recommend to friends.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; We are really glad you had a great time. With regards to the drive we have just had one of wettest periods on record. To combat this we have a contractor who comes once a month to repair the pot holes. We are surprised about the taxis as we constantly have them come and go. We wish you would have called us as we could have arranged one for you.

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7.5 out of 10 – based on 15 reviews collected by Reevoo
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