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Thornden Farm - The Old Stable

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Ashburnham, Battle
Grade 3 Star rating
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A perfect bolt-hole for two within the grounds of Thornden Farm, and within easy reach of Eastbourne, and Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Sympathetically converted to form characterful properties, the heavily beamed cottages at Thornden Farm date back to the 16th century and occupy a truly peaceful and secluded setting amidst 1066 countryside. Within the grounds of Thornden Farm are goats, free range chickens and a small flock of sheep, and from both here and the Coach House (ref PBBR), there are far-reaching views to Beachy Head, the South Downs and the sea. Each cottage boasts an individual seating area in landscaped gardens.

There is a wealth of diverse attractions and activities within the surrounding area. Visit historic Battle, where one may pause for a cream tea and visit the ancient abbey or the fascinating world of Yesteryear, a fun museum of everyday items from days gone by. Hastings is a short drive away offering freshly caught fish from the beaches in the old town, the smugglers cave and many more tourist attractions. Rye, with its cobbled streets, variety of shops and inns such as the famous Mermaid Inn which is known in history as the meeting place for the notorious Hawkhurst smuggling gang, makes a truly wonderful day out. Just a short trip from Ashburnham, one can find expanses of white sand dunes and beaches at Camber, with many other beaches and cliff top walks to be discovered along the entire coast. The Victorian seaside resort of Eastbourne (15 miles), with an indoor swimming-pool, adventure park and new Sovereign Harbour complex, still retains a sense of its opulent past. Royal Tunbridge Wells and the famous Pantiles are 18 miles away. Batemans, the home of Rudyard Kipling, is 5 miles away at Burwash. There are also numerous National Trust and English Heritage sites in the locality.

Activities offered locally include trout fishing (fly only) in Ashburnham, Bewl and Darwell reservoirs. Horse riding, four golf courses plus fantastic cycling and walking. There are many festivals and shows throughout the year, including orchestral nights at Battle Abbey and the castles of Bodium and Hertsmonceaux. Guy Fawkes celebrations in East Sussex are a local tradition, with each area boasting its own Bonfire Society. Within 1½ miles there are two pubs, the ‘Ash Tree Inn’ at Brownbread Street and ‘The Swan Inn’ at Dallington each serve real ales and fine food. Whether it’s a romantic short break or a family holiday that is required, Thornden Cottages offer the perfect setting, as many people testify by returning again, and again, and again. Shop 4 miles.

Open-plan living/dining room, with wood-burning stove in inglenook fireplace, and farmhouse-style kitchen area. Double bedroom with sloping ceiling. Shower room with toilet. Beams and wooden floors throughout.

  • Access to freezer

  • Wood-burning stove – initial logs included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing by arrangement with owner
  • Wi-fi
  • Small sitting-out area with furniture
  • Parking
  • No smoking
  • NB: Unfenced pond in owner’s grounds

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  • Woodburning StoveWoodburning Stove
  • Christmas Themed CottageChristmas Themed Cottage
  • WifiWifi
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • Car Parking AvailableCar Parking Available

Customer Comments

  • 1

    Confirmed guest, 27/02/2016
    it was in need of repair the shower knobs were loose the furniture was shabby the duvet on the bed was the same size as the bed

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; We are sorry to hear that you feel The Old Stable was not up to standard and I cannot apologise enough for this. I will address each point of your feedback and I hope that my response is satisfactory to you. With regard to the shower knobs, we have not had any complaints about the shower prior to your feedback. On receipt of this we sent our maintenance men round immediately to inspect the property and indeed we found that the shower knobs have broken. We are now taking the necessary steps to repair this and a new shower unit will be fitted as a matter of urgency. It does however sadden me that you didn’t contact me regarding this during your stay, as I could have taken immediate action to rectify the situation for you. The bed in The Old Stable is a double bed and therefore is fitted with a double duvet. I can confirm that this is the correct size duvet for that bed and I am sorry that you felt it was not satisfactory. The majority of our guests all comment on how comfortable the bed is. Regarding the comments on the furniture, after inspecting the cottage we feel that the furniture is of good quality, although I accept that one chair is worn. Again we have not had any previous complaints. I can only imagine that the furniture was not to your liking and I am sorry for this. I can understand, going on your written feedback the score relating to the comfort and equipment as you mention this. However, I cannot imagine such a low score was given for the location. Certainly I, and lots of my guests, feel that Thornden Farm Cottages are situated on one of the most idyllic locations, set right out in the countryside with beautiful views stretching to the South Downs. Thornden Farm Cottages strive on trying to ensure that every guest has a lovely time here. Therefore feedback is welcomed to ensure that we are providing a top quality service.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 30/10/2015
    Lovely cottage and ideal for us on a reading, writing holiday with the added bonus for us and our dog of local walks in beautiful country surroundings

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 26/09/2015
    The old stable was a lovely place to stay. Nice surrounding.

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6.4 out of 10 – based on 7 reviews collected by Reevoo
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