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Thornden Farm - The Old Stable

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Ashburnham, Battle, Sussex
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 here, 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.

  • 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
  • Access to freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Small sitting-out area with furniture
  • Parking
  • No smoking
  • NB: Unfenced pond in owner’s grounds

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  • Highchair
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 3

    Confirmed guest, 29/06/2017
    We never saw the owners which was strange, not even a welcome or good morning, we loved our break away for four days. Would have been nice a small welcome token even a basket of fruit or flowers, most places do them, also log burner was lovely with later logs but no kindling so took some lighting it :)

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 29/05/2017
    Had a really lovely break.great peace and quiet,lovely location,very clean,comfortable and cosy.would go again and highly recommend it 100 per cent

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 26/02/2017
    Lovely little cottage in the countryside. Perfect for a quiet break away from modern life. Jenny and the team were all lovely and made us feel very welcome.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 22/01/2017
    Lovely little cottage to relax and get away from it all

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 28/12/2016
    Really enjoyed our stay, even though we did lose 1 day through flu/cold. We were a bit disappointed not to see the owners during the whole stay. The goodies of wine etc. were very nice, but there were no Christmas decorations.We would love to come back in the summer.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 30/11/2016
    This is exactly as it is advertised; a 3 star, rural, converted stable. It is not a luxury, purpose-built apartment. It has its issues but is a cosy, characterful, rural retreat. I cannot fathom why anyone would book this and complain about it being a long way from pubs and/or shops, or that there are some narrow lanes around it. This is all true, however if you really need these things you could always book the Travelodge in Sidcup instead. I would agree with others that it could do with a thorough clean though and it's probably a little more expensive than it ought to be. Other than that it's fine for two for a few nights.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 03/11/2016
    Great holiday away in the country. The cottage was perfect for what we needed (2 humans, 1 dog), central heating + wood burner as temperature was starting to dip down at the end of October. Local pubs do amazing food, but for everything else you will need to travel for (Battle is around 15-20 minutes away, very nice area to visit for coffee and cake!).

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