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Battle

Many English towns are renowned for their historic connections, but only one was the location for one of the World''s most famous confrontations; the 1066 Battle of Hastings. The charming, market town of Battle is a must see destination for visitors interested in history or even those who simply want to enjoy a peaceful holiday in the beautiful Sussex countryside!

The ancient Abbey, which was built in the 11th Century by William the Conqueror, dominates the town. The ruins and buildings can be explored and there is a visitor’s centre with interactive displays and information relating to the famous Battle. There are also numerous medieval and Georgian buildings scattered throughout the town, many of which are listed.

The town really comes alive in Autumn. The festivities begin in late October, with a re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings that draws in performers from all over Europe. Bonfire Night is also a huge attraction and features a procession through the town. In spring, there is a huge medieval fayre with jousting, maypoling and other activities.

There is also some great shopping to be found. Opposite the Abbey, a market takes place on Fridays and Saturdays and is a good place to pick up crafts and local produce. There are also several individual shops and boutiques to explore, selling jewellery, gifts and other items.

Battle and the surrounding area provides a great cottage holiday base from which to explore the many attractions in part of Sussex, including several perfectly preserved castles. The town sits on High Weald, an Area of Outstanding Beauty, where there are many walking trails and opportunities to see rare birds at Battle Great Wood. The coast is also a short drive away, where you will find stunning cliff top walks and the traditional seaside town of Hastings.

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  • Half Moon

    Herstmonceux

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30248


    Enjoying peaceful, rural vistas overlooking fields, Half Moon has its own private entrance through a 5 bar gate, parking and a garden. It adjoins the owners’ home and is situated on the edge of the South Downs, where walks and cycle paths are on the doorstep. Just along the lane is one of the largest post windmills in the country - an ideal windmill location as it’s built on some of the highest ground in the area, overlooking the Pevensey Levels and English Channel. Herstmonceux Castle with grounds and gardens is nearby, and is home to the Observatory Science Centre, providing spectacular hands-on science among the domes and telescopes of a world-famous astronomical observatory. Explore 7 acres of grounds and gardens at Michelham Priory, with the longest water-filled moat in England, 9 miles. Also, visit Pevensey Bay and Castle, where William the Conqueror landed in 1066, Burwash with Batemans, home to Rudyard Kipling and Charleston Farmhouse, home of the Bloomsbury set and decorated by Vanessa Bell, sister to Virginia Woolf, which are all within a short drive. Eastbourne is approximately 10 miles away, with its award-winning beaches and train connections to London. Golf and horse riding locally. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with stone floor. Kitchen with stone floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with sloping ceilings, leading to 1 single. Shower room with sloping ceiling and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Garden and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 12 years.

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  • Cider Cottage

    Etchingham

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: PPAA

    Accessed via a single track lane and nestled amongst converted farm buildings on a 300-acre organic working beef farm, this holiday cottage is a detached, single-storey barn conversion which boasts a vaulted ceiling. It lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with abundant walks from the doorstep in this popular part of East Sussex. Visit Battle Abbey, the cobbled streets of the Cinque Port of Rye and the smugglers’ caves at Hastings. There are many NT properties and gardens in the area including Sissinghurst, Great Dixter, Scotney Castle and Wakehurst Place. Shop and pub 2 miles.

    Open-plan beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove, oak floor and well-equipped kitchen area. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite wet room with toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, full underfloor electric central heating, bed linen, towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine (bathroom)
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer (outbuilding)
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed garden, terrace
    • Barbecue
    • Footpaths on farm
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Lake 50 yards, river and pond in owner’s grounds

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  • Thatched Cottage

    Steven’s Crouch, near Battle

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: UKC643


    Built in the 17th century, Thatched Cottage boasts oodles of character and charm with original features kept, including beams (some of which are low), a wood burner set in an inglenook with a bread oven, and an Aga that provides all the hot water. Set within 1066 country, this detached cottage resides in the owner’s grounds, and is situated in a small hamlet, with direct road access to the delightful market town of Battle. Battle will be every history enthusiast’s dream, as this was where William Duke of Normandy and the Saxon King Harold fought with their bows and arrows and changed the course of English history. The grounds back onto Normanhurst Forest which provides an array of wildlife spotting opportunities, including foxes and badgers which coexist with the owner’s two goats, chickens and parrots. Opportunities for walking, riding and fishing are all on the doorstep. Once guests have explored the tea rooms, antique shops and galleries in Battle, head towards Hastings and then on to the beach where you can purchase freshly caught fish from the boats. The Cinque Port Town of Rye is slightly further afield, where guests will find miles of golden sand dunes at Camber. In the other direction visit the Science Centre at Herstmonceux. Alternatively, beautiful gardens can be seen at Great Dixter and Pashley Manor. Burwash will reveal Rudyard Kipling’s Home at Bateman’s (National Trust), and castles can be explored at Bodiam and Leeds. Good rail services to London from Battle station. Beach 3 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground Floor:
    2 steps to...
    Living room: With wood burner, 26" Freesat TV, beams and wooden floor.
    Step down to...
    Dining area: With beams.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, beams (one low) and tiled floor.
    Steep stairs to...
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With low doorway and twin beds.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Travel cot and highchair. Welcome pack. Use of tumble dryer on request. External annexe with freezer. Enclosed garden with terrace and garden furniture. Shared 2-acre grounds. Bike store. Private parking for 4 cars. No smoking. Please note: This property has a security deposit of £100.

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  • Swallow’s Barn

    Ashburnham, Battle

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: PLLU

    Situated in an AONB in the Sussex High Weald, this detached holiday barn conversion has delightful rural views and footpaths right on the doorstep. Forming part of the owner’s grounds with 15th-century thatched cottage, this smallholding residence is shared by Golden Guernsey goats, ponies, ducks and an abundance of wildlife. Visit Battle Abbey and the 1066 Battlefield site, stunning moated Bodiam Castle, Herstmonceaux, Heritage steam railways, Weald gardens and stately homes. Eastbourne 15 miles. Tunbridge Wells 18 miles. Brighton 30 miles. Shop 2½ miles and pub 2 miles.

    Beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove, well-equipped kitchen area and French doors to open raised decking area. Two double bedrooms, one with zip & link bed, can be twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Shower room and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer (in barn)
    • Wi-fi
    • Terrace and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Games room with pool table in open bay garage to side of barn
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Unfenced drainage stream in grounds (dry in summer)

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  • Pigeon Loft

    Hurst Green

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 28960

    This 16th century holiday cottage has been thoughtfully converted retaining many exposed beams and vaulted ceilings. Attached to the owner’s home, it is ideally placed for exploring East Sussex and the Kent borders. Situated on the Sevenoaks to Hastings road, many National Trust properties are within a 30-minute drive, including Batemans, home to Rudyard Kipling. For tea shops, art galleries and antiques visit the Cinque Port town of Rye or the ’Jewel of the Weald’ at Tenterden. Beaches can be found at Hastings and Camber. Bewl Water offers water sports and cycle tracks. Good connections to London from Etchingham station. Shop 30 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 2 double (one 5ft) bedrooms. Bathroom with slipper bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Wooden floors throughout.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Shared use of owners’ grounds. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Drops in garden.

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  • Henley Bridge Holiday Cottage

    Ashburnham, nr. Battle

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W43884

    Escape to the countryside and immerse yourself in the rural peace and tranquillity surrounding this converted dairy, with its own private enclosed garden and welcoming inglenook fireplace. It is situated within 17 acres of the owner’s grounds where they keep, train and breed working dogs. Located on the 1066 Country Walk from Rye to Pevensey, the cottage is just a stroll away from a delightful pub which serves delicious food. There are many places of interest within a short drive including Battle Abbey Gatehouse (English Heritage) and the battlefield where King Harold and William, Duke of Normandy, fought for the future of England; find out if you could carry a Norman shield into battle. Visit the beautiful grounds at NT Bateman’s and see where Rudyard Kipling wrote his fascinating stories. Spend a day at Bewl Water, fishing, cycling or simply enjoying the boats. The hands on Science Centre at Herstmonceux, the Blue Reef Aquarium at Hastings and a selection of local vineyards producing award-winning wines to sample, should be on your list to visit. Good rail connections from the station at Battle, 6 miles away to London for further sightseeing opportunities in the capital. Beaches at Pevensey and Bexhill, 10 miles, Hastings and Eastbourne slightly further afield - 15 miles. Stabling by arrangement with the owner. Beach 9½ miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with beams. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 40" Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed lawned garden with terrace and furniture. Gas barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking. Stabling by arrangement. NB: Stream in owner’s garden.

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  • Chessons Farm - Stable Cottage

    Wadhurst, nr. Tunbridge Wells

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 11007

    Set in beautiful Sussex countryside in the Bewl Valley. These holiday properties have both been tastefully furnished with a self contained garden, situated on a working farm with views of Bewl Water, countryside meadows and orchards. This quiet, rural base offers country walks alongside Bewl Water, with fishing, sailing, water sports and activities. NT properties, castles and gardens, Royal Tunbridge Wells and coastal towns of Hastings, Rye and Brighton within easy reach from this beautiful rural base. Shops, pubs and restaurants 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and chairs. Parking (2 cars). NB: Landscaped pond, 50 yards.

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  • Ivy Cottage

    Ewhurst Green, nr. Bodiam

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: PLLE

    A delightful detached barn conversion nestling on the edge of a working sheep farm in its own garden bordered on one side by a stream. It lies 300 yards from the owners’ home and walks abound from the doorstep into the rolling Sussex countryside. Bodiam Castle is a short drive and the Rother Valley offers holidaymakers boating and fishing. Take a trip on the Kent and East Sussex Vintage Steam Railway or experience Pullman dining. Pashley Manor, Great Dixter and Sissinghurst Gardens are a short drive. Rye 11 miles. Camber Sands 14½ miles. Fishing farm at Hawkhurst just 2 miles away. Golf course 5 miles. Shops 2 miles, pub/restaurant ½ mile.

    Living/dining room. Kitchen/breakfast room with wooden floor. Two steps down to boot room with tiled floor. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment, toilet and wooden floor. Beamed throughout.

    • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Spacious lawned garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 4 cars)
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced stream in bordering garden

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  • Chessons Farm - Chessons Oast

    Wadhurst, nr. Tunbridge Wells

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 8281

    Set in beautiful Sussex countryside in the Bewl Valley. These holiday properties have both been tastefully furnished with a self contained garden, situated on a working farm with views of Bewl Water, countryside meadows and orchards. This quiet, rural base offers country walks alongside Bewl Water, with fishing, sailing, water sports and activities. NT properties, castles and gardens, Royal Tunbridge Wells and coastal towns of Hastings, Rye and Brighton within easy reach from this beautiful rural base. Shops, pubs and restaurants 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). NB: Pond, 100 yards.

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  • Stable Cottage

    Broad Oak, Rye

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W41887

    Excellent views and walks

    These single-storey, semi-detached stable conversions, with fenced front gardens, nestle in countryside only ¼ mile from the road and are part of Chitcombe Farm which affords glorious views across the Tillingham Valley. The farm has been part of the Chitcombe Estate for over 100 years, but is now an independent unit of 100 acres dedicated to totally organic farming with horses and sheep. The sheep are grazed on a rotational basis and at times in the summer, the fields are rested for grass management. During your holiday, guests are welcome to walk the farm along with the plethora of footpaths. Children and pets are made to feel very welcome. Should you tire of the countryside, the bustling historic Cinque Port town of Rye is close by with its curiosity tea shops and galleries. Miles of golden sands await you at Camber - take a ride on the vintage Kent and East Sussex steam railway. Shops, pub and restaurant 1¼ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (2ft 6in for children), both with beams and en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Both properties: Oil central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-April). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Grounds. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Beechurst Cottage

    Ninfield, nr. Battle

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: PZ6

    Located down a quiet lane in beautiful 1066 countryside, this charming holiday cottage dates back to 1750 and was originally the home of the gardener to the Ashburnham Estate. Sympathetically restored, it adjoins another property and offers an abundance of character features, with oak doors, low beams and an inglenook fireplace. Within a short drive lie the coastal towns of Hastings, Rye and Bexhill, with historic Battle just 3 miles away. Battle offers restaurants and lovely tea rooms, along with shops and the ruined abbey - you will never be short of something to do. Several castles, beaches, railways, museums and National Trust houses and gardens to visit close by. Locally there are many beautiful walks to enjoy or sit on the cottage patio and enjoy the quietness of the countryside. There is no need to drive too far as there is a restaurant and pub in the village, as well as village shops close by. Although the cottage dates back to 1750 it is comfortable and cosy with good size bedrooms and a very large living room and dining area. The inglenook is just waiting for you to light the fire and a basket of logs is provided for guests, along with tea, coffee, milk and biscuits in the kitchen. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant ¾ mile.

    Beamed living room with large inglenook fireplace and exposed stone surround. Step down to beamed dining area with parquet floor. Two steep steps to fitted galley-style kitchen with sloping ceiling and shower room with toilet and sloping ceiling. Two double bedrooms, one with 6ft bed and additional single bed (for +1 small child).

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, thermostatically controlled electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • High chair
    • Sky TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Freezer
    • Small fenced garden area with furniture (access by side gate)
    • Parking (2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • Unsuitable for the infirm

    Note: Maximum occupancy is 5 people, including infant

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  • White Hart Lodge

    Netherfield, nr. Battle

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W44127

    Located on the Weald Ridge near Battle, this stylishly furnished apartment boasts spectacular views stretching across the Vale of Ashburnham towards Beachy Head and, in the distance, you can see the sea from the decked terrace or living room window. Arguably the best views in Sussex and an inspiration to the great artist, William Turner, who captured them on canvas; the original now hangs in the British Museum. Turner stayed with his friend, ’Mad Jack Fuller’, at Brightling Park and who is well known for his legacy of unusual follies, which can be spotted in the area. The apartment is on the first floor and conveniently located above a friendly, family run, free house which serves food and is an ideal base for walkers and nature lovers. Barn and tawny owls, roe and fallow deer can be spotted while strolling along the 1066 Walk, which takes in Pevensey where the Normans landed, and, of course, the battle site and Battle Abbey. There are castles to be explored at Hastings and Bodiam, and vineyards where you can indulge in some wine tasting at Lamberhurst, Carr Taylor or Chapel Down. Gardens at Great Dixter and a trip on the Kent and East Sussex steam railway are both possibilities during your stay. Beaches can be reached at Hastings, 10 miles, and Camber offers rolling sand dunes. Excellent rail connections from Battle to London. Beach 9 miles. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant below.

    External, open tread stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living room with day bed (for alternative sleeping). Dining room/kitchen. 2 double bedrooms (one 5ft). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Satellite TV. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Shared use of freezer. Wi-fi. Small decked terrace with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared use of pub grounds. Car park on-site. No smoking.

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