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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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  • 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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  • Thatched Cottage

    Steven’s Crouch, near Battle

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    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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  • The Old Workshop

    Broad Oak, nr. Heathfield

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W43924


    The glorious East Sussex countryside beckons; pack that novel that you have been meaning to read and head for some relaxation, or slip on those walking boots and discover the beautiful Rother Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From this detached holiday cottage, you can enjoy a stylish, contemporary interior, stretch out in front of the woodburner, or soak up the sunshine whilst gazing across the valley from the decked terrace. The garden to the side of The Old Workshop sweeps down to a vineyard. It is ideally placed for exploring the South Downs National Park and glorious cliff-top pathways. The Cuckoo Trail is a well-known local cycle route, plus golf and fishing can be arranged locally. Bewl Water, 8 miles, is an excellent base for water sports, and 2 miles beyond that, is Royal Tunbridge Wells. Visit National Trust properties including Batemans, the gardens at Sheffield Park and take a ride on the Bluebell Railway. Beaches at Pevensey and Eastbourne are half an hour away. Stonegate Station, 4 miles, provides good access to London. Shop/PO, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. 2 twin bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 34" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. 3G dongle. Lawned garden. Decked terrace with furniture. Balcony. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Chilsham Barn

    Herstmonceux, nr. Hailsham

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: PTTP


    Lovingly renovated, this beautiful oak framed Sussex barn conversion stands detached, and was originally built in the 1800s. It is an ideal base for two couples or a family, as both bedrooms have an en-suite bathroom. Beamed throughout and boasting solar underfloor heating with the benefit of a wood-burning stove in the part-galleried living space, guests will feel relaxed in these stylish surroundings, whatever the weather. The holiday property is situated in the owner’s 37½-acre grounds, surrounded by fields with sheep, geese, ducks and chickens, and the owner also has a shrub and perennial nursery. Guests have sole use of the orchard area. Herstmonceux is not only home to the hands-on Observatory Science Centre housed amongst the domes and telescopes of the former Royal Greenwich Observatory, there is the magnificent Herstmonceux Castle where a stroll can be taken around the Elizabethan gardens. The town also produces Henner’s medal-winning sparkling wine. Because Sussex has a sunny climate and chalky subsoil (the same as that in Champagne in France), the county also produces wonderful sparkling wines. If the beach calls, head for Pevensey where the Romans landed, and you can tackle the beautiful 31-mile 1066 Country Walk which starts at Pevensey via Herstmonceux, and on to Battle and then the Cinque Port town of Rye. Golf and fishing lakes close by. Trains to London from Polegate. Beach 8 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1¼ miles.

    Four steps to entrance. Beamed, open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, French doors and well equipped kitchen area with travertine marble floor. Cloakroom with toilet. Open-tread, oak stairs to first floor (open to one side): Galleried landing. Two beamed bedrooms, each with travertine marble floor and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet; one double and one twin.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, air to water heat pump underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • 52" Freeview TV (Netflix)
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Terrace with furniture
    • Orchard area
    • Shared 37½-acre grounds
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced pond in grounds, 50 yards

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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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  • Mount House Barn

    Burwash

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 18774

    Part of a tastefully renovated 17th century barn ideally located in pretty village of Burwash with wonderful views over the Rother Valley and the owners’ fields where sheep graze. The area is ideal for a holiday walking, exploring NT houses, gardens, castles and history of 1066. Within easy reach are Eastbourne, Battle, Rye, Lewis and Glyndebourne. Shops 200 yards, pubs 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams, vaulted ceiling and flagstone floor. 4 steps down to kitchen with beams and flagstone floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single with additional single (2ft 6in for child). Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Underfloor gas central heating, gas heaters, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Pet to be kept on lead at all times (sheep country). No smoking.

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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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  • Castlemans Stables - Castlemans Stable West

    Sedlescombe

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: PPPR


    These two stylishly converted, single-storey holiday barns (refs PPPR and PPPS) are in a delightful rural setting with glorious views and footpaths from the door across the countryside. Within walking distance of the picturesque village of Sedlescombe with a village green, a historic friendly pub and good local shop. The market town of Battle with its abbey and 1066 battlefield is approximately 4 miles. Hastings, 7 miles, has a beach-launched fishing fleet and the iconic black weather boarded fishing net huts. Explore St Clement’s caves and unravel their smuggling past. The golden beaches and sand dunes at Camber and the medieval cobbled, Cinque Port town of Rye are easily accessible. Explore castles nearby including the moated Bodiam Castle and Gardens, and Sissinghurst Castle, or take a trip on the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Living room with wood-burning stove, flagstone floor and French doors to decked terrace. Kitchen/dining area with flagstone floor. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom with door to terrace. Bathroom with toilet and tiled floor.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Three Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Shared washing machine and tumble dryer (in external utility)
    • Wi-fi
    • Decked terrace with furniture
    • Shared courtyard and paddock
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities.

    Note: The Nook, ref PNNW may be booked with Castlemans Stables, refs PPPR and PPPS (100 yards) to sleep up to 10 people.

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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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  • Castlemans Stables - Castlemans Stable East

    Sedlescombe

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: PPPS


    These two stylishly converted, single-storey holiday barns (refs PPPR and PPPS) are in a delightful rural setting with glorious views and footpaths from the door across the countryside. Within walking distance of the picturesque village of Sedlescombe with a village green, a historic friendly pub and good local shop. The market town of Battle with its abbey and 1066 battlefield is approximately 4 miles. Hastings, 7 miles, has a beach-launched fishing fleet and the iconic black weather boarded fishing net huts. Explore St Clement’s caves and unravel their smuggling past. The golden beaches and sand dunes at Camber and the medieval cobbled, Cinque Port town of Rye are easily accessible. Explore castles nearby including the moated Bodiam Castle and Gardens, and Sissinghurst Castle, or take a trip on the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Living room with wood-burning stove, flagstone floor and French doors to decked area. Kitchen/dining area with flagstone floor. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom with door to terrace. Bathroom with toilet and tiled floor.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Three Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Shared washing machine and tumble dryer (in external utility)
    • Wi-fi
    • Decked terrace with furniture
    • Shared courtyard and paddock
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities.

    Note: The Nook, ref PNNW may be booked with Castlemans Stables, refs PPPR and PPPS (100 yards) to sleep up to 10 people.

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  • Oast Cottage

    Herstmonceux, nr. Hailsham

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W43650


    Situated in a tiny hamlet adjoining the owner’s oast, this well-presented holiday cottage with an enclosed, secluded courtyard garden, makes an ideal base from which to explore the glorious Sussex countryside. The village of Herstmonceux is just ½ a mile away and has pubs and a restaurant. Herstmonceux Castle and gardens are close by and are home to the Observatory Science Centre, offering both adults and children some hands-on science, amongst the domes and telescopes of a world famous astronomical observatory. See the beautiful 7-acre gardens at Michelham Priory, or visit Rudyard Kipling’s home at Batemans (NT), and Charleston, home to the Bloomsbury set. The beach is can be reached within 8 miles at either Eastbourne or Cooden. Trains can be boarded via Polegate, giving access to Brighton or London for additional sightseeing. Golf and fishing are available locally, and walks and cycle paths emanate from the front door. Beach 8 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Sun room with French doors. First floor: 2 double bedrooms (one 5ft zip and link, can be twin). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs (one 27’’, one 24’’). DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service by arrangement. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Udiam Farm - The Stable

    Bodiam, near Battle

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: UKC565

    These two delightful, detached cottages have been thoughtfully restored and lie within the owner’s grounds, by the farmhouse. Udiam Farm Cottage (ref. PQQZ) has a light and airy living area, limestone floor and bi-fold doors which open on to the terrace, ideal for alfresco dining. Stable Cottage (ref. UKC565) has been stylishly restored to a very high standard with exposed beams, bespoke kitchen with Miele appliances, Wesley Barrell sofas designed by the owner, Jim Lawrence lighting with French antique chandeliers and beautiful limestone flooring that flows seamlessly out to the terrace. If the weather is fine, play a spot of tennis, enjoy a drink on the croquet lawn or indulge in a game of petanque, by arrangement with the owner.
    Udiam Farm was formerly the Guinness Hop Farm, and The Stable was once home to the Guinness horses that pulled the wagons, laden with hops. The farm overlooks the River Rother and part of the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway (used around six times a year for special events). Its trains steam through 10½ miles of countryside from Tenterden to the moated Bodiam Castle. Take a stroll across the grounds to this fairytale 14th century castle where you can also ride the Kent and East Sussex steam railway. Indulge in a meal at the local Michelin starred restaurant and sample the excellent local wines from award winning vineyards. Battle is 8 miles, Royal Tunbridge Wells is a half hour drive, as are the coastal towns of Eastbourne, Hastings, Bexhill-on-Sea and Rye. There are good train services to London from Robertsbridge for additional sightseeing. Fishing and golf are available locally. Beach 15 miles. Shop 2½ miles, pub 5 miles and restaurant 1¼ miles.

    All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space: With beams and limestone floor.
    Living area:
    With 40" curved Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and Quooker Fusion hot water tap.
    Utility room: With washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with walk-in shower, and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed and en-suite with walk-in shower, and toilet.
    Stairs to...
    Galleried reading area.

    Electric underfloor central heating included. Lawned garden with terrace and garden furniture. Shared 20-acre grounds. Please note: No children.

    Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack. Shared 20-acre grounds. Shared use of tennis court and croquet lawn (by prior arrangement). Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is a river, 20 yards and an unfenced pond, 55 yards.

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