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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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  • Thornden Farm - The Coach House

    Ashburnham, Battle

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: PBBR


    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.

    Living/dining room with French doors to hallway area and well-appointed kitchen. Large bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms each with sloping ceiling and glorious views; one double and one twin. Stone floors throughout.

    • DVD
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Oaks

    Etchingham

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: 29073

    This thoughtfully built semi-detached holiday cottage adjoining the owner’s home has direct access to woodland and is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Breakfast and evening meals are available by arrangement with the owner. Cyclists are also catered for as bikes can be stored next to the property. Between the two villages of Etchingham and Ticehurst – visit Battle Abbey and explore the antique shops or have afternoon tea in one of the many tearooms. The coast can be enjoyed at Hastings, explore the Cinque port town of Rye, National Trust properties such as Kipling’s home at Batemans, and gardens including Sissinghurst and Great Dixter. Access to London from Etchingham station provides further sightseeing opportunities. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with sloping ceiling, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric heaters (ground floor) included. Oil central heating (first floor) included. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed terrace with furniture. Barbecue. Shared use of owner’s 6-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Udiam Farm - The Stable

    Bodiam, near Battle

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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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  • The Garden Cottage

    Ticehurst, near Tunbridge Wells

    Grade
    4
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: UKC466


    This semi-detached, single-storey holiday cottage is within walking distance of the largest area of open water in the south east, Bewl Water. The Garden Cottage, situated next door to the owner’s house, makes an idyllic base for couples or families.

    Spend a day walking or cycling a 12½ mile route around the reservoir set in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where bikes can be hired from March to October. The fisherman can hone his skills and even bring home a rainbow trout for supper, or why not bring your dinghy or canoe and spend some of your hard earned leisure time afloat with just the birds for company. Once back at The Garden Cottage a 2-minute stroll will take you to a country pub that also serves good food, so no need to cook or take the car. Bedgebury Forest and Pinetum, with excellent cycling trails for all abilities, children’s play area and Go Ape, is a 10-minute drive away. Visit the fairy-tale moated Bodiam Castle and childhood home of Anne Boleyn at Hever.

    Why not take the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway through the stunning countryside from Tenterden or explore the local vineyards including Lamberhurst and sample some award-winning wines. The property is a short drive from the royal spa town of Tunbridge Wells, with some excellent retail therapy and you can also sample the waters at the Chalybeate Spring in the Pantiles. Spend a day at the beach at Hastings and stroll down the pier. For the golfers, Dale Hill offers two 18 hole courses and a driving range, less than a mile away. Spa treatments and use of a local indoor swimming pool by arrangement with owner, horse riding also close by. Beach 15 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    All on the ground floor.
    Living/dining room: With 32" Freeview TV, DVD player, double sofa bed and patio doors leading to terrace.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge and dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom: With zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin on request) and en-suite with shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair. Welcome pack. Enclosed paved terrace with garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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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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  • 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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  • Riding Cottage

    Broad Oak, Rye

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W41886

    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: 2 steps to 1 double, 1 twin, 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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  • 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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  • The Granary

    Penhurst, nr. Battle

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 29197

    This Grade II listed first floor holiday apartment is located in the hamlet of Penhurst, with access to beautiful walks across the Penhurst Estate. It is adjacent to the village church and a stone’s throw away from the duck pond. The church is beautifully decorated over the festive period, making this property an ideal location for the Christmas or New Year break. Just 4 miles from historic Battle, visit the famous abbey and battle site. Stroll along the sandy beaches at Camber, buy freshly caught fish from Hastings, or take at dip at Cooden Beach, near Bexhill. National Trust sites are abundant, including Rudyard Kipling’s home at Burwash. The towns of Heathfield and Bexhill are 7 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    External, open-tread stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin . Bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet. Beams (some low) and oak floors throughout.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi (dongle). Garden and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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