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Sussex

Home to the most beautiful coast and countryside; Sussex is the perfect holiday escape whether you want a relaxing short break or action-packed adventure.

Walkers and cyclists will enjoy Sussex. This is great walking country or you could grab a bike and take to the network of quiet country roads. A boat trip is another great way to enjoy the scenery from a different aspect, take a leisurely cruise from Eastbourne to the lighthouse and discover a tranquil place to breathe.

You''ll find holiday cottages located within easy reach of all the region''s well known attractions and beauty spots both inland and at the coast and there''s an abundance of Blue Flag awarded beaches scattered along the coast. For a really atmospheric look at the coastline head to Beachy Head with its dramatic chalk cliffs, and make the time to stroll through one of the picturesque fishing harbours dotted around to pick up unique souvenirs and fresh seafood.

Places of interest of course include the vibrant coastal towns of Brighton, with its famous pier, Eastbourne and Bognor Regis as well as the delightful spa town of Tunbridge Wells (actually just over the Kent border) and lovely market towns like Horsham and historic Lewes.

If there''s one thing you can''t escape in Sussex, its history and the famous battle site of 1066 in Hastings holds a wealth of it, and offers a family friendly day out to explore one of history''s most important events. Similarly Arundel Castle could also be on your agenda; it sits majestically above the roof tops of the town below and is bursting at the seams with stories and relics.

For family fun, visit one of the county''s many animal parks; Drusillas Park at Alfriston is a paradise of small exotic animals or there''s the Ashdown Forest Llama Park, home to more than 100 llamas and Fishers Farm Park is great for getting the younger ones moving. The Blue Reef Aquarium at Hastings and Brighton Sealife Centre are the ultimate way to experience underworld treasures without getting your feet wet.

Be inspired by the birthplace of modern England, and come and see for yourself why so many people choose to holiday in Sussex. Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Sussex today.
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  • Half Moon

    Herstmonceux

    Grade
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    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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  • Wellhouse Retreat

    Burgess Hill, nr. Haywards Heath

    Grade
    3
    2
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    Ref: 28439


    This delightful, single-storey holiday property, forming a wing of the owner’s country house, has a private garden area and stands peacefully overlooking a landscaped garden. Offering comfortable, well-presented accommodation, this property makes a relaxing retreat and is conveniently located for many attractions and walks, with public footpaths leading to The South Downs National Park. There are four National Trust Gardens in the locality, as well as Glyndbourne, Seven Sisters Country Park and the resort of Brighton with Royal Pavilion, museums, art galleries, theatres and entertainment being less than an hour’s drive away. Wellhouse Retreat is situated 1 mile from Burgess Hill Station, which has a rail link to London, as well as only ½-hour from Gatwick Airport. Shops 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with bidet and toilet.

    Electric heaters and electricity included (£5 per day November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. 1-acre garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 12 years.

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  • Seagull’s Nest

    Hastings

    Grade
    3
    2
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    Ref: W41938

    Wonderful sea views


    Boasting wonderful sea views and ideal for fans of Foyle’s War, the ITV World War ll detective drama series, Seagull’s Nest is ideally situated - right opposite Foyle’s house! Filming was done from the doorstep. Several guests look for how and where this iconic TV series was produced, with several other places in and around Hastings also featured in the show. Situated in the heart of the picturesque Old Town, Seagull’s Nest has sea views from every window and is within easy walking distance of the beach. Visit Smuggler’s Adventure, Underwater World, Hastings Castle, the Blue Reef Aquarium, Shipwreck Centre and Fisherman’s Museum at Rock-a-Nore, or the prestigious Jerwood Gallery which is located just minutes away. To the east is the majestic cliff coastline and views across the English Channel - the East Hill Country Park is a 5 minute walk away, with miles of interesting, varied walks and is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Rare bird, plant and wildlife species can be found there as well as wonderful views, walks and places to explore. Fairlight Glen is a 2½ mile walk, each way along the clifftops, the coastal path then continues to Rye. 1066 Country is a holidaymakers delight with so much to see, do and discover. Visit Battle, Rye, Brighton, Lewes, Bexhill, Pevensey and Eastbourne, or take the train to London. Plenty of English Heritage and National Trust properties within driving distance - Bodiam Castle, Scotney Castle, and Batemans - Rudyard Kipling’s house. Alternatively, try Battle Abbey, Camber Sands and Herstmonceux Castle. The famous gardens at Great Dixter, and also those at Merriments and Pashley Manor are nearby, and not far from these, there is Bodiam Boating Station and the steam railway next door. Pett Level and Winchelsea are within a few miles. Or just wander about Hastings’ fishing beach, with its colourful boats and traditional beach-launched fleet. Hastings Old Town and St Leonards down the road both have art galleries, pubs, restaurants, cafes and quirky bric a brac and antique shops. There are many memorable events throughout the year, including Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras), Jack in the Green, Pirate Day, Old Town Week, Carnival Week, Seafood and Wine Festival, Coastal Currents Art Festival and the famous bonfire night in late October. Perfectly placed in the middle of the popular Old Town area, but also set in a quiet street, Seagull’s Nest gives you the best of both worlds! Interesting shops and even a small independent cinema, 150 yards away. So much to see and do! Many cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs in adjoining streets 100 yards away.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Fridge/freezer. On road parking 500 yards (uphill). No smoking.

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  • Owl Cottage

    Jevington

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: E4092

    Nestling in the old smuggling village of Jevington on the fringes of the Cuckmere Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the South Downs National Park, these delightful and beautifully presented properties are ideally located for a relaxing break. The South Downs Way is on the doorstep, there are myriad walks and cycle paths to explore and a multitude of places to visit within a short drive. Beachy Head and the soaring cliffs of the Seven Sisters Country Park, Cuckmere Haven’s sandy beach and Friston Forest Walks are among the local beauty spots, whilst Herstmonceux Castle, Battle Abbey, Glyndbourne, Drusilla’s Zoo and the Bentley Motor Museum are all nearby. The popular seaside town of Eastbourne is 2 miles; Hastings, Rye and Brighton are a little further afield, and day trips from Newhaven to Le Havre and Dieppe are also available. The cottages are within a short stroll of a lovely tea room for afternoon treats and the local inn for eating out. Shops 2.25 miles and pub 500 yards.

    Steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single with additional single (for alternative sleeping). Shower room with toilet. Most rooms with beams and steps between rooms.

    Patio and furniture.

    Both properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Barbecue by arrangement. Parking. Unsuitable for the infirm. No smoking. No children under 5 years. Couples and family bookings only. NB: Pond in grounds.

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  • Boat House Cottage

    Pevensey Bay

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W40200

    Seaside retreat

    This pretty detached single storey holiday property has been built on the site of an old boathouse and is situated within 100 yards of the beach at Pevensey Bay. It is superbly located for historic Battle and the beautiful Sussex countryside and villages with more beaches and shops to explore at Hastings and Bexhill. Nearby Eastbourne is a unique seaside resort with a range of activities, sports and events to enjoy in a fantastic setting. The Sovereign Harbour Marina is situated between Pevensey Bay and Eastbourne, with 5 harbours, waterside shops and restaurants. Slightly further afield there is the spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells and Brighton with its marina, aquarium, quaint lanes and nightlife. Shops, pubs and restaurants 0.25 miles.

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

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Small pebbled garden with furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • The Beach Retreat

    East Wittering, nr. Chichester

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: 30015


    In a super location only 90 yards from East Wittering’s popular pebble beach, and tucked away along a quiet gravel drive, this tastefully styled, detached single-storey holiday home offers light and airy accommodation, ideal for couples and small families. The property benefits from two bedrooms and two bathrooms, with one of them having a Jacuzzi bath. There is private parking and an enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area, an ideal place to relax and enjoy a meal or aperitif on a warm summer evening. The Beach Retreat is a 2-minute walk from the resorts various shops, eateries, amenities and pubs, and a 5-minute walk from the sandy beach at West Wittering. Historic Chichester is only a 10-minute drive, with its stunning cathedral, harbour tours, golf course, leisure facilities and marina, as well as both Goodwood and Fontwell races. The South Downs National Park is close by and is ideal for scenic walks and cycling routes, and Pagham Nature Reserve is the place to go for wildlife and interesting bird watching. Visit Arundel, with its castle and various antiques and memorabilia shops/boutiques, as well as Wild Fowl and Wetlands bird centre. The picturesque sailing village of Bosham, with its historic church and crafts centre, is a short drive away. Slightly further are Portsmouth to the west, with maritime history and famous war ships, Spinnaker Tower and extensive retail shopping outlets, or Brighton to the east, with its Royal Pavilion and cosmopolitan culture. Day trips to the Isle of Wight can be enjoyed from either Portsmouth or Southampton, and the rolling heathland of the New Forest, with its roaming ponies, can also be easily reached by car. Polo at Midhurst, or visit National Trust homes and gardens, including The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum at Singleton, West Dean, Petworth House and Goodwood House. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Rose Cottage

    Rottingdean, nr. Brighton

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: 27231


    This charming, semi-detached character cottage is less than a 5-minute walk from the sea, and is centrally located for shops, cafes, inns and restaurants within the charming village of Rottingdean. Tucked away and accessed via a shared walkway, Rose Cottage enjoys an enclosed lawned garden, and has character features such as beams and an open fire. Brighton harbour and the cosmopolitan city centre, with numerous bars, live music, eateries, theatres, art galleries and antique shops is a short drive away. Historic Arundel Castle, the glorious South Downs and many NT homes and gardens are nearby. Can be booked with Garden Cottage (ref W43518) to accommodate up to 8 guests. Shop and restaurant 50 yards, pub 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. 1 step up to dining room/kitchen with granite floor. 3 steps to bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Garage (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Spider’s Light

    Hastings

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: 30982

    Wonderful sea views from most rooms

    Wonderful sea views from most rooms


    Spider’s Light, as seen in Foyle’s War, is located in the heart of the old town and nestles in the east cliffs with access to Hastings Country Park, and enjoys stunning views of the beach and English Channel. Rumoured to be named after a fisherman who once dwelt in this pretty, converted, end terrace holiday cottage, Spider used to put a light in his window which would guide the fishermen home, and wives would look out from the window to watch for incoming boats. Hastings still has the largest beach launched fishing fleet in Europe and you can also see the iconic black weather-boarded net huts. Look the other way and Hastings old town twinkles at night in front of you and behind is East Hill country park with walks from the doorstep. This provides access to 660 acres of woodland, heath and 5 miles of cliff-tops, also accessible via the steepest funicular railway in Britain. In the summer enjoy a glass of wine on the enclosed decked terrace or after a brisk walk along the seafront in winter, nestle down on the comfortable sofa and batten down the hatches! Visit the remains of Hastings Castle, discover Hastings’ smuggling past deep in the West Hill at St Clement’s Caves and explore the narrow streets and passageways known as twittens in the old town. Jerwood gallery houses 20th and 21st century British Art, is located in the Stade area - the old fishing quarter. If you have time don’t miss Battle Abbey and Camber Sands, offering miles of golden rolling sand dunes, or the National Trust properties in the area. Hastings station has good connections to London for additional sightseeing opportunities. Beach 300 yards. Shop and restaurants 200 yards, pub 50 yards.

    Lower ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with patio doors and tiled floor. Steep stairs to ground floor: Living room. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with additional Z-bed (for child), 1 single.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Decked terrace. Car park 500 yards (at cost). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Rosemary Cottage

    Houghton Bridge, nr. Arundel

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: 30265

    This charming, period holiday cottage provides an ideal homely base for discovering the locality. Situated next door to a traditional country pub serving real ales and good food, it is in a scenic area within the heart of the South Downs National Park, alongside the meandering River Arun, with plenty of scenic riverside and country walks. Visit the Amberley Chalk Pit Museum and station, which is behind the cottage. Arundel Castle is close by and the seaside resorts of Worthing and Brighton with plentiful attractions are within easy reach. Chichester with Goodwood and Fontwell racecourses and its cathedral, is within a 20-minute drive. Beach 8 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 20 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer (in outhouse). Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Salterns - Number 2

    Chichester Marina

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: UKC550

    In a stunning location overlooking the boats, yachts and calm sheltered waters of Chichester Harbour, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, these contemporary holiday apartments offer a sumptuous relaxing retreat for couples or small families. Beautifully designed, these stylish apartments have been carefully coordinated and boast excellent quality furnishings. They offer a light and airy, spacious retreat for the discerning guest. Pontoon hire is available by arrangement for those with a boat to moor in the award-winning marina, set in the beauty of a natural harbour and picturesque countryside.

    Discover the myriad of quaint anchorages and villages dotted along The Salterns Way, or follow the canal path to historic Chichester close by. Excellent scenic walking can be enjoyed in the South Downs National Park, where many birds and other wildlife can be spotted. After sitting out and enjoying the relaxing view, why not head over to the popular on-site bistro, or enjoy a boat tour around the harbour? There is also an on-site shop for your convenience. There are many places to visit nearby, including the popular golden stretch of sandy beach at West Wittering, less than a 10-minute drive, or Chichester in the opposite direction, with its ornate cathedral, Festival Theatre, leisure facilities and racecourses at Goodwood and Fontwell. Chichester also has an 18-hole golf course, as well as footgolf and pitch and putt.

    For further sightseeing opportunities, the nearby train station offers services to London, which can be reached in approximately 1½ hours. Slightly further afield are Petworth House, Parham House, Goodwood House, Arundel Castle, West Dean Gardens, Uppark House, Denmans Garden and Stansted Park. Marwell Zoo with Peppa Pig World makes for a fantastic family day out, as well as the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, ‘Explosion’ Museum of Naval Firepower, HMS Rose and HMS Victory at Southampton and Portsmouth, both renowned for their large shopping outlets and plenty of entertainment. From here, ferry trips are available to the Isle of Wight. Beach 5 miles. Shop 250 yards, pub ½ mile, restaurant 200 yards.

    All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space: With wooden floor.
    Living area: With Freeview TV, iPad, Sonos speaker and French doors leading to patio.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed, Freeview TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With bunk bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Enclosed patio area with garden furniture. Bike store.

    All properties: Electric central heating (underfloor in bathrooms and shower rooms), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Pontoon available on request. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Rose Cottage

    Iden, nr. Rye

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W44307


    Overlooking the River Rother in an elevated position is this pretty detached cottage, with lots of character and beams, adjacent to the owner’s farmhouse. Surrounded by 25 acres of farmland, guests can stroll through the field down to the river and fish (licence required), maybe spot an otter or mink, or launch your boat and head towards Rye. Alternatively, boats can be hired further down river. In the fields, you’ll find some friendly donkeys, ponies and ducks. The cottage makes an excellent base for exploring the medieval town of Rye with its tea shops, antique shops and art galleries. Camber Sands offers all sorts of water sports or simply stroll amongst the dunes and you’ll see why many a film has been shot on location here, including ’The Monuments Men’ starring George Clooney. Visit Battle Abbey, Hastings with its iconic fishermen’s huts, or hit the wine trail and taste some excellent English wines including those at Chapel Down and Sedlescombe vineyards. After a day’s sightseeing, walking or cycling, return to your cottage and relax on your very own decked terrace with glorious, peaceful waterside views. Beach 6 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams, breakfast bar and tiled floor. Utility room. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, both with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 28" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Use of owner’s freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with terrace and furniture. Shared 25-acre grounds. Fishing available on-site (licence required, at cost). Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Small unfenced pond in garden and fenced river in grounds, 40 yards.

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  • Rose Cottage

    Beddingham, nr. Lewes

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30502

    Built to a good standard, these adjoining holiday cottages in the owners’ grounds are situated in the tiny village of Beddingham, which lies in the South Downs just off the Lewes to Eastbourne road (which although convenient, can be busy). The view to one side of the cottage is that of Mount Caburn, which is one of the highest landmarks in East Sussex and is the home of an Iron Age fort! Both cottages have wheelchair access to the ground floor rooms. Lewes, 2½ miles, is dominated by the ruins of a great Norman castle and boasts twisting medieval streets and tiny twittens. The port of Newhaven lies on the land with the shortest sea route between London and Paris and Seaford is a quiet, informal holiday resort from where Seaford Head, The Seven Sisters Country Park, Beachy Head and the village of Alfriston can all be visited. Glyndebourne and the outdoor opera, 2 miles. Drusillas Zoo Park, Charleston - the home of the artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and rural bolt hole for the Bloomsbury group, Firle Place and Newhaven Fort are all a short drive. Eastbourne, 12 miles, Brighton 10 miles. Free coarse fishing 200 yards (rod licence required). Shop 1½ miles, pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 twin bedroom.

    Both properties: Electric central heating included (£30per week, £20 per short break November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Barbecue. Fishing 200 yards (licence required). Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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