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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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  • Little Barn

    Amberley, nr. Arundel

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    Ref: PUUA


    This stunning barn conversion boasts an exceptional location, offering magnificent views over the Amberley Wildbrooks, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, set in the heart of the South Downs National Park. Having been sympathetically converted to an excellent standard, Little Barn was nominated for an award by the local authority’s planning department. Formerly used for agricultural purposes, the barn still retains some of the character features, such as period beams, some of which are low on the first floor. The entrance hall, with room for coats and boots, leads into the light and spacious kitchen/dining area, which has a high vaulted ceiling and a stone floor, with underfloor heating. French doors lead out to the large decked terrace, a delightful spot from which to savour those outstanding views, and enjoy al fresco dining or an aperitif or two! The double bedroom is on the ground floor and has an en-suite shower room.

    Stairs lead from the ground floor to a spacious galleried sitting room, with two armchairs, and another seating area with sofas and TV. There is a door with a Juliet balcony, and plentiful beams, some of which are low. The barn incorporates garage parking for 2 cars.

    This superb property is located in a peaceful downland village setting, with a village shop, pottery, tea rooms and medieval church. The very popular pub (½ mile) serves good food, and many other popular well-known pubs are within easy reach. Within walking distance, a historic hotel offers fine dining in stunning surroundings for more special occasions. The area offers a wealth of scenic walks: the water meadows of the Wildbrooks, the River Arun and the very popular South Downs Way can all be accessed on foot from the barn.

    Popular local attractions include Arundel with its castle, various eateries, antique and book shops; Parham House and gardens; Petworth House (NT); gardens at West Dean, Nymans (NT) and Woolbeding (NT). Chichester offers Goodwood (horse racing, the Festival of Speed, and the Revival), the Festival Theatre and cathedral, all within a 20-minute drive. Gatwick Airport is about 30 miles away; beaches and coastal walks at Climping (8 miles) and West Wittering (20 miles). Shop 330 yards, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Kitchen with dining area, high vaulted ceiling, tiled floor and French doors leading to decked terrace. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. First floor: Galleried living room with beams (some low), TV and Juliet balcony.

    Electricity, full oil underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included

    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine and fridge/freezer in outbuilding
    • Wi-fi
    • Large decked terrace and furniture
    • Juliet balcony
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • No children

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  • Kittiwakes

    Rye

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    Ref: E3951

    On the banks of the River Rother, with boats passing at high tide, this very comfortable first floor apartment (shown second from right) is ideally located a short stroll from the heart of the quaint town of Rye. One of the ancient Cinque Ports, its history evocatively depicted in a local ‘Sound and Light Show’, Rye also boasts a wealth of interesting shops and antique emporiums, galleries, restaurants and historic inns. Close by is the nature reserve at Rye Harbour – also an excellent spot for fishing and sailing – whilst a little further afield lie Battle Abbey, romantic Bodiam Castle, Great Dixter and Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens. Day trips by rail to France depart from Ashford, 20 miles. Shops and pubs 400 yards.

    External stairs to entrance. All on first floor: 4 steps to living/dining room/kitchen area. 1 double bedroom. Wet room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, underfloor central heating (in wet room), electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Shingle river frontage and furniture. Parking. No smoking. NB: River frontage.

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  • The Little Lodge

    Beckley, nr. Rye

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    Ref: W43703


    In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the edge of the village of Beckley and above the River Rother, is this stylish, semi-detached holiday property. Situated down a quiet lane overlooking fields and adjoining the owners’ home, it resides in 5 acres of grounds, surrounded by forestry and woodland, where a small orchard is set aside for the guests’ sole use. The Little Lodge is an ideal base from which to explore the cinque port town of Rye, famous for its 18th century smuggling activities. Mermaid Street, with its cobbled streets, timber framed inns and attractive Georgian houses, is well worth strolling along. Rye Bay is home to the well-known scallop festival in February. The beach can be reached at Winchelsea, and has associations with Spike Milligan and Camber Sands, as the name suggests there are miles of golden sand dunes. It is home to various film locations including ‘The Monuments Men’ with George Clooney, and ‘The Invisible Woman’ with Ralph Fiennes. Take a boat trip from Northiam and arrive at the fairytale Bodiam Castle, which is 4 miles away, or catch the Kent and East Sussex steam railway which travels to Tenterden, described by many as ’The Jewel of the Weald’. Cycling routes and excellent walking are close by. Horse riding stables can be found within a 15-minute drive away. Now in retirement, Darjeeling a famous Grand National champion horse resides at the property. Fishing is available nearby at Iden Wood Fishery (at cost, licence required). Treat yourself to the on-site medical beauty clinic, appointments by arrangement only (at cost). Beach 10 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 11/2 mile.

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

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview plasma TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Use of owners’ freezer. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Lidsey Farmhouse Annexe

    Lidsey, nr. Bognor Regis

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    Ref: W43003

    Shared swimming pool

    Conveniently located, this attractive single storey annexe with stable door, attached to the owners 16th century Grade II listed farmhouse provides modern yet cosy holiday living. It has its own sitting out area and use of the owners outdoor heated swimming pool. Explore the glorious South Downs Way, with scenic walking, birdwatching, cycling and riding routes. Places to visit include the popular seaside resort of Bognor Regis (3 miles), historic Chichester with its superb cathedral, Arundel Castle and Wild Fowl and Wetland Bird Trust, Goodwood House, racecourses and country park and the Witterings with its sandy beach. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 550 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed/dining room/kitchen, patio doors and wooden floor. 1 double bedroom with wooden floor. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Patio with furniture. Portable barbecue. Shared heated outdoor fenced swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 0.9m - 2.1m), open May-September. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • The Annexe

    Birdham, nr. Chichester

    Grade
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    Ref: 28447

    This delightful single-storey holiday annexe, adjacent to the owner’s home, is conveniently placed on the road leading to The Witterings beaches and historic Chichester and lies close to the marina. Chichester harbour offers boat trips, scenic walks, and the city has a theatre, shopping and restaurants. Spend a day at Goodwood races, Bosham sailing village and the South Downs National Park. Enjoy cycling, riding, golf, fishing, Arundel castle and Portsmouth with its trips to the Isle of Wight. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. 1 kingsize (four-poster) bedroom. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone (incoming and emergency calls only). Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Stream in grounds, 50 yards.

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  • Lanterns

    Udimore, Rye

    Grade
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    Ref: E4911

    Situated on the ridge between the Brede and Tillingham valleys, just 3 miles from the ancient Cinque Port of Rye, this pretty detached cottage, perfect for romantic weekends, boasts a charming beamed interior and its own garden. Set close to the owner’s home, it makes a delightful base from which to explore the many attractions of East Sussex. The nearby wetlands offer wonderful birdwatching and myriad footpaths afford lovely country walks. With its cobbled streets and beautifully preserved medieval, Tudor and Georgian houses, Rye is a delightful town seemingly almost untouched by time and where visitors will find interesting shops and eating places. Winchelsea, Camber Sands and Hastings, 10 miles, are a short drive. Golf, fishing, kite surfing and horse riding are nearby. Pub serving food 0.25 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements)/dining area/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Beams throughout.

    Electric heaters and electricity (£3 per day June-August, £4 per day September-May). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking. No children under 10 years except babes in arms.

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  • Chalk Cottage

    Westbourne, nr. Chichester

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    Ref: PUUK


    This delightful, character 17th-century cottage is located next to the square in the picturesque village of Westbourne, which is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, and Chalk Cottage is one of 66 cottages mentioned in it. This lovely, quaint village has a shop and post office, a selection of pubs with dining, and a historic church, all a few yards away. Dating back to the Georgian period, this deceptively spacious home would have been the coach house which allowed the carriages to access the former Lamb Hotel. The bedroom and bathroom on the first floor would have formed an arch for the horse and carts to proceed underneath – the ground floor has since been built, in more recent years, to provide the current living/dining room and kitchen. Steeped in history, Chalk Cottage boasts features such as sash windows and exposed wooden beams in the bedroom. The living/dining room has alcoves and there is a fire surround housing an electric woodburner. A door leads from the kitchen to an enclosed, secluded courtyard, ideal for enjoying an aperitif or al fresco dining.

    There is so much to do in the area, with excellent walking, hiking and birdwatching in the South Downs National Park. The market town of Emsworth is only a 10-minute drive, with a train station, a host of cafés, pubs and restaurants, as well as a mill pond and estuary where many birds and other wildlife can be seen, and where scenic waterside walks can be enjoyed. Many attractions and National Trust homes are within easy reach, as well as Chichester with its cathedral, leisure facilities, Goodwood and Fontwell races. Also, historic Portsmouth with designer shopping outlets, historic dockyard, ferries to the Isle of Wight, Spinnaker Tower and more. Beaches including Emsworth and West Wittering are also nearby. Slightly further, visit The New Forest to the west and Arundel Castle to the east. Golf, riding, sailing walking, cycling can all be enjoyed nearby. Hot air balloon flights can be arranged with the owner. Shop, pub and restaurant 220 yards.

    Living/dining room with electric woodburner. Kitchen with door to courtyard garden. Steep stairs to first floor: Beamed double bedroom with sash windows. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Bluetooth radio
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed courtyard garden with sitting-out area and furniture
    • Roadside parking
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking

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  • Thornden Farm - The Byre

    Ashburnham, Battle

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    Ref: PG6


    Sympathetically converted to form characterful properties, the heavily beamed cottages at Thornden Farm date back to the 16th century and occupy a truly peaceful and secluded setting amidst 1066 countryside. Within the grounds of Thornden Farm are goats, free range chickens and a small flock of sheep, and from here, there are far-reaching views to Beachy Head, the South Downs and the sea. Each cottage boasts an individual seating area in landscaped gardens.

    There is a wealth of diverse attractions and activities within the surrounding area. Visit historic Battle, where one may pause for a cream tea and visit the ancient abbey or the fascinating world of Yesteryear, a fun museum of everyday items from days gone by. Hastings is a short drive away offering freshly caught fish from the beaches in the old town, the smugglers cave and many more tourist attractions. Rye, with its cobbled streets, variety of shops and inns such as the famous Mermaid Inn which is known in history as the meeting place for the notorious Hawkhurst smuggling gang, makes a truly wonderful day out. Just a short trip from Ashburnham, one can find expanses of white sand dunes and beaches at Camber, with many other beaches and cliff top walks to be discovered along the entire coast. The Victorian seaside resort of Eastbourne (15 miles), with an indoor swimming-pool, adventure park and new Sovereign Harbour complex, still retains a sense of its opulent past. Royal Tunbridge Wells and the famous Pantiles are 18 miles away. Batemans, the home of Rudyard Kipling, is 5 miles away at Burwash. There are also numerous National Trust and English Heritage sites in the locality.

    Activities offered locally include trout fishing (fly only) in Ashburnham, Bewl and Darwell reservoirs. Horse riding, four golf courses plus fantastic cycling and walking. There are many festivals and shows throughout the year, including orchestral nights at Battle Abbey and the castles of Bodium and Hertsmonceaux. Guy Fawkes celebrations in East Sussex are a local tradition, with each area boasting its own Bonfire Society. Within 1½ miles there are two pubs, the ‘Ash Tree Inn’ at Brownbread Street and ‘The Swan Inn’ at Dallington each serve real ales and fine food. Whether it’s a romantic short break or a family holiday that is required, Thornden Cottages offer the perfect setting, as many people testify by returning again, and again, and again. Shop 4 miles.

    Open-plan living/dining room, with wood-burning stove in inglenook fireplace, and farmhouse-style kitchen area. Double bedroom with sloping ceiling. Shower room with toilet. Beams and wooden floors throughout.

    • Wood-burning stove – initial logs included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing by arrangement with owner
    • Access to freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small sitting-out area with furniture
    • Parking
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced pond in owner’s grounds

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  • The Cart Lodge

    Gun Hill, nr. Heathfield

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    Ref: 29239


    Situated in a secluded part of the owner’s 16th century working farm, this detached, south facing, holiday property with oak floor in the kitchen, has been converted to a very good standard. It is in an ideal location overlooking a duck pond and with distant views to the South Downs. Accessed by a rough track, it is a great base for walking the Wealdway or cycling the Cuckoo Trail with 14 miles of pathways along the old Heathfield to Eastbourne railway. Other places to explore include Lewes and Eastbourne, both approximately 9 miles. Glyndebourne is 6 miles and Royal Tunbridge Wells is 13 miles. More locally are Charleston Farmhouse and Firle Place. The Jerwood Gallery at Hastings and De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill are 20 miles away. Good main line rail links to London Victoria from Polegate (1 hour 20 minutes), and there is also an excellent pub and restaurant within a ten minute walk along country footpaths. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and oak floor. 1 double bedroom with beams and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Use of owner’s freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond in farm grounds.

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  • The Dovecote Garden - Old Manor House Pig Barn

    West Dean, Seaford

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    Ref: 19749

    In the delightful Friston Forest village of Westdean, these carefully converted Grade II listed barns with exposed beams date back to 1597 and are double award winning (award for excellent conversion of a 16th-century listed ox barn). Now a Christmas tree and apple juice farm it was once owned by Alfred the Great. Free archaeology and history tour available for guests. Recent excavations revealed that the site had Neolithic occupation circa 2700BC, and an Elizabethan terrace and Jacobean banqueting house, the centre of a wider holding mentioned in the Domesday Book, which stretched from the River Cuckmere to Jevington. There are also ruins of an Elizabethan manor house, restored 14th-century dovecote and ox farmyard of the 18th and 19th century. Quebec Barn (ref 26956) was used as local headquarters by Canadian forces in WW ll. Walking plus cycle trails nearby, Seven Sisters Country Park, 1 mile, and a secluded beach 1½ miles. Cycle through the woods to the lighthouse, or down the lanes and breath the fresh air whilst spotting birds such as buzzards and egrets. In the evening why not cycle to the cosy pub nearby before retiring to your barn in the woods. Enjoy wildlife in the South Downs National Park. Horse riding stables, 5 miles at the old smuggling village of Alfriston. Visit Brighton and the historical ’Lanes’, Eastbourne and stroll along the Victorian pier, Drusillas Zoo, Beachy Head and Glyndebourne (opera in the grounds during the summer) within 5 miles. Pevensey Castle, Battle and 1066 country within 10 miles. Shops 4 miles, pubs 11/2 miles. Properties (refs 19748, 19749 and 26956) can be booked together for larger parties.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room/kitchen with slate floors. 1 kingsize bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Cot or Z-bed on request.

    Cot on request. iPod dock. Terrace and furniture. Barbecue.

    All properties: Underfloor gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Smart Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Shared use of freezer. Superfast Wi-Fi. Shared use of owners grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Access to Monks Granary Barn (ref 19748) is via the terrace of Old Manor House Pig Barn (ref 19749).

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  • The Lodge at Little Pines

    Dallington, nr. Heathfield

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    Ref: 31028

    Situated in a very quiet location at the end of a no through road with no passing traffic and adjoining a forestry of fields. Much wildlife, deer, foxes, badgers and bird life visit the fields and the forestry is very picturesque. The walking is superb in the area. Surrounded by countryside and woodland, where you can hear the nightingales sing and observe the deer, this comfortable holiday lodge is situated in the owner’s grounds with a delightful decked terrace and enclosed garden facing the fields. A plethora of National Trust properties are close by, including Batemans, Rudyard Kipling’s Jacobean family home, where guests can enjoy the serenity of the grounds and winding path to the watermill. Standen is an Arts and Crafts family home with beautiful Morris & Co. textiles and wallpapers. Sissinghurst Gardens, created in the 1930’s by Vita Sackville West and her husband Harold Nicholson who were part of the Bloomsbury Set, is also a short drive away. Other places of interest include Bodiam Castle, Battle Abbey, Herstmonceux Castle and the Science Centre and Glyndebourne Opera House, very popular during the season. The picturesque cinque port town of Rye and the rolling sand dunes at Camber are approximately 30 minutes away. In the other directions along the coast are the South Downs and Beachy Head. There are many craft fairs, agricultural shows and ploughing matches locally, showcasing Sussex wares and produce. Beach 13 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with single bed/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters (1.5 hours in morning and 1.5 hours in evening included, thereafter £25per week). Electricity, bed linen and Wi-Fi included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with decked terrace and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Fairlee Cottage

    Rudgwick, nr. Horsham

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    Ref: 30400


    This delightful single-storey barn conversion, with beams aplenty, stands opposite the owner’s home within a working farm in the Sussex village of Rudgwick. It provides an ideal holiday retreat for couples or small families. In the locality are scenic walking/cycling routes along the Downs, as well as fishing and golf. Within easy driving distance are the market towns of Horsham, Guildford and Chichester. London and the south coast are easily accessible, as well as Gatwick/Heathrow airports. National Trust homes and gardens, including Arundel Castle and Petworth House are all worth exploring, as well as horse racing at Fontwell and Goodwood, and polo at Midhurst. Shop and pub serving food 800 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed (for child)/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Shared additional freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Pets to be kept on a lead at all times, working farm. No smoking. NB: Small pond 50 yards from property.

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