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Ashburnham, Battle, SussexSussex
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps2
Bedrooms1
Bathrooms1
Pets 1
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Description

A perfect bolt-hole for two within the grounds of Thornden Farm, and within easy reach of Eastbourne, and Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Sympathetically converted, this heavily beamed cottage at Thornden Farm dates back to the 16th century and occupies 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. The 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. Shop 4 miles.
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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Features

  • Highchair
    Highchair
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • WiFi
    WiFi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle


Customer Comments

  • 7

    06/08/2018
    Confirmed guest, 04/08/2018
    A nice little cottage in a good location. Quite dated but comfortable. Good value for money. Shower and fridge needed a few repairs.


  • 9

    23/06/2018
    Confirmed guest, 21/06/2018
    We were very pleased with the accommodation. It was clean and tidy when we arrived. The bed was comfortable and the bed linen was crisp and clean, probably the best we have found even in expensive hotels. Plenty of towels and tea towels were provided. The wooden floors are very suitable for visitors with dogs. The kitchen area was sufficient for our needs. The fenced garden area was ideal for our dog Morgan. The rear garden is really pretty and well designed. The owner was friendly and made us welcome. The location was good for us as it was used as a base to visit Bexhill, Hastings, Romney Marsh, and Lewes. Overall we enjoyed our stay and hope to return again in the future.


  • 8

    10/06/2018
    Confirmed guest, 08/06/2018
    Totally idyllic. The only reason 10s are not given is that the kitchen area lacks cupboards for storing food and there is no freezer, though the fridge is that cold it acts as a semi-one. Battle is a 10-15 minute drive away.


  • 8

    06/01/2018
    Confirmed guest, 02/01/2018
    Thankyou for a wonderful stay over new year with our doglet ludo, was aware of other guests staying but didn’t meet them. Very quiet surroundings and cottage very warm with powerful central heating (if needed) and woodburner was lovely to come back and light after our long walks :) would definetly stay again-countryside was vast and would love to see it in spring/summer in more colour. Would reccomend to our friends and family-quirky and cosy <3


  • 7

    19/12/2017
    Confirmed guest, 12/12/2017
    The cottage itself was lovely, so were the hosts. The fire was really nice. The issue we had was the size And comfort of the bed. We didn’t sleep well at all in the old stable which is the only reason we wouldn’t come back.


  • 8

    16/12/2017
    Confirmed guest, 03/12/2017
    Cosy, warm and comfortable accommodation with charm and atmosphere. Lovely location with several local footpaths for dog walking, and places of historical interest. Only comment would be that the kitchen equipment could be added to, for instance a coffee percolator.


  • 7

    28/11/2017
    Confirmed guest, 19/11/2017
    Really cute and clean little cottage in beautiful Sussex. Some great pubs/restaurants nearby (we tried the recommendations listed in the cottage). It has a pretty well stocked kitchen which made breakfasts easy (although a coffee cafetiere or stovetop would have made it!). Lovely and clean, some of the dishes from previous tenants weren't washed properly though :( We didn't see the owners, so it was completely self-sufficient and a uninterrupted getaway from the big smoke! Only suggestion is maybe get a better couch? It was tiny and very uncomfortable and not really want you want to be squished on when trying to relax in front of the woodburner stove in the evenings. We loved saying hi to the piggies!


  • 8

    26/11/2017
    Confirmed guest, 13/11/2017
    We had a wonderful time. Loved the wood fire burner. Very cosy and romantic! And the central heating worked very well too. The gardens were beautiful and there were animals on the farm. There are lots of things to do nearby but it’s better to have a car.


  • 8

    26/08/2017
    Confirmed guest, 19/08/2017
    Nice and quiet


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