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Thornsdale - Thornsdale Oast

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Iden, Sussex
Grade 4 Star rating
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In glorious rural surroundings, pet friendly cottage ideal for larger groups, with footpath across miles of open countryside close by.

This attractive detached house set in the owner’s grounds provide spacious holiday accommodation situated at the end of a mile-long lane in glorious rural surroundings. Pet friendly and offering a plethora of walks on the doorstep, the cottage offers good quality linen and towels and a superb self catering base. There is a public footpath leading off the owner’s drive providing miles of walks across open countryside. A trip to picturesque Rye enables visitors to sample local foods at the Wednesday morning farmers market which is held at Strand Quay. By taking a stroll along the cobbled streets, there is also the chance to buy a memento from one of the many independently-owned shops and boutiques, art galleries and potteries - or even start Christmas shopping from the wide selection of goods available! Also worth a visit are Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Camber Sands and Camber Castle – this area of saltmarsh protects some very special wildlife, and footpaths lead to four birdwatching hides. The picturesque market town of Battle makes for an enjoyable day out, as well as Hastings, the Sealife Centre and Pevensey Castle (where the Romans invaded). The area is also well known for its local vineyards including Chapel Down and Sedlescombe. A trip to Tenterden - often referred to as the Jewel of the Weald - is an alternative and, for garden lovers, Sissinghurst (NT) is not to be missed. Further National Trust places to visit include Smallhythe Place, Scotney Castle and Bodiam Castle. Day trips to France are possible with the Channel Tunnel a mere 30-minute drive. An excellent sky venue for astrology, photography, or just wishing on a star. Shops 1½ miles, pub 1 mile.

Drawing room with inglenook open fire, tiled floor and steps down to games room. Heavily beamed dining room with oak floor. Well-equipped kitchen in roundel with gas/electric range (for cooking) double sink unit, granite work surfaces, flagstone floor and stable door. Cloakroom/utility/toilet. Double bedroom. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom in roundel with zip and link beds (can be double bed on request), galleried dressing room and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Gas/electric range included (6 ring)
  • Washer/dryer
  • Enclosed garden and patio with terrace and furniture
  • Table tennis, pool and bar billiards table
  • Parking (for 5 cars)

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen, towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Sky TV (movies, kids and entertainment channels)
  • Radio/CD (small library)
  • DVD (small library)
  • iPhone/iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Barbecue
  • Football table
  • No smoking
  • NB: Pond in owner’s grounds

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  • Barbecue
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Open Fire
    Open Fire
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Satellite TV
    Satellite TV
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Green Scheme
    Green Scheme
  • Oast House
    Oast House
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    Parking - On Site
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Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 18/06/2018
    Excellent accomodation and a lovely location. We will be back.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 05/03/2018
    The Owner let us a stag party stay at very short notice, which was a lifesaver..beautifull oast house, great for groups up to 10...and walking distance to Rye (4miles)..

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for coming. The best behaved stag party I am aware of, hope to see you again.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 13/02/2018
    overall very good, some light bulbs not working and no spares found.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 22/01/2018
    We spent a brilliant weekend at the cottage, walks from the door into the open country side, walks to the village shop and pub.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 18/12/2017
    A wonderful family Christmas weekend away in a beautiful cottage Top marks for the plethora of kitchen equipment and the games room was a massive hit with the kids Great country get away we would definitely return

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 01/09/2017
    The Oast house is in a beautiful location, is well equipped and clean. There is plenty of room for people to have their own space if they want and the games room was a particular hit. The only downside to our stay was the lack of internet connection. None of our devices could pick up a signal (and that was a lot of devices!). I think these days reliable wifi/internet is expected, especially if it is listed in the features. David was very helpful and quick to respond to our questions.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner- Thank-you for your kind comments. Although we have high speed internet provided by BT, unfortunately during your stay the service was not provided by them. I can confirm that this has now been repaired and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 22/08/2017
    A perfect break for two families. House was extremely comfortable and cozy. Great selection of games to amuse 4 teenagers and 2 younger ones too. Would definitely consider going back.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 18/08/2017
    The cottage was ok but we all agreed that we have stayed in nicer properties within the same price bracket. In need of little tlc, especially the bathrooms, for example one of the bathrooms has very broken/cracked floor tiles and in another there was mould around the bath seal. The door of the bedroom downstairs does not shut properly as there is no latch.

    Response from:

    Repsonse on behalf of the owner- Thank you for your feedback. Following your review we shall attend to the issues you have raised as necessary.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 17/07/2017
    Once we drove up farm track (which could have been explained beforehand) we found the oast house outstanding, in a beautiful quiet setting. The whole experience was magical. We are a close family anyway and had a very relaxing and wonderful time, and caught up with each other's gossip. The two children we took, loved the horse paddock and made friends with the local children who loved the horses and played safely. And for once didn't need entertaining, no tablets the whole weekend! We would go back in a heartbeat. All equipment and games inside and out was just as advertised. 10 out ten.

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8.5 out of 10 – based on 17 reviews collected by Reevoo
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