The view from the main house

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1 room

1 bed

1 bath

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1 bed

1 bath

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About this listing

A self contained annex to my house in the heart of the Weald, surrounded by the Sussex countryside and with the peace and quiet of Bewl Water at the bottom of the garden. Kitchenette, living room, sun room, bedroom and shower.
The annex was built for my grandparents in the late 1970s. It's been refurbished. The main house is early 15th - early 16th Century.


Cleaning Fee: £20
Weekly Discount: 15%
Weekend Price: £70 / night


The space

Your space is an annex to a 600 year old house in the middle of the Wealden countryside. The annex was built 30-odd years ago. As SE England goes it feels fairly remote. It's a lovely place to get away from it all just over an hour from London.
The main feature is the location. This will appeal to walkers and nature lovers as it's right in the heart of one of the most beautiful stretches of the Sussex countryside and just yards from Bewl Water itself (at the bottom of the garden).
There are ducks, chickens, guinea fowl, geese and a killer rabbit around. The birds sometimes like like looking at their reflections in your windows.
The space is comfortable but simple. The kitchenette is suitable for simple food preparation. There are four hobs and an oven and a little prep space.
The living room is comfortable. I can provide a bluetooth speaker. At present there is no television. There is internet access but, as with much of the countryside, it's not very fast.
I try to keep the place clean and tidy. I provide fresh bedding and towels and a warm welcome. However it is not a hotel or a BnB. You may find the occasional cobweb. The guests who have enjoyed it most have simply been looking to get away from it all.

Guest access

You will have the annex to yourselves; a sitting room, bedroom with ensuite shower and kitchenette. There's also a sunny breakfast room/corridor. There's a small area of paving and grass outside where you can sit.

Interaction with guests

I'll be in the main house. I'll try to help as best I can but I do have periods where I'm very busy with work etc.

The neighbourhood

We're at the heart of Bewl Water. The reservoir is at the bottom of the garden and there are plenty of walks. The nature reserve is about 20 minutes away on foot. Pubs are a bit of a hike, but if you fancy a walk you can get to either The Bull at Three Leg Cross or The Old Vine in Cousley Wood in just over an hour.
Don't expect noise. You can just about hear the traffic from the A21 if the wind is in the right direction (rarely). The birds make a bit of a racket though.

Getting around

The nearest stations are 4-5 miles away. Busses are infrequent. You'll need bicycles at a minimum unless you're inveterate hikers. A car is useful.

Other things to note

Sometimes, on the night of a full moon, the Beast of Bewl howls and comes a' calling....
(I just made that up :P ).

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in time is 5PM - 9PM
Check out by 11AM

There is no smoking indoors and preferably no outdoors shoes. I'd appreciate it if the space was left as you found it. No additional guests other than by special arrangement please.
Guests of all backgrounds, gender identities, orientations etc are wholeheartedly welcomed. We are poly-, goth-, alternative-, veggie/vegan-, friendly. The layout probably makes the space unsuitable for wheelchair users. Sorry.

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Jamie User Profile
October 2016
Jonathan was a great host, friendly and kind and all of the things! The property's location can't be beat, right on the water with access to great walking and exploring.

Rebecca User Profile
October 2016
A quirky place to stay!

Simon User Profile
August 2016
This is a lovely place to stay if you want to experience real country living ( not swanky London pad built in the countryside) You need a car even if you love walking or cycling Jonathan is very easy to approach and was available when I needed something Sitting in the outside space with the ducks and Guinea fowl will drinking my G&T was very relaxing I had a previously arranged meeting with friends and Jonathan was kind enough to allow them to come to the place for dinner and even provided some summer vegetables from his garden This is a basic and dated holiday let that has everything you need for a country getaway , It was exactly what I expected The location is amazing as is the view much that it is isolated the is a small village just down the road with banks shops and restaurants should you need them Thanks for a great stay

Shan User Profile
August 2016
The annex nice and quite. Has all the amenities one would expect ( towels, Iron etc). Location wise it was perfect to us as we wanted to visit Bedgebury forest and Bewl water on the same day, each being a maximum of 15 - 20 mins away from where we stayed. Host was easy going and had no problems in getting to the location or booking the place. Would recommend and visit again If I am down here. Thanks Jonathan

Richard User Profile
August 2016
The setting is really beautiful - very peaceful. We watched the sunset over Bewl Water each evening we were there, and enjoyed the ducks. The accommodation could do with more updating, but I think Jonathan is selling it on the location, and that really is outstanding.

Mike User Profile
July 2016
Lovely couple of nights spent here. The location is serene, tranquil - the water's edge just a couple of minutes walk from the house. The immediate surroundings offer beautiful scenery and many walking opportunities ... we chose to also drove down to the coast near Hastings (a mere 40 mins) on one of the days which was lovely too. The space itself is pleasingly large, with an outside garden patch as well to enjoy too. Bedroom and ensuite bathroom were great. We cooked here in the evenings which was definitely enjoyable. A small, perhaps pernickety reservation on the effective usage of what is a fairly small kitchen (minor adjustments would be welcome if at all). Thoughtful additions such as bluetooth speakers were a nice touch. Jonathan, his partner and father were all very warm and helpful. Jonathan's delicious home baked bread and scones were very much appreciated! Thank you! Overall a wonderful stay, hoping to make it back one day soon!

Sue User Profile
July 2016
This is an excellent base for exploring East Sussex and Kent, a beautiful, peaceful location. We were made very welcome, and Jonathan bakes excellent bread and scones which was an unexpected bonus. The "modern" annexe is 1970s, so NOT shiny and new. The kitchen as described is small and cluttered but functional (could do with better equipment). Lovely walks by the lake, quite far to pubs and shops. Wadhurst is a nice little town. We recommend visiting Chartwell, Sissinghurst, Scotney Castle. Also The Bull and the Old Vine for a good pub meal.

Wadhurst, United Kingdom · Joined in July 2013
Jonathan User Profile

I'm a broadcaster, writer and a former foreign correspondent. I live in the house in which I grew up on the Kent/Sussex border.
I'm a keen musician, cook and lately gardener. I read pretty voraciously, though less so when I'm busy writing.
When travelling I like to soak up the atmosphere of a city or region, eat locally, shop at markets, go to gigs, hang where the locals hang. My fave places are Berlin, Brittany, Malaysia/Singapore, Indochina and my native Sussex.
I really enjoy having interesting, thought-provoking guests.

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