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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ).
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.
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
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.