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1 bedroom

1 bed

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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.

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.

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 ).

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 5PM - 9PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Other pet(s)
Room type: Entire home/flat


Cleaning Fee: 20
Weekly Discount: 25%
Weekend Price: 70 / night
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in time is 5PM - 9PM

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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Safety features
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Carbon monoxide detector

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14 Reviews

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Aob User Profile
July 2017
Great place! Quiet and nice. Definitely a place to stay away from the city.

Erica User Profile
July 2017
Thanks to jonathan and his father for the very warm welcome!

We had a nice time at Jonathan's place, fresh air, chickens and ducks around, some fresh eggs, home made ciders and a wild raspberry bush made it feel like an authentic farm stay for us city folk.

Joan User Profile
May 2017
Rustic rural retreat. Two miles form the main road and a few feet from the water's edge.What it lacks in a woman's touch it makes up for with your friends the black Indian runner ducks, chickens and llamas. Michael and Jonathan are entertaining hosts

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

Wadhurst, United KingdomJoined 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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