Location:Newtimber, East Sussex, South Downs National ParkSee map here
Description of South Downs holiday cottages, England
Within the grounds of a listed moated house, we have 3 beautifully converted self-catering cottages available all year round. Awarded 4 Star and 4 Star Gold by Visit England, they are fully equipped with washing machines, dishwashers, wifi etc. Within the South Downs National Park, and with easy access into the hills and woodland, yet only 7 miles from the seaside city of Brighton and Hove there will be something for everyone.
Rooms, food and facilities
Orchard cottage sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms. Moatside cottages each sleep 4 in 2 bedrooms.
Fully fitted kitchens with usual appliences.
Walkers/Families are welcome. Travel cot and high chair available on request. Some cottages have ensuite bathrooms.
Facilities include - Towels, linen, central heating, hot water, liquid soap, shower gel, washing up liquid, washing powder, tea and coffee, Wi-Fi etc
How to find us
We are 4 miles from Hassocks railway station and can be reached on foot if you are a walker, there is also a community cycle hire centre at Hassocks station where cycle hire can be pre-arranged. See here: http://visithassocks.co.uk/cycle-hire-cycling-hassocks-south-downs.html
A short taxi ride will also bring you to the cottages, and there are great rail and bus connections to get you around during your stay.
If you are planning to arrive by car from London: Take the A23 towards Brighton. Take the Pyecombe exit (signposted Hassocks), turn right at the T junction, then go first left and over the bridge over the A23. Turn right at the T junction, and rejoin the A23 northbound. Turn off at the next junction, signposted A281 Henfield. Go over the roundabout, and at the first crossroads, turn right signposted Newtimber. (you can turn round at the Poynings roundabout, if you miss this crossroads).
By car from Brighton: Take the A23 northbound, and then take the exit onto the A281 signposted Henfield. Go over the roundabout, and at the first crossroads, (you can turn round at the Poynings roundabout if you miss this crossroads) turn right signposted Newtimber.
Responsible tourism: South Downs holiday cottages, England
All the cottages have a recycling waste bin which takes paper and plastic. We provide bio D washing-up liquid, rinse aid. The soaps and shower gels and washing-up liquid are provided in refillable bottles, thereby saving waste. Our guests expect a high standard of cleanliness. Orchard Cottage has a food waste digester which takes vegetable peelings and waste food.
We provide local honey and home-made jams made with fruit from our trees (if we get a good crop!). We have replanted fruit trees on the walls in the walled garden and maintain an old orchard. We grow apples, pears, plums, grapes, peaches, apricots. We also grow raspberries, strawberries, gooseberries and blackberries.
Areas of our farm are in the higher-level stewardship scheme and have wide field margins to benefit wildlife. We get all the wildlife you would expect to see in open fields connecting to the downs and various woodlands. There are ducks on the pond, birds, rabbits and our wildflower garden attracts and enhances the butterflies.
Our newest cottages are heated by a heat pump which takes energy from the nearby field. By using under floor heating, we ensure that the heat is provided where it is needed and each room has its own thermostat. The cottages are well insulated, thereby ensuring less energy is used. Orchard Cottage uses oil, but being a modern combo-boiler means that less energy is wasted. We do not have solar panels on the buildings because they would look out of place on traditional buildings - but our newest cottages will soon be supplied from a field-based solar array
All the cottages are conversions of existing redundant buildings that were part of the farm; a potting shed stable and carpenters shed.
Our village is very small, and the community is rather a collection of smaller villages. We provide details of local pubs, such as the Royal Oak which is about a mile away in Poynings and the Ginger Fox in Holborn. We recommend that people use Rushfields Farm Shop and have information about local attractions. People often come here to visit Brighton, as it is only a 20 minute drive and has everything you might want or need.
Other places of interest in the area are Lewes Castle, Steyning museum, Charleston, Firle Place , The Hop Gallery, Middle Farm, Spring Barn Farm Park, Borde Hill Gardens, Wakehurst Place, Glyndebourne and many more. There is plenty to do all a short drive away.
If we are fully booked ourselves, if asked, we provide details of others who may be able to help.
Newtimber place is a moated house not far from the cottages. The gardens at Newtimber Place are open (at least) twice a year for charity; we donate the tea rooms for people to hold their various charity events for various causes. The village also part of National Gardens Scheme, where gardens are opened up to raise money for charity. We are often raising money to support the local church which is a Grade 2 listed building, as the village has so few people to help to maintain it.
We provide details of local walks and provide OS maps. There are plenty of walks in the area and we are surrounded by open fields, Newtimber Woods, and you can see the Downs. On one side we are situated by a main road, but in the other direction it is beautiful countryside. You can walk up to Newtimber Hill which is owned by the National Trust and much of the land is a Site of Specific Scientific Interest. It is considered one of the best chalk grassland sites in the UK and is covered in wild flowers and is home to many different bugs, insects and butterflies. It will also supply you with great views across the landscape.
The church in the village is a 13th century Grade II listed building, although it has been Victorianised. The font is 19th Century but the block of wood used as a stand for the water ewer is a piece of mediaeval rood screen and still has some of the original carving and traces of colour. You can go and visit the church during your stay in our cottages.