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Friston Down

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 11 reviews

Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

The Cottage at Friston Down is a delightful three-bedroom annexe to a larger house - set within beautifully maintained, expansive gardens and with shared use of a swimming pool.

The annexe has its own private entrance and is set over two floors. Upstairs, in the eaves of the cottage, is a huge master bedroom with views over the South Downs, a walk in wardrobe and TV. This room can easily accommodate a cot or a camp bed for an extra child (both can be provided). Across the top of the stairway is a large family bathroom, complete with bath, separate walk in shower, toilet and bidet.

Downstairs are two further bedrooms - one double, one twin - plus another family bathroom, again with separate shower and bath.

There is a spacious, comfortable lounge with views over the gardens and French doors leading to your own private terraced area - perfect for summer BBQs or an evening drink. With a large screen TV with Sky TV, DVD player, stereo, free WiFi and even an iPod docking station, you're perfectly equipped for a relaxing break.

The dining kitchen is equally well equipped for a self catering holiday. There's another TV, plus a fridge, double oven, microwave, dishwasher, table and chairs and plenty of pots, pans and crockery. A separate utility room houses a washing machine and separate tumble dryer.

Set within the lovely grounds is a swimming pool which opens during the warmer months of the year - and you'll have set times each day where you can enjoy exclusive use.

With central heating throughout, this is a cosy hideaway in winter as well as a fabulous choice for a holiday in warmer weather. All towels and linen are provided, and while you'll feel completely independent in your own cottage, the owners are nearby if you need them, to answer any questions about the area or property.

There is plenty of parking in the wide gravel driveway leading to the cottage. All towels and linen are provided, along with enough tea, coffee and milk for welcome drinks on arrival.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Birling Gap 3.7 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1.7 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: London Gatwick 76 km, Nearest railway: Eastbourne 7 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
Pool Shared outdoor pool (heated)
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Shared outdoor pool (heated), Shared garden, BBQ
Access Parking

The East Anglia region

Located in Friston, near Eastbourne in the glorious Sussex countryside, Friston Down Cottage offers the ideal location for walkers and cyclists, with the South Downs Way just a stone's throw away.

Beaches are also within easy access, along with a multitude of quaint villages and historical attractions. And if you're looking for a bigger social scene, Eastbourne is only four miles away and even Brighton is just a bus ride or drive away with its cosmopolitan cafes, shops and nightlife.

The village of East Dean is an easy walk away, with a fantastic pub offering great food and real ales - the Tiger Inn. The village has a nice selection of shops including a delicatessen, grocers, Post Office/newsagents, grocery store and a hairdressers. There's also a doctor's surgery and a fabulous Thai restaurant.


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Review 1-10 of 11

3 Dec 2014



We were traveling to England due to a bereavement and Phil and Carolyn were gracious hosts who could not have done more to make our stay more comfortable. The home is so comfortably furnished, the ki… More

19 Oct 2014



Comfortable, cosy, welcoming, everything you can want for a holiday rental, stunning scenery, beautiful walks, beautiful drives along costal and country roads. Will not hesitate to book next year… More

4 Oct 2014


"What a great spot!"

We stayed for 3 weeks while traveling with 2 small children and our in-laws. The place was perfection! Large grounds were perfect for our 2 year old to run around, and great for entertaining our f… More

Thanks for helping other guests with your feedback.
So pleased that you enjoyed Friston Cottage - it really is a wonderful place isn't it, with the views over the South Downs towards the sea, the pool, huge gardens and the most hospitable owners you could ever meet.
I hope we can book this again for you.

10 Aug 2014


"Absolutely Fabulous"

If you love the countryside, the wide open spaces, the white cliffs of the Seven Sisters, this is the place to go. Perfect environment for hiking, mountain biking and other outdoor activities. Ending … More

Thank you Susan for your feedback on Friston Down Cottage.
At Exclusively Eastbourne we are extremely fortunate to have some amazing properties in our portfolio, but this cottage, it's location and the goodwill and service from the owners really does take some beating.
I do hope we can help you again

10 Aug 2014


"Beautiful House in a lovely part of England"

In 2 hours from Dover. The landscape is beautiful and the house is perfectly located in a very quiet lane, with the owner's house nearby but not overlooking. Inside, it's clean and comforta… More

Thank you so much for the warm feedback - great to hear you enjoyed the idyllic location, tempting swimming pool and warm hosts at Friston Down Cottage - it really is the amazing combination, isn't it?!
I think something has changed in translation - towels and linen are definitely included in the price, as is the WiFi and all utilities so there isn't anything extra to pay on top.
Looking forward to having you back another time

4 Aug 2014


"Our stay at The Cottage at Friston Down was excellent."

Really impressed with the high standard of accommodation and how very homely and spacious it felt. The cottage is equipped with all the latest gadgets and kitchen utensils. Extremely clean and comfort… More

Wonderful to hear you were impressed with the quality and size of the accommodation.
Phil and Carolyn genuinely enjoy having others experience their cottage and I think this is reflected in the welcome and general hospitality they offer. That said, they will also leave guests alone if that is what is wanted and they seem to instinctively know and react accordingly.
Thanks for finding time to leave a review and I'm sure the owners will be smiling when I pass on your comments!

8 Jul 2014


"The most amazing place to stay"

From the moment we arrived we were made to feel extra special. The place is out of this world but the owners make it a place never to be forgotten. My children aged 2 and 3 are already asking when we … More

I'm so pleased to hear that you and your family had such a great time at the cottage.
It consistently blows away expectations (here at Exclusively Eastbourne we would never over-sell any of our properties - we'd much rather have our guests enjoy similar experiences to yours!), so to hear it was 'out of this world' really does make me smile :)
The overall quality of the property and all the fittings really are outstanding, aren't they?
Thanks for taking time to pass on your thoughts - I do hope other potential guests find them helpful (but not so much that it's always full when you want to come back!)

29 Jun 2014


"Superb accommodation in beautiful location"

I confess I have never written a review before, but do feel the need to express my overwhelming satisfaction with our recent holiday at this location. The accommodation is excellent, beautifully finis… More

If anything is capable of prompting a first review I think it is Friston Down Cottage :)
Great to hear that you enjoyed the beautiful surroundings, quality of accommodation and the love that the owners invested in this most amazing place.
Patio breakfasts and sensational sunsets - I do hope you get back to experience them again!

28 Jan 2014


"Beyond all expectations. Incredible house, lovely family, fantastic views."

It was better than home from home. Spacious and very comfortable. We had a great time and hope to go back. Lots to see and do and easy for day trips to London. We brought back shells and chalk from… More

Thanks for the review - and wonderful to hear that Friston Down Cottage was even better than you had hoped!
It feels very secluded, but is actually very close to Beachy Head and Birling Gap, situated as it is right on the South Downs Way. The views from the bedroom really are amazing aren't they?!
Thanks again

2 Sep 2013


"Brilliant, Excellent Hosts And A Really Nice Cottage"

I would highly recommend Friston Down In Eastbourne, quite simply the owners couldn't do more to make you feel welcome, Phil is extremely knowledgeable about the local area with good suggestions … More

Thank you so much for taking the time to place a review (and what lovely words!).
The accommodation really is a genuine gem - a very rare example of a wonderful property, in a sublime location, combined with owners who are extremely helpful - I so please it suited your family perfectly.
Thanks again

Review 1-10 of 11

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