Cottage | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Little Wakestone started as a traditional Sussex country cottage, with stone and brick walls, some exposed timbers and a clay tiled roof. In the 1960s a modernist extension of stone and timber cladding was added to more than double the space and number of rooms. It's certainly an unusual place in a great setting to enjoy your holiday.
The old and the new buildings are linked by a fully glazed hallway that literally forms a bridge between the two buildings. The extension won a Civic Trust Award when it was built, and the only change in the intervening years is a patina of age that has settled over the house making it a fusion of two distinct periods and styles. Coming right up to date the cottage now features a completely private and modern kidney shaped outdoor heated swimming pool perfect for those lazy summer days.
As you enter the house through the glazed hallway you have the choice of turning left for the modernist part of the house, or right into the traditional cottage. In the modernist side is an L shaped, vaulted sitting and dining room, with cedar boarded ceilings. One wall is fully glazed with magnificent views over the gardens as they fall away from the house. Massive glazed panels can be slid back to allow air and the sound of bird song to enter. The kitchen with a two oven Aga leads off the dining room and is an example of a fitted kitchen from the same period as the extension. There are two bedrooms below the sitting room at this end of the house. One is a twin, and the other a double, and they both have views over the garden. They also share the modernist style with the sitting room, and have cedar boarded ceilings and exposed brick walls. Also on this level is a cloakroom, and an adjoining bathroom with shower over the bath. The bathroom also contains the washer/dryer.
The original cottage has a cosy downstairs sitting room with stairs leading off to the first floor. Upstairs is a twin bedroom with views towards the swimming pool, and a double bedroom with separate dressing area. This bedroom has a projecting window glazed on three sides and gives a real sense of bringing the outside into the room. Also on this floor is a bathroom with WC, basin and bath. There is a shower with a fixed head over the bath.
The gardens at Little Wakestone are a real feature. The house sits in the middle of its land, with a grassy meadow area sloping up to the lane and the owner's art studio. This meadow is filled with blue bells in the spring and early summer. To the other side of the house the garden continues to slope, and provides a mixture of lawn with trees, shrubs and perennial planting. The gardens are a haven for wildlife. Some, such as the white doves and the pea fowl are resident, and others, such as the deer and pheasants, visit and can often be spotted from indoors. To the side of the house is a kidney shaped heated swimming pool available from the beginning of May to the end of September. Due to the pool and ponds in the garden this house is not suitable for children under 8 years of age.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
The South East England region
Bedham sits towards the northern edge of the South Downs National Park, and comprises a hamlet of houses and cottages spread over a large area of woodland. The woodland is ancient and covers the bulk of the sandstone ridge which forms Bedham. In the early 20th Century Bedham became popular with artists, and Little Wakestone continues to be owned by an artist, who belongs to the third generation of artists to live there. The composer Sir Edward Elgar also lived in Bedham, as did Ford Madox Ford. The area is crossed by footpaths, providing opportunities for walks and wild life spotting. For keen cyclists there are also lanes and bridle ways to explore, and Little Wakestone has a shed in which to keep any bicycles you bring with you.
Three miles to the east is the town of Petworth. This historic market town is best known as the location of the stately home Petworth House and deer park, which was landscaped by Capability Brown. The house and its grounds are now owned and maintained by the National Trust.
The magnificent country house contains an internationally renowned art collection with numerous works by Turner. Petworth itself was immortalised in his paintings.
The town is full of quaint houses and cottages, many within their own courtyard settings. They are interspersed with antique shops and tearooms, so it makes the ideal place for a stroll following your enjoyment of Petworth House and Park.
Sussex is in the south east of England stretching along the English Channel from Rye in the east to Chichester Harbour and Emsworth in the west with many fine blue flag beaches in between.
The chalk downland of the South Downs National Park cover a large part of Sussex from where they meet the sea at Beachy Head in East Sussex through to the Hampshire border near South Harting in the west.
Chichester is the cathedral city of Sussex and Brighton and Hove on the Sussex coast is considered to be one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe. Arundel and Lewes are two historic towns within the county both have imposing castles and are popular towns to visit.
The climate enjoyed in Sussex is above the average for Great Britain, which makes it ideal for visiting throughout the year.