Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
The Blackthorn holiday cottage is a luxurious retreat for two. It is attached to the owner’s home situated on the edge of Icklesham village near the ancient towns of Winchelsea and Rye with a distant view of the sea, and surrounded by beautiful AONB countryside. It has a private, south facing verandah, ideal for soaking up the ambience of this peaceful setting, and guests are welcome to use the family’s heated, indoor swimming pool and outdoor hot tub throughout their stay. Home-grown seasonal vegetables, herbs and free range eggs are offered free of charge when available. However, if self-catering is not your style then there are two award winning pubs in the village, and a variety of restaurants to suit most tastes in the nearby town of Rye.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Winchelsea Beach 5 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Lydd, Kent 14 km, Nearest railway: Rye, East Sussex & Hastings, East Sussex|
|Family friendly||Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Private indoor pool, Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, DVD player, Sea view|
|Pool||Private indoor pool|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private indoor pool, Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Blackthorn is situated at the end of one wing of the owner's family home but it is totally private and self contained. The property is beautifully furnished throughout. The intimate living room faces south and in the summer months the sun streams in through the full height glazed windows and door that leads out on to the private balcony. In the winter months the living room becomes a cosy bolt hole with its central heating, little wood burner and plentiful supply of logs. The luxurious bedroom features a super king-size double bed and ample wardrobe space. The zip and link bed can be split into a twin if required, but the owners would need prior instructions. The 5 star en-suite has a P bath with a shower over head, and there is also a generous wash hand-basin, as well as a low flush toilet. A large walk-in shower can also be found in the changing room of the pool building opposite Blackthorn. In the cottage bedroom are numerous walking books, maps and various board games, while in the living room there is a two draw unit full of brochures on local places of interest.
|Further details outdoors|
Guests are encouraged to explore the extensive grounds where they will find several benches to stop at and enjoy the view and take in the peaceful surroundings. There are also sun-loungers/deck chairs for the use of the guests, as well as a charcoal BBQ. For the more active there is a challenging but fun 9 hole pitch and putt golf course dotted about the garden, and a badminton net, racquets and shuttlecocks at the summerhouse. In the cottage can also be found a set of Boule, and large 'pickup sticks'.
Strictly no pets or smoking inside the property. A £100 non-refundable deposit is required to hold all bookings, and to be paid at the booker's earliest convenience for holidays of 7 days or more. Their remaining balance needs to be with the owners with in 6 weeks of their holiday start date. For shorter breaks of 2,3 & 4 nights the amount is required in full in order to hold the booking.
The hot tub and swimming pool are for the guest's exclusive use between the hours of 8 AM and 8 PM throughout their stay. Very occasionally it may be that the owner's wish to use the facilities but this would be cleared with the current guests at the time.
The South East England region
The cottage is ideally placed for visiting a number of National Trust properties including Bodiam Castle, Rudyard Kipling's Batemans, Henry James' Lamb House, and Ellen Terry's Smallhythe Place. However the area is best known for The Battle of Hastings, and the English Heritage's historic Abbey and the surrounding battlefields at the town of Battle are well worth visiting. As well as all of the above there are many other historic places of interest, ancient towns enchanting country gardens and picturesque villages to explore. The area is popular throughout the year with walkers and ornithologists due to several well-known nature reserves at Dungeness and Rye Harbour, and a number of way-marked walks including the 1066 Country Walk, plus a very dramatic local coastline featuring stunning cliff top walks to Hastings, shingle beaches at Pett Level and Winchelsea Beach, and further east the vast sand and dunes of Camber. Once you have blown the cobwebs away there are plenty of good tea shops, pubs and restaurants in nearby Rye to end your day with a smile. For steam engine enthusiasts there is the Kent & East Sussex Railway at Tenterden, and along the Kent coast the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway with it's smaller engines and carriages - attractive to young and old enthusiasts alike.
Blackthorn is situated halfway between the Old town of Hastings with its tall, black, net huts, and large fleet of fishing boats, quaint streets, and seaside novelties, and the ancient town of Rye full of smuggling history, cobbled streets, and impressive town houses. Both towns have a range of activities throughout the year celebrating various local customs, while closer to home the beautiful town of Winchelsea is overflowing with a unique charm and local history. Icklesham itself is situated along the main A259 - convenient for most destinations, and has two award winning pubs, a good quality farm shop on the outskirts, and a well stocked village shop located on the main road.
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21 Oct 2014
Blackthorn cottage was the perfect, relaxing weekend break we were after, in a beautiful setting.The hot tub and pool were fantastic and Peter and Karen could not be more helpful. They were the perfec… More
29 Aug 2014
"EXCELLENT STAY ONCE AGAIN!"
Second visit to Blackthorn - last time was a couple of winters ago and it was nice to see the area in a different season. Warm welcome from Karen and Peter, bubbly in fridge, eggs for breakfast if yo… More
14 Jul 2014
"PERFECT COUPLES RETREAT"
My husband and I stayed for a 3 night break to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. What a bargain, and a hidden gem. Bottle of bubbly for us when we arrived from the owners Peter and Karen, fresh chick… More
12 Jul 2014
"Very comfortable, clean and quiet retreat"
We came to relax, read, sit in the sun, and enjoy the tranquillity of the southern English countryside, and that's what we did. Blackthorn Cottage is the perfect place for it. Very comfortable in… More
2 Jun 2014
"Perfect family weekend!!"
My fiancé and I travelled down to Blackthorn on the 30th May with our 1year old daughter from Crewe to stay for 2 nights. The journey was long but it was completely worth it and we'll definitely… More
23 May 2014
"A little piece of Heaven not to be missed."
Booked to stay just three nights, which is most certainly not enough. What a little gem. Is it the lovely house, in an amazing setting? Is it the fabulous rooms, comfy beds, fantastic bathrooms? Is it… More
20 Mar 2014
"Our 3rd Visit with many more to come"
This cottage is a slice of heaven, peacefull & private with views to die for. Everything you need is provided just bring yourself and some food.… More
1 Jan 2014
"The Perfect New Years Getaway"
We spent 2 nights at Blackthorn for a New Year break and had a fantastic time. The cottage has everything you would need for a relaxing stay. The hot tub and swimming pool were excellent and the duck … More
19 Nov 2013
We had a wonderful weekend at Blackthorn. Peter and Karen were very helpful before and during our visit. They sent us some excellent directions, and information on the local area. We loved the cottage… More
17 Oct 2013
"Comfortable, lovely, homely, idyllic and picturesque cottage!"
What a wonderful week!! Thoroughly enjoyed the swimming pool and private hot tub! Very relaxing! Would definitely come and stay again. Will certainly be recommending to friends and family. So much to … More
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