from £64 /night help Price for guests, Nights
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Cottage / 1 bedrooms / sleeps 2 Home 204430
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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.
Blackthorn has a 2 x night minimum stay policy.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Nearest beach||Winchelsea Beach 5 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Lydd, Kent 14 km, Nearest railway: Rye, East Sussex & Hastings, East Sussex|
|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|
|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|
|Access||Parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|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 relax 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 badminton net, swing ball, 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.
The hot tub and swimming pool are for the guest's exclusive use between the hours of 8.00 AM and 8.00 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. Please be aware that necessary maintenance may need to be carried out on the facilities and so access may be restricted to guests for several hours on a particular day, but guest would be notified a much as possible in advance.
The East Sussex 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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6 Jul 2013
"Ideal for what I wanted"
Everything was just right. I needed binoculars to see the nearest house from the south facing veranda. After a day out the hot tub was so very relaxing. The hosts were very welcoming and helpful and were there if needed. The eggs from their own hens and ducks were fantastic. All in all a lovely peaceful place to stay and although I do not usually return to somewhere I have been before I might just make an exception in this case. There is still so much I want to do in the area.
19 Mar 2013
Stayed with my partner and had a very enjoyable time. Directions were spot on and access was quick and easy. Cottage was clean and tidy. Lots of local information available on where to go and restaurants, TV with SKY, radio and cd/dvd player along with games and books. Bed was comfortable and room well decorated. My only nag would be for a darker blind but would not stop me staying - which we have already booked for this year. Hot tub and pool are great. Hosts are friendly and helpful We were recommended this cottage and we have recommended to other friends who have since stayed and re-booked
18 Jan 2013
Blackthorn was such a wonderful, picturesque, romantic get-a-way for myself and partner. Was a perfect 1st Christmas with my partner, We will definitely be visiting again. Location was superb and we received such a lovely warm welcome from Peter and Karen; the local people were very lovely too. The accommodation was very clean, modern and cosy. We would definitely recommend to everyone. Thanks for a perfect Christmas. :-) xx
11 Jan 2013
"Perfect weekend retreat to relax and unwind"
Would definitely recommend Blackthorn Cottage - we would love to return in 2013 to recharge our batteries! The countryside views from the lounge are lovely and it is in such a quiet a peaceful setting yet only a short drive from amenities, including the village pubs. Loved the hot tub and the indoor pool.
11 Jan 2013
"A perfect start to 2013"
Visited with my girlfriend at the start of January. Absolutely top-notch accomodation in a beautiful location, with the added bonus of a pool and hot-tub! The owners were very friendly and welcoming and provided a wealth of local information. Perfect spot for getting out into the countryside and away from the stress of the city. We will be back in warmer weather!
11 Jan 2013
"TOTAL RELAXATION - your very own spa!"
We spent a week here, visiting family in the area. The accommodation was compact but adequate, lovely situation, very peaceful. Immaculately clean and well thought out. Very comfortable bed. It was lovely to have both a hot tub AND a swimming pool which we made use of and our grandsons who visited loved the pool. The owners are very friendly and helpful and totally respect your privacy. We shall definately be staying at the cottage again this year.
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