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Bluebells (Ref:79742)

Bluebells. Beautiful family holiday apartment near Rye, close to Biddenden, Biddenden Vineyards, Kent and East Sussex Railway, Weald of Kent, Kent, Sussex Beaches,

Holiday cottage, Beckley, East Sussex

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  • Sleeps 4
  • BBQ
  • Child friendly
  • Cycle store
  • Dishwasher
  • Easy parking
  • Ensuite facilities
  • Garden- enclosed
  • Ground floor bedroom and bathroom
  • Linen and towels included
  • Private Fishing
  • Television
  • Travel cot
  • Washing facilities
  • Wi-Fi
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5.0 OUT OF 5

August 2017

Perfect!

"Beautifully decorated, light and bright, wonderfully clean holiday let, in a magical location. It is actually better in real life than it looks on the photos, which is unusual! You have your own private large enclosed garden, and free access to the owner's land, which includes sheep grazing pastures, woodland and lakes. The trampoline was an added unexpected bonus for our kids. The owner is extremely helpful and on hand for any help you need, but also just let's you get on with enjoying your holiday independently. Also location great for getting out by car to explore the surrounding area. Highly recommend!"

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, guests feedback is very important to us. We are very glad that you found everything to your liking and its always lovely when guests are happy to highly recommend, as that is the best compliment of all. We hope you get chance to visit again in the near future.


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Value For Money 
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4.8 OUT OF 5

July 2017

A lovely and restful place

"Bluebells is set in wonderful countryside and lovely views. The cottage was very comfortable and the hosts were most welcoming. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and did not feel we needed to go out each day. "

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5.0 OUT OF 5

May 2017

Just Wonderful !

"Perfect retreat to relax and enjoy the countryside. peaceful, private, Clean, spacious, bright and very functional 2 bed room cottage, very welcoming hosts, immediately made to feel at home, We will return to enjoy more."

Cleanliness 
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Service and Staff 
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Condition 
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Location 
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Value For Money 
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4.0 OUT OF 5

April 2017

Lovely peaceful location

"Pros 1. Friendly welcome 2. Did not hear dogs even though there are kennels on site 3. Lovely location 4. Private 5. Spacious rooms 6. Scenic 7. Well equipped kitchen 8. Some quality furnishings 9. Welcome cakes (massive) and milk 10. Peaceful 11. Helpful in the fact we wanted to park one car there much earlier than the check in time 12. Made a great recommendation of local restaurant Cons 1. There were quite a few things. They were all very small issues but there were quite a lot of them. I am sure Maria would have sorted these issues out (the ones that could be sorted immediately anyway) but decided to let it go. Overall impression is owners are relying on the location/space which is fantastic but some areas need attention. "

Cleanliness 
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Service and Staff 
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Comfort 
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Value For Money 
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5.0 OUT OF 5

October 2016

Beautiful and tranquil

"We loved our stay at Bluebells. It feels like home and the views across the fields are stunning. A big thank to Maria and Simon for their warm welcome."

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Service and Staff 
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Location 
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Value For Money 
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5.0 OUT OF 5

August 2016

A perfect, relaxing week at Blubells

"We stayed here in August with the benefit of fantastic weather - but at any time of the year the beautiful views from the property and the peace and quiet cannot be beaten. It's a perfect location to get into Rye and to visit Sissinghurst and Great Dixter. Bluebells is a lovely property and the owner Maria and her son Simon so welcoming. The property is very well equipped for cooking and eating in, and very comfortable all round. "

Cleanliness 
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Service and Staff 
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Condition 
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Value For Money 
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5.0 OUT OF 5

August 2016

Bluebells, a wonderful find in an amazing setting

"Well, what can I say, what an incredible place. Our stay at Bluebells was just what we all needed. Maria and Simon were so warm and welcoming and made us all feel so at home. The house was well equipped and had above and beyond what we needed plus a few lovely surprises for our two boys. We booked very last minute, in fact it was the day before, so arrived feeling a little apprehensive and uptight but immediately all our worries and fears quickly vanished. We couldn't believe our luck. There were plenty of fantastic walks as Bluebells is nestled amongst 45 acres of beautiful countryside including some great fishing lakes. We discovered some great places to visit and fell in love with Rye which had some quirky antique shops. Our two boys really didn't want to leave and neither did myself and my husband. We definitely hope to return soon. Caroline Ketteridge"

Other Reviews

‘Maria was lovely & quickly became a friend. Nothing was too much trouble. She even had fresh milk in the
fridge waiting for us plus a gorgeous cream sponge! Most enjoyable stay; will definitely return’

J. Hall
Friendly and welcoming hosts. Really comfortable accommodation with gardens, lakes and woodland. Dark and quiet at night. Lots of great restaurants in Rye, and "to die for" butter croissants for breakfasts from the little Spar supermarket 2 miles away. Lovely break. The owners run a kennels nearby and have 4 big dogs themselves, and not a sound from any of it. Extraordinary! If I wanted to kennel a dog that's where I'd put it - obviously happy there! As were we, an elderly couple.
Mrs West
The accommodation was excellent and the surroundings so peaceful. We had a wonderful stay and the hosts were so welcoming. First class accommodation.
N Harrison
Bluebells is an exceptional property in a wonderful rural location. We enjoyed our stay immensely. The owner could do enough to help or advise. We will certainly be booking this accomodation again at some point in the future.
M Harrington
A lovely, spacious and special place to stay! High quality equipment, design and lay out. You really feel welcomed by Maria and at home in this property. A very large garden with good views over the valley. We hope to be back!
N. Hooyman
"We stayed with a family of 5 at Bluebells for 1 week and had a perfect stay. The property is very spacious, perfectly clean and absolutely completely equipped. It is situated in a beautiful landscape with gorgeous views from every window. The owner Maria is a very friendly person, always helpful and provided us with delicious soups and cakes during our stay. She even carved a halloween pumpkin for our children! We will definitely come back and recommend Bluebells to everybody."
B. Mazinani

Stay in this beautiful holiday apartment set in 45 acres of stunning countryside, close to the historic town of Rye

You approach Bluebells along a narrow, quiet, winding country lane. Bluebells is an annexe of the large family home called Heron Lea, set in a beautiful 45 acres of woodland, fishing lakes and meadows.

You enter through your own side door, into a spacious, bright hallway. To your left you have the large principal double bedroom, with its own new modern shower ensuite. The modern family bathroom has a bath, with shower overhead, hand basin, WC and is finished with quality fittings and beautiful turquoise tiles. The second bedroom is next to the family bathroom and has a splash of colour and a luxury finish. There are two sofa beds available in the lounge for an additional fee, please enquire when booking.

The kitchen is modern and well equipped with a large freestanding fridge freezer and opens into the Orangery which has been set up as the dining room. The Orangery has triple aspect and looks out across the garden and the meadows, a beautiful sunny room.

The large lounge with bi-folding doors extends onto the patio, right next to the surrounding countryside. A stunningly bright room, with comfy sofas, cushions and throws, you will feel the stress slipping away as soon as you arrive. A telescope for stargazing in the evenings as the sky expands before you, no light pollution to worry about at Bluebells.

The apartment has been finished to a very high standard, with antique key pieces, soft furnishings and the owner's own unique Italian style.

You have your own private garden, a large gated meadow for family games of football or bug hunting, and access to the woodlands and fishing lakes at no additional charge. Please bring your own fishing equipment. There will be details in the apartment showing you how to link up with the national footpaths that cross their land, and other much needed local information.

Bluebells is a spacious family holiday apartment, where you can truly unwind, watch the buzzards float on the air currents above the meadows or sit beside the lake and just listen to the wind in the trees, you really will not want to leave.

Beckley and beyond

The village of Beckley was part of the Wealden iron industry dating back to 1578 when an iron furnace was built on the small settlement and a watermill powered the bellows. Production ceased in 1770 but by then the community was formed. In the 1830's many Beckley residents emigrated to New South Wales where their skills were needed, and work was becoming scarce as the parish hit hard times. Amongst the residents to emigrate were Thomas and Maria Ann Smith, the cultivator of the Granny Smith apple. The local parish church, All Saints, is located to the far west of the town and this indicates that the main village has relocated during its history. The village today has a thriving community of young and old and a good old traditional English pub, the Rose and Crown. Close to the Cinque Ports Towns of Tenterden and Rye it the perfect base for exploring Kent and Sussex.

The Medieval town of Rye is just six miles away and has lots for visitors to explore for the day, whether you are looking for Boutique shops or quaint tea rooms. The Heritage Centre, just a gentle stroll down to the Quay, is a good place to start. Here you can watch the 'Sound and Light' show exploring the town's past with the Town model or play using an old penny on the rare pier machines. You can visit the famous Rye Church and watch the 'Quarter Boys' strike the quarter hour and enjoy the beautiful stained glass windows or just take in the views from the 'Gun Gardens', over the marsh and towards the sea.

Just ten minutes drive from Rye is the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, where you can walk along the sea wall and out on to the marshes to enjoy flora and fauna. You can choose to walk out to Camber Castle, originally located on a shingle spit and where once it protected the towns of Rye and Winchelsea before the sea receded. Although no longer open to visitors it is still a striking landmark worth a visit. The beach of Camber Sands is just a short drive away and has miles of sandy beach and dunes to explore. Or visit the rock pools at low tide on the pebbly beach at Pett Level just a 10 minute drive from Rye. Tenterden is just ten miles away and is an interesting town to visit, with lots of history and antique shops to browse. Close by are two award winning vineyards which can be visited, Biddenden Vineyard and Chapel Down Winery, or you can step back in time and take a trip on Kent and Sussex Railway steam trains. Sissinghurst Castle and Smallhythe Place are both close by and are excellent National Trust properties to visit.

The Towns of Hastings and Ashford are around a thirty minute drive away, and here you can get a mainline train to London if you would like to explore the capital for a day. If you wish to take a day trip to the continent, the Eurostar can be picked up from Ashford International station and trains to Paris, Lille and Brussels are available. Alternatively the ferries run from Dover just 45 minutes away or the Channel Tunnel from Folkestone also a 45 minute drive.

Places to Visit

Pashley Manor Gardens

Kent and East Sussex Railway

Bodiam Castle

What's on events

Rye Arts Festival — September

Rye Bonfire Celebrations — November

Tenterden Folk Festival — October

  • Supermarket — 2.5 miles Peasmarsh
  • Restaurant — 2 miles Peasmarsh
  • Local pub — 2 miles Beckley
  • Mainline rail service 6 miles Rye for services to Ashford, London Bridge and Hastings
  • Gatwick Airport — 68 miles
  • Channel Tunnel — 38 miles

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