Holiday cottage, Beckley, East Sussex
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. "
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."
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. "
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"
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.
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.
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