Holiday cottage, Westmeston, East Sussex
"My husband and I had a lovely stay at Cowslip. The accommodation was superb, modern and very well equipped. We were greeted on arrival which was nice and given a tour of the place and guidance on how to use the equipment etc. Set in a quiet county village and fantastic location for walking and cycling and visiting the local historic town of Lewes and all it's charm. A couple of small things that would have made a difference to our stay (and added further to our experience)? Bath 'sheets' instead of standard 'bath' towels and half a pint of milk left in the fridge on arrival (tea and coffee already provided). We didn't arrive until late evening and after a long journey ..... fortunately we'd stopped off on route for some basic provisions but others may have not had this opportunity. Otherwise overall we would definitely return to Cowslip. "
"Comfortable cottage. Great spot for visiting NT properties,the coast and the South Downs. Visit to Glyndebourne was a great bonus. Would recommend this area and cottage."
A comfortable hideaway in the South Downs
"Well equipped kitchen with everything you need for self catering Nice quality furnishings throughout Comfortable bed, but beware low ceilings Sweet little garden, but fairly noisy, due to main road being nearby"
Ideal base for visiting South Downs, Brighton and surrounding area
"Cottage well maintained and in a beautiful location under Ditchling Beacon, which we walked up to one evening, although you can also drive up. A lot to do in the area. We particularly liked Wakehurst Kew, Arundel Castle and Lewes. Further afield we visited Great Dixter and Churchill's home at Chartwell. Would happily recommend this cottage to anyone wishing to stay in the area."
"Ideal for exploring the coast and country, due to its central position. The cottage has every comfort for your stay, including a very comfortable bed. Highly recommended."
"A comfortable stay in a clean and well equipped cottage. The owner, Neil was friendly and helpful. A good location for exploring the South Downs. "
"The accommodation was everything we needed for our break. Cowslip was light,airy and well equipped.We also had good access to the the coast. We had our first experience of a wet room ! It took a little getting used to.We liked the modern furnishings. We enjoyed our trips to Lewes and Eastbourne.In particular Lewes. "
"We stayed 6 nights at the cottage and it was a very pleasant stay. The cottage is very comfortable and well appointed and also very quiet. We had everything we needed. You need a car, but then it's a short drive away from a lot of lovely places. You can just walk out the front door and after a short climb you are on the South Downs Way."
A bit puzzling!
"Cowslip was excellent in all respects except that when it rained, as it did, water dripped through the light-fitting in the bedroom ceiling. This was obviously known by the owners who had put thick polythene sheeting and sandbags on top of the apex of the roof outside. We arrived after the 3pm arrival time (at 3.45pm) after a three and a half hour drive, to find the house still being cleaned and the bed not yet made. We don't know if the lady was the cleaner or the owner or both - but we agreed to go away and come back an hour later. Nothing was said about the leaky roof. We had to use the bathroom towels to soak up the drip drip drip in the middle of the first night. So, what should have been excellent, left us a little puzzled, that we hadn't been warned, and that it was up to us to protect the carpet from water leaking through, etc. We coped with it though. Just a bit bemused really!"
Westmeston is one of a line of delightful small hamlets between Ditchling and Lewes in East Sussex that sit at the foot of the scarp slopes of the South Downs. Cowslip is found along the appropriately named 'Underhill Lane' that formed part of the route taken by the Tour of Britain before the infamous climb up Ditchling Beacon when the tour came to Sussex in 2014!
This very comfortable and superbly appointed one bedroom accommodation is on the edge of the hamlet and has views to the South Downs. For those who enjoy walking it is just a perfect base from which to enjoy the Downs anywhere from Lewes in the east, to Wolstonbury Hill or even Devil's Dyke for the very keen walker in the west.
In the grounds of the owners' home, Cowslip offers modern contemporary accommodation that is presented to the highest standard. There is great space here with a large downstairs living space and a comprehensively equipped kitchen offset from the main living area. Upstairs the bedroom which has a king sized bed offers an outlook towards Ditchling Beacon. There is a fabulous shower room wet room as well that would revitalise any guest at the start of the day!
Westmeston is a tiny hamlet at the foot of the South Downs amongst great countryside. The small and picturesque village of Ditchling lies just one mile to the west. Ditchling has remained unspoilt over the centuries and has many examples of period Tudor buildings. Wings Place is a fine Tudor building once known as "Anne of Cleves House". The house looks particularly imposing when viewed from the church opposite with the backdrop of the Downs immediately behind. It makes for a good photograph. The village has kept the period tradition well and tea rooms such as Dolly’s Pantry and Chesterton’s the village deli fit so perfectly into these traditional village surroundings.
Ditchling Beacon, a major landmark along the Downs is a short but testing climb starting from the other end of Underhill Lane and less than one mile from Cowslip. At 248 metres (814 feet) it is the third highest point along the South Downs and offers fantastic views both along the Downs and north across the Sussex Weald. The South Downs Way passes through the Beacon giving you the opportunity to walk both east and west along this national trail virtually from your doorstep.
Head south over Ditchling Beacon and the Downs gradually slope away towards Brighton. It is a vibrant city with much to offer. It is lively and bustling with a lot of culture and many say it is quite unique. One of its most famous landmarks is the Royal Pavilion the spectacular seaside palace of the Prince Regent, (George IV) and the Regency heritage of this period is much in evidence in the city. You can read about the palace on our Places to visit pages for East Sussex.
Six miles east, Lewes is the county town of East Sussex. Its castle overlooks the town and is open to visitors, as is the Barbican Museum opposite. In such an historic town there is much to see. Lewes is famous for its bonfire celebrations and each year these are attended by thousands of visitors. Visiting on the first Saturday of the month is recommended when a thriving Farmers' Market takes place with lots of delicious fare on offer.
Glyndebourne the world famous and world class opera house is a further three miles east from Lewes. Glyndebourne restarted and reinvigorated country house opera in England and today it offers unique presentations in the Sussex countryside attracting world leading performers. We provide a link into Glyndebourne under our “What’s On In Sussex” heading should you want more information.
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