Holiday cottage, Cuckfield, West Sussex
"When we arrived it was just getting dark. The house was warm and welcoming with a delightful display of fresh lilies. An above average welcome pack was provided. The cottage was quirky with difficult stairs which could have posed a problem should we have been slightly infirm. To our surprise the London to Brighton vintage car rally happened on the Sunday and passed right outside our front door. I was a real treat. Only problem was that the dish washer kept on blowing the fuses. I phoned the owner after the week end, who was very courteous, and we agreed that the repair would be made after we had left. If we were ever in the area again we would probably choose to stay at Little Dormers again"
On entering Little Dormers you immediately feel welcome with homely touches throughout and a lovely decor which complements the history of the cottage. The lounge has two large comfortable sofas which face the delightful open wood fire which is perfect to enjoy on a cooler evening. For entertainment, there is a television with Freeview channels and WiFi throughout. There is also a dining table for four available in the living area.
The separate kitchen leads on from the living room and is equipped with a full oven, hob, and fridge. The family bathroom is accessed through the kitchen and has a full bath with telephone shower attachment, WC and basin.
You access the first floor via the original wooden staircase, whereupon you enter the principal bedroom which has a cast iron framed double bed. This room is double aspect with stunning views over the rear garden to the countryside beyond from the dressing table area. There is a cloakroom en suite to this room.
A second staircase brings you to the top floor and the second bedroom. This is furnished with a single bed and additional trundle bed and also has a useful washbasin area. The panoramic scenes from this elevated position are just delightful! (Please note that access to this bedroom is through the principal bedroom only).
The rear outside garden is a wonderful space to enjoy the surroundings with a lawned area and established hedges and bushes. There are footpaths from the rear garden to the pathways and bridleways that surround this lovely town.
Please note that, as this is a charming period property, there are uneven floors in places and the staircases are fairly steep with narrow treads.
Cuckfield is one of the prettiest small towns in Sussex, full of beautifully kept old buildings and an attractive main street with independent shops and tea rooms. The Cuckfield Museum is worth a visit as it showcases the history of the town as an old coaching station and, if you're looking for a lovely place to sit and take in a great view, the well-kept churchyard of Holy Trinity Church takes some beating.
Less than ten minutes from Cuckfield and you can visit the impressive Borde Hill Gardens which offer outstanding views across 200 acres of Grade II listed parkland and woodland. Borde Hill combines outstanding scenery with tranquil outdoor garden rooms, including the delightful Azalea Ring and Rhododendron gardens, fragrant Rose Garden and scenic Italian Garden, plus subtropical dells and ruins of old potting sheds.
Less than five miles from Little Dormers is the Ardingly Reservoir which is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of West Sussex. The reservoir is home to a first-class sailing school as well as offering windsurfing and canoeing. Ardingly is also home to a great number of bird species for keen bird watchers and the Kingfisher nature trail offers a tranquil walk for those who like to experience the great outdoors.
Access to and from this part of mid Sussex is excellent with other gardens such as Nymans and High Beeches just a few miles to the north and Wakehurst Place with its close association with Kew is within a fifteen minute drive to the east. With good communication links to Brighton, both the south coast and the South Downs are a short distance away while a day trip to London by rail is so easy from nearby Haywards Heath.
For steam enthusiasts The Bluebell Railway is a few miles beyond Haywards Heath, with trains running at weekends throughout the year, and daily services in the spring, summer and autumn months. If golf is your chosen form of relaxation the Cuckfield Golf Centre is close by, and offers visitors the opportunity to play nine or eighteen holes in the beautiful Wealden countryside.
Take a look at our section Places To Visit on the website for full details on everything there is to see in the Cuckfield area.
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