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Mallingdown Oast (Ref:18739)

Mallingdown Oast. This beautifully restored Oast House makes a unique holiday let. Right on the edge of the Ashdown Forest and near to Sheffield Park Gardens it is a great walking area

Holiday cottage, Piltdown, East Sussex

Mallingdown Oast - Main Image
  • Sleeps 4
  • Cycle store
  • Dishwasher
  • Easy parking
  • Garden
  • Wi-Fi
  • Linen and towels included
  • Television
  • Travel cot
  • Unsuitable for children under 6
  • Washing facilities
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Other Reviews

" The oast house was outstanding, perfect location for exploring Sussex and Kent. The accommodation was one of the best properties we have stayed at over the past 15 years in terms of furnishings, equipment etc."
"The property was wonderful - all needs catered and wonderfully clean. We loved having an area of garden for ourselves, complete with table, chairs, parasol and barbeque. We particularly appreciated the unexpected 'Welcome Pack' - it was extremely generous and helped make our first impressions even better. Not that the wonderful property needed any improvement!"
D. Trafford
" Our stay at Mallingdown Oast was excellent, the house was exceptional in the standard of accommodation. We would definately book this property again. Lots of extras provided such as the welcome tea and cake which was a lovely touch. Thank you also to the people who answered queries via email too, prompt service with a personal touch."
" The accommodation was equipped to the highest standard and decor. The welcome tea tray was a nice touch . We could not fault the property or area and we had a very pleasant relaxing break and would certainly recommend."
" The cottage exceeded our expectations, one of the best properties we have stayed in (and we have been renting cottages four times a year for over 20 years!)."
Mrs M Vanhaelst
" My family thoroughly enjoyed our 2 week holiday in August 2011. We have recommended the farm to all of our friends. The carers and owners of the accommodation were fabulous and made our holiday very enjoyable. The Oast was immaculately clean and very well equiped, there was nothing we needed for during our stay."
Helen Parker and family
" Perfect location to visit Sussex. We had a great time. Everything was done to make our stay comfortable and pleasant. Beautiful surroundings. Provided equipment was more than expected. Super."
T Postma
" The welcome and standard of accommodation was of a very good standard, we had a super holiday."
M Halldron
" The red tulips in the blue jug were wonderful and instantly made us welcome! There was friendly help on hand when we needed it but never any sense of intrusion. We were warm and cosy and very much at ease. We would certainly stay there again."
Mrs Crane

This wonderful Oast House on the fringes of the Ashdown Forest makes a perfect retreat for four

This is an exceptional and beautifully restored Oast House which benefits from many traditional period features set in the grounds of the owner’s tile hung Sussex farmhouse. Mallingdown Oast enjoys a rural setting with views west over the Sussex Weald towards Fletching. In the summer the doors that once formed the first floor hatch to allow hops to be winched up for drying, can be opened, providing fresh air and views over the garden and countryside to the north. It is a wonderful traditional feature cleverly incorporated in this restoration.

The Oast House sleeps four with a double bedroom and family bathroom, with bath and wall mounted shower attachment, on the ground floor, and twin bedded room and separate cloakroom on the first floor. The bedrooms are located within the turret, a familiar feature of Oast Houses and it just adds to the atmosphere sleeping in a room with circular walls! The galleried living area with exposed roof timbers and leather sofas is a relaxing space to unwind and a couple of low beams just add to the character.

Downstairs the kitchen is comprehensively equipped and in keeping with a considerate restoration, it benefits from underfloor heating throughout.

The private garden area takes in the views to the west where a table and garden chairs provide an outdoor eating area. This is a relaxing and peaceful home in which to stay.

As the galleried living area overlooks the dining area from the first floor, the Oast House is not suitable for families with children under six years of age.

Piltdown and beyond

Piltdown is best known for the discovery of a skull and jaw of an early human to become known as ‘Piltdown Man’ in 1912, which at the time was considered a significant find, but in 1953 was found to be a very elaborate hoax. That aside, Piltdown is in a beautiful area right on the fringes of the Ashdown Forest, with 14,000 acres of lowland heathland that has never been cultivated. It provides a unique habitat for many species of flora and fauna, and of course is the ‘home’ of Winnie the Pooh!

Fletching only a mile away is the nearest village with picturesque church and local pubs. It backs on to Sheffield Park Gardens, a magnificent internationally renowned ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped garden, now owned by the National Trust. The gardens offer a profusion of colour all year round with magnificent bluebell displays and azaleas in the spring through to the brilliant autumnal colours.

The Bluebell Railway is right next door to the gardens at Sheffield Park. It is the preservation of a local branch line and runs north through Horsted Keynes to Kingscote recreating life on a branch line over different periods from the Victorian era at Sheffield Park right through to the 1950’s at Kingscote Station. The line is soon to reopen to run to East Grinstead and is today one of the major visitor attractions in Southern England. We feature links to both the Bluebell Railway and Sheffield Park Gardens under ‘Places to visit’ on our website.

Journey south from Mallingdown Oast and Eastbourne and the chalk cliffs at Beachy Head are within a half hour drive. It is a beautiful area in which to stay and there is much to invite you to go and explore.

Places to Visit

Ashdown Forest Llama Park

Borde Hill Gardens

The Bluebell Railway

Sheffield Park Gardens

What's On

The South of England Show — June

  • Local shop — Fletching 1 mile
  • Nearest supermarket — Uckfield 3 miles
  • Nearest restaurant — Fletching or Newick 3 miles
  • Local pub — Fletching 1 mile
  • Nearest rail service — Haywards Heath for London Victoria and Brighton
  • Gatwick Airport — 35 miles

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