Holiday cottage, Danehill, East Sussex
What’s in a name? The naming of Mount Noddy is an ancient joke. It’s a word meaning nothing, made at the expense of the elegant country houses of the time that included the word ‘mount’ in their own titles and were found in grand locations.
This fabulous home which dates back to 1550 enjoys a magnificent setting on the High Weald of Sussex in Danehill with outstanding views south west over the Weald towards the South Downs. You can clearly see the Jack and Jill windmills atop the Downs near Brighton as well as Chanctonbury Ring further west and over 25 miles away. Sit outside at night and this amazing setting which is completely free of all light pollution makes a wonderful spectacle. From the night sky to watching distant car headlights crossing the Downs at Ditchling Beacon there is much to hold your attention.
Mount Noddy is a mixture of old and new that is presented to an exceptional standard in a bright and funky way. Relax around the salt swimming pool, a most wonderful sun trap. Dip in and out of the pool and just enjoy that outlook from one of the many sun loungers.
The house has one large ‘L’ shaped living room offering two separate areas to relax. There s also a second ‘snug’ TV room. The kitchen may well be the main hub and the place for families or friends to gather as it combines with a large breakfast room. The four oven Aga we reckon will also be of great appeal over Christmas and New Year. There are five bedrooms, so the house can sleep up to 10 guests. The principal bedroom which enjoys those magnificent views has a super king sized bed with a full ensuite bathroom with a roll top bath with a view as well as a standalone wet room shower cubicle. Two further bedrooms are fitted with king sized double beds, one has its own ensuite shower room while the other shares the family bathroom, which is fitted with modern bath suite and a standalone wet room shower cubicle. There are also two further double bedrooms, one containing its own private cloakroom.
Mount Noddy is located along the 273 mile Greenwich Meridian Trail a route that follows the line of the prime meridian as closely as it possibly can using public rights of way. This beautiful rural area contains miles of footpaths allowing every opportunity to enjoy the countryside without getting near to a public road!
The small village of Danehill is in an area of outstanding natural beauty in particular being only a short distance trom the Ashdown Forest that lies just to the east. There are also many visitor attractions as well as two resevoirs nearby, the Weirwood and Ardingly Resevoirs. Perhaps the most famous neighbour is the Bluebell Railway which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010 and at the moment runs from Sheffield Park to Kingscote. It will soon be opening to East Grinstead, taking the line to a total distance of twelve miles, passing through some of the most picturesque Sussex countryside that you will find. The railway is managed and run largely by volunteers and has the largest collection of steam engines in the UK outside of The National Railway Museum.
Right beside the station at Sheffield Park, Sheffield Park Garden is a magnificent informal landscape garden laid out in the 18th Century by ‘Capability’ Brown. Four lakes form the centrepiece of the garden. There are dramatic shows of daffodils and bluebells in spring, and the rhododendrons and azaleas are spectacular in early summer.
To the west Wakehurst Place is the National Trust’s most visited place, and home to the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. It is a feast for the senses, Wakehurst features natural woodland and lakes, formal gardens, an Elizabethan house, and the 21st-century architecture of Kew's Millennium Seed Bank which contains conserved seeds from ten per cent of the world's plant species. Like Wakehurst Place it is open daily.
Immediately to the south of East Grinstead, Standen is hidden at the end of a quiet Sussex lane with breathtaking views over the High Weald and Weirwood Reservoir. The design of the house is a monument to the combined genius of architect Philip Webb and his friend William Morris. All the big names of the Arts & Crafts period are represented, including ceramics by William De Morgan and metalwork by W. A. S. Benson. The beautiful hillside gardens provide year-round interest.
A little further afield at Handcross, Nymans House and Gardens is another National Trust property and so similar in appeal to both Sheffield Park and Wakehurst Place, while the Ardingly Resevoir which nestles into the wooded hillside near to Balcombe offers many walks and the opportunity to watch watersports on the 198 acres of water. Do read more about all of these properties and attractions under “Places to visit” on our website.
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