Holiday cottage, Handcross, West Sussex
Garden Cottage in the country
"After our long and tiring journey from Australia, Rosemead Cottage was a very welcome haven. Our hosts Ricky and Marilyn were incredibly hospitable and really went the extra mile to make us feel so welcome. Nothing was too much trouble. Our flight was late and our arrival later than we had anticipated. But they had shopped for a few essential provisions AND prepared us a lovely meal once they knew we would be so late. The cottage has a beautiful garden and there were freshly picked flowers in each of the rooms beautifully arranged by Marilyn. Kitchen was well equipped and decor very suitable. Beds were very comfortable. The location was ideal for us - and close enough to many attractions, including a day trip to London. I would be very happy to come back one day!"
A lovely stay at Rosemead Cottage
"We recently had a lovely stay in Rosemead Cottage near Handcross. Rick and Marilyn Cuss were very welcoming hosts when we arrived, and we were quite charmed by the cottage, where everything was set for our comforts. It's an idyllic country setting, and even though it was January, the gardens were pretty. It's a great location for getting to many attractions and sites in the area, and quite close to our daughters. We look forward to a return trip in the near future as our schedule permits! Thanks again, Phil and Mary Ramm "
The perfect country cottage!
"This really is a wonderful place to stay if you want peace and quiet. Rick and Marilyn are the perfect hosts and will welcome you as a family member. The cottage has everything you'll ever need.. "
Comfortable, cosy, clean cottage in rural setting yet convenient to London and Brighton
"This was our 2nd stay at Rosemead Cottage. We both love the quiet setting surrounded by beautiful gardens, and now consider this to be our "home away from home" when we visit England. Marilyn and Ricky are wonderful hosts who insure that their guests feel welcomed and comfortable upon arrival. The cottage is spotlessly clean, the kitchen is fully equipped, furnishings are comfortable and bed-linens are crisp and inviting. All appliances are new and top-quality, including the spacious fridge/freezer, and washing machine and dryer. Rosemead Cottage is close to nearby Balcombe Rail Station, making it an easy 40-minute trip into London; and is equally convenient to the motorway for day trips around the southeast. We love Rosemead Cottage, and know that you will, too!"
Hansel and gretel
"Amazing garden loads of space. Idyllic setting in the woods. Fantastic hosts. It's a fine line between being helpful and giving guests space and the owners have managed to get a perfect balance. Delighted to meet them both. Great place for the kids and plenty to do in the surrounding areas. Made a much needed break an amazing one."
We don’t see too many rural country cottages that have the most glorious cottage gardens around them but we have certainly found one here! Rosemead Cottage is on the edge of the ancient woods at High Beeches in the heart of the Sussex High Weald. It is directly opposite the entrance to High Beeches Gardens and only a mile from Nymans House and Gardens at nearby Handcross, one of the most visited National Trust properties in the south east.
This traditional country cottage with open fireplaces, latched doors and original floorboards retains so much of its original character having undergone sympathetic restoration and improvements over the years. The cottage dates from around 1840 when it was as an estate workers ‘tied’ dwelling. The bricks were made in kilns in the woods and the timbers were grown and sawn on site.
The cottage will sleep five. Upstairs there are two bedrooms, the principal bedroom has a king sized bed while the other first floor bedroom is a single room. The downstairs bedroom can be adapted to your requirements either made up as a single bedroom, a twin bedroom or into a full super – king sized double bed. The downstairs bedroom also has a cloakroom attached to it. The family bathroom is also on the ground floor and is fitted with a shower attachment above the bath.
The kitchen is in traditional cottage style with the oven fitted into the chimney breast where we presume a stove would have once been. The kitchen is comprehensively equipped and is a good size room allowing for five people to sit comfortably around the kitchen table.
Outside there are the most wonderful and private gardens to enjoy with much space to relax in as well as to eat outdoors in summer. The gardens are a joy to behold and that is no surprise with the likes of High Beeches Gardens and Nymans so close by, we would not expect anything less!
Rosemead Cottage is just perfect for visiting the many attractions in the north of Sussex across the High Weald. It is just a mile from the pretty villages of Handcross and Balcombe and is well located for heading south towards Brighton and the South Downs.
The cottage is right opposite High Beeches Gardens, 27 acres of woodland and water gardens, containing unusual plants and RHS award winning plants. It is one of the great gardens of Sussex and with its pretty tearooms is certainly worth a visit.
Just a mile away Nymans House and Gardens is a magnificent 20th century garden created by the Messel family using experimental designs and new plants from around the world. The gardens offer the most fabulous views south east over the Weald. The house was severely damaged by fire in 1947 however a small part of the house escaped the fire and is now open to the public through the season.
A little further afield yet within a 15 minute drive is Wakehurst Place home to the Millennium Seed Bank and over towards East Grinstead, you will find Standen a late Victorian family home heavily influenced by the designs of William Morris. The house is located at the end of a glorious Sussex lane and offers great views over the Weir Wood Reservoir. You can read details on all these attractions on our Places to visit pages.
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