Holiday cottage, Hooe, East Sussex
"We were delighted to stay at Smugglers Keep during record breaking heatwave. We were met by our host, Ian, who showed us round and had thoughtfully put milk and bottle of wine in the fridge. He had provided a fan too. The cottage is equiped with everything you could wish for. Bed and seating comfortable. Hot water at a touch. It was extremely hot and the lovely shady spots in the garden were a bonus. Ian, along with his lovely old dog, Monty, was informative without being invasive, we spent the odd time putting the world to rights. Had some good days out and some lovely meals in local pubs along the road, in Hooe and Pevensey. Would we go again? Absolutely! Planning our next visit. John and Frances"
Holiday stay at Smugglers Keep
"This was a sudden decision to come back here six weeks later Much the same as before with warmer weather. Ian met us on arrival and again most helpful. Over the many years and experiences of holiday cottages this is one of the best. Andrews A "
A curious mixture.
"We found the property a curious mixture. The owner had provided many extras, including a bottle of wine and a (nearly out of date) carton of milk, but did not provide bin bags! I rang him to ask for some, but was told that he provided more extras than most self catering properties and that he didn't provide them; he did, however, bring a couple round - albeit too small for the bin. Also, there was a notice in the bathroom to only use thin toilet paper as the property has a septic tank; there was a full roll on the holder, but no spares were provided. I always take an extra roll of toilet paper when going away, but I don't use the thin type. I also asked the owner about this, and again he said he had provided one but did not offer to bring another one round. I said it would be a good idea to put a comment about this on his property details, so people know in advance. Although clean and tidy, the window above the sink had a bent blind that couldn't be closed, and the window looked as if it hadn't been cleaned in months. However, overall it was well equipped and comfortable and we enjoyed our stay. "
We are glad that despite a few teething issues at the beginning of your stay you had an enjoyable time & would happily recommend. Each home owner offers different extras when providing for guests and as they are self catered accommodation, some items are not provided. We always encourage guests to make enquires before their stay if they need to know what is included on arrival.
Holiday stay at Smugglers Keep
"We knew the area around Battle and Bodiam so the cottage was easy for us to find. We met the owner Ian and he was most helpful showing us the cottage. It was in good condition. One of the best equipped we have been to. Comfortable bed. The weather was dry but at times cold and with the heating on the cottage was most comfortable. It was situated in quiet and not too isolated place. Half a mile from a fast main road and most useful for heading west towards Eastbourne and West Sussex. Other roads were good for visiting places in East Sussex. Thanks Ian and hopefully we will return soon. Would recommend it to anyone A Andrews "
Just what we wanted!
"Surrounded by countryside but not far from the sea. Smugglers Keep, an excellent spot to chill out and unwind. There was nothing we needed that wasn't supplied and the weather that was laid on for us could not have been better."
"Great location for visiting Eastbourne, Hastings and beyond. Accommodation was great with everything you needed for your stay. Host was very friendly and helpful. Peaceful location with great pub within a short driving distance."
lovely place to stay
"We spent 3 nights while visiting relatives in the area. Ian was wonderful host and the accommodation was excellent. "
Smugglers Keep is a snug cottage for two, with open plan living. A cosy lounge area with flat screen TV, books on local places to visit and board games for evenings spent unwinding.
A well equipped kitchen area and a dining space to comfortably seat four, for relaxing evening meals or casual breakfasts, planning your days out.
There is a modern bathroom with bath and overhead shower and a delightful bedroom which has a feature wall, with flint discovered from the renovation. French doors open out on to your own private patio, with rural views and the chance to stroll amongst the owner's small orchard.
Smugglers Keep is nestled in an area known for its smuggling past and the 'Hooe Company' who operated from the local Red Lion Pub. The leader of the gang, James Blackman had links with the notorious 'Hawkhurst and Groombridge Gangs'. Numerous places close by were known to have been used by the smugglers to conceal their contraband, even in the table-tombs at Herstmonceux churchyard. So a stay at the cottage, is the perfect base for exploring all the history that 1066 Country has to offer. Battle is a short drive away and here you can relive the Battle of Hastings and discover the quaint tea rooms and boutique shopping, alongside the history.
Pevensey Bay is close by and the unspoilt pebble beach is an excellent spot for a stroll or summer picnic. The castle at Pevensey is worth a visit with 2/3 of its towering castle walls still standing and the chance to spot 'The Pale Lady of Pevensey' who is supposed to haunt the grounds. Pevensey is only five miles from Eastbourne and a short distance from Eastbourne’s Sovereign Harbour. It is one of the premier marinas in England with a lot of prestigious yachts moored there.
There is good reason why Eastbourne is known as the sunshine coast, since it attracts some of the best weather in England. Everything is within easy reach, the lower slopes of the South Downs drop down from Beachy Head on to the magnificent promenade that stretches for almost two miles to Eastbourne’s Victorian Pier. It is a town of tradition yet it has very much a modern feel with plentiful restaurants and bars. In the summer, Eastbourne comes alive with the very popular Airbourne, together with the AEGON International Tennis Tournament in Devonshire Park which attracts many of the world’s top tennis players prior to Wimbledon.
With its sheltered setting next to Beachy Head, Eastbourne also has some of the best Blue Flag beaches along the south coast. Beachy Head is a magnificent backdrop, with its dramatic chalk cliffs, lighthouse and gently undulating Downs. It is within the South Downs National Park and also marks the start of the 100 mile South Downs Way to Winchester.
East of Pevensey is Bexhill-on-Sea, which has retained the qualities of a traditional Victorian seaside town and English life at the start of the last century. Like Eastbourne it benefits from some of the best sunshine in the UK and is rightfully known as being part of the sunshine coast. It is filled with Victorian and Edwardian architecture and is possibly most famous for the De La Warr Pavilion located right on the promenade.
For those who want to visit further afield, the historic, cobbled medieval town of Rye is twenty miles away and is a great day out.
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