Holiday cottage, Kingscote, West Sussex
"A memorable holiday for all of the right reasons! What could be better than staying on a vineyard nestling a steam railway! The accommodation was excellent, clean and very comfortable. It seemed fully, and well, equipped however the fridge struggled to keep its contents cool. The only person we met on the farm was Don who seemed to be Mr Fixit. He was very welcoming, friendly and helpful! Fortunately we chose the hottest week of the year to visit Sussex and this meant evenings were spent on the patio with BBQ food followed by a short stroll to the lakes to watch the leaping fish and other wildlife. I can thoroughly recommend the local wine. Yes it is more expensive than supermarket plonk but open your wallet and support a local producer, you won't be disappointed! Unfortunately because of the dry spell the road through the farm was very dusty and whilst the staff drove past the cottage very carefully one particular resident (red Nissan driver) was less considerate! TV reception was poor however it wasn't needed as we preferred to be on the patio with a glass of wine. Unfortunately the WiFi didn't work Friday-Sunday but was fixed on the Monday but failed again on the Thursday. Overall we had a thoroughly enjoyable holiday at The Coach House however there were a few omissions that could have made the stay exceptional. Firstly this was the only self catering cottage I have stayed in where there wasn't a welcome/information pack. It would have been useful to have had information on local amenities, restaurants, shops etc. There are clearly a number of local walks that could be undertaken and information on them would have been useful. Finally it was two days before we discovered where the freezer was located (by the way it badly needs defrosting!). A really nice touch would be to leave a welcome bottle of the local wine in the fridge! Would I return to The Coach House? Yes, most definitely!"
"The property was in a lovely location but was let down by lack of upkeep and general cleanliness.Lounge area very worn,settees and soft furnishings in need of refurbishment, cobwebs in bedrooms and stairway.Outside area overgrown and also in need of repair and a good tidy up.In its favour bedding and towells of good quality and comfortable beds.Television reception more or less non existent due to aerial being covered by overhanging branches.wifi did not work during the week we were there."
The Coach House enjoys a beautiful setting and unfortunately does attract a few spiders at this time of year through being so rural. The presentation of the estate is to the highest standard and we were only there last week. We are sorry therefore if you felt certain aspects fell short. The TV reception has been sorted and the armchair is being replaced. We hope otherwise you enjoyed the location and managed to explore the estate and the vineyard.
"This location is ideal for a quiet get away as either a couple of a family. We are a couple with a young child (under 2). The Cottage was very easy to find. The long driveway could do with the potholes being filled. The cottage itself was very homely. bedrooms are a good size and the beds are very comfortable. Towels were provided with countless available in the master bedroom wardrobe. The bathroom is a good size with a bath and shower. Constant hot water was available. There was a problem with the toilet flush that was reported but not fixed during our stay. We had to manually flush from inside the cistern. I'm sure this will be fixed for the next booking. The caretaker came and introduced himself and gave us some very good local information about places to walk and places to eat. TVs available which could do with updating with built in free view rather than on the old digital boxes but this is more of a luxury than anything. There is a DVD player available with a small selection of DVDs available but you need to change the scart plug over from the digital box to the dvd player. Not the end of the world. The kitchen is well stocked for more people than the property houses. A dishwasher, washing machine made life a little easier. The plates did need to be rewashed as the previous people must not have washed them properly but this is something that I would do anyway. There is underfloor heating on the ground floor which kept the place very warm. The site itself is great. there are plenty of walks to go on. We stayed in the winter so it was a little muddy and cold to venture too far with a 22 month old but if you go in the summer I'm sure the walks around the 150 acres which has lakes, vineyards etc would be very nice. I would definitely like to visit this site again in the summer months. "
Pierry from Baillargues
"So lovely..................i would come back soon with my family for more days in winter or summer.."
A great place for reunion with friends
"Very well located to East Grinstead and Bluebell rail with excellent wines made on the property. Recommended as a base for exploring East Sussex. Very good walking through lovely countryside. "
A wonderful detached Coach House that is set amongst beautiful rolling countryside in the High Weald of Sussex next to the famous heritage Bluebell Railway. The Coach House is surrounded by 160 acres of lush farmland estate that forms part of the Kingscote Vineyard. It sits central to the vineyard and the winery which is planted with the classic grape varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. It will soon become one of the finest producers of sparkling wine in the south east of England.
The Coach House will sleep four in two very spacious bedrooms. This is a character conversion which is very tastefully presented with a keen eye on interior design. Traditional wooden and latched doors prevail. Downstairs there is one large living room filled with games and books, with a separate dining area and kitchen that is cleverly offset to the side. The kitchen comes with a cafetiere and a juicer. The two bedrooms upstairs are exceptionally spacious, light and bright. The main bedroom has a king sized bed while the second bedroom is fitted with twin beds. Two further beds can be added to the twin bedroom for an additional cost where extra flexibility is required for a family. There is a large family bathroom between the two rooms with a shower attachment above the bath.
In addition to the terrace outside, there is a large grass paddock with an ornamental pond and seating adjacent to the Coach House for guests to enjoy. The magnificent countryside and facilities here will really appeal. The farm was handed over to part of the Gravetye Estate, donated by William Robertson to the country in 1930 and is a fine example of an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are well stocked fishing lakes on the estate and guests have private access to much of this beautiful farmland. Climb to the top of the hill on the east of the estate and there are magnificent views over the Weir Wood Reservoir.
The Bluebell Railway follows the western boundary of the estate and is just 200 metres from the Coach House. The station at Kingscote which is towards the northern end of the line is just a mile away. Trains go north to East Grinstead, and heading south it winds its way through this lovely countryside to Horsted Keynes and beyond to Sheffield Park. The Bluebell which was the first preserved steam railway in England will shortly re- open to East Grinstead three miles to the north which will connect it with the mainline service.
This area of Sussex offers excellent access to many well known visitor attractions. The National Trust property at Standen is within two miles of Kingscote. The Victorian house inspired by the architect Philip Webb and his friend William Morris is tucked away at the end of a quiet Sussex lane and offers stunning views south over the High Weald towards the Weir Wood Resevoir. A visit here can easily keep you occupied for a day.
There are many magnificent gardens in this part of Sussex. Sheffield Park Gardens on the southern end of the railway is an internationally renowned garden and parkland that is also owned by the National Trust. Four miles southwest Wakehurst Place is home to the Millennium Seed Bank and offers many acres of specialist plants and trees to enjoy. Head west and Nymans House and Gardens and High Beeches Gardens at Handcross are both within a 15 minute drive.
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