Holiday cottage, Ditchling, East Sussex
Loved staying at this cottage for many reasons
"Really down-to-earth, genuinely dog-friendly owners, and a lovely little characteristic cottage. Beautiful grounds, immediate access to South Downs along picturesque country lanes and the cottage had everything we needed. The condition of the cottage for us was excellent but I've put good because it's a down-to-earth, characteristic wee place that caters for wet, muddy walkers and pets so I don't want to put 'excellent' and have people thinking it's the Hilton because it's not. We'd have hated it if it were that. It's for people who come and go. You don't feel as if you're going to get fined if you spill something. It's welcoming, small, comfortable and clean and that's exactly what we wanted. Access to the garden was perfect for both us and the dog, and everything was safe and secure. We'd go back to this cottage at the drop of a hat. Roy and Diane let you get on with your stay, in a highly friendly and unobtrusive manner. Thank you both. xx "
Wonderful location in stunning countryside.
"The cottage was set in a stunning location with wonderful views and access to walks to enjoy the countryside. The grounds of the cottage were also peaceful and the owners were friendly and very helpful. Our only criticism was that the cottage needed a little tlc; it had cobwebs round ceilings, fittings missing from curtains so they hung down awkwardly, light bulbs that needed replacing and windows that had poor fastenings and blown glass. None of this spoilt our holiday but we regularly have this sort of break where we rent cottages for walking opportunities and this was noticeably the worst property we have stayed in. We would recommend this property to other walkers but would advise them of the condition of it."
"A very sweet cottage on great grounds in the most fabulous location Thank you Diane and Roy the cottage at Tovey lodge was exactly what we hoped it would be and more X X X "
Dont expect a good nights sleep.
"First impressions are good, its a pretty cottage in very pleasant surroundings. However, things go downhill somewhat on entering. The cottage seems in need of a complete refurbishment. The walls in the dinning area have dirty marks and the carpet in generally grubby.The light fitting in the bedroom has a thick layer of dust and cobwebs hanging from it. The bedroom curtain are ill fitting and are thick with dust and cobwebs. The fridge door seal has mould around it. Equipment. No means of freezing food is provided and the cooking utensils are inadequate. Now we come to the major issue. At the rear of the cottage is what appears to be an industrial unit. ( see google maps) This is accessed via a driveway to the left of the cottage. This driveway is used by 3 different cars at all hours of the night starting at 1.30 ish and going through until 5.30. I don't know if its used in the day as we were out. On the plus side, the cottage has free wifi. To sum up, I think I can say its the worst cottage Ive ever stayed in. Both the owner an his agents clearly never inspect the cottage."
We are sorry you had a disappointing stay at the cottage. We have not been to the cottage so far this year, however it has always been clean although we accept it is not the most modern in terms of presentation. The owner does live on site and would have immediately looked to address these issues for you. We are discussing your points with the owner and thank you for bringing them to our attention.
Ditchling Beacon is one of the well known landmarks in Sussex and the Cottage at Tovey Lodge is in the enviable position of being tucked away at the foot of the Beacon along the appropriately named Underhill Lane. It is a location that money just can't buy! This pretty cottage sits in the three acre grounds of Tovey Lodge the owner's own home and has incomparable views of the South Downs. It offers comfortable accommodation with an L shaped living and dining room with Freeview TV and a DVD player. The bedroom is a double, and has Freeview TV and comes with full ensuite facilities. The kitchen is fully equipped and guests are welcome to enjoy the grounds around Tovey Lodge.
The small and picturesque village of Ditchling lies at the foot of the South Downs half a mile north from the cottage. Its heart forms a crossroads which links with other nearby villages such as Hassocks and Keymer that also nestle at the foot of the Downs. Ditchling has remained unspoilt over the centuries and has many examples of period Tudor buildings. Wings Place is a fine Tudor building across the road from St Margarets church, once known as "Anne of Cleves House". The reason for this title is due to the house and its estates supposedly being given as part of the divorce settlement by King Henry VIII to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves although it is doubtful whether she ever stayed there. The house looks particularly imposing when viewed from the church with the backdrop of the downs immediately behind making a striking photograph. The village has kept the period tradition well and tea rooms such as Dolly's Pantry and Chesterton's the village deli fit so perfectly into these traditional village surroundings.
Ditchling Beacon is a short but testing climb from the cottage should you choose to walk it! At 248 metres (814 feet) it is the third highest point along the South Downs and offers fantastic views both along the Downs and north across the Sussex Weald. The South Downs Way passes through the Beacon giving you the opportunity to walk both east and west along this national trail virtually from your doorstep.
Head south over Ditchling Beacon and the Downs gradually slope away towards Brighton. It is a vibrant city with much to offer. It is lively and bustling with a lot of culture and many say it is quite unique. One of its most famous landmarks is the Royal Pavilion the spectacular seaside palace of the Prince Regent, (George 1V) and the Regency heritage of this period is much in evidence in the city.
Seven miles east, Lewes is the county town of East Sussex. Its castle overlooks the town and is open to visitors, as is the Barbican Museum opposite. In such an historic town there is much to see. Lewes is famous for its bonfire celebrations and each year these are attended by thousands of visitors. Visiting on the first Saturday of the month is recommended when a thriving Farmers' Market takes place with lots of delicious fare on offer.
Glyndebourne the world famous and world class opera house is a further three miles east from Lewes. Glyndebourne restarted and reinvigorated country house opera in England and today it offers unique presentations in the Sussex countryside attracting world leading performers. We provide a link into Glyndebourne from under our “What's On” heading should you want more information.
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