Holiday cottage, South Chailey, East Sussex
A lovely comfortable house
"This house is a relaxing comfortable place to stay. My daughter loved the mezzanine bedroom. The kitchen is well equipped, with a lovely welcome basket with local produce. A very warm welcome from the owners, who made sure we had everything we needed. Great location for Lewes, as well as many other local attractions. We would happily return. "
A lovely cottage
"The Hayloft ways a beautiful cottage. It had everything you needed and the hosts left a very welcoming and generous food hamper for us. The cottage is well situated for walking on the South Downs Way and visiting many local attractions. "
"Super Ferienhaus, Sehr sauber und gepflegt. Sehr nette Vermieter. Tolle Einrichtung. Nur die nahe Strasse st?rt vielleicht, wenn man auf der Terrasse sitzen m?chte. "
Great place to stay
"Excellent accommodation and location. The basket of groceries and other provisions was particularly considerate. We were made very welcome and would unhesitatingly recommend this property "
Sehr sch?nes Cottage
"Wir waren 10 Tage in den Herbstferien im Hayloft und haben uns dort sehr wohl gef?hlt. Es war alles sehr sauber, sch?n und geschmackvoll eingerichtet. Theresa und Jack waren sehr freundlich und immer f?r uns da, wenn es Fragen gab. Besonders gem?tlich war es abends am Kaminofen. Wundervolle Landschaft, haben viele Wanderungen gemacht und die umliegende Gegend besucht. Daf?r liegt das Cottage sehr zentral: Seven Sisters, Isle of Wight, Stonehenge, Brighton, Windsor etc. Unser Tipp: Nach London haben wir den Zug ab Lewes genommen. F?hrt nonstop 60' bis Victoriastation zweimal die Stunde und das Ticket gilt auch in ganz London. "
An ideal retreat.
"A beautifully presented cottage which was well equipped, immaculately clean and ideally suited for exploring the area including Charleston, Sheffield Park , the Bluebell Railway and of course the delightful county town of Lewes. However, what was outstanding was the delightful food hamper awaiting us on arrival and the wonderful welcome and continued, yet unobtrusive support from Jack and Theresa during our stay. Thank you both for ensuring our stay was so enjoyable. "
"Never stayed at a cottage that was so clean and well equipped cannot praise the accommodation enough"
"The Hayloft was just as pictured in the photos. It was extremely comfortable and had everything you could wish for from a holiday let. Steve and Linda were very welcoming, even down to fresh flowers, home cooked cookies and eggs from their own hens. My grandson loved his stay there and Linda had even hidden Easter eggs for him to find in the cottage!! Thank you for a wonderful stay".
" Excellent modern cottage, superbly renovated, well presented and extremely comfortable. Very well equipped, it was a pleasure to cook, then curl up in front of the log burner. Linda and Steve were lovely owners and it was a plesure to meet them both. Fresh flowers and eggs from the chickens were a great bonus, we will definitely be back in the future".
A sublime conversion of a period barn that offers truly modern accommodation all wrapped within the character of a period building. The bright central living space with its exposed timbers and a striking spiral staircase really catches the eye.
The Hayloft is located within the grounds of the owners’ home whose land borders the Bevern Stream before it meets the River Ouse providing fishing rights for those who hold a license. The property is just a short drive north from the East Sussex county town of Lewes. Next door there is an equestrian centre where guests can enjoy riding both locally and for the more experienced a little further south towards the South Downs. The centre also offers stabling facilities.
The Hayloft is comprehensively equipped offering very comfortable accommodation for four people. It centres around this wonderful central living space and focussed around a woodburning stove. The main bedroom is on the ground floor and is fitted with a king sized bed. Upstairs there is a mezzanine bedroom area that is accessed from the spiral staircase where you will find twin beds. The staircase is quite tight so you need to be aware of this and because of the staircase we suggest the Hayloft is not suitable where there are children under six years of age.
A fully equipped and modern bathroom fitted with a spacious shower bath is also on the ground floor as well of course a very modern and functional kitchen. Outside there is a private garden space accessed by double doors from the main living room. The garden area faces west and is part shielded by trees offering areas of dappled sunlight in the afternoon and evening.
South Chailey falls just outside the boundary of the South Down National Park. The village is only four miles to the north of the historic market town of Lewes one of two towns that come within the park boundary.
Lewes is a fantastic place to visit — full of cafes, restaurants and bars. The River Ouse flows through the town dividing it into two areas between Cliffe High Street presented in beautiful period style with its gateway, a paved bridge, crossing the river and the main High Street that heads up the hill.
Lewes is the county town of East Sussex. The castle at the top of the town is open to visitors as is the Barbican Museum opposite. It offers a peaceful area immediately off the High Street. In the town’s Southover district is Anne of Cleves House which is also open to the public. It was left by Henry VIII as a settlement in their divorce.
The town has Harvey’s Brewery central to the town. Built in the 18th century it still produces fine ales. There is a shop and restaurant close by with many pubs owned by the brewery in the near vicinity.
Visiting Lewes on the first Saturday of the month is recommended when the thriving Farmers’ Market comes to town with lots of delicious fare on offer!
The world famous opera house at Glyndebourne is five miles away so the cottage makes a perfect base to enjoy the prestigious Glyndebourne Festival.
Of course, immediately on the doorstep are the South Downs. The South Downs Way passes to the west of Lewes so the path can be easily reached from the Hayloft and makes for excellent walking either to the east towards Alfriston or west towards Ditchling and Ditchling Beacon. The road west along the Downs through Plumpton towards Ditchling is also particularly picturesque as it winds along the foot of the scarp slope of the Downs northern edge. Travel a little further west from Ditchling to the Jack and Jill Windmills atop the Downs at Clayton and the views over the Sussex Weald are particularly impressive. You can read about the Jack and Jill Windmills on our West Sussex Places to visit pages.
Heading north from South Chailey, Sheffield Park Gardens and the Bluebell Railway are within a ten minute drive. The gardens provide a wonderful display of colour throughout the year and it is one of the National Trust’s leading visitor attractions in the south east together with Wakehurst Place and Nymans Gardens both of which are within the vicinity and worth seeing.
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