Holiday cottage, Ashurstwood, East Grinstead, West Sussex
A good time
"A good central place for visiting National Trust and other properties. Near the National Cat Centre where they had free WiFi which we needed."
"Accueil tr?s sympathique, logement original et tout ? fait adapt? pour deux personnes. Environnement champ?tre, belle r?gion, beaux villages dans les environs. Belles pistes cyclables ? proximit?."
Thank you for your comments - " Very friendly home, original accommodation and quite suitable for two people. Rural environment, beautiful region, beautiful villages in the vicinity. Beautiful bike paths nearby."
Peace and quiet
"The location of the cottage was ideal, near enough too local amenities but away from the main town. Easily accessible by car. The water tower had been converted into a beautiful cottage which is why we chose it for our short stay. "
"We needed a few days away with peace and quiet. This property offered that plus great views. The property was of good standard, the extras that were provided added to the owners dedication to their guests. Ideal position for exploring , as easy location for London, Ashdown forest or the coast, or just chilling.which is what we did. "
The Water Tower is a rare property located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This sympathetically converted building is a perfect escape for couples looking for a countryside retreat and relaxing holiday. With fabulous views from its elevated position in the grounds of the owners' farm, this is a truly a wonderful setting.
The living area is open plan with a large sofa and armchair in the lounge with a dining table adjacent. The L-shaped kitchen is fully equipped and has everything you would need for your stay.
There is a wrought iron spiral staircase up to the first floor double bedroom, with a four-poster bed, and double doors lead to the Juliet balcony and the stunning scenery beyond. The en-suite bathroom has a corner shower cubicle, WC and basin.
The large enclosed garden, next to open fields, is perfect for a summer BBQ whilst enjoying the peaceful surroundings and the friendly farm animals.
With numerous public footpaths and bridleways from the door and with Ashdown Forest close by, The Water Tower is an ideal location for walkers. Ashdown Forest is an ancient area of tranquil open heathland occupying the highest sandy ridge-top of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It was first enclosed as a royal hunting park in the thirteenth century but is now an area of over 5000 hectares in which fallow deer have flourished.
For local restaurants and independent shopping you can visit the lovely village of Forest Row which is just a short 10 minute drive away. This traditional English village has an interesting history of smuggling in the 18th centuary and was also a setting in one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's tales of Sherlock Holmes. Nowadays, Forest Row has all of the customary village activities such as monthly markets and an annual festival. This is also the home of the prestigious Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club founded in 1888 where golf lovers can have the option of playing two award winning courses.
Less than 4 miles away, you will find the town of East Grinstead with its traditional wide street and shops is the capital of the historic High Weald. This ancient market town has a wealth of architectural heritage and is surrounded by some of the finest countryside in the whole of the South East of England. Here you will find the Bluebell Railway where you can take a steam train south through Kingscote and Horsted Keynes to Sheffield Park and visit Sheffield Park Gardens, an internationally renowned garden and parkland, owned by the National Trust.
Another National Trust property, Standen House and Gardens, is nearby. This 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 over the High Weald towards the Weir Wood Reservoir. Standen is an Arts and Crafts house and it is decorated with Morris carpets, fabrics and wallpapers. The wonderful gardens complement the beauty of the house, Standen has 12 acres of very attractive gardens set on a hillside overlooking the Ashdown Forest and the views over the Forest are spectacular.
Wakehurst Place which is the country estate of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a short 20 minute drive from The Water Tower. This has beautiful botanic gardens and tree collections, as well as science-based plant conservation and research. A feast for the senses, Wakehurst features natural woodland and lakes, formal gardens, an Elizabethan house and the 21st-century architecture of Kew's Millennium Seed Bank.
Lingfield Park is 5 miles from the cottage and is the host for some of the best horseracing in the country including the Derby Trial and the Churchill Stakes. Here you will also find a championship golf course and other leisure activities and events throughout the year.
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