Holiday cottage, Danehill, East Sussex
Escape to The Well House
"The Well House takes a bit of finding, but when we did all our hopes and expectations were realised. If you've chosen to stay here you presumably want peace, quiet, remote and countryside. It's all here in abundance. Then we found the key went in and fell in love with it. There is a Lovely cozy lounge area, dining area looking out over the field, nicely fitted kitchen and bathroom and the bed in the ceiling, which, was so comfortable. Plus some lovely quirky pieces and ornaments dotted around. We had a wonderful relaxing week in The Well House."
away from everyone!!!
"this is a delightful find if you want peace and quiet away from everyone. unfortunately the grass around the property was too long and there were brambles coming up through the steps on the verandah and it was very musty inside when we got there, but after opening some windows and cutting back the brambles it was great!! there were quite a lot of spiders and webs, but that is to be expected in the middle of a field!! (but we do think it had not been aired for a few days prior to our arrival hence the webs!!) the furnishings are beautiful and a lot of thought has gone into the property and it was perfect for 2 + a dog, who loved chasing the butterflies in the field!! We had very hot weather and a fan would have been useful especially sleeping upstairs!! we arrived early and the owner very kindly said we could get in, so we had extra time for our break away! we will return next year!! "
We have always felt that The Well House is perfect for either a writer or an artist wanting peace and quiet. We are really pleased you enjoyed the complete tranquility. The owner will attend to the verandah and the length of the grass. It is a mixture of grass and meadow so finding the right balance is always key. Hopefully you will notice a difference next time and we look forward to welcoming you back at some point.
Lovely relaxing stay
"The accommodation was really lovely, the location was our main criteria and it really was fantastic! Quiet, picturesque & very relaxing. Some feedback is that we found the bed very uncomfortable and quite difficult to get up & down even though we are experienced climbers and quite young - well I like to think we are quite young! It would have been really great to have somewhere to store our clothes rather than in our suitcases on the floor. We really had a lovely relaxing time, such a perfect setting, well appointed and so easy for our Labrador. Thanks"
We are really pleased that you enjoyed The Well House and sorry you found the bed uncomfortable. The mattress has been changed three times over the last two years to try and find a happy medium for everyone. The housekeeper can make the bed up with the option of fitting a soft mattress topper for anyone preferring a softer bed. The owner is also looking at adding some additional cupboard space which she hopes to have in place soon.
We enjoyed our stay
"Everything was perfect - we had a wonderful time there. The only thing that was irritating to us, that we should take all the garbage with us. We did - but did not know where to put it, because the recycling did not provide for "normal" garbage. But as I said everything else was great!!! Thanks to the landlord or landlady!!!"
We wish we could have stayed longer!
"Wonderful, cosy cottage on a beautiful location! Yet some things were missing or didn't work: - sign on Church Road to the cottage. It took us 45' to find it... - wifi!!! - a wardrobe (instead of those ugly iron lockers with useless pottery in them) - several light bulbs - the heating in the bathroom: our towels were still wet in the morning! - not enough plates and glasses: we had to turn on the dishwasher quite often"
Good place to stay, relaxing and well located. Interesting adaptation of the old building.
"Pros. We liked our stay at the well house. It had a relaxed feel and was an interesting and quirky conversion. The location was perfect for us. Peaceful, walks from the door, good access to West Sussex attractions. The aircraft from Gatwick were ever present but not intrusive. They did not even disturb our noise reactive dog. Amberley House Cottage Holidays were very helpful in getting our booking agreed at very very short notice. Good work. Cons. (All minor) We had a 2 hour power cut one morning - property is all electric. Several light bulbs dud or missing, buzzing from the fridge/freezer was noticeable in an open plan layout Mattress a bit soft for our taste. All minor things that did not spoil our enjoyment over a 4 day stay."
A piece of heaven.....
"Two weeks of sun. Windows and doors open wide all day. Bare feet in the grass. Dogs off the leash all the time. Smell of hay in the air. Loads of books. Beautifull walks from the cottage. Shopping at the farm nearby. Need we say more? Only thing we missed was a parasol :-). So..... Well House! We see you soon! Frans & Emmie Hallegraeff "
Let yourself escape for a few precious days to this wonderful and private setting high on the Sussex Weald. This could be a writer’s paradise, its location perfect for real inspiration. The Well House is a stunning conversion in Danehill of the building that sat over the well, deliberately unchanged on the outside but amazingly transformed on the inside!
The Well House will sleep two. It won’t suit everyone since the double bedroom space is accessed via a fixed wooden ladder, so for anyone with restricted mobility then it will not be suitable. It has a contemporary and bright living space with a traditional woodburning stove, and it is superbly equipped. There is a modern shower room with large walk in shower. The bedroom space upstairs is very compact and is just a space to sleep. There is a sofa bed downstairs so if the ambience appeals yet the wooden ladder does not then The Well House may still be for you.
The Well House is located just off the 273 mile Greenwich Meridian Trail, a route that follows the line of the prime meridian as closely as it possibly can using public rights of way. This beautiful rural area contains miles of footpaths allowing every opportunity to enjoy the countryside without getting near to a public road!
The small village of Danehill is in an area of outstanding natural beauty in particular being only a short distance trom the Ashdown Forest that lies just to the east. There are also many visitor attractions as well as two resevoirs nearby, the Weirwood and Ardingly Resevoirs. Perhaps the most famous neighbour is the Bluebell Railway which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010 and runs from Sheffield Park to East Grinstead, taking the line to a total distance of twelve miles, passing through some of the most picturesque Sussex countryside that you will find. The railway is managed and run largely by volunteers and has the largest collection of steam engines in the UK outside of The National Railway Museum.
Right beside the station at Sheffield Park, Sheffield Park Garden is a magnificent informal landscape garden laid out in the 18th Century by ‘Capability’ Brown. Four lakes form the centrepiece of the garden. There are dramatic shows of daffodils and bluebells in spring, and the rhododendrons and azaleas are spectacular in early summer.
To the west Wakehurst Place is the National Trust’s most visited place, and home to the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. It is 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 which contains conserved seeds from ten per cent of the world's plant species. Like Wakehurst Place it is open daily.
Immediately to the south of East Grinstead, Standen is hidden at the end of a quiet Sussex lane with breathtaking views over the High Weald and Weirwood Reservoir. The design of the house is a monument to the combined genius of architect Philip Webb and his friend William Morris. All the big names of the Arts & Crafts period are represented, including ceramics by William De Morgan and metalwork by W. A. S. Benson. The beautiful hillside gardens provide year-round interest.
A little further afield at Handcross, Nymans House and Gardens is another National Trust property and so similar in appeal to both Sheffield Park and Wakehurst Place, while the Ardingly Resevoir which nestles into the wooded hillside near to Balcombe offers many walks and the opportunity to watch watersports on the 198 acres of water. Do read more about all of these properties and attractions under “Places to visit” on our website.
Places to Visit
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