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Benchwood House

Hastings (6mls S), Sussex
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
5 star
Waterside views
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Pub nearby
Beach within easy reach
Decorated for Christmas
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Secluded property in the village of Guestling, an enchanting destination for wildlife and nature enthusiasts
  • Nestled in ancient woodlands, it is adjacent to open panoramic countryside, with a private boating lake
  • Enjoy the many attractions in nearby Hastings or enjoy a trip to the many Castles and Gardens on offer
Property code: 86034

This beautiful barn offers comfortable and relaxing accommodation in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty perfect for couples looking for a base in the heart of East Sussex.

Set on the outskirts of the village of Guestling, this property is ideally situated for exploring the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where keen walkers can enjoy a multitude of footpaths straight from the front door. The property lies between the pretty medieval town of Rye, (6miles) famous for its cobbled streets, smuggling stories and local nature reserve at Rye Harbour, and nearby Hastings (5miles) where the Old Town has shops, cafes and restaurants, coupled with seaside attractions. Explore the ruins of Hastings Castle or take a trip up the East Hill funicular, the steepest in England for fantastic views along the coastline. Those looking to venture slightly further afield can visit the many Castles, and Gardens in the surrounding areas.

As you enter this converted stable block you are greeted with the mesmerising open panoramic countryside, which is framed within a picture window, with a bench seat for relaxation, whilst the open plan lounge/kitchen/diner layout fosters group entertainment as well as spaces for individual quietude. To the far left is the kitchen which is well-equipped with a gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher, Smeg fridge/freezer, and espresso machine. A cloakroom is conveniently located off the kitchen with a WC and a separate utility room offers a washer/dryer. The dining area adjacent to the kitchen provides comfortable seating to enjoy meals together. To the far right, the boating lake is captured within the picture window in the cosy lounge area which offers comfortable seating, a Smart TV, DVD player, and a selection of rainy-day games. The wood-burner creates restful warmth and complements the underfloor heating for cooler months. A spiral staircase leads you up to the first floor where there are two bedrooms. A super-king-size master bedroom and a king-size bedroom, both of which are zip-and-link beds and can be converted into twin rooms upon request. The master bedroom also offers an additional sofa which is ideal for reading or relaxation. Both bedrooms share the Jack and Jill en-suite bathroom which has double vanity unit, a Bluetooth touch sensor mirror for enjoying music whilst relaxing in the shower over whirlpool bath and WC.

Heading outside you will find multiple areas to relax and curl up with a good book, enjoy the local wildlife and the panoramic countryside views. A secluded patio area offers a patio table and chairs, charcoal BBQ, a chiminea and bench, whilst a sun-bathing deck with four sun loungers is the perfect spot for soaking up the sunshine. There is a tree platform nestled around an ancient oak tree for wildlife watching and as the evening draws in why not occupy the seating around the fire pit and toast some marshmallows whilst enjoying a spot of stargazing. For a unique experience enjoy a ride on the owners Aqua Cycle pontoon pedal boat which is moored next to a jetty and cycle across the boating lake soaking up this beautiful part of High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is private parking for two cars.

  • 2 bedrooms -1 super-king and 1 king-size zip-and-link (can be made into a twin upon request)
  • 1 Jack and Jill en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and WC
  • Electric oven and gas hob, espresso machine, dishwasher and Smeg fridge/freezer
  • Utility room with washer/drier
  • Wood burner (all logs included)
  • Smart TV and DVD player in the lounge
  • Enclosed garden with woodlands, boating lake, swing seat, deck with sun loungers, fire pit, seating, charcoal BBQ and fire pit
  • Due to the location of the property there may be road noise whilst in the garden during busy periods
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Sorry no children or dogs
  • Pub & restaurant approximately 1.5 miles
  • Beach 4 miles
  • Maximum stay is 7 nights
  • Arrival time 4pm
  • Departure time 10am
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed

Jackie Hammond

This property is personally managed by Jackie.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Maxine 24th July 2022

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The owners, Karen and Chris are so warm and welcoming, taking great care to make sure their quests are extremely well looked after. The cottage is absolutely stunning, very well equiped, beautiful grounds that blend in with the natural surroundings and the most amazing views. There is so much to this property to enjoy, with many areas to explore, fRead moreinding something new each day and plenty of outdoor seating. Loved every minute of our stay. Thank you Karen and Chris for making it so memorable. Hide

Reviewed by Cathryn 10th June 2022

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We spent a very relaxing week in this lovely holiday home. The house is beautiful and we arrived to a warm welcome from the owners, including a thoughtful welcome hamper in the kitchen. It's the perfect place for country walks, peace and quiet and lots of rest and relaxation. The kitchen is very well equipped with everything you could need, the bedRead mores are very comfortable and the views from the house are stunning. Highly recommended. Hide

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