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Spacious & Comfortable Cottage-type Accommodation in heart of Cowbeech village

Bedrooms 2
Separate WCs1
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

Large Self-contained Holiday Let (Sleeps 3 comfortably)

This holiday home is in the centre of the rural village of Cowbeech and is one end of the main house, which used to be the Village Post Office and Stores. The annexe is light and spacious - with bedroom (5' bed), shower room, sitting room (with wood burner), kitchen, conservatory & second WC. The décor is traditional. There is direct access to its own garden at the front and rear, with seating. There are suntrap spots, even in the Winter. Broadband connection and a BT landline are included. The village pub (the Merrie Harriers) is a five minute walk. Dogs welcome so long as they are safe with the odd free range chicken. Cowbeech and surrounding area is great for dog-walking and there are a lot of lovely circular walks, which can encompass a good pub. It is also a good area to visit gardens connected with the Open Gardens Scheme. Herstmonceux Castle (England's first brick-built castle) is a ten-minute drive away and again offers walks and gardens. The quiet beaches of Normans Bay and Pevensey are a 20-minute drive away and offer long stretches of sand to walk along when the tide is low and safe swimming. Hastings, Eastbourne and Brighton are within easy reach via road or rail. The nearest train stations are Polegate (15mins) and Stonegate (20mins), which provide direct lines to London (approx. 1hr 15mins).

Sue Elliott
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
9 July, 2018

About Sue Elliott

My father and I bought the house together. He decided he would prefer to live only on the ground floor - so we converted one end for him. He lived there very happily and independently for ten years - with the added security of having me close at hand to help with the odd practicality.

Sue Elliott purchased this cottage in 1995

Why Sue Elliott chose Cowbeech

The fact that it used to be a post office and village stores added interest and gave plenty of scope to convert to full living accommodation. The garden included a paddock, which has subsequently became home for a few sheep.

What makes this cottage unique

Rural and one feels safe and sound!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Cowbeech in Herstmonceux

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Handbasin with shower mirror. No shaver socket.
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , WC & Basin only
  • Shower with seating. WC & wash hand basin, directly off bedroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 5ft bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed
  • A section of the conservatory has been converted into a single bedroom. This was as consequence of a special request and has proved very popular.
  • Books ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome


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Spacious & Comfortable Cottage-type Accommodation in heart of Cowbeech village
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
Freiburg, Germany

Wonderful stay in the countryside!

  • 5 of 5

I've had a wonderful stay in Sue's annexe and she is as delightful a host as one can wish for! The apartment is bigger than the pictures suggest and very comfortable, it actually feels like a house, since it's on the ground floor, has a separate entrance, a conservatory and it's own garden! (Where you sometimes get visited by some chicken, sheep, rabbits and all kinds of birds, some of which I haven't ever seen before!) The small village is charming, its pub is really good and the quiet rural life most relaxing! Still, you can reach the coastal towns like Eastbourne, Bexhill or Brighton within 20-40 minutes by car. The whole region is amazing and worth discovering!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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A relaxed, welcoming rural retreat - a 'gem'.

  • 5 of 5

I have just returned from my stay at The Old Post Office. Sue, the owner gave us a wonderful welcome. My dog was made to feel very at home too! We enjoyed a lovely, peaceful stay. The Annexe is very pretty - the original shop window and door are a lovely feature this same room at the front has a lovely fireplace and beams. I enjoyed sitting in the window eating breakfast and watching village life! the annexe has a cosy cottage feel though it is also spacious with a sunny conservatory at the rear which leads straight out onto a pretty enclosed garden for the sole use of the annexe. This is great for dog owners but also for just sitting and enjoying. There is a beautiful old apple tree in this part of the garden. Hens wander freely and sheep graze in the paddock close by which creates a lovely rural feel. At the front there is very easy parking and a cottage garden with old brick paths, trellis - all the right ingredients! The cottage is really well equipped - everything one needs is there this makes it very easy to just turn up with your clothes, it is a real home from home and while Sue welcomes dogs the cottage is immaculate so perfect for those without dogs too. I enjoyed free range eggs from Sue's hens for breakfast and fresh plums and was kindly given a marrow too! Cowbeech is a really pretty village. There are lots of lovely villages and pubs in the area and beautiful countryside. I would love to return. It was gorgeous for a summer break but because there is a solid fuel stove in the sitting room I also now fancy a winter break with the fire lit! I just wish I'd had a few more days to enjoy there. A lovely rural retreat, highly recommended by us! Thank you Sue!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
London Gatwick
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Merrie Harriers
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Various golf courses
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Merrie Harriers
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Pevensey Bay
Car: necessary

Cowbeech is a rural village about 20 minutes drive from the sea. It is just outside Herstmonceux which has the country's first brick-built castle and dates back to the Battle of Hastings (when one of William The Conqueror's generals (by the name of Monceux) married into a local 'Hirst' family and they built the castle). There are some fabulous circular walks around the area, which take in fields, woods, rivers and pubs! The beaches are pebbly at high tide but at low tide they become sandy and you can walk a long way in either direction. Brighton is 40 mins drive in one direction and Hastings 30 mins in the other. The South Downs run along the coast and also offer fabulous walks. London is 1hr 15mins by train (two every hour) and a day return costs about £20. Gatwick is one hour away by train or 75 mins driving.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Cowbeech, Sussex

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
17 Jun 2018 - 22 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Autumn 2016
23 Sep 2018 - 22 Dec 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Christmas & New Year
23 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £10
Refundable Damage Deposit £50

Deposit will be returned via internet banking within 48 hours after your departure. Any deductions would be due to repairs to damage and/or extra time spent removing stains. Prior warning of either will save time and you money!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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