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).
Large Self-contained Holiday Let (Sleeps 3 comfortably)
- Calendar last updated:
- 8 Jan 2019
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 Herstmonceux
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!
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
A relaxed, welcoming rural retreat - a 'gem'.
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!
Wonderful stay in the countryside!
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!
Urlaub wie bei Freunden zu Hause
Wir haben uns in Sues "Old Post Office" sehr wohl gefühlt - es hätte nicht besser sein können! Angefangen von der Verpflegung (es erwartete uns ein mit dem Wichtigsten gefüllter Kühlschrank, Eier von den frei herumlaufenden Hühnern, Obst und Gemüse aus dem Garten, das im Laufe der Woche auch noch erneuert wurde...), der geschmackvollen Einrichtung, einer bestens ausgestatteten Küche, über das Separee im Wintergarten, den Garten mit Hühnern (die zum Frühstück zu Besuch kamen), Kaninchen und Schafen bis hin zu Sues aufmerksamer und liebevoller Betreuung - alles war einfach perfekt! Wir kommen bestimmt wieder - vielleicht auch mal Herbst oder Winter, wenn man den Kamin benutzen kann... Vielen Dank für eine wunderschöne Zeit!
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.
Additional pricing information
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!