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Member since: 2011
Speaks English

Beautiful historic cottage with generous use of pool & tennis court

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in Wealden - Little Bucksteep Oast House

A beautiful 3 bedroomed cottage with pool which sleeps 7 people.


Little Bucksteep Oast House is a gem of a self catering holiday cottage in Dallington, East Sussex, rated 4* by Visit England. It is a beautiful old English Country Cottage, dating from the late 17th century, set in the midst of the beautiful private gardens of a gorgeous Queen Anne Manor House. Guests have very generous use of the private swimming pool and tennis court apart from Sunday afternoons and Bank holiday afternoons. Oast houses are typical of East Sussex and Kent, and were used to dry hops for beer making.

The Oast has many period features including beams, wooden paneling, leaded windows, old stone walls and a wood burning stove and is furnished with lovely old furniture, and luxury Egyptian cotton bed linen. The master bedroom has a beautiful 4 poster bed, and with the windows open you can forget the city and just listen to the birdsong and the peace and quiet. Truly a very special self catering holiday home. For outside dining there is a large Outback gas fired BBQ new in 2014.

Pampering and Exercise weekends and holidays are also available, which incorporate the wonderful Lotte Berk exercise classes, the original ballet barre exercise method, beauty and massage treatments. For the total luxury experience we can also arrange for the weekend to be catered with delicious home cooked food.

This area of Sussex has many attractions including historic towns like Battle, Rye, Bodiam Castle, a host of lovely unspoilt little villages and many National Trust properties with beautiful gardens and houses, not to mention local vineyards. Glyndebourne is 30 minutes away and the sea side and the South Downs about the same. Although the Oast is set in the most beautiful unspoilt & undulating countryside, it is only just over an hour into London on the train and an hours drive from Gatwick airport. Dallington is midway between Battle and Heathfield, and set in truly rural countryside.

- Private swimming pool and tennis court, including tennis racquets & balls for guests use

- Beautiful views

- Unspoilt countryside

- Picturesque village

- Suitable for disabled person as ground floor bed and shower room

- Bicycles for hire

- Gas BBQ

- Village pubs

- Close to the sea

- Wifi & Internet

- Spa and Exercise weekends available

- Lotte Berk ballet barre method exercise classes

The large, sunny kitchen dining room in this Susssex holiday cottage is full of light and spacious and also boasts a seating area with a sofa and 2 armchairs with TV and DVD. This large room has stunning exposed oak beamed ceilings, with well placed spot lights and large glass doors leading onto the terrace and 2nd lovely private garden, which is equipped for outside entertaining with a table and chairs, large sun umbrella, comfy cushions for the chairs as well as 2 barbecues, one Outback Gas BBQ, and a charcoal BBQ. The dining room has a large antique pine table which seats 8, a lovely old oak dresser and plenty of dining chairs, together with a traditional oak Windsor chair.

The pool area also has a table and benches for further alfresco dining

The kitchen is very well equipped with china, cutlery and all things for cooking at home.

There is a small utility area next to the kitchen with a washing machine, drying rails and a storage cupboard where the central heating boiler is stored.

Opposite this is a shower room with WC.

Adjacent to this is the entrance hall with plenty of storage for coats and boots, as well as tennis racquets etc. The owners have kindly supplied 4 tennis racquets for guests use as well as some tennis balls.

On the ground floor of the roundel is a large double bedroom with a double bed and brass headboard, and lovely old furniture, including a large chest of drawers, drop leaf table and an elegant desk with bookcase on top. Windows look out over the garden. There is hanging space next to the bedroom in the understairs cupboard.

Taking the oak panelled exposed rock staircase upstairs, you come to the master bedroom in the top of the roundel with the vast 4 poster bed, covered with a gorgeous throw and lovely linen, for pure romance and fairy tale living this is a dream come true. A hairdryer is provided for guests use.

There is one further bedroom upstairs which is a large and beautiful room with a high beamed ceiling and little chandelier.

There are 2 elegant single beds with white iron headboards and one child’s bed (just a few inches smaller than a single). The linen on all the beds is white Egyptian cotton. There is a chest of draws and lots of hanging room.

The family bathroom upstairs has recently been refurbished and has a bath with a handheld shower attachment. A charming window looks over the oast garden towards the old orchard.

The holiday cottage is supplied with 2 TV's, Sky, 2 DVDs, Wifi & internet, a mobile phone in case of emergencies, radio, some DVDs and games, and an iphone docking station

Guests in this Sussex holiday cottage have 2 garages and plenty of parking, and an attractive stroll through the gardens looking over the field where the sun sets, leads to the picturesque luxury self catering holiday cottage set in its own private grounds.

Dallington and the surrounding countryside.

This self catering Sussex holiday cottage is located on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Dallington, set well back down a long private drive.

This part of Sussex boasts many treats for holiday makers

- marvellous walks in the beautiful countryside

- beautiful views for painters

- wonderful bird life

- tranquility for writers or people enjoying a break from the city

- lovely National Trust properties including Batemans in Burwash – the home of Rudyard Kipling,


Great Dixter,

Pashley Manor,


Sheffield Park Garden,

Michelham Priory and many more

- Opera at Glyndebourne (30 minutes drive)

- Local Sussex vineyards

- Childrens activities including Drusillas,

The Bluebell railway,

Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings,

Yesterdays World Battle,

How we lived then Eastbourne,

Shipwreck Museum Hastings,

Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum Lewes,

Fishermans Museum Hastings

- Charming old pubs within a short drive

- lovely local villages

- Charleston House, home of the Bloomsbury set

- Castles such as Bodiam, Herstmonceaux, Pevensey and Lewes

- A day up in London is easily done on the train in just over an hour

- Lewes with its antique shops and beautiful Georgian architecture

- Tunbridge Wells just over half an hour away


Dallington is an hour or two from the ferry and channel ports of:

- Newhaven (approx 1 hour)

- Dover (approx 1.5 hours)

- Portsmouth

- Southampton

- Folkestone

Close to Channel tunnel and Eurostar stations at

- Folkestone (approx 1.5 hours)

- Ashford International (approx 1 hour)

- London Waterloo

- Ebsfleet


The warm welcome in this comfortable, spacious house was much appreciated. Our week at the Little Bucksteep Oast has been perfect. It’s a shame we couldn’t stay longer. P&FS, July 2009

We really enjoyed our stay here! It is such a beautiful cottage. We enjoyed it so much we want to come back with both sets of grandparents. P&D, Hoilland, Aug 09

Perfect! We will praise it abroad! Mr C.J Germany, Aug 09

This house is amazing – Megan (7) Aug 09

Thank you so much for your warm hospitality, the welcome pack, lovely Oast house, luxury bedding & furnishings, we felt completely pampered. A, Wiltshire, Sep 09

I can’t think of a more perfect place to spend my 30th birthday with my family. Beautiful surroundings both inside and out, it is such a special place. CT, UK, April 10

What a wonderful haven of peace and tranquility! R&J W, Gloucestershire, June 10

A beautiful house, peaceful and gracious setting. LM, UK, July 10

Owners did all they could to make our stay enjoyable. Mr C D, Nov 10

The house has been an absolute gem, so beautiful and really tucked away in the heart of the countryside. The perfect retreat to end the summer, Mrs B, Leamington Spa, Sep 10

What a delight to be able to see England for the first time from the perspective of Little Bucksteep. The setting is so relaxing, beautiful and so easy on the eyes and ears. I have enjoyed listening to the birds waking up in the morning and closing down the day. A more relaxing outing I can’t imagine than the time spent in the cottage with friends I love. DM, Texas, April 11

What a wonderful house! Beautifully stocked, extremely comfortable and glorious gardens. T,J&I, London, April 11

A beautiful house in a beautiful setting. Clean, comfortable and well equipped. The homemade apple juice was a wonderful touch, N.C, UK, May 11

We’ve had a great week. The Oast is full of character and extremely well fitted out. The location is fantastic, tucked away so that peace and quiet is guaranteed. A.C, UK, June 11

Thank you for your warm reception. We enjoyed your beautiful house and ofcourse the pool, we had a wonderful time. Family de.R, Jul 11

What a find! This is a lovely place, secluded yet so near to so many places. Loved retiring to the drawing room after dinner to relax in front of the log fire. G&C T, UK, Aug 11

A charming and comfortable house in a serene, sylvan setting. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. NB, US, Aug 11

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Owner (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks English

About Owner

We have been running the Oast as a self catering holiday cottage for 6 years now. We do everything we can to make your stay as comfortable as we can, we are here to help, but equally we want guests to have their privacy.

Owner purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Owner chose Wealden

Close to airports, ferries and London. Set in beautiful countryside, with lovely old pubs. Very generous use of private pool and tennis court. Bikes for hire on the property. Glyndebourne is close by with world class opera. Beautiful gardens abide in this part of Sussex. If the pool becomes dull, the beach is within an hours drive too.

Short breaks are available outside high season times.

What makes this cottage unique

The Oast is special because it is old and beautiful and we have tried to furnish it in character with lovely old pieces, together with beautiful Egyptian cotton bed linen. The open plan dining room/ kitchen is a lovely large sunny room and flooded with light. Guests have very generous use of a private swimming pool and tennis court. The huge 4 poster bed in the top roundel bedroom is a gorgeous luxury. There is a large gas fired BBQ for alfresco dining, and a wood burning stove in the sitting room for cooler nights. The Oast is full of character with beautiful old beams, and gorgeous views of the garden, particularly lovely in spring with daffodils and summer with flowers and roses.

We also offer luxury pampering weekends which incorporate fantastic Lotte Berk ballet barre exercise classes, together with massage and beauty treatments.

4 bicycles on the property which guests may rent during their stay.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for a lovely stay, for tasting the fruit from the garden and the artichokes, and the warm welcome and your sweet pets.
Jul 2015
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based on 25 holidaymaker reviews

Beautiful historic cottage with generous use of pool & tennis court
average rating of 5.0 based on 45 reviews

A rural escape in a very comfortable oast house with lovely countryside views, pool & tennis courts

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a great week in the oast house. Our adult children stayed over the weekend and enjoyed using the tennis court. Very spacious holiday property with lovely views, very comfortable four poster bed and well equipped kitchen. Very useful having 2 living areas so anyone not wanting to watch TV could escape into a different room. We had exceptionally good weather for early May and therefore managed to make use of the pool as well as the tennis courts, Had a very nice meal at the Horse and Groom, Rushlake Green and afternoon tea at Fir Trees Tea Room in Penshurst, near Tunbridge Wells. Appreciated the home made apple juice & jam in fridge on arrival plus other goodies left by Fiona & Robert for our arrival. I'd recommend it for families and groups of friends.

  • Review Submitted: May 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a nice time, it is very useful having 2 living areas, and as both have TV and DVD you can escape what the children are watching. We've also got Wifi and Wifi boosters in the upstairs bedrooms. This lovely weather has meant the pool is lovely and warm too.
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Great accommodation, comfortable and well appointed

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a week in late August and were very pleased. The Oast house was clean, comfortable and well appointed. We had our own garden, tennis court, and pool-though the weather didn't permit our taking full advantage on this stay. Our host, Fiona and Robert, were very welcoming-as we had shipped some specialty foods items in advance that awaited our arrival. Located in the beautiful East Sussex countryside it was initially a little difficult to locate, but after a quick phone call to our host redirected us to our comfortable vacation home.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were delighted to welcome our American guests, and the shipping of the food was no problem at all. We are only 90 mins from Heathrow airport, 60 mins from Gatwick airport, and 60 mins from Newhaven Ferry Port for our visitors from abroad.
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Nice old charming house with pool and tennis court

  • 5 of 5

Oast house is a charming old house with lots of space for a big family. The big beds in the oast house were the pleasure of the children. They felt like prince and princess.

We spent a lot of time on the tennis court and the pool, when the weather was good and luckily we had some very nice sunny days.

The owners are very friendly and helpful and the two dogs were a great pleasure to the children. They were always looking for them.

The kitchen is big and well equipped with all electrical appliances you need.

The surrounding area is lovely and peaceful with a lot of birds, sheep etc.

The beach is not far away and we had a lot of fun collecting piles of shells and stones in every shape and colour.

At Heathfield we found three groceries where we got everything what we needed.

It was a nice relaxing holiday that we enjoyed.

Jochen, Conny, Lea(11) and Daniel(8) from Germany

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so delighted our guests had a good time, as we have just replaced all our bed linen this year and it is really beautiful. The super kingsize 4 poster bed is always a winner, and the children often think it is a fairy princess sort of room…We hope you will come again
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A wonderful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week here. The property are gardens are beautiful, and we had such fun on the tennis court and in the swimming pool. Fiona and Robert were very friendly and there were lots of thoughtful welcoming touches at the house. We highly recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so pleased you had a good holiday, lovely to see people enjoying the tennis court so much and swimming too. We hope you'll think of us again on a future occasion.
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Spacious and comfortable Oast House

  • 5 of 5

This was a lovely tranquil and beautiful setting. The gardens well maintained and the family enjoyed the pool and the tennis court. The owners and neighbours were very welcoming and a lovely box of goodies greeted us on our arrival. The house was spacious and plenty of room for everyone. Superb walks, countryside, beach, historical interests, pubs etc. We were also very lucky with the weather. Great holiday, thanks!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so pleased our guests had a lovely time, the Oast is in a beautiful, peaceful place and it does seem to relax people and give them a good time. Ofcourse they can also swim, play tennis, go for walks and runs and have an active holiday too.
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Peaceful weekend in beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

Just came back from a lovely weekend at the Oast house, beautiful house, lovely grounds and garden, Swimming pool was nice, but a little cold. We are seven friends and the house proved a great place to relax and catch up, also very well equipped for cooking meals, great entertainment space, we stayed in and place a murder mystery game one night, also battle just a few minutes away which we spent a very pleasant afternoon wondering around, lots of little interesting shops. Monty the dog was also a very welcome visitor, great weekend break.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad our guests enjoyed themselves, the pool is heated but as the weather has been a little cool this May and June it has not been able to reach the usual temperatures..high time the usual gorgeous summer sun returns to Sussex.
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Nearest Airport
38 Miles
London Gatwick
Nearest Barpub
0.7 Miles
The Swan, Woods Corner
Nearest Ferry
26 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Horam Park
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Etchingham or Battle
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
11 Miles
Pevensey Bay
Car: necessary

Dallington is in an area of outstanding natural beauty, close to the historic town of Battle, where the battle of Hastings was fought in 1066, as well as other historical attractions including Bodiam Castle, Herstmonceux Castle and Pevensey Castle. East Sussex has many beautiful gardens open to the public including Great Dixter, Michelham Priory, Merriments, Pashley Manor and Batemans. The countryside is breathtaking and marvellously unspoilt with rolling hills and lovely walks. The beach at Pevensey is close by, or Bexhill and the fishermans huts at Hastings, beautiful Rye or a little further away Winchelsea. Not far away are Glyndebourne, home of world famous opera, as well as the homes of the Bloomsbury set including Charlston, visit the lovely villages of Alfriston and Firle and walk along the South Downs. We have 4 bicycles which we rent to guests so they can enjoy the beautiful countryside as well as get fit/ work up a healthy appetite for a pub lunch in one of the lovely pubs nearby. Closer to us are the lovely local villages of Brightling, Robertsbridge and Burwash. Visit Lewes and try the famous Harveys bitter.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Heathfield, East Sussex

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
May half term
21 May 2016 - 31 May 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jun 2016 - 30 Jun 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
July and August
1 Jul 2016 - 31 Aug 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £350

SHORT BREAKS: Short 2 day breaks are charged at 60% of the full weekly rental. Please contact owner to discuss short stays.

During the special offer the full rental amount is required to confirm your reservation. Once received, your dates will be reserved and no other bookings will be made.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Wealden in East Sussex

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Baby Gate
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Tiled Stove
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 1 on the ground floor is a shower room with lavatory and basin Bathroom 2 on the top floor has a bath with shower attachment, lavatory and basin.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 4 poster bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , A cot is placed just outside this bedroom
  • Bedroom 1: The master bedroom in the top of the roundel with the vast 4 poster bed, covered with a gorgeous throw and lovely Egyptian cotton linen, for pure romance and fairy tale living this is a dream come true. Bedroom 2: On the ground floor of the roundel is a large double bedroom with a double bed and brass headboard and lovely old furniture, including a large chest of drawers, drop leaf table and an elegant desk with bookcase on top. Luxury linen. Windows look out over the garden. There is hanging space next to the bedroom in the under-stairs cupboard. Bedroom 3: A large and beautiful room with a high beamed ceiling and little chandelier. There are 2 elegant single beds with white iron headboards and one child’s bed (just a few inches smaller than a single). The linen on all the beds is Egyptian cotton.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • 7 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
We offer luxury Pampering and Exercise weekends & breaks at the Oast, these include Lotte Berk ballet barre method exercise classes ('Ballet boot camp' - ref Sunday Times article 31/3/13), as well as beauty and massage treatments. These weekends can be booked either self catered, or catered with delicious home cooked food, for additional luxury These weekends can be tailor made to your request. Visit our website www.littlebucksteepoast.co.uk PLEASE REFER TO THE 'DESCRIPTION' SECTION TO SEE GUEST REVIEWS

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