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The Forge - Idyllic country cottage ideal for romantic get away or family breaks



Updated: 15-Nov-2016
Beautiful upgraded two bedroom cottage on the base of the South Downs

The property is situated on the base of the South Downs. It has two large bedroom sleeping four people in total. The master bedroom has plenty of hanging and storage space and has fixed double bed with bedside cabinets, while the 2nd bedroom has a zip and link bed so can be set up as a double or two singles.

There is a large open plan living space with kitchen, dinning and lounge area which we believe has a wow factor. It is fuelled by a log burner (as well as having central heating). Outside there is a picturesque pond which you can sit by as well as a courtyard area for outside dinning. The property is has recently been modernised to a high specification, there is Sky TV, a Bluetooth music player, dvds, games and books available if you decide to stay in.

The property has a garage and also has additional room for parking.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Pets considered
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

We are a family of four, Giles (old), Katie (not as old), Iona (8 months) and Adam (four) who have recently moved to Eastbourne having visited for many years. We love the cottage and often decamp there when it is not booked as it is very peaceful and relaxing and convenient for local walks and cycling, plus good pubs for Sunday lunches.

Katie and my passion is sea swimming so if you visit the beach at Eastbourne you are likely to see us bobbing around out at sea irrespective of the weather. We have are an unusual couple as we have both swum the English Channel.

Adam goes to school locally and like to help with "check ins" as it gives him an excuse to come and feed the fish.

Between us we have good insider knowledge so can point you to he best places to eat, rest and play.

Speaks English

7 Reviews

based on 7 holidaymaker reviews


lovely cottage under the downs

  • 5 of 5

Well laid out cottage nestling right under the downs. Very comfortable with two large bedrooms, a large bathroom and a lovely sitting room and kitchen area. There was everything we needed. We were particularly attracted by the wood burner and that made it very cosy. Giles was very welcoming and explained everything and was very easy to deal with. There is a lovely pond in the front and sitting area at the back. We were thrilled to be able to walk up on to the downs directly from the house. I'd recommend this cottage and hope to come again.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The Forge Eatsbourne.

  • 5 of 5

The Forge is probable the most idyllic place we have stayed. Location is fabulous, a number of lovely walks to nearby villages with pubs for lunch/dinner. The Pond, Garden and accommodation are beyond reproach. It's a place we want to visit again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We are glad you had an enjoyable stay and look forward to welcoming you back.
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Beautiful property in great location

  • 4 of 5

I don't know about others, but I normally find that the pictures of a property up for rent are taken from such an angle that they give a false impression of a property. Not this one! We were delighted that the photos were entirely accurate and it was a lovely property in a gorgeous setting.

The property is located at the edge of Wannock - which is four miles from the centre of Eastbourne. It is in a private close of a few similar properties, and, as will be seen from the photos the front looks over a pond with a duck house. Ducks were spotted during the stay. Facilities for a BBQ were also present - plus a natural fire if you wanted with wood provided!

The description was entirely accurate regarding accommodation, facilities etc and it was clean. There was Sky TV plus a selection of DVDs and games. Do be aware that the garage is a little small so whilst we managed to get an Auris in it, the Prius was 6 inches too long. That being said there was space alongside the garage so no problem there. Wifi was free.

There are pubs nearby - plus within a mile or so a Tesco express and M & S food outlet - and in Eastbourne all the usual facilities plus beach. The cuckoo trail for cycling was nearby - and easy access to Beachy Head.

The only thing that prevented us giving 5 stars was a few minor items of detail which should easily be addressed. These include:

• Freezer totally frost bound

• Shower didn't have a door

• Mirror in first bedroom was lent against the wall

• 1 inch gap under first bedroom door meant sounds from kitchen easily reached bedroom

• No wardrobes in bedroom 2 (although lots in bedroom 1!)

Overall property recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great cottage for a country break

  • 5 of 5

This is lovely little cottage in a quiet location on the edge of the South Downs. Great for a cycle on the Cuckoo trail, a trip to the beautiful Seven Sisters country park, or the beach at Eastbourne.

Cottage has a lovely living room and two good sized bedroom but the star is the stunning garden, perfect for a BBQ in the sunshine!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and I stayed in the cottage because, as walkers, it is a short walk from a spur of the South Downs Way. The flint-stone cottage was delightful; warm, and cosy with all the amenities that we required for our stay.

Richard Tricker, October 2015

  • Review Submitted: Feb 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Calmness and bliss

  • 5 of 5

We were surprised how beautiful and spacious the cottage was and had a lovely weekend there. It was convivial and all the fixtures and furniture were of high standard. It was easy to drive into Eastbourne and enjoy the lovely restaurants there as well as do some amazing walks in the Southdowns - the path started just a few metres from the cottage. I would highly recommend this cottage! We will definitely be back...

  • Review Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We love this property due to the location. For us it has the perfect mix of being rural peaceful, rural and so close to the South Downs and country pubs, whilst only being a mile walk from Polegate railway station with its shops good links to London and four miles to Eastbourne with its beach and numerous amenities. It is also very well maintained with everything of a high specification so you do feel spoilt when staying there. It also has log burner which manages to heat the whole cottage in the winter.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Gatwick Airport at 70 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : The Eight Bells at 1 Kilometres Nearest Train : Polegate at 1 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : M23 at 20 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : The Eight Bells at 1 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Eastbourne at 7 Kilometres Car: recommended

The property is only a stones throw away from the South Downs, the National Park, where there are a variety of scenic walks or cycles that you can take from your doorstep. With the famous Beachy Head and Cuckmere Haven eight miles away.

It lies on the outskirts of Wannock a quiet village and only a mile from Polegate which has a railway station, good shops and takeaways.

There are many country pubs nearby and picturesque villages to visit.

It is only four miles from Eastbourne with its pier, miles of beaches, marina, theatres, cinemas, shops, restaurants, pubs and numerous activities for children.

London is 90 minutes away by car and less by train making day trips easily accessible and Brighton is within 25 minutes away.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
16 Dec 2016 - 29 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £50
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

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Updated: 15-Nov-2016
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From the Owner

The cottage has a wonderful garden with a pond filled with water that flows from the South Downs and a courtyard suntrap for outside dining. Inside there is a lovely open plan area fuelled by a log burner. There is also good parking.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 1000 sq. ft.


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom is newly fitted out and has a large bath and separate shower. There is also underfloor heating.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot, Travel cot available on request
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, Zip and link bed can be set up as double or single
  • Two bedroom one large double room with built in wardrobes running along the length of the room. Large double bed and two bedside cabinets. Second bedroom is also a double with zip and link bed which can be set up as a double or two singles. There is a bedside cabinet a large chest of draws and hanging rail.

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