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Oast Houses and Annexe

Bedrooms 5
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Oast and Annexe in Battle, East Sussex, England - Countryside Location Excellent views. 7 Minutes to Battle Town

Rising like fairy-tale turrets throughout Kent and Sussex, the British oast is a well-loved feature of the countryside that happens to make a great home too. We can sleep from 2 to 10 people. We can accommodate up to 8 adults and 2 older children.

There is a large living area, modern stone bathroom and full kitchen facilities. The floors are oak boarded or stone and both the bedroom and living rooms of the annexe have large glass double doors which open onto the garden. The historic market town of Battle is a 7 minute drive away. The property is in a quiet location with beautiful views over the countryside and includes a lawn area, ideal for barbecues.

We have many family parties and celebrations at the holiday let, but property is not suitable for loud parties with loud music. If you think your party will be loud, this is not the property for you.

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Michael Townsend
Member since: 2010
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Calendar last updated:
17 May, 2018

About Michael Townsend

We live just outside Battle, England, in the beautiful Ashbourne Oast which we purchased in December 2008. We both own and run What’s On Magazine - an independent company established for 16 years. We enjoy living here because of its proximity to the beautiful historic town of Battle, it gives us the peace of the countryside with easy access to the coast and larger towns of Eastbourne and Tunbridge Wells for shopping. London can be reached easily by the local mainline stations.

Michael Townsend purchased this farmhouse in 2008

Why Michael Townsend chose Battle

The large property is a twin Oast House and Barn conversion with an attached Annexe, set in 2 acres of land down a short track from the main road.

The property offers all the benefits of the peaceful countryside with easy access to local and regional towns. It is set in an elevated position and has far reaching views of the surrounding countryside.

What makes this farmhouse unique

The British oast is a well-loved feature of the countryside that happens to make a great home too.

So what is an oast? For visitors from overseas, the distinctive circular towers with conical roofs can be quite a surprising sight. Oasts were the farm buildings where hops were traditionally dried out and packed for our brewing industry from the 16th century onwards.

The word actually refers to the attached barn, where the hop press was situated, while the tower where the hops were dried should properly be called the kiln or roundel. The roundel acted like a chimney. A charcoal-fired kiln was built at the bottom, and above were two or three thin floors where the hops were spread, through which the heat could pass, before disappearing through the white-painted cowl on the top.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Really enjoyed the tranquil setting and lovely views and sense of retreat from the hubbub of city life. The house was really comfortable and tastefully furnished and the garden was ideal for the kids to run around. For me the best part was the location: so well placed to visit countless castles, gardens and family attractions around Kent and East Sussex which made it ideal for our week-long stay.

Regards, Jason and Alex Fletcher (plus Nina and Casper)

We really enjoyed our stay the other week the oast was very nice and we had a very relaxing week, looking forward to staying again in the summer

Sandra and Gil Allchin

I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our stay last weekend.

We couldn't have wished for a better setting and a fabulous house to stay in and there was so much for the grandchildren to do. They couldn't believe how much space they had to run around in and enjoy the countryside on their doorstep.

Feb 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Battle in Ashburnham

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:30
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • Annexe & West Wing bathrooms in stone, modern white and chrome fittings. Modern showers, Heated towel rail. Mirror, bathroom cabinet. Oak beamed ceiling. Each bedroom has ensuite bathroom with bath.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Flexible accommodation up to 10 people Notes on bedrooms: We have 4 bedrooms with king size beds & ensuite. (8 adults) The 5th bedroom is a twin suitable for 2 children as not large & does not have ensuite. Rooms (except twin) have TVs. DVD players, Bedside lamps. Wardrobe/Armoire/drawer units. Also 1 sofa bed.
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Notes on accommodation: Pets not accepted. No smoking in the property. We have many family parties and celebrations at the holiday let, but property is not suitable for loud parties with loud music. If you think your party will be loud, this is not the property for you. We have neighbours close by to consider and so would not like noise levels to become excessive. Outside: Outdoor garden and lawn area with picnic table. Roses, and other mature trees and shrubs surround the annexe. Gravel drive with private entrance and easy parking. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included. Towels changed once a week. Bedlinen changed once a week. Other:


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Oast Houses and Annexe
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 7 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This was a family get together in February of 10 people over 3 nights to celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary, a 75th birthday, an 18th birthday and a 7th birthday ! The Oast Houses and Annex are very spacious, beautifully furnished and superbly equipped throughout. It has real old world charm and was warm and cosy despite the low temperatures outside. After our journey down to East Sussex we received a very warm, friendly welcome from the proprietors who had everything set up and waiting for us at our chosen time of arrival. It is wonderfully situated situated in a quiet location yet in easy reach of Battle, Herstmonceux Castle, Bexhill-on-Sea, Hastings, etc. Great walking countryside and the local pubs were particularly good. The accommodation was everything that we had hoped for, plus more. We even had the weather to go with it. Yet in summer months it would be equally good with a garden sitting area and and cool stone / marble floors. Cannot wait to go back.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind comments and we look forward to welcoming you again soon!
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Stunning property and scenery. The accommodation was spacious and high quality.

  • 5 of 5

We received a very warm welcome from the owners. There are beautiful gardens in which to relax, and the house is very well appointed. The size means that no-one feels on top of each other, but there is plenty of room to get together to celebrate. A very good location for generations of families to meet together.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Colchester, UK

Very large, comfortable country house in beautiful countryside

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Ashbourne Oast. It was beautifully furnished, very comfortable and had lots of space for the kids to run around in. Importantly at this time of year - it was also very warm. The surrounding countryside is quite beautiful and it was lovely to be able to walk down the farm track to enjoy it without getting into the car.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house in a superb location

  • 5 of 5

We used the house as the location to celebrate our Ruby wedding with our two daughters their husbands and our four grandchildren. The four bedrooms in the main house are located such that the children slept in rooms close to their parents. We had our own bedroom in the annex linked internally to the main house.

The dining room was perfect for our anniversary dinner and the lounge for relaxing after dinner drinks.

The children loved the freedom that Michael and Anna gave them to explore the grounds.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Dad's 80th birthday weekend

  • 5 of 5

Our family party of 8 stayed at this fabulous oast house to celebrate my Dad being "80 years young " We had a lovely weekend. The house was beautiful and in a wonderful location, especially as Dad was born in Battle and Mum in Hastings. It was just right for us as Mum and Dad had the annexe which was excellent as it was all on one level and the rest of us had the lovely rooms upstairs. The house was truly luxurious in a very peaceful location with plenty to do and see nearby. A real trip down memory lane for us all. Thank you to the owners for letting us share their very special place.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: September 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing location for a weekend break

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for three nights in May this year as a group of 7 and had the most wonderful, relaxing time. The location is really perfect for getting away, there is no sound pollution and the scenery is stunning. We were more than happy with the beautiful interior and gardens and loved that there were 2 living rooms, the boys watched sport in one while the girls watched films in the other! All of the bedrooms are gorgeous and were so comfortable. Michael was incredibly helpful and made the stay very easy. We will definitely be booking again. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beaches at Eastbourne, Bexhill-on-Sea and Hastings are about 15 to 20 minutes drive. The sandy beach at Camber is 25 -30 minutes drive. These beaches are also popular with kite flyers and surfers.


7 minutes drive from Battle train station with regular trains to London. 50 minutes drive from Eurostar at Ashford International. 1 hour from London Gatwick airport. 1 hour 30 minutes from London Heathrow airport. 45 minutes from Lydd airport.


7 minutes drive to Battle. 7 minutes drive to Herstmonceux. 20 minutes drive to Bexhill-on-Sea. 20 minutes drive to Hastings. 25 minutes drive to Rye. 30 minutes drive to Eastbourne. 30 minutes drive to Tenterden. 40 minutes drive to Tunbridge Wells.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Battle, Sussex

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
New Year
28 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £50

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner for details.

Changeover Day:

Notes on prices:
Prices quoted above are in UK pounds for 5 bedrooms.
Reductions may apply during certain periods.
50% deposit secures booking.
Balance of payment due 2 weeks before arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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