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Large Sunny Garden And Terrace, With Chairs And Table For Dining Al Fresco



Updated: 05-May-2017
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Bookable online

About the property

House in Wilmington, Nr. Alfriston, Sussex, England - The House Is Set In The Heart Of The Sleepy Village Of Wilmington, Five Miles From The Coast

Apart from wonderful walks, a gastro pub and a beautiful church, next to the 11thcentury priory, Wilmington is also famous for The Long Man, a chalk figure carved into the cliff, and known as The Mysterious Guardian of the South Downs. The beautiful village of Alfriston, with its shops and tea rooms, is no more than a 45 minute amble across the fields, taking in the lovely Sussex Ox pub en route. Pond Cottage was once three cottages, and the layout, although beautifully refurbished,

reflects this. The interior is a charming tumble of beams, cosy rooms and inglenook fireplaces in the main sitting room. The house has oil-fired central heating, a gas fire in the sitting/dining room, and an Aga in the kitchen. There are three televisions downstairs, and two upstairs - in bedrooms 1 & 4. The house also has wi-fi.

I would strongly advise anybody looking at Pond Cottage to look at my website

www.cuckmerevalleybandb.co.uk - far more detail is on there. And do contact me shoudl you need any more help. Thanks so much. Jane

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About the Owner

Ms Jane Felstead
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
5 May, 2017

About Ms Jane Felstead


Guestbook comments from the owner

This is the first year of offering the house to guests, so as yet we have no comments.
Feb 2013
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Guestbook comments from the owner

This is the first year of offering the house to guests, so as yet we have no comments.
Feb 2013
  • 1 of 1

6 Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)


A beautiful picture postcard cottage, perfect location for country walks and strolls on the beach

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and 6 children and boarder collie have just returned from a most relaxing holiday in Wilmington ( yes that is possible with 6 kids). Pond cottage is warm, cute and cosy but still spacious for all the family. The beds are so comfy and the cottage is stocked with all the games, dvds, cds the kids could wish for. The well equipped kitchen made life easy and I loved the aga. The garden is a great size for the dog and kids to work of energy.

A lovely pub on your door step serving great food and idilic walks too.

Less than 20 min to the nearest beach (seafood). A perfect location.

Great communication with Jane. Thank you for sharing your lovely home. Frances

  • Review Submitted: Nov 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A charming cottage in a lovely location

  • 5 of 5

Pond Cottage is a charming period cottage on a fairly quiet lane close to Eastbourne. The ground floor is very spacious and suited our family group perfectly. There is a good sized living room equipped with plenty of games for the children (and adults); and a wood burner which my husband loved and kept us cosy in the awful weather. The kitchen is well equipped and there is a nice large dining table for meals. There are plenty of books, cds and dvds to keep everyone happy. The garden is a good size and well fenced and our dog loved it. Outside there is a bbq and large table but sadly we did not have the weather to take advantage of this. The bedrooms are a little quirky as one bedroom is located through a small door in the bathroom and another is located by walking through the first bedroom. This was not an issue for our group as we are all family but it could be for some people. The beds are very comfortable and our elderly parents slept well in them with no aches or pains. The family bathroom is a good size and there is a downstairs shower room too.

The house is decorated with a very large number of pictures and ornaments. This was fine for us but if we had had very young children I think I would have been worried about something getting broken. We found them very interesting and I wish I had had more time to talk to Jane and find out some history of the house and area. (sadly Jane was away for much of our visit although she did meet my brother in the garden.)

The area has some lovely places to visit, we went to the coast a lot as the scenery is fantastic, had tea at Alfriston and took the children to Druisillas which is a really good day out.

When we came to leave my twelve year old was devastated and asked if we could go and live there full time! I would recommend this cottage to anyone looking for a peaceful retreat near the coast and I would like to return again sometime.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Totally gorgeous

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for a long weekend with a group of friends and it was beautiful. The garden is lovely to sit out in on a sunny afternoon, the cottage interior is so comfortable and some of the best beds we'd slept in.

Great position for some water activities at Cuckmere Haven and there is a great pub just down the road.

I'd definitely recommend a visit to this property.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a superb holiday in the perfect down land village of Wilmington. The cottage is chocolate box material. Thatched roof and roses round the door. Everything is how it should be in a holiday home with super comfy beds and attention to detail throughout the house. The location is sublime just by the Long Man of Wilmington and on the South Downs way. The best tea rooms in Sussex are a mile away in Litlington and the beautiful village of Alfriston is just down the road. We were surrounded by fantastic pubs and not far from Eastbourne and 15/20 minutes to Lewes. This is the second time we have stayed at this property and can thoroughly recommend it for its superb quality and location.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely holiday home

  • 4 of 5

We have just returned from a lovely holiday at Pond cottage. It's a well equipped cottage with many homely features. We were one of two families holidaying together with young children. The children were very excited and loved the cosy bedrooms with differing access points. It may be a problem for some guests having joining rooms, but it's fine for families (with or with out children) or groups of friends. The garden was perfect for the children to play in and for eating outside. Many thanks to the owner for the cake upon arrival!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Pond Cottage

  • 4 of 5

A charming, very well appointed and comfortable country cottage situated in the quiet South Downs village of Wilmington, a ten minute walk from the famous "Long Man" chalk figure.

The owner made us very welcome ensuring some necessary groceries were provided for our arrival. The kitchen was well equipped with modern appliances and the spacious lounge and dining room were both well furnished, warm and friendly. We were just four adults and though the four bedrooms were equipped to provide quiet and comfortable sleeping for eight persons we could see that with two of the bedrooms conjoined and sharing the main bathroom with another smaller bedroom there could be some privacy issues with a larger group. We thoroughly enjoyed our weeks stay in Pond Cottage, making good use of the large garden and picnic area, and finding our car fairly essential for shopping and sightseeing in the historic and scenic surrounding areas. We would highly recommend this property for those looking for a quiet, comfortable and relaxing stay in the country.

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Gatwick at 35 Miles Nearest Barpub : Pub, 3 minute walk at 1 Miles Nearest Ferry : Newhaven at 12 Miles Nearest Golf : East Sussex at 15 Miles Nearest Train : Polegate at 2 Miles Nearest Motorway : A27 at 1 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Alfriston or Milton St at 2 Miles Nearest Ski : Dry Ski at 25 Miles Nearest Beach : Seaford at 6 Miles Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

There is plenty to do in this peaceful part of Sussex. Glynebourne, the famous opera house, is 10 miles away. Charleston Farmhouse, once home to the Bloomsbury Group is about four miles away. For anybody interested in art, there are many art courses run in and around the area, and some of the Bloomsbury Group's work can be seen in the church at Berwick, also four miles away.


Cuckmere Valley, with its meandering walk along the side the river to the sea, is about 4/5 miles away. A haven for wildlife it is an easy stroll. Eastbourne is about four miles east - and Seaford about four miles west. Both offer interesting shops and facilities.


Gatwick is the closest airport at about 45 minutes, and there is also a train to Polegate which takes under an hour. Heathrow is about 90 minutes distance. Newhaven, with it's ferry links to Dieppe, is about 15 miles away. The use of a car is recommended.


Alfriston, with its post office and grocery shop, tea rooms, gift shops and characterful pubs, is a five minute drive by car. Alfriston is also home to Wingrove House, an exceptionally good restaurant with rooms. Littlington, with its old fashioned tea rooms and gardens is also nearby. Polegate is about 10 minutes, and Lewes - which is the county town of Sussex , steeped in fascinating history and well worth a visit - is about 20 minutes away.

Further Details:

The nearby market town of Hailsham (10 minutes by car) offers all 4 main banks, plus supermarkets - and a little cinema. There are also a few nice little take away restaurants for when nobody fancies cooking.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid season
22 May 2017 - 26 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season 2
7 Sep 2017 - 18 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
19 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Booking Notes:
Please look at the live booking calendar on the website which also has the email address of the property, or email via Owners Direct.
For booking and further information please send an enquiry to the owner

Changeover Day:
Changeover days are generally on Friday, but during the low/mid season short stays can be arranged – e.g. Mon-Friday or Friday - Monday

Notes on prices:
Televisions with Freeview and one with Sky.
Parking at the front of property
All linens and towels
A welcome hamper of essentials.

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.
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Updated: 05-May-2017


Property Type

  • cottage


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Dining Area


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Large family bathroom with bath/shower serves bedrooms 1 & 2. It also has direct access to bed 3 if desired. Bed 4, with its own staircase, uses the shower room with lavatory, just off the sitting room downstairs.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bed 1, traditionally known as a 'Virgin's Room', has a double bed.Bed 2 also has a double bed. Bed 3 has a small double bed. Bed 4 has a double bed, which can split into two singles. Bed 3 & 4 are served by another staircase further into the house.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome


  • Notes on accommodation: As the owner lives nearby, meals on arrival can be arranged, as can babysitting. Prices on request. Outside: A terrace runs around the back of the property, with a table and chairs for 8. The garden to the rear is west-facing and well stocked with plants and shrubs. The owner - although not always in residence - lives on the property in separate accommodation, and can arrange for supper etc on arrival, as well as babysitting. Utility Room: Has a hanging drying rack and tumble dryer, fridge and separate freezer and two oven electric cooker. Outside, there is a smaller utility room with sink and washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included, and the property will be cleaned before arrival and at the end of each week - with a change of linens and towels. Other: Through from the front door is the small sitting room/dining room, with a large inglenook with gas fire and table for eight, plus a TV. This leads to the small study, and through again to the large sitting room, also with large flat screen television.

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