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Wonderful Oak Beamed Cottage With Beautiful Garden & Footpaths to South Downs



Updated: 07-Dec-2016
Idyllic Country Cottage near South Downs National Park, Village of Hurstpierpoint, Brighton& Beaches - Peaceful Setting nr. Hickstead, Popular Area for Cycling, Golf, Fishing, Horse Riding, Birdwatching

Built using reclaimed oak beams the cottage is set in a beautiful tranquil garden. It has recently been refurbished with five bedrooms, three with ensuite bathrooms and two bedrooms with own bathrooms. The rooms are nicely spaced out which could suit two families. The main lounge has a TV, comfy sofas and armchairs and the dining room has another sitting area around the inglenook fireplace. There is a mesmerising fish tank in the breakfast area of the kitchen. “Highly recommended, we had a great time” We had a fantastic stay. The house is really beautiful and has everything you could think you would need and more! Ruth is an amazing host and very helpful. During our stay we went to Goodwood racecourse and had trips into Brighton. The station is about 10 mins away but there is a taxi rank based there so very easy to get to. There are lots of local nice walks and the garden is lovely with a great BBQ. Lots of room for a big group and ideal for families and groups of friends

  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We have lived here for over 20 years. We travelled extensively before settling here and absolutely love it.

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Speaks English, Spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a fabulous week in your gorgeous house.We all felt like we had our own space and have been really comfortable. We will be back!

A fantastic setting to bid farewell to England before emigrating.

Excellent accommodation.

Wonderful house. Loved it!

'Beautiful house, very comfy & peaceful. Had a wonderful stay, thank you for your hospitality and warm welcome.'

'Ideal family weekend, Thanks'

'Fantastic house, we had a wonderful stay'

Did the cottage live up to your expectations?'Very much so. Beautiful house and wonderful setting. It is perfect for 8+people as we didn't feel on top of one another! The barbeque outside was a fantastic way to spend an evening.'

'How lovely it was to meet you and to stay in your lovely home. Everything was perfect and so restful'

'A very comfortable, wintery stay!'

'We had a wonderful stay, and felt that we had been away on a mini holiday'

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Apr 2013
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9 Reviews

based on 9 holidaymaker reviews


Wonderful vacation home for large group

  • 5 of 5

The Mill was such a great house for our family trip to England. We have family in Hurstpierpoint, only about 10 minutes away. We were hoping to get away without having a car, but you really need a vehicle for this location, as it is truly out in the country. The setting was just perfect for grilling on the patio, and cool summer nights outside. We had 3 families (2 young kids) and a few adults. We loved walking the footpaths, which provided an even better view of the Downs. The Ginger Fox Restaurant is a few minutes away (by car) and was simply the best meal we had during our entire stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent property and lovely owners

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of 4 adults and 3 children. We stayed at the Hill for 10 lovely days commencing on April 14th, 2016.

The Hill is a wonderful listing to stay with a beautiful and a spacious garden.

The property was clean, very well equipped and maintained.

Ruth was a lovely hostess, very concerned, with remarkable personality.

I will certainly recommend the Hill to friends and relatives.

We enjoyed The Ginger Fox Restaurant, The Royal Oak pub with its variety of food and friendly environment. Visiting the small villages and towns was some experience.

  • Review Submitted: May 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This beautiful, tranquil cottage suited our group,aged 5 years to 90 years,perfectly.We all thoroughly enjoyed our week there and would love to return.Ruth is a delight and very helpful, we appreciated the welcome goodies, which we ate at the large garden table, enjoying the view, many barbecues followed.

Henfield downs link disused railway line was ideal for both adults and children to cycle. Washbrook farm also enjoyed by the children.

We ate out at Baloos, the royal oak and the Bull at Ditchling all good, but the barbecues and meals we had in The Mills

garden,were the children could play and we could all relax and be together,were hard to beat.

Thank you Ruth,John and Sam.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are pleased you all had such a good time here, we too enjoyed having you as guests, you are more than welcome back any time. Best wishes, Ruth & family.
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Impressive Perfection

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of seven outgoing Londoners (late 20s, early 30s) - we stayed at The Mill over a long August weekend.

The property itself is stunning, maintained with impressive precision and Ruth and her family showed us a warm sense of hospitality. The grounds were picturesque, sculpted and provided plenty of space to walk around (enough to get lost in your surroundings).

I should also mention that it is the perfect location if you do fancy a night out or two with Brighton around 20 minutes away by taxi - it really does give you the best of both.

Ruth has thought of everything - from the rustic tyre tree swing as you drive up the gravel, to a nostalgic selection of board games, a brilliant gas BBQ, country yet modern kitchen and nearly as many bathrooms as we had people, we even managed to source the equipment to have a post BBQ rounders match! There is no way you won't enjoy this - highly recommended for a chilled out weekend with the opportunity to still enjoy a late night out!

Thanks Ruth!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent large character cottage and gardens

  • 5 of 5

This is an excellent place to stay with plenty of space to relax away from it all. Large comfortable living rooms and beautifully decorated bedrooms, all with either ensuites or individual bathrooms. Well-equipped kitchen and particularly good patio area where we enjoyed several BBQs overlooking the gardens and woodland. Lots of car parking. We did walks from the house and along the South Downs, went to the seaside and Bluebell Railway and there are a multitude of other things to do in the area. The owner is the perfect host, charming, helpful and informative but never intrusive. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning cottage in beautiful countryside

  • 5 of 5

You couldn't find fault with The Mill as a place to enjoy the beautiful south downs. The bedrooms were all stylish with modern bathrooms and the main living areas were full of charm and character, but laid out in such a way that our large party were very comfortable and could easily eat and relax all together. The landlady was lovely and left treats for us when we arrived. Brighton was close by for day trips but we were really lucky that the weather was perfect for outdoor activities on the downs. We'd highly recommend The Mill for your holiday!

  • Review Submitted: May 22, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We fell in love and with the cottage and couldn't believe we had found such a beautiful home. It has a wonderful garden with adjoining footpaths leading to the South Downs and it is great to be able to go for great walks without needing to use the car. We are also very well located with London an hour away by train and close to Brighton and Gatwick. The area has everything from beautiful country side, and pretty villages, close to the sea, the buzz of Brighton and so many activities - tennis, swimming, golf, riding, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing.

Activity and Interests


Beaches from 20 minutes by car, Brighton and Hove seafront or Shoreham beach, kite surfing, wind surfing, surfing, water skiing, canoeing or just swimming and sunbathing. Walking and cycling along the promenade and right along to Rottingdean at foot of cliffs or along the cliff top is great.


You need a car to get here. Gatwick is approximately 20minutes drive away. Hassocks station approximately 10 minutes away with regular trains to London and Brighton. Newhaven approximately 30 minutes away and has daily ferries to France (Dieppe).


Hurstpierpoint 3 miles by car, Henfield 4 miles by car, Brighton 10 miles, Gatwick 20 miles. Singing Hills Golf Cub 2 miles, Hickstead Showground 2.4 miles. The Dyke Golf Club 5 miles, Brighton Marina 12 miles. Bluebell Railway approximately 30mins. Glyndebuorne approximately 30 minutes away.

Further Details:

Wickwoods Country Club is just two minutes down the lane where you can enjoy their great restaurant, relax on the terrace with a latte and a newspaper or treat your selves to a spa day. Swains is a great local farm shop, also very convenient is a 24 hour M & S Food on A23, there are many wonderful local shops in Hurstpierpoint and Henfield just a few minutes away. There area also many tea shops and great restaurants, local pubs with heartwarming food. The Ginger Fox at the bottom of our lane, the Royal Oak at Wineham, the Bull at Henfield, The Green Man at Partridge Green, the New Inn at Hurstpierpoint, Napur Indian restaurant Hurst, Castle Inn Chinese restaurant at Hickstead to name a few. There is an abundance of choice in Brighton.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Pre Christmas Break
16 Dec 2016 - 20 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
New Year
29 Dec 2016 - 4 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
10 Apr 2017 - 18 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
14 Jul 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
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 £1,000

Booking Notes:
A 30% deposit is required to book and the balance is due 8 weeks prior to arrival. A fully refundable security deposit is required of £500 for a booking of up to 5 people and £1000 for up to 10 people.The person in charge of the booking and guests must be over 25 years of age at the time of booking. We do not accept Stag or Hen parties. Short breaks are available, please contact us to check availability and details. You can pay by PayPal but they charge 3.4% to use their service.
There is an additional charge for Bank Holiday weekends, the rate depends on the date and will be advised at time of enquiry.
Changeover Day:
Flexible but generally Friday is the changeover day.

Notes on prices:
Please contact us to check pricing for short breaks. We are already getting alot of bookings so please email/call to check availability.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

Walking on the South Downs with the great network of footpaths is one of the great pleasures of staying here. The local villages are a great pleasure to visit and enjoy their pretty cafés and interesting shops.There are some wonderful restaurants and cosy pubs in the surrounding area and a fantastic country club and golf club nearby.The short drive to Brighton where there are great walks/bike rides along the front,sailing at Brighton Marina or dinghy sailing and windsurfing at Hove Lagoon.Brighton has an abundance of cafes and restaurants,the atmospheric Lanes,theatre,cinemas,it's own wheel,and the pier. Southwater Country Park is another great place for walks, cycling, sailing, canoing.The Triangle at Burgess Hill has 8 lane competition swiming pool and fun pool with flumes,tennis courts.

Property Type

  • cottage


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


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


  • Television


  • children welcome

Location Type

  • rural


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • Three ensuite bathrooms to beds 1, 2, 3 two with rainfall showers one with bath and overhead rainfall showers. Two further bathrooms one bath with overhead shower and one with shower. There is also a separate cloakroom on the first floor.


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has a double bed, ensuite bath, Bedroom 2 double bed ensuite rain shower, twin room near, separate bathroom. Bedroom 3 has double bed, ensuite rain shower. Further twin bedroom upstairs.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Notes on accommodation: The driveway is shared and there is ample parking, we do not allow dogs as we have two beautiful boxers. There is a table tennis table, board games, books and various games available. This is a tranquil area which needs to be respected. Outside: The patio area overlooks the garden and pond. The pond is covered with wrought iron for safety. There is a generous garden table, chairs and a parasole for dining outside with some loungers for relaxing. There is a paddock and large lawn, a table tennis table, a cricket set, boules and a croquet set. There is a stream and two ponds at the bottom of the land which is fenced off from the garden, with footpaths from the property leading to the surrounding countryside and the South Downs National Park and villages. Utility Room: Washer dryer in separate area. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linens, towels, tea towels included, the property is cleaned and towels and linens changed at the end of each holiday period unless other arrangement agreed prior to comencement. Other: Dining room has large table with carved oak dining chairs, a snug area around the fireplace and a further Freeview TV. This leads onto the breakfast area with oak table and beautiful fish tank.

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