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A Charming Cottage In The Heart Of The South Downs



Updated: 25-Jul-2016
Cottage in Jevington, Nr. Eastbourne, Sussex, England - A Very Peaceful Setting On The South Downs Way Just 4 Miles From Birling Gap Beach

The Old Coach House sleeps just four in great comfort in a quiet corner of Jevington, one of the most unspoilt Downland villages. Situated between Eastbourne and Brighton and about 4 miles from the magnificent beach at Birling Gap this truly charming house has just been totally renovated. It sits right on the South Downs Way and offers fabulous walking, riding and cycling. Jevington itself lies at the head of a glorious, sweeping valley and is distinguished by having a fine Saxon church and an award winning pub just 150 yards form the house. The Old Coach House has just been completely renovated with antiques and original paintings and full central heating. There is a well equipped Kitchen including dishwasher and washing machine and an attractive dining area. For entertainment there is a new TV and unlimited Broadband. The master bedroom has a sumptuous new double bed with an ensuite bathroom. Downstairs there is a twin bedroom with a shower room and toilet across the hall. There is a walled garden with seats and a table.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Wheelchair access

About the Owner

Sue and Nigel Mackenzie started the Hungry Monk Restaurant in Jevington in 1968. Garden Cottage is where they lived for their first year. The restaurant went on to become one of the most famous places to eat in England and is the birthplace of Banoffi Pie. Sue is now a successful painter and Nigel is a sculptor.

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From the Owner

We bought Garden Cottage in 1967 - it was love at first sight - we were just thrilled at its mellow brickwork and how incredibly beautiful this whole part of Sussex is. Garden Cottage is the oldest building in Jevingon and dates back to before the great fire of London. It is two miles from the A22 and two and a half miles from a main line railway station at Polegate. 2013 is the first year we have let it as a holiday cottage

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Gatwick at 55 Miles Nearest Ferry : Newhaven at 25 Miles Nearest Golf : Eastbourne/Seaford at 5 Miles Nearest Train : Polegate at 5 Miles Nearest Beach : Birling Gap at 5 Miles Car: necessary


4 Miles to the nearest the beach at Birling Gap. Many more in Eastbourne and Seaford


80 minutes to Gatwick Airport. 20 mins to Newhaven Harbour and 80 mins to Dover.


5 miles to Eastbourne

18 miles to Brighton

15 miles to Lewes

Further Details:

There is an excellent pub in the village - The Eight Bells - plus a Tearoom.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas weeks
24 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Bookings to be made with Chesters through phone or email.

Deposit of £200 per week with balance payable 6 weeks before start of the holiday. Please consult Chesters on cancellation charges etc.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is normally Saturday but this can be flexible depending on other bookings.

Notes on prices:
Chesters will advise on prices for long and short stays out of season.

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From the Owner

Garden Cottage would be an ideal place for a very romantic honeymoon. We often think it would also be the perfect place to write a book. It has only two rooms so life is simple but they are very sunny and surprisingly spacious. Two wonderfully comfortable arm chairs, lots of great books and a stack of CDs and DVDs means that no visitor is ever bored. There is just so much to do apart from swimming and walking - lots of fabulous pubs, endless historic houses and castles and amazing shops in Brighton and Lewes.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All


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


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Television


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • surfing
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Ensuite bathroom upstairs a plus shower room/toilet downstairs


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: One bedroom is on the first floor and has a comfortable 150cm double bed plus a beautiful en-suite bathroom. The second bedroom has twin beds and is on the ground floor with its own toilet and shower room.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Please note during peak season we require a minimum of a 7 night stay. Outside: The walled garden has a table and chairs. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included. WiFi is available and the code is written in the notes. There is a little welcome pack to soothe you after a long drive.

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