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Smart Country House & Seperate Cottage In 30 Acres with Pool & Tennis Court

Bedrooms 10
Space 6,000 sq ft
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Waldron, Heathfield, E Sussex - Secluded but a Short Walk To The Village With A Fabulous Pub And Shop

It is hard to find the real countryside so easily accessible from central London, Gatwick or Heathrow Airports. Waldron is perfect in every way. A lovely little village complete with gastro pub and a romantic church and all set in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Our home is totally private with views over the South Downs to the sea at Beachy Head yet within commuter distance from central London and only 30 minutes from the South Coast of England.

Beth Cook
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2018

About Beth Cook


I am the owner of Old Glebe and Les Bosses. I live and work in London but plan to spend my retirement in the countryside, hence having these two lovely houses which I dont have enough time to enjoy.

My houses are personal properties and are very different. Les Bosses, is a charming simple cottage set in very peaceful rural Brittany. Old Glebe and Stable Cottage are perfect for large family gatherings, weddings and landmark parties and only an hour on the train from London.

I hope you enjoy your holiday, I am always very happy in both places and delighted to share them with you!


Beth Cook purchased this chateau / country house in 2012

Why Beth Cook chose Heathfield

Old Glebe is a British Rural idyll. Peace and quiet, big skies, views of the South Downs and the coast beyond. All this just 60 minutes from central London on the train.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

The house and stable cottage are perfect for a family get together, landmark birthday or break. The house has a huge dining room table for a lovely long dinner party and the grounds offer plenty of activities from Tennis, Football, Swimming Pool (May-Oct), Trampoline, Croquet etc.

Being only an hour by train from London you can spend more time enjoying life and keep travel to a minimum.

Old Glebe is perfectly situated close to the village, but private in its own grounds. It makes a great base to explore the South Coast, South Downs and the villages of East Sussex and Kent.

NB: Whilst we are very private, noise carries down to the village and out of respect for our neighbours we request all music to stop at midnight and limited noise outside after 11pm.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We just arrived at The Old Glebe in the dark. We had stopped at The Star to ask directions and ended up staying for some time in this lovely pub by the open fire. Once in the house we were delighted. Comfy, warm and very spacious - we are going to enjoy our two weeks in this gorgeous part of England." Caroline, 2013

"We have never had such excited children. They ran out of the house and down the lawn to pick raspberries from the garden. The Old Glebe is heaven." Alison, Aug 2013

"We loved it from first sight and enjoyed both sitting on the terrace on a warm day and in front of the open fire on a cold one. We had a perfect British country holiday and even managed a couple of great day trips in to see the sites of London. Thank you." Mrs S, New York, Aug 2013

"It's a wonderful experience to stay here and all my friends and family have enjoyed the house. We are planning to come here for at least one trip every year." Mr M, Northampton, Aug 2013
Aug 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Heathfield in Heathfield and Waldron

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 29
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 29 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • Big House: 4 bathrooms plus ground floor WC: 2 en-suites with bath and showers, 1 en-suite shower only, 1 family bathroom with bath and shower, plus downstairs cloakroom with wc. Stable Cottage: 2 bathrooms plus ground floor WC.
  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 29
  • 1. Silver Room - 1 Large Double Bed , With freestanding bath and en-suit shower room
    2. Blue Room - 1 Large Double Bed , With en-suite bath/shower room and balcony
    3. White Room - 1 Large Double Bed , Large room with travel cot under bed and wash basin
    4. Fucshia Room - 1 Large Double Bed
    5. Turquoise Room - 1 Double Bed
    6. Lime Green Room - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , With bunk bed, small double to base, single above
    7. Loft Room - 1 Large Double Bed , 4 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , With a Four Poster, Double Futon and 4 Z-beds in a cupboard
    8. Cottage Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Large Double with Bath and En-suite Shower & WC (Z-bed)
    10. Cottage Petit Prince Double - 1 Large Double Bed , Cosy but Comfy (Small) Double Bedroom
    9. Cottage Tin Tin Double Room - 1 Large Double Bed , Large Double Room with entry access to family bathroom.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 20 (10 double bedrooms) but there are 5 extra z-beds, a double futon, a single and a top bunk bed allowing Max occupation of 29. Notes on bedrooms: Big House: 7 bedrooms: 2 double/en-suites; 2 doubles; 1 double with single bed and basin; 1 double/single bunk; 1 double four poster in huge loft room/en-suite with 4 Z-beds, 1 double futon. Max 22. Stable Cottage: 3 bedrooms: 1 double/en-suite with 1 Z-beds, 2 doubles. Max 7. Total 29 in 10 bedrooms, but ideal for 20 if 2 to a room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The Big House and Stable Cottage are ideal for families or groups of friends (over the age of 30 years). There are 10 bedrooms of which 5 are huge and 5 are average of which 2 are small, but comfortable. The fact that the house is so private (set in 30 acres of garden and farmland) yet only a short walk from Waldron with its lovely gastro pub (The Star) and village shop/café, plus only one hour's commute to central London means this is an ideal country retreat. To be within daily commuter distance of London, a stone's throw from the village facilities, 30 minutes from the south coast and with a stunning view of the South Downs is remarkable. The Old Glebe offers you the best of all worlds. Outside: The house is up a long cherry tree lined drive, safe for children and dogs. With sweeping lawns, wooded areas (with hammocks, camp fires and view of the sunset), a kitchen garden and orchard (help yourselves) and plenty of space to explore and have fun/play games. Stable Cottage is just beyond the house, within easy reach for groups of friends or quite private if rented separately. There are even some stables and a paddock if a pony needs to come along too (by separate arrangement). There are outside games including football pitch on the tennis, a trampoline, heated swimming pool and croquet. In summer hammocks are strung up offering a lovely place to relax in the shade. There are swings in the trees of the little copse. Strict Pool Rules must be observed for your own safety. The pool has an electric safety cover. Open May - Oct. Old Glebe is wonderful for the imagination and to have an adventure in your own space and land. Utility Room: Big House: Washing machine, laundry line, outside washing lines, iron and ironing board, etc. Stable Cottage: Washing machine, iron and ironing board, etc. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Cleaning during your stay by arrangement priced at £15 per hour. After stay clean is included in the price if house left tidy and organized with everything back in place. Linen included. Pets charged at £10 per night per pet Broadband/WIFI which can be slow with 20 people all logged in.


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Smart Country House & Seperate Cottage In 30 Acres with Pool & Tennis Court
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A beautiful property in a stunning peaceful location. Everything you would want or need is provided,

  • 5 of 5

A gorgeous family home set in wonderful grounds. Spring blossoms abundant framing a beautiful house. A large family - 6 siblings and their children - needed a place we could all stay together whilst our sister got married nearby and for a few days afterwards to relax. 10 bedrooms of varying sizes but all with very comfortable beds, luxurious bedding and either ensuite or access to a bathroom. The attic room can sleep 8 people as long as you don't mind sharing! Wonderful kitchen/ dining space which is the heart of the building - a fabulous place to congregate for meals. A CD player with inbuilt ceiling speakers added music to our celebrations. This place feels special whilst homely. There are enough places to explore that 24 of us didn't feel crowded in. A large lounge, separate games room and snug provides enough space to have some downtime. The separate cottage is as lovely as the main house - some lovely period features entwined with modern (awesome lampshades, sinks and toilets!!) The bank holiday weather surpassed itself so we were able to fully enjoy the swimming pool and tennis court. Such fab sunshine we felt we were abroad! The owners clearly want you to enjoy the property and make yourself at home. There are a few sensible rules to adhere to but you don't feel restricted in any way. We enjoyed a BBQ and a roast dinner and all managed to get a seat at a table with lots of arm room (usually unheard of at family gatherings!). We didn't really explore the surrounding areas as we were enjoyjng being together at the house so much. There's ample storage, fridges so you can cater for yourself and 2 dishwashers to take the pressure off washing up! The house has wooden flooring throughout which is beautiful (and convenient) but does carry noise a bit so be prepared to know when early risers are awake! Little touches all over the house (toiletries, slippers, books, games etc) make you feel very welcome. The owner Laura (and Beth) have been helpful and gracious throughout the booking process. The whole family has positively commented on how wonderful Old Glebe is. Everyone has thoroughly enjoyed their stay - again no mean feat which such a big family. Children and adults alike were in their element enjoying which ever bit of Old Glebe suited them. We would thoroughly recommend this as a place to stay to enjoy the house, beautiful gardens and surroundings and each other's company. Wonderful family memories made to treasure for always. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 28-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful venue in a stunning setting

  • 5 of 5

We booked this venue for a family gathering of fifteen to celebrate a joint 70th birthday and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at Old Glebe. We loved the house from first sight and it proved ideal for our family group which comprised of three generations with each of the family able to spread out and relax in the spacious accommodation of the main house and stable cottage.

We were fortunate with the weather but on one chilly day enjoyed the benefit of a log fire in the lounge which was lovely.

Some of our party managed to make use of the heated outside pool, trampoline and the tennis court and we had great fun playing croquet on the front lawn and it was also good to be able to play table tennis indoors on the cooler day.

A lot of adult time was spent gathered in the spacious kitchen and the lounge and the children were able to find plenty of places to retire to such as the snug or games room.

All in all, a wonderful venue for any special occasion and we very much look forward to returning to Old Glebe again.

  • Review Submitted: 21-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic house for large group or family!!

  • 5 of 5

This property is fabulous. It is very well equipped for adults and children both indoors and outdoors. The pool, tennis court and trampoline were firm favourites with the children and the grounds are simply beautiful. Inside there is lots of space and the bedrooms and bathrooms are decorated very nicely. The children loved sleeping in the upstairs ‘dorm’ room!! The weather was fabulous and we even enjoyed lunch in the local pub. Beth was very helpful with our booking and arrangements too. Everyone enjoyed a brilliant weekend and we hope to return next year.

  • Review Submitted: 15-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming, modern & spacious in a wonderful setting

  • 5 of 5

The Old Glebe is spacious, modern and luxuriously charming - everything we hoped it would be for a special birthday weekend gathering. The bedrooms were comfortable, welcoming and spotless, the kitchen was a truly social place to cook, eat and chat (perfect for self-catering), and the lounge/snug great for relaxing (or playing table tennis!), lighting a fire and admiring the views. The separate cottage was also brilliant. The grounds are extensive and well-maintained and we played all sorts of games including lots of swimming in the outdoor pool in April - the water was lovely and warm. We received lots of info/recommendations/communications from the owner in advance and everything was extremely well explained in the house pack. We would thoroughly recommend this venue for groups of all ages. In the local area we had lunch in the village pub, played golf, went for walks, travelled to the coast and popped into town. The sort of house you dream of living in one day!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A perfect venue for a family Christmas

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent the most perfect Christmas week imaginable at Old Glebe. The kitchen was the hub of the house where everyone congregated. With the huge dining table at one end and the cooking facilities at the other, there is still room left for a large sofa and two trestle tables for great grandchildren's colouring and adult jigsaw enthusiasts! With four generations ranging from one to ninety there was never a dull moment and we all went home with so many happy memories.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Property with glorious views.

  • 5 of 5

It was my surprise 60th birthday party and one of the surprises for me was finding myself and all my oldest friends staying in this beautifully put together property for the whole weekend. We were lucky and had fabulous weather so used the pool, the tennis court and the croquet set. We had lunch outside both days and managed to seat 18 people round the main kitchen table in the evening. We loved the log fires which are always a treat and played games every evening. We all found the property so relaxing and felt at home in it very quickly which again helped to make this a weekend I will never forget.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
The Star
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Heathfield Park
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
The Star
Nearest Beach
20 Miles

Special interest holidays:

The house is ideal for a Yoga Retreat or Tennis & Swimming. The large pool is heated from mid May to end October with an electric cover. Local riding stables. 15 mins from Glyndebourne Opera House.

This is the only house we know with a football pitch on the tennis court. Easy to remove net, converts court into pitch with full size 7 a side goals. No astros.

The local Gliding school also offers courses.


Waldron is just north of the South Downs, Eastbourne and Beachy Head. We are about 35 minutes drive from Brighton and about 30 minutes from Tunbridge Wells.


Gatwick Airport - 45 minutes drive (£50 taxi)

Heathrow Airport - 90 minutes drive

Buxted British Rail Station - 4 miles (10 minutes drive) - approx. 1 hour to London Bridge or Clapham Junction.


Waldron with pub/café/shop/church - is 1/4 mile

Heathfield with supermarket and all facilities - is 4 miles

Brighton/Eastbourne - is 35 - 40 minutes drive

Central London - is 1 1/2 hours drive.

Further Details:

This area of East Sussex has so many fabulous attractions that we could not mention them all. From Goodwood Race Course to Bewly Water Park, The South Downs National Park, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Brighton Marina etc. It would be very possible to spend a month in the house and visit a new attraction each day.

Full tourist information in kept in the house.

PLEASE NOTE: Whilst we are very private we are in a slightly raised location and noise travels. There is to be NO LOUD MUSIC outside at any time of day and evening parties must have the music turned off at midnight. Please be kind to our neighbours - apparently whilst they are two fields away they can hear every track since the noise travels down from our elevated position.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Heathfield, Sussex

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
10 Apr 2018 - 2 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 20 guests; add £25 per night, per additional guest
High Season
3 Jul 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 20 guests; add £25 per night, per additional guest
Mid Season
4 Sep 2018 - 5 Nov 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 20 guests; add £25 per night, per additional guest
Low Season
6 Nov 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 20 guests; add £25 per night, per additional guest
High Season
21 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 20 guests; add £25 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £1,000

Booking Notes:
Please check availability on the calendar above. Please check prices on the chart above. THIS IS KEPT UP TO DATE AND IS ACCURATE.
To book email us with details of your dates. A 25% deposit is requested to hold the booking. Full details of how to find the house, house information and key details will be sent upon full payment. Weekdays Check in 4pm and check out 10am. WEEKEND RATE includes full use of the house for the whole weekend CHECK IN FRIDAY 4PM AND CHECKOUT AS LATE AS YOU LIKE SUNDAY NIGHT OR 10 AM MONDAY MORNING.
Weddings & parties quoted separately. Please contact us for more information.

Changeover Day is Friday, however we may be able to be flexible if there is availability. Please check the calendar. We often have same day change overs so please leave promptly. If you wish to come early please ask first.

Notes on prices:
The house is priced per night.
- 3 nights minumum at weekends accept Nov, Dec, Jan & Feb
- Bank holiday w/ends minimum 4 nights
- Xmas & NY min 7 nights (no discount)
- Week days (Mon-thurs) may be booked for a min of 2 nights.
- Prices for up to 20 across both houses (For max 9 extra: 5 Z-beds, 1 single bed, double futon: Add £25 per person per night)
- Book 7 nights for 5 throughout the year apart from Christmas and New Year.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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