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Country House With (Summer) Heated Swimming Pool On The Edge Of Ashdown Forest

People12
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

House in Crowborough, Nr. Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England - Fairstowe Offers Luxury Comfort And Tranquillity

Fairstowe is an Arts and Crafts country house nestling in three acres of beautiful Edwardian gardens. It was the location for 'Christmas of my Lifetime' on BBC1 hosted by Len Goodman with 4 celebrity guests for Christmas 2014. The accommodation provides luxury and comfort in a tranquil Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is a quiet, peaceful retreat ideally suited to families or friends sharing. The house is available for breaks of 7 days or more throughout the year or selected short breaks from September to May inclusive. Although situated in a peaceful private road the centre of the small market town of Crowborough is just one mile away, with it's wide choice of supermarkets and free parking. Brighton and Eastbourne can be reached by car in less than an hour and, in similar time, London Bridge by train from nearby Tunbridge Wells.

On warm summer days the heated outdoor swimming pool is very inviting, or perhaps just enjoy a glass of wine from a recliner on the south-facing terrace, overlooking the garden. You'll also be treated to the sights and sounds of the abundant local wild life. The neighbouring woodland provides a broad variety of mammals and birds entering the garden. For example greater spotted and green wood peckers, nuthatch, buzzard (overhead) and fox are frequent visitors, while sparrow hawk, muntjac deer, humming bird hawk moth are less so. A kadai (fire bowl) is useful for a barbeque and as a source of warmth when the evening gets chilly.

There are plenty of wonderful experiences to be had locally. For the more active, golf (Crowborough Beacon course, one of the most picturesque courses in the south of England), rock climbing (Evolution Climbing Lye Green or Bowles Activity Centre Eridge Green), curling (Fentons Rink Tunbridge Wells), fishing (Bewl Water Lamberhurst), off-road cycling (PORC Penshurst) as well as cycling on cycle trails and more are available. Investigation and booking ahead is advisable. Also there is, of course, a wealth of days out to be enjoyed - castles (eg Bodiam and Hever), houses (eg Batemans, Standen, Groombridge Place) and gardens (eg Pashley Manor, Great Dixter, Sissinghurst). The owners Jim and Bridget are happy to provide local advice whenever needed. Walks of various lengths, either directly from the house or after a short car journey can be recommended and a map provided. There are some stunning walks to be had either on the Ashdown Forest or through the delightful Sussex rolling hills. These can include a pub or pubs to break the journey or provide a well-deserved meal at the end.

More Details

Property Manager
Bridget Hayward
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
15 August, 2017

About Bridget Hayward

Jim a retired vet and Bridget a radiographer have renovated and restored their beautiful Arts and Crafts country house and garden on the edge of the Ashdown Forest.

They intend to retire to run their holiday accommodation business whilst hopefully giving them some time to indulge in their passion for gardening and oil painting.

Bridget Hayward purchased this house in 2006

Why Bridget Hayward chose East Sussex

Fairstowe is a beautiful Arts and Crafts country house nestling in 3 acres of Edwardian gardens. It is tucked away in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the High Weald. It is peaceful but not remote, it lies within one mile of the centre of Crowborough on the edge of the Ashdown Forest. The area is popular with cyclists, golfers, walkers and bird watchers.

What makes this house unique

As a guest you will understand the unique benefits of this property when you swim in the heated pool, then stretch out in the warm sun on a comfortable recliner on the terrace overlooking 3 acres of well-manicured garden. Or when you look at the wooden panelling, oak floors and features of this Edwardian country house. Or when you slide under luxury linen on a superbly comfortable bed. Or on a winter's evening curl up on a cosy settee in front of the wood-burning stove to watch a film or read a book. That's before exploring all the treats provided by the local attractions, countryside and amenities.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Crowborough in Withyham

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 (en suite to master bedroom) - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Heated towel rail and underfloor heating.
    Shower room 2 (en suite to bedroom 2) - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Compact. Heated towel rail and underfloor heating
    Shower room 1 (en suite to bedroom 3) - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Heated towel rail and underfloor heating
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Bath has shower attachment to tap, but no curtain
  • Family bathroom with roll top bath and shower attachment is for use of rooms without en suite. Master bathroom with roll top bath and separate power shower. En suite with power shower. En suite with power shower. Two separate toilets, one ground floor.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master bedroom with large en suite bath/shower room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , 1 Cot , Lovely view over terrace, rear garden and kitchen garden.
    Bedroom 2 with en suite shower room. - 1 Large Double Bed , View of the front garden and coach house.
    Bedroom 3 with en suite shower room. - 1 Large Double Bed , View of rhododendrons and front area
    Bedroom 4 - 4 Single Bed , View over terrace kitchen garden and rear garden
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , View over terrace and rear garden. Child bed optional
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12(10 adults + 2 children) (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 (Master bedroom) with superking bed and optional child's bed and cot Bedroom 2 with kingsized double bed. Bedroom 3 with kingsized double bed. Bedroom 4 with four three foot beds. Bedroom 5 with super kingsized double bed and optional child's bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Due to the quiet location of the property Fairstowe is not to be used as a party venue. The property is set in a very tranquil place so is ideal for quiet enjoyment. Property sleeps 10 adults with 2 child beds available (for under 11 year olds) Outside: The large south facing terrace flanking the back of the house, overlooks the garden and is suitable for barbecues and alfresco eating. The private swimming pool is covered to maintain heat in the summer. There are flat lawns suitable for ball games. There are numerous gardens, a Japanese garden, a woodland walk, a vegetable garden with working greenhouse, and a croquet lawn. Utility Room: Washing machine and electric dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen : Egyptian cotton sheets and towels are included. Down and synthetic duvets and pillows are provided. They are changed once a week. Check-in time is after 4pm and check-out 10am, unless by prior agreement.

Reviews

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Country House With (Summer) Heated Swimming Pool On The Edge Of Ashdown Forest
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The property had great character and wonderfull gardens and pool

  • 4 of 5

. We had a great time with our daughters and gran-daughters despite some inclement weather.They enjoyed the pool,the gardens, the table tennis and the trampolin . We all enjoyed a trip to Tunbridge Wells, in particular The Pantiles with it's shops and eating houses. Jim was most helpful when needed.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful gardens, great pool and lovely bedrooms

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay in the property and got full use of the gardens and swimming pool in lovely, sunny weather. The owners were very welcoming and accommodating to our needs. The bedrooms were beautifully kept and spacious. The accommodation comfortably hosted 4 children and 7 adults. I would recommend Fairstowe to others.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your kind review. We're glad the weather was so good for you. Think of us again when you're booking another break. Best wishes, Jim
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5

Great propertyfor family and friends

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of friends with children between 1 and 5 and they all had a great time (and so did we). Bridget and Jim are a great couple, they have a beautiful house and gardens, very well kept and decorated.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're very glad you enjoyed the house and your stay. Thank you for being ideal guests. Best wishes, Jim
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5

An amazing week in an amazing house

  • 5 of 5

I booked a week at Fairstowe House for my family and I to celebrate my mother's 70th birthday.

First impressions were very impressive, in fact the photos do not do the house, or the grounds, justice. The garden in particular is beautifully kept and a joy to walk round, with its Japanese garden, croquet lawn and outdoor dining area.

As it was just outside of the summer period we paid extra to heat the pool and it was well worth it. The kids spent time every day splashing around having an amazing time. We also made full use of the other facilities including the fire pit for BBQ’s, table tennis table, trampoline and wood burner, when the evenings turned a little chilly.

The house itself is about a 15 minute walk to the nearest pub and around a 20 minute walk into town so a car is definitely recommended.

My sister in law has already started planning our next week away so I guess the whole experience was a success and that is in no small part down to this amazing house and it’s accommodating owners.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your kind review and we're very glad you enjoyed your stay. Think of us again when you book another holiday.
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Beautiful garden, lovely home

  • 5 of 5

we enjoyed a lovely week in this home. Conveniently located for day trips to many attractions in southern England, and a comfortable home to stay in. We especially loved enjoying the garden and cooking on the Aga stove.

The owners are lovely, they even posted some clothes we managed to leave behind! Would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: May 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house for sharing with friends

  • 5 of 5

House was exactly as described and suited our needs perfectly. We were 3 separate families, all good friends, 6 adults and 6 children (8-14 yrs) and the layout of the accommodation worked brilliantly for us.

Jim kindly switched on the swimming pool to heat it up (we paid extra for this) but definitely had our monies worth the kids loved it and were in and out all day (we were there on the May spring bank holiday so naturally it was cold!).

Jim also let us check out a little later than advertised, which again helped with getting 12 people breakfasted/showered and packed.

The gardens are also huge, we played rounders and the kids ran about so plenty of room. There is a disagreeable neighbour who told us we were too noisy (playing ball games at midday on a Sunday) but we had been forewarned.

Also could maybe do with an extra DVD player in the main lounge if all wanted to watch movies.

Wifi good too which pleased the teenagers.

SO I would recommend this place with no hesitation.

  • Review Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Gatwick airport
Nearest Barpub
1.4 Miles
Crow and Gate
Nearest Ferry
22 Miles
Newhaven
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
The Beacon
Nearest Train
2.7 Miles
Crowborough railway station
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
M23
Nearest Restaurant
1.2 Miles
Rose of Bengal
Nearest Ski
4 Miles
Bowles Outdoor Activities
Nearest Beach
28 Miles
Eastbourne
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Fairstowe is situated on the edge of the Ashdown forest making it a suitable venue for walking, bird watching, cycling, and rock climbing.

It is a short drive (10 mins) from the historic spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Coast/Beach:

Eastbourne is 40 minutes drive.

Brighton is 60 minutes drive.

Travel:

Gatwick airport is a 45 minutes drive.

Channel tunnel is one hour and 15 minutes drive.

London is 55 minutes by train.

Distances:

Crowborough town centre is 1 mile away.

Tunbridge Wells is 7 miles away.

Lewes is 20 miles away.

Glyndebourne is 15 miles away.

Further Details:

The outside swimming pool is heated in the high summer months.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Crowborough, Sussex

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Rate 10
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£3,300
for 7 nights
£3,300
 
 
Rate 11
2 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,560
for 3 nights
From
£520
£2,400
 
 
Rate 12
21 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,495
for 3 nights
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£498
£2,300
 
 
Rate 13
28 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,300
for 3 nights
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£433
£2,000
 
 
Rate 14
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£3,300
for 7 nights
£3,300
 
 
Rate 1
6 Jan 2018 - 9 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
£1,428
for 3 nights
From
£476
£2,200
 
 
Rate 2
10 Feb 2018 - 23 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
£1,560
for 3 nights
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£520
£2,400
 
 
Rate 3
24 Feb 2018 - 30 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
£1,430
for 3 nights
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£477
£2,200
 
 
Rate 4
31 Mar 2018 - 20 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
£3,200
for 7 nights
£3,200
 
 
Rate 5
21 Apr 2018 - 4 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
£1,430
for 3 nights
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£477
£2,200
 
 
Rate 6
5 May 2018 - 11 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
£1,560
for 3 nights
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£520
£2,400
 
 
Rate 7
12 May 2018 - 25 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
£1,690
for 3 nights
From
£563
£2,600
 
 
Rate 8
26 May 2018 - 8 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
£1,820
for 3 nights
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£607
£2,800
 
 
Rate 9
9 Jun 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
£1,950
for 3 nights
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£650
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Rate 10
21 Jul 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£3,500
for 7 nights
£3,500
 
 
Rate 11
8 Sep 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
£1,690
for 3 nights
From
£563
£2,600
 
 
Rate 12
20 Oct 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
£4,680
for 3 nights
From
£1,560
£2,400
 
 
Rate 13
3 Nov 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
£1,428
for 3 nights
From
£476
£2,200
 
 
Rate 14
15 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
£3,700
for 7 nights
£3,700
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact us initially by telephone or email to enquire about availability and prices as the price quoted here may not be accurate.
To secure a booking a deposit of 25% of the total fee is required to be paid within five working days of booking. This is non refundable.
Payment of remainder to be made eight weeks before visit.
A security deposit of £500 to be paid by cheque at time of arrival. This will not be cashed unless required and returned within one week after departure.

Changeover Day:
Usual changeover day will be Saturday but there is some flexibility on this. The house to be vacated by 10.00 am on the morning of departure.

Notes on prices:
Weekend breaks or short stays are provided from October to April. Charges are by percentage of the weekly rate : 65% for 3 nights and 75% for 4 nights, 85% for 5 nights.

Manager'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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