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Lovely Historic Detached Cottage With Walled Garden And Off Road Parking

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Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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About the property

Cottage in Rye, Sussex, England - A Peaceful Location, With Great Dixter's Gardens Nearby And Rye Just A Short Drive Away

This detached cottage is within the walled garden of Morley Farm, an historic estate dating back some 600 years and offers a high standard of comfort, together with many spectacular historic features. Antique furniture, quality linen, fluffy white towels, fresh flowers, wine and our own "very" free range eggs complete the picture. On your doorstep are our lambs, great fun to watch (and maybe even bottle feed in spring!) and our chickens. It can be booked either on its own, as a nicely private and romantic detached cottage, or together with Firkin Barn, our 300 year old barn across the garden for larger groups wishing to holiday together, (ref 8166939 ) and/or Firkin Barn Suite, a double en-suite private studio which sleeps an additional two guests (this works well if you have guests visiting you on holiday for a night or two). The choice is yours! Close to the village of Northiam, famous for its Elizabethan connections and world famous Great Dixter House and gardens, Hop Press Cottage is also just 6 miles from the Ancient Cinque port of Rye with its numerous historic attractions, art galleries, book shops, potteries, antique shops, ancient inns and not least, glorious views over the River Rother to Romney Marsh and beyond. Camber Sands are just a short drive away with wonderful sandy beaches, along with many pretty villages and lovely countryside for walking. Just a little further away is the fellow Cinque Port of Winchelsea, the traditional seaside town of Hastings with its fishing fleet, Battle, famous for the 1066 Battle of Hastings and its Abbey, Sissinghurst Castle, Bodiam Castle, to name but a few. Ashford International Station and the Port of Dover are just 30 minutes and 1 hour away, respectively, if you fancy a change of scenery across the Channel.

This lovely detached cottage has with full central heating and a wood burning stove in the giant fireplace, which is filled with logs, making it ideal for cosy breaks all year round. It has a special atmosphere making it ideal for a celebration!

In the summer, you can enjoy your breakfast on the secluded terrace, laze on a sunlounger by day, and maybe barbecue in the evenings. If this is too much effort, there are numerous ancient inns offering very good food within a mile or two and the short drive into Rye gives a further choice including the freshest seafood .

The front door opens into a good sized living room with wonderful inglenook fireplace containing a log burner and a good supply of logs in season. This room is double aspect, with the back door opening onto the private and secluded pretty courtyard with table, chairs and barbeque for sunny days. There is a comfy three piece suite, (the sofa forming a double sofa bed when needed) and dining table and chairs, making for a wonderful cosy stay.

The kitchen, whilst tiny, is well equipped with gas hob, electric oven, extractor, microwave, dishwasher, fridge and freezer along with the usual utensils, toaster etc., and overlooks the walled garden.

An oak staircase leads from the living room to the landing and on to the wonderful double bedroom with vaulted ceiling and folding single bed suitable for a child.

A separate door from the landing leads to the modern bathroom with bath, hand held shower attachment, washbasin, WC and further hand basin. An unusual feature of this room is the old brick chimney which runs up the center of this room.

Quality fluffy towels and toiletries are supplied making this a wonderful romantic retreat. (do tell us if your booking is for a special occasion!).

(Note : There is also an additional double bedroom Suite with en-suite shower room/WC across the garden which is available to book together with the cottage for larger families, friends or simply just visiting guests for a night or two, and this costs just an additional £60.00 per night.)

We think that Hop Press Cottage is quite special, and hope that you will too!

More Details

Brenda Haines
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
19 February, 2017

About Brenda Haines

Brenda and Richard Haines have been running holiday cottages for 17 years now, starting with Froglets Cottage in central Rye. Along with Joan, their longstanding family housekeeper, they personally look after them and are proud that all have achieved the coveted Gold Award with Enjoy Britain.

Richard grew up in Rye and there is little he does not know about the area (many of his stories have become family myth or joke!) and since both he and Brenda along with their children and grandchildren, who also live close by, know the area so well, they are a mine of local information to help guest enjoy their stay.

Richard and Brenda love their garden and spend a lot of time tending the many unusual plants, but nevertheless, it is a family home, with pets, grandchildren, sheep and baby lambs in spring, free ranging chickens in the field and lots to be enjoyed.

Brenda Haines purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Brenda Haines chose East Sussex

Before purchasing historic Morley Farm Brenda and Richard lived in a 17th Century property just up the road in the village of Newenden, but with a growing family, a larger home soon became necessary! A property with a lot of character was essential and when Morley Farm along with its pretty cottage and barn was offered for sale, there was no hesitation. The outlook was stunning, the gardens lovely and the house and cottage simply oozed character and history.

What makes this cottage unique

Hop Press Cottage was carefully restored to its former glory in 2004 and retains its inglenook fireplace, with original washtub at the side and upstairs it has a stunning vaulted ceiling with the hop press holder in the centre.

The cottage has a wonderful romantic atmosphere, and with the log burner laid ready to light in winter months it is very cosy. The pretty gardens are well tended and the cottage has a private terrace and barbeque for summer dining. Sunbeds are available for lazy days and a gym and games room are in the barn across the garden for those who feel more energetic.

Morley Farm and Hop Press Cottage could not be better located for Great Dixter, which is just up the road in the village, along with the numerous National Trust properties that the 1066 area is so famous for. Rye is just 15 minutes away with lovely beaches just 20 minutes away - in all a perfect location for a perfect holiday!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for a lovely week in Hop Press Cottage which was very comfortable and we were made very welcome. Once again many thanks
Jun 2015
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Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(9 traveller reviews)


Memorable stay in gorgeous cottage

  • 4 of 5
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The cottage is totally unique, clean & equipped with everything you could need.It is small , but ideal for 2.The fireplace is bigger than the kitchen, yet designed to maximise space so there's even room for a dishwasher! (And it is a very large fireplace...)It is cosy & furnished sympathetically with the style of the building.The bedroom is a showpiece with exposed beams up to the apex of the roof & we found the bed very comfortable.The washer, dryer & small gym are separate in a building opposite. Sunloungers are provided as well as the patio furniture( although I did find the metal chairs uncomfortable for my ample curves!).The owners are friendly & approachable & provide extras such as milk, tea/coffee & wine on arrival.The only reason we did not give Hop Press Cottage 5 stars is because of the shared garden & the patio is opposite the second cottage's patio ,so not as private as we had expected.We had a great holiday here- so much to see within 40 miles of the cottage, so we would not hesitate to recommend it to others.

We also recommend The Red Lion at Brede for food ( especially the Sunday carvery) & the White Dog at Ewhurst.The Castle Inn opposite Bodiam Castle does the best burgers I've ever had.Out of all the Historic buildings we visited, favourites were Great Dixter, Batemans( Rudyard Kiplings house),Battle ( audio guide for battlefield walk is essential) & Bodiam castle.Also loved Rye & sandy Camber sands.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind review. However, following comments from guests we feel that part of your comment is misleading in that it is not possible to see either cottage terrace from the other. One is around the corner from the other and screened by mature shrubs. We have never had an adverse comment on privacy before. But nevertheless, thank you for taking the trouble to write a review, all reviews and comments are welcome.
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A very charming cottage

  • 5 of 5

We loved it from the first step inside to the last view back.

Fully equipped we had nothing to miss. So we felt really comfortable.

Special destinations and leisure activities for families are plenty of fun for adults and children alike.

It was a really successful holiday for all four of us.

Thanks a lot!

4 from Germany

P.S. We missed the sheep

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review. We hope to see you again!
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we found the property extremely comfortable , everything we needed was provided.

  • 5 of 5

Had an absolutely wonderful time. The garden was fully secure which was great for the dogs and the fields at the back (especially once the grass had been cut!) was perfect for dog walking. We loved the cottage itself; the sofas were very comfortable as was the bed.

Everything we could have wanted was provided; barbecue, chairs for sitting out etc etc.

The location was ideal.

All in all it was everything we hoped for and would definitely recommend this property to anyone and would also go back again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Tracy, your comments are really appreciated. We look forward to having you back sometime. Kind regards, Brenda
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Our stay at Hop Press Cottage 23rd to 30th April, 2016

  • 4 of 5

We had a most enjoyable stay at Hop Press Cottage and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone considering a holiday in East Sussex. The cottage has been beautifully restored and has many amazing features, the main ones being the inglenook fireplace and the vaulted ceiling in the bedroom. We were very comfortable and although the evenings were cool we were very cozy with heating and log burning stove. Our two dogs had a lovely time too, the walled enclosed garden was perfect to ensure they were safe and access to the fields behind meant they could be exercised easily before we took them out for the day and last thing at night. The cottage had all amenities required and there were some nice touches in the way of fresh free range eggs, a bottle of wine and some milk plus tea, coffee, sugar and condiments.

The cottage was spotlessly clean and well maintained.

Camber Sands was perfect to walk the dogs along the golden, sandy beach and only a few miles away. We loved Rye, which was also only a few miles away and had much to offer in the way of interesting historic architecture and some lovely eateries.

The customer service was very good and there were contact numbers if any problems or queries arose. Everything was very well organised and well maintained.

We would not hesitate to,recommend Hop Press Cottage to friends and family and indeed have already done so. We hope to return some time in the future, maybe with some family members as there is also the other cottage on site to rent with access to the gym and table tennis facilities.

  • Review Submitted: May 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! We hope to see you again sometime. Kind regards, Brenda
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A loverly week at Hop Press Cottage

  • 5 of 5

A well presented and accurate web site. We thought the house was beautifully restored. Brenda and Richard were very welcoming and informative.

Flowers and wine and fresh eggs were waiting for us, and we quickly settled in. The gym was put to use with games of table tennis and runs on the treadmill Under ten minutes to the Steam Railway at Northiiam which took us on to Bodiam Castle , well worth a visit. Rye -20 mins Battle 25mins

and Hastings/Bexhil 30 mins Hop Press Cottage was centrally heated and complemented with an easy to light wood burning stove and a good supply of logs. Very cosy in the evenings.

An excellent choice. We have already recommended it to friends. Thank you. .

  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review and we hope to see you again sometime. Kind regards, Brenda
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Quiet location, many public footpaths

  • 5 of 5

Our second stay in this cottage may serve as proof of the quality of accomodation. WiFi works perfect with excellent band width, two smart TVs,

a Gym has now been added and washing machine and tumbler were relocated to a location where you can use them 24/24 without any disturbance to others.

Dog can run freely across pastures right behind the walled garden. All in all perfect. Pictures in the internet provide true impression of the place.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
17th Feb - 6th April
17 Feb 2017 - 6 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
7 Apr 2017 - 20 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
21st April - 25th May
21 Apr 2017 - 25 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Early Summer
26 May 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
High Summer
21 Jul 2017 - 14 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Autumn
15 Sep 2017 - 26 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A deposit of half the total amount is due to secure the booking and the balance is due four weeks before the holiday. We accept all major cards, and our bank details are shown on the booking form. Cheque may be made payable to the owner.

Changeover Day:
Friday is usually changeover day, but we are happy to accept alternative days out of peak season or by special arrangement. Please contact us to discuss your plans.

Notes on prices:
We offer short breaks of three nights Friday to Sunday and four midweek nights, Monday to Friday from £250.00 out of peak season, fully inclusive of electricity, gas, a supply of coal and logs, linen, towels, welcome pack, fresh flowers, wine and our own free range eggs.
Otherwise prices are shown weekly but we are happy to accept holidays of any duration by arrangement - please contact us to discuss your plans.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Northiam in Sussex

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Bath has hand held shower attachment
  • The character bathroom has the old brick chimney as the central feature, with WC and hand basin at one end, bath with shower attachment and large basin at other end.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps max. 5 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Main bedroom with double bed and additional folding bed suitable for child and double sofa bed in living room suitable for occasional use
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • swimming
Outside: Outside there is a secluded private courtyard with table and chairs, leading to the walled garden which is secure for pets. The garden is mainly laid to plants with a lawn area where sunbeds and mattresses are supplied in summer. A barbecue is also supplied, together with charcoal. Utility Room: Two washing machines, and two tumble driers are in the utility room across the courtyard. These are serviced for guests if they require, every morning, but available for use all day. An iron and ironing board are located in the cottage. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and linen are provided, with beds made up ready for use. Our housekeeper will change linen and towels and also carry out a brief vacuum once a week, during your stay.

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