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Beautiful historic cottage with generous use of pool



Updated: 21-Oct-2016
A beautiful 3 bedroomed cottage with pool which sleeps 7 people.


Little Bucksteep Oast House is a gem of a self catering holiday cottage in Dallington, East Sussex, rated 4* by Visit England. It is a beautiful old English Country Cottage, dating from the late 17th century, set in the midst of the beautiful private gardens of a gorgeous Queen Anne Manor House. Guests have very generous use of the private swimming pool apart from Sunday afternoons and Bank holiday afternoons. Oast houses are typical of East Sussex and Kent, and were used to dry hops for beer making.

The Oast has many period features including beams, wooden paneling, leaded windows, old stone walls and a wood burning stove and is furnished with lovely old furniture, and luxury Egyptian cotton bed linen. The master bedroom has a beautiful 4 poster bed, and with the windows open you can forget the city and just listen to the birdsong and the peace and quiet. Truly a very special self catering holiday home. For outside dining there is a large Outback gas fired BBQ new in 2014.

Pampering and Exercise weekends and holidays are also available, which incorporate the wonderful Lotte Berk ballet barre exercise classes, the original barre exercise method, beauty and massage treatments.

This area of Sussex has many attractions including historic towns like Battle, Rye, Bodiam Castle, a host of lovely unspoilt little villages and many National Trust properties with beautiful gardens and houses, not to mention local vineyards. Glyndebourne is 30 minutes away and the sea side and the South Downs about the same. Although the Oast is set in the most beautiful unspoilt & undulating countryside, it is only just over an hour into London on the train and an hours drive from Gatwick airport. Dallington is midway between Battle and Heathfield, and set in truly rural countryside.

- Private swimming pool

- Beautiful views

- Unspoilt countryside

- Picturesque village

- Suitable for disabled person as ground floor bed and shower room

- Bicycles for hire

- Gas BBQ

- Village pubs

- Close to the sea

- Wifi & Internet

- Spa and Exercise weekends available

- Lotte Berk ballet barre method exercise classes

The large, sunny kitchen dining room in this Susssex holiday cottage is full of light and spacious and also boasts a seating area with a sofa and 2 armchairs with TV and DVD. This large room has stunning exposed oak beamed ceilings, with well placed spot lights and large glass doors leading onto the terrace and 2nd lovely private garden, which is equipped for outside entertaining with a table and chairs, large sun umbrella, comfy cushions for the chairs as well as 2 barbecues, one Outback Gas BBQ, and a charcoal BBQ. The dining room has a large antique pine table which seats 8, a lovely old oak dresser and plenty of dining chairs, together with a traditional oak Windsor chair.

The pool area also has a table and benches for further alfresco dining

The kitchen is very well equipped with china, cutlery and all things for cooking at home.

There is a small utility area next to the kitchen with a washing machine, drying rails and a storage cupboard where the central heating boiler is stored.

Opposite this is a shower room with WC.

Adjacent to this is the entrance hall with plenty of storage for coats and boots.

On the ground floor of the roundel is a large double bedroom with a double bed and brass headboard, and lovely old furniture, including a large chest of drawers, drop leaf table and an elegant desk with bookcase on top. Windows look out over the garden. There is hanging space next to the bedroom in the understairs cupboard.

Taking the oak panelled exposed rock staircase upstairs, you come to the master bedroom in the top of the roundel with the vast 4 poster bed, covered with a gorgeous throw and lovely linen, for pure romance and fairy tale living this is a dream come true. A hairdryer is provided for guests use.

There is one further bedroom upstairs which is a large and beautiful room with a high beamed ceiling and little chandelier.

There are 2 elegant single beds with white iron headboards and one child’s bed (just a few inches smaller than a single). The linen on all the beds is white Egyptian cotton. There is a chest of draws and lots of hanging room.

The family bathroom upstairs has a bath with a handheld shower attachment. A charming window looks over the oast garden towards the old orchard.

The holiday cottage is supplied with 2 TV's, Sky, 2 DVDs, Wifi & internet, a mobile phone in case of emergencies, radio, some DVDs and games, and an iphone docking station

Guests in this Sussex holiday cottage have 2 garages and plenty of parking, and an attractive stroll through the gardens looking over the field where the sun sets, leads to the picturesque luxury self catering holiday cottage set in its own private grounds.

Dallington and the surrounding countryside.

This self catering Sussex holiday cottage is located on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Dallington, set well back down a long private drive.

This part of Sussex boasts many treats for holiday makers

- marvellous walks in the beautiful countryside

- beautiful views for painters

- wonderful bird life

- tranquility for writers or people enjoying a break from the city

- lovely National Trust properties including Batemans in Burwash – the home of Rudyard Kipling,


Great Dixter,

Pashley Manor,


Sheffield Park Garden,

Michelham Priory and many more

- Opera at Glyndebourne (30 minutes drive)

- Local Sussex vineyards

- Childrens activities including Drusillas,

The Bluebell railway,

Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings,

Yesterdays World Battle,

How we lived then Eastbourne,

Shipwreck Museum Hastings,

Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum Lewes,

Fishermans Museum Hastings

- Charming old pubs within a short drive

- lovely local villages

- Charleston House, home of the Bloomsbury set

- Castles such as Bodiam, Herstmonceaux, Pevensey and Lewes

- A day up in London is easily done on the train in just over an hour

- Lewes with its antique shops and beautiful Georgian architecture

- Tunbridge Wells just over half an hour away


Dallington is an hour or two from the ferry and channel ports of:

- Newhaven (approx 1 hour)

- Dover (approx 1.5 hours)

- Portsmouth

- Southampton

- Folkestone

Close to Channel tunnel and Eurostar stations at

- Folkestone (approx 1.5 hours)

- Ashford International (approx 1 hour)

- London Waterloo

- Ebsfleet


The warm welcome in this comfortable, spacious house was much appreciated. Our week at the Little Bucksteep Oast has been perfect. It’s a shame we couldn’t stay longer. P&FS, July 2009

We really enjoyed our stay here! It is such a beautiful cottage. We enjoyed it so much we want to come back with both sets of grandparents. P&D, Hoilland, Aug 09

Perfect! We will praise it abroad! Mr C.J Germany, Aug 09

This house is amazing – Megan (7) Aug 09

Thank you so much for your warm hospitality, the welcome pack, lovely Oast house, luxury bedding & furnishings, we felt completely pampered. A, Wiltshire, Sep 09

I can’t think of a more perfect place to spend my 30th birthday with my family. Beautiful surroundings both inside and out, it is such a special place. CT, UK, April 10

What a wonderful haven of peace and tranquility! R&J W, Gloucestershire, June 10

A beautiful house, peaceful and gracious setting. LM, UK, July 10

Owners did all they could to make our stay enjoyable. Mr C D, Nov 10

The house has been an absolute gem, so beautiful and really tucked away in the heart of the countryside. The perfect retreat to end the summer, Mrs B, Leamington Spa, Sep 10

What a delight to be able to see England for the first time from the perspective of Little Bucksteep. The setting is so relaxing, beautiful and so easy on the eyes and ears. I have enjoyed listening to the birds waking up in the morning and closing down the day. A more relaxing outing I can’t imagine than the time spent in the cottage with friends I love. DM, Texas, April 11

What a wonderful house! Beautifully stocked, extremely comfortable and glorious gardens. T,J&I, London, April 11

A beautiful house in a beautiful setting. Clean, comfortable and well equipped. The homemade apple juice was a wonderful touch, N.C, UK, May 11

We’ve had a great week. The Oast is full of character and extremely well fitted out. The location is fantastic, tucked away so that peace and quiet is guaranteed. A.C, UK, June 11

Thank you for your warm reception. We enjoyed your beautiful house and ofcourse the pool, we had a wonderful time. Family de.R, Jul 11

What a find! This is a lovely place, secluded yet so near to so many places. Loved retiring to the drawing room after dinner to relax in front of the log fire. G&C T, UK, Aug 11

A charming and comfortable house in a serene, sylvan setting. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. NB, US, Aug 11

More Details
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We have been running the Oast as a self catering holiday cottage for 6 years now. We do everything we can to make your stay as comfortable as we can, we are here to help, but equally we want guests to have their privacy.

Speaks English

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for a lovely stay, for tasting the fruit from the garden and the artichokes, and the warm welcome and your sweet pets.
Jul 2015
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33 Reviews

based on 33 holidaymaker reviews



  • 5 of 5

We just returned from our wonderful stay at the Little Bucksteep Oast House. House and surroundings are fantastic .

Unfortunately we missed Fiona and Robert - we are so sorry about that! But their neighbor Nikki gave us a very warm welcome - thank you Nikki for the nice, little talks and hints!

We want to say thank you, for creating such a perfect Hideaway - for us it was the perfect place to relax.

Wonderful nature and gardens, peace and privacy combined with the amazing Oast House and all its amenities - what more can you expect?

The location is ideal to explore Sussex - there is much more to see and do, than we could manage in one week. Castles, beach and coast, gorgeous medieval towns - all within easy reach.

We even did`t miss our pets at home in Germany - they were represented at best by the two Dalmatians and cats. We enjoyed their daily visits very much - greetings to all of them!!

Back home we showed our photos to my sister - she was really thrilled and we hope to return together one day!

Til then we ´ll preserve our lovely memories...

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that our lovely guests had a good stay, and we were sorry to miss them, as we do try and provide a personal service, helping our guests unload on arrival, showing them around, and being on call if they need us. When we are not around our lovely neighbour has been wonderful about greeting and helping the guests, as well as the 2 dalmatians who dash down to the Oast on a regular basis for play and meet and greet. We do hope our guests will return.
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Beautiful property in glorious surroundings

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully kept, very relaxing, spacious property with a lovely ambience. Great kitchen diner with plenty of room for all the family to be together. Comfortable beds in lovely rooms, 2 of which are round and the 4 poster bed is real luxury. The Vestentofts are generous and welcoming hosts. My son made use of their swimming pool every day and it was lovely to soak up the sun in the loungers by the pool. We all enjoyed making use of the tennis courts and the peaceful setting of the property was a joy. Lovely holiday with great memories. We can recommend this beautiful holiday home without reservation.

Sarah , Birmingham, UK

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so pleased our guests had a great holiday , it was lovely to have a Glyndebourne star staying with us! The Oast is a lovely light property geared to outside living as well as cosy suppers and log fires.
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A quaint little hideaway

  • 4 of 5

We have just returned from a weeks stay at Little Bucksteep Oast House. Fiona was an incredibly gracious host and greeted us upon arrival with a warm smile.

Once inside the Oast we saw a lovely welcome basket of assorted local items, a very lovely personal touch. would most definitely recommend the property to other families. We all enjoyed the use of the pool and tennis courts throughout the day and enjoyed the surroundings each evening. We all loved the visits from the two dogs and they became welcome guests. Thank you for a lovely stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely that our guests made such good use of the pool and tennis court, as well as the BBQ and outside eating area. The pool is heated and it was great that they used it and the court in the evenings too, as it was warm enough to swim thanks to the heating as well as the weather.
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  • 5 of 5

We all had a great time at Little Bucksteep Oast. The location is very good for visiting the many attractions that East Sussex and Kent have to offer. Brighton, Lewes, Hastings, Battle, Rye, Camber sands and many more are within easy reach from LBO and yet LBO is in a very peaceful location. LBO is surrounded by beautiful gardens which are in themselves set in rural surroundings. The property itself is a converted oast mostly dating back several hundred years however it has a modern feel to it. Two of the three bedrooms are located in the 'oast'. One is a double in a very generously sized room and the other is located upstairs towards the top of the oast and contains the most enormous 4 poster bed I have ever seen! It felt as though I needed to text my wife to check to see if she was in the other side of the bed! I would however like to point out that in my 30 years of marriage holiday beds have tended to be a bit of a let down in terms of comfort on my wife's part. Not this bed at LBO! 'One of the most comfortable ever' according to my dearly beloved! The third bedroom is located off a landing as you go up to the top bedroom. This is a delightful twin (+1) room which floods with light from 3 windows.

Back downstairs there is a large sitting room in the main part of the old oast. This is complete with log burner and I would think would be al lovely cosy room on a cold evening (we were blessed by good weather so didn't have the need to test this out!). Past the lounge there is a really good shower room (upstairs there is a modern bathroom with shower over bath) and a utility area with washing machine. This then leads through into a great kitchen/ dining/living space where we spent most of our evening time (when not outdoors). This is a superb space for gathering to eat, talk, play games etc. The kitchen has everything you could need (including dishwasher!) and the dining table could easily seat 10 or more around it. The sitting area is comfortable and overlooks patio and gardens. Outside the 3 burner gas BBQ was well used (there is also a traditional Weber charcoal type of BBQ if this is your preference) and of course the tennis court and swimming pool. Overall a great time was had by all. Our group was 2 x 53yrs, 2 x 21 yrs and 2 x 18yrs but I would think all age ranges could enjoy a stay at LBO. Our only disappointment was that we could only be there for 1 week - you really need more!

PS Nearly forgot the 2 lovely Dalmations and the cat!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review, I realise reading this that our description of LBO probably doesn't do it full justice, as our tenants have described it far better - glad they mentioned the super king size 4 poster, loved by old and young alike, the young girls feel like a princess in a fairy tale there. I should add that we make a point of buying really good quality cotton sheets, so I'm delighted our guests noticed that too. Most guests fall in love the with Dalmatians, who love children, will follow you everywhere, and are nearly always on hand to help with the BBQ!
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Wonderful relaxing stay!

  • 5 of 5

Two families with 3 kids had a really enjoyable and memorable time here at the Oasthouse. Despite the poor weather, kids loved the pool and tennis court, the house was quality throughout. Spacious and characterful, everything was provided for. Wifi and mobile access a bit patchy but ok. Lovely hosts. Thank you we felt right at home.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you had a good time, we were thrilled to see you swimming and playing tennis despite the weather, apologies for the wifi and mobile access, we have a booster for mobile signal, and we hope to be on faster broadband sometime in 2016/ 2017
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A rural escape in a very comfortable oast house with lovely countryside views, pool & tennis courts

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a great week in the oast house. Our adult children stayed over the weekend and enjoyed using the tennis court. Very spacious holiday property with lovely views, very comfortable four poster bed and well equipped kitchen. Very useful having 2 living areas so anyone not wanting to watch TV could escape into a different room. We had exceptionally good weather for early May and therefore managed to make use of the pool as well as the tennis courts, Had a very nice meal at the Horse and Groom, Rushlake Green and afternoon tea at Fir Trees Tea Room in Penshurst, near Tunbridge Wells. Appreciated the home made apple juice & jam in fridge on arrival plus other goodies left by Fiona & Robert for our arrival. I'd recommend it for families and groups of friends.

  • Review Submitted: May 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a nice time, it is very useful having 2 living areas, and as both have TV and DVD you can escape what the children are watching. We've also got Wifi and Wifi boosters in the upstairs bedrooms. This lovely weather has meant the pool is lovely and warm too.
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From the Owner

Close to airports, ferries and London. Set in beautiful countryside, with lovely old pubs. Very generous use of private pool and tennis court. Bikes for hire on the property. Glyndebourne is close by with world class opera. Beautiful gardens abide in this part of Sussex. If the pool becomes dull, the beach is within an hours drive too. Short breaks are available outside high season times.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : London Gatwick at 38 Miles Nearest Barpub : The Swan, Woods Corner at 0.7 Miles Nearest Ferry : Newhaven at 26 Miles Nearest Golf : Horam Park at 6 Kilometres Nearest Train : Etchingham or Battle at 6 Miles Nearest Motorway : A21 at 9 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Battle at 6 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Pevensey Bay at 11 Miles Car: necessary

Dallington is in an area of outstanding natural beauty, close to the historic town of Battle, where the battle of Hastings was fought in 1066, as well as other historical attractions including Bodiam Castle, Herstmonceux Castle and Pevensey Castle. East Sussex has many beautiful gardens open to the public including Great Dixter, Michelham Priory, Merriments, Pashley Manor and Batemans. The countryside is breathtaking and marvellously unspoilt with rolling hills and lovely walks. The beach at Pevensey is close by, or Bexhill and the fishermans huts at Hastings, beautiful Rye or a little further away Winchelsea. Not far away are Glyndebourne, home of world famous opera, as well as the homes of the Bloomsbury set including Charlston, visit the lovely villages of Alfriston and Firle and walk along the South Downs. We have 4 bicycles which we rent to guests so they can enjoy the beautiful countryside as well as get fit/ work up a healthy appetite for a pub lunch in one of the lovely pubs nearby. Closer to us are the lovely local villages of Brightling, Robertsbridge and Burwash. Visit Lewes and try the famous Harveys bitter.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Apr 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
May half term
27 May 2017 - 3 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £350

SHORT BREAKS: Short 2 day breaks are charged at 60% of the full weekly rental. Please contact owner to discuss short stays.

During the special offer the full rental amount is required to confirm your reservation. Once received, your dates will be reserved and no other bookings will be made.

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From the Owner

The Oast is special because it is old and beautiful and we have tried to furnish it in character with lovely old pieces, together with beautiful Egyptian cotton bed linen. The open plan dining room/ kitchen is a lovely large sunny room and flooded with light. Guests have very generous use of a private swimming pool. The huge 4 poster bed in the top roundel bedroom is a gorgeous luxury. There is a large gas fired BBQ for alfresco dining, and a wood burning stove in the sitting room for cooler nights. The Oast is full of character with beautiful old beams, and gorgeous views of the garden, particularly lovely in spring with daffodils and summer with flowers and roses. We also offer luxury pampering weekends which incorporate fantastic Lotte Berk ballet barre exercise classes, together with massage and beauty treatments. 4 bicycles on the property which guests may rent during their stay.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Sports & Activities


  • Activities Guide
  • Baby Gate
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Tiled Stove
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room


  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 1800 sq. ft.


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 1 on the ground floor is a shower room with lavatory and basin Bathroom 2 on the top floor has a bath with shower attachment, lavatory and basin.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 4 poster bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot, A cot is placed just outside this bedroom
  • Bedroom 1: The master bedroom in the top of the roundel with the vast 4 poster bed, covered with a gorgeous throw and lovely Egyptian cotton linen, for pure romance and fairy tale living this is a dream come true. Bedroom 2: On the ground floor of the roundel is a large double bedroom with a double bed and brass headboard and lovely old furniture, including a large chest of drawers, drop leaf table and an elegant desk with bookcase on top. Luxury linen. Windows look out over the garden. There is hanging space next to the bedroom in the under-stairs cupboard. Bedroom 3: A large and beautiful room with a high beamed ceiling and little chandelier. There are 2 elegant single beds with white iron headboards and one child’s bed (just a few inches smaller than a single). The linen on all the beds is Egyptian cotton.


  • Deck Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • 7 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • We offer luxury Pampering and Exercise weekends & breaks at the Oast, these include Lotte Berk ballet barre method exercise classes ('Ballet boot camp' - ref Sunday Times article 31/3/13), as well as beauty and massage treatments. These weekends can be booked either self catered, or catered with delicious home cooked food, for additional luxury These weekends can be tailor made to your request. Visit our website www.littlebucksteepoast.co.uk PLEASE REFER TO THE 'DESCRIPTION' SECTION TO SEE GUEST REVIEWS

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