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The Pump House

Hartfield, Rural Sussex

  • 4 Star

You can book this property from:

  • £335 per week
  • £48 per night
  • 4 Star

Facilities

Bathrooms

  • 1 bathroom
  • 1 WC
  • Towels provided
  • Shower

Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 1 double bed

Kitchen

  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer

Outdoors

  • Garden, courtyard or patio
  • Barbecue
  • Private parking

Special Features

  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Welcome pack

How far to ...?

  • Pub 1 mile

Nearby activities

  • Walking
  • Golf
  • Pony trekking/horse riding

Accessibility

  • On one level, no stairs
  • Ground floor WC
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Ground floor bath/shower room

Important - please note

House Rules

  • Check in: 3pm
  • Check out: 10am

Description

The Pump House is found down a long private drive right in the middle of Ashdown Forest - originally a deer hunting forest in Norman times, but stripped of its trees in the Middle Ages and is now a conservation area at the heart of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The 6,500 acres of  heathland is an unusual UK habitat for rare birds and plentiful wildlife with national and international protection. In the midst of it all you can have the privilege of waking up to hear only birdsong, open your doors and explore freely all of this spectacular landscape. Ashdown Forest is also renowned as the home of Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh.The cottage, converted from an old pump house formerly used for pumping spring water to the main house, is romantically sited in a woodland garden. You can walk straight up the drive onto the 'Forest' where you can explore for hours. A map in the Pump House will show you where best to explore, including an adjacent nature reserve and suggested sights to see including Poohsticks bridge of Winnie the Pooh fame and The Enchanted Place which is just beyond the top of the drive. Another bonus is that the owner, a renowned British wine critic, hosts fabulous wine tasting experiences in the main house throughout the year.  The cottage is really in the middle of nowhere but there is a highly recommended traditional English country pub about two miles away - The Hatch, serving excellent food, fine ales and wines in an atmospheric old beamed, stone floored building with roaring fire in winter.   Small to medium sized dogs only accepted during the summer months - June to end September.
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Ground Floor:
Open Plan Sitting/Dining Room/Kitchen
is a really attractive, cosy space with a wood burning stove for added comfort. There is a comfortable sofa, an ottoman, TV/DVD, small table and chairs and French doors to the garden. An integral, well equipped Kitchen Area provides a low level combination microwave oven, a two ring hob, fridge with freezer compartment and plenty of storage space. The washer/dryer is housed in an adjacent outhouse. Through an archway framed with intricately carved hardwood beams to...
Bedroom with more wonderful carved beams creating a beautiful backdrop to the handsome oak sleigh double bed. There are also bedside tables, a hand painted antique wardrobe and stable doors to the garden and terrace
Shower Room is fantastic, fully tiled with underfloor heating, large walk-in shower, heated towel rail, washbasin and w.c.

Garden: Paved terrace area with garden furniture and barbecue surrounded by lawns and woodlands.
Heating: Thermostatically controlled electric panel heaters, underfloor heating in the shower room plus wood burning stove. Logs provided
Parking: Directly beside the property.
Notes: Small to medium sized dogs are only accepted during the summer months - June to end September.

There are 12 steps down from the parking area to the cottage. A second path leads from the drive to the front door with just 4 steps. The garden is not enclosed so a dog should be kept on a lead in the garden and up the drive past the main house. (This is important as there are protected wildlife species close by and the owners have peacocks). Dogs can be off the lead on the Forest, though there are sheep in enclosed areas, where dogs should be kept on a lead if not trustworthy with livestock. 

Reviews

Fabulous little house in the woods! Highly recommend Ashdown Forest if you like the more natural side of the English countryside, it is easy to access, has plenty of places to visit, and (for us) not too far away.

Mr Stephen H,

Great place to stay and explore Ashdown Forest, Owners very helpful. Nice quite place excellent for walks.

Mr Roger B,

We love it. The property is so nicely appointed that it feels like home. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Mr L,

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