Gildridge House

Herstmonceux, Rural Sussex

  • 5 Star
  • The perfect property for a family getaway of 12 plus two dogs in the heart of the Sussex countryside. Spacious accommodation combines traditional and modern plus covered pool, sauna and games room.

You can book this property from:

  • £2,414 per week
  • £345 per night
  • 5 Star



  • 5 WCs
  • Towels provided
  • En-suite bathroom

Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 3 king/super-king beds
  • 7 single beds


  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Range/Aga
  • Freezer


  • Garden or courtyard
  • Outdoor storage
  • Barbecue
  • Private parking
  • Rural location

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Games room
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool
  • Welcome pack
  • Countryside views

How far to ...?

  • Beach 10 miles
  • Pub 2 miles
  • Shop 2 miles

Nearby activities

  • Walking
  • Cycling


  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Ground floor bath/shower room

Important - please note

House Rules

  • Check in: 4:00pm
  • Check out: 9:00am

  To give our cleaners enough time to complete the additional cleaning and sanitising that is currently needed to keep our guests safe, check-in and check-out times at the majority of our properties have been temporarily revised. The revised times for this property are reflected above.


Gildridge House is a unique property, in the stunning Sussex countryside, set on a 300 acre working sheep and cattle farm. Located at the end of a long, private driveway, the detached house dates back in part to the 17th century with later extensions offering a more modern living space. Gildridge House offers a long Hall Room with vaulted ceiling flowing into the dining room with a tall south facing window and is beautifully styled and is in keeping with the character of the property. It is ideal for families or groups of friends with 3 large family bedrooms plus 1 double bedroom and has been cleverly designed with lots of additional spaces for entertaining children and young adults. Shop: 2 miles  Pub: 2 miles  Coast: 10 miles

The house boasts a heated, covered swimming pool.  The pool is heated by an enclosed air source pump (heated March-November) and open all year with graduated entry for children. The water temperature depends on the ambient air temperature so will be bracing in winter. The pool is adjacent to the large, bright conservatory along with a sauna, full sized tennis table and a small football table  From both floors of the house, there are lovely views of the garden and extensive views across the farm to the South Downs.  

Entrance Porch: 2 chaise longue and a quiet spot away from it all
Hall Room: A large 8m (25') room; set up as a tv room and sitting area and suitable as a dining/celebration room
Sitting Room: is dual aspect with large inglenook fireplace. 3 sofas with soft cushions and fur throw on the leather sofa; 6 armchairs and footstools, side tables and lamps. There is a TV hidden behind oak panelling. Perfect space for comfortable evenings for large or small groups. Connecting through to...
Bar Area: with sink, dishwasher and a collection of crystal glassware. Connecting with...
Dining Room: with mahogany table for 8/10. Additional table for 6 close by. Sideboard, TV and book shelves. Flexible area, can be arranged so that the furniture in the Hall Room and the dining room are switched over depending on requirements
Kitchen: equipped for large groups with fitted cupboards and tiled worktops. There is a central island with 3 high stools, a larder, 2 large fridges, dishwasher, 2 kettles, coffee machine, microwave, oil fired 4 oven Aga and Belling triple oven Range. The Aga is turned off in summer months unless requested to be in use. Stable doors to...
Conservatory: tiled with fitted window seating and cushions, large table with seating for 8, indoor child's football table and easy access to covered swimming pool 
Utility: with twin butler sink, large freezer with complimentary ice bags; two washing machines and 2 dryers. Space for coats and boots and door to driveway and garage
Sauna: One hour timer; please bring your own towels for pool and sauna use 
Shower Room: fully tiled with heated floor/towel rail washbasin and w.c.

Ground floor:

Family Room 1: (accessed by 1 step) Thick fitted carpet, two singles made as super king with extra single. Fitted hanging rail in alcove. One step back down to large En-suite quadrant shower room with a privacy curtain from the Hall Room

First Floor:
Carpeted oak staircase to mezzanine landing to...

Family Room 2: Large carpeted room with king size bed, a daybed (optional extra child); large built in wardrobe . T.V. Through to En-suite tiled bathroom with overhead shower and screen. Adjacent comfortable area with two single beds and privacy curtain
Family Room 3 has a fabulous view over the garden: Super king bed with built in wardrobes and hanging/shelving. En-suite mosaic tiled semi-circular bathroom with drench head, and unique in-shower seating. Shared with twin bedded area
Bedroom 4: accessed by original spiral stairs with rope handrail connecting through from the sitting room. Carpeted with super king size bed; built in wardrobe and en-suite shower room.

All the bedrooms have fitted wardrobes or hanging areas, side tables and lamps, mirrors, chest of drawers and chairs, many with over bed reading lights. Curtains or roman blinds in all and daylight blinds in most.
The 5 shower rooms (one bath in Family room 2) are all equipped with heated towel rails; basins and w.c.; shaving points and mirrors; 3 with underfloor heating.

Garden: Sweeping driveway, large lawned grounds with 2 unfenced ponds and ancient oaks. South facing terraced area near the pool with plenty of garden furniture; 10 sun loungers and a charcoal barbeque. Outside table tennis in the open garage.
Heating: Oil fired central heating; inglenook with large container of wood to get you started (further supplies can be easily purchased from the farmer).
Pets: 2 dogs are welcome but must be kept on their leads outside due to the nature of the farm. 
Parking: Ample parking next to the property.
Notes: Plenty of space for storage of own bicycles. There are two stair gates in place.  WiFi with boosters available; 2 bluetooth Hi-Fi systems and a CD player. 4 smart T.V.'s. If Hall Room dining is required for a special occasion, please let the owner know in advance. Enclosed air source heated (March-November) pool, open all year just outside conservatory. Graduated entry for children.

Out and About:
Herstmonceux Science centre and  Knockhatch childrens adventure are closeby.
Drucillas; Eastbourne Marina and seafront, Charleston, Michelham Priory, Firle Place, Glyndbourne 
Mount Caburn for paragliding! - less than half an hour
Brighton and Newhaven is 40 minutes depending on time or travel. Rye in the other direction about the same
Batemans; Ashdown Forrest and Tunbridge Wells and  Beachy Head - half an hour
Battle Abbey 20 minutes  
The Gun at Chidingly for good food, specialising in pizzas with fantastic outdoor seating (special menu days)
Great Park Farm Nursery, Catsfield; for delicious lunches, coffee and cakes and all you need for extra supplies
Plenty of local pubs and restaurants: The Brewer's Arms in Herstmonceux; Merrie Harriers in Cowbeech; The Ash at Ashburnham; The Lamb at Wartling is 5 miles 
Hailsham 2 miles away: Waitrose, Tesco, Asda. A large Neptune to wander around (with free coffee!) 
Arlington car racing.  Cuckoo trail runs from Polegate through Hailsham to Heathfield 11 miles of family friendly track (old train line)

At the end of the drive:  
A seven mile quiet country lane to cycle along to Pevensey Castle and Normans Bay. (Sustrans Route 2)
Two footpaths cross the farm and interconnect with many miles of beautiful country walks.


We all thought Gildridge House was excellent we were all surprised when walking in how beautifully furnished it was and how spotlessly clean . It was so well equipped , down to the smallest detail , we didn't want or need anything . The indoor pool was a must for us and it was clean and warm as was the house as the evenings were a bit chilly when we were there . No negatives for us at all and would definitely go back and recommend to friends .

Mr H,

Great stay, loved the cling film machine! The sauna is a real bonus and tha hamper was appreciated. it's nice to have a really sunny conservatory during the day and a cosy snug with a fireplace in the evenings.

Ms G,

The most stunning setting for my 30th birthday weekend away, so well equipped, lovely welcome hamper, very friendly host and the most comfortable beds ever. We will be back.

Previous Customer,

We loved the property. Emma who greeted us was lovely and very helpful. Also we were so impressed that the kitchen was especially so well equipped! Absolutely everything you needed or could think of was there! We spent a lot of time cooking and socialising in the kitchen - it was so warm and had a great feel. Thank you!

Mrs Kim O,