The Garden Cottage

Ashdown Forest, Rural Sussex

  • 4 Star
  • Superb, on the edge of the forest retreat, perfect for walkers and cyclists with direct access to the Ashdown Forest and only a short walk to the local pub.

You can book this property from:

  • £447 per week
  • £64 per night
  • 4 Star


Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 1 king/super-king bed


  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer


  • 1 WC
  • Towels provided
  • En-suite bathroom

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Welcome pack


  • Garden or courtyard
  • Private parking
  • Rural location

Nearby activities

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Pony trekking/horse riding


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

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.


The Garden Cottage sits at the rear of the garden of The Old School, reached via a short private drive leading to a secure courtyard with ample parking. The Cottage was originally the school tuck shop and is now transformed into a very comfortable retreat for two on the outskirts of the small village of Fairwarp, situated on the edge of the six and a half thousand acres of the Ashdown Forest.  The Garden Cottage has been converted with great attention to detail and offers a wonderful starting-point from which to set out and explore this lovely area of unlimited walking possibilities and nearby tourist attractions. 

Enter via a screened and decked area with outside furniture for al fresco dining, and step into the warm and welcoming open plan living area, furnished and decorated beautifully.  There is a well-equipped modern kitchen and a separate double bedroom with an en-suite shower room.  At the rear of the property there is also seating overlooking the Forest, to which a private gate provides direct access. This area of outstanding natural beauty is perfect for walkers and cyclists, nature lovers and bird watchers.  Don't forget to pack your binoculars and walking boots!  Shop: 2 miles  Pub: 0.5 miles  Coast: 22 miles

Property all on one level:

Open plan living area -
Sitting Room: Karndean flooring, two-seater sofa, armchair, coffee table, rug, Smart TV with Freeview, built-in wardrobe with shelving and storage space
Kitchen: modern fitted units with a breakfast bar and two high stools, electric hob and oven, microwave, dishwasher, washer/dryer
Bedroom: carpeted, king-size bed with mattress topper, under bed storage drawers, bedside tables and lamps, mirror, chair
En-Suite Shower Room: Large shower cabinet, washbasin, heated towel rail, w.c.

Garden: Decked area to the front of the property with bistro table and chairs.  This area is screened from the owner's property with trellis and planting.  There is also seating to the rear of the property with a chain link fence with direct access into the Ashdown Forest
Heating: Thermostatic electric wall mounted radiators in the living area and a plug-in oil filled moveable radiator in the bedroom
Parking: Private secure parking close to the Cottage (automatic code-operated gate)
Notes: WiFi available and USB plug sockets. Babes in arms are welcome but please bring your own travel cot

Out and About:
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.

Ashdown Forest is also renowned as the home of Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh. As well as the Ashdown Forest, there are many National Trust properties, castles and gardens to explore all within an easy drive: Penshurst Place and Gardens, Chiddingstone, Scotney and Hever Castles, Sheffield Park and Gardens.  There is also the Bluebell Railway at Sheffield Park and the Spa Valley Railway in Tunbridge Wells. 

Royal Tunbridge Wells is about 10 miles away and offers a wide range of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars.  The Sussex coastline is about an hour's drive away and you can hire bikes in Forest Row.  Treat yourself to afternoon tea at the Duddleswell Tea Rooms or the local Garden Centre (both just along the road) or to an evening pint in the local, Foresters Arms. The Hatch in Coleman's Hatch, the Griffin Inn in Fletching and the Foresters’ Arms all serve good food.

The nearest large town is Uckfield (an 8 minute drive) which has a train station with a direct hourly service to London.


Very welcoming and helpful hosts. Very comfortable and well equipped cottage.

Mrs P,

A great location for exploring the Ashdown Forest and the surrounding area. Fantastic hosts, very friendly and helpful. Accommodation comfortable and a high standard.

Mr B,

A pleasant rural property in a fantastic location opening straight onto Ashdown Forest. The hosts are very hospitable and went beyond in making sure we were comfortable and provided for. The local pub is good for a beer, but you'll need a car for shopping and dining - though the cottage is well equipped for self catering.

Mr M,

A lovely cosy space right on the Ashdown Forest, equipped with everything you could need for a great stay. Wonderfully kind and thoughtful hosts provided a very warm welcome and lots of information about the surrounding area. So close to nature that bunny rabbits can be spotted when you’re doing the washing up!

Ms W,

What a fantastic holiday we have had! We love the cottage, so clean and comfortable. We’ve seen so many places and have walked miles. You have been wonderful hosts and have looked after us so well.

The S,

What a lovely gem we found! The Garden Cottage is a real ‘home from home’. Our hosts have looked after all our needs and gave us so much information about this lovely area. Would not hesitate to return.

The D,

We have enjoyed our week here in this lovely cottage on the edge of the Forest. Everything has been ‘just so’ and the welcome pack was excellent.

The W,

We stayed here for four nights and used it as a great base to explore Sussex.... We spent a day in the cottage too and it was very comforting and cosy....Our favourite place (to eat) was a nearby Indian in Nutley – ‘Hathi’. All in all, a wonderful visit and we’re very thankful to our lovely hosts. They have been very welcoming and friendly which really makes a difference.

Past Customer,

Our hosts were fantastic – friendly and welcoming and very helpful throughout our stay. A wonderful welcome pack and a very comfortable and cosy cabin...We had a brilliant week exploring the stunning countryside. Many thanks!

Past Customer,