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Many English towns are renowned for their historic connections, but only one was the location for one of the World's most famous confrontations; the 1066 Battle of Hastings. The charming, market town of Battle is a must see destination for visitors interested in history or even those who simply want to enjoy a peaceful holiday in the beautiful Sussex countryside!

The ancient Abbey, which was built in the 11th Century by William the Conqueror, dominates the town. The ruins and buildings can be explored and there is a visitor's centre with interactive displays and information relating to the famous Battle. There are also numerous medieval and Georgian buildings scattered throughout the town, many of which are listed.

The town really comes alive in Autumn. The festivities begin in late October, with a re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings that draws in performers from all over Europe. Bonfire Night is also a huge attraction and features a procession through the town. In spring, there is a huge medieval fayre with jousting, maypoling and other activities.

There is also some great shopping to be found. Opposite the Abbey, a market takes place on Fridays and Saturdays and is a good place to pick up crafts and local produce. There are also several individual shops and boutiques to explore, selling jewellery, gifts and other items.

Battle and the surrounding area provides a great cottage holiday base from which to explore the many attractions in part of Sussex, including several perfectly preserved castles. The town sits on High Weald, an Area of Outstanding Beauty, where there are many walking trails and opportunities to see rare birds at Battle Great Wood. The coast is also a short drive away, where you will find stunning cliff top walks and the traditional seaside town of Hastings.

Discover one of England's most historic towns in the beautiful Sussex countryside; search Holiday Cottages in Battle today.

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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

In an AONB, with glorious views of the rolling Sussex countryside, these adjoining former stables (The Racing Stables 24912 and The Shire Stables 24913) have been converted into attractive holiday accommodation. Each has its own private garden area where you can enjoy a glass of wine as the sun sets after a day’s sightseeing or take a stroll to one of three pubs within 2 miles of the farm via a circular walk. This working sheep farm offers walks from the doorstep or bring your bike which can easily be stored. The South Downs are just 20 minutes away. Take your pick of the beaches at Eastbourne, Pevensey, Bexhill or Hastings. Historical sites including Battle Abbey, Pevensey Castle and Rudyard Kipling’s home Batemans at Burwash. The Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux offers over 100 interactive hands-on exhibits alongside the historic telescopes, or you can have a great day out at Drusillas, widely regarded as the best small zoo in the country! All are within easy driving distance, and Battle and Stonegate stations provide access to London in 1 hour 20 minutes for further sightseeing opportunities in the capital. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping), beams and wooden floor/dining room with beams and wooden floor/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Pet free of charge.

Both properties: Economy 7 NSH and electricity included (£20per week, £15 per 3/4 night short break, £10 per 2 night short break October-April). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Lawned garden with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 70-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£256-£681
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Half Moon Ref: 30248


Enjoying peaceful, rural vistas overlooking fields, Half Moon has its own private entrance through a 5 bar gate, parking and a garden. It adjoins the owners’ home and is situated on the edge of the South Downs, where walks and cycle paths are on the doorstep. Just along the lane is one of the largest post windmills in the country - an ideal windmill location as it’s built on some of the highest ground in the area, overlooking the Pevensey Levels and English Channel. Herstmonceux Castle with grounds and gardens is nearby, and is home to the Observatory Science Centre, providing spectacular hands-on science among the domes and telescopes of a world-famous astronomical observatory. Explore 7 acres of grounds and gardens at Michelham Priory, with the longest water-filled moat in England, 9 miles. Also, visit Pevensey Bay and Castle, where William the Conqueror landed in 1066, Burwash with Batemans, home to Rudyard Kipling and Charleston Farmhouse, home of the Bloomsbury set and decorated by Vanessa Bell, sister to Virginia Woolf, which are all within a short drive. Eastbourne is approximately 10 miles away, with its award-winning beaches and train connections to London. Golf and horse riding locally. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with stone floor. Kitchen with stone floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with sloping ceilings, leading to 1 single. Shower room with sloping ceiling and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Garden and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. No children under 12 years.

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£230-£605
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
The Old Dairy Ref: 26238

This detached, single-storey holiday property is set amongst 32 acres of farmland with corn-fed pigs and sheep. Stroll the plethora of footpaths and don’t miss Battle Abbey - the subject of a famous Turner painting and the battlefield in 1066. Explore cosmopolitan Hastings and see the historic Old Town, with its fishing boats and iconic net huts, visit Underwater World, or the smugglers’ caves. Castles and vineyards are within a short drive and the station provides good access to London for additional sightseeing. Shop and restaurant 2 miles, pub 1½ miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electric underfloor heating (in bathroom), electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard with terrace and furniture. 32 acres of shared farmland. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£228-£605
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2

These two pretty, beamed, semi-detached holiday cottages, (refs 27442 and 27443) with mezzanine floor, have been attractively converted from former cow byres and are set in the owners’ 14-acre small holding which is home to farm animals including sheep and pigs. On-site is a small children’s play area. A 10-minute walk across the fields brings you into Sedlescombe with its village green and traditional country pub. In close proximity to Battle, with its famous battlefield and abbey, built to commemorate the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Relive one of the most famous days in history, and join the 1066 walk from the doorstep. Take a trip on the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway from Tenterden, (also know as ’The Jewel of the Weald’), through the Rother Levels to Bodiam, one of the most evocative moated castles (NT), built in 1385. Discover the one time coastal smuggling town of Hastings and medieval Cinque Port town of Rye with its cobbled streets. Picturesque sand dunes and interesting wildlife can be explored at Camber. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile. Propeties 27442 and 27443 can be booked to together to accommodate up to 4 guests.

Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining toom/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Gallery with double (5ft) bed (zip and link, can be twin) and sloping ceiling with limited headroom. Beams throughout.

Both properties: Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine in external building. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 14-acre fields and farmland. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge, to be kept on lead in farmland. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Unfenced ornamental pond, 3 yards.

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£225-£582
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1

Sympathetically converted to form characterful properties, the heavily beamed cottages at Thornden Farm date back to the 16th century and occupy a truly peaceful and secluded setting amidst 1066 countryside. Standing within the grounds of Thornden Farm, with its small flock of sheep, friendly goats, free range chickens and grand peacocks, the cottages enjoys far-reaching views to Beachy Head, the South Downs and the sea. Each cottage boasts an individual seating area in landscaped gardens.
There is a wealth of diverse attractions and activities within the surrounding area. Visit historic Battle, where one may pause for a cream tea and visit the ancient abbey or the fascinating world of Yesteryear, a fun museum of everyday items from days gone by. Hastings is a short drive away offering freshly caught fish from the beaches in the old town, the smugglers cave and many more tourist attractions. Rye, with its cobbled streets, variety of shops and inns such as the famous Mermaid Inn which is known in history as the meeting place for the notorious Hawkhurst smuggling gang, makes a truly wonderful day out. Just a short trip from Ashburnham, one can find expanses of white sand dunes and beaches at Camber, with many other beaches and cliff top walks to be discovered along the entire coast. The Victorian seaside resort of Eastbourne (15 miles), with an indoor swimming-pool, adventure park and new Sovereign Harbour complex, still retains a sense of its opulent past. Royal Tunbridge Wells and the famous Pantiles are 18 miles away. Batemans, the home of Rudyard Kipling, is 5 miles away at Burwash. There are also numerous National Trust and English Heritage sites in the locality.
Activities offered locally include trout fishing (fly only) in Ashburnham, Bewl and Darwell reservoirs. Horse riding, four golf courses plus fantastic cycling and walking. There are many festivals and shows throughout the year, including orchestral nights at Battle Abbey and the castles of Bodium and Hertsmonceaux. Guy Fawkes celebrations in East Sussex are a local tradition, with each area boasting its own Bonfire Society. Within 1½ miles there are two pubs, the ‘Ash Tree Inn’ at Brownbread Street and ‘The Swan Inn’ at Dallington each serve real ales and fine food. Whether it’s a romantic short break or a family holiday that is required, Thornden Cottages offer the perfect setting, as many people testify by returning again, and again, and again. Shop 4 miles.

Open-plan living/dining room, with wood-burning stove in inglenook fireplace, and farmhouse-style kitchen area. Double bedroom with sloping ceiling. Shower room with toilet. Beams and wooden floors throughout.

  • Wood-burning stove – initial logs included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Video
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing by arrangement with owner
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Small sitting-out area with furniture
  • Parking
  • No smoking
  • NB: Unfenced pond in owner’s grounds

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£255-£573
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

This unusual part-beamed oast is set on a 150-acre working beef and cattle farm set back along a mile driveway, next to the owner’s home. Accessed via a roundel on the ground floor, a split staircase leads to the holiday accommodation on the first floor and there are further stairs to the kitchen/dining area in another roundel which has a part glass ceiling. Visit the moated Bodiam Castle, Bewl Water, ‘Go Ape’ at Bedgebury Pinetum or the coast at Hastings. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ mile.

Entrance lobby with games area. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Living room with French doors to balcony. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Gallery: Beamed kitchen/dining area with gas range (for cooking) and stable door to balcony. Oak floors throughout.

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Gas range included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine (in bathroom)
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Paved courtyard with table tennis and furniture
  • 200 acres of shared farmland
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Games area with table football
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Pond in grounds

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£339-£819
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Sympathetically converted to form characterful properties, the heavily beamed cottages at Thornden Farm date back to the 16th century and occupy a truly peaceful and secluded setting amidst 1066 countryside. Standing within the grounds of Thornden Farm, with its small flock of sheep, friendly goats, free range chickens and grand peacocks, the cottages enjoys far-reaching views to Beachy Head, the South Downs and the sea. Each cottage boasts an individual seating area in landscaped gardens.
There is a wealth of diverse attractions and activities within the surrounding area. Visit historic Battle, where one may pause for a cream tea and visit the ancient abbey or the fascinating world of Yesteryear, a fun museum of everyday items from days gone by. Hastings is a short drive away offering freshly caught fish from the beaches in the old town, the smugglers cave and many more tourist attractions. Rye, with its cobbled streets, variety of shops and inns such as the famous Mermaid Inn which is known in history as the meeting place for the notorious Hawkhurst smuggling gang, makes a truly wonderful day out. Just a short trip from Ashburnham, one can find expanses of white sand dunes and beaches at Camber, with many other beaches and cliff top walks to be discovered along the entire coast. The Victorian seaside resort of Eastbourne (15 miles), with an indoor swimming-pool, adventure park and new Sovereign Harbour complex, still retains a sense of its opulent past. Royal Tunbridge Wells and the famous Pantiles are 18 miles away. Batemans, the home of Rudyard Kipling, is 5 miles away at Burwash. There are also numerous National Trust and English Heritage sites in the locality.
Activities offered locally include trout fishing (fly only) in Ashburnham, Bewl and Darwell reservoirs. Horse riding, four golf courses plus fantastic cycling and walking. There are many festivals and shows throughout the year, including orchestral nights at Battle Abbey and the castles of Bodium and Hertsmonceaux. Guy Fawkes celebrations in East Sussex are a local tradition, with each area boasting its own Bonfire Society. Within 1½ miles there are two pubs, the ‘Ash Tree Inn’ at Brownbread Street and ‘The Swan Inn’ at Dallington each serve real ales and fine food. Whether it’s a romantic short break or a family holiday that is required, Thornden Cottages offer the perfect setting, as many people testify by returning again, and again, and again. Shop 4 miles.

Living/dining room with French doors to hallway area and well-appointed kitchen. Large bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms each with sloping ceiling and glorious views; one double and one twin. Stone floors throughout.

  • DVD
  • Dishwasher

  • Wood-burning stove – initial logs included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Video
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing by arrangement with owner
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Small sitting-out area with furniture
  • Parking
  • No smoking
  • NB: Unfenced pond in owner’s grounds

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£411-£800
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Millers Oast Ref: E3883

In the heart of 1066 Country, this quaint oast house offers comfortable and peaceful accommodation, its living room and double bedroom in the oast’s roundel. Enjoying views over open countryside, it sits in the grounds of the owners’ home, where they run a small private livery yard. Just 2 miles away is the historic town of Battle, and the beaches at Hastings and Bexhill are 8 miles. Picturesque Rye, Bodiam and Pevensey Castles, and Sissinghurst are all easily accessible. Shop and pub serving food 1.5 miles.

Four steps to entrance. Ground floor: 3 steps down to living room. Dining area/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Spiral stairs to lower ground floor: 1 double bedroom.

Elec heaters, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Digital TV. DVD. M/wave. Washer/dryer. Small garden with patio and furniture. BBQ. Parking. No smoking.

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£337-£704
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
The Coach House Ref: 29667


In an Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty (AONB), surrounded by pictureseque villages, local/farm shops, pubs and lovely walks, this charming detached holiday cottage sits in an established garden in rural East Sussex. The South Downs National Park is within easy reach, as are numerous NT properties including Rudyard Kipling’s home, Batemans, Bodiam Castle and Sissinghurst. For star gazers there’s Herstmonceux Observatory and for cyclists, miles of delightful Cuckoo Trail. Historic Battle has tea rooms, antique shops and ancient abbey, from where you can follow the Battle of Hastings. Visit Royal Tunbridge Wells, 12miles, or Eastbourne’s attractive pier, theatres and many beaches, 14 miles. For the family, Knockhatch Adventure Park is only 15 minutes away, while Drusilla’s Zoo Park is 30 minutes away. Why not explore the capital, London, just a 1-hour train ride away (20 minutes to Stonegate or Etchingham stations). Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living room with single sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and French doors/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedroom with additional single day bed (for child). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer in shower room. Tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Tennis court (by arrangement). Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Lake in owner’s grounds, 270 yards.

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£253-£665
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Swallow’s Barn Ref: PLLU

Situated in an AONB in the Sussex High Weald, this detached holiday barn conversion has delightful rural views and footpaths right on the doorstep. Forming part of the owner’s grounds with 15th-century thatched cottage, this smallholding residence is shared by Golden Guernsey goats, ponies, ducks and an abundance of wildlife. Visit Battle Abbey and the 1066 Battlefield site, stunning moated Bodiam Castle, Herstmonceaux, Heritage steam railways, Weald gardens and stately homes. Eastbourne 15 miles. Tunbridge Wells 18 miles. Brighton 30 miles. Shop 2½ miles and pub 2 miles.

Beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove, well-equipped kitchen area and French doors to Juliet balcony. Two double bedrooms, one with zip & link bed, can be twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Shower room and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer (in barn)
  • Wi-fi
  • Terrace and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • Games room with pool table in open bay garage to side of barn
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • NB: Unfenced drainage stream in grounds (dry in summer)

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£338-£855
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Set in beautiful Sussex countryside in the Bewl Valley. These holiday properties have both been tastefully furnished with a self contained garden, situated on a working farm with views of Bewl Water, countryside meadows and orchards. This quiet, rural base offers country walks alongside Bewl Water, with fishing, sailing, water sports and activities. NT properties, castles and gardens, Royal Tunbridge Wells and coastal towns of Hastings, Rye and Brighton within easy reach from this beautiful rural base. Shops, pubs and restaurants 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). NB: Pond, 100 yards.

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£287-£677
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Situated on the owner’s 44-acre smallholding, these two adjoining, converted farm buildings (refs 28697 and 28698) offer a rural holiday base with glorious views and opportunities to see native wildlife. There is direct access to footpaths and bridleways; cycle or walk the Cuckoo Trail, which is 14 miles of surfaced pathway through the Sussex countryside, via Horam, Hailsham and Polegate to Eastbourne Park. The properties are not far from the Wealden market town of Heathfield, where visitors may be able to see or hear the cuckoo at the fair in April, which signifies spring. Visit the Ashdown Forest, one of the largest, free public access spaces in the south east and an AONB, known the world over as the home of Winnie the Pooh! Visit the home of Rudyard Kipling, Batemans at Burwash (NT) or climb the towers of one of the most evocative castles in England, the moated Bodiam, with its stunning views across the Rother Valley. Michelham Priory and Gardens, Sheffield Park Gardens and the Bluebell Railway make for good days out. Historic Battle and Abbey is 12½ miles, the fishing town of Hastings is 16 miles and Eastbourne is 18 miles. Guests can enjoy coarse fishing on the farm, which is available by arrangement with the owners. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

No children.

Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Shared freezer. Courtyard with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 44-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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£220-£593
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