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(Updated July 2014)
LineThe Granary - 'A wonderful cottage. Everything we hoped for and more'... Some of the attractions of Beechcroft

- Beautiful place, lots of space, peace and quiet. We loved it! Great Base for a lovely part of the country. L, R, L, K, A &H
- We had a lovely time here; so much to do especially as we’ve been so lucky with the weather.  Beachy Head (& pub lunch) were fabulous, Knockhatch (feeding the animals which the children adored!), Brighton & to top it all we happened to be here when the village was having the most spectacular bonfire and firework display – AMAZING! C Family, London
- Peaceful Break with lovely weather.  Cottage very comfortable and well equipped.  Excursions to Pevensey, Battle, Scotney, Sissinghurst, Seven Sisters, Monks House – All Lovely! S Family, Yorkshire  (April 2014)
- What an awesome place! S Family, Oregan USA.
- Very pleasant place to discover Southern England from! P Family, France
- Lovely location, had a great week. Didn’t do half of what we could have done – one week’s not enough. P Family, Crewe.
- We have stayed in many English cottages, this is absolutely the best. We enjoyed the excellent facilities and surroundings. Thank you. F&S, Denmark
- Beautiful place, Rye, Camber Sands, Lewes, Battle, Seven Sisters all lovely places to visit – so peaceful here after a day out! P Family, Hampshire.
- Very enjoyable experience: exceeded our expectations (cosy, clean, quiet). Welcoming people in the area & the website describes this place very accurately. We would definitely come back! M Family, London
- Fabulous time – excellent facilities. Glorious surroundings, ideal for our 65th Birthday celebrations with friends. M Family, Kent.
- A peaceful bolthole after a family wedding at Herstmonceux castle. M Family & A Family, London & Oxfordshire
- A wonderful cottage. Everything we hoped for and more. A real Christmas to remember! Enjoyed the home-from-home, country walks, local pubs and especially the draghounds meeting on our doorstep! H Family, Borneo

The Byre - 'What a fantastic place, beautiful cottage. Very well-equipped and cosy'...

- Top quality cottage, excellent base to visit many National trust/ English Heritage site.  Sampled many of the local pubs – excellent food.  Pure comfort, peaceful and lives up to it’s reputation.  Will return and recommend! Mr & Mrs M, Kent
- Just perfect, so comfortable and relaxing in beautiful surroundings, love it here!! Mrs G, Kent
- As always, (how many years now?!) the best of comfort and ambience.  Opera’s lovely, many thanks once more, see you next year we hope.  H&R, Banbury
- Fantastic cottage – perfect for a relaxing break. Merrie Harriers a must! And if you like cider – Middle Farm is fab.  Thank you for such a warm welcome…we will be back! Mr & Mrs C, Buckinghamshire.
- A shorter break this time but we absolutely love it here – extremely comfortable, beautifully equipped cottage.  This is a gorgeous part of the world and fantastic for a relaxing break.  We too will be back!  Thank you. M Family, Buckinghamshire.
- Another superb week at Cowbeech. Wonderful base to explore a superb part of Britain. We will be back again next year. D Family, Middlesex.
- Best New Years break ever, home from home!!! Loved the Byre – want one please on next years Christmas list. Will be back again soon, Thank you. H Family, Kent.
- Peaceful & beautiful setting. Ideally suited to our requirements. Well appointed cottage with comfortable beds, we loved the welcome hamper & evening meals at the Merrie Harriers were superb. G & C Families, Devon & Dorset.
- What a fantastic place, beautiful cottage. Very well-equipped and cosy. There is sooo much to do for adults and children. We all loved everything about it. K Family, Weybridge, Surrey.
-Brilliant cottage and location, the silence is stunning. S Family, Essex
-Definitely the best self catering accommodation we have ever stayed in. Gorgeous cottage in beautiful setting. We will be back again! Thanks so much. LH, Three Bridges, W Sussex
-What a fantastic retreat we have had! The peace and quiet is wonderful, yet the locality to larger towns means that we have enjoyed the best of both worlds…A Glorious property in a beautiful unspoilt area of Sussex, Thank you, G Family, Essex.

The Oast House - 'This is a very special place, sensitively converted and beautifully equipped property'...

- Wonderful return stay at The Oast. Wonderful views, lovely comfortable stay. G Family (3 generations)
- Back again for another wonderful stay, as comfortable, cosy, and enjoyable as ever. H Family, Texas USA
- Perfect cottage for a girls catch up weekend - loved the quirky round rooms.  Great meal at the Merrie Harriers pub -try the steak! Also try the Horse & Groom at Rushlake Green.  Off now to find another pub for a Sunday Roast! Will recommend The Oast! S,P,A&N, London
- Thank you – this is a very special place, sensitively converted and beautifully equipped property. We had a lovely relaxed break and thank you for the welcome basket. R Family, Reigate.
- Beautiful conversion, excellently furnished and maintained. We spent a very relaxing Christmas with the family. Mr & Mrs M, London.
- Second visit – as peaceful and welcoming as we remembered. The Snow Drop trail at Hever Castle was really lovely. P Family, Isle of Wight.
- Had a great time with a new experience staying at the Oast House – cosy, warm, especially the round bedroom! Loved the natural surroundings too! P Family, London.
- Our second stay in the Oast House within a year, and was as lovely as the first! Went to the opera at Glyndebourne, were overwhelmed by The Pavillion at Brighton and loved the gardens at Nymans. Marvellous place to be. V Family, Netherlands.
- An absolutely fantastic stay. Kids loved the wide open spaces. Really comfortable cottage and the kids really loved it. Would come again, the Oast is so charming, Thank you. L Family, Essex.
- A wonderful location with everything to promote an atmosphere of total relaxation with good local food. The Oast was the host with the most. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. C&T and A&B
- A peaceful and tranquil oasis, the perfect setting for a wonderful celebratory few days. We would recommend unreservedly to friends and family. A & R
- The Oast House + Glyndebourne = The perfect coalition. K Family, Edinburgh
- A super sympathetic conversion, full marks to all concerned. Impossible not to be very comfortable. Mr & Mrs A

The Bull Pen & Cart Lodge - 'a million miles away from the stresses of life'...

- A spellbinding moment of tranquillity as the sun shone through on our first morning, and for the feeling of being a million miles away from the stresses of life for this lovingly converted cottage which we have called home for three days, we thank you… C & D, London
- Absolutely wonderful, comfortable cottage.  Very well equipped kitchen.  Lovely areas to explore and just totally relaxing.  Beautiful views, peaceful and quiet.  We will definitely be returning, Thank you. Mr & Mrs C
- Thank you so much for such an amazing, peaceful and tranquil setting for our first family holiday with out 18wk old son! We really needed to get away from it all and the Bull Pen & Cart Lodge were perfect.  Every morning we fed the ducks who waddle right up to the doors and take bread from your fingers! The specification of the cottage is very high as is the welcome brochure.  The Merrie Harriers pub is friendly and the food is amazing.  Great places to visit close by – we will be back to try one of the other cottages! Mr & Mrs G, Hertford
- We’ve had a wonderful & relaxing week, our first visit to Sussex – we’ll be back! Mr & Mrs M, Chester.
- Comfortable, peaceful, holiday retreat. Lovely county – lots of walking and sightseeing. Nice to revisit after many years – will be back! Mr & Mrs D, Somerset.
- Beautifully appointed house in a quiet and picturesque setting; also close to all amenities including Glyndebourne. See you again. Mr & Mrs B, Australia.
- Quality cottages in a beautiful setting provided us with the most relaxing holiday we have taken. We would recommend Beechcroft to anyone. C & A, Cannock
- A haven of peace and tranquility, will return, hopefully soon. B & L
- Beautiful cottage, thoroughly enjoyed our Valentines weekend. Mr & Mrs M
-A truly inspiring but restful place, designed, built & maintained to a truly high standard - M&V W, Oxon

As a whole or in combinations
-'We were blown away by the superbly appointed cottages and stupendous setting'...
An amazing weekend. Wonderful location. – SH, Kent
Great setting - perfect for the wedding. SW
The cottages are very special. Beautiful location. Fantastic supper at local pub. – RR, Gloucestershire
Wonderful weekend here – perfect for 14. Local pub was brilliant. – H, West Sussex
Great, comfortable, cosy place on a snowy weekend for 19. London, Brussels & Newquay
A great place to relax and very tastefully converted. 14 in our party and none of us could find anything to complain about. Nuff said? – J&H C, Camberley
Could not of enjoyed it more, the comfort, warmth, walks & kitchen to cook our Christmas lunch - plus seating 14 - M Family, Horstead Keynes
Wonderful base for our family for our Son's wedding - D&P, Berkhampstead
A wonderful week of painting for all of us - G Art Group, Kent
We were blown away by the superbly appointed cottages and stupendous setting - very relaxing a million miles away from our hectic day-to-day lives - R Family, Milton Keynes
What the Sunday Times said...
‘Talk about picturesque. This gaggle of beguilingly restored byres and bull pens, in the village of Cowbeech, is a dead ringer for Tolkien’s Shire. There are four cottages in all, beamy as anything, and strewn beside a reedy lake. The Oast House, dating to 1683, is a pick, with its master bedroom in the original roundel. It sleeps five, but Beechcroft can host 17 hobbits in all. Sleep 2, 4, 5 and 6.’
The Sunday Times
Some quotes from Barry Reynolds of the Hampstead & Highgate Gazette...

In his Travel article on Beechcroft ... ‘not far south of London in an unspoilt part of England where you will find a cottage you will never want to leave’... ‘a very good line of silence too, as well as some more breathable air'...‘the fact that the county is without a motorway certainly adds to the effect’...‘here is that unique countryside all together – hills, downs and ragged coast line – that the guide books are full of yet seem increasingly difficult to find’...'Cowbeech is a sleepy little place that seems to have had a 21st century by-pass – luckily’... ‘there has been no skimping on the interiors – everything is solid, nothing veneer or done on the cheap’... ‘and you can enjoy all of it in some luxury at reasonable prices’

...and from 'The Canny Traveller' of Good Housekeeping )...

'I want to arrange a weekend for an extended family break of 16, but I'm anxious about how we'll all get on living under the same roof. Any suggestions?'
- 'Beechcroft, a collection of traditional farmhouse cottages in rural East Sussex is a favourite of Good Housekeeping's Editor-in-Chief, Lindsay Nicholson. - 'Consisting of four self-contained units it has a vaulted dining room with table that can seat up to 17', 'Guests need to bring nothing except personal luggage - there are toiletries and towels in the bathrooms and a complimentary food hamper in the kitchen'...'you can arrive any day of the week'.












View from the pond The view from Beechcroft