The Manor Retreat

Warbleton | Sleeps 10-14 | Bedrooms 6+ | Parking: Yes | Pet friendly: Yes | Wi-Fi: Yes
£650-£980 per night



The Manor Retreat is a lived-in, well-loved Grade II listed country house that is now available for visitors to enjoy too – the perfect place for a family or group to relax, spread out, and to live the country life! Dogs snuggling by the AGA, wellies by the door, and in summer perhaps a tennis match followed by a swim in the pool.

The approach to the house is perfectly fitting for a country retreat, the winding country lane brings you to electric gates, onto a gravelled drive. The house sits in splendid and glorious isolation, thanks to being surrounded by 100 acres of its own farmland, in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Manor Retreat offers wonderful entertaining spaces – a panelled drawing room, morning room (both with log fires), a formal dining room for twelve, and a kitchen breakfast room. There is a choice of glorious terraces outside, for warmer days – or retire to a favourite spot under the trees for some afternoon tea. Upstairs there are six good-sized bedrooms, and three bathrooms (two ensuite), that can sleep 10 in comfort. There is the option of further rooms in the neighbouring Oast House, too. The décor is traditionally country house; well used in places but comforting and cosy.

With Sky TV, vast gardens, swimming pool and tennis court, as well as miles of walks, there will be plenty to keep everyone amused on your very own escape to the country.


Ground Floor:

Large entrance hall
Two reception rooms, both with open fires. One is a panelled drawing room, the other a morning room which is equipped with Sky TV, piano, and games.
Dining room with stand-in fireplace, seats 12 – 14
Kitchen – complete with oil-fired AGA, as well as a separate electric cooker Table that seats 8 for breakfast or cosy kitchen suppers. Well-equipped with everything you could need for cooking or baking.
Downstairs cloakrooms

First Floor:

Master bedroom with ensuite bathroom
Bedroom with four-poster bed, and ensuite shower room
Twin bedroom
Double bedroom
Small double bedroom
(both of the above share a landing)
Family bathroom with bath, basin, loo and large separate shower

  Second Floor:

Double bedroom
Bathroom with bath, basin and loo

Oast House (First Floor):

Double bedroom
Twin bedroom
Shower room
Small mini kitchen – perfect for making a cup of tea or coffee before heading over to the main house.
Please note that the stairs are steep, and as such not suitable for the elderly or young children.

There is an additional charge of £65 (off peak) and £85 (peak) per person for use of The Oast house and it is best suited to being used in the summer months. 

Children: are welcome at the Manor Retreat. Please mindful of the swimming pool (fenced) and pond (unfenced).

Pets: Pets are welcome and have their own spot by the AGA.
Please note that, to maintain the peace and serenity of the Manor Retreat, we don’t allow any more than 20 guests in the house at any one time, including overnight guests and daily visitors.

Parties: Please note this is a family home with antique furniture and hen do, stag do or parties are not permitted. 



The Manor Retreat is at the end of a quiet country lane, near the village of Warbleton, and tucked between the Sussex Weald and the South Downs. The nearest stations are Polegate and Stonegate, both just 20 mins drive, and well served by trains from London Victoria, Waterloo, Charing Cross and London Bridge. The drive from London takes around 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Historical, picturesque Royal Tunbridge Wells, fascinating Lewes, and the seaside grandeur of Eastbourne are all within 30 minutes’ drive, and the Manor Retreat is just eight miles from the sea, at Pevensey Bay. The house is surrounded by 100 acres of its own farmland, but is nonetheless well served by foot and bridlepaths so there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy the country air. The source of the River Cuckmere begins at the bottom of the field.

There are Waitrose and Sainsbury’s supermarkets and a good selection of independent food shops (bakeries, deli, butcher) at Heathfield, around 10 minutes’ drive away.

Things to do

Many guests will be happy to spend their time exploring the surrounding gardens, relaxing in the generous living spaces, or in summer, organising a mini tennis tournament before taking a dip in the heated pool. For the full country experience, a bracing walk is a must – and if it ends up at one of the many lovely country pubs nearby, and involves a muddy dog, then so much the better! Given the Manor’s location, the walking can be as challenging as you like; the South Downs offers longer routes with the reward of some stunning views.

Lewes, just a short drive away, is famous for its narrow, colourful streets, great places to eat and independent shops. Start your visit to Royal Tunbridge Wells with a walk along the Pantiles, a colonnaded walkway lined with boutique shops and cafés, that dates from the towns Georgian heyday. And don’t miss Scotney Castle, a romantic, turreted Elizabethan manor house and crumbling moated castle that is surrounded by roses and wisteria.

The gardens at nearby Herstmonceux Castles are a delight all year round, but particularly in April & May when they are awash with bluebells. The nearby Observatory and Science Centre is worth a visit too, particularly if you have children to entertain. Or take them to the Knockhatch Adventure Park to burn off some steam.

Rudyard Kipling fans will enjoy a visit to his home, Batemans, just a short distance from the beautiful village of Burwash. Opera fans won’t want to miss the season at nearby Glyndebourne.


The house was even more beautiful than in the pictures. Thank you so much for a lovely weekend. We love your home

What a stunning place to spend the weekend with family! Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful home. Long sun-drenched days running wild in your glorious gardens was a tonic. And cosy, atmospheric evenings in any of the very comfortable drawing rooms finished each day perfectly. Think our children are going to miss the brace of bunnies who welcomed us each day after our excursion.

The most wonderful venue for a fabulous weekend with friends. Thank you for having us