The Manor Retreat
Warbleton | Sleeps 10-14 | Bedrooms 6+ | Parking: Yes | Pet friendly: Yes | Wi-Fi: Yes
£650-850 per night
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.
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.
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.
Master bedroom with ensuite bathroom
Bedroom with four-poster bed, and ensuite shower room
Small double bedroom
(both of the above share a landing)
Family bathroom with bath, basin, loo and large separate shower
Bathroom with bath, basin and loo
Oast House (First Floor):
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 £40 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.
Food & Drink
The South Downs are at the heart of England’s growing wine scene, so do take in a vineyard or two if you can. The Rathfinny Wine Estate in Alfriston offers a Tasting Room restaurant and Flint Barns dining room, as well as picnics in the grounds during summer – but do book ahead if you’d like to go.
Lewes offers a food market every Friday, with quality, locally sourced bread, fruit & veg and meat – perfect if you’re cooking at home and looking to include the best of the local area in your menu. Or head to Bickerstaff’s for fish or local, family-run butcher Nose2tail. The Flint Owl Bakery makes delicious sourdough, pastries and also has a café. The Limetree Kitchen offers tapas-style fine dining, while unique Pestle and Mortar is a happy but unusual blend of Asian grocery, noodle bar, and tea room.
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