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Little Bucksteep Oast House is a gem of a self catering holiday cottage in Dallington, East Sussex, rated 4* by Visit England. It is a beautiful old English Country Cottage, dating from the late 17th century, set in the midst of the beautiful private gardens of a gorgeous Queen Anne Manor House. Guests have very generous use of the private swimming pool apart from Sunday afternoons and Bank holiday afternoons. Oast houses are typical of East Sussex and Kent, and were used to dry hops for beer making. The Oast has many period features including beams, wooden paneling, leaded windows, old stone walls and a wood burning stove and is furnished with lovely old furniture, and luxury Egyptian cotton bed linen. The master bedroom has a beautiful 4 poster bed, and with the windows open you can forget the city and just listen to the birdsong and the peace and quiet. Truly a very special self catering holiday home. For outside dining there is a large Outback gas fired BBQ. This area of Sussex has many attractions including historic towns like Battle, Rye, Bodiam Castle, a host of lovely unspoilt little villages and many National Trust properties with beautiful gardens and houses, not to mention local vineyards. Glyndebourne is 30 minutes away and the sea side and the South Downs about the same. Although the Oast is set in the most beautiful unspoilt & undulating countryside, it is only just over an hour into London on the train and an hours drive from Gatwick airport. Dallington is midway between Battle and Heathfield, and set in truly rural countryside. - Private swimming pool - Beautiful views - Unspoilt countryside - Picturesque village - Suitable for disabled person as ground floor bed and shower room - Bicycles for hire - Gas BBQ - Village pubs - Close to the sea - Wifi & Internet - Spa and Exercise weekends available - Lotte Berk ballet barre method exercise classes The large, sunny kitchen dining room in this Susssex holiday cottage is full of light and spacious and also boasts a seating area with a sofa and 2 armchairs with TV and DVD. This large room has stunning exposed oak beamed ceilings, with well placed spot lights and large glass doors leading onto the terrace and 2nd lovely private garden, which is equipped for outside entertaining with a table and chairs, large sun umbrella, comfy cushions for the chairs as well as 2 barbecues, one Outback Gas BBQ, and a charcoal BBQ. The dining room has a large antique pine table which seats 8, a lovely old oak dresser and plenty of dining chairs, together with a traditional oak Windsor chair. The pool area also has a table and benches for further alfresco dining The kitchen is very well equipped with china, cutlery and all things for cooking at home. There is a small utility area next to the kitchen with a washing machine, drying rails and a storage cupboard where the central heating boiler is stored. Opposite this is a shower room with WC. Adjacent to this is the entrance hall with plenty of storage for coats and boots. On the ground floor of the roundel is a large double bedroom with a double bed and brass headboard, and lovely old furniture, including a large chest of drawers, drop leaf table and an elegant desk with bookcase on top. Windows look out over the garden. There is hanging space next to the bedroom in the understairs cupboard. Taking the oak panelled exposed rock staircase upstairs, you come to the master bedroom in the top of the roundel with the vast 4 poster bed, covered with a gorgeous throw and lovely linen, for pure romance and fairy tale living this is a dream come true. A hairdryer is provided for guests use. There is one further bedroom upstairs which is a large and beautiful room with a high beamed ceiling and little chandelier. There are 2 elegant single beds with white iron headboards and one child’s bed (just a few inches smaller than a single). The linen on all the beds is white Egyptian cotton. There is a chest of draws and lots of hanging room. The family bathroom upstairs has a bath with a handheld shower attachment. A charming window looks over the oast garden towards the old orchard. The holiday cottage is supplied with 2 TV's, Sky, 2 DVDs, Wifi & internet, a mobile phone in case of emergencies, radio, some DVDs and games, and an iphone docking station Guests in this Sussex holiday cottage have 2 garages and plenty of parking, and an attractive stroll through the gardens looking over the field where the sun sets, leads to the picturesque luxury self catering holiday cottage set in its own private grounds. Dallington and the surrounding countryside. This self catering Sussex holiday cottage is located on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Dallington, set well back down a long private drive. This part of Sussex boasts many treats for holiday makers - marvellous walks in the beautiful countryside - beautiful views for painters - wonderful bird life - tranquility for writers or people enjoying a break from the city - lovely National Trust properties including Batemans in Burwash – the home of Rudyard Kipling, Sissinghurst, Great Dixter, Pashley Manor, Merriments, Sheffield Park Garden, Michelham Priory and many more - Opera at Glyndebourne (30 minutes drive) - Local Sussex vineyards - Childrens activities including Drusillas, The Bluebell railway, Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings, Yesterdays World Battle, How we lived then Eastbourne, Shipwreck Museum Hastings, Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum Lewes, Fishermans Museum Hastings - Charming old pubs within a short drive - lovely local villages - Charleston House, home of the Bloomsbury set - Castles such as Bodiam, Herstmonceaux, Pevensey and Lewes - A day up in London is easily done on the train in just over an hour - Lewes with its antique shops and beautiful Georgian architecture - Tunbridge Wells just over half an hour away Location. Dallington is an hour or two from the ferry and channel ports of: - Newhaven (approx 1 hour) - Dover (approx 1.5 hours) - Portsmouth - Southampton - Folkestone Close to Channel tunnel and Eurostar stations at - Folkestone (approx 1.5 hours) - Ashford International (approx 1 hour) - London Waterloo - Ebsfleet REVIEWS FROM PAST GUESTS: The warm welcome in this comfortable, spacious house was much appreciated. Our week at the Little Bucksteep Oast has been perfect. It’s a shame we couldn’t stay longer. P&FS, July 2009 We really enjoyed our stay here! It is such a beautiful cottage. We enjoyed it so much we want to come back with both sets of grandparents. P&D, Hoilland, Aug 09 Perfect! We will praise it abroad! Mr C.J Germany, Aug 09 This house is amazing – Megan (7) Aug 09 Thank you so much for your warm hospitality, the welcome pack, lovely Oast house, luxury bedding & furnishings, we felt completely pampered. A, Wiltshire, Sep 09 I can’t think of a more perfect place to spend my 30th birthday with my family. Beautiful surroundings both inside and out, it is such a special place. CT, UK, April 10 What a wonderful haven of peace and tranquility! R&J W, Gloucestershire, June 10 A beautiful house, peaceful and gracious setting. LM, UK, July 10 Owners did all they could to make our stay enjoyable. Mr C D, Nov 10 The house has been an absolute gem, so beautiful and really tucked away in the heart of the countryside. The perfect retreat to end the summer, Mrs B, Leamington Spa, Sep 10 What a delight to be able to see England for the first time from the perspective of Little Bucksteep. The setting is so relaxing, beautiful and so easy on the eyes and ears. I have enjoyed listening to the birds waking up in the morning and closing down the day. A more relaxing outing I can’t imagine than the time spent in the cottage with friends I love. DM, Texas, April 11 What a wonderful house! Beautifully stocked, extremely comfortable and glorious gardens. T,J&I, London, April 11 A beautiful house in a beautiful setting. Clean, comfortable and well equipped. The homemade apple juice was a wonderful touch, N.C, UK, May 11 We’ve had a great week. The Oast is full of character and extremely well fitted out. The location is fantastic, tucked away so that peace and quiet is guaranteed. A.C, UK, June 11 Thank you for your warm reception. We enjoyed your beautiful house and ofcourse the pool, we had a wonderful time. Family de.R, Jul 11 What a find! This is a lovely place, secluded yet so near to so many places. Loved retiring to the drawing room after dinner to relax in front of the log fire. G&C T, UK, Aug 11 A charming and comfortable house in a serene, sylvan setting. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. NB, US, Aug 11

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  1. Birgit F.
    When we booked these holidays we were a little skeptical: Is it not always raining in England? Is it warm enough for a pool? Does such a house like the one pictured really exist? "Our" Little Bucksteep Oast has surpassed everything. The location, the surroundings and the house make you feel like being right in a painting or in one of the films that run as "Rosmanude Pilcher Romance" on German television. One can hardly believe that such a property really exists. We had two wonderful sunny weeks with 26 C - no rain, just in one night. It was absolutely relaxing and a dream for the children . Therefore, we were able to persuade them only with difficulty, to make small excursions - they would rather stay at the Oast House and its conveniences. Thanks again to you excellent hosts, Fiona and Robert, for your hospitality and the little touches, especially the homemade apple juice. Salute to Monty Dog, the children miss him. Best wishes from Germany and see you again! 29 July 2014 - 06:32:25
  2. Lauren T.
    Two families with 3 kids had a really enjoyable and memorable time here at the Oasthouse. Despite the poor weather, kids loved the pool and tennis court, the house was quality throughout. Spacious and characterful, everything was provided for. Wifi and mobile access a bit patchy but ok. Lovely hosts. Thank you we felt right at home. 21 June 2016 - 06:53:00
  3. Ariënne W.
    De cottage is nog mooier en ruimer dan op de foto's te zien is. Er zijn geen verborgen gebreken te vinden en de omgeving is prachtig landelijk en rustig. Het zwembad is heerlijk en doordat wij de afgelopen week prachtig weer hadden hebben we er volop gebruik van gemaakt. De keuken is zeer compleet ingericht en het enige wat we gemist hebben (als echte Hollanders) is een kaasschaaf :-) Verder niets dan lof voor Fiona als hartelijke gastvrouw van het prachtige Oast House. 27 July 2016 - 13:57:00
  4. Sheila C.
    We enjoyed a great week in the oast house. Our adult children stayed over the weekend and enjoyed using the tennis court. Very spacious holiday property with lovely views, very comfortable four poster bed and well equipped kitchen. Very useful having 2 living areas so anyone not wanting to watch TV could escape into a different room. We had exceptionally good weather for early May and therefore managed to make use of the pool as well as the tennis courts, Had a very nice meal at the Horse and Groom, Rushlake Green and afternoon tea at Fir Trees Tea Room in Penshurst, near Tunbridge Wells. Appreciated the home made apple juice & jam in fridge on arrival plus other goodies left by Fiona & Robert for our arrival. I'd recommend it for families and groups of friends. 13 May 2016 - 14:35:00
  5. Anna V.
    Ein traumhaftes Grundstck und ein herrliches Cottage. Bestens ausgestattet und sehr gemtlich. Zu unserer groen Freude war der Poolmgeheizt' so dass man auch bei englischen Wetter Baden konnte. Sehr nette Gastgeber, die sofort auf Wnsche eingingen. Das einzigebwasvnicht funktioniert ist der Tennisplatz. Der Boden ist so kaputt , dass man nicht wei wo der Ball aufkommt und Tennis spielen keine Freude ist. Wir haben schne Ausflge unternommen und eine tolle Zeit gehabt. 17 August 2016 - 07:59:00
  6. Sarah M.
    Beautifully kept, very relaxing, spacious property with a lovely ambience. Great kitchen diner with plenty of room for all the family to be together. Comfortable beds in lovely rooms, 2 of which are round and the 4 poster bed is real luxury. The Vestentofts are generous and welcoming hosts. My son made use of their swimming pool every day and it was lovely to soak up the sun in the loungers by the pool. We all enjoyed making use of the tennis courts and the peaceful setting of the property was a joy. Lovely holiday with great memories. We can recommend this beautiful holiday home without reservation. Sarah , Birmingham, UK 01 September 2016 - 09:56:00
  7. Fyona R.
    We just returned from our wonderful stay at the Little Bucksteep Oast House. House and surroundings are fantastic . Unfortunately we missed Fiona and Robert - we are so sorry about that! But their neighbor Nikki gave us a very warm welcome - thank you Nikki for the nice, little talks and hints! We want to say thank you, for creating such a perfect Hideaway - for us it was the perfect place to relax. Wonderful nature and gardens, peace and privacy combined with the amazing Oast House and all its amenities - what more can you expect? The location is ideal to explore Sussex - there is much more to see and do, than we could manage in one week. Castles, beach and coast, gorgeous medieval towns - all within easy reach. We even did`t miss our pets at home in Germany - they were represented at best by the two Dalmatians and cats. We enjoyed their daily visits very much - greetings to all of them!! Back home we showed our photos to my sister - she was really thrilled and we hope to return together one day! Til then we ll preserve our lovely memories... 14 September 2016 - 15:25:00
  8. Jochen und Cornelia W.
    Oast house is a charming old house with lots of space for a big family. The big beds in the oast house were the pleasure of the children. They felt like prince and princess. We spent a lot of time on the tennis court and the pool, when the weather was good and luckily we had some very nice sunny days. The owners are very friendly and helpful and the two dogs were a great pleasure to the children. They were always looking for them. The kitchen is big and well equipped with all electrical appliances you need. The surrounding area is lovely and peaceful with a lot of birds, sheep etc. The beach is not far away and we had a lot of fun collecting piles of shells and stones in every shape and colour. At Heathfield we found three groceries where we got everything what we needed. It was a nice relaxing holiday that we enjoyed. Jochen, Conny, Lea(11) and Daniel(8) from Germany 13 September 2015 - 13:33:22
  9. Ghislaine M.
    Nous avons pass un super week-end dans ce trs beau gte. La description est la hauteur de ce que Fiona et Robert ont fait de cet endroit trs chaleureux et trs bien quip. Fiona et Robert savent vous accueillir avec leur gentillesse et des produits de leur terroir. L' environnement est trs reposant. La campagne anglaise ne dment vraiment pas sa rputation. Notre seul regret, ne pas tre rests plus longtemps. Pour ne rien gcher, et contrairement ce que l'on imagine, le soleil tait au rendez-vous (bon d'accord, les tempratures taient un peu fraches). En rsum, n'hsitez pas passer quelques temps dans cette belle demeure. This beautiful cottage really deserves your visit. Thanks to Fiona and Robert to make it such a warm and welcoming place. Hope to come back sometimes. 30 May 2016 - 19:55:00
  10. Alex G.
    The facilities were just brilliant. Had full use of the garden and nothing seemed to be too much trouble. Great location, so much to see and do in the area. All bedrooms were extremely comfortable and the bed linen was just devine. We had the best possible week and can't recommend this place highly enough. Fiona and Robert were fantastic hosts. Thank you for a great week. 06 June 2017 - 09:20:00
  11. George D.
    Beautiful house set in stunning grounds right in the middle of the countryside. The owners are lovely and very friendly and helpful. Perfect location for a relaxing chilled out girly getaway. 11 June 2017 - 19:09:00
  12. Christine C.
    This was our third visit to Little Bucksteep Oast and it will not be our last. All communication with Fiona is fast and efficient. Upon arrival a warm welcome is guaranteed and the oast house is the perfect base for exploring East Sussex. The house itself is very well equipped with everything one could want during a holiday. The property is spotlessly clean and spacious with high quality utensils and linens. Outside the gardens are very well kept and the swimming pool and tennis court an added bonus. Thank you Fiona and Robert for making our stay so enjoyable not forgetting Monty and Dizzy. 12 July 2017 - 16:52:00
  13. Caroline H.
    We simply loved our two-week holiday in Dallington. The house is beautiful on the outside and nice and cosy inside. Being French, we wanted a house with English charm. The children used the heated pool almost everyday and spent most of their time playing in the garden. They also picked blackberries in the garden with Fiona, the owner. She also let them play with the two dalmatians, Dizzy and Monty, and the cat, Harry. It was probably the highlight of their holiday! There are lods of things to do in the region : smugglers adventure in Hastings for the children, Brighton, Hever Castle , Bodian Castle, Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters, the delightful village of Alfriston and Bateman s (Kipling s house). We enjoyed everything about our holiday in England and strongly recommend this rental. The only thing that could have been better is ....the weather. It rained on a few occasions. 08 August 2017 - 18:07:00
  14. Susan C.
    Little Bucksteep Oast House provided us with a tranquil, homely base with a beautiful swimming pool and tennis court as an added bonus. Fiona and Robert were charming and their delightful welcoming pack included biscuits and fresh apple juice! As busy teachers we found ourselves in a blissful haven. My grandson and daughter listened regularly to the owls hooting and looking up at the twinkling stars at night. The lush green surroundings complemented the luxurious furnishings in all rooms; it was obvious that the owners cared for their guests in every aspect. We plan to return again and would recommend our 'secret escape ' to any family wishing to experience a part of our heritage in a glorious location. Shhh!! 21 August 2017 - 09:55:00
  15. Cathryn D.
    We have just returned from a weeks stay at Little Bucksteep Oast House. Fiona was an incredibly gracious host and greeted us upon arrival with a warm smile. Once inside the Oast we saw a lovely welcome basket of assorted local items, a very lovely personal touch. would most definitely recommend the property to other families. We all enjoyed the use of the pool and tennis courts throughout the day and enjoyed the surroundings each evening. We all loved the visits from the two dogs and they became welcome guests. Thank you for a lovely stay. 31 July 2016 - 15:59:00
  16. Mark T.
    We all had a great time at Little Bucksteep Oast. The location is very good for visiting the many attractions that East Sussex and Kent have to offer. Brighton, Lewes, Hastings, Battle, Rye, Camber sands and many more are within easy reach from LBO and yet LBO is in a very peaceful location. LBO is surrounded by beautiful gardens which are in themselves set in rural surroundings. The property itself is a converted oast mostly dating back several hundred years however it has a modern feel to it. Two of the three bedrooms are located in the 'oast'. One is a double in a very generously sized room and the other is located upstairs towards the top of the oast and contains the most enormous 4 poster bed I have ever seen! It felt as though I needed to text my wife to check to see if she was in the other side of the bed! I would however like to point out that in my 30 years of marriage holiday beds have tended to be a bit of a let down in terms of comfort on my wife's part. Not this bed at LBO! 'One of the most comfortable ever' according to my dearly beloved! The third bedroom is located off a landing as you go up to the top bedroom. This is a delightful twin (+1) room which floods with light from 3 windows. Back downstairs there is a large sitting room in the main part of the old oast. This is complete with log burner and I would think would be al lovely cosy room on a cold evening (we were blessed by good weather so didn't have the need to test this out!). Past the lounge there is a really good shower room (upstairs there is a modern bathroom with shower over bath) and a utility area with washing machine. This then leads through into a great kitchen/ dining/living space where we spent most of our evening time (when not outdoors). This is a superb space for gathering to eat, talk, play games etc. The kitchen has everything you could need (including dishwasher!) and the dining table could easily seat 10 or more around it. The sitting area is comfortable and overlooks patio and gardens. Outside the 3 burner gas BBQ was well used (there is also a traditional Weber charcoal type of BBQ if this is your preference) and of course the tennis court and swimming pool. Overall a great time was had by all. Our group was 2 x 53yrs, 2 x 21 yrs and 2 x 18yrs but I would think all age ranges could enjoy a stay at LBO. Our only disappointment was that we could only be there for 1 week - you really need more! PS Nearly forgot the 2 lovely Dalmations and the cat! 12 July 2016 - 07:55:00
  17. Brian S.
    The property is superb. We hired it for 7 to celebrate a 50th Wedding anniversary. Loads of room, rustic homely decor and an excellent setting. Really enjoyed the tennis court and swimming pool. Fiona, the properties owner was very helpful and accommodating. A great weekend. Highly recommended. 14 September 2017 - 07:54:00
  18. Georgina T.
    Had a lovely weekend away at this pretty little Oast house. I don't think the photos do it justice! We stayed as a party of 7 ( 4 adults and 3 children) and had a great time. Loads of space inside and outside and thankful that weather was just about warm enough to sample the pool and the tennis court. Setting is fantastic. Lots to do in local area aswell but its not in walking distance to anything as really in the heart of the country so be prepared to drive. very peaceful... Owners very relaxed and helpful and have 2 gorgeous dogs who are happy to hang out with you if you'd like. Would definitely recommend. 04 September 2017 - 06:52:00
  19. Jane M.
    We had a wonderful holiday at the Oast House. Fiona and Robert were very welcoming and accommodating and we appreciated the little touches such as the home made apple juice and Prosecco when we arrived! The Oast house is extremely comfortable and boasts the most well equipped kitchen we've ever stayed in, we even managed to do some baking on the one and only rainy day! The big hit though for our two teenage boys was the pool - they absolutely loved it and it was a godsend during a freak sunny spell in late August. All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and were delighted with the Oast House - highly recommended. Jane, Jon, Louis and Charlie 04 September 2017 - 08:01:00
  20. David D.
    We stayed here for a week in late August and were very pleased. The Oast house was clean, comfortable and well appointed. We had our own garden, tennis court, and pool-though the weather didn't permit our taking full advantage on this stay. Our host, Fiona and Robert, were very welcoming-as we had shipped some specialty foods items in advance that awaited our arrival. Located in the beautiful East Sussex countryside it was initially a little difficult to locate, but after a quick phone call to our host redirected us to our comfortable vacation home. 07 November 2015 - 23:39:02

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