- Off road parking
- Ground floor bedroom
- Open fire
- Garden / Patio
- Washing machine
- Games Room
- Broadband / WiFi
12 Customer Review(s)
“Great location to walk dog quiet peaceful and relaxing we have stayed in other ...”
Great location to walk dog quiet peaceful and relaxing we have stayed in other lodges and holiday homes where cleanliness and welcome hampers have been appreciated being in the middle of nowhere it would have been nice to have had at least milk bread as check in isn't until 4pm
Great location to walk dog quiet peaceful and relaxing we have stayed in other lodges and holiday homes where cleanliness and welcome hampers have been appreciated being in the middle of nowhere it would have been nice to have had at least milk bread as check in isn't until 4pm- Miss Scott, February 2020
“Boxwood Retreat is such a lovely house.”
The setting is very secluded & peaceful. The living area is stunning - a gorgeous open plan kitchen/living area. The house is very cosy - the under floor heating can be controlled from each room (very handy) and was very effective. We had plenty of hot water & showers nice & powerful. The internet TV is great & WiFi fast. The unmade road is very bumpy & muddy. ( It’s due to be repaired next month) It is worth arriving in daylight if you can?) Bixley woods is wonderful for dog walks - you need good boots for mud though! We would love to return in nicer weather. Locally, Rye is a lovely visit - great independent shops, dog friendly cafes and church. Hawkhurst and Rye have a Kino cinema. We also visited Hastings, Bexhill, Ashford and Tunbridge Wells. There’s a fantastic local supermarket - Jempson’s in Peasmarsh (5 mins drive) which has everything you could need. A thoroughly enjoyable and restful stay. Thank you.- Mrs Grotier, February 2020
“Boxwood is a beautifully modern home which blends in well with its woodland surroundings.”
Secluded enough to provide a peaceful break with nature yet close enough to local attractions and amenities. The unmade road leading to Boxwood does have quite a few potholes but these are easy enough to navigate, if staying in the winter months it may be worth setting off a little earlier to get a sense of the road while it is still light. We did this and used the extra time before check in to explore Winchelsea beach. The plus side to the potholes is they make for fantastic muddy puddles for the kids during scenic walks. Boxwood itself is light, bright, warm, cosy and spacious, the property has been well maintained and loved; perfect for family getaways or adult groups. I would like to thank Tim for creating and sharing his little slice of heaven with us and making my birthday trip perfect.- Miss Vassall, February 2020
“Probably best in the summer”
The property is beautifully situated, comfortable and warm. Excellent if you have a dog. There's a good walk from the house to Rye. A couple of issues that need addressing. The road to the cottage, in the winter is very difficult to negotiate if you don't have a 4x4. the potholes could easily be filled in, but " its not the owners responsibility". If 6 people are staying there are not enough plates and bowls. Finally the tone of the owners instruction manual resembles a rather uptight school teacher. not very welcoming or appropriate for somewhere that costs over £1000 a week.- Mike C, January 2020
“First couple of days of our mid-December break ruined by having no heating or hot water”
First couple of days of our mid-December break ruined by having no heating or hot water. After attempting to fix the heating issue ourselves for hours under the owner’s instructions, it was apparent that it couldn’t be rectified. The owner offered us a less than appealing nearby alternative to sleep/shower in. When we did try the showers there was only hot water for the first two minutes then it also ran cold. We couldn’t vacate the property any earlier as we had a food delivery arriving on the second day in the evening which couldn’t be changed, so we had no choice but to stay. Due to the freezing cold conditions we had to purchase a heater, wasting yet more time and money. In addition, there was also a blocked drain, sewage smell in the downstairs bathroom/bedrooms, hairs all over the bathroom floors and dirty crockery & glassware which all needed cleaning (in cold water) before use. The house manual was also very patronising and gave a bad impression before even arriving. We didn’t raise these points initially as they were all things we were willing to overlook. We fully appreciate that heating and water issues happen from time to time and cannot be helped, but it was the way in which it was handled that was the real issue. Thankfully the holiday letting agents managed to find us alternative accommodation for the remaining 5 days of our holiday but the inconvenience of it all didn’t seem to be acknowledged by the owner, nor did we receive a proper apology. We were offered compensation of just over half the price of one nights stay, which when divided between our party of 6 was certainly not adequate reimbursement. It leads me to believe that customer satisfaction is not high up on the owner’s list of priorities. Overall we’re very disappointed and would not recommend Boxwood Retreat, which is a shame as the house itself was nice, just very poorly managed.- CDine1987, January 2020
“No heating / hot water, rude unhelpful owner”
Upon arrival it was evident that the heating and hot water didn't work. We called the owner Tim several times and he didn't reply for several hours. In the meantime, we checked the manual, which was actually very rude and patronising and included instructions on how to use the door handles(?!), and which was of no help at all. When we finally got hold of Tim, he then proceeded to tell us that he had similar problems with the heating recently (which begs the question "why are you still taking bookings when your heating is not working?"). He told us to check the fuse etc and told us to "just persevere with it". We persevered to not avail. Tim told us his maintenance man was coming the next morning to look at something else so we can ask him to check the heating. As we were in the middle of nowhere and far from home and because it was so late, we decided to try to stay one night, but it was far too cold. The maintenance man was nice and helpful but he said he wasn't able to fix the heating or hot water and it required and engineer. Tim offered us a nearby house but this did not have enough beds for us and it had a musty smell. We ended up seeking alternative accommodation from Sykes Cottages but by the time they were able to get us something we had stayed in this house for 2 nights, 2 nights that Tim refused to give us any kind of refund for. He was rude, obnoxious, unhelpful and patronising to us and appears to only care about financial gain.- Beth R, January 2020
“Lovely location, spacious and clean accommodation, and great for dog owners , ...”
Lovely location, spacious and clean accommodation, and great for dog owners , Could do with updating the crockery and glassware to accommodate 6 adult guests- Miss Barnett, December 2019
“Set in beautiful surroundings with lots of walks and countryside around.”
All the social area is upstairs in a wonderful light space with ample room to eat, cook and crash out. Downstairs is the bedrooms and bathrooms, all very well laid out and comfortable. We had a relaxing time and loved the underfloor heating. The entrance area is small, so not a lot of room for coats and boots and the stairs are quite steep. Upstairs is a bit creeky on the floorboards if you are downstairs.- Mrs Gordon, November 2019
“Boxwood was lovely.”
The setting in the woods is amazing with great walks straight from the front garden. Cottage was warm and comfortable with everything you could need. It was good to meet you Tim you have built a super special place. Thank you.- Mrs Dudley, October 2019
“Loved , loved Boxwood Retreat.”
Stayed with our three kids 12 , 14 and 17 and 3 wee dogs. Beautiful and comfy house. Loved the woods around us. Right in middle of woods no fences but our dogs never left our side.. So nice and peaceful. Travelled 9 hrs drive from Scotland but worth it . We loved the area, Rye , Hastings , fab country store up rd called Jempsons which was amazing. Definately recommend this holiday home! Hope to return!- Mrs Coombs, March 2019
“Fabulous Xmas break in our “gingerbread” cottage in the woods.”
Loved every minute of it. Perfect place. Location fab. Felt a million miles away from the hustle & bustle of London. Would highly recommend Sykes Cottages. Simple & easy to use.- Mrs Kane Burton, December 2018
“Really lovely modern cottage in the woods.”
Very cosy inside and well located for local beaches and attractions. Great dog walks in the surrounding woods, would definitely recommend.- Mrs Farrell, November 2018
This contemporary retreat is on the edge of Beckley Village, brought to life by enticing woodland, with a wonderful lawned garden and two fabulous decked areas to choose from.
Perfect for families or friends to visit, Boxwood Retreat is a lovely haven to base your holiday, well-insulated to warm those cooler winter months, with the addition of a woodburner, whilst bringing a light, airy feel in the summer.
Follow the pretty footpath round to the cottage and you can enter the property at several points, surrounded by mature oak, chestnut and pine trees with a vast array of flora and fauna.
The house comprises of a spacious open-plan living/kitchen/dining space with breakfast bar, and a utility room on the upper level which opens up to two generous outdoor dining terraces.
Social evenings can begin inside, before continuing the fun outdoors, perhaps catching a glowing sunset as the night draws in.
One double bedroom and two twin bed rooms, accommodating up to six people, are located on the lower ground floor, together with two large fully tiled family size bathrooms, one en-suite to the main double bedroom, this can also be locked from the bedroom to form a second family room.
Relax inside to admire the artwork gracing the walls, or wander outside for some quality time together, perhaps lighting the barbecue, as you uncover the one-of-a-kind location in its entirety.
The area is alive with popular places to visit; the medieval town of Rye boasts historic houses, cobbled streets with tea rooms and antiques shops, battlements and boats, and perched at the top of the hill looking down on all below, is Rye Castle, built in 1249.
At the end of a busy day, Flatropers Woods will call you back with its leaves rustling on the trees allowing you to relax and unwind in the comfort of nature.
- Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 2 x twin rooms. Bathroom with bath, shower, basin and WC. Cloakroom with basin and WC. Open-plan sitting, kitchen and dining area with woodburner and breakfast bar.
- Eco central heating with woodburning stove
- Underfloor heating
- Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher
- TV with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
- Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
- Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
- Off-road parking for 2 cars
- Lawned garden, terrace areas, furniture and BBQ
- one well behaved dogs welcome
- Sorry, no smoking
- Shop and pub 1 mile away
- Note: The house is highly insulated and utilises a low energy Air Source Heat Pump to provide hot water and under-floor heating throughout
- Note: Access to the property for the last 100 meters is via an ‘Ancient Highway’ which is an unmade road
- Note: Several steps outdoors and also indoors between the upper level, and lower ground floor
- Note: Check in is 4pm and check out is 11am
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About the location
Rye 6.5 miles; Camber Sands 10 miles; Hastings 11.5 miles.
The village of Beckley, dating back to the 1700s, sits in the Sussex countryside, and has enjoyed a varied past, including heavy involvement with ironworks and forestry. Beckley remains a quintessential English village with local shops, churches and a village hall staging events throughout the year, with race nights, craft fairs and even an amateur theatre group all taking their turn. Popular for its beautiful woodland and their numerous walks, the River Rother also runs close by and is great for a summer stroll or a picnic on the riverbank. The surrounding area is alive with popular places to visit; the medieval town of Rye boasts historic houses, cobbled streets with tea rooms and antiques shops, battlements and boats, and perched at the top of the hill looking down on all below, Rye Castle, built in 1249. A short drive from Rye and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d arrived on foreign shores; Camber Sands, with its wonderful sand dunes, has been the location for many films sets, due to its beautiful golden beach and shallow sea waters. Tenterden has a steam railway complete with restored station, waiting rooms and cafe, where you can board a train and journey back in time. But, at the end of a busy day Beckley Woods will call you back with its leaves rustling on the trees allowing you to relax and unwind with just the sound of birdsong on the breeze.
This property offers the following short breaks:
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