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Gun Hill Cottage

(Ref. 988889)

Heathfield, Sussex Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely stay."

    Chris had been very responsive by email prior to the stay so I had no questions once we were there. There was also a useful folder relating to the cottage and area and notes left in strategic places. However on getting ready for departure we could not find instructions for what to do with the recycling other than to take glass to the nearby pub, which we did. It was just before we left the house and I am afraid I forgot to mention it to Chris and left it there. My friend found the third bedroom a bit cold, but she really does feel the cold. It’s an old house of traditional construction so hardly eco and easy to heat. The garden is great. We took my dog and did lots of walking. I know the area, but still nearly lost my Wellington boot in very deep mud on one walk. I would advise people to avoid bridleways, which are extra muddy when it’s been wet, and stick to footpaths as horses aren’t allowed in them. Anyway we loved the cottage and would like to return in the spring.

    Thank you for taking the time to provide this feedback. We're delighted you enjoyed your stay and we have passed on your comments to the owner so thank you for bringing them to our attention. We look forward to welcoming you again. Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Annabel4.4Nov 2023

  • "Very cosy house, where you don't need to be tall"

    Reviewed by Paul4.4Sep 2023

  • "A lovely week in this charming cottage helped by the weather!"

    Breakfast & evening drinks under the grapevine in the large gardens were a highlight. The cottage was very clean, all appliances & plumbing worked. Some of the décor & fittings are rather dated and the guest info needs updating, especially as there is no visitors book for recommendations/advice. We let the owner know about the hole in the hedge out onto the road so hopefully that has been blocked.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and have passed your comments on to the owner. Best wishes, Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jessica4.7Sep 2023

  • "We had a very enjoyable stay at Gun Hill Cottage, we loved the beautiful gardens and enjoyed our mornings outside with a coffee, we stayed with our elderly father and we feel that the bathroom downstairs was not really at a good standard as the toilet flush was barely working which made going upstairs for my father much more than he needed too had the downstairs bathroom been working?"

    The basin in there as well was not draining the water away? For what we paid we feel this should have been working? As described in the holiday let two bathrooms? When only one was working properly? We didn’t think the bin collection was very easy as we didn’t see a wheelie bin? The location was great easy reach to nice places to visit, the co op was great for food shopping, and we really enjoyed the pool table was a nice feature. Had the couple of points raised been addressed with the bathroom it would have made the stay a lot easily especially with my father. Overall a very nice stay lovely idyllic cottage, and gorgeous garden, the Gun pub was really nice for Sunday lunch. Thank you.

    Thank you for your feedback with regards to your stay at Gun Hill Cottage. I'm sorry to hear you had issues with the downstairs toilet flush and wash basin. Did you get in touch with the Owner, so he could have addressed this during your stay?. Never the less we will also pass on your comments, so this doesn't effect future guests. We hope you enjoyed the area and we would love to welcome you back again in the future. Kind regards Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah Jane3.1Aug 2023

  • "The cottage has suffered from a prolonged lack of care and maintenance and is not as shown in your website."

    To start with the fridge freezer was too small to cater for a family of five. Insufficient space for freezer food and a very dated fridge freezer indeed. The cooker, well what can i say, very outdated indeed and stopped working after one use. Then two days later it suddenly started working. The first-floor bathroom was again dated, the sink was blocked during the entire holiday and the toilet could not be flushed by us all and you have to repeatedly pull the dated chain system of the toilet for it to then work. The bathroom facilities need updating. Soaps were left where it was used by previous holidayers or guest which i found absolutely disgusting. The bedrooms were dusty and cobwebs every corner of the bedrooms seems to me that it has not had a deep clean since for ages. My children all suffer from dust allergies and they all became unwell and we were all sneezing every day with red itchy eyes. The house had sudden power cuts on many occasions which scared us all, especially during the nights. The lamp shades keep falling down and my son try to grab it and burned his little finger created a blister. The upstairs toilet mirror had no lights. There was no guidance on the bins. However, the gardens were beautiful and well maintained and we all loved it, but we heard a lot of gun shots and people walking in the woods adjacent to the garden that made us feel concerned about our children's safety. I think the woods are used for hunting, but we were not told. Also, we were not told that the woods belong to next door neighbour, and we were approached by her very aggressively and in a very judgemental way. We had explained our position so politely and apologised to her, but she was still aggressive. That evening we were called by the owner at around 8.30- 9.00pm regarding this matter which i found quiet insulting and quite rude to be exact as it ruined our pleasant evening. We felt so uneasy that we lost the mood of our holiday and we cut it short and left three days early. We also had problems parking our car off street and parking the car in the space provided was tremendously difficult and i had scratched my car from the fence post when going into the parking space. the fence closing off the parking space was ridiculously awkward and annoying needs major improvements. This property did not meet my standards and I suggest you inspect the property immediately as I am sure it would not meet yours. This is the first time I have used Sykes Cottages and unfortunately it may be the last.

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback on your stay at Gun Hill Cottage. We can only apologise for the issues that you have experienced during your time away, and for the impact that this has had. Please know that the owner is on hand if you need any assistance during your stay and would have come to the property to help. The issues have been investigated and we can confirm that the cooker is working, the house has been fully cleaned, the toilet flush needs a firm action (a note has been added in the property), new lampshades will be sourced. To confirm, the third of an acre garden is within the fenced area; a note has been added not to cross the fence. It is noted on the description that the entrance to parking space is a little tight. We do our best to accurately represent our properties through photographs and descriptions. We would recommend carefully checking these prior to booking to ensure that the property meets your requirements. We hope you enjoyed the peacefulness of the beautiful area. Best wishes, Manor Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nadir1.9Aug 2023

  • "Absolutely gorgeous cottage with picture perfect gardens."

    We spend many hours sitting under the the pergola next to the pond, very relaxing. Two bathrooms but would recommend the downstairs shower is you’re tall

    Thank you for this lovely review and we're glad you enjoyed your stay at the cottage and enjoyed the garden too. Best wishes Hideaway Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0May 2023

  • "We arrived in the dark to a freezing cold cottage, as storage heaters weren’t on yet there was a lit bonfire in the garden was a little confused by this."

    Very dusty house, twin room bedding had stain might have been burnt by an iron but not sure. Toilet had been used and not flushed. Expensive for what it was. Mirror wasn’t hung on the wall just lent up. Not very safe if children were part of the visitors.

    Thank you for providing this feedback. We're very sorry to hear that the cottage was cold on arrival and that the cleanliness was not to our usual high standards. Thank you for bringing these issues to our attention and your comments have been passed to the owner for review. Best wishes Hideaway Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Yvonne2.8Nov 2022

  • "Had a very pleasant short-stay at Gun Hill."

    A super Cottage with a lovely Garden. Perfect base for exploring a lovely part of the country. A couple of minor complaints in that the downstairs loo wasn't working (Flush Broken) & that I had to get the hoover out at one point to sort out the well-established spider population. Appreciate that you can't stop them getting into an old house but some of the webs looked as if they'd been there for a while. Lots of plus-points however : the overall cleanliness, the welcome bottle of wine, comfortable beds, pretty much everything we needed (iron/ironing board & even a Smart-TV) The traffic using the road outside, whilst not at all busy, was fast & made manoeuvring out of the driveway a little dangerous. The pub, one minute's drive away, was superb, so handy to have a good local when you are staying away. A water filter would be useful as the tap water was a little 'metallic', again minor, as the pub supplied us with bottled water. The surrounding area was peaceful & quiet, lots of trees & country lanes, several NT places nearby that are well worth a visit.

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback following your stay at Gun Hill Cottage. We're glad you had a pleasant time and also enjoyed the surrounding amenities. Thank you also for bringing some issues to our attention - we hope they didn't impact on your stay and that we can welcome you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carolyn4.1Oct 2022

  • "A lovely cottage - very cosy and comfortable."

    We were only there for two nights and we all wished it could have been longer. We visit East Sussex often and we will definitely stay here again. The pub is just down the road and was also excellent.

    Thank you very much! There are so many lovely explorations to be made from the cottage - characterful pubs, quirky villages and many fascinating walks.. thank you for being such tidy and respectful guests! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Mar 2022

  • "We had a most enjoyable two weeks at Gun Hill Cottage."

    The house and gardens were very pleasant with lots of local walks from the house and two excellent pubs nearby. Would certainly visit again. The only downside was our communication with Sykes in Chester before the holiday. Despite several calls in the week before, they failed to answer our queries and would not give us a direct line to their 'local office' (?) or the owner. The result was that we arrived to find the beds not made up to our requirements and no information on a mid-stay change of linen. Fortunately the owner Chris was most helpful and sorted things out to our satisfaction - no thanks to Sykes. To be fair, it's the first time we have ever had this communication problem after dozens of visits over the last 20 years.

    Reviewed by Tony4.1Sep 2021

  • "A real treasure of a cottage and surrounding land."

    Picturesque and quiet. Coffee in the garden with squirrels running around added to the authenticity. Time to unwind. Our family of five really enjoyed our short stay in August. Would visit again.

    Reviewed by Syed4.7Aug 2021

  • "Very interesting house."

    The pictures online do not fully do it justice as the rooms appear smaller than they are and there is plenty of room for 4 or 5 people. One of the rooms is stated to have a small single bed but I presume that refers to the width and our 6' son was fine in it. Lovely gardens. Well placed for trips to Battle, Eastbourne, Seven Sisters. Bodiam Castle worth a visit and Kipling's house, Batemans is just 25 mins away. Good supermarket and restaurants just 4 miles away, with a Co-op 2. Lots of delightful walks within a short drive. No freezer nor dishwasher - neither of which were needed by us. Fitted what we needed very well.

    Thank you very much for your feedback. We are delighted that you had a wonderful holiday at Gun Hill Cottage. In addition, we will update the website to make it clear that the property lacks a freezer and dishwasher. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martin4.7Aug 2021

  • "A lovely cottage with all the facilities you need."

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Jun 2021

  • "We were very lucky with the weather, and so the holiday was a success."

    The cottage has some nice touches, but the description is not fully accurate. The single bedroom has a child's sized bed and is not suitable for an adult, and although set on its own, it is not 'tranquil' right next to a fairly busy lane.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments on Gun Hill Cottage, the owner has taken your comments on board and has amended the description of the bed in the single room. We are glad the weather was good yoy had a successful holday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul3.4May 2021

  • "Gun Hill cottage is a lovely place nestled in the East Sussex country side."

    We enjoyed the open fire, pool table and plenty of room for all the family. I can thoroughly recommend this place with plenty of walks and sights nearby not to mention one of the loveliest country pubs nearby.

    Many thanks for thoroughly recommending Gun Hill Cottage. We are glad you enjoyed the features of the property and its location. Hideaways Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rickard5.0Oct 2020

  • "Lovely cottage to make your base for exploring Sussex."

    It manages to give you a comfortable and homely feeling. The Gun Pub down the road also does excellent food. The owner provided excellent communication prior to arrival.

    Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent stay at Gun Hill Cottage. We love to received feedback from guest's and we hope to welcome them back again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by George5.0Sep 2020

  • "Great location, with lots of character."

    Garden has plenty of space and perfect for entertaining children. Lots of facilities / equipment inside the property too.

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2020

  • "We had a lovely week staying at Gun Hill cottage."

    Beautiful gardens lovely quirky cottage would thoroughly recommend

    We are glad you had a lovely week at Gun Hill Cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Aug 2020

  • "This is a beautiful, cosy cottage in a lovely part of the world."

    We were lucky enough to be able to eat in the garden every day on the lovely vine covered patio. As the weather was so hot we could perhaps have done with a bit more shade on the patio area. The local walks were lovely but we were also able to easily visit the Seven Sisters country park and Cuckmere Basin, Birling Gap and the lovely town of Lewes. There are 2 very good local pubs within walking distance. We particularly enjoyed the walk across the fields to the Six Bells at Chiddlingly.

    Thank you for taking time to leave your comments and advice on the local walks. It is great to have recommendations to advise future guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kathy4.7Aug 2020

  • "The cottage is quaint and has a lovely garden (probably the best we have had at a cottage) and outside seating area which we used alot."

    It has most of the things you would expect to need for a week away. The pub was a five minute walk and had very good food, the cottage location is great, there are so many beautiful places to visit within half an hour drive in all directions. The disappointing thing was the cleanliness in some areas, there were dusty surfaces in the living room, spider webs in a lot of places and dead woodlice in the dolls house and toy horse box which I wiped down so my daughter could play....we get these in our house too, it's an old house. It's hard to believe a thorough clean happened just before we arrived though, which would be expected at the best of times, but especially this year. The other thing we felt needed attention was the oven door which doesn't close properly and perhaps some new placemats that aren't peeling. Overall an enjoyable holiday, thank you.

    Thank you for taking the time to feedback on Gun Hill Cottage. The owner takes all feedback very seriously and will investigate all points raised. We are glad you were able to enjoy the garden and surrounding area. Hideaways. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul3.4Jul 2020

  • "A beautiful property in a secluded area of East Sussex."

    Clean fresh linen and a welcome bottle of wine and pint of milk on arrival. The pool room amused the grandson and a selection of games and puzzles for wet days. An ideal proprty for the combined family holiday.

    Thank you for your super comments.. we are so pleased you had a good time! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Amanda4.7Jul 2020

  • "Gun Hill cottage is full of character and once fire was lit was warm throughout ..."

    Gun Hill cottage is full of character and once fire was lit was warm throughout except for the games room which was freezing Too cold for a game of pool sadly Very well equipped cottage with lots of extras however an essential which would have been appreciated on arrival and was missing was toilet roll Quick dash to local Co op required We did dispose of our fire ashes considerately and as instructed, sadly previous guests have tipped them onto the lovely garden and some litter too Shame on them as it is a beautiful little outdoor space and we very much enjoyed staying here The surrounding countryside is stunning and there are plenty places to visit nearby

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback on Gun Hill Cottage. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and all feedback is passed onto the owner. Hideaways. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maria4.4Feb 2020

  • "It was a bit cold if you did not have the fire going as it is not double glazed."

    Reviewed by Shawreen4.7Dec 2019

  • "First class in every way, did take a little time to warm up, but then fine!"

    Very tasteful furnishings throughout, 2 bathrooms, plenty of space, very comfortable beds,lovely well kept garden, pond, seats for relaxing. Beautiful setting and lovely countryside, loads of little lanes for walkers, yet near major roads, also found the local Coop excellent and the local pubs, with good menus and meals.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Sep 2019

  • "A place to find peace and quiet in a part of Sussex that seems timeless."

    Wonderful garden to just sit in and let the everyday pressures drift away. Possibly my most perfect place. Long may it continue.

    Reviewed by Lis4.7Aug 2019

  • "We had a lovely week in Gun hill cottage." really was a beautiful cozy home with a stunning garden Definitely would love to come back again Thank you Jenny Boulton

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0May 2019

  • "The cottage was delightful, clean and well equipped with a spacious garden that was delightful to sit in after an active day out (if not making use of the pool table in the pool room)."

    The property was situated in an attractive area that was easy accessible to many attractions ranging from steam train rides, gardens and castles to numerous seaside resorts-Brighton, Hastings and Eastbourne. We would happily return to the area and cottage as it was one of the best holidays we have experienced.

    Guest's Review On Trip Advisor

  • "A beautiful cottage."

    Especially loved the activity shelves, gardens, local info., wood stove and Gun Pub. We loved it, and will be anticipating our next visit before too long.

    Mr Scott

  • "Lovely cottage - third time we have booked through you and I recommend you regularly."

    Mr & Mrs Murworth

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  • Three bedrooms: - 1 x double 1 x twin 1 x single (small single bed) Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room with open fire
  • Sitting room with wood burning stove
  • Games room with pool table.
  • Storage and electric heating. Electric oven and hob, microwave, washing machine, tumble dryer (in shed), fridge, TV with Freeview, WiFi. A starter pack of logs, kindling, firelighters and matches is included Linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and high chair available
  • Off road parking for 1 small to medium car and roadside parking for an additional one car. Enclosed lawned garden with pond and patio area with furniture
  • This is a no smoking property
  • Unfenced pond is approx 1' deep, please supervise small children
  • The height of doorways and ceilings may not be suitable for very tall people
  • The entrance to the car parking space is tight
  • When approaching from the south it is advised to either drive slightly north of the entrance to reverse in, or to turn the car at the entrance to Swan Wood Lodge/House for a smooth nose-in approach
  • The lane is quiet in the evenings and for much of the day, but traffic can be fairly busy at peak times. A Good Housekeeping bond of £200 is required for this property.

The property

Gun Hill Cottage should certainly be at the top of your list if you're searching for a rural retreat for the family or with friends in this idyllic part of England.

Care and attention has gone into its refurbishment with no expense spared in making this a really comfortable and homely place to stay.

The pretty, rose-covered, weather-boarded exterior will certainly catch your eye as you venture up the front path.

Once inside you'll be won over by the charming character the cottage exudes, with its original features such as the beamed ceilings, yet all the comforts you'd expect from a contemporary home are there for you to enjoy.

Subtle tones dominate throughout adding to the feeling of tranquillity.

There is plenty to entertain here and you may find yourself whiling away more than a few hours in the games room with its pool table.

Outside you have third of an acre of garden and woodland to explore as well as a lovely pond to lounge by at the end of a busy day.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


  • Battle 12 miles
  • Royal Tunbridge Wells 14 miles
  • Bexhill on Sea 17 miles
  • Eastbourne 17 miles
  • Hastings 20 miles

Heathfield is a market town in Sussex known for it's annual fair the Heffle Cuckoo Fair each April, and the Heathfield Show which takes place each May. Its busy town centre offers an assortment of shops, takeaways, restaurants and pubs. One of the most popular visitor attractions in the area is the Cuckoo Trail, a shared track for walkers and cyclists, with horses allowed on some of the sections. An extension has also been constructed to the south into Eastbourne and the trail has become part of National Cycle Network Route 21. Scattered around Heathfield are several towns, villages and hamlets including Rushlake Green with its picturesque village green and quaint looking pub serving excellent local food. For a day out to remember why not visit Rudyard Kipling's home Batemans, which is located at Burwash. This National Trust property is very much how Rudyard Kipling and his wife Carrie left it, with this beautiful 17th century house providing a much needed sanctuary to this world-famous writer. With so much to do inland you could be overlooking how close the coastline is to Heathfield. With Eastbourne, Hastings and Bexhill on Sea all less than a 30 minute drive you should leave a day to beachcomb your way along the shoreline and savour the salty air as it braces you ready to enjoy a visit to The Stade art gallery in Hastings or The De La Warr Pavilion with its exhibitions and music events in Bexhill on Sea. Tunbridge Wells is also a 25 minute drive away with its Georgian and Victorian architecture. With so many exciting places to visit and things to do and see within a short distance means Heathfield is a secret no longer!

Note: Unfenced pond is approx 1'deep. Please supervise small children.
Please Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.
Note: This property does not have a freezer or dishwasher.

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