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Orchard Lodge

(Ref. 1061582)

Bolney, Sussex Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Broadband / WiFi

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45 Customer Reviews

  • "Clean, comfortable and well equipped, light sleepers may have an issue with passing traffic."

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0Oct 2023

  • "Good points: location, good wi-fi and plentiful hot water."

    Cons: the lounge area was so small- my son had to sit on a hard dining chair all week yet 2 bucket chairs in kitchen area? No side table so had to use a box! No large saucepan or shelves in one bedroom Very damp and cold - no instructions re heating. Bathroom running with condensation and towels wouldn’t dry and smelt! Lack of privacy as people from neighbouring lodge walked past the bedroom every morning. We were very disappointed and felt overpriced for what it was compared to other Sykes properties we have stayed in.

    If you have taken time to read this, please read other 43 reviews. During this letting official Met office readings were 26,23,22,22,19,18 degrees. The lodge is double glazed and very well insulated and in a sheltered spot, this description when it was hot outside is bewildering. Our heating engineer has checked the thermostatically controlled central heating system and it is working perfectly. Comments regarding the bathrooms are equally surprising as never being mentioned in feedback before, both bathrooms have windows and fans which automatically go into boost mode until all condensation is cleared, both showers are glazed units and bathrooms are both fair sized (see photos). I personally check lodge each week and have never seen any sign of damp. Lodges are not overlooked, they are at right angles 30 metres apart, bedrooms have both blinds and curtains. There is a clothes airer in lodge. Bucket chairs easily moved 2 foot from kitchen area to lounge, I am sorry about missing saucepan which has now been replaced. Guests stayed in exceptionally beautiful surroundings with security gates with 2 parking spaces, very clean and comfortable beds and furnishings with 2 shower rooms and full kitchen facilities and as per listing it is at a very reasonable cost. We are always available to help guests, however this guest did not mention she needed attention with regard to these points raised in feedback. We appreciate genuine feedback with the aim to improve. However, this feedback is spiteful and we believe untrue and in our opinion doesn't have any place on this website. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan2.8Sep 2023

  • "Would have liked a small coffee table or something to put a cup on when on the sofa ."

    dining chairs were very heavy and hard to sit for some time.The holiday itself was very enjoyable and the welcome pack was lovely especially the warm cake.

    Reviewed by Yvonne4.1Sep 2023

  • "Really secluded property very quiet ."

    In a central location great hosts would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Aug 2023

  • "A very enjoyable stay."

    The frequency of traffic along Wineham Lane was surprising given the isloation of accommodation.

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2023

  • "A very enjoyable holiday in lovely accommodation."

    The welcome cake was delicious! The accommodation was clean and comfortable and in a perfect location for exploring the local area.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Aug 2023

  • "The cottage was perfect for my brother and I."

    We each had a bedroom with attached en-suite. Nice kitchen, living/dining area. The owners left us milk and a delicious cake. WiFi worked well. One slight glitch was that the latitude and longitude coordinates sent to us by email resulted in Google maps stating "your destination is on the right" when it was actually on the left. Not a big deal. We hope to stay again someday.

    Reviewed by Guy5.0Aug 2023

  • "Orchard Lodge is compact but well equipped given the available space."

    The beds were comfortable and having on-suite showers for both bedrooms was a bonus. The hosts were friendly and very helpful.

    Reviewed by Norman4.1Jul 2023

  • "Great place to stay dog friendly nice garden very nice owners left us a lovely ..."

    Great place to stay dog friendly nice garden very nice owners left us a lovely cake and milk in the fridge which was very much appreciated

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jun 2023

  • "Had a lovely stay at Orchard Lodge recently."

    Very pleased with the accommodation and location. Loved the security features of the property such as the electric gates and cameras which made us feel very safe! Lovely extra touch from the owner Denise who left us a very tasty arrival tin full of choc cookies and croissants! Many thanks. We will hopefully be back. Would highly recommended this property.

    Reviewed by Sian4.4Jun 2023

  • "Very comfortable chalet in a peaceful location, ideal for visiting a number of notable gardens, N T houses and the Bluebell Railway."

    Friendly helpful owners live on site. Pub 2 miles down the road in Wineham also highly recommended for friendly atmosphere.

    Reviewed by Richard4.7Jun 2023

  • "The property was clean,the home baked cake was very nice The only problem we had ..."

    The property was clean,the home baked cake was very nice The only problem we had with the property was the noisy airflow extractor fan’s ,which at night meant you had trouble trying to get a decent nights sleep

    Sorry, the trickle vents are in place to stop condensation in the bathrooms , they are not usually a problem, possibly you were showering before bed, however, they could have easily been switched off. We do always leave our contact details and if you had mentioned to us it would have been easily remedied. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brian3.4May 2023

  • "Mr Keith Evans and family."

    On arrival entry was easy and safe parking made unpacking after a long journey easy. On entry to the lodge information was on the table as well as the owners generous hospitality of a homemade banana and coconut cake plus milk in the fridge yum yum and most appreciated. Beds are comfortable as are the furnishings. Plenty of wardrobe space and shower great. Ground setting is lovely with blooms and trees. Owners very friendly and helpful. Altogether a delightful holiday. Will book again for this area.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0May 2023

  • "The Lodge is lovely."

    Clean and bright. Welcoming surprise of home made cake together with fresh milk, tea, coffee and sugar was appreciated. Towels and tea towels provided and shower gel. It was so convenient to have 2 en-suite bedrooms , at either end of lodge, when holidaying with a friend. Beds were comfortable. Lodge was warm. Hot water always available. Would have preferred to have comfortable chairs to sit in the sun in the Orchard. The bistro set on the verandar is metal and in the shade. Gary, the owner, was on hand if we had any questions. A car is needed as the road has no footpaths and taxis are not readily available.

    Reviewed by Carole4.7May 2023

  • "The only thing that we could find fault is that the Lodge does get cold in the evening and as my husband is a chilly mortal he did get cold."

    They did provide a throw but still not warm enough

    This is unusual the lodge has 5 adjustable radiators which are on factory settings up until 10.30pm and the lodge is extremely well insulated and double glazed. We did ask guests whilst they were staying at lodge, as we always do, if everything was ok and was told perfect. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janet4.1Apr 2023

  • "We have stayed at Orchard Lodge before and we find it very clean and value for money."

    The road is very close to the lodge - at times it can be very busy and vehicles travel at speed. Previously, this was not a problem due to the electric gate which kept our dog secure. However, this time the gate was out of action and had to be manually closed. As the grassed area is shared with occupants of the other lodge you are reliant on them also closing the gate. We feel that we should have been notified before arrival.

    The engineer had called to fix the gate on the day you arrived but unfortunately he couldn't fix it and he needed to order a new motor, it is now fixed and fully working, I did leave a note on the table in the lodge to explain and apologize regarding this small inconvenience. We are on a country lane, if one car every 15 mins and none during the night is busy then I'm sorry. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Shirley4.1Mar 2023

  • "NOT DOG FRIENDLY Owner does not accept "large" dogs."

    We checked with Sykes as we have a Springer spaniel who weighs 25 kilos. They checked with the owner, who said that was ok. So we booked and paid. On our second day there, we had to contact the owner as the security gate had broken. When she saw us, she made it quite clear we were lucky she hadn't refused us entry as she was entitled to do as we had a "large hairy dog". When we disputed this because Sykes had checked beforehand, she denied this. I subsequently checked with Sykes, and they have records on their system about having the conversation with the owner about our dog being 25 kilos. Furthermore, she made it clear that her cleaners weren't paid to clean up after dogs, and we were responsible for making sure that the property was left as clean as we found it. Only later did we see the CCTV camera outside, which is how she saw what dog we had, despite being advised by Sykes. There are no signs advising of CCTV, which is illegal. We ended our "holiday" two days early, having cleaned everywhere and taken photos as evidence. And, the property is only 15 feet from the road where the morning traffic starts quite early

    WE ARE DEFINITELY DOG FRIENDLY and have welcomed over 60 dogs! Unfortunately the guests and their dog spent 6 of their 7 day holiday inside the lodge rarely leaving due to the heavy rain. Our priority is keeping the lodge comfortable and clean for all guests. Sykes Cottages should relay Sykes company policy to guests, especially owners of larger hairy dogs, that the guests should ensure the lodge is left as they found it. If Sykes had conveyed this, I do not think the guests would have shouted at me that they did not come on holiday to clean up after their dog, when I tried to slip this into our conversation in a very polite and friendly manner regarding the wet and muddy conditions. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John1.6Mar 2023

  • "Only problem was the lights outside when coming in late didn’t work."

    This was taken up by the owners and they were sorting it out ,poss problems with BT as they worked Sunday night after they had been to sort out other problems during the day,Owners very grateful with my info,they hadn’t been aware of problems.

    Reviewed by Iain5.0Nov 2022

  • "A well maintained, clean and comfortable lodge."

    We agree with all the other positive reviews for this property. Excellent location for the coast and the South Downs for walking. Many beautiful gardens, interesting villages and historical sites within easy reach. The cake on arrival is good too!

    Reviewed by Shirley5.0Oct 2022

  • "Thank you for the lovely cake and extras that we found on our arrival."

    Orchard Lodge was everything we could hope for and a comfortable stay for myself, Daughter and Grand daughter, not forgetting Lola the dog. It's close to so many places to explore. We had a lovely outlook and felt safe with gated entrance that was easy to use. Would highly recommend this as a place to stay.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Sep 2022

  • "This is our second visit to Orchard Lodge and we had a lovely time."

    Everything you need within the lodge and love the view from the lounge area onto the private garden. Another delicious cake on arrival too, thank you!

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Aug 2022

  • "Perfect relaxing stay with friendly welcoming hosts."

    Super comfy beds - best nights sleep I’ve ever had on a holiday! Would definitely return in a heartbeat.

    Reviewed by Stacie4.4Aug 2022

  • "Orchard Lodge location is very good for visiting all the local attractions."

    It was very clean with good facilities and ideal for 2 people. The bedrooms are very compact but have a good amount of wardrobe space. The veranda seating area was a lovely place to sit in the evening.

    Reviewed by Kevin4.7Jul 2022

  • "Snug and compact little lodge, very clean and perfect for two of us and Socks the dog on her first holiday."

    We were welcomed with homemade coconut and banana cake which was an added bonus! Kitchen had everything we needed to self-cater. Folder provided with lots of useful info and ideas for trips, meals out etc. Lots of local footpaths to explore on dog walks, easy access to Haywards Heath, Knepp Wildland (our main reason for visiting), South Downs and Brighton.

    Reviewed by Miranda4.1Jul 2022

  • "Lovely relaxing place, friendly and unobtrusive owners, ideal base to visit the local sights."

    Layla loved roaming the garden and the walks in the nearby little wooded area.

    Reviewed by George5.0Jun 2022

  • "The lodge was very clean and comfortable, it had everything you needed in the kitchen except for an iron."

    The grounds weren't dog secure so we had to keep an eye on our 'pest', but other than that they were beautiful. The owners were very friendly too and we wouldn't hesitate in recommending this property to others looking for a peaceful break.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Jun 2022

  • "Nice property."

    Bedrooms a touch small especially if dog sleeps in bedroom floor. Wouldnt have had room if still using a dog cage. Worth advising that walk to nearest pub is along a country lane, not the most suitable with a dog.

    Many thanks for your comments. Whilst my property does allow a small dog, they must not be allowed in the bedrooms at all times.The property had to be deep cleaned as a result to ensure all of our guests whether they are pet lovers or non-pet lovers enjoy a beautifully clean property for their stay. Best wishes, The owner of Orchard Lodge. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Edmond3.8Jun 2022

  • "Gary, the owner very pleasant and helpful."

    His wife's cake, on arrival, was very nice!

    Reviewed by Martin4.4May 2022

  • "We would like to thank Denise and Gary for making our making our stay so enjoyable."

    The log cabin was lovely and clean, the location was quiet & with picture card views. The Cabin has all the luxuries required and we found it really relaxing, especially after a busy day in Brighton. Situated near the renowned South Downs and and ideal for walkers and sightseers alike. My daughter has booked for a week in August….and I would have no hesitation in booking it again.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Apr 2022

  • "The lodge was a lovely place to stay, very clean and comfortable."

    Homemade cake on our arrival was such a lovely thought and tasted amazing.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Apr 2022

  • "We were very happy with our holiday property."

    It is ideally situated for visiting areas of the South Downs.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Apr 2022

  • "Absolutely fab."

    Really enjoyed staying in Orchard Lodge. Had everything we needed and is in a very good location.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Mar 2022

  • "Had a great few days away at Orchard Lodge ."

    .. Welcoming banana and coconut cake waiting on arrival!! Instructions very clear on whereabouts, key easy to find, the lodge is perfect for two people but I would imagine a little tight for four... The bedding smelt so fresh, the cleanliness was spot on. Unfortunately didn't get to meet Denise but Gary was tinkering with his jeep, very pleasant gentleman. We took a 11 month old cockapoo and felt she was very safe to roam around the grounds once the gate was closed Had a very pleasant stay and would definitely go again

    Reviewed by Carrie4.4Mar 2022

  • "Lovely To meet Denise as we were leaving, so friendly, loved the little touches of the banana loaf and milk etc left for us, house was so beautiful and quiet for us, just what we needed, just wish we could have stayed longer, we hope to return again next year."

    Thank you again DENISE X

    Reviewed by Irene5.0Mar 2022

  • "The cabin was very nice spotlessly clean."

    The owners are there but not intrusive nice people .the cabin is very warm and cozy , ideal if you are visiting the south coast .

    Reviewed by Edward5.0Mar 2022

  • "Immaculately clean, comfortable and well equipped in a beautiful setting close to the South Downs National Park."

    Gary and Denise were always on hand for help and useful information but never intrusive. We will be returning later this year.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Feb 2022

  • "The Orchard Lodge is located in a quiet and remote area, but we found it easily even in the dark because the instructions given are very clear."

    We were welcome by a bottle of wine and a box of mince pies from the owner. The rooms are very clean and comfortable and the kitchen is well equipped. The wifi connection could be a bit unstable sometimes though. But overall, we enjoyed the stay very much!

    Reviewed by Danni4.7Dec 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay with our grandsons."

    This was a late booking in an area we had not visited and a great time was had by all. Sadly had to make an early exit due to my wife being unwell so was unable to say a proper thank you. Only slight gripe was that eating was a bit of a squeeze for 4 of us but overall a great place to stay

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Oct 2021

  • "This lodge is set amongst a very quiet and remote area."

    Mobile signal almost non existant. The lodge(?) is small and very compact.Ok for us 2 plus our little dog.However would not recomend it for 4 people,as the size,coupled with the furniture,rather restricts movement.

    We were very upset to read this as it is the first complaint received regarding wi-fi at Orchard Lodge. The lodge has its own BT fibre optic connection and if you would have mentioned the problem we would have contacted BT immediately. We have just checked connection ourselves and although slightly slow it is good. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael3.8Oct 2021

  • "We had a smashing stay in Orchard Lodge."

    Our hosts, Denise and Gary were wonderful. So kind and helpful. We arrived to a bottle of wine and an amazing home baked cake, plus all the tea, coffee and sugar we could need. There were also hand soaps and shower gels supplied. Our hosts were not at all intrusive, they introduced themselves and left us in peace having reassured us that they were at our disposal should we need them. We only had one small problem and Denise and Gary all but bent over backwards to try to help. You won’t find such good hosts everywhere. The location is quite well placed for visiting most parts of Sussex without too much driving. It also sits quite prettily in a small orchard. We took our dog and were really pleased to find the driveway protected by an electronic gate, keeping the pooch securely off the fast road outside. The lodge itself is not a very big building and space is fairly limited. There is a table with four chairs but we could only realistically use two of the chairs without having to rearrange the room. This was perfect for us as there were only two of us but a larger group might have minor issues. The beds are both small doubles and may not suit everyone. However, if those minor drawbacks are acceptable for you, it really is a lovely place to stay. The kitchen is well equipped with pans and oven trays etc and there is a Hoover and an aimer available for use in one of the wardrobes (which have loads of hanging space and hangers). There is also plenty of drawer space.

    Reviewed by Richard4.7Sep 2021

  • "We had a fantastic family stay at Orchard lodge."

    We arrived late but Gary came out to greet us and Denise kindly sent us instructions of how to find the lodge because it was already dark. The owners were available to help and assist with anything we needed such as a clothes airer and suggestions on places to visit but apart from that we had plenty of space and privacy. The lodge was exceptionally clean and well kitted out. On arrival we were welcomed with a wonderful banana cake, bottle of wine and milk in fridge which was a really nice touch. The beds are comfy and waking up to the sounds of buzzards was fabulous. The orchard provided a relaxing setting to spend time in but there were lots of places to visit close by that entertained the kids such as rottingdean beach, Brighton and Go Ape as well as places to eat such as The Oak Barn, The WheatSheaf and The Bolney Estate. I would definitely recommend a stay here and hope we can return to explore more of the area in the not too distant future.

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Aug 2021

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at Orchard Lodge."

    Great location,village setting with many amenities nearby.Gary and Denise were very friendly and helpful.Giving us advice on places of interest to visit.We were welcomed with home made apple pie, wine,tea,coffee,milk and sugar.Lodge was spotlessly clean with Radox shower gel in both showers.We visited Brighton (20 mins away) on three occasions Our 10 year old daughter loved Brighton beach.Also The Lanes in Brighton.We also visited Portsmouth and the designer Outlet Gunwharf Quays well worth a visit if you like a bargain.Hastings,Chitchester and The Repair Shop all just over one hour away.First time we have visited this area,absolutely loved it.So much around this area to see and do.Ate in many beautiful pubs serving home made food.Definately would recommend this area for a holiday.

    Reviewed by Vanessa5.0Jul 2021

  • "Great accommodation Great location Great hosts very helpful"

    Reviewed by Manigandan5.0Jul 2021

  • "Orchard Lodge was perfect for a quiet country holiday in Sussex."

    Eating our breakfast and meals on the deck was lovely and its in a great location to visit Sussex. The lodge is very comfortable overlooking lovely orchard though we spent very little time inside. Recommend visit to Lindfield coffee works for great food and coffee. Friendly helpful owners next door but the lodge is well away from their home.

    Reviewed by Theresa4.7Jul 2021

  • "When we arrived the lodge was spotlessly clean."

    We were greeted with wine, cake, milk, butter, tea, sugar coffee etc. The photos on you website are somewhat misleading though, they only show one 2 seater settee & 2 dining chairs no good for the 4 people it sleeps. In actual fact there is one 2 seater settee & 2 club chairs, plus 4 dining chairs, new photos need to be taken & put on your website, the ones on it now is rather off putting. Denise & Gary couldn't have been more accommodating if we needed anything.

    Reviewed by Janet4.1Jul 2021

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  • All-ground-floor
  • Two double bedrooms both with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Oil Central heating
  • LPG gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Decking with furniture
  • One small, well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.5 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Note: The owners live in the house next door to the lodge
  • Note: There are three steps up to the property
  • This property does not accept Stag or Hen parties or similar.Please note - all bookings must end on Friday or start on Friday
  • This property has a £150.00 Good Housekeeping Bond
  • Note : No groups of workers or large commercial vehicles permitted
  • Please note - all bookings must end on Friday or start on Friday.

The property

Orchard Lodge is an agreeable detached lodge in the countryside, close to the village of Bolney.

Facing into the orchard and sleeping up to four guests, Orchard Lodge is a great base for discovering all that Sussex has to offer, within easy reach of South Downs National Park and the gorgeous Brighton beach.

You are greeted to the property with a private driveway, with room to park two cars, before stepping up onto the decking where there is furniture to enjoy a peaceful glass of wine as the sun goes down.

Entering the property into a open-plan living space, where there is a sofa to relax in front of the TV with a bowl of popcorn after a long day exploring with your loved ones, or take advantage of the self-catering facilities in the kitchen and rustle up your favourite meal to enjoy at the dining table which is placed by the window with views of the orchard.

Moving through Orchard Lodge, there are two double bedrooms, both with heaps of wardrobe space for those who slightly over pack, and also both with en-suite shower rooms, allowing for a private place to get ready for the day ahead.

Just a short walk takes you to The Royal Oak pub in Wineham, which serves both food and drink, or take a short drive in the opposite direction to the centre of Bolney which is a pretty village in the heart of Sussex, with history dating back to the Saxon times and a many 16th century timber-framed houses still in place.

Bolney itself has lots of opportunity for outdoor activities, a few bars for if you fancy an evening out, Wykehurst Place which is a gothic Revival mansion that is well worth a visit and is also home to an award-winning winery that offers guided tours and tastings, so you can choose a bottle of wine to compliment that special dinner back at Orchard Lodge.

Slightly further afar is the bustling seaside resort of Brighton, where you can relax on the beach or explore the amusements at Palace Pier or Brighton Marina, as well as being spoiled for choice with bars, shops, pubs, restaurants and the popular Sea Life centre.

If you want to keep active and enjoy long walks within beautiful scenery and wildlife, then you are within driving distance of South Downs National Park and High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Orchard Lodge is a great base for exploring the region and will make for an unforgettable holiday.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Hickstead 4 miles; Brighton 11 miles; Lewes 15 miles.

Bolney is a pretty village in the heart of Sussex, perfectly located for visits to both the east and west of the county. Set to the west of the main A23 dual carriageway which runs from London to Brighton, this quiet part of a rural landscape offers much more than can be seen at first sight. Bolney can trace its history back to Saxon times and still has many timber-framed houses dating back to the 16th century. The All England Jumping Course at Hickstead is an equestrian sport centre only 4 miles from Bolney, principally known for its show jumping and dressage activities. As well as lots of outdoor activities and pursuits, Bolney also has its own award-winning winery that offers guided tours and tastings; just the place to choose a bottle of wine to complement that special dinner! This part of Sussex is perfect when looking to explore; after all, you can be in London in less than 45 minutes, standing by the shore in less than 20 minutes or drinking coffee in France in just over 90 minutes - not many locations can offer so much in a day!

Note: This property does not accept Stag or Hen parties
Note: This property only accepts small dogs. Any large dogs that arrive, the owner will use discretion to decide if standard terms and conditions apply and you may be turned away.
Note : No groups of workers or large commercial vehicles permitted.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas