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Blythe Cottage

Piddinghoe near Newhaven, Sussex (Ref. 944934)

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  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
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9 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage has a lot of character with a pretty garden."

    We had lovely walks around the village which is quite small. Lots of countryside around to explore. We also went to Brighton. There are National Trust places to visit within reasonable travel time.

    Reviewed by ChrisSep 2019

  • "Great holiday in this lovely cosy cottage on the South Downs and near the coast."

    Really warm and spacious accommodation with some lovely original features and beautiful garden. The owner has really furnished it comfortably with some lovely personal touches. Had a wonderful week visiting several National Trust houses / gardens, local villages and of course the very picturesque views from Seaford and Beachy Head of the 7 Sisters. All in all a very enjoyable stay with the family.

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2019

  • "Our cottage was in a beautiful setting, full of characture and perfect for our needs."

    All we needed was provided. A great holiday we will never forget.

    Reviewed by MartinSep 2019

  • "Cleanliness of the property is very basic."

    Kitchen bin was full when we arrived at the property. There is also an oil leak in the garden which obviously left a strong smell which was unpleasant when sitting outside.

    Reviewed by RosemaryAug 2019

  • "Stated time for arrival at Blythe Cottage is any time after 3pm."

    We arrived at 3pm to find beds unmade, no welcome package. Phone contact numbers left we were unable to contact accept the gardener who rang back when I left a message on his phone. He said he would try and sort it out, in the mean time at 5pm a lady arrived to make the beds and leave welcome package. We then had a return call from the gardener who was happy somebody had turned up as he was unable to contact anyone. We noticed that a visitor had commented that the downstairs bedroom window leaked if it rained, we can confirm that problem has still not been resolved. Also when raining there was a leak in the conservatory roof. The general cleanliess of the house was not to the usual standard we have come to expect when booking sykes cottages. Blythe Cottage is near a busy main road, so when sitting in garden can be quite noisy.

    Reviewed by ColinSep 2018

  • "Delightful and comfortable cottage with attractive sheltered garden"

    Reviewed by RogerSep 2018

  • "Our cottages was just beautiful and wonderfully presented."

    Everything was just where it should be and so comfortable. Ease of key collecting was great! An amazing place to relax and unwind for a week.

    Reviewed by ClaireAug 2018

  • "Everything about the house and garden was great for us."

    Perhaps the only thing was perhaps the sofa may be nearing the end of it's life, but that was minor compared to everything else. The garden in particular was just so good, plenty of space to soak up the sun, but plenty of shady areas when required. Also ideal for the dogs, and with easy access to safe walking areas by the river. David

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2018

  • "A lovely cottage with lots of original features and a nice garden."

    Lots of interesting places nearby.

    Reviewed by AlisonJul 2018

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The property

This delightful 18th century semi-detached cottage is situated in the picturesque village of Piddinghoe, in the heart of the stunning South Downs National Park.

With lovely views of the River Ouse and the hills beyond, this quaint and quirky cottage is ideal for a family or friends wanting to explore the area, with sailing and river boats on your doorstep.

The cottage oozes character with parquet floors, wooden beams and original latched doors.

A formal dining room with an electric woodburner-effect stove leads through to the spacious kitchen which is well-equipped to cater for all your needs.

There is a cosy and comfortable lounge benefiting from a warming woodburning stove, a lovely place to snuggle up in front of on those cold and wintery nights.

Off the lounge is a lovely little sun room with a further comfortable sofa and a small dining table, with patio doors that open out onto the garden.

The ground floor accommodation is completed with a spacious family bathroom featuring a freestanding bath and a large separate shower, as well as a double bedroom.

Upstairs, there are a further two double bedrooms, one of which includes a double sofa bed, to provide flexible sleeping arrangements.

Outside this charming holiday home is a pretty garden with a patio, pond and a raised decked area, offering lovely views whilst you relax with your favourite tipple at the end of the day.

For lovers of the great outdoors, the area offers an abundance of walking trails, cycling and sailing opportunities.

Nearby Newhaven is home to a bustling marina and seaport, with regular ferry services to France, should you fancy hopping over for the day and it also offers a good selection of amenities including shops, pubs, takeaways and restaurants.

Rodmell, just a five minute drive away, was once home to the writer Virginia Woolf who drowned herself in the river here, and is where you can take a guided tour of her former home Monk’s House, after which you can pop into The Abergavenny Arms, the local pub renowned for its Sunday roasts, steak nights and for hosting various quiz nights and live bands.

If you enjoyed Monk’s House then also pay a visit to Charleston, just nine miles away, which became a country meeting point for the so called Bloomsbury Set including Woolfe and her husband, you can marvel at the beautifully decorated interiors, the artists’ garden and exhibition gallery.

Visit nearby Lewes, with its medieval buildings and castle, as well as being home to many fine restaurants, independent shops, book shops and antique shops.

Brighton just 12 miles away makes for a great day out, with its beach, Pier, Pavilion and shopping down The Lanes, and then why not stop at the pretty seaside village of Rottingdean for a spot of lunch?

Whether you step into the past with a trip to historic Battle and Lewes, or spend a family day out at Knockhatch Adventure Park or Drusillas Zoo Park, or even opt for a day at the seaside at Eastbourne or Pevensey Bay, this delightful cottage offers the perfect place to stay, at any time of year.


  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double (one with sofa bed), 1 x ground floor double
  • Ground floor bathroom with freestanding bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with breakfast bar (seats 2)
  • Dining room with electric woodburner-effect stove
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Sun room (seats 4).
  • Oil central heating with electric stove and woodburning stove
  • Electric range cooker with double oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Side and rear gravelled garden with furniture, raised decked area and pond
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: There is an unfenced pond in garden, children should be supervised
  • Note: Due to the period cottage, there are some uneven floors and small steps leading into some of the rooms
  • Note: Max 6 people.

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About the location


Newhaven 1.5 miles; Lewes 6.5 miles, Brighton 12 miles.

Piddinghoe is a quiet picturesque village in the South Downs National Park offering beautiful views of the South Downs, and a small village green with a childrens’ playground. The tidal River Ouse runs alongside the village providing pleasant riverside walks and opportunities for rowing and sailing. The village also has a church, St Johns, which is one of just three round tower churches in Sussex. Nearby Newhaven is home to a thriving marina and busy seaport, and offers a wide selection of amenities including shops, supermarkets, takeaways and restaurants, and is also where you can take a ferry to France should you fancy hopping over for a day.

Region Information

Note: Max 6 people.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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