THE COTTAGE IN THE GARDEN


In the heart of the Sussex High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in the depths of a lovely garden sits this tranquil old cottage.

Completely self contained, it allows you to  relax in its peaceful surroundings in considerable comfort.


The Regency town of Royal Tunbridge Wells is a short drive through beautiful countryside as are Glyndebourne Opera and many pretty villages and National Trust properties.

  Romantic cottage hideaway in an idyllic setting with stunning views.

Recommended by Tatler, The Daily Telegraph and Bises




If you sometimes long to spend time somewhere really special then read on...


It is rare in the modern world to come across a place with such a wonderful atmosphere that time stands still and the pressures of life just fade away but this extraordinarily romantic and beautiful private sanctuary for two is such a place.


Flower filled rooms, the table laid for a cream tea, freshly baked scones, home made jams, a huge bed made up with luxurious linen; dressing gowns, fluffy towels, bags of hot water, scented toiletries, candles, a woodburner ready to light and a really well equipped kitchen.


Reached by a path through the beautiful garden with staggering views and in summer surrounded by its own wildflower meadow, the cottage is detached, has total privacy and is completely self contained with full central heating and a woodburning stove. There is private parking for one car by the main house.


We will greet you and take you through the garden to the cottage and are on hand should you need.


For the ultimate relaxing start we offer a welcome supper and a first morning breakfast. See our Welcome Supper page.


The charming sunny living room with its pale painted floors and walls and pretty vintage furniture, lamps and mirrors and wonderful views makes a very comfortable place for relaxing,  either on the large sofa,  or at the table in the bay window which is flooded with light and makes a lovely place to enjoy a leisurely breakfast and plan the day, using the plentiful maps, guides and books provided.


In the pretty bedroom there is a superking  size bed, which you will find made up for you with exquisite linen; matching French “shabby chic” furniture and a dressing table with a triple mirror with lighting above, and a hairdryer with adjacent electrical sockets

The en-suite bathroom has a full length bath with powerful shower and complimentary toiletries . Towels, dressing gowns, slippers and hairdryer are provided.

The kitchen is completely equipped with all the cooking utensils and china that even a very keen cook would be likely to use, from a set of razor sharp knives to down to a champagne stopper and crab picks. It has a cooker, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, toaster, washing machine and tumble drier.

You will  also find a jug of fresh milk, butter in a china dish, clotted cream to have with your home-made scones, jars of fresh filter and espresso coffee, English breakfast and Earl Grey tea, extra virgin olive oil and cooking oil, wine vinegar,  sea salt and pepper grinders, china jam pots containing home made jams and marmalade....the list is extensive.

The veranda, or stoop, which runs along the whole of the south side overlooks a stunning view and makes a wonderful  covered place from which to enjoy a lazy breakfast or a pre-dinner drink. We leave large rugs for those who like to snuggle up warmly whilst sitting out late on the bench to watch the starry skies or the spectacular sunsets which occur very frequently.

Wifi, television with freeview and dvd, cd player and radio



Some comments from the Visitors' Book



"You made all our dreams come true, your cottage is the most magical place."


“An amazing place to spend our 1st Wedding Anniversary - bespoke, beautifully decorated, tranquil and lovely. What more could you ask for! A BIG thankyou for the warm welcome, hospitality and entry to a little piece of Heaven.”


You are to be congratulated on preserving a beautiful old building and creating, with such charm, a little piece of heaven.The fantastic views over the High Weald and the charming light interior, comfortable bed and extremely well-equipped kitchen lured us to stay in rather than go out. A real gem. We have been very happy here and couldn’t have asked for more.”


"So comfortable and cosy - we have fallen in love with the woodburner! So many lovely touches, lavender hand cream, fresh flowers etc. The meal was marvellous.."


“You are amazing hosts and instantly made us feel extremely welcome at The Cottage in the Garden. A beautiful little place to escape to with stunning views and personal touches which made our stay just perfect. Thankyou for creating this perfect piece of Heaven. Incredible.”


"Homemade bread and scones... Exquisite and delicate designs...Sumptous bed with luxurious linens.

You have welcomed us ( and so many others) with your gorgeous creation. It’s very hard to tear ourselves away."


"We wish every anniversary could be spent here."


"We have had a perfect stay and have been able to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary in absolute bliss. Everything, from the welcome, to the meal, to the breakfast and to all the thoughtful details - have made this idyllic."


“The cottage was fabulous, definitely 5 star, if not better. Everything in it was so beautifully done and we loved basking in the sunlight at the bay window”

“We couldn’t have wished for a better retreat in which to spend Christmas together. Peaceful, warm, cosy and inviting. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our stay.”

“We’ve spent four very happy, comfortable nights in this romantic little retreat. Lovely walks from the cottage and in the Ashdown Forest. Plenty to do and see in the area. Our meal was delicious!”

“What a wonderful place to celebrate our wedding anniversary. In  your cottage every detail has been thought through to make the guests feel special, happy and welcome. never slept so well as here.”

‘Your place is enchanting, the cottage is super-comfortable and you are wonderful hosts,”

“The bed was very comfortable but so huge that I couldn’t kick my husband when he snored!”

“All the thoughtful touches made it feel very special..the fresh flowers, the ready - made fire in the woodburner. So easy to relax and feel at home, but with so much more tranquillity - the birdsong simply beautiful.”

“Your attention to detail everywhere in the cottage is remarkable...I have loved being surrounded by such amazing flowers - even by our bedside and have felt part in the land of Keats, part Marie Antoinette..the meadow in front of the cottage is an inspiration.”

“The Cottage in the Garden has been the perfect retreat after our amazing but chaotic wedding. Our ‘mini - moon’ has been just what we wanted and the Rotherfield walks simply wonderful.”

“Perfect, come rain or shine it was still perfect! Thankyou for creating this magical space in which we got engaged! We hope to come back soon.”

“A big thankyou to you for creating a perfect bolt hole for a very stressed couple, it was literally just what the doctor ordered, if they could bottle the tranquillity of this place they would certainly be on a winner.We will be back for longer next time.”

“A truly lovely, peaceful place to stay for a brief respite from the hurly-burly of family life! We have slept like logs. Love the tranquillity, the spectacular views and the wildlife - a pretty young deer came bounding through the garden right next to the cottage yesterday at dusk.”

“Our reason for coming here was to find sanctuary following the successful treatment of my husband’s cancer. We found the cottage far exceeded our hopes and expectations. Such lovely people who could not do enough to make our stay perfect! Thankyou from the bottom of our hearts. We will go home today having rested and taken time to appreciate life and all that it has to offer.”

“Thankyou for the incredibly warm and enthusiastic greeting. The cottage is beautiful and we felt instantly at home - it was as if no-one had ever been here before us. Charming and beautiful, we felt as if in another world. Lots of useful information and lovely attention to detail around the cottage. it has truly been the perfect antidote to the busy few weeks leading up to our wedding. We can’t recommend you enough.”

“ ...we are heading home with heavy hearts, but thinking about our next visit already.”

“What a lovely little cottage, everything is perfect here, there isn’t anything we would change.”

“A blissful weekend - so pretty with the snow falling. Amazing dinner on Friday night - what a treat! Wish we could stay longer..”

“Thankyou for another wonderful stay. The warm welcome and lovely cottage were just as I remembered - and the garden and views even better in spring/summer! It’s all the little touches that make this a special place -  from the ready laid wood fire, to the fresh scones, to the lovely chats and hints and tips on everything from the local area to gardening! We’ll return, batteries recharged, to London but hope to be back soon!”