For almost 150 years, the two self-catering cottages at Beestons Farm housed dairy cows rather than humans! But David and Jo, the current owners, have lovingly renovated the former byres to create bright, open and airy accommodation fit for 21st century visitors; whilst still retaining many of the historical features such as exposed beams and sandstone walls. Both cottages have polished wood floors and are attractively furnished with lovely kitchens and bathrooms.
Being former farmers, the owners know the local landscape intimately and are particularly keen to share their knowledge with visitors. David has put together little maps featuring walks and good places to go – making it easy for guests to explore this quiet and tucked away corner of the High Weald. One such map details the Cuckoo Trail – a popular walking and cycling route on the former train-line between Heathfield and Polegate, and now part of the National Cycle Network. Another element that David promotes is local produce; whether it’s tasty meals in local pubs or fresh meat and groceries from the Redlands Farm Shop in nearby Vines Cross. Just two miles further on takes you to the nearest town, Heathfield.
Back at the Cottages, there is another enticing attraction. An adjoining barn is home to a pair of barn owls, who nest in a specially placed nestbox and guests are able to watch these beautiful birds fly in and out of the barn during the summer.
Beestons Farm Cottages is signed up to Our Land, a website that promotes businesses based in protected landscapes who have pledged to care for their local landscape and promote what is special about it.