This distinctive black and white timber cottage is hidden away in a woodland setting, but is just 2 miles from the historic ridge-top village of Burwash. A former farm manager’s cottage, the building has been extensively renovated by the current owners to create a comfortable and cosy holiday retreat. Many of the original features have been preserved, including beautiful cast-iron Victorian fireplaces in the bedrooms and living room.
The cottage sits on one side of a wooded valley, with attractive views across to the other side. The surrounding woodland is mostly ancient – having been in existence for at least 400 years – and staying at the cottage you can explore the woodland and its spring-fed ponds. Further afield, many footpaths and bridleways allow you to explore the deeply-wooded High Weald countryside. One particularly charming walk leads past the National Trust property of Batemans - the former home of Rudyard Kipling - and up the valley side of the River Dudwell to give stunning views across the High Weald.
A must visit attraction when staying at the Cottage is King John's Nursery, located in Etchingham. This little-known gem of a nursery, attached to a listed house with medieval origins, also has attractive gardens to look around.
Blackdown Cottage 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.