High Weald

L_021545The Stables, Home Farm is set in 80 acres of glorious English countryside one mile east of Ashdown Forest in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Records show a farm on this site going back to the fourteenth century. The current farm, built in Victorian times, includes a Sussex barn, a farm house, farm buildings and the stables. The self-catering accommodation is separate, with a fenced garden, lawn and pretty flower beds overlooking the owner's wildflower meadow and woodland, all maintained for environmental sustainability and accessible to the visitors.

The Stables is delightfully rural and yet close to amenities and transport. You can walk from the doorstep through the woods or onto Ashdown Forest looking out for deer, badgers and many species of birds on your way. A bus passes the door and the train station is ten minutes away. The local small towns of Crowborough and Uckfield are nearby (both accessible by bus) with small local shops as well as supermarkets and restaurants. Within easy reach some on foot or by public transport or car are attractive local villages, pubs and local attractions such as Barnsgate Vineyard (tours and winetasting), Wilderness Wood, and the Bluebell Railway, a completely restored steam train. There are some exquisite National Trust properties and gardens within easy reach, such as Batemans, the Jacobean home of Rudyard Kipling.

The Stables is in a truly beautiful and unspoilt natural environment and Sue, the owner wants to share with visitors in the best ways, information about the natural resources at Home Farm. She provides general information within the visitor's folder about the farm, the wildflower meadow and the woodland. Also provided are reference books and binoculars for visitors. There are notices going into the field by the pond giving information about the wildlife interest of the month, for example the April notice draws attention to cowslips, bugle and yellow rattle.

The woodlands have been opened up and provide more opportunities for walkers at the holiday lets. A folder with walks specific to the Stables that take visitors across the fields round, or through, the woodlands is also provided. These walks identify the specific natural features in the woodlands, the badger setts, the trout pool, the bluebell slope and the reopened medieval iron and clay working site. The pubic footpath at the top of the woods gives visitors access to a number of walks taking them further afield and guidance is provided.

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