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Whitewood Oast - Characterful Oast Roundel Set In Beautiful Sussex Country

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Circular living space, 2 bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, WC. Sleeps 4. Family friendly.

Enjoy peace and tranquillity in this charmingly quaint Oast section of a historical C18th farmhouse in the Sussex Weald - a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The accommodation is idyllically situated in a quiet country lane between the villages of Broad Oak, Mayfield and Burwash, not far from the town of Heathfield.

Residents have access to a large and mature Old English garden which is situated next to a field, orchard and ponded woodland. The owner's 6 acre plot provides a habitat for pheasants, deer and many species of birds and wildlife.

The circular Oast living space on the ground level provides a compact kitchen and dining area with table & chairs to seat four. Alongside this is a comfortable sofa seating area with home entertainment system.

Ascend up the curved stone staircase to the Oast's circular double bedroom above. The smaller second bedroom has bunk beds and a view to the lane opposite. A characterful bathroom provides views to the rear garden and there is a separate WC.

The accommodation provides Radio/CD, TV/DVD/Freeview.

The kitchen provides the usual facilities of fridge/freezer, kettle, toaster, electric cooker & microwave.

Caters for four individuals, though the living-area sofa is drop-ended and could accommodate a fifth if needed.

Children welcome, though the stone staircase may not be suitable for toddlers.

No smoking within the property. Sorry, no pets either.

Parking outside is off-road with room for 2 cars.

More Details

Shuna Harwood
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 8, 2017

About Shuna Harwood

I am very interested in local history, the countryside and one of my great loves is gardening - and for these reasons my husband and I chose Whitewood Oast to be our home.

By profession I am a film costume designer and during my career worked on commercials, pop promos and feature films. I was nominated for an Oscar and won a Bafta!

I am mostly retired now, but am still involved in vintage clothing. I love to go around markets and junk shops collecting old things - some of which adorn my home!

I am friendly, welcoming and look forward to sharing the Oast part of my characterful home with you.

Shuna Harwood purchased this farmhouse in 1976

Why Shuna Harwood chose Heathfield

I have lived in Whitewood Oast since 1976 and have enjoyed a wonderful 37 years here! My husband and I loved the idea of living in a piece of Sussex history - Oasts were once used for drying hops - still an essential ingredient for making beer.

We chose this house because of its accessibility to London, in a beautiful rural area that is full of many wonderful National Trust properties and places of historical interest. It is also within half an hour's drive from the sea.

What makes this farmhouse unique

The Oast is a circular building and has a unique charm. The atmosphere of the living area and bedroom above has been described as magical! It is situated on the boarders of Kent - the Garden of England and is surrounded by beautiful countryside, wildlife and an apple orchard. It is incredibly peaceful here, yet not too remote. From the building itself you can see down the sloping garden to the field and wood below, with views of the farmland beyond. I love to step out into the garden first thing in the morning, to see the rising mist and the morning sun and to see how my plants are doing. I always like to wander again at the end of the day with a nice glass of wine - here I feel at home with nature.


Heathfield Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - combination tub/shower , With washbasin. Toilet separate next door.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • Sink and full sized bath. Views to south, garden and landscape beyond. Furnished with an easy chair and table. Laminated non-slip flooring. Quaint style, Victorian tiling and oak panelling.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Full-sized bunk bed
  • Bedroom 1. On 1st floor of Oast roundel (circular). Double bed / twin. Two 2 x power plug points. 2 x bedside tables with lamps. Cupboard. Hairdryer. Mirror. Wooden floorboards with rugs. Two windows looking due east. Bedroom 2. Full-sized bunk beds. On 1st floor adjacent to Oast round all (down four steps). Opposite bathroom. Carpet flooring. Bookshelf, cupboard and small wardrobe. Two windows look due east and north. Two power points. Bedside lamp.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Let me know in advance of any specific needs and I will do my best to help.


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Whitewood Oast - Characterful Oast Roundel Set In Beautiful Sussex Country
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
London, SE23

Great place to stay in beautiful area

  • 5 of 5

A really special property that is both quirky and comfortable. The area itself is packed with things to do, and both the arty Hastings/St Leonards and the more pedestrian Eastbourne are within easy reach. Rudyard Kipling's home, Bateman's, is closer by still and well worth a visit. If we'd had more time we'd have done some walking in the beautiful countryside. Many thanks to Shuna, the owner, for her kindness.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
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A delightful experience in a wonderful setting

  • 5 of 5

Everything about Whitewood Oast is a delight. It has been our privilege to have spent a week in this lovely property and can only recommend it highly. Shuna, the owner, is welcoming and charming. The house has been sympathetically renovated and is full of delightful features and quirky decor. You will have everything you need for a comfortable stay and Shuna is on hand to help make it an unforgettable experience. The property is well sited and Broad Oak is a good place from which to explore the beautiful gardens and historic houses as well as the coast. The house has a superb large English garden and would be a lovely place to spend time just relaxing. There is off-road parking for two or three cars. We hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Delightful holiday home...a lovely place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a truly delightful stay at the lovely Oast Roundel last July - apologies for the tardy review - and we would definitely stay again. It is unusual and quirky - which we loved - and was perfect for us and our then 9 year old daughter. It was lovely, clean, tidy and well fitted out plus Shuna has a warm, friendly and helpful hostess... but never intruded unnecessarily during our time there. A great few days!

  • Submitted: May 20, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2014
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in this very quirky rental. It was artfully decorated and provided all we needed for 3 adults. Plenty of hot water and even heating when the weather turned cold in August! The owner was very helpful and provided us with suggestions for outings and for restaurants in the area.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2014
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Gorgeous 'roundhouse' cottage

  • 5 of 5

One of the most delightful 'cottages' we have ever stayed in - full of artistic touches and colour helped by the unusual round main room and bedroom. It is cleverly furnished with everything you need in this space. You are also free to wander around the beautiful garden and the wilder meadow further down, with various tables and seats for you relax or eat at. Shuna, the owner who lives in the main part of the house is a lovely lady, very helpful and friendly who wants you to have a great time there, which we did! The countryside around is also lovely, near the South Downs and there are several walks (with pubs along the way) to enjoy. Camber Sands, a beautiful long stretch of sand, is less than an hour away , but you can get down to more local places on the coast even more quickly than that.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
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What a truly Beautiful place to stay !!!

  • 5 of 5

We were the first family to stay at the Oast with fairly young children 4 & 10 years!! We had such a relaxing time which as you know with young children is hard work!! The Oast itself is enchanting, clean, and very Quirky! The beds are super comfy and the kitchen is very well equip.The gardens can only be compared to the 'Secret Garden' There is a pond which any children will be fascinated by the amount of wild life...Newts, Dragonfly etc: The owner Shuna is very kind and is completely open to how children like to explore and supplies nets for the them!! There is a large field at the bottom of the garden and while we were Rambling through it a Red baby deer lept through the field in front of us!!! As well as being amazingly peaceful there are lots of places to visit ...Hastings, Bentley park, The Herstmonceux Observatory( which is like a mini science museum) Uckfield Picture house! Heathfield itself has everything you need in the way of provisions!!! Shuna is very helpful and friendly and is totally at ease with new children exploring her Amazing garden...We will be back next year!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
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Nearest Airport
33 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1.4 Miles
Wheel Inn, Burwash
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Horam Park Golf Club
Nearest Train
4.3 Miles
Stonegate Station, mainline to Central London
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2.7 Miles
Star Inn, Old Heathfield
Nearest Ski
11 Miles
Knockhatch Dry Ski, Hailsham
Nearest Beach
18 Miles
Car: recommended

A short walk away from the local farm, bridle paths through beautiful woodland in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - the Sussex Weald.

Heathfield is the local town which has an antiques market and provides supermarkets, restaurants and good charity shops. Also home to the Cuckoo trail.

In the other direction, the quaint mediaeval village of Burwash has a fine church and many lovely pubs plus Bateman's the home of Rudyard Kipling.

Nearby attractions include:

Rudyard Kipling's home in Burwash - 4.3 miles.

Charleston Manor - 10 miles.

Battle Abbey (Battle of Hastings) - 12 miles.

Bodiam Castle Ruins - 12.5 miles.

Bentley Wildfowl Trust and Motor Museum - 13 miles.

Glyndebourne Opera House - 15 miles.

County Town of Lewes with many antique emporiums - 16 miles.

Tunbridge Wells boutique & department store shopping - 15 miles.

Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens - 17 miles.

Hever Castle (Henry VIII) - 25 miles.

The South Coast (Eastbourne & Bexhill etc.) - 18 miles.

And many more places of interest!

Our home is in the perfect location for walkers, cyclists, history enthusiasts, nature lovers and families!

Stonegate mainline station to Central London is 4 miles away.

By car, Central London is 59 miles away,


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $210

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.