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Charming old early Victorian Oast House converted into a comfortable home

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms1
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

2 storeys with 3 bedrooms + sofabed in Dining room & Z bed, large communal rooms

The Pekes Oast House sleeps up to 12 people in 4 bedrooms, and features its own private Spa Bath. The Oast House is a charming old double tower Oast with a bathroom, shower room and 2 separate WCs. There are 2 large downstairs reception rooms, one of which can be used as a dining room, a spacious kitchen, a large private garden and lovely views towards the South Downs.

Originally built in the 19th century for drying hops for the brewing trade, it was converted in about 1911 into a comfortable summer house by my grandfather for his widowed mother Lady Mayo. Like most old Oasts, it has a special atmosphere, not least because the main rooms are round. It is approached up some old steps and along a pillared rose-clad pergola. It is a great favourite with our visitors.

The comfortable downstairs accommodation includes:

A private Arctic Spa Bath in the garden that seats 4 to 6 people, with a constantly maintained temperature of 35°C which is always ready to use.

A quite large hall with coat cupboard, and also a shower room and a WC off it.

A large circular TV sitting room with a parquet floor, an attractive working open fireplace, comfortable furniture and a door out onto the patio and garden.

A large circular dining room with unusual tables and chairs that will seat up to 20 people. There is also a settee that opens into a 4ft (1.2 m) double bed.

A large fully equipped airy kitchen, with views out on 3 sides, which features a lovely light oak table that seats 12.

It has an electric double-oven cooker, a microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge freezer and coffee machine. The kitchen has its own door, which leads out to a working BBQ area.

A WC and hand basin

The stairs featuring a huge and beautiful painting of my mother in 1920, lead to the first floor containing:

One very large circular double bedroom with a magnificent 4’6” (1.37 m) 4-poster bed.

Another very large circular family bedroom, with one 4’6” (1.37 m) double bed, and two 3’ (91 cm) single beds.

A 3rd bedroom with a two 3’ (91 cm) beds and a 2’6” (76 cm) divan.

The 4th, little, bedroom with a 3’6” (1.06 m) bed.

Another folding bed is available on this floor.

The bathroom has a bath (with ‘telephone shower’), basin and WC, and there is a separate toilet room with WC and basin.

The Oast House has its own large private garden. There is ample parking for 6-8 cars.

Pekes estate has a large garden and park, and among the facilities that guests can enjoy are our heated indoor Swimming Pool and our hard macadam Tennis court. It is set in the middle of beautiful Wealden farming land within sight of the South Downs National Park, and there are many interesting local walks that can be accessed directly from the house. There is a village shop nearby and 2 pubs within 1 mile. The coast with its beaches and the Seven Sisters with their spectacular chalk cliffs are a few miles away.

More Details

Property Manager
Kildare Borrowes
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
March 29, 2018

About Kildare Borrowes

I am Kildare Borrowes, cousin of the owner Eva Morris, and I look after all Pekes bookings for her.

I am a writer and gardener, and particularly interested in the history of Sussex and its landscapes, its painters and its gardens. Like for most people I find there are few greater pleasures in life than walking along the nearby South Downs with the sea cliffs and the fresh breeze on the one side and the ancient sheep pastures on the other.

Kildare Borrowes purchased this house in 1908

Why Kildare Borrowes chose Hailsham

There is a huge sense of history at Pekes, an ancient Wealden hall house built in the 1470s with quite a few of its old features left in place. Eva's grandfather bought it in 1908, and little has changed since his day except facilities, comfort and warmth has been added. The Oast House was built of rosy Sussex brick in the 1840s to dry the hops grown on the farm and was turned into a comfortable house for his mother over 100 years ago, so is a true family home. Pekes has elegant gardens, parkland, lovely trees and wonderful views over the landscape.

What makes this house unique

Pekes is on the edge of the stunning South Downs National park, with its wonderful hills and cliffs, beaches, river valleys and many other attractions, and within the fascinating & little changed Wealden medieval landscape. Nearby are the famous Drusilla's children's zoo and Knockhatch adventure Park; also woods, coast towns and villages and great country houses. Also the world-famous Glyndebourne Opera, and the Bloomsbury Group's Charleston farmhouse.

Amenities

Hailsham House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 18 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - shower
    Downstairs toilet with basin - toilet
    Upstairs toilet with basin - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Family bedroom - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Bedroom in Round Oast tower
    Triple bedroom - 3 twin/ single
    Single Bedroom - 1 twin/ single
    4 Poster bedroom - 1 double , 1 baby crib , Bedroom in Octagonal Oast Tower. Also a Z bed. Cot movable
    Dining Room sofa bed - 1 sleep sofa /futon
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Pekes estate has a large garden and park, and among the facilities that guests can enjoy are our heated indoor Swimming Pool and our hard macadam Tennis court. It is set in the middle of beautiful Wealden farming land within sight of the South Downs National Park, and there are many interesting local walks that can be accessed directly from the house. There is a village shop nearby and 2 pubs within 1 mile. The coast with its beaches and the Seven Sisters with their spectacular chalk cliffs are a few miles away.

Reviews

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Charming old early Victorian Oast House converted into a comfortable home
average rating of 4.25 based on 4 reviews
5

wonderful retreat in a super location

  • 5 of 5

Pekes Oast House is a really lovely old house with bags of charm and a great base to explore the local area for a large group of friends and family. we all had a really relaxing time and felt looked after by the Pekes staff. A great place to stay I would recommend

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: How nice that Alice's party had such an enjoyable New Year in our Oast House, and were able to stay warm and cosy in there in spite of the rather dreadful weather that swept across the country.
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An amazing stay in beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic weekend in the Oast House. The house itself was beautiful and quirky, and perfect for our group of twelve - and the beds were so comfortable! The circular lounge with open fire was ideal for socialising and games. We very much enjoyed relaxing in the Arctic bath spa, a great way to top off an evening or have a mellow afternoon. The surrounding grounds and countryside are stunning. Kildare was an extremely friendly and helpful host. I would definitely recommend a stay here, and very much hope to visit again.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice and a little bit querky

  • 4 of 5

Central heating needs upgrading but a lovely big family kitchen and open fire in sitting room. Very clean and tidy.... congratulations to the cleaners

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So Glad that David and his parry had an enjoyable time at Pekes. It was unfortunate that the heating was faulty during his stay in cold weather, but this has since been fixed, and we are aiming to replace it along with much else in January/February 2019. Kildare
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Quirky collection of houses in beautiful setting

  • 3 of 5

We had a lovely weekend; the Oast House suited our purpose as it offered a good base for our party of grandpa, grandma, young adult parents and small children.

However, be aware that the house is not only old and quirky, but also tired and dated which is not reflected in the rather high rental fee.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Gatwick
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The 6 Bells / The Gun
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Newhaven
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Wellshurst
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Polegate
Nearest Motorway
18 Miles
M23
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Gun, Gun Hill
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Pevensey

Pekes estate has a large garden and park, and among the facilities that guests can enjoy are our heated indoor Swimming Pool and our hard macadam Tennis court. It is set in the middle of beautiful Wealden farming land within sight of the South Downs National Park, and there are many interesting local walks that can be accessed directly from the house. There is a village shop nearby and 2 pubs within 1 mile. The coast with its beaches and the Seven Sisters with their spectacular chalk cliffs are a few miles away.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $267.13

Manager'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.

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