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Smart Country House & Seperate Cottage In 30 Acres with Pool & Tennis Court

Bedrooms 10
Space 6,000 sq ft
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

Waldron, Heathfield, E Sussex - Secluded but a Short Walk To The Village With A Fabulous Pub And Shop

It is hard to find the real countryside so easily accessible from central London, Gatwick or Heathrow Airports. Waldron is perfect in every way. A lovely little village complete with gastro pub and a romantic church and all set in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Our home is totally private with views over the South Downs to the sea at Beachy Head yet within commuter distance from central London and only 30 minutes from the South Coast of England.

Beth Cook
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

About Beth Cook


I am the owner of Old Glebe and Les Bosses. I live and work in London but plan to spend my retirement in the countryside, hence having these two lovely houses which I dont have enough time to enjoy.

My houses are personal properties and are very different. Les Bosses, is a charming simple cottage set in very peaceful rural Brittany. Old Glebe and Stable Cottage are perfect for large family gatherings, weddings and landmark parties and only an hour on the train from London.

I hope you enjoy your holiday, I am always very happy in both places and delighted to share them with you!


Beth Cook purchased this chateau / country house in 2012

Why Beth Cook chose Heathfield

Old Glebe is a British Rural idyll. Peace and quiet, big skies, views of the South Downs and the coast beyond. All this just 60 minutes from central London on the train.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

The house and stable cottage are perfect for a family get together, landmark birthday or break. The house has a huge dining room table for a lovely long dinner party and the grounds offer plenty of activities from Tennis, Football, Swimming Pool (May-Oct), Trampoline, Croquet etc.

Being only an hour by train from London you can spend more time enjoying life and keep travel to a minimum.

Old Glebe is perfectly situated close to the village, but private in its own grounds. It makes a great base to explore the South Coast, South Downs and the villages of East Sussex and Kent.

NB: Whilst we are very private, noise carries down to the village and out of respect for our neighbours we request all music to stop at midnight and limited noise outside after 11pm.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We just arrived at The Old Glebe in the dark. We had stopped at The Star to ask directions and ended up staying for some time in this lovely pub by the open fire. Once in the house we were delighted. Comfy, warm and very spacious - we are going to enjoy our two weeks in this gorgeous part of England." Caroline, 2013

"We have never had such excited children. They ran out of the house and down the lawn to pick raspberries from the garden. The Old Glebe is heaven." Alison, Aug 2013

"We loved it from first sight and enjoyed both sitting on the terrace on a warm day and in front of the open fire on a cold one. We had a perfect British country holiday and even managed a couple of great day trips in to see the sites of London. Thank you." Mrs S, New York, Aug 2013

"It's a wonderful experience to stay here and all my friends and family have enjoyed the house. We are planning to come here for at least one trip every year." Mr M, Northampton, Aug 2013
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Heathfield Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 29
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 29 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Big House: 4 bathrooms plus ground floor WC: 2 en-suites with bath and showers, 1 en-suite shower only, 1 family bathroom with bath and shower, plus downstairs cloakroom with wc. Stable Cottage: 2 bathrooms plus ground floor WC.
  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 29
  • 1. Silver Room - 1 queen , With freestanding bath and en-suit shower room
    2. Blue Room - 1 queen , With en-suite bath/shower room and balcony
    3. White Room - 1 queen , Large room with travel cot under bed and wash basin
    4. Fucshia Room - 1 queen
    5. Turquoise Room - 1 double
    6. Lime Green Room - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , With bunk bed, small double to base, single above
    7. Loft Room - 1 queen , 4 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , With a Four Poster, Double Futon and 4 Z-beds in a cupboard
    8. Cottage Master Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Large Double with Bath and En-suite Shower & WC (Z-bed)
    10. Cottage Petit Prince Double - 1 queen , Cosy but Comfy (Small) Double Bedroom
    9. Cottage Tin Tin Double Room - 1 queen , Large Double Room with entry access to family bathroom.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 20 (10 double bedrooms) but there are 5 extra z-beds, a double futon, a single and a top bunk bed allowing Max occupation of 29. Notes on bedrooms: Big House: 7 bedrooms: 2 double/en-suites; 2 doubles; 1 double with single bed and basin; 1 double/single bunk; 1 double four poster in huge loft room/en-suite with 4 Z-beds, 1 double futon. Max 22. Stable Cottage: 3 bedrooms: 1 double/en-suite with 1 Z-beds, 2 doubles. Max 7. Total 29 in 10 bedrooms, but ideal for 20 if 2 to a room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The Big House and Stable Cottage are ideal for families or groups of friends (over the age of 30 years). There are 10 bedrooms of which 5 are huge and 5 are average of which 2 are small, but comfortable. The fact that the house is so private (set in 30 acres of garden and farmland) yet only a short walk from Waldron with its lovely gastro pub (The Star) and village shop/café, plus only one hour's commute to central London means this is an ideal country retreat. To be within daily commuter distance of London, a stone's throw from the village facilities, 30 minutes from the south coast and with a stunning view of the South Downs is remarkable. The Old Glebe offers you the best of all worlds. Outside: The house is up a long cherry tree lined drive, safe for children and dogs. With sweeping lawns, wooded areas (with hammocks, camp fires and view of the sunset), a kitchen garden and orchard (help yourselves) and plenty of space to explore and have fun/play games. Stable Cottage is just beyond the house, within easy reach for groups of friends or quite private if rented separately. There are even some stables and a paddock if a pony needs to come along too (by separate arrangement). There are outside games including football pitch on the tennis, a trampoline, heated swimming pool and croquet. In summer hammocks are strung up offering a lovely place to relax in the shade. There are swings in the trees of the little copse. Strict Pool Rules must be observed for your own safety. The pool has an electric safety cover. Open May - Oct. Old Glebe is wonderful for the imagination and to have an adventure in your own space and land. Utility Room: Big House: Washing machine, laundry line, outside washing lines, iron and ironing board, etc. Stable Cottage: Washing machine, iron and ironing board, etc. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Cleaning during your stay by arrangement priced at £15 per hour. After stay clean is included in the price if house left tidy and organized with everything back in place. Linen included. Pets charged at £10 per night per pet Broadband/WIFI which can be slow with 20 people all logged in.


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Smart Country House & Seperate Cottage In 30 Acres with Pool & Tennis Court
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A perfect venue for a family Christmas

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent the most perfect Christmas week imaginable at Old Glebe. The kitchen was the hub of the house where everyone congregated. With the huge dining table at one end and the cooking facilities at the other, there is still room left for a large sofa and two trestle tables for great grandchildren's colouring and adult jigsaw enthusiasts! With four generations ranging from one to ninety there was never a dull moment and we all went home with so many happy memories.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Property with glorious views.

  • 5 of 5

It was my surprise 60th birthday party and one of the surprises for me was finding myself and all my oldest friends staying in this beautifully put together property for the whole weekend. We were lucky and had fabulous weather so used the pool, the tennis court and the croquet set. We had lunch outside both days and managed to seat 18 people round the main kitchen table in the evening. We loved the log fires which are always a treat and played games every evening. We all found the property so relaxing and felt at home in it very quickly which again helped to make this a weekend I will never forget.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful! Highly recommended for a big get to together in stylish house with fabulous garden

  • 5 of 5

Great location for our big family gathering. Facilities perfect for cooking and eating together. Loads of activities for having fun especially fabulous pool and tennis court and hammocks in the woods. Space for quiet time too. Bedrooms were perfect with the 6 youngest grandchildren sharing the loft, teenagers in the annexe and couples in the stylish bedrooms. Loved the collection of elephants and eclectic art works. So hope to return. Memorable time!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Exceptional House - Fantastic Location - Perfect

  • 5 of 5

We had our Ruby Anniversary week-end celebration here using the House & Cottage. There are not enough superlatives to describe the venue and the facilities on site. From booking to pre-visit, to arrival the staff were extremely helpful. Well maintained interior and beautifully kept grounds.

We cannot recommend this property highly enough.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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We had the most amazing weekend at Old Glebe

  • 5 of 5

We can not recommend Old Glebe enough, the photos and description do not do it justice. We were a group of 25 ranging from 6 weeks old to 80 years old! Our older relatives enjoyed having the cottage to retreat to which is decorated and furnished to a beautifully high standard. The house is full of things to keep everyone entertained, books, games, tennis courts, trampoline, go cart. We organised a shopping delivery to arrive on our first evening, which meant nobody had (or wanted!) to leave the entire weekend. We are already planning our return visit!

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Old Glebe, waldron

  • 5 of 5

Old Glebe is the perfect venue for a large group holiday. It has absolutely everything you could need. We had a superb weekend and didn't need to go further than the excellent local pub.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
The Star
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Heathfield Park
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
The Star
Nearest Beach
20 Miles

Special interest holidays:

The house is ideal for a Yoga Retreat or Tennis & Swimming. The large pool is heated from mid May to end October with an electric cover. Local riding stables. 15 mins from Glyndebourne Opera House.

This is the only house we know with a football pitch on the tennis court. Easy to remove net, converts court into pitch with full size 7 a side goals. No astros.

The local Gliding school also offers courses.


Waldron is just north of the South Downs, Eastbourne and Beachy Head. We are about 35 minutes drive from Brighton and about 30 minutes from Tunbridge Wells.


Gatwick Airport - 45 minutes drive (£50 taxi)

Heathrow Airport - 90 minutes drive

Buxted British Rail Station - 4 miles (10 minutes drive) - approx. 1 hour to London Bridge or Clapham Junction.


Waldron with pub/café/shop/church - is 1/4 mile

Heathfield with supermarket and all facilities - is 4 miles

Brighton/Eastbourne - is 35 - 40 minutes drive

Central London - is 1 1/2 hours drive.

Further Details:

This area of East Sussex has so many fabulous attractions that we could not mention them all. From Goodwood Race Course to Bewly Water Park, The South Downs National Park, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Brighton Marina etc. It would be very possible to spend a month in the house and visit a new attraction each day.

Full tourist information in kept in the house.

PLEASE NOTE: Whilst we are very private we are in a slightly raised location and noise travels. There is to be NO LOUD MUSIC outside at any time of day and evening parties must have the music turned off at midnight. Please be kind to our neighbours - apparently whilst they are two fields away they can hear every track since the noise travels down from our elevated position.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $1,399.97
Tax Rate 20.0%

Booking Notes:
Please check availability on the calendar above. Please check prices on the chart above. THIS IS KEPT UP TO DATE AND IS ACCURATE.
To book email us with details of your dates. A 25% deposit is requested to hold the booking. Full details of how to find the house, house information and key details will be sent upon full payment. Weekdays Check in 4pm and check out 10am. WEEKEND RATE includes full use of the house for the whole weekend CHECK IN FRIDAY 4PM AND CHECKOUT AS LATE AS YOU LIKE SUNDAY NIGHT OR 10 AM MONDAY MORNING.
Weddings & parties quoted separately. Please contact us for more information.

Changeover Day is Friday, however we may be able to be flexible if there is availability. Please check the calendar. We often have same day change overs so please leave promptly. If you wish to come early please ask first.

Notes on prices:
The house is priced per night.
- 3 nights minumum at weekends accept Nov, Dec, Jan & Feb
- Bank holiday w/ends minimum 4 nights
- Xmas & NY min 7 nights (no discount)
- Week days (Mon-thurs) may be booked for a min of 2 nights.
- Prices for up to 20 across both houses (For max 9 extra: 5 Z-beds, 1 single bed, double futon: Add £25 per person per night)
- Book 7 nights for 5 throughout the year apart from Christmas and New Year.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.