Spacious rural studio, shower room, kitchenette, large private balcony with tree
I'm a single mum with one child. Treetops is in our garden. I teach music and art and run healing courses. I love hosting; I've been doing it since 2012 and it gives me enormous pleasure welcoming people into our little sanctuary, seeing their faces brighten as I show them round, and sending them off happy and relaxed afterwards. I love the open countryside and the birdsong here, organic gardening, live music, cooking, reading, animals and people.
Sam purchased this Apartment in 2006
Why Sam chose Herstmonceux
There is a lovely vibe here that I felt as soon as I saw the place. Other people comment on it; it really feels relaxing and wholesome and good for you. A lot of people say they sleep really well here, I certainly do. I felt like I'd won the lottery when I moved in: it's my dream house, even down to the little brick Wendy House I wished for when I was six. I moved here from the city and it's the opposite of the rat race in my opinion. It's on the edge of the village. We're very lucky because we have the most beautiful big garden and we look out over the fields so you can see for miles. The air is really clean and we have acres of sky. It's a great place to visit if you like star gazing - Patrick Moore used to visit the village because it's got such good visibility (the Observatory does special evenings). Sometimes there are sheep or horses in the field next to the house - it looks so much prettier and more interesting, like a decorated tree or a tank with fish in! I love our trees, too, especially the old 'Faraway' oak with the swing. A lot of the lanes around here, ours included, have 'tree tunnels' over them, so in the summer you get pools of bright sunshine dappled with cool shade. I've seen both sorts of woodpecker in the garden and we sometimes hear owls at night. I once met a badger in the lane! You really notice the seasons, for example, all the wild garlic and primroses in the early spring before the bluebells. I love castles and there are several - besides our fairytale medieval Herstmonceux Castle round the corner there's also Bodiam Castle about half an hour away, Hever Castle 50 mins and Pevensey Castle only about 15 mins across the marshes, by the beach. The beaches at Eastbourne, Cooden, Bexhill and Hastings are also within 30 mins easy reach. Brighton and Rye are only 45 mins. There's a wealth of gastro-pubs near beautiful/historically interesting places to walk off the calories in the surrounding area so to me, it's a little piece of heaven.
What makes this Apartment unique
Treetops is a gem. It's as close as you can get to a treehouse with foundations and plumbing and creature comforts. It's got spectacular, breathtaking views, even on rainy days (and a collection of about 300 videos). It's light and bright and comfy and cosy, with TV, wifi and a great 4G signal. It makes me feel like a kid picnicing in a fort amongst the branches but in a very civilised way. Cleaning the kitchen with the stable door open feels like playing house even though I've done it hundreds of times! It's just charming, in a very down-to-earth, up-in-the branches, close-to-nature-but-absolutely-comfortable way. And you really do get a bird's eye view. It's so lovely, when my daughter grows up I'm going to live there and rent the house out!
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100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
A nice place.
Lovely beautiful location
Perfect accommodation, lovely owner who was very knowledgeable and helpful.
Black out blinds made sleeping in amazing!
Comfortable unusual accomoadtion
All good, although would not consider the accomodation as being suitable for young children.
Cozy and cute place
Was a lovely country hideaway 😀
Sam was a fantastic host, very welcoming.
The whole place had a cosy feel, I wouldn't change a thing, it all added to the charm of the place.
The kitchen was extremely well equipped with all the essentials, we were very impressed.
The living area had lots of things to keep you entertained if the weather wasn't so good. Even though we didn't use the outside, it had everything you could want, childrens play area with climbing frame, bbq and fire area.
The bed was so comfortable!!!!
We will be going back for longer next year and in the summer this time.
Thank you for a lovely weekend stay.
Property has potential to be great with proper time spent checking things before guests arrive
Property quirky and great location. A little cold on entering . Perhaps heating could have been fully serviced and put on before allowing guests in. Rest of serviced great apart from no internet on morning we were leaving. Unsure as to why as we were leaving anyway
I'm really sorry there was a problem with the heating when you arrived - I provided an extra heater immediately and it was fixed within an hour of you telling me.The previous guests had turned the radiators off from the wrong end. This has never happened before so I didn't know what was wrong was until I got through to the heating engineer. He had fully serviced the system that morning and it was working nicely but we didn't realize the radiators had been turned off upstairs until you told us. If you had let me know when you were arriving I would have turned the heating on for you beforehand and discovered the problem - you arrived earlier than normal check-in while I was teaching and I couldn't call him until I finished. He came back to check everything over after you left. I apologize for this as you had every reason to expect everything to be working.
However, when I came to see to the heating there was an overwhelmingly obvious smell of tobacco in the apartment. It was uncomfortable having to find a gentle way of reminding you that it was against the House Rules to smoke indoors (I could've asked you to leave without penalty but that seemed harsh). I knew I was risking a negative review by saying anything but I had guests coming immediately after your visit who might have cancelled if it smelled bad so I tried to be as polite, friendly and diplomatic as possible and gave you the benefit of the doubt. I came back the next day to check you were comfortable and everything was working.
I had no idea there was a problem with the internet - had you told me I could've addressed it. It's a fibre-optic connection so usually pretty fast. I did say when you arrived and again when I checked the heating was still working that I was happy to help with any difficulties. The internet is usually very good here - it was working for the guests who stayed before and after you left and is working now.
Generally I try to be as helpful as I possibly can be without being intrusive and deal with issues as soon as they arise. Good two-way communication is key to this. If I'm not made aware of a problem I'm unable to help. I want all my guests to have a lovely time so it's frustrating that I didn't have the chance to resolve the internet issue as I did the heating and I'm genuinely sorry that there were problems during your visit and have done my level best to address them and make sure they don't affect other guests.
Herstmonceux is a lovely little Sussex village with two pubs, the Brewers Arms and the Woolpack. It's also got a French brasserie (The Sundial), a bistro (The Malthouse) and a really good Indian restaurant (Eastern Promise). We've got two convenience stores and a few other shops. It's about 15 mins walk to the village from Treetops.
If you don't mind driving or longer walks, the Merrie Harriers in Cowbeech is about a mile a half away and it's a favourite amongst locals - a very traditional pub with beams and ingelnook fireplaces, good food and beer and a lovely garden. The Lamb in Wartling (near the castle) is similar but more gourmet (and pricier). The Three Cups in Heathfield do really great food very reasonably and the Giant's Rest (by the Long Man) is also very good after a walk through the countryside.
Tucked away in historically rich 1066 country it is ideally located for walking, horse riding, cycling and painting. There is a strong arts and crafts movement locally and there are plenty of good pubs that serve excellent food within easy reach. For nature lovers there is an abundance of local bird life and the nearby marshes and levels on the way to the beach at Pevensey (15 minutes by car). 5 mins from the South Downs National Park it is within easy reach of Eastbourne, Tunbridge Wells, Hastings, Brighton, Ashdown (Pooh Bear) Forest and Forest Row Country Park. There is fishing at the local trout farm, golf, tennis, a windmill, Herstmonceux Castle and a Science Centre. Other nearby attractions include Knockhatch Adventure Park, Drusillas, Paradis Park, the Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park, Michelham Priory, the White Horse at Alfriston and Long Man at Wilmington.