The High Weald

area of outstanding natural beauty


Countryside views to take your breath away

The High Weald of Sussex and Kent has to be one of the best kept secrets of Southern England. Whereas everyone has heard of the beauty of the Cotswolds and the West Country, comparatively few know of this gem only just over an hour by train from the capital.

We are fortunate to meet many interesting people here from our own country and abroad including many from the USA, Australia and New Zealand who are drawn to this old country because of its heritage. This area is steeped in history. For instance, our beautiful church in Rotherfield was founded in 792AD, many of the villages are medieval and our blog on October 5th 2018 describes our experience of falconry with the backdrop of Herstmonceux Castle.

The countryside is a rolling landscape of densely wooded valleys and streams, sunken lanes and bluebell woods. The villages, some of the prettiest in England, are comparatively close together and frequently have excellent pubs.

The area around The Cottage in the Garden has many famous gardens and historic houses including Rudyard Kipling's home, Batemans; Scotney Castle; Sissinghurst, where Vita Sackville West created her famous garden; Hever Castle, the home of Ann Boleyn; Great Dixter, Christopher Lloyd's famous garden; Pashley Manor; Sheffield Park; Chartwell, the home of Sir Winston Churchill; Knole; Charlestone; Monk's House; Herstmonceux Castle; Leeds Castle; and Penshurst Place where Wolf Hall was filmed.

Other fascinating places to visit include the Cinque ports of Rye and Hastings Old Town with its artists' quarter and fishing fleet, featured in the television series Foyle's War.

Heritage railway enthusiasts will enjoy The Bluebell Line, The Lavender Line and The Spa Valley railways.

The Cottage in the Garden sits on a hill with massive views all the way to the South Downs but despite the remoteness of its setting it is within a 25 minute drive of Glyndebourne Opera and within easy reach of the three Regency Spa towns; Royal Tunbridge Wells with its attractive Pantiles area, the City of Brighton with the famous Pavilion, The Lanes and the sea and the charming county town of Lewes, famous for its antique shops, castle and museum.

Our local Rotherfield woods in bluebell time

Our local Rotherfield woods in bluebell time

A blissful week - so pretty with the snow falling. Amazing dinner on Friday night - what a treat! Wish we could stay longer..
We’ve spent four very happy, comfortable nights in this romantic little retreat. Lovely walks from the cottage and in the Ashdown Forest. Plenty to do and see in the area. Our meal was delicious!
We couldn’t have wished for a better retreat in which to spend Christmas together. Peaceful, warm, cosy and inviting. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our stay.
Thankyou so much for this delicious slice of springtime bliss. We enjoyed every minute of it, walking east with the afternoon sun on our backs...relaxing by the fire making food in the brilliantly equipped kitchen, listening to the birdsong and watching the sun go down from the veranda....