Guidebook for 'Cosy Cottage' in Cross-in-Hand

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Guidebook for 'Cosy Cottage' in Cross-in-Hand

City/town information

The cottage is situated about a mile from Heathfield town centre. This is a small but well serviced town with a selection of supermarkets (Co-op, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Tesco Express) as well as a selection of independent food shops (butcher, baker, greengrocer, Cucolo delicatessen, Zero - no plastic refill shop), as well as a couple of antique and modern furniture shops amongst others. On Tuesdays Heathfield market also takes place where you can find fresh fish as well as a whole load of curiosities, vintage and antique items. It also holds an auction sale every Tuesday morning for anyone wanting to pick up an unusual bargain! In Heathfield you will also find the Heathfield Tavern for pub food, Pilio for Greek, an Indian restaurant, a couple of cafe bistros as well as a good selection of takeaways.
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Heathfield
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The cottage is situated about a mile from Heathfield town centre. This is a small but well serviced town with a selection of supermarkets (Co-op, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Tesco Express) as well as a selection of independent food shops (butcher, baker, greengrocer, Cucolo delicatessen, Zero - no plastic refill shop), as well as a couple of antique and modern furniture shops amongst others. On Tuesdays Heathfield market also takes place where you can find fresh fish as well as a whole load of curiosities, vintage and antique items. It also holds an auction sale every Tuesday morning for anyone wanting to pick up an unusual bargain! In Heathfield you will also find the Heathfield Tavern for pub food, Pilio for Greek, an Indian restaurant, a couple of cafe bistros as well as a good selection of takeaways.
Famous for the Pantiles as well as offering a whole host of other shops, restaurants and entertainment options
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Royal Tunbridge Wells
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Famous for the Pantiles as well as offering a whole host of other shops, restaurants and entertainment options
Eastbourne offers a large stretch of the Sussex coastline. It's about a 35 minute drive away with some areas of free parking for those wanting to see the sea and even go for a swim. It also has plenty of shops and restaurants as well as theatres. At the far western end of the beach you can also make the steep climb onto the downs for some spectacular views.
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Eastbourne
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Eastbourne offers a large stretch of the Sussex coastline. It's about a 35 minute drive away with some areas of free parking for those wanting to see the sea and even go for a swim. It also has plenty of shops and restaurants as well as theatres. At the far western end of the beach you can also make the steep climb onto the downs for some spectacular views.

Sightseeing

An interesting day out for the family to the observatory science centre, with hands-on activities for younger members. Access to the interior of the castle is not possible, but you can enjoy the extensive gardens and grounds.
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Herstmonceux Castle
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An interesting day out for the family to the observatory science centre, with hands-on activities for younger members. Access to the interior of the castle is not possible, but you can enjoy the extensive gardens and grounds.
A pretty little town famous for the Battle of Hastings and the abbey built to commemorate the Norman conquest.
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Battle Abbey
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A pretty little town famous for the Battle of Hastings and the abbey built to commemorate the Norman conquest.
Interesting talks and tours offered for those interested in finding out more about local wines and viniculture.
Hidden Spring Vineyard
Interesting talks and tours offered for those interested in finding out more about local wines and viniculture.
A walk in the forest where you can also discover where Christopher Robin played 'pooh sticks' from the bridge.
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Ashdown Forest
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A walk in the forest where you can also discover where Christopher Robin played 'pooh sticks' from the bridge.
Enjoy a sightseeing trip around Rudyard Kipling's house and gardens. A small but interesting museum display of everything to do with Kipling and his time at Bateman's, as well as a couple of the original illustrations for the Jungle Book.
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Bateman's
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Enjoy a sightseeing trip around Rudyard Kipling's house and gardens. A small but interesting museum display of everything to do with Kipling and his time at Bateman's, as well as a couple of the original illustrations for the Jungle Book.
Beautiful gardens and interesting insight into the home, life and works of Vita Sackville-West.
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Sissinghurst Castle
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Beautiful gardens and interesting insight into the home, life and works of Vita Sackville-West.
A medieval house and moat with beautiful gardens
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Michelham Priory
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A medieval house and moat with beautiful gardens
Anne Boleyn's childhood home
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Hever Castle & Gardens
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Anne Boleyn's childhood home
Beautiful gardens
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Great Dixter House & Gardens
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Beautiful gardens
Recommended by some of our guests for those who'd like to try some boating
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Bodiam Boating Station
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Recommended by some of our guests for those who'd like to try some boating
A local vineyard within walking distance of the cottage, offering an award-winning selection of wines, an insight into wine production, tours and tasting days and picnics featuring local produce.
Beacon Down Vineyard
A local vineyard within walking distance of the cottage, offering an award-winning selection of wines, an insight into wine production, tours and tasting days and picnics featuring local produce.
A real gem of a find just a 10 minute drive from the cottage through the winding country lanes of East Sussex. This is the home of the Penrose family, the Surrealists and the famous photographer Lee Miller. Changing exhibitions, tours of the house and access to the garden. Open Thursdays and Sundays, see their website for details https://www.farleyshouseandgallery.co.uk/
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Farleys House & Gallery
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A real gem of a find just a 10 minute drive from the cottage through the winding country lanes of East Sussex. This is the home of the Penrose family, the Surrealists and the famous photographer Lee Miller. Changing exhibitions, tours of the house and access to the garden. Open Thursdays and Sundays, see their website for details https://www.farleyshouseandgallery.co.uk/
A lovely day out for our younger guests with animal petting and lots of fun activities. Visit their website for details https://blackberry-farm.co.uk/
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Blackberry Farm Park
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A lovely day out for our younger guests with animal petting and lots of fun activities. Visit their website for details https://blackberry-farm.co.uk/
A great fun day out for families with lots for younger as well as older children. Some activities involve an extra charge https://knockhatch.com/
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Knockhatch Adventure Park
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A great fun day out for families with lots for younger as well as older children. Some activities involve an extra charge https://knockhatch.com/
A day at the seaside in Eastbourne! If it's just swimming you're after then head towards Pevensey Bay, otherwise for children's activities head towards the pier. For free parking and swimming and closer access to the old town (plenty of cafes and small shops) head towards the eastern end of the seafront and Helen's Gardens (free on street parking on the seafront!)
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Eastbourne Beach
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A day at the seaside in Eastbourne! If it's just swimming you're after then head towards Pevensey Bay, otherwise for children's activities head towards the pier. For free parking and swimming and closer access to the old town (plenty of cafes and small shops) head towards the eastern end of the seafront and Helen's Gardens (free on street parking on the seafront!)
For those looking for spectacular views and some great walking head towards Beachy Head and the South Downs. The cliffs are not fenced, so don't go too close!
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Beachy Head
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For those looking for spectacular views and some great walking head towards Beachy Head and the South Downs. The cliffs are not fenced, so don't go too close!
Sarah Raven's famous garden is just a short drive away from the cottage
Perch Hill Farm
Sarah Raven's famous garden is just a short drive away from the cottage

Food scene

If you want to eat in Heathfield there's the Heathfield Tavern on the Hailsham Road, Pilio's Greek Restaurant in Station Road, Heathfield Tandoori and Heathes on the high street. There's also a wealth of takeaways to choose from, most of whom will deliver.
Middle House Hotel at Mayfield offers good pub food with spectacular views. There's also a good delicatessen and a couple of cafes
Mayfield
Middle House Hotel at Mayfield offers good pub food with spectacular views. There's also a good delicatessen and a couple of cafes
The Star Inn at Old Heathfield offers traditional pub food in a 14th century pub
Old Heathfield
The Star Inn at Old Heathfield offers traditional pub food in a 14th century pub

Cultural

We are just a 15 minute drive from the famous opera house of Glyndebourne with its stunning performances and beautiful garden, all set in the rolling Sussex Downs.
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Glyndebourne
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We are just a 15 minute drive from the famous opera house of Glyndebourne with its stunning performances and beautiful garden, all set in the rolling Sussex Downs.
Open Thursday and Sunday in the summer time, this small museum is a hidden gem. The home of the famous photographer Lee Miller and her husband, Roland Penrose it was a place often visited by members of the surrealist movement. Look our for Picasso's hand painted tile in the kitchen or the photo of him standing at the local signpost.
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Farleys House & Gallery
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Open Thursday and Sunday in the summer time, this small museum is a hidden gem. The home of the famous photographer Lee Miller and her husband, Roland Penrose it was a place often visited by members of the surrealist movement. Look our for Picasso's hand painted tile in the kitchen or the photo of him standing at the local signpost.