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Saxon Cottage

Steyning, Sussex

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This delightful thatched cottage stands in a convenient location just off Steyning's bustling High Street. It has an unusual and intriguing cat-slide thatched roof and inside is full of character with low ceilings and doorways to catch out the unwary! Outside there is a small enclosed garden that is a real sun-trap in summer.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
kitchen, small dining room, sitting room, garden room and bathroom.
First floor
approached by a narrow steep stairway are two bedrooms (1 double and 1 single).
Visitor notes

The stairs in this cottage are steep and narrow. There are low beams throughout.

This cottage is on a street in a busy village which can be noisy at times. On street parking is available outside the cottage overnight but during the day (Monday - Saturday) cars MUST be parked elsewhere. Please check the parking sign for restricted times. There is a free car park, further along the road near the church about 455 metres away.

Night storage heating included. The lavatory is on the ground floor.

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  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Railway nearby
  • Quirky
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio


Things to see and do nearby

South East England
Looking towards the house at Nymans, West Sussex, across the garden with the Dovecote visible at the edge of the Forecourt. Although the house looks ancient it was designed and built in 1923-5. © John Miller

The dense population of the south-east of England may not make it the obvious choice for a holiday destination, but that's to under-estimate or overlook many of its hidden charms. The Isle of Wight may well be the most obvious holiday destination in the area and the short ferry crossing really does take you to a unique holiday destination. Further east, the scenery is varied yet distinctive with the South Downs rolling down to the cliffs at Beachy Head, the sparsely wooded heathland of the Ashdown Forest and the intricate landscapes of the Weald. Closer to London are some gems which equally deserve a weekend away or longer holiday, including the majestic Thames Valley with its magnificent historic houses and beautiful varied countryside, offering some of the most beautiful scenery in Southern England. Kent, meanwhile, deserves its title of the Garden of England and the National Trust protects some of the best stretches of countryside and many fine houses and outstanding gardens. Apart from houses such as Bateman's, much-loved family home of Rudyard Kipling, the enchanting Bodiam Castle, Petworth House and Park with its sumptuous interiors and rolling parkland, Polesden Lacey on the North Downs and Chartwell, family home of Sir Winston Churchill, the Trust also owns several glorious gardens including Nymans Garden, Sheffield Park Garden and Sissinghurst Castle Garden.

South Downs
View of a cyclist taking in the scenery of the South Downs Way.  © Leo Mason

The South Downs, having recently acquired status as a National Park roll across the southern coast f England from the historic city of Winchester in the west down to the cliffs at Beachy Head in the east. National Trust places to visit in this area abound, including Petworth House and Park, with its sumptuous interiors and rolling parkland and Uppark House and Gardens, now restored to its former glory after a major fire in 1989, while nearby are Polesden Lacey on the North Downs and Chartwell, the family home of Sir Winston Churchill. Other attractions in the area include the Cathedral city of Chicester, the historic dockyard at Portsmouth, Goodwood, the home of both horse and motor racing and the seaside resort of Brighton. The South Downs themselves offer wonderful walking and cycling opportunities, all with stunning views of the coastline.

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  • Goodwood and Cowdray Park
  • Bird watching
  • Cycling
  • Horse riding
  • Walking
National Trust places to visit
Nymans Outstanding 20th-century garden, set around a romantic house and ruins, in beautiful woodland
Petworth House and Park
Petworth House and Park Magnificent country house and park with an internationally important art collection
Montacute House
Montacute House Magnificent Elizabethan Ham-stone house, incorporating National Portrait Gallery exhibition, garden and park
Monk's House
Monk's House Country retreat of the novelist Virginia Woolf
Wakehurst Place
Wakehurst Place Outstanding botanical garden with world's largest seed conservation project
Sheffield Park and Garden
Sheffield Park and Garden Internationally renowned landscape garden and parkland

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Nathalie Cohen
    • January 2015
    • East Sussex

    Saxon Cottage was a lovely, cosy place to stay for a weekend

  • Jillian Durham
    • October 2014
    • Cambridgeshire
    Old cottage

    It was fascinating to stay in a cottage that was so very old and quite famous in the village (postcards were for sale of it in the parish church and museum). It was in a lovely part of Steyning and convenient for exploring the town and going on walks into the South Downs.

  • J Ryall
    • February 2014
    • Oxfordshire
    Style of cottage

    The age and style of cottage and proximity to walks and village facilities made this place special.

  • Sharon & Tony
    A great break from London

    We had a lovely 3 night break in the cottage. It was wonderful just what we needed. Good local facilities and the cottage was enchanting. A great break from London and we'll be booking again very soon

  • F L Drevecky
    • USA
    What a fantatstic experience!

    What a fantatstic experience! We came from the USA with intent to wander the area in exploration of this part of England. (Our 4+ years in the north of England had not included visits to this part of the country.) Now we really would have a chance to see what the west of Sussex had to offer! The house was wonderful and could have taken up all our time just sitting and relaxing. If that were not enough, the village was beautiful, the church impressive and the countyside colorful enough to consume the rest of our time. In short, we didn't really get our of the area enough to comment on the local. It was enchanting, to say the least. Oh, by the way, the cottage was clean, neat and well maintained

  • Stan and Pat
    We had a lovely Autumnal break here

    We had a lovely Autumnal break here. The cottage is sweet and the village has so many nice eating places that we didn't get around to cooking. We had a muddy walk along the river, then nearly got blown off the Downs walking on the hills, both walking straight from the cottage, and for a change went to Brighton to admire the Pavilion. Many thanks!

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