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Woodlands Cottage


Nr Haywards Heath, West Sussex

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Woodlands Cottage is in the heart of Nymans Woods. Built in 1863 it was once the home of the estate game keeper. This is a real out-of-the-way retreat surrounded by beautiful woodland with walks and lakes, within an hour of London and 30 minutes from Brighton and the Sussex Coast.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Entrance hall, utility room, sitting/dining room and kitchen.
First floor
Two bedrooms (1 double with 5' bed, 1 twin) and bathroom with shower over bath.
Visitor notes

Heating: Oil central heating included.

Parking: For two cars next to cottage and additional parking available nearby.

Garden: A large enclosed informal garden.

Accessibility: The drive to the cottage is along a half mile of single track. There are no lights along the track and it is best that you arrive during daylight.

Utilities/Electricals: The washing machine and tumble dryer is a combined washer dryer.

Please note: The cottage is in an isolated location within Nymans Wood which is open to the public and popular for family days out, walking, cycling etc.

So we can continue to preserve and care for this special woodland there will people, including volunteer groups, working within the woods and may be using equipment such as chainsaws and tractors, on occasion this could be within a close proximity to the cottage.

The nearest properties are some distance away and it gets very dark at night, so consequently is not recommended for those of a nervous disposition!

Children should be supervised as there is a large lake approximately 400 yards from the house.

Cottage details
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
Cottage ref
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Pub nearby
  • Railway nearby
  • Garden appeal
  • Remote location
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • DVD
  • Fridge


Things to see and do nearby

Home Counties
Exterior view of Emley Farm House, Bowlhead Green, Surrey

You could think it may be densely populated and just home to the bustling metropolis of London, but don't underestimate the South East's capacity for hidden charms, secluded landscapes and shady nooks to catch your breath. There's lots to explore from the hazy meadows and pastoral valleys of the South Downs, the dazzling White Cliffs of Dover and the glorious gardens at Sissinghurst and Polesden Lacey.

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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Holiday cottage
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place to visit
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  • Holiday cottage guests have access to the woodlands out of hours.
  • Cycling
  • Bird watching
  • Walking
National Trust places to visit
Nymans Outstanding 20th-century garden, set around a romantic house and ruins, in beautiful woodland
Wakehurst Place
Wakehurst Place Outstanding botanical garden with world's largest seed conservation project
Standen Arts and Crafts family home with Morris & Co. interiors, set in a beautiful hillside garden
Sheffield Park and Garden
Sheffield Park and Garden Internationally renowned landscape garden and parkland
Leith Hill
Leith Hill Woodland, parkland, farmland and open heath with Leith Hill Tower commanding extensive views
Box Hill
Box Hill Woodland and open down with wonderful views


Comments from past visitors

  • Mr Ayling
    • July 2016
    • Nottinghamshire
    Lovely location

    We loved the location and sense of history of the property. The surrounding woodland and walks. Perfect for our dog!

  • Mrs Bale
    • March 2016
    • Suffolk
    Made enjoyable...

    The position, deep in woodland. The peace and quite. The excellent walks. The cosiness, especially the log-burner.

  • Ruth Paley
    • November 2015
    • Hampshire
    Unique location

    Wonderful and unique location in the middle of beautiful woodland. We enjoyed being able to walk to the Trust gardens at Nymans and volunteers there helpful and chatty. Such a peaceful week.

  • Mr Ward
    • October 2015
    • Hertfordshire
    Made enjoyable...

    The cottages are interesting in their own right and located in beautiful or interesting places. We love the estates and surrounding areas.

  • Jane Forder
    • July 2015
    • Cambridgeshire
    Thoroughly enjoyed our stay

    Woodlands Cottage was particularly "special" to us as a family, because of its setting, and being able to explore the whole of the woods/lakes to ourselves once all the visitors had left!! Magical! Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Woodlands Cottage, the dogs even more so!! Our daughter and granddaughter felt really at home and were quite chilled out by the time they left, the only thing that was a nuisance, was having to shoo off other people's dogs that came into the property via the open style fencing, and cleaning up after other dogs was definitely not on the agenda! Maybe a different style of fencing is needed to solve this problem!

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.


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