Set in a glorious 4 1/2 acre Victorian garden with stunning views in a quiet rural location close to Ardingly reservoir & Wakehurst Gardens yet 5 mins from M23 & Balcombe Station & 15 mins to Gatwick. The Bothy is a standalone dwelling with its own front door in a courtyard setting. Spacious, comfy & characterful with shower room & kitchen/dining areas to enjoy breakfast. Newly renovated, it enjoys WiFi, Freeview & O2/Voda 4G. A single sofa bed is also available. Tasty homemade cake on arrival!
The Bothy is a light, clean, airy and quiet south-facing studio apartment over a large garage outbuilding, the east facing wall of which dates back to Victorian times when it formed part of the façade of a historic manor house which sadly burnt down in 1939. An earlier 17th century house on the same site was home to the Balcombe family after whom the village was named. They subsequently emigrated to America. The Bothy forms part of an attractive courtyard drive with our house adjacent and looks over the beautiful Victorian gardens in which we hope you will find time to relax and enjoy. The gardens offer breath taking views across the valley towards Balcombe village and beyond. There is plenty of secure parking right in front of the building.
The Bothy has its own private front door which opens into a small hall with stairs up to the accommodation. There is a good-sized separate shower room with loo, basin and plenty of toiletries and soft towels. In addition to the comfy king size bed with large end drawers for clothes storage there is a surprisingly comfortable single sofa bed. There is a cosy sitting area and a small dining table and chairs, a perfect area to work or enjoy your breakfast. A small wardrobe with shelf and hanging space offers more storage if needed. There is a kitchen area with a dresser where cereals, breads, teas and coffees will be stored, a small fridge containing milk and orange juice, a microwave, toaster and kettle - everything you need to prepare your delicious breakfast. The Bothy has a hairdryer, a steam iron and an ironing board. There are two wonderful old heirloom trunks full of games and puzzles for you to enjoy on that rainy day or quiet night in. There is a bedside radio and a 32" LCD TV, a humax freeview box and wifi. In addition there is a 5.1 surround sound cinema audio system with HD projector, Blu-ray player and airplay connectivity but this is only available with prior agreement (and a bit of training from my husband!)
Zugang für Gäste
The Bothy will be your own private space to enjoy and in addition we very much hope that you will enjoy a stroll around our extensive gardens, ponds and dell - 4 1/2 acres in all. You may however be accompanied by our friendly Labradors Betty and Willow who hate to miss out on any walking opportunity! The gardens are impressive for most of the year and The Bothy looks out towards the centrepiece of it all, our Atlantic Cedar which is said to be the oldest cedar in Sussex and whose records are held at Wakehurst Place gardens just a short walk across the valley. Perhaps the most breathtaking time of year is the Spring/early Summer when we enjoy a sea of colour from the many azaleas, camellias, flora and fauna. Enjoyment of our gardens and outside facilities is entirely at your own risk. Please note that there are deep pools, a treehouse and a zip-wire, currently out of use which we ask you not to use. Children must be supervised. We do occasionally open our garden for special local charity days which we thoroughly enjoy, with teas being served on the croquet lawn!
Interaktion mit Gästen
Whilst The Bothy is very much your own private space, I am always available to offer help or advice whenever needed and will do everything I can to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Please let me know if you have any special dietary requirements (eg: gluten free diet) and I will do my best to accommodate.
Weitere wichtige Infos
There is a folder inside The Bothy giving useful local information and tips including details of good local pubs and eateries. There are also local maps of the area to help you to explore and plan any walks, although we do please ask that the maps remain in the building. The Bothy also has two wonderful old heirloom trunks full of games and puzzles which you are welcome to use and enjoy.
- Shoes to be left in entrance
- Power management when electric shower in operation
- No walking around the garden or our house after dark please!
- Drive gates to be kept shut at all times to keep our pets safe
I love my family and my dogs! Married to Philip and proud parents to 3 rapidly growing up young adults (one of whom has already flown the nest) I juggle a busy life running our lovely home and menagerie of hens and dogs, teaching French part-time ( I also speak Spanish and somewhat rusty German) and in any spare time I enjoy breeding labradors - I have lovingly bred 7 generations of gorgeous Labradors from our first lovely lab Daisy over 20 years ago. I love cooking and entertaining friends and family at home and it is rare for there not to be a home-baked cake in the tin! I look forward to welcoming you to the Bothy and very much hope you will enjoy your stay with us.
My life motto: never put off until tomorrow what you can do today!