The Cottage in the Garden

Rotherfield, Sussex
+44 (0)1892 852429
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An enchanting hideaway with sensational views in a flowery English semi-wild country garden, near Sissinghurst and Great Dixter


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

The Experience

You arrive down a wooded lane reputed to be one of the oldest in England: gates open to the mansion house and garden with swathes of lawn and frothy flower beds; your lovely cottage-on-one-floor is perched high beside your own private terrace with views across the Weald to the South Downs. It really is the dearest space for lovers, with a hugely inviting bed, a wood-burning stove and a round table in the window for meals looking over the garden.

Owner Jackie, who lives in the big house, leaves you a cream tea on arrival day. You can also order a delicious home cooked supper and good bottle of wine for your first evening, as well as breakfast ingredients ready in the fridge for the next morning if you wish – local sausages, homemade bread, marmalade, butter and milk. Glyndebourne picnics are also one of her specialities, plus advice on where to sit.

Stride the rolling countryside around you, walk 20 minutes to the village, Rotherfield, for pubs, café and village shop.

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We think you'll love

  • Arriving here and having all your needs met (fire lit, supper and wine to order) in such a romantic space
  • The wonderful views over the garden to the South Downs from the veranda
  • Having such seclusion and privacy
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You should know

  • Shoes off at the front door please - slippers provided
  • You must walk a grassy path to the front door once you've parked - bring a torch in winter


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Special offer: Autumn is gorgeous in these wooded hills and with so many interesting places to visit nearby, 5 nights fly by. We can suggest some memorable days out.

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 3 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. 5 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Arrival dinner (with wine), and first morning breakfast ingredients available to order in advance.


Nightly price
from £185
Weekly price
from £1300
Damage deposit
3 nights £450.
1 Cottage for 2
From £1851 bed1 bedroom


It is the view from this delightful cottage which is completely enchanting. But happily you also have a very well equipped kitchen, one of the most comfortable beds we’ve ever slept in and the most wonderful hosts. Once you can tear yourself away, there are fabulous walks nearby, particularly around Mayfield and more National Trust properties than you can shake a stick at. On your return you will be warmly greeted by Figgy ... and perhaps light the fire if it’s chilly. What more could you want?

Louise, Sydney

A Beautiful Cottage with the most wonderful views. Lots to see and do in the area in this very special part of Rural Sussex. National Trust properties abound which must be so beautiful in any season. There are some lovely quintessential Engish country pubs where good food can be enjoyed but please check on opening times!! The Hosts where absolutely wonderful and they were so helpful to us throughout our stay. We did arrive as strangers but definitely left as FRIENDS. It was truly an enchanting holiday and we will most certainly be coming back to enjoy lots more of this stunning scenery.

Peter, Nottinghamshire

Delightful cottage, very peaceful and set in a beautiful garden. All sorts of thoughtful touches, making it a real home from home. Great base for exploring the area, or alternatively sitting and reading a book or enjoying the garden and view. Jackie and Paul were excellent hosts, and gave us lots of suggestions for places to visit and dine. A perfect place to recuperate after Covid Lockdowns.

Paul, London

A perfect hideaway in beautiful surroundings. So much thought has been put into making the Cottage in the Garden a welcoming and comfortable place and if you can tear yourself away from its cosy indoors there are many lovely things to do in the area. I'll be back!

Suzy, London

Jacky and Paul are very welcoming and will do everything they can to make your stay the best experience ever! It's a lovely, romantic cottage with a gorgeous bed and stunning views. It's stylishly decorated and everything is top quality, from the pans and sharp knives to the bed linen and soft towels. There are pretty fresh flowers everywhere. The food sounds amazing too.

Alison, Sawday's inspector

A really lovely cottage in a beautiful garden. Jackie and Paul are kind and generous hosts. We had a wonderful week.

Ruth & John, Melbourne, Australia

Delightful hosts, no comfort unsupplied, gorgeous gardens and views, and we love Figgy, the pup. We hope they may travel to Santa Fe someday so we can share "our world".

Anna, Cerrillos, New Mexico

We were 21 times in the UK for holiday, this time was the absolute topper. Jacqueline and Paul are very friendly and helpful. We love them very much. The cottage is decorated just like our taste and everything needed is present. Thanks for the nice flowers and sweets. We will certainly come back for another holiday.

Elzelien, Amstelveen

Amazing cottage in beautiful surroundings. Took my partner here to celebrate his 50th Birthday. Secret hideaway cottage at the end of the owners garden. Stunning interior with everything two people need to escape together. Made to feel very welcome by the owners but then left alone to enjoy the peace. We would highly recommend and hope to go back again.

Louisa, Whitstable

We were made very welcome by Jackie the owner who walked us through the beautiful garden to find the sweetest cottage nestling on the brow of the meadow. On opening the door, I fell in love with the most enchanting sitting room with painted floors and a woodburning stove all set for our evening by the fire after a rainy journey. Every detail was thoughtfully arranged, afternoon tea and slippers! The bed was a sumptuous 6 footer with the softest Egyptian cotton and feather duvets and pillows. Hot water was plenty and the heating kept us cosy for our winter week away. Absolutely fabulous!

Sue, Surrey

We just back from a very relaxing 3 night break at the cottage. You can relax here so easily, the most we did was keep the log burner going ! We Came home after Christmas floating & calm! Jackie has thought of everything here & presented it very well ! The views are amazing, wether watching rabbits out the window or the horizontal rain comes across the hills ! If you want tranquillity, star gazing, home comforts & fresh air, this place is for you! Thank you Jackie & Paul for making us welcome

paul, kent

After travelling for 6 and a half weeks the Cottage in the Garden was the perfect place to relax before heading back to Australia. Jackie and Paul made us feel welcome from the first moment, as did the yummy afternoon tea waiting for us in the cosy, but light and airy, Cottage. The Cottage had everything we needed for our stay and the tasteful, quality fittings - especially the fabulous little wood burner - added to our comfort. The Cottage is well located to explore the area with many beautiful NT gardens and homes in easy driving distance. Perfect for either a short break or a longer stay.


The photos promised an idyllic hideaway and the reality did not disappoint. What can be better than a birdsong accompaniment to breakfast whilst overlooking the Downs? Set in stunning surroundings, the "Cottage in the Garden" really is the perfect place to unwind. Jackie and Paul could not have been more helpful; the perfect hosts. There is plenty in the surrounding area so we eagerly anticipate a return visit!


We stayed last January for 3 nights and had a lovely time. We arrived late but got taken up to the cottage and shown everything, we arrived to a dressed table and dinner ready in the oven ( we pre booked this) Such a lovely place and lovely owners, So much so we are due to go back January 2015 :) Such a romantic getaway, so much so my Fiancé proposed to me on the first night


Fabulous location, so tranquil. Everything you could need for a romantic weekend away, will definitely go back.


WOW - I'm so glad I booked this place to celebrate a "Special Birthday" - The cottage is beautiful,and the view is breathtaking. I decided to opt for the dinner for our 1st night, truly yummy and laid out to perfection. The hosts Jackie and Paul are so warm and friendly, a wonderful smile to make you feel at ease, and that nothing is too much trouble. We will be back and recommending this place to our friends and family.


A great find in a lovely location. My partner and I stayed here for 3 nights my birthday break .We loved it. The cottage is very well equiped and cosy. The furnishings and contents are of a very high standard with a lot of attention to detail and the decoration is beautiful. We stayed in March and the weather was quite cold so the log fire with plenty of wood privided added to the romance of the cottage. The owners very perfect hosts. We had a lovely cream tea awaiting us on arrival which was such a thoughtful touch. The views are fantastic and a great location too.


Don't be disappointed when you discover that you can see the owners' fine house from the cottage; it is in the distance and does not impinge on the solitude or fantastic views. Little touches make all the difference in this well-appointed, thoughtfully decorated little place & the hosts are hands off yet friendly & very helpful. Great place to unwind sans kids.


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The neighbourhood

You're in the narrow country lanes of the East Sussex countryside, tucked away in the corner of the owners' extensive and pretty garden, completely separate from the main house. There are NT gardens and houses to visit, Crowborough is 10 minutes by car, shopping in the Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells (15 mins) is fun and the whole area is an antique hunters paradise. Glyndebourne is 20-25 mins.

Local points of interest from Jacqueline Evill

  • You can rest in utter tranquillity in this beautiful cottage for two which nestles in the heart of the Sussex High Weald AONB, surrounded by wonderful walks and historic villages, close to Ashdown Forest. Glorious birdsong, spring bluebells & wildflowers.
  • A romantic hideaway in the depths of an enormous and beautiful garden with stunning views. Huge, immensely comfortable bed, made up with exquisite linen. Fresh flowers in all the rooms.Full central heating and, in addition, a woodburner for chilly nights
  • Gourmet supper in the cottage, from an extensive menu on our website, can be booked for your arrival, the table laid, wine provided, and the meal timed for you. Breakfast also. We offer a complimentary traditional tea in the cottage to greet our guests
  • A special Glyndebourne package is available through our website. Or visit Royal Tunbridge Wells, Lewes, Brighton, Rye, and countless beautiful historic villages. The area is an antique collectors' paradise and is packed with interesting places to explore
  • We are surrounded by some of the most exquisite gardens and country houses in England. Sissinghurst, Penshurst, Hever, Chartwell, Batemans, Scotney Castle, Borde Hill, Nymans, Sheffield Park,Pashley Manor, Perch Hill, Ightam Moat, Knole, Firle, & many more
  • Nature lovers will love to visit the South Downs and Sussex and Kent Coast. Cuckmere Haven, Rye, and a fascinating coast are a short drive away. Bedgebury Pinetum is close as is Bewl Water with sailing and watersports. You can ride on the Ashdown Forest.


Jacqueline Evill

Jackie and Paul set about the renovation of this cottage with one aim in mind. They wanted to make it the most welcoming, private, romantic and beautiful sanctuary that they could imagine. They've thought of everything to make your stay very special: rugs for stargazing, jugs of fresh garden flowers, help and advice if you do want to venture out.