2.6 miles SW of Eastbourne


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Bedroom details

3 Bedrooms (Sleeps 6 + cot)

Bedroom 1

1 x king

Bedroom 2

1 x zip and link

Bedroom 3

1 x double

We're delighted to welcome you to Harebell, a stunning 17th century, Grade II listed flint cottage tucked away in the South Downs National Park, in a tranquil village setting. Located less than 2 hours from London, it is a perfect countryside escape.

Dog friendly, this characterful cottage is a delightful escape for up to six lucky people, offering three double bedrooms, one en suite. With plenty of living space and a fantastic, enclosed garden, it's wonderful for families or a group of friends, or a spacious romantic escape for couples.

The cottage is ideally situated for country downland walks, and to explore the Seven Sisters which hosts Beachy Head, Belle Tout, Birling Gap and the Cuckmere Valley. If you're feeling adventurous mountain biking is a must, or visit the beaches, explore pretty villages, head to bustling Brighton or simply spend the afternoon in a country pub - the choices are endless!


The oaked beamed living room is simply lovely with its wood burner nestled into a large inglenook fireplace (complete with original bread oven). The perfect room in which to relax or enjoy board games by the light of the flickering flames, the comfy Loaf corner sofa is made for collapsing on and the Smart TV is makes for a cosy night in. The L shaped room has doors onto the patio at the far end with a covered porch - perfect for a balmy summer evening, where you can relax and listen for the hoot of an owl.

In addition to the downstairs cloakroom, the entrance hall has an oak pew so you can kick off your shoes, leave your beach bags and rucksacks and head to the sitting room to relax. Handily, there is a separate study area if you need to catch up on work emails.


The country kitchen with its Esse range cooker and beamed ceiling is just a dream in white and will always be cosy warm whatever time of year you choose to stay. With plenty of workspace on which to create your culinary delights, the space is fully equipped with everything you could possibly need to rustle up meals, with a dishwasher, fridge, freezer, and the all-important Nespresso coffee machine. A washing machine can be found in the adjacent utility room.

For dining, the table can be found in the kitchen centre. Comfortably seating six, this is a fabulous spot for laid-back meals.

Double doors open out on to the patio for a sundowner or alfresco dining in the summer, allowing the soft summer breeze to waft in as you cook.

Sleeping and bathing

There are 3 characterful, beautiful bedrooms to choose from.

The master bedroom is a bright, spacious room with a king-sized double bed, dual aspect windows overlooking the glorious countryside, and incredible exposed stone feature wall. In addition, this airy room offers fitted wardrobes, a chest of drawers, a dressing table and an ensuite shower room.

The second bedroom is just delightful and comes with a zip and link bed meaning it can be used as two singles or a super king-sized double for flexible sleeping arrangements. With country views and exposed original wooden joinery, this room has fitted wardrobes and a dressing table.

The third bedroom is a cosy space with a comfy double bed, fitted wardrobes, and dressing table.

All the beds are superbly comfy and come swathed in 100% Egyptian bed linens, throws and cushions.

In addition, there's a lovely family bathroom with bath that has a shower overhead. Both this and the en suite shower room have heated rails to keep towels warm and fluffy.

Outdoor space

Harebell has a flint walled, gorgeously lawned garden to the back of the retreat, crowned by a stunning Mulberry tree. Set by the house is a wonderfully sun-soaked terrace complete with comfy seating and table for outside lounging and dining, whilst to the bottom of the garden lies a smaller patio with dining table and chairs, plus a barbeque and chiminea for alfresco meals with a different view. The delightful swing chair is perfect for making the most of the evening sunshine.


To the front of Harebell there is off road, private parking for up to three cars.

Babies and children

Babies and children are most welcome. A highchair and travel cot can be provided on request.


Up to two dogs are welcome at Harebell. Please note, there is an additional fee per dog, per week or short break.

In the Area

Set in the beautiful county of East Sussex, Harebell lies within the South Downs National Park in an extremely pretty village, complete with a village green, the Tiger Inn - an excellent pub, and the Beehive Deli - perfect for picking up local delicacies. Surrounded by untouched, stunning countryside there's plenty of places to explore such as Friston Forest, The Cuckmere Valley, Birling Gap, and of course Beachy Head. There are a plethora of walks to be discovered all over the Downs. This area of East Sussex has lots of lovely villages too - Alfriston is a quintessential village with great places to eat and shop as well as Drusillas Zoo for the young ones and Rathfinny Vineyard who is dedicated to produce the best sparkling wine in Sussex. Other places of note nearby is Lewes, a market town full of small independent shops and fabulous places to eat, with Harveys Brewery the oldest independent brewery in Sussex. Brighton isn't far away the city is often described as London-by-the-sea with its great shops and plenty of eateries.

Our stunning flint-built homestay lies in the rolling South Downs National Park and offers a dog-friendly escape in the most luxurious of settings...

At a glance

From £1,434 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 6 + cot | 3 Bedrooms | Dogs welcome

Key features


Al Fresco eating

Baby on Board

Family friendly

Large, enclosed garden

Multi Generational Holidays

Picturesque village setting

Sandy beach nearby

Short drive to beaches

Travel cot and highchair



Dog friendly

Walking distance to a pub

Wood Burner


Boutique country chic

Within 3 hours of London

Super King Bed

check in / check out days

Short breaks:

  • Mid Week Breaks (Mon to Fri) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Long Weekends (Fri to Mon) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Short breaks are not available at Christmas and New Year.


  • A 13 deposit & £40 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £38 per pet per week or short break
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We know how gorgeous our retreats are, but don’t just take our word for it – here’s what previous guests say about Harebell:

Lovely, atmospheric cottage, in a great position with local pub, walks direct from the house and loads to visit and explore

Lovely cottage in a cul de sac on the outskirts of a village. 2 miles from Beachy Head. Really nice garden with different sitting areas depending on the sun.

Sandra was a wonderful host and so incredibly helpful.

We’ve traveled with our little dogs, and specially for our 16 year old lady it was a joy to sniffle in the backyard.. and enjoy the little walks to the fields…

Excellent quality. Great garden fully enclosed so dog safe. Very comfortable.

We will definitely return!

it was fantastic - from the eight bells up the road, to the views of rolling hills from the bedroom. The on the door walks were second to none. Lastly, the cottage itself is beautiful

A wonderful stay, could not have been better.

A most lovely clean cottage with a bright & well equipped kitchen from which you cld enjoy the fabulous view overlooking the tranquil garden… so enjoyed seating in the swing chair to watch the August sunset . Nice short walk to Tiger inn & the village green

Beautiful cottage in a great location

We had an amazing week over the summer at Harebell. The cottage is absolutely beautiful and so comfortable and the enclosed garden is fabulous - loved by the adults, the children and the dog alike! Sandra is a wonderful host who has thought of everything. Definitely one of our favourite retreats. We will be back!

Beautiful cottage and ideal setting for exploring the downs.

Beautiful garden and was lovely having breakfast in the kitchen looking out over it and the fields beyond. Location is amazing with so much to do nearby. Well equipped house. A wonderful stay.

We had the most wonderful, magical long weekend at Harebell. The cottage is charming and we all loved it! So much thought has been given to making it a beautiful, stylish and comfortable home. There were lovely, thoughtful touches throughout with interesting artwork, a gorgeous mix of antique and modern furniture, White Company towels, extremely comfortable, luxurious beds and a pretty and peaceful garden.

The cottage is ideally placed for walks along The Seven Sisters, visits to local villages, treks to see The Long Man of Wilmington and seaside swimming. Dinner at the Eight Bells in Jevington was excellent.

We hope to return to Harebell and none of us wanted to leave - thank you for a great experience..

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