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Impressive driveway that could keep little people very happy on their bikes
Even if its breezy you won't get too cold on a sunny day
Warm and snug but large sitting room for cooler days
A bird's eye view of the dining room
Lovely old Aga to keep you warm and slower cooking
The hall room as a sitting room for younger people
A quiet corner of the sitting room
Large south facing window making this a lovely bright room
The bathroom in the family room.
Very large semi circular shower room !
Two ponds with ducks in the garden
lots of space for you to enjoy
A view of the property showing the pool very close to the house
12 -14 can eat on long tables in the hall room
Even if its breezy you won't get too cold on a sunny day
Warm and snug but large sitting room for cooler days
A bird's eye view of the dining room
Lovely old Aga to keep you warm and slower cooking

Gildridge House, Magham Down, Hailsham, East Sussex

Sleeps 2 - 12 5 Bedrooms 12 Dining

Impressive historic farmhouse sleeping 12 for large gatherings and family celebrations, with a covered pool, near Hailsham

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends. Gildridge House, Magham Down, Hailsham, East Sussex, sleeps 2 - 12 in 5 bedrooms.

Gildridge House is set on a working farm, with cattle and sheep in Magham Down, 2 miles from Hailsham and near to Herstmonceaux Castle and the Observatory Science Centre and Planetarium. The house is set on the edge of the Pevensey levels with a view to Pevensey Castle and the South Downs. Perfect for a weekend escape, this house is just 1.5 hours from London, 40 minutes from Brighton, and 15 minutes from Eastbourne and Battle. Knockhatch Adventure Park is nearby.

Gildridge House is a farmhouse which caters for large family gatherings, celebrations and cosy country weekends around the inglenook fireplace with the woodburning stove. The dining room seats 12 people.

The air source heated and covered swimming pool, with graduated steps, is a mere 3 yards from the conservatory. The large boot room with sauna and shower room is also next door to the conservatory with more doors to the garden and garage. The main entrance has a small seated area for quiet moments away from the crowd!

A ground floor bedroom with shower room is perfect for grandparents wishing to avoid the two staircases and very accessible for people with mobility issues (although there is one step into front entrance and one step into bedroom). The family kingsize room in the 1990s extension has a bathroom with overhead shower and an area specifically for children with 2 single beds. The master bedroom has a superking bed with an amazing semi circular shower room separating from the next door twin room, and the final bedroom has another superking bed with ensuite shower room.

At the end of the long drive there is a 7 mile meandering lane with little traffic perfect for cycling across the marshes. The driveway lends itself to smaller people, happily cycling! There are two footpaths across the land and other walking opportunities are well catered for. Please note that there are two ponds in the garden.

The fully equipped kitchen is large enough for many to help in the preparation of food. 2 full sized
fridges and freezer for all the perishables and a larder. Unfortunately, the Aga has died but the range has a grill and two ovens. Microwave, slow cooker, two kettles and a toaster.



WiFi available - good speed for the countryside.


Two small wide step up to entrance hall and room with shower and one step up to large downstairs bedroom. One step down into main sitting room.

Dog Friendly

Maximum of two dogs. Dogs to stay in conservatory and boot room area only. Please note sheep and cattle close by. Garden not enclosed.


Country kitchen (with a non working old Aga) and more modern electric range. Central island, plenty of cupboards and worktops 2 big fridges, freezer.

Dining Room

Formal galleried dining room for 12. Serving hatch to kitchen. Dining hall can seat more on request. Conservatory seats 8 for informal meals.

Sitting Room

Inglenook with woodburner . Traditionally comfortably furnished for 12, TV. Hall Room has armchairs, TV. Conservatory has relaxed lounging seats.

TV and Music Facilities

4 Smart TVs. Music systems with radios and one dvd player.

Games Room

Outdoor table tennis in open garage, adjacent to house. Mini football table in conservatory.

Heating and Open Fires

Oil fired central heating. Inglenook fireplace with woodburner, large container of wood. Heated towel rails in each bathroom (5).


Master superking. 1 family room (ground flr): 3 singles, 2 pushed together. Family room (king + 2 singles). Twin and SK sharing shower. All en suite.


All linen supplied. Please bring pool and sauna towels.


Upstairs: 3 shower rooms, 1 has a semi circular shower in a totally mosaic tiled room. 1 with a bath and overhead shower. Downstairs: 2 shower rooms.

Children's Facilities

Cots, high chairs, stair gates, selection of toys, children's books and some bikes. Plastic plates and cutlery.


Large lawned gardens with two ponds. Barbecue area and plenty of garden furniture. Outdoor table tennis in adjacent garage. Terrace near pool.

Swimming Pool

Enclosed air sourced heated pool 10 x 4+m May to October just outside conservatory. Graduated for children. Sauna use by arrangement.


Parking available for 6 cars.


No smoking in the house. Smoking outside as long as stubs put in containers provided.

Booking Information

Please contact us for details on price. 2 night minimum stay. Deposit of £500 to book. £500 security deposit just before arrival. Returned a few days after leaving.
All bookings fully paid 2 months before arrival. Fridays usual changeover days (could do Monday dependant on other bookings)

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Gildridge House

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Located half a mile along a private road through farmland off the A271. Well connected to larger roads but enjoys a very secluded feel. Under Road is cycle friendly. Easy from London and southeast.

  • Amberstone at end of private road for buses to Battle, Hastings or Eastbourne.
  • Polegate 6 miles (15 minutes) to Lewes, Brighton, Eastbourne or Hastings, or to Gatwick and Victoria.Battle 11 miles (20 minutes) to London Bridge and Charing Cross (Hastings).
  • The market town of Hailsham is 2/3 miles away with Waitrose, Asda and Tesco. It has a large Neptune to wonder about in and a few small cafes. Eastbourne Hastings and Lewes are not far away.
  • A local Co-op, good pub, barber, upmarket fish and chip, cake shop, GP surgery and pharmacy are all in the village of Herstmonceux (1.5 miles) including an antique shop.
  • The Brewer's Arms pub and The Sundial fine dining restaurant are all in Herstmonceux.
  • Gatwick 1 - 1.5 hour depending on time of day 35 miles via Uckfield and A22. 45 miles via A27.

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