Danehill is the perfect base from which to explore the farms, woods and medieval manors of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This peaceful village is located in the spectacular Wealden district of East Sussex. Surrounded by some of the county’s most idyllic countryside, it lies close to the West Sussex border and five miles from Haywards’s Heath. On the doorstep of holiday cottages in Danehill, Ashdown Forest is an ancient expanse of open heathland, where you can walk for miles without seeing another soul. Rising to 732 feet, it offers spectacular views across the woods of the Weald to the chalk escarpments of the North and South Downs.
The forest is home to a number of unique attractions, including Vachery Forest Garden, in a remote steep-sided valley near Wynch Cross. Just north of Nutley village, Nutley Windmill is thought to be roughly 300 years old, and is a fine example of an open-trestle post mill. Old Lodge Nature Reserve is not to be missed on self-catering holidays in Danehill, with ponds and woods which are home to dragonfly, nightjar, woodcock, stonechat and adder. For a fun family day out, head to Ashdown Forest Llama Park, where you can meet llamas and alpacas.
There are two pubs in Danehill – the Coach and Horses and the Red Lion, both serving good food and a variety of local ales. Just south of the village, within walking distance of your holiday cottage in Danehill, the Old Dairy Farm and Shop sells a range of fresh produce, while nearby, Bluebell Vineyard Estates produces excellent sparkling wine. The Ashdown Weekend takes place in the village annually, with a fete, vintage car show, barbecue and art exhibition. Danehill is just 18 miles north of the lively seaside town of Brighton, and 37 miles south of central London.