Sunnymead Cottages were converted from the original farmhouse which was built in 1912. When we bought the property in 1986 we had a new house built on the land near the original house and we planted up two orchards with apple and pear trees: so Sunnymead Farm became a fruit farm.
Towards the end of 1986, only a week after we had finished planting up the orchards, the Great Storm of 1986 struck. We lost a number of old trees including a magnificent oak tree but luckily our little fruit trees survived. Soon after, we converted Sunnymead Cottages into a barn where we stored the farm machinery, and graded and packed the fruit.
It wasn’t until about thirteen years ago that the barn was converted back into cottages. We gave up fruit farming about eight years ago and one of the orchards has been changed back to pasture while the other has now become a haven for wildlife which includes deer, badgers, numerous birds, butterflies and moths. We have even had a kingfisher over our pond and some guests reported hearing a nightingale!
The Hurstwood, a pub serving good food is just a 5 minute stroll. The nearest railway station is only 6 minutes drive away with direct access to London in about 70 minutes. There is a village store a couple of miles up the road and the major supermarkets in Uckfield and Crowborough are a short drive away.
We recommend an evening stroll up to The Hurstwood where they serve very good food. There is also plenty of nightlife on your doorstep with badgers and owls as well as the moths! We had a visitor at the cottages who identified seventy-nine different moth species over four nights in the last week of July 2019 which included an Apoda Limocodes!