Local Area

  • Wadhurst station, 6 miles (London 55 mins).
  • Medieval village of Mayfield with local shops, Post Office and pubs within walking distance.
  • Local farm shops selling organic meat, vegetables and fruit.
  • Historic town of Tunbridge Wells with many shops, 8 miles.
  • Coastal towns and beaches within easy reach.
  • A footpath leading to many local walks runs past the cottage.
  • National Cycle route 22 runs through the village.
  • A range of local restaurants, pubs, cafes and tea shops.

East Sussex is the most wooded county in England. Hoopers Farm Cottage is set in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close to the historic medieval village of Mayfield. Further south is the new South Downs National Park. See the Links page for more information about the area. Some of the country's most picturesque villages, castles, gardens and finest National Trust properties are within easy reach. There are many attractions and activities to appeal to the most active family and the most leisurely. Here are just a few of the attractions within easy reach of Hoopers Farm Cottage:
Ashdown Forest Known in Victorian times as the Scotland of the South: 6500 acres of open access heathland at the highest point of the Weald, and the home of Winnie the Pooh.
Bateman's Rudyard Kipling's house, just as he left it. It's National Trust so you are sure of a good tea.
Battle Abbey 1066 and all that.
Bedgebury Pinetum Lots of trees and Go Ape if you are feeling energetic.
Bewl Water The largest body of inland water in the South East of England with facilities for sailing , canoeing, rowing, fishing, rockclimbing, off road cycling or just a stroll around the lake to see the wide variety of wildlife. Bluebell Railway The country's oldest preserved steam passenger railway and the location for The Railway Children.
Bodiam Castle Another National Trust property, this is the perfect medieval moated castle.
Bowles Centre Dry slope skiing, snowboarding, rockclimbing and canoeing, strictly for the really energetic.
Chartwell Family home and gardens of Sir Winston Churchill, the BBC's Greatest Briton.
Drusillas Zoo Park The best small zoo in the country, maybe the world, and Thomas the Tank Engine as well.
Glyndebourne Opera The ultimate opera experience.
Groombridge Place Where The Draughtman's Contract and the latest Pride and Prejudice were filmed: gardens, enchanted forest and special events most weekends.
Hever Castle The childhood home of Ann Boleyn, fantastic gardens and regular jousting.
High Weald Area of outstanding natural beauty. The story of the High Weald landscape and how it was created. Other videos include The Landform Story, Routeways Story, Settlement Story, Woodland Story, Field and Heath Story and The Iron Story.
Kent and East Sussex Railway 10 1/2 miles of rural light railway along the beautiful Rother Valley.
Lewes Castle Reopened in May 2009 after extensive restoration. This site also gives details of all the other Sussex Past attractions.
The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells The "jewel in the town", for when you are feeling a bit eighteenth century.
Scotney Castle National Trust again and another castle, but you can't have too much of either in our view.