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Shoyswell Cottage B&B
Ranked #1 of 4 Etchingham B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Lovely!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2014 via mobile

Charming hosts, charming property, clean, immaculate and very luxurious!

Without a doubt would recommend this and would return if in the area although this time we would take the hosts up on their offer of dinner rather than try local pubs.

Just excellent! Thank you

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kent, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

We stayed here for two nights for my dad's 50th. We wanted a relaxing time away and that's exactly what we got . We were greeted by the lovely Jolyon on arrival and instantly felt at home. Our rooms were emmaculate and the whole cottage had been decorated beautifully, so much to look at I have to give their lovely little dogs a mention, Lola & Tiny, they also made us feel very welcome. Breakfast was delicious and Jolyon couldn't do enough for us, very good service. Both Lawrence & Jolyon were very welcoming, although we didn't see much of Lawrence as he was working hard in the gardens- doing a
grand job! I hope everyone who visits here continues to give it the five stars it lives up to. Thank you for the great experience and we will be back in the near future! xx

  • Stayed February 2014
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

As soon as we arrived we loved Shoyswell cottage! We were greeted with real friendliness and immediately felt at home.
The cottage is decorated & furnished to such a high standard, all rooms beautifully designed to feels like real luxury.
We stayed in the Garden Room which had huge windows that looked over the beautiful grounds and pond.The bed was so comfortable, the shower a amazing and it was so clean!

Downstairs you can have a drink from the drinks cabinet in the beautiful lounge and the drinks will just get added to the bill. We enjoyed a gin an tonic whilst getting ready to go for dinner in the nearby village. We found this such a lovely touch.

Our hosts Jolyon and Lawrence were brilliant characters, as were their darling dogs Tiny and Lola. We loved our time chatting with them. They made us feel right and home and recommend a fantastic pub for food - The Bell.

The breakfast was incredible and you get to have views of the garden whilst you eat!

We will without a doubt return to Shoyswell Cottage! We are already planning a summer stay where we can fish in the pond and walk in the beautiful fields.

This was the best B&B we have ever stayed there! Absolutely amazing in every way!!

Such a lovely stay.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2013

We booked into The Bell at Ticehurst only to find that they had double booked us. They very kindly said they would find us a B&B nearby and wow did they come up trumps! We only met Joylon as Lawrence was away on business but the welcome provided by Joylon,Tiny and Lola made up for his absence. Shoyswell Cottage is by far the best B&B we have ever stayed in. The cottage was decorated for Christmas and I came away with several ideas for my own decorating including finding the colour Alfie for my walls! Breakfast was superb with home made breads and a full English for those that wanted it. We were made to feel so welcome that next time we are in the area we will certainly opt for Shoyswell Cottage over The Bell!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Jolyon_11, Owner at Shoyswell Cottage B&B, responded to this review, 18 December 2013
Thank you very much! Lawrence is beyond delighted that you liked his Christmas decorations, and I'm really happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. It is, of course, easy to accommodate guests when they are so delightful!
We look forward to welcoming you to Shoyswell Cottage again in the future.
Best Wishes.
Jolyon
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Aldershot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2013

We arrived to be greeted by Joylon and two lovely dogs (Tiny and Lola) when I realized a grave error had befallen me, I had left my suit and shirt at home. Not only was our room superb, with a fantastic large bathroom; lovely views from the bedroom; a large, very comfortable bed; very tastefully decorated and furnished rooms, Joylon saved my bacon and supplied me with an outfit, so I could go to the black tie event that night, at Wadhurst Castle. The place was amazing! on our return we had a few night caps, at the trust bar. In the morning had a full English breakfast (very nicely cooked) and even enjoyed a paddle around in the pond. For us it made a great weekend into an amazing one, not to be forgotten quickly. When ever I am in the area I would definitely stay there again. The only tip I would give, is if you plan on going out and need a taxi home, book it at the same time you book your stay. Taxi's are very hard to come by at the weekends. Thank you Joylon for going that extra mile.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Jolyon_11, Owner at Shoyswell Cottage B&B, responded to this review, 19 November 2013
Well it is kind of you to say these nice things about us! I have to agree with you as regards Lola and Tiny, but then I must say I'm biaised.
You are always welcome, and we look forward to your return to Shoyswell.
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Burwell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2013

We have spent two days at Shoyswell Cottage and want to make this our official second home. Jolyon is a fantastic host, absolutely nothing is too much trouble. The room was lovely, the grounds superb and the two dogs are fabulous. (I tried to get them in my suitcase but they wouldn't fit!)

We were sorry not to meet Lawrence but hope to catch up with him next time - which will be soon.

Thank you Jolyon, love to Tiny and Lola xx

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Jolyon_11, Owner at Shoyswell Cottage B&B, responded to this review, 11 November 2013
Thank you very much indeed for your review. I really appreciate you taking the time to write about us, and look forward to welcoming you back to Shoyswell Cottage. The "Meet & Greet Committee" of Tiny and Lola add their hopes for your speedy return!
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

I spent the weekend their with friends to celebrate a birthday. Joylon and Lawrence absolutely made us feel like home, actually better than home as my bedroom is not as luxurious as the room I slept in :) From the home baked bread to the BBQ to the cozy lounge area. We had such good fun indoors as outdoors in their beautiful garden (actually it's more a park than a garden) including a lake with a boat which we were free to use. Such a special weekend in a very special place. Thanks again!

Jules

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Shoyswell Cottage B&B
Address: Shoyswell Cottage Sheepstreet Lane, Etchingham TN19 7AZ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Etchingham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Etchingham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Shoyswell Cottage B&B 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shoyswell Cottage B&B is situated in an idyllic location of outstanding natural beauty about 2 miles from the village of Ticehurst, standing on the crest of a hill overlooking the Fleet Valley.The original cottages were built in the 18th century, and then in the 1930’s a villa was constructed next to them, and over the years this has been extended into the current rambling house.The house has gardens of about 3 ½ acres which includes a natural, spring-fed pond, vegetable garden and greenhouse, ornamental flower beds, and a small wood Accommodation:The current owners, two Notting Hill refugees, have taken the original 1930’s villa and converted this from a private residence into an upmarket B&B, which comprises 4 double bedrooms, a large communal sitting / garden room, entrance hall and the breakfast room. The gardens are completely at the disposal of our guests.The bedrooms have all been converted to have en-suite bathrooms, and all feature either King Size or Twin beds (according to your taste,) luxurious bed linen, fluffy towels, toiletries, flat screen TV/DVD, and tea/coffee making facilities.Breakfast:It has become something of a cliché to offer organic and locally-sourced, but we do take this very seriously…right down to the eggs which come from our own chickens clucking about in the vegetable garden, the meat which comes from our local farmer, the bread and jams which are homemade – we would even grow the coffee and tea if we had the climate!Your Hosts:Jolyon worked for a large Publishing House as the Publisher of a well-known luxury Hotel guide, and travelled extensively in Europe and the Middle East. Later he moved into hotel consultancy , and maintains strong contacts working within the hotel business.Lawrence is the Global Head of Visual for the fashion company COS, part of the H&M Group, and continues to travel extensively all over the World. He is a keen collector of objets d’art and a visual virtuoso.Additional Services:Ideally located an hour by train from London Charing Cross, we are happy to pick-up / drop-off at Etchingham Station.Dinner is available on request, otherwise we can recommend various restaurants in the area, as well as our two local gastro-pubs which offer excellent food.We can also organise picnics if requested, supplying everything neededfor an al fresco feast!Special events (Weddings, Birthday parties, Bar Mitzvah’s etc.,) can be arranged, as can sole use of house, should you wish to have a very private event.For any other ideas which you might wish to arrange – simply speak to the Hosts! ... more   less 
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