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The Artisan Bakehouse
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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“Beautiful cottage in a peaceful setting”
Reviewed 1 October 2013

Stayed in the Milk house with our 10 month old baby for a short break recently. We were very impressed with the cleanliness and tasteful decor in the cottage which is situated in a terraced row. The gardens are lovely with fruit trees and friendly chickens and a useable clean outdoor pool. Nice touches on arrival including eggs from the chickens and cookies and bread baked fresh by the owners which all tasted fantastic. Les and Louise opened the bake house to the public during our stay for the local food festival but this was in no way intrusive and allowed the purchase of even more delightful baked goods!
It is a great location to explore Sussex including the coast but also just a great place for quiet relaxation.
The accommodation had all we needed to be baby friendly but cooking facilities are limited which although didn't bother us on a short stay may affect some guests.
Overall a wonderful cottage in a pretty setting with lovely owners (and amazing bread!)

  • Stayed September 2013
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

We stayed in the Brewhouse with our three year old and nine month old and had a wonderful long weekend. The roaming hens were an attraction (especially for our daughter who was thrilled at finding a freshly laid egg and eating it for her dinner), as were the swings and trampoline. It is a very rural setting but only a 90 minute drive from South London, which made the whole trip very easy for us. The cottage is cosy, well-equipped and fully kitted out for babies. We were mainly self-catering but had breakfast in Les and Louise's lovely dining room on Sunday morning and it was delicious, with freshly made bread and homemade jams. We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

We stayed in both cottages with family and friends and had a superb holiday.. It is an idyllic setting in lovely grounds and the swimming pool was a great attraction.During our stay we celebrated our Golden Wedding with a lunch party prepared and served by Les & Louise who provided an excellent meal and were outstanding hosts.

Recommended to anyone appreciating a relaxing break in the countryside yet within easy reach of many other attractions

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

I bought a gift voucher for Fathers Day for a bread making workshop for my husband, myself and our 10 yr old. It was the best family day out we have had in ages! Both Les and Louise are such lovely people and so passionate about what they do.

We were welcomed with delicious home made cookies and coffee before making an enormous selection of breads with the talented Les! The workshop is simple and classy with a beautiful wood fired oven to cook the breads.

We were then served a tasty and fresh lunch in the lovely cottage garden by Louise, all beautifully presented and large portions.

I would highly recommend it here and looking forward to going back! Yum!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

We stayed in the Milkhouse for a week in July with our two children aged 3 and 5 and we had a great time. We only live about 20 mins away but wanted to go away whilst being near home due to the impending arrival of our third child. The cottage is very cosy and tastefully kitted out. The grounds are fantastic with plenty of room for the kids to ride scooters and run around with no fear of busy roads. The swimming pool was great and for once the British Summer did its part, meaning we were in the pool every day. The chickens are very friendly, particularly so if you are eating out and can sometimes leave you presents that you need to watch out for (I am not referring to eggs!). There is lots of natural wildlife and we even spotted quite a large deer down by the swimming pool one day.

The local town of Steyning is delightful and there are lots of pubs and restaurants around if you don't want to cook. The Milkhouse does not really provide extensive cooking facilities, which was fine by us, but may be an issue for others. Les and Louise were away for most of our week, which was a shame, as we did not get to sample their cooking, but the cookies in the welcome pack were pretty damn good.

A word of warning if you are over 6ft, the Milkhouse is a very old cottage with low beamed ceilings, so you will have to walk around with your head bent to avoid having too many bumps.

We would definitely recommend this place.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

We have just returned from a week's family holiday at the Brewhouse with our two children, nearly 3 and 1. The location of the cottage was brilliant for child-friendly activities all of which were mentioned in Les & Louise's handy folder - Washbrook Farm was our favourite. They were all located nearby (max 40mins) so perfect for little ones not to get fed up. The lovely Les let our little boy make his own pizza and another night we had a beautiful meal prepared by them both, perfect. The pool was handy especially as it was heated, the trampoline a firm favourite for our little boy. The Fountain Inn has half price meals on Monday and as its down the road from the Bakehouse it was handy but also a charming pub. Like a few other people writing their reviews, I'm gutted I have to let more people know how charming, relaxing and truly wonderful this place is, and what great hosts Les and Louise are. Please don't come!!!

Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

A lovely holiday and chance to relax and have fun for both the grown ups and the children. The accommodation is beautiful and the garden was a mass of flowers. The thoughtful extras - fresh flowers, a coverall for my toddler and some toys/books for the children were all much appreciated. We had far more of Les and Louise's home cooked food than we'd planned because it was fantastic. My children (1 and 4) got to make their own pizzas - a real hit. They loved the very friendly chickens and the trampoline. There was plenty to do locally. We really enjoyed Washbrooke Farm - perfect for any young child, lots of baby animals when we visited, good cafe and indoor play area if wet. Steyning is a lovely small town and we enjoyed building sandcastles at Littlehampton. My husband and I had a great massage and facial back at the cottages. None of us wanted to come home!!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Property: The Artisan Bakehouse
Address: 1-3 Horsebridge Cottage Horsebridge Common | Horsebridge Common, Ashurst, Ashurst BN44 3AL, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > West Sussex > Ashurst
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Ashurst
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful 16th Century Sussex Farmhouse set in 5 acres of pretty gardens and woodland. Offering two newly renovated self-catering holiday cottages with the option to enjoy delicious home cooked AGA meals from our Farmhouse kitchen. Kingsize beds, luxury bathrooms, cosy log fires & deep armchairs in the winter, a heated outdoor pool to swim in, or relax by with a book in the summer. Relaxation treatments available from visiting Covent Garden Neals yard therapist. Acres of gardens and woodlands, chickens & ducks to feed and lots of other wildlife to spot. Parents will appreciate the tasteful luxurious cottage interiors and thoughtful added extras from fresh baked breakfasts, gourmet meal deliveries, babysitting and plentiful baby gear; whilst mini guests make the most of exploring. Set in a secluded rural ideal on the edge of the beautiful South Downs National Park yet just 5 minutes from the pretty vibrant village of Steyning and beaches within 10 minutes too! ... more   less 

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