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The Artisan Bakehouse
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“Idyllic”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

Had a wonderful week here with our baby and toddler. Very warm welcome from Les and Louise, with cookies, fresh bread and eggs greeting us when we arrived.

The cottage is set in an idyllic location in the Sussex countryside. It is very peaceful yet plenty for us to do. Our toddler loved the rabbit and the chickens, plus the cool sandpit, and we all loved being able to swim pretty much every day. If you have a car you can get out and about. Steyning was lovely - we went to museum and library which our son loved, and sampled the tea rooms there. We also went to Bramber castle, Wiston - the tea rooms there have lots of animals on site and you can feed them, so great for kids, and also to the village of Storrington. Although we live in Sussex we rarely explore the region and we really enjoyed it.

As others have mentioned the ceiling is very low in the cottage which was difficult for my husband by end of the week as his neck had permanent crook in it! Cooking facilities limited in Milkhouse too, which we were fine with, but something to bear in mind. The Co-op in Steyning does a nice range of prepared dishes than can be cooked pretty much in one pan, so would recommend that if you don't fancy micro meals or pasta! I think because Les and Louise had the Tea Barn open for the summer they weren't doing home cooked meals in the evening, so a shame to miss out on them, but am sure we will be back!

All in all would have been an amazingly peaceful and relaxing break, if not for the fact we had 2 small children! Had a wonderful holiday though!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

I hate to add to the many glowing reviews of the Brewhouse, we'd like to keep it a secret, but Les and Louise deserve another 5 star rating!
The Brewhouse itself is perfect, comfortable, well equipped, easy to relax in especially in front of the wood burning stove. What makes this place stand apart from others we have been to though is the thought, attention to detail and hospitality of the owners. Les and Louise did everything possible to make sure we made the most of our short (4 day) stay with them, from providing us with ideas of places to go to taking the children out to collect eggs from the chickens. The food we had delivered to us in the cottage was amazing, from fresh baked scones, biscuits and bread on arrival and a delicious surprise cake on my birthday to the fantastic home cooked meals in the evening. Our children (4 and 7) also enjoyed the food, and when I asked their favourite part of the holiday my daughter said 'the people', referring to Les and Louise. My son said 'chasing the chickens!' We will be going back as soon as we can!

  • Stayed April 2014
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

We were welcomed with a pot of tea, warm cinnamon and apple scones and damson and plum jam; divine. The cottage was as beautiful as the pictures, spotless and tranquil. On arrival there were fresh eggs courtesy of the chickens, homemade bread and apple juice and milk in the fridge.
The AGA kept the cottage warm, but not too warm, as we made log fires in the evening and entertained ourselves with weekend newspaper, Sky TV and a DVD player.
We had a fabulous weekend with so many places to visit, including Lewes, and lovely grounds to walk in . Our bread making course was great fun and has inspired us to buy less and make more.
The Nicholsons are wonderful hosts and the evening meals delicious.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Copthorne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 March 2014 via mobile

I had been given a voucher as a gift for the full day Breadmaking workshop. What a fantastic day it was. Everything was supplied and the Bakehouse is set in the most beautiful surroundings. We were taught how to bake several different breads. All of which we took home to enjoy along with recipe sheets so we can make the breads again. The workshop was completely 'hands on' not one where you just watch someone else. Les clearly talked us through every bread we made, explaining different kneading techniques, proving and flours to name just a few things. At lunchtime we were then treated to a wonderful lunch from Louise.

I can not recommend the Breadmaking workshop enough. It is brilliant for beginners and also for those who have already tried their hand at Breadmaking. Both Les and Louise are lovely and very hospitable.

I cannot wait to try other bread workshops with them in the future.

Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Ripley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 January 2014 via mobile

We stayed in the Brewhouse in early January 2014, as my husband, daughter and myself were ill over Christmas, so we thought we deserved a break! We couldn't have chosen a better place! At just over an hour away from home, it felt like we were a million miles away. We love cooking, but thought we'd treat ourselves to home cooked food from Les and Louise each night, thereby giving us the chance to spend more time with our 2 year old daughter, and each other. It was a great decision, the food was excellent, delivered on time, and terrific value. There isn't a bath in the Brewhouse cottage, but a very large sink (choice of two) in the kitchen meant we could carry on with our daughter's routine. Everything else, eg stair gate, potty, step, was provided. Whilst choosing it for it's child friendliness, we would definately recommend it as a place for couples, too. Just lovely! We will be back.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Crowborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

We stayed in the Milkhouse for three nights with our 3 year old and 11 month year old and had a very relaxing stay. As others have mentioned, the cooking facilities are limited at the Milkhouse - there is a hotplate which is fine to heat up kids' meals but you wouldn't want to cook a full meal there. Fortunately this isn't a problem as Les and Louise deliver beautifully home cooked meals, with accompanying freshly baked bread. We particularly enjoyed the lamb tagine - highly recommended! We also had an Indian takeaway from Shati in Shoreham on our hosts' recommendation - one of the best Indian meals we've had in a long time.

There is loads to do in the local area to keep the children amused. Brighton is a short drive away and we would also recommend Drusillas zoo especially for younger children.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Reading, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

I booked this for a long weekend as a birthday surprise for my partner.

We stayed in the Milkhouse which was just perfect. Clean, tastefully decorated and the little touches of home made bread and fresh eggs and juice in the kitchenette were wonderful. We were also treated to home made scones and tea on arrival, which was a lovely treat.

Les and Louise have made this a welcoming, peaceful environment and their warm hospitality was wonderful, as were the breakfasts!

I'd highly recommend it if you're looking for a secluded hideaway, perfectly located to explore West Sussex, as we did.

They also have a visiting massage therapist, Kelly, who was amazing and added the final touch to our stay.

Thank you!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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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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