A perfect Sussex holiday retreat

The exterior of Saxon Cottage, Steyning, Sussex

Nestled in the heart of the historic market town of Steyning, this delightful thatched cottage offers an idyllic get away from the hustle and bustle. Steeped in history, Saxon Cottage was built circa 1550, during the reign of Mary Tudor and is a surviving portion of a once larger medieval timber framed building.

The cottage was donated to the National Trust in 1978 by Mrs Norah Fellowes who lived here during the war and was the widow of a Police Commissioner in India.  Before being adapted as a holiday cottage Saxon Cottage was used as the local museum and the bars on some of the windows date from this time.

The exterior of Saxon Cottage, Sussex
The exterior of Saxon Cottage, Steyning, Sussex

Steyning is a thriving Sussex village and visitors are ideally placed to explore the wonderful countryside of the South Downs including nearby Devil’s Dyke which is also under the care of the National Trust and gives wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.

View through the Devils Dyke valley towards Saddlescombe Farm
View through the Devils Dyke valley towards Saddlescombe Farm

This Grade II listed building has an unusual and intriguing cat-slide thatched roof and inside is full of character, with low ceilings and doorways to catch out the unwary! Outside there is a small enclosed garden that is a real sun-trap in summer, perfect for reading a book, enjoying a glass of wine or enjoying the afternoon sun. 

The garden room at Saxon Cottage, Sussex
The garden room at Saxon Cottage, Steyning, Sussex

Venturing a few steps into Steyning High Street, guests are spoilt for choice with local café’s, pubs and quaint shops. Nature lovers, walkers and keen cyclists can also take advantage of the nearby South Downs way and surrounding countryside, where sites such as Devil’s Dyke offer the perfect opportunity to explore the downs.

A view of Steyning town near Saxon Cottage Sussex
A view of Steyning town near Saxon Cottage, Steyning, Sussex

If you would like to find out more about this delightful cottage please visit our holiday cottages website