We rented the entirety of Pekes for four nights over the first long weekend in May for us (the bride and groom) and 60 of our bridal party and friends.
We had an absolutely fantastic time, probably at least partially due to the great early Spring weather - Pekes must be at its best looks-wise at that time of year, and the nights were balmy enough to have doors open and people all over the grounds. For us, the aim was somewhere that a lot of people (i.e. a lot of students and people who had already paid for expensive plane tickets) could stay all together (communal living!) for a reasonable price. Pekes was really ideal for this, and we found that the "shabbiness" was actually pretty atmospheric and fun, and probably all miss "staying at Gran's". Yes, some of the mattresses are very old, and some fixtures are a bit tatty, but for a weekend during which everyone (mostly people from 24-40, with at least 8 kids between 4 months-5 years) had such a great time, it wasn't that important in the end!
The owner, Eva, was very helpful in sorting a few niggling but important things out for us over the weekend, and is sometimes on-hand (literally next to the back lawn - though I think she doesn't always stay there) to help or inform if needed. She also has some lovely cats.
The pool was absolutely great and was used all the time, as was the tennis court. We didn't find that there was any temp. issue with the pool, but the solar panels had been getting a lot of sun, so who knows... We also had a few late-night jacuzzi and sauna sessions which were lovely - if it's a bit chillier than expected, it's literally because you have to let it warm in advance for about an hour.
To address one of the previous reviews, it was made very clear to us in our contract from the start that linen, loo roll, soap/shampoo, etc. would not be provided by Pekes. This is very much a self-catered residence, and not a hotel, for good and bad. Ideal for us, and everyone umcomplainingly brought what they needed (ironically, except for the bride and groom!).
All in all, great value from our experience as a large party, with a real communal atmosphere and unique buildings, in the beautiful Sussex countryside.
- Also Known As:
- Pekes Manor Oast House Hotel Hailsham
- Pekes Manor Oast House Hailsham, East Sussex