We stayed in the main manor house for a long weekend - an extended family get-together for a 40th birthday. The setting is absolutely beautiful - views over the English countryside, lovely grounds including a walled garden with chickens, and a huge lawn to run around/play ball games. The house itself is an amazing Tudor building with wonderful wood panelling, a huge kitchen, etc. I never quite worked out how all the staircases and rooms linked together even after 3 days. There is a great sense of history being there (though alas the alleged ghost in armour did not appear). It's not luxurious in a new-hotel kind of way - things are a bit worn and old here and there - but fine for us. We visited in an unusually freezing spring (2C) and in that weather the swimming pool, though indoors, was chilly (usable for a short while if you braced yourself!). In warmer weather I'm sure it would be lovely. All in all: a perfect place for an unpretentious family house party. We are actively considering returning to one of the smaller properties for an ordinary family holiday one summer. Oh, and Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum is a good family day out only 10 mins' drive away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pekes Houses are a group of 5 self-catering houses and cottages set round Pekes Manor, a charming 550 year old Tudor House, all in a very large garden with its own park & with superb views across the East Sussex countryside in SE England, within 10 miles of the sea. Pekes Oast House is a charming 2-storey double tower oast, originally built over 150 years ago for drying hops, and converted in 1910 into a comfortable house that sleeps up to 12 people, with a large kitchen, dining room and sitting room, with a large garden and views west across to the South Downs. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Pekes Manor Oast House Hotel Hailsham
- Pekes Manor Oast House Hailsham, East Sussex