The Nest

South East England West Sussex Haywards Heath

  • From £109 a night
  • Sleeps 2–4
  • Cosy Rural Retreat

A charming and romantic Sussex cottage on the edge of the Ashdown Forest

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Nestled in Danehill, on the borders of East and West Sussex, The Nest is a lofty, light-filled woodland hideaway, yet only a three-minute stroll to the award-winning Coach and Horses freehouse pub and restaurant. Set in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and on the edge of the Ashdown Forest, famously home to Winne-the-Pooh and his friends, this wonderful cottage is highly rated by guests, with over 80 five-star reviews across various platforms. A stay here includes everything you might need for a couple’s romantic retreat, a small family getaway, or a few days of creative working. Not only that, The Nest is super luxurious and top quality, too.

The treehouse-style first-floor entrance opens into a spacious, beautifully designed studio with a living room and dining/work area. You'll find ample sleeping space for four guests, with a sumptuous four-poster bed and a comfy double sofa bed with Egyptian cotton bed linen. There's a marble-tiled bathroom with a double-ended bath and rainwater shower with waterfall taps, and guests are treated to fluffy towels and bath robes. Downstairs, there's a fully-equipped kitchen that includes a cooker, fridge, Nespresso coffee machine, washer/dryer, plus a stock of tea, coffee, milk, biscuits, and other basics. Enjoy the views of the woods while sitting at the breakfast bar.

The cottage has everything you need, host Serena has made sure of that, kitting out this purpose-built guest accommodation to a high standard. Fast full fibre Wi-Fi and a Smart flat-screen TV make sure you can stay connected. The Nest sits within the grounds of Serena’s house, yet it’s totally private – you even have a little garden space to yourselves with seating in the dappled shade of an old pear tree.

When you’re comfortably cocooned in this timber-clad cottage, looking out on the leafy canopy of the surrounding woodland, it’s easy to see why it was christened The Nest. Throw open the French windows and the sound of birdsong from neighbouring trees is interrupted only by the occasional peal of bells from Danehill church or, once in a while, by the whistle of steam trains on the Bluebell Railway as they chug past nearby.

This is life in Sussex at its tranquil best; ideal for a long weekend or even a week away exploring the many attractions nearby including Wakehurst Botanical Gardens, the Bluebell Railway and Sheffield Park National Trust Gardens or head to The South Downs National Park or the South Coast and Brighton Marina – all within a 45 mins drive. Alternatively, you can walk to Ashdown Forest or the bluebell woods over the babbling brook bridge, before eating dinner at the cosy local pub – without needing to get in the car.

You may not have heard of the charming village of Danehill, but it’s very conveniently located for public transport and easily reached from London, whose southern outskirts are only 30 miles away. The Ashdown Forest is an ancient place of heath and woodland and is also the largest area of open-access land in the southeast and well worth a visit – much like The Nest itself.

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Rates start at £180 per night. Minimum 2-nights stay. 

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Getting There

From the A22 between London (M25) and Eastbourne, head towards Danehill on the A275. After about a mile, turn left onto Beaconsfield Road towards Chelwood Gate. After about another half a mile, turn right on to Stone Quarry Lane. After another mile you reach the Coach and Horses pub from where the house is a short distance. Detailed instructions are provided on booking.


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  • Parking
  • Wifi
  • Family-Friendly
  • Short walk to pub
  • Walking
  • Five-Star Luxury
  • Forests
  • Remote location
  • Romantic Retreat
  • Cabin/Lodge
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Rated ★★★★★ over 50 reviews


Didn’t want the weekend to end

Perfect place for our weekend away and didn’t want it to end. So much thought and attention has clearly been given to each detail. Serena is great, the location is ideal and there is plenty of privacy. Definitely get a meal in at the nearby pub.
Mar 4, 2024 by Ian

Highly recommend

We had a lovely 2-night stay at Serena’s place. It was clean, tidy, comfortable and had a lot of qualities to make it feel like home from home. Would highly recommend.
Sep 18, 2023 by Marni

Highly recommend!

Beautiful location, luxurious property, welcoming host. Highly recommend!
Sep 7, 2023 by Aaron

Gem of a place

A really lovely little gem of a place. So peaceful and what a great view! The place was spotless with lots of storage space for luggage. Very nicely decorated. Easy to clean. Really cosy. Brillant location. V close to a lovely little pub/ restaurant and walks.
Aug 29, 2023 by Ginny

Great place

Great place with a friendly host. Really took care and even booked a driver for us in the evening.
Aug 11, 2023 by Claire

Superbly kitted-out

Lovely, cosy and clean. A warm welcome by Serena to a superbly kitted-out and equipped annex.
Jul 22, 2023 by Rony

Couldn’t fault The Nest

We stayed at The Nest Danehill in Sussex for a long weekend to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and it was the perfect spot to destress. The friendly and helpful owner greeted us to do a handover and we were delighted when we saw the beautiful woodland setting and the high standard of interior design and furnishings. There is a gorgeous four-poster bed, luxurious bathroom, a lovely bright and comfortable open plan sitting room with a dining/work area with great views to the nearby woods and a very well-equipped kitchen downstairs. The WiFi was excellent. The smallest details had been thought of to ensure we had a home-from-home experience with everything that we needed for our stay and it felt very private. We had a delicious supper at the Coach & Horses country pub with real ales and only a very short stroll up the lane! We found some wonderful walks on public footpaths across the footbridge into the woods straight from The Nest and walked to the glorious Ashdown Forest and did some cycling around the area. Brighton was only 45 mins by car, and we had an afternoon on the beach and dinner at Brighton Marina which was great fun. We also enjoyed a visit to the famous Bluebell Steam Railway in nearby Sheffield Park. We went to a concert and had dinner at Trading Boundaries 10 minutes away which was fabulous. There was basically so much to do in the area that we needed more time but were equally happy just to enjoy the peaceful space of the property and its small private garden. We couldn’t fault The Nest in any way and didn’t want to leave so would highly recommend and hope to return soon!
Jul 3, 2023 by Claire Goossens


Spent a lovely couple of nights here at the end of March. Serena was the perfect host ensuring we had everything we needed, including a well-stocked kitchen. The apartment was great and exactly as described. Lovely to have a local pub just a couple of minutes up the road. Would most definitely recommend.
Jun 13, 2023 by Tracy

Absolute delight

I stayed at The Nest on the night before my wedding with one of my bridesmaids & it was an absolute dream! Serena was so incredibly kind, she made sure that even the little things were ready for us like the sofa bed, milk in the fridge & all of the wi-fi passwords/codes etc. were ready for us to set up & connect to. I got ready there on the morning of my wedding & had lots of people in & out & Serena basically made sure that I had absolutely nothing to do other than relax. The space was clear so that all of my lovely team could set up immediately with no issues. Although the cottage isn’t the largest, it feels incredibly spacious & open & airy. I was worried about people tripping over each other or feeling a little claustrophobic but we had no issue at all. It was an absolute delight to stay there & me & my husband will definitely be back.
Jun 9, 2023 by Rebecca Rae Curd

Beautiful place

We spent a quiet night at Serena's cottage on our way cycling to Brighton. it's perfectly located just off the "official" cycle route that runs through Turners Hill and Haywards Heath. The Coach and Horses is a beautiful pub. Everything was as clean as described.
May 15, 2023 by William

Serena is a great host and really helpful

Really comfortable stay for the second time. Good facilities - very comfortable beds, great bathroom and really well-stocked kitchen. Perfect for a home from home experience in a good location. Nearby pub, the Coach & Horses, is also good.
May 14, 2023 by Justin

Amazingly Clean

An amazingly clean, high-standard finished, and a well-decorated cottage surrounded by green, peace & quiet. The host (Serena) is extremely friendly and welcoming, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and we hope to go back again soon.
May 14, 2023 by Christiano


Lovely interior, had a wonderful peaceful stay. Recommend the cosy pub 5 mins walk away, which also did great food!
May 14, 2023 by Chris

Fantastic little hideaway in a peaceful location

The apartment is decorated to a high standard - such a comfortable bed! The extra touches were also very much appreciated. Serena is a great host, gave very clear directions and instructions for arrival, and recommendations for dinner - the local pub (at the end of the lane) is worth a visit. Will definitely be returning.
May 13, 2023 by Michele


The apartment is beautifully done, with every space being thoughtfully used to make it a really comfortable place to stay. We loved every little detail that the host had obviously put a lot of care and thought into!
May 5, 2023 by Emma

Very Private And Peaceful

We stayed for a night before our friend’s wedding at Ravenswood just up the road. It was super clean, comfortable and perfectly located. It felt very private and peaceful. We would recommend to anyone looking for a place to stay in the Danehill.
Apr 30, 2023 by Phoebe

Lovely, relaxing stay

Had a lovely, relaxing stay. The place was quiet, tidy and had everything we needed, as well as some thoughtful, extra touches. Serena was very welcoming and accommodating.
Apr 29, 2023 by Lauren

Lovely few days!

Beautiful, nicely decorated little house with plenty of storage. We had a lovely few days staying at Serena’s, and loved seeing the trees all around and hearing the birds. Really wonderful space, thank you!
Apr 29, 2023 by Tom

Such a lovely place to stay!

Serena was so helpful and clearly has worked extremely hard to create an amazing space to stay. The house has everything and more. I loved the style and it was so comfy. The kitchen was a lovely space to have my brekkie while hubby had a lie in. So nice to also have a dining area and sofa. We had a lovely time!!!
Apr 28, 2023 by Ria

Would 100% Stay Again

Great place to stay, cosy living room, the kitchen had everything we needed, and the wifi was perfect. Overall amazing time and a lovely evening away. The host was fabulous and would 100% stay again!
Apr 21, 2023 by Bella

Everything You Need, Homely And Relaxing

Beautiful and homely, with great attention to detail. Everything you need very relaxing. The pub up the lane was also very welcoming and worth a visit. I will be coming back.
Apr 19, 2023 by Pete

Well Equipped And Tranquil

A wonderful well equipped and tranquil place to stay in a lovely location. Very friendly, thoughtful, and helpful host. Local walks (helpful maps on the property) and a great pub with good food only minutes away on foot. Nice to have some food basics provided too. Lots of interesting places, houses, and gardens to visit nearby. Lovely home away from home. I hope to return!
Apr 17, 2023 by Elizabeth

Absolutely Perfect

The property was absolutely perfect, it had everything we needed and more. I’d highly recommend booking here, we wish we could have stayed longer.
Apr 17, 2023 by Dan

Perfect for us

Very cosy and good facilities - bathroom is very good and kitchen is very well stocked. Serena and Michael are very friendly and helpful.
Apr 16, 2023 by Justin


Delightful little spot of luxury in the middle of beautiful English countryside. Serena met us to show us around and had so carefully and thoughtfully laid things out for our 2yr old daughter. Pre-arrival communication was clear and efficient. The bathroom and kitchen facilities were excellent and there were additional thoughtful touches that were the icing on the cake, like milk, coffee and cereals.
Apr 13, 2023 by Rubinstein

Perfect In Every Way

I loved everything about staying here. The interior design was spectacular and the comfort was divine. There was absolutely everything we needed from cooking utensils to iron and of the highest quality. Probably one of the best places I have stayed. The children loved the little Winnie the pooh inspired garden. Perfect in every way.
Apr 12, 2023 by Rebbeca

Highly recommend

We stayed at The Nest for three nights and immediately felt at home. The place is exceptionally clean and beautifully decorated, with nice furnishings and excellent storage making it a real home from home. The kitchen was well equipped with everything you would need to cook with in terms of utensils and pans, the basics of oil, salt and pepper which you would expect, along with bread, coffee, tea, milk and butter which was a nice touch. The bathroom was well stocked with products, and a lovely big bath to soak in after a day of walking was welcomed. Serena was an excellent host, from efficient communication before and during our stay to providing recommendations for local places to eat and drink and things to do. We had an Indian take away from Hathi, a short drive away which was excellent and a meal out at the local pub, the Coach and Horses where the food was beautifully cooked. Serena recommended some excellent walks in the surrounding countryside, with clear-to-follow circular routes shared starting from The Nest. Along with some ideas for things to do resulting in us attending a charity event with live music and street food at the local Bluebell Vineyard which was good fun. We loved our stay at The Nest and are already talking about going back in the autumn for more walks and to visit Sheffield Park. Highly recommend booking this wonderful home from home. We booked via the host's own website and found this to be very efficient.
Apr 12, 2023 by Lauren Blackhall

Amazing Host

Serena was an amazing host! So helpful and kind in making sure we got there easily, and also very accommodating of what we needed to make our toddler feel at home! The room and surroundings were gorgeous – I wish we could have stayed there for longer!
Apr 8, 2023 by Laurence

Highly recommended!

Serena is a wonderful host. Her amazing instructions helped us a lot. The place is nice and tidy, very peaceful. You can feel how you are surrounded by nature. The forest is in 5 minutes walk, we saw a deer 🦌 The next night was thunderstorm which made us feel so cozy in this little house. Also Serena left some bread, milk, butter that were very kind of her. There is safe private car parking on the side where I put my motorcycle. Everything is tidy and beautiful. We are very grateful for this opportunity to rest in such a lovely place. We enjoyed our visit. Thank you!
Apr 2, 2023 by Olena

What A Hidden Gem

Serena was so welcoming, and she had thought of everything in the space. It has the luxury of a spa hotel but the tranquility and nature connection we much needed. Everything was immaculately clean. It was an incredible treat and a truly beautiful find. The best place we’ve stayed for an overnight getaway, and we will most certainly be back.
Apr 1, 2023 by Susan

Home Away From Home

This property felt like a home away from home. With thoughtful touches throughout the property, it made our stay super comfortable and relaxing. The owners were so welcoming and helpful, I would highly recommend this property as we would definitely stay here again. Thank you!
Mar 28, 2023 by Christina

Fully recommend!

The property was really beautiful and lovely to stay in. Such a peaceful location and done to such a high standard. We were only there for 1 night, but would happily have stayed longer if we had been able to. Fully recommend!
Mar 27, 2023 by Sarah-Jane

Utmost Privacy And Impeccably Clean

Impeccably clean, absolutely everything you need and a luxurious space! We came here for an escape from our busy lives and it 100% delivered. Serena was so welcoming and thoughtful in considering every aspect of the accommodation and provided us with the utmost privacy. We had a special request which was generously accommodated. So thank you Serena for a lovely stay!
Mar 24, 2023 by Catherine

Delightful Hideaway

Serena’s cottage is a delightful hideaway. Everything has been thought of and the facilities are fantastic. It’s great to be able to walk straight from the cottage for woodland walks and to a proper unspoilt pub. Really good food and ales in a warm friendly local. Thanks again!
Mar 24, 2023 by Sara

Great Host!

I came with my daughters and Serena is a great host! The place was super nice and immaculate, my girls loved the toys, books and games. Serena thought of every detail for example there were biscuits and tea. Both beds were super comfortable. Beautiful surroundings. Thanks again!
Mar 21, 2023 by Petra

Perfect countryside getaway

Wonderful stay in a lovely, private space. The converted building is of a very high standard: clean, well decorated and the four-poster bed was very welcome! A perfect countryside getaway. Serena was an excellent host with good communication. Lots of things to do in the surrounding area too. Highly recommend.
Mar 20, 2023 by Elizabeth

Just Incredible!

Wow! What can I say! We had the most tranquil time away and have come away truly revived. This place is just incredible! A friendly welcome from Serena and her husband on arrival. The lodge itself is just beautiful and in the most stunning location nestled in the countryside with views from every angle. Serena even left milk, bread, jam etc for our stay which was a lovely homely touch. The local pub is a 2 minute walk away and we had the most incredible dinner here, highly recommended! We didn’t want to leave and we are already planning our next trip back!
Mar 19, 2023 by Freyja

Even Better Than Advertised!

Thank you Serena and Michael for being such lovely hosts and making us feel welcome. The accommodation was even better than advertised and we love the location so near to Ashdown forest and many local areas of interest. We look forward to coming back again. Our second time staying at Serena’s lovely Airbnb was a perfect escape for us. We enjoyed our forest walks and dinner at local pubs, combined with your place to relax. I am sure we will be back again.
Mar 18, 2023 by Greg and Wendy

Such An Awesome Find

Such an awesome find. I would go just to chill here and degustate (ok, ok, eat well) at the Coach and Horses nearby. Perfect base too, for Wakehurst Botanical Gardens and Charles Darwin’s House. I confess I didn’t feel the need to look because there is no fault to find.
Mar 15, 2023 by Alan

Didn't want to leave!

What a beautiful space, thoughtful touches, luxury accommodation and warm welcome. We had great weather and wonderful walks. Dinner at the Coach and Horses was the icing on the cake. Didn't want to leave!
Feb 14, 2023 by Lisa

Wonderful time

My family and I had a wonderful time during our stay with Serena. After a busy day out the home was a little sanctuary - everything felt new and clean and the little touches and games cupboard were greatly appreciated!
Jan 31, 2023 by Jennifer

Exactly what we were looking for

We had a great stay for four nights at the Nest. The Nest itself was incredibly comfortable, especially the bed, and the place was immaculately decorated throughout. The kitchen had everything we needed and had also been stocked with some goods before arrival, which we were very grateful for. The location is amazing, we have never been anywhere so peaceful and quiet. Our host was really helpful on arrival and then provided us with great privacy. The Nest is exactly what we were looking for to have a break from city life and we would definitely stay there again!
Jan 30, 2023 by Roisin

High quality

Serena's place was convenient for our trip to Brighton for a graduation ceremony. The bed was super comfortable as was the sofa. It was very clean and felt very new and high quality.
Jan 30, 2023 by Peter

Cannot recommend enough

Stunningly beautiful gem - Lovely host, gorgeous, accommodation with everything one could need, peaceful, stunning location, most comfortable bed and in fact the entire property is furnished to an extremely high standard. I can not recommend this enough.
Jan 28, 2023 by Sarah

Could not recommend more!

What a wonderful stay we had here at The Nest. We could not recommend this little retreat more! Serena was the perfect host and so accommodating. Everywhere was beautifully presented and if you have children, our daughter spent hours playing in the eaves cupboards which housed her favorite Winnie the Pooh teddies and some lovely books. The setting is so picturesque and perfect for a little countryside getaway. Thank you Serena for a truly magical time!
Jan 22, 2023 by Dylan

Perfect in so many ways - views, host, location and environment

Exactly what it says - this property is such a find! Surrounded by woodlands, peaceful, tranquil and just so relaxing and just the prefect environment - just what we needed!! Abundance of beauty products, kitchen, even milk and brioche. Host Serena was lovely and very friendly. Would definitely return if needed….and will recommend to friends and family!
Jan 17, 2023 by Felicity

Amazing stay!

Amazing stay! Impeccably clean, absolutely everything you need and a luxurious space! We came here for an escape from our busy lives and it 100% delivered. Serena was so welcoming and thoughtful in considering every aspect of the accommodation and provided us with the utmost privacy. We had a special request which was generously accommodated. So thank you Serena for a lovely stay!
Jan 14, 2023 by Catherine

Beautiful house

Thank you so much for being so accommodating. The house is beautiful and you’ve done such a great job putting it all together.
Jan 11, 2023 by Charlie & Dan

Grounding and peaceful

Our stay at Serena's property was short but grounding and peaceful. The location is a dream come true for us as we enjoyed the nature, clean air and the calmness of the village. Coach and Horses restaurant is a must-visit - good food and beautiful garden + playground for kids. Thank you for everything and hope will come back. Best wishes.
Jan 2, 2023 by Leonte family

Would definitely stay again!

Serena and Michael were both very friendly, and The Nest was very comfortable. The milk and other essentials provided for our arrival were a lovely touch, the bathroom was spotlessly clean, the bed was incredibly comfortable, and there was plenty of space for us to stay for three nights with our 5-year-old sleeping on the sofa bed. The location was perfect for our planned excursions to the Bluebell Railway and Wakehurst. We would definitely stay here again when visiting this part of the country. Thank you for a lovely stay!
Dec 30, 2022 by Fairclough

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