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    Waterside House

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    Property ref: S59647

    • Bedrooms 8

    • Sleeps 18

    • Baths 7

    • Pets Yes

    • Wifi Yes

    • Hot tub Yes

    • Reviews (21)

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    About this property

    Waterside House is a truly outstanding English country home. Sitting on the banks of the serene Bewl water, the property is found in an expansive area of outstanding natural beauty and is handily located just an hour away from London.
    A meandering drive through thick woodland opens out to reveal this grand Art and Crafts mansion, which features ornate antique chimneys and is surrounded by beautiful lawns. Pushing open the thick oak front door, guests are greeted by an impressive reception hall complete with an elegant staircase and galleried landing.
    A particular highlight is the large kitchen and breakfast area with its part-glass ceiling. The adjoining dining room and top quality amenities mean that entertaining here is a joy - not to mention the fantastic opportunities for formal dining if you're here to celebrate a special occasion.
    Step outside through the double doors and you’ll find a stone patio facing South across the 800 acre lake, with a lawn stretching right down to the water’s edge. It's a quintessentially English and truly memorable feature!
    The décor is impeccable throughout, cosy yet stylish, and guests will feel instantly at home thanks to the perfect balance of rustic charm and bespoke furnishings.
    As Waterside House is conveniently close to the A21, London (and everything it offers!) couldn’t be more accessible, but whether you're enjoying a spot of boating out on the lake or sitting on the patio with a glass of wine at sunset, you’ll feel a million miles from the hustle and bustle of the capital.
    ***For 2017 Waterside House will have 8 bedrooms, sleeping up to 18 guests.

    - Royal Tunbridge Wells: 7 miles
    - Rye: 12 miles
    - Wadhurst: 1.5 miles
    - Lamberhurst: 1.5 miles
    - London: 28 miles
    - Central London: 45 miles
    - The 13 miles around Bewl Water is an idyllic circuit for a walk, run or cycle.
    - Trout fishing from the bank or a from a boat are both popular pastimes in the area.
    - Sailing
    - Canoeing
    - Kayaking
    - Bicycle hire
    - Adventure playground in Lamberhurst
    - Horse Riding facilities are just 3 miles
    - Quad biking is 2 miles from the house
    - Golf courses just 3 miles away
    - Clay Pigeon shooting within 8 miles
    - Paintballing

    Accommodation

    Waterside Mansion's owner is an interior decorator, and has taken her exacting eye and flair for style to every aspect of the property! From the approach via a private drive that opens out onto an impressive vista of Bewl water to the stately home-from-home feel in the luxuriously cosy living rooms, Waterside House is somewhere that offers the tranquility of a lakeside getaway with all the imposing grandeur of a country house.
    Outside, the long drive leads up to plenty of parking and the south-facing gardens and terraces that look out over the water's edge. Enter the large oak doors (a feature of the house) to the large, York stone entrance hall, where it's almost impossible not to be impressed by wide, elegant staircase and the galleried landing. French doors lead out to the covered seating that overlooks the lake, providing some truly magnificent views.
    The equally large triple aspect drawing room comes with an impressive inglenook wood burner (perfect for curling up on those long winter evenings!) and old arch windows that provide 180° views of the lake. The ominously-named (but eminently comfortable) Gun Room boasts an open fireplace for further cosy nights, a large TV set in one corner, a hanging chandelier to add that extra touch of class and even more beautiful views across the lake.
    If you're in the mood for a bite to eat, Waterside Mansion has all you need to whip up everything from a sandwich to seven course meal. The kitchen comes with a beautiful wooden oak floor, a double drinks fridge and American style fridge-freezer with ice maker and water cooler. There's an electric four-door aga, sink and dishwasher, along with an central island for food preparation and a hatch through to the dining room.
    The dining room is impressive in and of itself, with down lighting and a large walnut table for more formal dining occasions, a wall TV for the less formal ones and even more relaxing views across the placid lake. There's also a Travertine tiled breakfast room with a glass atrium ceiling for on-the-go eating, which leads out onto the covered terrace through a set of French doors. 
    The lower floor is also where you'll find two WCs with basins, a study and inner hall area complete with shelving if you feel the need to get some work done (or just fancy a bit of me-time with a good book) and a laundry room that comes complete with welly rack, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Waterside House boasts seven sumptuous bedrooms, all of which are en-suite. The first bedroom is found above the kitchen and offers the best views in the house thanks to the French window and Juliette balcony, while the upholstered king size bed and luxurious seating area ensure there's plenty of comfort. There's a large power shower in the Travertine tiled bathroom too.
    The second bedroom offers a zip and link six foot bed that can be detached to use as two singles, and also comes with a tiled en-suite and power shower, while the master suite has its very own deep and comfortable four-poster kingsize bed and even more spectacular views, along with an ante-room with seating, a dressing room and oak cupboards. The en-suite provides a large power shower, a double basin and a large bath surrounded by elegant black marble work surfaces.
    The fourth bedroom is another large king room with fabulous views, and ante-room with seating and an en-suite with a bath and shower, tiled in Travertine.
    Bedroom 5 has Louis XIV bed with views across the wood, garden and lake adjoining the house. The en-suite has a wonderful lake view and a large power shower that's just bound to wake you up in the mornings!
    The sixth and seventh bedrooms can be found on the second floor. Both have king beds with magnificent views that are somewhat reminiscent of being on board a ship - seasickness is not an issue, though! These rooms have a separate area which is perfect for a single bed (great if you've got a teen with you). Both bathrooms come with en-suite power showers with black tiles and mahogany units.
    Accessed via the dining room is a games room, housing table tennis and medium size snooker table.  There is also a table football game and library in a comfortable 'landing' area between the kitchen and the entrance hall. There is also croquet, rounders, boules and outside domino sets for guests to enjoy - they're definitely not just for the kids.
    Sheltered from any breezes (but thankfully not the sun!) outside you'll find the 8-seater Jacuzzi. Kick back, relax and get massaged by the jets while you look out over the placid lake and truly unwind.
    The property is accessed via a long drive with 2 electric gates. There is plenty of parking close to both doors for ease of unloading luggage and supplies.
    The outside covered terrace is the perfect place to sit and be mesmerised by the natural wonder all around you. At Waterside House, you'll be able to enjoy beauty at any time of the day with glorious sun rises, romantic sunsets and the light of the moon dancing on the water.
    *** For 2017 Waterside House will have 8 bedrooms sleeping up to 18 guests. 

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    • Scotney Castle
      1.5 miles
    • Bedgebury National Pinetum
      3 miles
    • The Mark Cross Inn
      5.5 miles
    • Dunorlan Park
      6 miles
    • The Black Pig
      6.5 miles
    • Juliet's
      6.5 miles
    • The Giggling Squid
      6.5 miles
    • Black Dog Café
      6.5 miles
    • The Middle House
      6.5 miles
    • Spa Valley Railway
      6.5 miles

    Reviews (21)

    Janet ‐ 24 Aug 2018
    "A beautiful location for a family celebration. Nearby Wadhurst has good shops and regular London trains. A peaceful waterside location, the silence broken by birdsong, passing geese and family games, cricket, croquet or laughter in the hot tub."
    Jason P ‐ 6 Sep 2017
    "Awesome property with everything you need for a celebration gathering. Quiet and secluded right on the lake it is perfect. Owner Helen is brilliant, great communication before and after and gives you just the right amount of info Then leaves you to it. Would 100% recommend this place!"
    Emily R
    "We went to Waterside House for a reunion weekend which is something we do every year but this was definitely our favourite of the places we have stayed in. It has an unbeatable location on Bewl water, is secluded but not cut off, there are wonderful walks around the lake and even a pub you can walk to. The house itself has everything you could wish for, the bedrooms are large and beautifully decorated and there is plenty of space throughout to relax, get together and have fun (the hot tub was very popular, even in October). The owner was very welcoming and helpful and gave us lots of useful information about walks, local facilities and also provided us with details for a caterer. We will definitely come back and look forward to our next visit."
    Sue USA
    "We rented Waterside House for 7 days for family celebration in July. It is set amongst beautiful countryside with stunning lake views from almost every room . The house is spacious, yet it still has a cosy feel which just adds to its charm. Helen the owner was not only extremely welcoming but went out of her way to make sure we had a good time - such a lovely lady! Our vacation was a huge success and we all had the best time. We really hope to visit Waterside House again to create some more priceless memories with our family. Thank you ! Susan USA"
    Nicholas
    "I decided to hire Waterside House for my wife's birthday and for 14 guests. I was met by the property owner who is very friendly. The location is perfect - tucked away, but not too much so. The local gastro pubs provide good quality food, we also arranged to have local caters brought in and they were very good too. There is plenty of room for guests to stay and kitchen, reception rooms and accommodation are to a high standard. Wonderful weekend, couldn't have gone any better, thank you Helen."
    Mariya L
    "Absolutely perfect accommodation and location for the team -off-site, Great 7 bedrooms ensuite, extremely cosy two large living rooms with real fireplaces, large kitchen where we all could cook together ( was a part of our team building exercise). Beautiful surroundings, extremely pleasant walks by water, 5 mins away is a great bistro and tea house."
    Suman K
    "One of the best properties we have ever lived in. Very good service and fantastic lake views. Unfortunately, the weather on day2, 3 was crazy with storm katie but there was enough indoor activities to enjoy. Overall very good experience."
    Nick
    "We couldn't have been more impressed with this beautiful house. The views of the lake surrounding the property set it apart and the house itself is a wonderful mixture of period charm with modern facilities. We were delighted to find the house exceeded our expectations from the pictures we had seen and the owner of the property is extremely helpful and easy to contact. We rented the property for a family get-together and we found the big open spaces both inside and out were perfect for a big group with plenty of bedrooms to accommodate us all. Our only regret was we didn't have longer to stay..... maybe next time! Nick, March 2016"
    Sophie B
    "Hi Helen - thanks for the best weekend ever!! We will definitely be recommending your beautiful house to all friends and family. We hope to come again soon. Sophie B,"
    Charlotte H
    "Waterside House is absolutely stunning and was the perfect place to see in the New Year. The house absorbs people; there is so much space and so many rooms that we never felt crammed in. It was wonderful having two wood burning fires on the go when it was blustery outside and the games room was a fantastic plus. The bedrooms all have ensuites and every room has been decorated to a high spec. In addition it was brilliant having the open space and walks around the lake right on the doorstep. We had such a fantastic time here and didn't want our stay to come to an end! Helen was incredibly helpful both before and after our stay, I highly recommend Waterside House!"
    Anne C
    "Wonderful house, well appointed, comfortable and spacious with good facilities . We slept 18 comfortably, 10 children under 11 ( one baby ) and 8 adults . There was plenty to do with the children and they loved the games room. The house was beautifully decorated for Christmas and we had a great time together."
    Myles
    "Helen made the whole process from start to finish an absolute breeze. The property is spectacular with mind blowing views across the lake. It has so much room for activities and you will never want to leave. I would recommend this stunning property to everyone. It will be greatly missed. Thank you for the memories."
    Matthew
    "Thank you for a fantastic weekend; the house was immaculate and thoroughly enjoyed by all. I shall of course be recommending the house to all and sundry, and booking it again myself in the future!"
    Ibrahim (Luxury Travel Guide)
    "I absolutely loved the stay there, Helen was lovely and a great host. I was knocked back a little by the sheer size of the place, the location right by the lake is fantastic and the outdoor hot tub is a nice touch."
    Desiree
    "Our weekend at Waterside House was one of the best weekends I've had in recent memory. The house was full of character and absolutely stunning, with unrivalled views of the lake, and we had plenty of room outside to play games and bask in the sun. Helen was a wonderful host, and shared with us the best walks and places to see around the lake - we ended up having a lovely walk around the lake to watch rugby in a nearby pub. Our friends loved the experience, and it made my birthday very special."
    Kate M
    "Dear Oliver’s Travels, Thanks so much for sorting the house for us - was faaaaabulous!! Kate x"
    Robinson family
    "We stayed at waterside house in September 2015 for 7 nights. We used this amazing property for a family reunion and everyone had a great time. From the minute we drove down the long driveway and saw this very private and huge house on the banks of the reservoir we knew the property was special. All the rooms are huge with ensuites, so everyone had the chance to relax and the many entertaining areas also meant plenty of space for all the family members and kids. The table tennis and croquet sets were a hit with the kids and adults alike! The area is fantastic with lots of activities including quad bike riding, boating, go ape & fishing right out the front door. There are also lots of great pubs with great food in the area, our favourite was the Bull which is a very old pub less than 10 minutes away. We will definitely be back!"
    Steven O
    "Superb lakeside property with extensive grounds. Easily coped with 10 adults, 3 children and a baby and there were still parts of the house we didn't really use. The owner was also extremely helpful - you can tell it has been a happy home. There is also a lovely outside BBQ area which is perfect on a summers evening"
    Jamie
    "We had a great time staying in Waterside House. We were a group of 16 and the house provided well for everyone. The house is stunning. Full of character and luxury spaces. The garden is beautiful and its right by the water. We were able to have group meals in the Dining room, BBQ outside. Helen was also extremely helpful in recommending activities for us to do and researching into things for us. She even found us a chef who was able to leave food out on our arrival. All round we had a fantastic time. The house was perfect, I only regret we couldn't of stayed longer."
    Anonymous
    "We were guests in your wonderful lakeside property this weekend. What a treat! Thank you Helen. It really is a wonderful spot and we were blessed with the weather."
    Anonymous
    "All our family had a truly wonderful weekend at Waterside House to celebrate my wife's 50th birthday. The house is gorgeous and the weather was perfect. The view of the moon across the the water is stunning."

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