A spacious and historic Grade II listed home, dating back to the 16th Century and beyond. Hell Fyre 1594 has been sympathetically restored, and embraces its remarkable past with a blend of carefully curated authenticity and modern comforts. It is a delightfully different, traditional country cottage experience.
Through the cottage’s private illustrated porchway, to the right a large kitchen-dining room looks out over the gardens through charming leadlight windows. Its large fireplace houses an electric stove and displays stonework engravings by craftsmen from 1594, the inspiration behind this unique cottage’s name. Stepping up into the separate sitting room next door, there are three cosy sofas gathered around a huge inglenook fireplace that houses an electric real-effect fire. This room offers a cornucopia of personality where antique ornaments, curios, taxidermy and artwork abound. From the sitting room, steps lead down to the cellar containing a perfectly preserved, fascinating display of a bygone era.
Upstairs on the first floor, the bedroom has a grand vaulted ceiling and offers another flat screen TV plus a wealth of antique furniture including a king size half tester bed, a small table and chairs, large wardrobe and chest of drawers. Set off to the side is the en-suite bathroom with a shower over bath, recessed into the beam structure and flanked by the tactile lime plastered wall.
There are beautiful mature gardens to enjoy outside, with flower borders, lawns, seating, ponds, trees and even beehives down in the bottom orchard. At the foot of the estate a couple of hundred metres south, the Christ’s Hospital train line provides a lulling background soundtrack typical of the countryside in this area.
This rural retreat forms the southern wing and oldest part of the main house at Sharpenhyrst Farm. It is hidden in a small valley half a mile from the sleepy lane between Barns Green and Itchingfield, providing a little oasis of calm. For historians and architectural enthusiasts, Hell Fyre is a fine example of a timber-framed wattle and daub ‘Wealden hall house’, another of which (Bayleaf Farmstead) can be seen in its original preserved form at the Weald and Downland Living Museum in Singleton, near Chichester. See the ‘House info’ section for more information about this character cottage for couples near Horsham, Crawley and Christ’s Hospital, West Sussex.
- No pets
- Television (Freeview)
- Selection of books & games/puzzles
- En-suite bedroom
- Garden/outside space
- Washing machine (washer-dryer)
- Tumble dryer (washer-dryer)
- No children
- Private parking
- Short lets/long stays possible
- Linen & towels
Useful information and house rules
- Pets: not allowed.
- Please contact us if you are interested in a stay of over 21 nights (a short-term let).
- Top tip: Adding another night or two may only cost a little extra, or sometimes nothing at all! This is a great way to add some flexibility to your stay.
- Accessibility: one low step (5cm) over the front door threshold. Low step (5cm) over the porch threshold. One step (15cm) up to the sitting room. Steep steps down to cellar (see notes below). Standard staircase (with banister) to Bedroom One on the first floor, one step (15cm) down from the landing into the bedroom. En-suite bathroom has steps up with varying heights. Other internal floors are even and level, with no internal steps. This is intended as a guide only and accuracy is not guaranteed, please contact us if you need more info. Measurements are approx.
- Hell Fyre 1594 is an ancient, listed building and has unexpected steps, low door frames and some low beams. It is unsuitable for children, wheelchairs or those with limited mobility.
- Cellar: The cellar does not form part of the accommodation and is noted for historic interest only. Please note the steps are very steep, the floor is uneven and the ceiling is very low. Entry for brief viewing is at your own risk and neither we nor the owners accept any liability if you choose to do so.
- Kitchen facilities: double electric oven with grill, 4 plate electric induction hob, under counter fridge-freezer, washer-dryer, kettle, toaster, microwave, cafetière.
- Iron, ironing board, clothes airer, hairdryer provided.
- The owners live in the main house annexed to the cottage, who are available on the phone (or occasionally in person) should you need anything. Hell Fyre has its own private entrance and the cottage itself is exclusively yours for your stay.
- Free private parking on the drive at the top of the garden path (20 metres), with space for 1 car (second car with prior agreement).
- There is CCTV around the estate covering the outside areas for security purposes. There is no CCTV inside the property itself.
- Oil Central Heating.
Local areaHell Fyre 1594 is located near the tiny hamlet of Itchingfield, and is less than ten miles from both the South Downs National Park and the High Weald AONB. The village of Barns Green, where you will find a traditional local pub, a village store, and Post Office, is about a mile away from the cottage. Sumners Ponds, located in the heart of the village, is a popular destination for breakfasts, lunches, and evening meals. The location is perfect for exploring much of Sussex.
The bustling market town of Horsham, rich in history and architectural design, is four miles north and boasts a superb variety of supermarkets, shops, restaurants and bars. The Carfax in the heart of the town offers street markets and open-air cafes. Warnham Nature Reserve is a ten-minute drive, a 92-acre nature reserve dominated by the 17-acre Warnham Mill Pond. Boardwalks give access to wetlands and woodlands, home to a wide range of wildlife including heron, deer, and foxes.
The Downs Link is a safe walking and cycling route that connects the North Downs with the South Downs, and can be accessed from Christ’s Hospital just up the road. The idyllic Loxwood section of the Wey & Arun Canal is just a 10-mile drive, from where you can take boat trips. The canal towpath is one of the most attractive walking routes in the south of England, passing through lovely woodland and open landscapes of Surrey and West Sussex, including areas of outstanding natural beauty. The canal is recognised as a natural heritage asset and provides a haven for wildlife. The Wey-South Path can be also joined at Loxwood, and this 36-mile walking route links the North Downs Way south of Guildford to the South Downs Way above Amberley.
Exploring the area further you can visit Petworth and the famous Petworth House & Park, home to many works by Turner, and the market town of Midhurst and the Cowdray Estate. You’ll also find several traditional houses and gardens such as Leonardslee, High Beeches, Borde Hill, Knepp Castle, and Nymans House and Gardens nearby.
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