Friar's Road, Winchelsea, East Sussex, TN36 4ED
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History, privacy and elegance combine in the two high-end holiday homes at Greyfriars, a Grade II-listed mansion, close to the East Sussex coast. Eagles Nest and Heron’s Wood are the result of a sympathetic restoration of one wing of this Gothic house overlooking a ruined medieval monastery. Each offers modern convenience, decent wifi, and comfort with authentic country-house elegance thanks to original features including mullion windows, high ceilings and antique furniture.

Both of these two mansion house apartments, has two bedrooms and two marbled bathrooms, ample living space and a garden with a hot tub. Both are family and dog friendly, with ground floor Heron’s Wood sleeping up to five and Eagle’s Nest, on the first floor, sleeping a maximum of four.

While the heritage features and unique setting on a private family-owned estate underpin what’s so special about these apartments, it’s the no-expense-spared finish that elevates the experience of staying here. Handmade cashmere and wool mattresses and 800-thread-count bed linens make for comfortable nights. Underfloor heating and log burners mean the apartments stay cosy wherever the weather, and well-equipped modern kitchens mean you can cook with ease.

Eagles nest

• 14 stairs to entrance
• Two bedroom, two bath apartment sleeping 4
• Rooms open onto the terrace with sun loungers
• Abbey ruins and sea views
• Private enclosed garden, and hot tub

Herons Wood

• Ground floor (wheelchair friendly)
• Two bedrooms, two bathrooms plus cloakroom, sleeping 5
• Stunning Abbey views
• Private enclosed garden, and hot tub.


The Location

Greyfriars is situated on the edge of the charming village of Winchelsea and guests can wander to the nearby local pub. Not to be missed is the Charles Palmer Vineyard, next door, where a fabulous afternoon wine tasting can be booked, and for local produce the village’s 'Little Shop' is well-stocked. For fresh fish and seafood, head to the quaint harbour town of Rye, two miles down the road, where you can easily spend an afternoon watching fishing boats or browsing antiques and cobbled streets. Winchelsea beach is just a mile away, if you are lucky you may spot grey seals, and the huge sandy expanses at Camber are not much further.

The closest attraction of all, of course, is the 13th-century abbey which you can see from your windows. It sits in the private parkland that belongs to your hosts and is not accessible to the public. But ask very nicely and the owners might be able to arrange a private tour.



"Heron's Wood cottage was excellent in all ways and our hosts took great care to ensure we had all we needed. The renovation is exquisite and true to the history of the site yet totally comfortable. We would highly recommend! Our family of 3 and dog loved our stay."
via Revoo, March 2022


Greyfriars is being lovely restored by the owners and all profits go towards the conservation of this historic property. Book your stay direct via Greyfriars's own website.



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  • Wheelchair user accessible - One step into Herons Wood, otherwise wheelchair accessible

Children & Infants

  • Accept children (Minimum age)
  • Cot
  • Facilities for children
  • Highchair

Establishment Features

  • Linen provided - Towels provided
  • Wireless Internet Access

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Provider Preferences

  • Country house
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest

Room / Unit Features

  • Washing Machine

What's Nearby

  1.   Winchelsea Court Hall Musuem illustrates the rich history of the ancient town of…

    0.21 miles away
  2. A family-run wine estate at Winchelsea in East Sussex.

    0.64 miles away
  3. Camber Castle was one link in the chain of forts built along the south coast by Henry…

    1.36 miles away
  1. If you're looking for things to do in Rye, don't miss the Rye Heritage Centre. Here…

    2.13 miles away
  2. Sometimes called the "cathedral of East Sussex", the Parish Church of Rye, dedicated to…

    2.13 miles away
  3. National Trust's Lamb House is a portal into a world of literary connections.

    2.18 miles away
  4. Rye Bay E-bikes is a small, family run electric bike company currently based just south…

    2.23 miles away
  5. Many displays on smuggling, military, police, coastal and maritime history and with…

    2.23 miles away
  6. Rye's delightful cinema, café-bar and function venue in renovated Victorian buildings.

    2.25 miles away
  7. The East Street Museum was originally a bottling factory but it now houses exhibitions…

    2.3 miles away
  8. Join Full Throttle Boat Charters from Rye Harbour and head out to sea for an exhilarating…

    2.63 miles away
  9. Cycle the nature reserve at Rye Harbour.

    2.63 miles away
  10. Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is an important wildlife site set in an exceptional coastal…

    2.67 miles away
  11. This stunning stretch of sandy beach is home to the only sand dune system in East Sussex.…

    2.68 miles away
  12. Try a new sport on the awesome beaches of Camber Sands.

    4.15 miles away
  13. Explore mile after mile of scenic off-road cycle path from the stunning Camber Sands.

    4.15 miles away
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