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London or Coast 45 mins (10 bed, sleeps up to 20)
London or Coast 45 mins (10 bed, sleeps up to 20)
16 guests
10 bedrooms
16 beds
4 baths
16 guests
10 bedrooms
16 beds
4 baths
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Edells is a Victorian arts & crafts style country house with William Morris wallpapers and mature garden with ha-ha. 5 minute walk to station with a 45 minute direct service to London. Recently opened up having been a private family home since the 1840s.

The space

Only recently opened up having been a private family home since 1849, Edells is a warm, inviting and relaxed home rather than a contrived hotel or holiday house. In its own grounds with sweeping views across the High Weald towards Ashdown Forest. Just the place to relax and celebrate with friends and family.

Edells is found at the end of a private drive lined with oak trees and laurel hedges. The garden has been developed over recent times under the guidance and supervision of Christopher Masson, a pupil of Lanning Roper who designed the gardens at Highgrove. The Victorian ha-ha has been restored and it is possible to eyeball the cows! A public footpath runs through Edells Paddock connecting the house to a network of countryside walks to nearby pubs and castles.

The William Morris wallpapers found in many rooms of the house are hand-made. The designs were produced using the original Morris wallpaper blocks and using historically authentic colours which were hand-mixed.

We've been told by previous Airbnbers that the kitchen "has all the equipment you could need". As for devices/appliances there is: a 4 oven aga, Neff double electric oven with grill, 4 ring induction hob, microwave, kettle, blender, scales, fridges, fridge freezer, a dishwasher and a washing machine.

Current bed configuration is: ground floor - x1 king; 1st floor - x1 superking/twin zip & link, x1 king, x1 superking/twin zip & link with pull out single trundle bed, x1 double, x1 twin, x2 single; 2nd floor - x1 superking/twin zip & link, x1 room with four singles (this gets you to our total capacity of 20+1).

Current loo & bathroom configuration is: ground floor - downstairs loo + accessible bedroom en suite; 1st floor - Seaweed Bathroom with long Victorian bath (with hand held shower attachment), loo and sink. Family Bathroom with claw foot bath (with hand held shower attachment), generous shower, loo, sink and bidet. 2nd floor - Nursery Bathroom with slipper bath (with hand held shower attachment), loo and sink.

Guest access

Guests have use of the entire house and garden. The Gardener's Cottage is adjacent, which has a small enclosed garden.

Plenty of parking available, say up to 7 cars, immediately beside the house and further parking adjacent (only 20 metres away) if needed.

Other things to note

Recycling - for large groups getting away together we like to make it as straightforward as possible to recycle. There is an ample supply of clear recycling bags in the Boot Room beside the Kitchen along with details of what can and can't be placed in them. These clear recycling bags are collected from the roadside each week. Noteworthy items not allowed to be placed in them are black plastic (this goes in the 'normal' black bin liners) and glass bottles. If you leave your glass bottles in the boot room, we will collect them at the end of your stay and take them to the local recycling centre.

Food waste - knowing how hard it is to judge food quantities for large groups and also that it may not be possible to take excess food away with you at the end of your stay we want to give you the opportunity to save it from the bins. As such, we encourage you to leave any excess food whether prepared or not, perishable or not. We will then take as much of it as possible to our local food bank (The Trussells Trust).

Allergies - we've had one guest stay who is allergic to cats and was quite affected during their stay. I'm don't believe that a cat has ever lived at Edells, but think it is worth mentioning in case future guests are similarly allergic.

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Extra people No Charge
Cleaning Fee $350 NZD
Security Deposit $1000 NZD
Weekly Discount: 25%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 king bed
Bedroom 3
2 single beds
Bedroom 4
1 single bed
Bedroom 5
1 king bed, 1 floor mattress
Bedroom 6
1 single bed
Bedroom 7
1 double bed
Bedroom 8
1 king bed
Bedroom 9
1 king bed
Bedroom 10
4 single beds

House Rules
No smoking
Check-in time is 5PM - 7PM
Check out by 10AM
Self check-in with doorman

Given the proximity to the former staff Cottage this is not a hardcore party house, but rather a place to escape, relax and celebrate with friends and family - Edells has never been home to a television!

Pets are fine so long as they don't venture upstairs and downstairs remain between the kitchen, chocolate factory and boot room.

We ask that smoking takes place outside only.

We ask that the use of glitter be controlled and in moderation as it is very difficult to remove from carpets, rugs, tables, sofas - in fact, everywhere!

Keep movement of furniture to a minimum as many are antiques.

Do not stick anything (decorations, notes, etc.) to the walls or doors. The wallpapers in particular are fragile and have been in the house for at least 50 years. If needed, we have a portable board that can be made use of for sticking things onto.

No extra guests.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

58 Reviews

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Nicky User Profile
October 2017
I was allowed a full tour of the property before we hired it and was given full information about everything. We were even given assistance over the phone on arrival. Was such a great venue to use for my birthday.

Rachael User Profile
October 2017
My family and I booked this lovely property for our parents' 50th wedding anniversary and we were not disappointed. The kitchen and larder are a country cook's heaven. The main living area is warm and elegant, with the many rooms around the house allowing us all to spread out as an extended family. The garden also provided a great staging ground for family games. And the views really are lovely. Arranging things with Hugo was clear and easy. We even organised to have someone come in and cook a celebratory meal for our Saturday night at his recommendation. Overall, if you're looking for a spacious period home for a family get together, look no further. Much enjoyed by ours.

Debbie User Profile
October 2017
Edells House is absolutely magical. We went for a team away-day and it couldn't have been a better choice. Lots of space in the house, well-stocked kitchen for group meals, and Hugo & Alan couldn't have been friendlier hosts. Highly recommended - hope we get to come back!

Pete User Profile
August 2017
Edells is wonderful, and the owners delightful. Cannot recommend it highly enough.

Luke User Profile
August 2017
Edells takes you back in time. It's a true British countryside experience with everything you could want or need. Hugo and Allan are incredibly helpful and will do their utmost to make sure you make the most of your time. There are plenty of great walks and pubs to visit in the vicinity. Highly recommend.

Kate User Profile
August 2017
We cannot convey enough how much we loved our stay at Edells. Our expectations were understandably sky high, following the glorious photos and description of the house, and we're happy to say that all of those expectations were surpassed. From the moment we booked, Alan and Hugo made kept in contact with us and were superbly helpful in answering all of our questions while we were organising our small family event. As soon as we arrived they made us feel incredibly welcome. The property is enriched with a local history, which our lovely hosts were very knowledgable of, and passionate about. Our hosts happily allowed us privacy for our get together, although we'd have happily had them join us as they are absolutely delightful. Our family absolutely loved every moment of our stay and we would love to return again some day. We couldn't recommend Edells highly enough

Tony User Profile
August 2017
Hugo was a great host. Incredibly flexible, welcoming and flexible. The house is gorgeous and surroundings are stunning. We had a fantastic weekend !

England, United KingdomJoined in June 2013
Hugo User Profile
Interaction with guests

Help is never far away throughout your stay should you need anything.

We have a full time gardener, Mr Whitaker, who potters around during the week and as such may also become a source of useful information during your stay.

We would be pleased to provide further information and costs for:
- Chef / Cook hire, catering and waiting services (from prepared dishes that you put in the oven to help take some of the pressure off, to a special multiple course meal with canapés and waiting staff)
- Yoga classes (from local instructors both indoors and in the gardens of Edells)
- Bicycle hire (for lots of great cycling in the area)
- Private car pick-up / drop-off (from Heathrow, Gatwick, Ebbsfleet Eurostart train station amongst others)

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

About the home

When you stay in an Airbnb, you’re staying in someone’s home.

This is Hugo’s place.
Alan helps host.

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