The Artisan Bakehouse

Ashurst, Sussex

2 cottages for 4 (groups take both) a hop from the South Downs. You’ll find bread-making courses, a tea room & lovely gardens here too


4 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 8


The approach is lovely – old trees grace a winding drive then, through the gate, is a 16th-century farmhouse split into two cottages and the owners’ home. Why not try your hand at artisan bread making in The Bakehouse? They do courses for little ones too. Owners Les and Louise, passionate foodies, are always around to greet and you’ll find eggs from their hens and freshly baked bread waiting for you. Both cottages are light and neat with painted furniture and flashes of colour from vases of fresh flowers. Brewhouse has a much larger kitchen – complete with Aga – so if you want to cook elaborate feasts that’s the one to choose. If you take both cottages (there’s an adjoining door) a large dining area in Milkhouse can seat eight easily. Upstairs to view-filled bedrooms, one has an immaculate bathroom accessed through the main bedroom and there’s a downstairs loo. Soaps are made by clever Louise, towels are thick and fluffy, white cotton is crisp on good mattresses. There are five acres of garden and woodland to roam and a heated swimming pool to jump in but do head out, the South Downs are close and there’s a good pub in Ashurst.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Special offer: Stay w/c 26th March and join renowned baker & author Emmanuel Hadjiandreou on 27th & 28th March on his 2 day Serious about Sourdough bread making class. He is the master, you will not be disappointed

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Travel cots available
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs/restaurants 2 miles. Additional meals available.


Nightly price
from £118
Weekly price
from £855
Damage deposit
Short breaks available, £425-£625.
1 Cottage for 4
From £1252 beds2 bedrooms
1 Cottage for 4
From £1182 beds2 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Les & Louise Nicholson

  • The ancient &historic village of Steyning just 5 mins away.It has a welcoming atmosphere & there are plenty of individual & eclectic shops, cafes & great tearooms. A bustling farmers market is also held first Sat of the month so you can enjoy local produce
  • Surrounded by miles of unspoilt countryside, on the edge of the South Downs national park, a haven for walkers, cyclists & nature lovers.
  • A choice of south coast beaches are within 10-40 mins drive. Choose from stretches of sand for lazy walks, the promenade at Brighton to run or stroll, pebbles to throw and the spectacular white cliffs at Seven Sisters national park are just breathtaking
  • We offer artisan bread making workshops on site where you can learn to make bread & cook it in our traditional wood oven. We also host other food demonstrations/events from time to time. Join in during your stay or just enjoy some freshly baked bread!
  • We also open our onsite tearoom 4 times a year 3 days a week & offer our homemade breads, tarts, salads, cakes & warm scones from our wood oven. All handmade with produce from our garden & local suppliers. We offer a 10% discount off the menu to residents
  • We have some wonderful therapists who can visit to provide massage treatments, reflexology, facials & other lovely pampering treatments to leave you feel relaxed & renewed. From time to time we host retreat days focusing on pilates, yoga, nutrition.