The Oast

Etchingham, Sussex

A fabulous setting for a truly inviting family house. The farm is approached up a winding track and idyllic walks start from the door


2 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 6


It’ll do you a world of good to stay on this small family farm, surrounded by soft hills and pastures. Your hosts are Charles and his Dutch wife Truus, who farm 60 organic acres. Now they have converted the big handsome oast house and it’s perfect for a family of four (though six can squeeze in). On arrival you’re welcomed warmly with bread, eggs and homemade cake, and maybe a bottle of farm cider; in season you can buy beef, lamb and vegetables. Downstairs opens to the dining room, kitchen, bedroom and family bathroom, while the sitting room and second bedroom are a hop up the open-tread stairs. Each bedroom is super-cosy, and circular, being in the roundel, and the decor is country traditional, with quarry tiles and wooden floors, period tapestries and open-stone walls, and the old hop press upstairs. As for the area, it’ll keep you busy. You can visit Sissinghurst, Battle and Bodiam Castle, then walk to Rudyard Kipling’s house along the banks of the Dudwell, or pop off to the Wheel Inn for a pint and a pie. Back home? A wood-burner, books, DVDs, satellite TV.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • 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

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 10am
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Restaurant 1km.


Nightly price
from £85
Weekly price
from £600
Extra beds/sofabeds available at no charge.
1 House for 6
From £852 beds2 bedrooms


This was our second stay at Willingford Farm, and we were delighted to rediscover the idyllic paradise that we remembered from our previous visit. Willingford farm is a child’s dream, and our three children (8 years, 5 years and 20months) were enchanted to feed the chickens, play with the dogs and meet all the charming farmyard characters; notably Soda the pony and Snowflake the goat. Charles and Truus are the most generous of hosts; they go out of their way to make your stay really special. Another perfect holiday and we can't wait to return again!

Sean, Gaborone

If only all self catering property rental could be like this! My family have enjoyed The Oast as a retreat for a week. It's clear owbers Charles & Truus love and enjoy this idyllic setting, staying here has been an absolute pleasure. It is well proportioned and beautifully presented. Soda and Snowflake, the resident goat and pony are from a fairytale book and Lottie, their beautiful golden retriever loves to be your family pet. The venue is ideal for young and old alike, and for any reason, but also for no reason at all. Be quick though. Everyone wants to come back. Thank you Charles & Truus

Paul, Bexhill

We had an amazing time at The Oast. After arriving Charlie and Truus showed us their newborn calves, before leaving us to enjoy the beautiful property. We were given a cake on arrival and bought some pheasants and beef from the farm. The local area is very attractive, with great walking and good pubs. Charles and Truus are excellent hosts, offering lots of useful recommendations for what to do in the surrounding area. We would heartily recommend a visit and hope to return soon.

Christopher, London

What a lovely place. We spent 6 nights here, enjoying outdoor meals in the lovely courtyard, table tennis in the storeroom, and lovely walks from our front door to the nearby Batemans, Sarah Raven’s Cutting Garden and the Wheel Pub in Burwash. Charles and Truus were very friendly and helpful, providing us with eggs and lamb from the farm, and homemade apple cake. The area itself is stunning - in the heart of the Sussex Weald - and the coast an easy drive away. The only snag was the lack of wifi in the cottage itself, but we were able to get a signal on the bench just outside the main house.

Alastair, London

A lovely Oast house in glorious countryside. Despite a lack of sun this was a really wonderful place to stay with a myriad of lovely places to visit really close to the house. Walks near the house were magical with many orchids and one evening hares. Charles and Truss were really welcoming and we will definitely return.

Sarah, Reading

A bucolic, peaceful, and incredibly lovely place! It was perfect in every way, and we did not want to leave! The accommodations were very comfortable and spacious. We loved having fresh eggs and Truus's apple cake in the morning. We truly enjoyed our stay, and getting to know Truus and Charles. We hope to return again soon. Thank you so much, Charles and Truus!

Kathy, London

We had such a wonderful holiday, this is truly a lovely place. Charles and Truus are so helpful and our kids thoroughly enjoyed helping them out in the farm. We all fell in love with Lottie and miss her. We look forward to returning on another holiday.

Ambika, London

We spent a magnificent Easter Week at The Oast in the rolling hills of Burwash Weald, an ideal setting for brisk country walks. Charles and Truus were always there for a nice chat and engaged us in their work at the farm. We enjoyed this rural life: feeding the chickens and geese, embracing the newborn lambs, trying to tell one calf from another, caressing the pony and above all, walking Lottie the dog, our children's best friend. Definitely a top location for families looking for a holiday in peace and calm in a great surrounding.


What a wonderful setting for an idyllic New Year stay. Charles and Truus are the most hospitable hosts and the Oast is extremely comfortable. Reading and relaxing in front of the woodburning stove was such a break from London life. Walks start at the front door, ideal for the dogs. The views in the valley are beautiful. Cant recommend enough.


Fantastic place. Beautifully decked out Oast House. Gorgeous countryside to get thoroughly lost in on sunny days, and a fortnight's worth of interesting places to visit on rainy ones. Truus and Charles are just the hosts you would want - welcoming, helpful and fun. They went the extra mile to make our stay very special. Book it!


The Oast at Willingford farm is a little piece of paradise. We spent a perfect week there with our two little boys In July. Charles and Truus are the most gracious and generous of hosts. Willingford farm is absolutely beautiful and our two boys had a magical time; feeding lambs, chickens and horses, collecting eggs and driving tractors. Bodiam Castle and Bateman's and very close by and make for wonderful visits. We highly recommend it and have every intention of returning soon!


A truly wonderful few days in idyllic countryside in a lovely cosy oast house with a wood burner on a beautiful farm! Our hosts, Charles and Truus could not have been more welcoming, thoughtful and generous, giving us a little glimpse of their world (including new born lambs) and a chance to explore walks in bluebell and wildflower woods alongside meandering rivers and babbling brooks, with Lottie the dog as our guide. Delicious homemade cake, bread and eggs set the scene for a very wonderful stay. We can highly recommend the Oast and wished we could have stayed longer!


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Charles & Truus Clark

  • The Oast sits in the heart of the Willingford Farm surrounded by its own land on the southern slope of the Dudwell Valley which is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty renowned for its unspoilt rolling pastures and wooded landscape.
  • Walkers will be spoilt for choice both over the farm with its traditional hedged pasture fields and native broadleaf woodlands bounded by the River Dudwell as well as several footpaths leading off the farm and allowing short or long walks to suit everyone
  • For lovers of ancient and historic buildings there are many National Trust properties in the area including Knowle,Scotney Castle,Sheffield Park gardens and ofcourse Bodiam Castle considered to be one of the most romantic in England
  • The coastal resorts of Brighton,Eastbourne and Hastings are within easy driving distance as well as Cuckmere Haven and the famous Seven Sisters and Normans Bay reputedly the landing spot of William the Conquerer just before the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
  • Several good pubs and restaurants within a short drive including The Swan at Dallington, The Bear and Rose & Crown in Burwash village, The Wheel in Burwash Weald (10 minute walk) and international cuisine in Heathfield (10 minute drive)