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“A home from home with friendly and helpful hosts”

Review of Friston Down

Friston Down Cottage is an annexe to the larger house at Friston Down
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Friston Down Cottage is an annexe to the larger house at Friston Down
You can enjoy exclusive use of the pool at set times of the day Master bedroom with natural light and good quality furnishings
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18 reviews
Friston Down Cottage is an annexe to the larger house at Friston Down
You can enjoy exclusive use of the pool at set times of the day
Master bedroom with natural light and good quality furnishings
Sunset from your garden at Friston Down Cottage
Enjoy a drink overlooking the village green at East Dean
The deli on the village green at East Dean
Twin bedroom as the third bedroom works particularly well for families
Family bathroom with bath, bidet and separate walk-in shower
Spacious lounge with stereo system and Sky TV
The view over the South Downs from the garden
The view of the buildings from the drive
The view from the court yard in front of your cottage
The view of the cottage from the garden at the rear
Beachy Head with its spectacular white chalk cliffs nearby - don't go too near the edge!
Second family bathroom with bath and separate shower
Second double bedroom with great hanging space
Family bathroom upstairs with the master bedroom
Cycle the promenade at Eastbourne nearby
The view towards Eastbourne from Beachy Head
Character chair in the bedroom
French doors leaad out onto your private terrace
The beach at Birling Gap nearby is ideal for family fun
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Cottage -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Eastbourne, East Sussex, England

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Excellent - based on 18 reviews
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1 review
“A home from home with friendly and helpful hosts”
Reviewed 28 July 2017 for a stay in July 2017

We spent a most enjoyable week at Friston Down, feeling immediately at home in the beautifully furnished cottage. The swimming pool was the great attraction for our two grandsons, as were the extensive grounds, perfect for all kinds of games. We had several interesting conversations with the owners, who advised us what to visit. It was certainly a holiday to remember!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
5 Aug 2017
Thank you so much for leaving the helpful feedback - I'm so pleased that you loved Friston Down, with the swimming pool, the amazing location and views and the very thoughtful owners.
I do hope we can look after you again
Carl (at Exclusively Eastbourne Holiday Homes)
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
BackPacke...
1 review
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“Perfect. Can't wait to return.”
Reviewed 8 December 2016 for a stay in November 2016
1
person found this review helpful

The reviews aren’t wrong. The Cottage at Friston Down is comfortable, inviting and missing nothing in terms of amenities. As a separate wing to a beautiful old home, it lets you have all the privacy you might want, while still enjoying the grounds and glorious setting. The view from the front yard, across the sheep-filled Sussex Downs towards the Channel, is worth the price of admission alone!
As generous and enjoyable as the cottage is, the real icing on the cake are the owners, Phil and Carolyn. Friendly and welcoming, they made sure we lacked for nothing. Perfect hosts!

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Liked best: Its all good!
Liked least: Leaving.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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Management Response
8 Dec 2016
Thank you Bill for your kind words - I'm so pleased to hear that you loved Friston Down Cottage.
I know that both Phil and Carolyn will be delighted to hear you really enjoyed your stay.
I'm completely with you as well - surely this is one of the best places to stay on the south coast!
Carl (at Exclusively Eastbourne Holiday Homes)
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Paul P
Greater Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent and very good”
Reviewed 6 November 2015 for a stay in October 2015
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person found this review helpful

Nothing to fault. Excellent home and well supplied. Excellent hosts.
We will return without hesitation.

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
13 Nov 2015
Hi Paul
Great to hear you enjoyed yourselves - thanks for finding time for the review.
See you again I hope
Carl @ Exclusively Eastbourne
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Eric D
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“High quality rental, worth the money and then some”
Reviewed 27 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015
1
person found this review helpful

Stayed at Friston Down this summer for one week with three children. Excellent gardens, excellent swimming pool (29 degrees and crystal clear, owner has PhD in chemistry, it shows!) and lovely master bedroom. Phil and Carolyn were fine hosts.

We stayed at another rental in eastbourne the following week, as were joined by family and therefore needed five bedrooms. Although this other property was £400 more expensive, it did not come close to the quality of Friston Down.

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Liked best: Swimming pool
Liked least: Small microwave
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
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  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
7 Oct 2015
Thank you so much for your positive feedback - it's great to hear that you had a fab time at Friston Cottage.
Phil & Carolyn take great pleasure in providing the highest standard of accommodation and are only to happy to provide information to help guests get the very most out of their stay. They are also very discrete so you'd never see them unless you needed them.
The cottage is a real gem with the most amazing location and views, not to mention the 29 degrees in the swimming pool!
Thanks again
Carl, Exclusively Eastbourne Holiday Homes
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65lindai
Topanga, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Perfection”
Reviewed 4 December 2014 for a stay in November 2014

We were traveling to England due to a bereavement and Phil and Carolyn were gracious hosts who could not have done more to make our stay more comfortable. The home is so comfortably furnished, the kitchen is kitted out as well as my kitchen at home and games, books, music, TVs, docking stations and a great wifi connection all contributed to making our stay so very perfect. The Cottage at Friston Down is a peaceful and perfect location for exploring the South Downs yet Eastbourne is a short drive away. I would unreservedly recommend this home to anyone looking for a South Coast break.

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Liked best: The overall comfort of the home
Liked least: I'm coming up blank on this one.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
18 Feb 2015
Hello and thank you for taking the time to leave the review.

I'm thankful that you had an ideal, tranquil house and location for your stay - I'm so sorry that it was such a difficult occasion for a visit, but hope that the views and fresh air lifted your spirits.

Carl at Exclusively Eastbourne.
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