Merryweathers is a modern individual house, of a contemporary design, enjoying far reaching views to the south west over rolling Sussex countryside. This home embraces stylish open plan living with a flexibility of layout. The walled gardens have been landscaped to provide various garden "rooms" that are perfect for al-fresco entertaining.
From the moment you enter the primary living space from the reception hall, you see a tantalizing glimpse of the enchanting views that lie to the back of the house from the French doors that lead to the "wrap-round" decked balcony. The open plan family space is the hub of the home, with a raised sitting room having a vaulted ceiling with skylights and further French doors to balconies, ideal for al-fresco entertaining as one sits and watches the sun set over a stunning outlook. Setting the mood, the sitting room is enhanced with various lighting arrangements, including recessed "café style" blue lights. Family and friends are drawn to sit around the table in the central dining area which is open plan to the kitchen, a large inviting space that has plenty of room for helpers! Natural Oak flooring spreads throughout the rest of the ground floor, linking each area and room seamlessly and allowing the natural light to reflect.
The house has 7 bedrooms and two open sleeping areas, along with 4 bath or shower rooms (2 being en-suite). This flexible accommodation suits groups of friends or large family groups who want to escape to the countryside and celebrate a special occasion or simply enjoy each other's company in beautiful surroundings.
Merryweathers also offer a catering service "Merry Cuisine". Our in-house caterers give each group complete freedom to select anything from food for a light lunch, a cooked three course evening meal to a buffet BBQ in the wonderful gardens. Guests can choose to have pre prepared food delivered to the house, or to take advantage of the team to cook, serve and clear away, leaving them free to relax with their group, knowing all their catering needs have been taken care of.
Keen gardeners will love what was originally the walled kitchen garden to the historic house next door. It has been lovingly and imaginatively landscaped and designed to give separate "rooms", each with a different and distinctive theme. Immediately adjoining the house is an expansive sun terrace with fossil mint limestone paving edged on 2 sides with a water feature wall. The paving continues under a large pergola covered with productive grape vines, inviting you to entertain en masse "Italian style" around a large dining table. Steps lead down from this terrace to paths which lead in turn to an impressive Arbour, covered in white and purple wisterias, climbing roses and clematis. To one side of the arbour is a formal "parterre" garden having gravelled paths and box hedges enclosing formal flower and rose beds and including fruit trees and lavenders. Espalier apple and pear trees have been trained along the old south facing wall and a pair of "standard" bay trees overlook a lower level lawn, ideal for games of football.
"We stayed at Merryweathers for a hen weekend last weekend and had such a lovely stay. The house is amazing and we all felt very much at home from the moment we arrived. Liz greeted us and showed us around which made us feel like we could settle in straight away. She also gave us contacts for a taxi company who took our group to afternoon tea nearby on the Saturday. She put me in contact with her chef who made us such a lovely meal Saturday evening and she also helped us to organise a beautician who came to the house on Sunday and gave the bride to be a lovely pampering. We will definitely be returning one day as it is such a wonderful place for a break away."October 2016 - Clark
"We were a family of 15 of all ages. The house was fantastic; plenty of room. Everything we needed was in the house. Gardens are lovely. A great time was had by all."May 2016 - Karen & family
"We were a family of 15 of all ages. The house was fantastic; plenty of room. Everything we needed was in the house. Gardens are lovely. A great time was had by all. Thanks for everything"The Phillips Party - May 2016
"A great place for a family to gather, offering a whole range of cozy corners, and angelic garden scenes. Well recommended!"Ms Heidi Evjemo - July 2015
"Merryweathers is a superb venue for large groups!! My mouth dropped open with amazement at it's calm and elegant beauty/atmosphere! The gardens are beyond criticism!! We all (14 of us) had a wonderful long weekend and celebrated a 70th birthday with family and friends under the grapevine canopy. Liz was more than helpful and the personal touches she left for us were so thoughtful! I would love to return with a family re-union at a later date. Thank you!"June 2015 - Pete, Barbara, Margaret, Dave, Eileen, Phil & the Group
"We booked Merryweathers for 3 nights to celebrate my husbands 50th Birthday, on a recommendation from a friend who had also stayed there. Merryweathers exceeded our expectations. Adults, teenagers and young children all loved it and we were so lucky the sun shone for us so that we could enjoy the beautiful gardens. We found everything we needed in the house and will definitely be booking another visit in the future."May 2015 - A. Peters
"We had a fantastic time. Would use the same house again."March 2015 - D. Farrington
"Just to let you know we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Merryweathers. The cottage was brilliant and we even got the chance to meet the homeowner. Also thanks very much for your high quality service."February 2015 - M. Patel
"Thank you very much for allowing us to have such a superb weekend here with all of our friends and family to celebrate my husband's 30th birthday! It has truly been spectacular. The house is perfect for a large group, it offers everything - from games, to books, to music, to films, and we really appreciated that these things were available for use. Our favourite was the musical instruments providing us with hours of fun and laughter. The house has made our celebrations very memorable and we have been blessed by your hospitality and the cleanliness of the house! The garden area is beautiful and we were lucky enough for both sun and snow! We hope to come and stay here again and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone for a weekend away! Thanks again!"January 2015 - M. Patel
"We had such an amazing time, it is a real party house and the views were fantastic. We were so lucky with the weather, even having to wear sunglasses out on the decking on Christmas day! The skies were clear on Christmas eve night and we had a fantastic view of the International space station for about five minutes as it passed overhead and my two great nieces who are 6 and 8 years, truly believed it was Santa on his sleigh. A magical moment for them! None of us wanted to leave on Saturday! We started the week with about 10 of us and by Xmas eve it was a full house with 20 . We made good use of the games in the property and the nieces enjoyed playing the instruments and singing carols, How lovely it was too, to be able to go for walks directly from the property without having to drive somewhere first."December 2014 - J. Goddard
"We've had such a lovely time at Merryweathers. It was the perfect location for our Xmas do and we were impressed by how clean, well looked after, welcoming and beautiful the house is. Thank you so much for making our stay so relaxing and special"December 2014 - The Searches UK Team
"Merryweathers is such a beautiful place. Thank you for making our stay so relaxed and special. It was so lovely to get some fresh air whilst enjoying a lovely local walk and then sit down to a hearty meal around the giant table"November 2014 - Lisa and gang
"Thanks for the chance to stay at your property. We all had a brilliant time in this perfect place. Really great facilities with everyone finding their own way of relaxing and having fun."November 2014 - The Pangs, Mundays, Beedles, Tamsetts and Hammonds
"You are a wonderful, kind host. Thank you for the opportunity to stay in your lovely home. All 19 of us were comfortable and had a magical time together. What a stunning home! We would like to thank you for the welcome gift, it was very much appreciated and so generous. We look forward to staying here again!"October 2014
"Wonderful place for a big family get together – a spacious, beautifully appointed house with absolutely everything we needed. Perfect for all ages. Thank you."October 2014 - The Martins and The Rudds
"Our weekend has flown by and although our number ranged from 12 to 16, we’re still on speaking terms! We’re approaching the Guinness Book of World Records with our Jenga entry (33 and third levels!) and have loved the house, grounds, views, games and craic!"August 2014 - The Langleys
"What an amazing house! The perfect place for a hen weekend – beautiful setting and thanks for letting us stay."August 2014 - Beckie
"Thanks for a great weekend. The house was amazing and a perfect setting for my stag."August 2014 - Ben the ‘Ginger’
"An experiment for us. Our leadership team met here instead of a hotel venue. Great atmosphere, got loads done and chilled together as well."July 2014 - Jean for Kinapse team
"Merryweathers was the perfect place for hosting our friends get together. We had the most amazing weather and enjoyed the beautiful gardens – taking 1000’s of photos of us as well! We loved the charm of Merryweathers, and everyone wished they could have stayed longer, as they didn't want our time to end!! Thank you for a memorable stay, we really love this place. Look forward to coming back!"July 2014 - Ben and Anne
"Clean, spacious, well kitted out and suitable for a big family gathering. Thank you."July 2014 - A. Blant
"Merryweathers turned out to be just that – despite a poor weather forecast, this must have been a righteous place for the sun shone on it. The house made for an ideal location and accommodation for this family gathering celebrating an 80th birthday. We spent much of our time in the gardens playing games and BBQing. The house is spacious and well-appointed and we appreciated the quality of the fittings and fixtures. We shall certainly be recommending this venue to friends and family."July 2014
"Thank you for a wonderful place to stay. All of us had a amazing weekend. Perfect for all!"June 2014 - J’s 30th Birthday
"What a wonderful house and view – the setting made the whole weekend extra special. Thank you for being so helpful, I know it made the whole thing a pleasure to organize. A beautiful house and weekend I won't ever forget!"June 2014 - The ‘Superheroes’
"Thanks for providing the perfect setting for a large group. We celebrated a 45th Birthday and the space was tranquil, beautiful and spacious. BBQ, sunshine and good times! Looking forward to sightseeing on the way home."June 2014 - Cruden Gathering
"Such a great house, thanks for having us. I would definitely come again!"May 2014
"This was the perfect house for my 40th birthday get together and my daughter’s 3rd . The kids had an amazing time running around and playing football and hide and seek, and we loved eating, drinking and chatting here. Thank you!"May 2014
"Wonderful house! The perfect place to enjoy our long-awaited get together. We loved the garden and the sunrise and sunset views from the terrace. Thanks for having us! We played a lot of silly games, ate a lot of meat and saw the sun set and rise. Happy Days!"May 2014
"Thanks for having us. A perfect weekend with family and friends in an idyllic setting."Easter weekend 2014 - The Jakob, Greenfield, Shanahan, and Johnson Families
"Perfect location, beautiful property - fit for the celebrations we had planned."April 2014
"What can I say? Lovely place enjoyed by all. Brilliant time – many great friends bought together in this lovely home – thanks."April 2014
"What an amazing place to stay! Myself and the guys had an awesome time - Thank you for making the weekend such a fun one!"Chris' Stag Do - April 2014
"What a fantastic weekend, with lots of sunshine and silly games. Good fish and chips at Camber sands and a pathetic attempt at kite flying. Thank you for all of your help in organising and helping us find the local sites. Beautiful house, beautiful settin"Camilla's Hen Do - March 2014
Merryweathers: sleeps 21 in 8 bedrooms and 2 open sleeping areas, with 4 bath or shower rooms - 2 of which are en-suite
Open plan kitchen dining room with dining table to seat 12. Additional foldaway table and seats to join main table if you require extra seating up to 22. Kitchen has electric hob, double oven, dishwasher, microwave, 2 fridges
Steps up to open plan living room with balcony
Master bedroom (sleeps 2) with Kingsize zip linked bed, dressing room, en-suite bathroom with spa bath.
Bedroom (sleeps 2) with bunk beds
Lower Ground Floor
Steps down from dining area to large bedroom with 4 single beds (sleeps 4)
Bedroom (sleeps 2) with king size zip linked bed
Bedroom (sleeps 2) with double bed
Large second open plan sitting/dining room with second kitchen area.
Utility room with freezer,washing machine, dryer
Bedroom (sleeps 2) with king size zip linked bed, en-suite shower room
Bedroom (sleeps 2) with two single size beds
Bedroom (sleeps 3) with double bed plus a single bed
The large landing has 2 single beds (sleeps 2)
Gardens to the rear and side of the house includes BBQ
Parking at the front of the house for around 8 cars
Cot and High Chair available, cot bedding not provided
Parking on private drive for 8 cars
Catering service available, please ask booking team for more information.
The owner can also organise entertainment on request together with vehicle hire.
Please note the garden at Merryweathers is set over a number of different levels, some with drops of about a metre. Children should therefore be supervised at all times to prevent accidents.
Beds will be made up as standard unless stated otherwise in the bed configuration which needs to be returned to the booking team at least a week prior to arriving