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Pekes Manor Estate

Weekends

£2,600 - £2,800

Full Weeks

£3,000 - £3,800

SLEEPS

20

BEDROOMS

8

BATHROOMS

4

Pekes Manor is a Tudor country house dating from 1470, and the estate has been owned by the same family for over a hundred years.

The accommodation on the estate is flexible. The Manor sleeps 20 in 8 bedrooms, although there are other properties on the estate allowing up to 62 guests (The Oast House 12, Mounts View 12, The Wing 6, Gate Cottage 5, Tudor View 7).

The Manor House though, is the jewel in the estate’s crown. There are five bedrooms on the first floor and three on the second, which are known as the old nurseries. Downstairs, there’s a large living room with a television, and two kitchens. There is also an oak-paneled dining room (which can seat up to 26, should you have the urge for a fine banquet).

The Pekes Estate has extensive gardens and parklands of 28 acres, which are shared by the guests of the other houses. Guests can buy vegetables from the well-stocked kitchen gardens, and fresh eggs from the Pekes’ hens.

Should you be feeling energetic, there is anindoor heated swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, lawn badminton, hard Macadam style tennis court, and endless lawns for boules and croquet.

Edmund’s Choice of Extraordinary Feature

“The Pekes Estate has a long and well-documented history, and the dining hall in particular is worthy of note, as is the old kitchen, which, despite having an enormous Aga, still has its working fireplace, thought to date from 1550. My favourite thing though, has to be the humour in the garden, and the jolly march of the six-foot topiary ducks.”

About the Location

The Pekes estate is in East Sussex, just above Eastbourne and about 20 miles (40 minutes drive) from Brighton. The house is 20 minutes’ drive from the beach at Pevensey Bay.

Things To Do

The Pekes Estate is perfectly placed for lots to do. Not only is there the beach, but also many other places of interest to visit, like Battle House (Battle of Hastings), and other grand houses such asHerstmonceux andMichelham Priory (which has the longest moat in England).

There are great treats for walkers and cyclists too, with The VanGuard Way, the Weald Way and a famous (mostly) non-road traffic trails, the South Downs Way.

If you’d like a bit of nightlife, there are great local pubs, or there’s the delights of Brighton, with all of its distractions.

Weddings

Pekes Manor makes a great reception venue, and its gardens make beautiful backdrops (especially the giant topiary ducks). There are several local registry offices and churches nearby.

You can invite up to 150 guests, 63 of whom can stay in various self-catered properties on the estate.

Reviews

  • I arrived at Pekes Manor as the sun started to set at 4pm. The house is situated in rural East Sussex and is the largest of a collection that form the Pekes estate. Dating back from 1550 it has stood the test of time extremely well and has an astonishing collection of rooms that feel steeped in history. In my opinion what makes the house so special is that, rather that being gutted and re-furnished, much of the interior is original and there for visitors to enjoy. It has not been 'sanitised' for rental and there is a wonderful atmosphere. The dining room can seat all 18 guests and the kitchen/scullery with Aga can easily cater for them all. The house's Achilles' heel is a lack of sitting room space (the room is only small) but as long as you're happy to sit around in the kitchen or dining room that should not be a problem. Upstairs the bedrooms are charming and comfortable. All are of a size fitting to the house, large enough to be airy but not vast. The modern-day bathroom was not around in the 1550s so all have had to be added more recently and, as with most houses, they number less than the bedrooms. From the website;
    There are 8 double bedrooms and 4 bathrooms (2 with bath, WC and basin, 2 with modern shower, WC and basin).

    The facilities include all that you could ask for, indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, tennis court and badminton lawn. They are shared with the other five properties on the estate though can be booked for exclusive use on an hourly basis. Privacy is reasonable and plenty for a family gathering or birthday party (though perhaps not an 18th!) - given how many repeat bookings are received previous visitors must be very happy. The location is also superb; Landed Houses' closest property to London yet still with a rural feel. Pekes Manor itself sleeps 18 and with all the additional properties 50 can be accommodated - a great collection.

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