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Roserai | Luxury Self-Catering Glyndebourne | Waldron, East Sussex


Waldron, East Sussex, UK

There’s a distinct Franco-English flavour to this former oast house in East Sussex. Hidden in a 10-acre estate, guests will find a heated swimming pool, hot tub and spa area along with a romantic interior worthy of any luxury chateaux. There’s a boating lake to entice the imaginations of children and grand fireplaces for post opera tipples (Glyndebourne's just a short drive away). Ultimately though, nothing can compete with the grounds; crossed with neat lawns and rose gardens they are a true paradise.



Once part of a sizeable tanning estate, this Grade-II listed roundel house near the peaceful East Sussex village of Waldron has been renovated to create one extraordinary self-catering country home. Inside is a wonderland of luxury, whilst extensive grounds include a heated swimming pool and boating lake. Guests can look forward to unwinding in the cosy living areas, luxuriating in the pool house and hot tub or simply wandering through the ornamental gardens with their hundreds of flowers and hidden attractions: Roserai was made for celebratory weekends with family and friends.


Having spent much cherished time in the south of France, the owners have given the interior of their beloved home a distinct French style, with chunky exposed beams, period furniture, beautiful plaster detail and French art adorning the walls. There are five gorgeous bedrooms, two in the round tower itself. Ceilings are hung with chandeliers, beds are buried under sumptuous linens and on the door of each, a brass knocker depicts a fox, dragonfly, snail, owl and bee. Meanwhile, modern bathrooms provide all the luxuries required after a day playing in the garden or boating on the lake.


The great outdoors won't keep guests inside these pretty walls for long, no matter how sumptuous. Sway in the hammock or wander through the rose gardens, drinking in the sweet country air before retreating inside for home-cooked delights. Halfway between bustling Tunbridge Wells and coastal Eastbourne, Roserai enjoys a scenic spot at the edge of the High Weald, with rolling green views for miles around. The small Sussex town of Waldron is the closest point for country pubs, fresh produce and rambling walks, and, for culture enthusiasts, world-class Glyndebourne opera house can be reached in less than half an hour.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 8 guests
    From £3,995 per week, £2,995 per short break
  • Alternative group optionUp to 4 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThere are four main bedrooms comprising three super king-size beds one king-size bed. One child´s bunk room is available upon request at an additional cost. One bedroom has an en suite bathroom with a walk-in shower, and there is a family bathroom with an overhead shower, plus a ground-floor WC.
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  • FeaturesHeated swimming pool (available May-September), hot tub, sauna, steam room and pool house
  • PetsTwo small well-behaved dogs or one large dog welcome on prior request
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Time: 5pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyYes, children are very welcome. A travel cot and a highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThe house has room for at least five cars. Please note, the owners live nearby within the 10-acre estate and have two friendly Labradors and two Chihuahuas. The farmhouse kitchen has a large double oven, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, washer-dryer and Nespresso machine. The pool is heated and open between May and September, 10am-6pm. Daily use of the hot tub, sauna, steam room, pool house and barbecue area is available between 10am and 10pm. With a stream, ponds and a lake in the grounds, parents are advised to take care of children.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper with two bottles of the owners´ favourite wine, a complimentary in-house treatment for one guest, (available for bookings between October 2024 - March 2025 excluding half terms, Christmas and New Year), logs and kindling to get you started, linen and towels, fluffy bathrobes, TV with Apple Box, Bang & Olufsen music system, DAB radio, WiFi internet, croquet set, Hunter wellies, marshmallows and toasting fork, gas barbecue, and a woodfired pizza oven...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more
  • Private cateringSeeking a celebratory dinner or fully catered escape? Our recommended caterers will work with you to create personalised menus for your stay. Details are shared through our house book on confirming your booking.
  • RetreatsFrom foraging weekenders to crash courses in cold-water therapy, our bespoke retreats bridge the gap between luxury and back-to-nature philosophies. Create a hand-crafted stay that puts connectivity at the fore.
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner
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A room designed with celebratory occasions in mind
The bedrooms have a sumptuous edge
French style furniture and plaster work on the walls of the TV room

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Halfway from Tunbridge Wells to Eastbourne, and right on the edge of the high-rolling High Weald, this little town has a regular food market and stunning old church and is close to Heathfield, where shops and restaurants provide all you need for a luxury self-catering country house escape.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Roserai is located in its own splendid grounds just to the west of the market town of Heathfield in East Sussex, roughly halfway between Tunbridge Wells and Eastbourne.
  • By Car The property is approximately two and a half hours from London, 40 minutes from Tunbridge Wells and 30 minutes from Eastbourne.
  • By Train The journey time to Tunbridge Wells from London Bridge is 45 minutes, followed by a 30 minute bus journey to Heathfield, from where guests can take a taxi the 10 minute drive to the house.
  • By Air Gatwick Airport is a one hour away by car or taxi.

From the owner

“We´ve taken great care to ensure Roserai has retained many original features, and we added contemporary touches for laid-back comfort. We know you will love the lake, ponds and pool house as much as we do.”

From the owner

Built in 1575 by John Fuller, the house used to be a tanning mill, and the tanning ponds are still very much in-situ just as they were then. A traditional Sussex sandstone and redbrick building, with Sussex tile, hung roof, and the unique square capped roof on the oast ensure the property boasts huge character and comfort.

The calming waters of the large lake lie next to Roserai, where you can follow the well-trodden path for a leisurely stroll to soak up the beautiful surroundings. You may perhaps meet one or two of the plentiful wildfowl enjoying the tranquillity of the water. Take in the scenery where the Weeping Willows, majestic Cedars and wonderful great Oaks grow elegantly on the water’s edge, and enjoy the views around the expansive gardens.

Of course, the latest modern addition to the property is the wonderfully zen heated swimming pool, hot tub and luxurious indoor spa facilities including sauna and steam room which are available all year round, complete with the grand outdoor seating area for dining alfresco, with full use of the barbecue and pizza oven, and fully equipped kitchen – ensuring your stay will be indulgent, relaxing and restorative. We are also perfectly located to visit the Glyndebourne opera house which is just a short drive from Roserai and a must!

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Waldron with an insider’s perspective.

Take in a show, Glyndebourne

To See

Take in a show, Glyndebourne

Under half an hour by car and a stone´s throw from the picturesque village of Lewes, the Glyndebourne season runs from May to August. This is classic world class opera at its very best: take in the festival´s unique seasonal picnic experience, and don´t forget to dress to impress…

Get your armour on, Hailsham

To See

Get your armour on, Hailsham

Herstmonceux Castle, half an hour by car, is a 14th century landmark in a splendid estate, with its own formal gardens (and, so it´s said, a ghostly drummer). Schedule a visit for the medieval festival in August and make it a family day out, with a good dash of battle history thrown in.

The Star Inn, Waldron

To Eat

The Star Inn, Waldron

For a hearty, slap-up Sunday roast, this authentic Sussex country pub is perfect for all the family. Recently listed in The Good Beer Guide, it offers a huge selection of real ales, beers, ciders and exceptional wines. With divine food and a homely, warm atmosphere, it is well worth a visit. 

Waldron walks, Waldron

To Do

Waldron walks, Waldron

This village has a 12th century church thought to have been built on the site of an older Saxon one. Wander through the churchyard and look out for the terracotta plaques and sombre memorials. A circular trail takes walkers across High Weald, starting and stopping in the village itself.

Guest Testimonials

We´ve had the happiest time enjoying a wonderful week here. We love the pool, the tranquillity, and the magical atmosphere in the house. Best ever massage from Lisa and excellent food at the Hurstwood Pub. Thank you so much for an exceptional holiday, we´re hoping to come back next June.

Thank you Roger and Karen for yet another lovely stay. This house has provided entertainment for all age groups and we are happy to have experienced it with our growing family.

Roserai is an incredible property. We felt so special to be able to have the weekend there. So well appointed, incredible pool and facilities. Lovely hosts and housekeeper, they all couldn’t have been more welcoming. Thank you.

The property was in the location we wanted and looked very good. We weren’t disappointed. The property was fantastic and the owners were great hosts during our stay, thank you.

I just wanted to say what a wonderful place this is. I don’t say that lightly. We’ve rented stunning houses all over the world, but this place stands out. It’s exceptional in my view. We only stayed a couple of nights last time, visiting a friend who was staying here at the house. I always knew we’d come back one day. Delighted we did.

Thank you to the owners for the most perfect stay in your wonderful home. It was a very special retreat away from our busy London lives. The house has such a lovely, cosy, homely feel and your little touches are so beautiful. Thanks again for allowing us to share this special place. The gardens, grounds, sauna and steam room are also fabulous. We hope to return one day.

We had the best easter weekend at Roserai, we didn´t want to leave. The hot tub and pool house are just amazing, and we had an incredible treatment from Lisa. The Hosuekeeper was so helpful and kind. Hopefully, we´ll be back soon. Thank you!

Our last stay at Roserai back in October 2022 was so nice that we chose to come back for another one week stay. We visited some castles and gardens nearby and went on a one day trip to London. We will return soon!

Thank you to the owners for the most perfect stay in your very special retreat away from our busy London lives. The house has such a lovely cosy homely feel & your little touches are so beautiful. Thanks again for allowing us to share this special place. The gardens, grounds, sauna, and steam room are also fabulous! We hope to return one day.

A fabulous week of family reunion with three generations under one roof! We absolutely loved the spa facilities with lots of time lounging around and incredible spa treatments from the lovely Lisa- highly recommend! Dinner at both versions of The Star Inn- both at Waldron and Heathfield Waldron definitely book (especially with children), the food was delicious. Heathfield had a lovely garden. Beautiful runs down Dem Lane to Chiddingly and up the hill to Heathfield. Thank you for a lovely stay.

After two years apart due to travel restrictions, Roserai was the perfect destination to unwind, unplug and reconnect. Being here at Christmas felt particularly special - thank you for every little touch and the attention to detail. Your home has inspired me to get on with buying mine in Upstate New York! Thank you.

From the moment we arrived, we knew this house was very special. This is a home-from-home, but so much more. Here to celebrate mum´s 65th birthday and retirement from the NHS during Covid, we couldn´t have picked a more perfect setting. With the weather on our side, we enjoyed pool parties, barbecues and pizzas and the children spent much time in the pool learning to be fish! The attention to detail in every part of Roserai is spectacular. Thank you again for an amazing holiday and we hope to be back again soon!

Thank you! We have had the most wonderful stay in your extraordinarily gorgeous house - just dreamy! We don´t want to leave. The children have enjoyed having their own pool and hot tub, and we adults loved the steam room. The children have already asked if we can come back again!

We´ve had an amazing stay at Roserai! The pool, house and grounds are all fantastic and we´ve simply loved being here. We hope to be back again next year. Thank you for everything!

We had an absolutely wonderful stay at Roserai! What a picture-perfect home and grounds! The children and adults alike had so much fun - the pool and hot tub are fantastic and we all loved bouncing on the trampoline. Thank you for making us feel so welcome in your beautiful home. We will definitely be back!

The house and grounds at Roserai are just wonderful. We´ve had a true escape and have loved everything. The spa and pool were great, even with the lack of sunshine! We hope to return one day.

Even though we had some hiccups with a local power cut, everyone, including the homestay team and the lovely owners did everything they could to make our stay relaxing and stress-free. The location is amazing and the house and grounds are just fabulous! What a great experience, an incredible house and exactly what we needed to forget busy London life. Thank you!

The house is fabulous - Roserai is so calming and we had absolutely everything you could want or need. The pool/spa area is just perfect too; what a complete treat. We will be back!

What a fantastic week away. The house was very cosy, especially when it was raining and the fire was lit. The styling of the house was perfection. We enjoyed using the pizza oven, the spa and especially the hot tub. Everything to do with the house and surroundings had been planned and so well thought out. Roserai exceeded our expectations and we will be back.

Thank you for the loveliest week. We loved the house, the grounds, the farm, the garden, pool, sauna, jacuzzi. Thank you so much for making us feel so charmed by the lovely country life here. We cannot wait to return.

Thank you for a fabulous stay. A week of 30-degree heat meant the pool was very well used! Roserai is a beautiful property with stunning gardens and all the facilities you could ever need.

An amazing property that has everything you could want or need! Roserai is the perfect place to relax and catch up with family. The pool and pool house are fantastic. Thank you!

We´ve had a fabulous time here over the last week. Real highlights have included daily swims, spa, walking around the beautiful grounds and relaxing as a family surrounded by nature. What a treat! Our sole regret was that we only booked one week; we´ll be back for two weeks next time!

Without a doubt, Roserai is one of the best places my family and I have ever stayed. It’s a beautiful property and the grounds completely exceeded our expectations – we spent a whole week exploring all of the hidden treasures, and even so, I am not sure we managed to see it all. We are already planning our return!

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