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Roserai | Luxury Self-Catering | Waldron, East Sussex

Tucked down a long sweeping drive, hidden within the majesty of a 10-acre estate crossed with neatly-mown lawns and rose gardens, Roserai is a unique oast house, inspired by the owners’ time spent in the south of France. A boating lake, warm outside pool and Franco-English themed interior combine to create your very own French-style chateaux, right here in rural East Sussex.  


Once part of a sizeable tanning estate and now like a wonderland pictured in the pages of a children’s storybook, this Grade-II listed roundel house has extensive grounds and a thoughtfully designed, spacious interior. Guests can look forward to unwinding in cosy living areas, luxuriating in the pool house and hot tub, or simply wandering through the ornamental gardens with all their hidden attractions. Roserai was made for celebratory weekends with family and friends.

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Having spent much cherished time in the south of France, the owners have given the interior of the house a distinctly French style with the addition of heavy drapes, period furniture and scrolled plaster detail, while French art decorates the walls. The house has five bedrooms in total; three super king-size, one king-size and one bunk room, each with its own lyrical persona, and two situated within the round tower itself. Ceilings are hung with chandeliers, beds are buried under sumptuous linens and on the door of each room, a brass knocker depicts a fox, dragonfly, snail, owl and bee. Modern bathrooms with tan tiles and smooth, clean lines work in happy contrast, flaunting all the luxuries required after a day out on the boating lake.



The great outdoors won't keep guests inside the walls for long; no matter how enchanting they may be. Halfway between bustling Tunbridge Wells and coastal Eastbourne, Roserai enjoys a spot at the edge of the rolling High Weald, with green views for miles around. Heathfield is the closest point for shops and activities, a small Sussex town boasting a tempting line-up of festivals and markets throughout the seasons. Back at the house, sway in the hammock or wander the rose gardens, drinking in the country air before retreating inside for supper.

For Relaxation

Low lights and thick drapes set a mellow backdrop in the communal spaces, multi-paned windows frame the verdant garden views and squishy sofas invite long evenings of chatter. A house with its own boating lake offers serious relaxation; persuade a friend to take up the oars then sink back and enjoy a gentle sail across the lake, enjoying the sound of water on wood. For some solitude, pour a coffee and retreat to the pool room, or hide between the twisting vines of the garden nursery. For special celebrations, an in-house spa and chef are on hand to help guests unwind.


The house has parking for five cars, more if needed, with a few steps from the drive to take into account. These are shared grounds with some communal rules, please note, the owner's dogs might sometimes stray onto the grounds. The big farmhouse kitchen has a large double oven, large fridge-freezer, dishwasher, washer-dryer. Daily use of the hot tub, sauna, swimming pool and pool house is between 10am and 4pm. With a stream, ponds and a lake in the grounds, parents are advised to take care of children.


  • SleepsUp to 8 guests
    From £3,500 per week, £2,695 per short break
  • Alternative Group OptionUp to 4 guests
  • Your Home Stay IncludesLinen and towels and logs for the fireDigital Property GuideDiscover what else you can look forward to...
  • BedroomsDoubles: There are four main bedrooms comprising three super-king beds and one king-sizeTwins: One child´s bunk room available upon request
  • BathroomsOne en suite bathroom with a walk-in shower, a family bathroom with overhead shower and a ground floor WC
  • FamilyChildren: Yes, children are welcomeCots: One cot is availableHighchairs: One highchair is available
  • BBQLarge gas barbecue and wood fired pizza oven available between 10am and 4pm
  • FeaturesDaily use of hot tub, sauna, swimming pool (between April half term and October half term) and pool house is between 10am and 4pm
  • PetsSorry, no pets
  • Mod ConsTelevision with Apple Box, B&O music speaker, DAB radio and Nespresso machineInternet & Communications: WiFi internet is availableMobile Signal: Check reception maps
  • Arrivals & DeparturesArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner
  • Other InformationProperty terms and conditionsFrequently asked questionsRecommend to a friend

Style: French furniture, dark wood detail and bathrooms designed for maximum comfort mean this is a house for romantics and escapists.


Our Take

Property Owners Roger and Karen say

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!

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Out & About

Discover places to see and things to do whilst in and around Waldron, East Sussex to truly enhance your stay come rain or shine!

Set out to explore the pretty little village of nearby Waldron, with its 12th century church (thought to have been built on the site of an older Saxon church) and churchyard dotted with unusual gravestones: look out in particular for the terracotta plaques and sombre memorials. Being on the edge of High Weald, plenty of walks are on offer for hikers, including a circular trail starting and stopping in the village itself.

Get your armour on for a visit to Herstmonceux Castle, just half an hour by car to the south-east. This 14th century landmark sits in a splendid 600-acre estate with its own formal gardens and, so it has been said, is inhabited by a ghostly drummer. If you can, schedule a visit for the medieval festival that takes place in August and make it a family day out with a good dash of battle history thrown in.


Pack buckets and spades and head to the glorious south coast. Eastbourne is half an hour by car, offering a variety of seafront restaurants, beach huts to hire, seasonal lifeguard patrolled bathing and windy walks in winter along the three-mile stretch of shingle beach. The town itself is packed full of shops and eateries – that's if there's still room left after all those essential seafront ice creams.

Take in a show at Glyndebourne, under half an hour by car from the house and a stone's throw from the picturesque village of Lewes. Running from May to August, the classic world class opera event gives visitors the chance to enjoy the festival's unique seasonal picnic experience and explore the gardens before the performance begins. Don't forget to dress to impress…



The roomy, well-equipped Roserai kitchen means a luxury escape with generous banquet meals can be whipped up in comfort. The nearby town of Heathfield has shops and stalls offering up all manner of local goodies; once back at the house, guests can sit at the big central bar keeping the chef company over a glass or two. Just don't forget the roast bronzing away in the double oven…

In-House Cuisine

If you'd rather spend your self-catering break indulging in the little luxuries, let an in-house chef prepare a mouth-watering meal for you and your loved ones in the comfort of your home-from-home (on prior request and subject to an additional cost).

Eating Out

The Star Inn at Waldron, just 3 minutes by car, is perfect for piling into after long walks, with a good pub menu and a summer garden. More dining options can be found in Heathfield, 10 minutes drive away, like Pilio, a tasty Greek restaurant on the high street. In the rural location of Warbleton, 15 minutes drive west, The Black Duck scores high for location, and the Runt In Tun at Maynards Green is another classic pub offering real ales and roasts.


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Disclaimer: These particulars, whilst believed to be accurate, are set as a guideline only. They are intended to give a fair description, but should not be relied upon as being a statement of fact. The photographs appearing on this website show only certain parts and aspects of the property at the time when the photographs were taken and it should not be assumed that the property remains precisely as displayed in the photographs. If there are any points of particular importance that need clarifying before you confirm your booking please do not hesitate to ask.

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