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Facilities at Rose Lea Cottage
The charming Village of St Martin is the location of this truly unique property. Originally an apple store the cottage now offers spacious accommodation for holidaymakers. The entrance way has true country ambience as it houses a 'Le Pressoir' (traditional cider press). The pretty garden plus a separate terrace helps to make this an ideal holiday home.
The local shop and public house are within easy walking distance. The bar offers a great family restaurant with a varied menu and indoor and outdoor eating. The area is served by 3 bus services which include easy access to Rozel Bay, Durrell and St Helier.
St Martin is traditionally a farming and residential community. The beautiful bays of Rozel, Gorey, Archirondel and Bouley bay are all an easy drive. This location is ideal for walks through the woods and the Green Lanes (restricted 15 mile speed limits) to the beach.
Cider production was an important part of the Jersey economy from the 17th to the 19th century. Up until the first world war cider was the most common and expected meal time beverage. Indeed, to a degree, cider was used as a partial currency to pay farm workers instead of cash. The press would have also been used to make Jersey Black Butter (which can still be bought in specialist Jersey stores).
Rose Lea Cottage was built in 1803 as an apple storage loft and barn. The main property dates back as far as 1667 and as well as a farmhouse has previously been used as a guest house. The fascinating history surrounding the estate includes stories of the second world war when the family living in the main house risked their lives by hiding a Russian prisoner of war in the attic. The property was bought by well known local architect John Douglas Smith ARIBA as a family home in 1981. Mr Smith started the conversion process to house his successful practice and converted the loft into drawing offices. The business was a birthplace for many iconic local designs including the Jersey museum and the orang-utan house at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. In 1997 Mr Smith redesigned the building as a retirement home for him and his wife, with his daughter and family moving into the main house. Mr & Mrs Smith are no longer there and his daughter decided to convert the much loved cottage into a warm and welcoming holiday home.
Rose Lea Cottage - 4 Bedrooms - Maximum 4 adults, 1 child (8 years and over only)
Entrance to the cottage is through the room that houses the Cider Press.
Ground floor: Kitchen-diner. Utility room. Lounge. WC.
First floor: 2 Double bedrooms. 1 Single bedroom. House bathroom (includes hand held shower - no overhead). House shower room with standard walk-in style shower cubicle (and wc).
1 Bedroom/study with rollout style bed, wash hand basin, no wardrobe; this room has a stairway with a sturdy stair-gate which lead to an informal fire escape.
Enclosed garden for exclusive use and an additional terrace, both for sole use with a barbecue provided.
More about the accommodation
Parking provided for 1 car, parking for a second car may be possible subject to advance arrangement.
Welcome Grocery Basket features fruit, wine, biscuits, bread, butter, milk, tea, coffee and sugar.
For late arrivals there is an option to request an order from a home cook style frozen food company. Beach towels are also provided in addition to the standard linen. Hairdryer & tumble dryer provided. Telephone is for local calls.
The double bedrooms also feature televisions (one with DVD player). The full boxed set of the original 1980's Bergerac television series has been thoughtfully provided to enhance the island feel. There is also a selection of other dvd's, family games, novels and a wealth of reading matter including a large selection of books on Jersey and the other Channel Islands.
The cider press is a unique feature of the cottage and offers a small insight to a true Jersey tradition.
As this is a functioning facility (although not used for many years) we would like to point out that care is needed in and around the press which should be treated with the same safety attitude as farming equipment. The cottage has its own entrance through the press room. The ground floor wc is accessed through the cider press room.
"A big thank you for a wonderful stay. It is truly a fantastic cottage, brilliant location and wonderful, helpful owner. The owner made our stay with her thoughtfulness, finding a boogie board for our son and dropping treats round...The cottage was so well equipped, better than any cottage we had stayed in before. We love the island and will definitely be back...You are a truly customer focused company and we will be using you again." - Mrs R. Sussex - Email of thanks.
"Undoubtedly, the best holiday cottage that we have ever stayed in, and the most comprehensively equipped. Thank you for the many generous thoughtfull extra touches, which were very much appreciated, and for sharing the lovely building with us. We had a brilliant holiday on Jersey and hope to return one day" - Mr PG. Basingstoke - Guest book
"Excellent cottage and excellent hosts - they
really cared about the service they were providing and definitely went
the extra mile to ensure their guests' holiday experience was the best
they could possibly provide." - Mr P. Basingstoke - Client Experience Survey
"Thank you very much, I really appreciate this lovely cottage and i'd stay here anytime again!" - Master B L (Age 12). Swansea - Guest book.
"Thank you so much for a wonderful welcome, delicious supplies and a beautifully furnished and equipped cottage, we could not have chosen anywhere nicer to stay!" - Mrs L & Family, Swansea - Guest book.
"Have stayed in Jersey many times (15) and the welcome and touches provided by the owner were by far the best we have encountered. Would not hesitate to return on a future trip." - Mr/s H & Family. Fife - Client Experience Survey
"Nothing I could write in this book that would aptly
describe how pleased we were with such a high standard of accommodation at Rose
Lea Cottage. We were so warmly welcomed
by Jackie, we felt relaxed and so pleased with everything especially the
welcome basket of goodies, much appreciated and very generous. We have enjoyed our 50th Wedding Anniversary
beyond our expectation and this was largely due to this beautiful house and the
beautiful surroundings of quiet walks.
The cottage was like a breath of fresh air and has so many extras. We chose this accommodation from hundreds of
others and could not be more pleased with our choice. Congratulations to Rose Lea Cottage owners.
they are perfect hosts and a great credit to Jersey and the tourism
industry. If age and health doesn’t beat
us we will return ASAP." - N & J D & Friends. NSW Australia - Guest book
"It is lovely to stay in a house that is nicer than our own! The welcome was very warm and we would like to come back sometime...We can recommend the local pub for both the beer and the food. " - Mr/s S. Winchester - Guest Book
"It has been a great week in Jersey, living in your lovely home. Thank you for sharing it with us. I would like to recommend here to all, as it is the perfect location. We will be back!" - Mr B. Oxford - Guest book.
"We had a fabulous stay - Jersey is beautiful and the cottage was in a great location. The cottage was lovely - very comfortable and a real home from home, with all the amenities you could ever need....We recommend staying here very highly and will be back" - Mr D & family. Walsall - Client Experience Survey
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