Powder Mills Hotel

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July, 2015

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Nestling in 150 acres of beautiful landscape with woods and large lakes, sits Powder Mills Country House Hotel with its 49 rooms.

We took up a special offer to stay for a night for only £89 including breakfast and a glass of Prosecco upon arrival. As members of the National Trust we wanted to visit Bodium Castle and this seemed a wonderful place to stay, located close to Battle.

We met with a friendly welcome at reception before being assigned to room 42 which turned out to have a fantastic view of one of the lakes, and within yards of our room. There is a decked area just outside the room with table and two chairs where you can enjoy the stunning views, watch the ducks, the Canada Geese, or even the resident peacock! Guests can enjoy fishing in the seven acre lake.

We enjoyed a cup of tea and biscuits before taking a look around the whole hotel and then enjoying our Prosecco on a terrace overlooking the swimming pool. We decided to have an evening meal out in the pretty little village of Sedlescombe.

Once back at Powder Mills we had a good nights sleep before going down to breakfast in The Orangery Restaurant next morning.

The restaurant has 2 rosettes, is tastefully decorated giving a lightness to the room with a beautiful display of flowers in a large, ornate urn. The breakfast menus offers a wide variety of well cooked food and you can enjoy a good, personal service from helpful staff.

As to the history of The Powder Mills Hotel, it was originally the site of a famous Gunpowder Works which was reputed to have made the finest gunpowder in Europe during the Napoleonic Wars. The nearby ‘Asten’ stream was once very hard-working with 5 gunpowder mills stretched along its bank. Built in 1676, Powder Mills was destroyed by an explosion in 1796, but was rebuilt in the same year.

Powder Mills has had some well known visitors in the past, namely the Duke of Wellington in 1806d when he was stationed in Hastings and Charles Dickens.

This is a place where you can enjoy a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere in a peaceful and scenic setting, just the place for a break and some sightseeing!

Caroline Hutchings

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