Lewes B&B, South Downs, England

Description of Lewes B&B, South Downs, England

This light and airy bed and breakfast is situated in the heart of historic Lewes. The house is just a minute’s walk from the High Street restaurants and shops, Norman Castle, the Barbican Museum, Anne of Cleeves and so much more.

Lewes is a thriving town well worth exploring. There are endless amounts of antique shops, art galleries and distinctive one- off shops, plus some outstanding pubs. Lewes is an excellent base for exploring the new South Downs National Park and the many Bloomsbury connections in the surrounding area.

From the bed and breakfast you can not only discover the highlights of Lewes but also jump on a train and be in Brighton in less than twenty minutes. Glyndebourne Opera House and Charleston House are close by, along with many other gorgeous Sussex villages such as Alfriston.

Rooms, food and facilities

The bed and breakfast has a double bedroom and a spacious twin room with en-suite shower room. Both the rooms have TV and DVD and Wi-Fi is also available. Both rooms are wheelchair accessible. Unfortunately no pets allowed but children are welcome. There is also secure bicycle storage at the house.

The breakfast room is the perfect place to start your day, with its bright and cheerful atmosphere as well as stunning views over the town and the South Downs beyond.

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How to find us

4 minutes walk up from Lewes Train Station on St. Martin's Lane. Drive into Lewes from A27, down High Street, and turn right into St. Martin's Lane, opposite Lewes Castle.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Lewes B&B, South Downs, England

Environment

When guests book in for the bed and breakfast they are actively encouraged to arrive in Lewes by public transport. Whilst spending time in Lewes you rarely need a car and can travel to many places using either the train or bus. Lynn and Nick often find that their guests are grateful for the recommendations on leaving the car at home, not only because Lewes is so easily explored by foot, but also because they can be proud of reducing their carbon footprint just a little. There is also secure bicycle storage at the house for those who choose to arrive on wheels.

Breakfast ingredients are sourced locally whenever possible. Free range eggs are from Holmansbridge farm shop just outside of Lewes. There is usually homemade marmalade and home baked bread for breakfast. There is always freshly chopped seasonal fruit, muesli and yoghurt and any other ingredients are often sourced from the Lewes market.

Lewes has one of the finest medieval street plans in the country and the architecture is fascinating- particularly the mathematical tiles! Lewes has an illustrious history and was the scene of the Battle of Lewes, in which parliamentary democracy came to be established in England in 1264. Lewes has been home to many important and noteworthy people over the years including; Thomas Paine the radical writer and revolutionary, Dr Gideon Mantell who found the first iguanodon bones (the beginnings of dinosaur studies) and Dr Richard Russell the first person to promote sea bathing for health. The list goes on, Albion Russell had a shoe factory in Lewes with his wife- a Miss Bromley, they started the famous Russell and Bromley shoe empire.

Community

Lynn and Nick are members of the Living Streets, a group which campaigns to improve conditions for pedestrians in Lewes. At present their main focus is on getting the speed limit lowered to 20mph through Lewes. Having spent many years fighting for this campaign they are just a step away from improving the traffic situation in Lewes. They are also members of Friends of Lewes, a registered charity who aim to stimulate public interest in beauty, history and character of the town in Lewes and play a vital role in protecting and enhancing the townscape. The society has been a major participant in many successful campaigns, including halting the County Councils Inner Relief Road Plan which would have split the town in two, and championing the Southern Bypass and the building of the Cuilfail tunnel. The society have also played their part in conservation and restoration in Lewes, campaigning against The Railway Land being developed, working alongside architects on building a more sympathetic design for the new library and they also worked with the South Downs Campaign to have Lewes included in the South Downs National Park.

If that didn’t already keep Lynn and Nick busy enough they are support the ‘Lewes Little Theatre’, a small but long established theatre that puts on amateur dramatics. The theatre now also has film screenings once a month. Lewes is notorious for its spectacular Bonfire night celebrations and Lynn and Nick have not missed a bonfire since the 1970’s!

Landscape

The bed and breakfast is located in a quiet twitten in the very heart of historic Lewes. Lewes’ history and its thriving community make it a hugely interesting small town. The town is nestled in a gap in the South Downs cut through by the River Ouse. The South Downs rise above the river on both banks, occupying the west bank is the High Street which climbs steeply up from the bridge. On the east bank is Cliffe Hill, the large chalk cliffs can be seen for miles.

Lewes boasts an array of things to keep you busy during your visit, art galleries, antique shops, quirky boutiques, pubs and some fabulous places to eat. Slightly further afield from Lewes you can go and watch an event at Glyndebourne Opera House, visit the home of the Bloomsbury Group at Charleston or get lost in the North Laines in Brighton- all less than twenty minutes away from the B&B.

For those of you who love to walk this is the ideal place to stopover. Lewes in the middle of the South Downs National Park has an endless selection of countryside walks. You can easily walk to Glynde over the South Downs, walking behind Mount Caburn to the village where The Trevor’s Arms will provide you with refreshments. Then depending on how energetic you feel you can either walk back or catch the train back. Berwick a village further away would be a nice full day’s walk. Other shorter but still beautiful walks include traversing the Lewes Brooks RSPB reserve from Southover, you can walk to Kingston just outside of Lewes from Southover also. Alternatively you can stroll along the River Ouse towards Newhaven, or the other way towards Hamsey Place.

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