Berwick bed and breakfast, South Downs, England

Description of Berwick bed and breakfast, South Downs, England

Come and stay in the beautiful thatched annex of my lovely old house. Situated in the South Downs National Park, just a miles walk from the South Downs Way itís the perfect place to stay if you want to experience the beauty of the landscape. Enjoy your breakfast in the attractive garden and take in the views whilst watching the woodpeckers fluttering around. You can tuck into a traditional full English, cereal, yoghurt, porridge, or enjoy some home-made bread with home-made butter, jam or marmalade.

There is plenty to see and do in the immediate surroundings, whether you feel like a stroll up onto the hills, a phenomenally good meal next door in the English Wine Centre or to pop next-door on the other side to Drusillaís Zoo. In the local area there are even more places to visit with the village of Alfriston in walking distance, home to the National Trusts first ever property; The Clergy House. The village of Glyndebourne is also nearby or venture to Lewes town to visit Lewes Castle or Anne of Cleaves house. The Seven Sisters County Park is just down by the coast; perfect for a blustery walk along the chalk cliffs.

Rooms, food and facilities

There are two rooms available to stay in, both located in a separate annex with its own entrance. There is one super king/twin room that easily changed to suite your needs and a family room that can accommodate 4 people if need be. The family room has one double bed in the room and a sofa bed in the adjoining smaller room.

Both rooms are on the ground floor and have their own en-suite bathroom, living/dining room, tea and coffee making facilities, flat screen Sky television and access to the garden from both rooms.

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How to find us

The nearest train station is Berwick, about 1 mile away. From there you can either walk or I will pick you up if need be.

The South Downs way goes by the nearby village of Alfriston so I can pick people up from there or again it is within walking distance, but slightly off the route itself.

There is a bus that runs between Eastbourne and Seaford that runs every 2 hours and stops nearby and at the weekends there is a community bus that goes from Berwick station.

Arriving by car: Drive along the A27 and when you reach the Drusillaís roundabout, take the exit marked Alfriston. Just off the roundabout, weíre the second turn in on the left, right by the English Wine Centre.

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Responsible tourism: Berwick bed and breakfast, South Downs, England


The house is a lovely old building, with one of the original fireplaces in the main part of the house dating back to 1560. I love history and have a great passion for architecture so I've tried to keep the house and annex in keeping with its original style and structure as possible. The annex was originally an old barn and so has a lovely thatched roof and the whole house has all the original old beams. Being such an old building it requires ongoing maintenance to keep it in shape and looking like the historical old building that it is. I always try to use local tradesman that have been recommended by word of mouth.

The garden to my property ĺ of an acre and is home to lots of wildlife. There are plenty of birds visiting the bird feeders for something to eat, squirrels in the trees and rabbits. I particularly like the woodpeckers that visit; green and spotted ones. There are plenty of trees around and in my garden; I have a huge magnolia in the corner; a big Weeping Ash; Plumb trees; Apple trees and a Quince. I compost all food remains that I can and use the compost for the vegetable garden and fruit plants. I grow a variety of fruit and veg; Jerusalem and ordinary artichokes; potatoes; onions; beetroot; broad and runner beans (if they succeed in growing); tomatoes; rhubarb; raspberries and blackcurrants. I make plenty of my own jam from the fruit, which goes perfectly with some of my home-made bread and home-made butter. The home-grown tomatoes go very nicely in a full English breakfast!

Itís easy to get to us by foot from the nearest train station, Berwick, only one mile away. Weíre not far from the South Downs Way either so plenty of people can arrive by foot. The local buses arenít that regular but you can get to and from Seaford and Eastbourne on the bus that runs every 2 hours. If youíre arriving by public transport or walking the South Downs Way and need a lift for the last leg Iíll be happy to pick you up.


Iíve recently become involved in a great charity called Heart Start. Itís a fantastic local community responder team located in Alfriston; making up a small team of dedicated people who have been trained by South Coast East Ambulance service to be Community Responders. They are a great service for people living out in the sticks where the normal ambulance service have to travel far to reach. Alfriston Heart Start recently were a huge help to my mother and are a great help to the community and to visitors who might need help on the Downs. I plan to do some fundraising for them by selling cakes and my home-made jams.

I belong to a craft group in Alfriston where people can meet up and partake in getting on with their crafts together, be it knitting or sewing. There are fates in Selmeston, Alfriston and Berwick during the summer and I like to participate in all of them. There is always something to do in the summer as there is plenty going on.

I like to support local produce and I buy my food from a variety of local farms and farm shops. I get my lamb from a farm near Hailsham, thereís a great butchers in Seaford and Middle farms produce is very nice as well. I do like to shop around the different farm shops a bit; I always sample the produce Iím buying if itís from somewhere new; this is always good as I like a thoroughly enjoy a fried breakfast myself.

There are plenty of places to visit nearby with the English Wine Centre and Drusillaís zoo right next door to the house. Berwick church is just down the road and Alfriston Clergy House is not far; itís the first property to have been purchased by the National trust in 1897. Lewes Castle and Anne of Cleaves House are in Lewes; Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters Country Park are a short journey to the coast; Glyndebourne Opera House and Charleston Farmhouse (home to the Bloomsbury group) arenít far either.

Locally I would recommend people to head to the Giants Rest pub in Wilmington as its one of my favourites. The Cricketers Arms in Berwick is nice as well; it has a fantastic country atmosphere with roaring fires. Or The English Wine Centre next door has a phenomenally good chef and serves delicious food.


Weíre surrounded by the downlands of the South Downs in every direction; there are fields in the foreground that make their way into the rolling hills in the distance. To the west you can see sheep grazing in the fields and when the trees are bare you can just about see the Long Man of Wilmingtonís arm poking out into the beautiful landscape.

Itís a lovely walk to get onto the Downs as you walk over to the church, across and past the farm and onto the Downs where you can walk across the hills. There is a nice walk from the church through to Alfriston, on which youíre surrounded by open fields and downland. For a longer walk I suggest walking to Arlington Reservoir; it takes about a 2 hour round trip and you get to go right up onto the hills. I have some maps of the local area, Alfriston and Lewes as a guide.

The local Church is very interesting to visit as it has links to the Bloomsbury group who lived in Charleston House. Artists Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and Quentin Bell painted extensive murals during the Second World War that cover the chancel arch, nave walls, screen and pulpit the church. You should definitely take the opportunity to visit these wonderful murals whilst staying in Berwick.

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