Location:Ringmer, East Sussex, South Downs National ParkSee map here
More info:Please arrive after 2pm and vacate rooms by 11am; you are more than welcome to stay a bit longer and relax in the garden and lounge areas.
Description of Ringmer B&B, South Downs, England
Stay in our newly converted barn; originally built in the 1800ís with many of its original features and retained in keeping with its original beauty and character. Stay in one of five rooms; two of which can accommodate a family. Then enjoy a Full English breakfast in the garden with eggs from our own hens. At the foot of the South Downs National Park experience beautiful views of rolling hills whilst enjoying your stay on our farm.
There is plenty to do in the surrounding area with the village or Glynde not far; host to the famous Glyndebourne opera house and Mount Caburn. The historical town of Lewes is very close by where you can go to Lewes Castle or visit Anne of Cleaves house. Harveys brewery is in Lewes as well and you can enjoy a pint in one of the many pubs there. Closer to home you can walk to The Green Man pub down the road for some delicious food after a day of exploring or venture out into the countryside for a beautiful walk up to Firle Beacon where you can see for miles around.
Rooms, food and facilities
There are 5 rooms in the self-contained barn. 1 single and 4 doubles; two of these have a sofa bed that can accommodate 2 children or 1 adult.
All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms; one of the doubles can cater for those with mobility difficulties with wider doorways and wet-room style bathroom.
Other facilities include: -Colour television with free-view -DVD player -Radio alarm clock -Hairdryer -Tea and coffee making facilities -Towels
There is also access to the garden and lounge areas for relaxing and you will find a variety of DVDís, books and games to enjoy during your stay.
How to find us
You can arrive to Lewes train station and jump on the number 28 bus towards Tunbridge Wells. Get off at Broyle Side and from there it is a short 10 minute walk to the farm; head the same direction the bus was going, and take the first exit at the roundabout onto Laughton Road.
Responsible tourism: Ringmer B&B, South Downs, England
I donít know exactly how old the farm building is, but there was a date in the barn that said 1839, so it must be at least that old. When we moved in it was falling apart. Rather than restore it, we basically took it apart and re-built it using all of the original materials that were still in working order so to keep it in its original design. A lot of it was good to re-use and it has all the original beams, a lot of original timber and slate. Any new materials we used were locally sourced from the surrounding area.
Being a farm at the foot of the South Downs there is a lot of natural wildlife living around us. In the farm itself we have horses and sheep and sometimes pigs. Living around us are lots of birds in the bushes and trees. There are some pheasants, lots of kites and a local owl that is always about at around 7 oíclock. Our natural pond attracts ducks in the summer before they migrate off again.
We try to be green by recycling and using solar panels on the roof. We also have underground heating system to extract heat from the ground that has been warmed up by the sun and we use the eggs from our own hens and get our meat and dairy from local farms to reduce food miles. We also grow some of our own fruit, with fruit trees and strawberries in the summer.
Iím involved in the community through the school that my children attend. We often do fundraising for the school in the form of fates or fundraising events such as karaoke nights. There are other local fates in Ringmer as well that raise money for the school and the village.
There are also lots of other villages and towns nearby that host plenty of history and charm; we are very close to Glyndebourne, only about a 5 minute drive along a country lane and lots of people come to stay for Glyndebourneís famous opera. Historical Lewes is a bus ride away with Lewes Castle and Anne of Cleaves House to visit and Firle is also not far and the walk up to the beacon is tremendous.
If people are staying with us then I always recommend a visit to The Green Man pub. Itís the closest one too us; within walking distance. The owners are lovely people and they do really nice food. Their delicious ice creams and puddings all come from the dairy farm next door. I also get my dairy from the dairy farm next door. We get our bacon and sausages for your Full English from Turners Farm, the eggs come from our own hens and when we do have pigs we make our own sausages.
Weíre right at the foot of the South Downs with beautiful views. Our farm makes up 20 acres of fields with sheep and ponies in them. Beyond that there is more fields of farmland into the distance and beyond that there are the hills of Firle and the beacon straight in from of you. You can also see the way to Lewes with its chalky hill sides and to just before the Long Man of Wilmington. Itís a wonderful view in all directions.
I will always recommend visitors to take a blustery walk up to Firle Beacon where there are lovely views. I love to take the dogs up there for a walk and I do lambing up there for 4 months of the year so I spend a lot of my time enjoying my surroundings. You can see Mount Caburn over in Glyndebourne from the beacon. Mount Caburn is another lovely walk to go on; at the summit there are the remains of an Iron Age hill fort.