Location:Lewes, Sussex, South Downs National ParkSee map here
More info:£60 is charged for single occupancy of a double or twin room.
We do not accept bank cards. Deposit usually required.
Description of Lewes bed and breakfast, South Downs, England
Visit the historical town of Lewes in the beautiful South Downs National Park. Stay in a lovely Victorian house in a double or twin room with great views and private bathrooms. Relax as you enjoy your breakfast in the garden in summer or get cosy by the open fire whilst relaxing in the lounge on those cold nights. Enjoy delicious home-made cakes with a cup of tea before you set out to explore this lovely town on your doorstep. There are great places to eat and drink, with pubs and restaurants dotted about town just 10 minutes walk; attractions such as Lewes Castle and Anne of Cleave House are just 15 minutes from the front door.
With the South Downs Way nearby and the Ouse Valley Way running right through, Lewes is a great stop off point for walkers. For those visiting for longer, there is great public transport to take you to nearby villages and towns. Itís so easy to get to the coast by train where you can walk the cliffs of the Seven Sister Country Park, or stay closer to the town and take one of the walking routes directly out of Lewes and explore your surroundings.
Rooms, food and facilities
There are two rooms available; one double and twin.
The double is a sunny room with beautiful views and has an en-suite bathroom. The twin room is large and at the front of the house. There is a separate bathroom with Victorian bath and shower; only for use of the occupants of the twin room.
Rooms all include TVís and DVD players, tea and coffee making facilities and the whole house has wireless internet. Youíre welcome to sit in the lounge or garden whilst sampling our tea and cake after a long day.
The nearest train station is Lewes and from there it is a short 15 minute walk. Turn right out of the station and head north down Station Road. Continue onto Fisher Street, turn left onto White Hill that turns onto Offham Road, go past one roundabout and turn left onto Prince Edwardís Road; weíre number 38.
Driving from Brighton- Take the A27 until you reach the fist roundabout where you take the exit onto the A277 towards Lewes. At the first traffic lights, take a left and then take a right onto Prince Edwardís Road, just after the Victoria Hospital. Weíre on the right hand side; number 38.
Responsible tourism: Lewes bed and breakfast, South Downs, England
Our house is a late Victorian building that was built using old foundry materials. The ground floor is held up using old railway lines; if you go into the cellar and look up you can see the railway tracks on the ceiling. The Cellar used to be an old coal hole, but we converted it into what is now my office where I make wedding dresses. We are forever restoring bits of the house as the back of it is facing the south-westerly weather that hurls itself at the sash windows. On the whole we source our materials locally for the restoration work.
At the back of the house we have a reasonably sized garden that we grow our own vegetables in. There are 4 raised beds in which I grow a variety of veg; sprouts; potatoes; spinach; courgettes; cucumber; salad leaves; lettuce; cabbage; squashes; broccoli; peppers and more. We compost everything we can and have 3 compost areas in the garden which we use on the vegetable beds and rest of the garden. I also make my own cakes, yoghurts and cream teas which are lovely to enjoy in the garden in the summer.
We try to minimise our water wastage and so we have a big tank that collects all the water from our washing machine and shower. There is a mechanism that cleanses the water, rises, oxygenates and then can be used to water the garden and vegetables. I make sure to only use eco-friendly products for cleaning so do not contaminate the water to be used in the garden.
We get some wildlife in the garden; mostly foxes and birds. The birds are encouraged by the bird feed we have out, however there is a bit of a struggle between the bigger Seagulls, Magpies and Crows and the smaller birds like Chaffinches, Blue Tits and Sparrows.
The location of the house is really good for people arriving by public transport or walking. Lewes train station is only a 15 minute walk away and the town centre is only a 10 minute walk. People arrive to us who are walking the South Downs Way and the Ouse Valley Way as Lewes is a great stop off point. There are buses that head in lots of directions if you want to go visiting places or go for a walk and hop on a bus back.
The local community in Lewes is great. Iím involved in a community group for B&B owners in the area and itís a really good system we have going. We meet 3-4 times a year and I actually learnt about a lot of local produce and sellers through this group. We also make sure to send our custom to each other if weíre fully booked so we can recommend good people to stay with if we cannot accommodate guests.
I try to buy my food locally and use the local produce market that is run on a Friday. For the fruit and veg I donít grow myself I head to a man that has a stall on the bridge in town; heís there at random times, but heís generally there if the weather is acceptable. There is a farmers market I like that runs once a month and I like to get my meat from either the butcher at the bottom of the town by the river, which is organic meat from Barcombe; or from the local butcher Richard at the top of town.
Iím involved in some fundraising for the Lewes Youth Orchestra as my children were part of the it and do courses over the holidays. My husband is chair of the committee and we hold barbecues, fun runs, walks etc to raise money for it. This year weíre also opening up our garden as an open garden to raise money for St Peters & St Jamesí Hospices. My husband is a landscape gardener so it will be a pretty picture and weíll serve cream teas.
If youíre wandering around the town there are some really nice pubs to stop in for a drink or some nice food. The Lewes Arms is brilliant as itís really traditional; The Snowdrop is by the river and The Pelham Arms is quite nearby, which is good for food.
There is plenty to do in the Historical town of Lewes. Lewes Castle and Anne of Cleaves House are a short walk from the house. Middle Farm is in nearby Firle and hosts Apple Fest In October which is a fun little music festival. Local independent eateries and coffee shops take part in having a theme of autumnal fruits and there are extra offers that go alongside the theme. Glyndebourne village is very close by as is Charleston House; famous for the Bloomsbury group. They hold the Charleston Festival in May. The coast is not far and you can hop on the train and walk along the cliffs of the Seven Sisters Country Park. Then of course there are the famous Bonfire Night celebrations that attract visitors from all around.
The views from the house are really lovely as you can see the hills in the distance. From the house you can also see Lewes Castle. Over the rooftops to the south-east you can see all the way to Newhaven. You can walk the Ouse Valley Way that goes from the source of the river in Upper-Beading all the way down the river to Cuckmere Haven by Newhaven.
The South Downs Way is not too far and Lewes is a great stop over for those rambling in the hills. There are plenty of shorter walks for those who are feeling like a nice daytime walk but want to come back again. I have lots of pamphlets that visitors are welcome to use to find out where to go. Firle Beacon is a lovely walk nearby as you get beautiful 360į views of fields and farmland.
Lewes is a historical town so there is loads of history about the town to learn about. Where I live is the site of the battle of Lewes that took place in 1264 between Simon De Montfort and Prince Edward. All of the names around this part of town are named after people who were involved in the battle; our road is named after Prince Edward himself. Lots of people come on historical trips to find out about it as itís very interesting.