South Downs bed and breakfast, East Sussex, England

Description of South Downs bed and breakfast, East Sussex, England

We are in the heart of East Sussex, close to historical town of Lewes, Glyndebourne, Eastbourne, Brighton and airports. Fantastic National Trust properties within 30 minute drive. There are plenty of walks all over the South Downs and you can visit Alfriston; the eastern gateway to South Downs National Park. We really believe in attention to detail in everything we do - to give the customer an experience that they will enjoy.

Rooms, food and facilities

We have two doubles and two singles;

-One double en-suite overlooking the front of the house.

-One double room with private bathroom that overlooks the front of the house.

-One twin bedded room with en-suite overlooking the back sunny garden.

-One single room with private bathroom also overlooking the front of the property.

All rooms have flat screen tv/freeview, fridges, Iron and board, dressing gowns and slippers, power showers in all rooms.

We have a fabulous breakfast menu to suit all needs.

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How to find us

We are directly on the A22 in the small hamlet of Halland.

The nearest train station is Uckfield and there is a number 54 bus that takes you almost all the way here. It is a 20 minute walk from Uckfield station.

From the A27 take the first exit on the Lewes roundabout towards Lewes/ Tunbridge Wells. Follow the A26 to the junction with the A22, and turn right on the roundabout towards Eastbourne. Weíre about 2 miles on the right hand side once you enter Halland.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: South Downs bed and breakfast, East Sussex, England

Environment

The bed and breakfast holds a Silver Award with Green Tourism and has made a serious commitment to ensure that its operations have a positive impact on the environment. We make sure to operate our business in an environmentally sensitive way, ensuring that all environmental legislation applies.

We are also becoming a more eco friendly B&B with a variety of green policies that we follow and also have information about being green available to our customers.

To save on electricity we have power saving lights throughout, buy A rated appliances, lights outside are on a sensor or are solar powered. We also have power downs fitted to TVs and computers so even if they are left on standby they will turn off completely after 30 seconds.


We save on water by having green laundry practices; with signs in rooms to encourage guests to decide when they need bedding and towels changed; using the most water efficient cycle on our washing machine; have water butts at the front and back of the house for watering gardens and we have signs in all the rooms to encourage guests to be conscious of water too.

For heat saving we make sure to maintain our boiler, have thermostatic controls fitted to all radiators and we also have a wood burner in the lounge. We have had double glazing installed downstairs, triple glazing upstairs and roof insulation and high levels of insulation throughout the property to keep in the heat.

We try to save on paper by doing everything we can electronically (We have a downloadable brochure), using less paper in marketing and buying recycled toilet paper.

We make sure to recycle everything that isnít re-useable and monitor waste; paper; plastic; glass; cardboard; electrical items and mobile phones. We have bins in the rooms and these are emptied in accordance with recycling. We also make sure to use re-chargeable batteries.


We try to encourage people to use local transport; either buses or trains, or of course walking and cycling and we have information about public transport and local walks. We have information about cycle hire and can suggest lots of car-free activities.

We encourage wildlife into our garden; all the trees we have planted are to encourage wildlife and have bird feed in various places. The garden is mulched every year using recycled woodchips and weíve used old railway sleepers to extend our decking. We also have birds that nest in our letterbox every year so we encourage the postman not to use is so that they are not disturbed.


Natural products used for cleaning, we are total non smoking household and we make sure to use raw materials for any work that we do.

Community

Buying locally and supporting local shops and farms is high priority at the B&B. All of our products are sourced locally, and we encourage guests to visit our local farm shops and spend money. We have regular farmers markets in our local towns and encourage our guests to visit them. Local jams are something that our guests also love to buy from us. We also inform our guests of places to buy local books that have history of the area.

We totally support our local community and beautiful countryside. We offer summer jobs to young people with a good wage and fair working conditions.

I like to recommend the local pubs that I know they will provide the whole pub experience with amazing food and hopefully they will pass this onto their friends. Some good ones to mention are Halfway House, The Old Ship, The Cock and The Kings Head. Iíd also suggest heading to Lewes for a good meal at Billís cafe/restaurant.

Landscape

The South Downs National Park is not far from the B&B and I try my best inform all of my guests about the area and provide leaflets on our local landscapes. The area nearby is close to the South Downs Way and the trip up to Firle Beacon is particularly nice. With the fields of calk downland leading up to a beautiful view and sheep and cattle grazing over spring and summer. There are often skylarks flying overhead and you can hear them calling as them fall from the sky. You can see Mount Caburn opposite and Black Cap in the distance.

We like to chat with our guests about East Sussex and help them have a really enjoyable stay in Sussex and take away the memories that we shared. We make sure promote historical sites, walks exploring the woodlands.

There is so much to explore in East Sussex and if you donít have enough time to see everything we encourage our guests to come back so they are able to visit other beautiful places at a later date. We hold lots of books as reference in our reception areas that we encourage guests to use and all or the guest bedrooms have folders containing all the local knowledge of when and where to visit.

We encourage guests to use the Cuckmere cycle paths that can take you all the way down to the coast.

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