Location:Lewes, East Sussex, South Downs National ParkSee map here
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Description of Bed and Breakfast in Lewes, South Downs, England
Arrive to the wonderful town of Lewes and enjoy your stay in the ancient district of Southover, within a 30 minute walk of The South Downs Way. Stay in one of two double rooms and wake up to breakfast whilst watching the sparrows dotting in and out of the garden. The historical town has so much to offer with lots of pubs and restaurants to choose from. There are flea markets and antique shops to keep you busy or just enjoy looking at the wide variety of building and finding out about their history; we can lend you some books to help. One of the most beautiful spots in the South East of England, Lewes has great connections with a train station and buses to the coast and we have safe bicycle storage and private parking space. The Seven Sisters Country Park is a short bus journey away and you can hop on and off at different points. Walk along the cliffs or head down the beach. Lewes Castle and Anne of Cleaves House are both a short walk away from the house, or if you fancy heading up to the Downs during your stay or walking the South Downs Way we are not far from the route and itís such a lovely place to enjoy the beautiful landscape.
Rooms, food and facilities
There are two double rooms available at the B&B, both of which have en-suite bathrooms, television, bedside radio alarm-clock and tea and coffee making facilities. Beds are made with quality cotton linen and a hairdryer and iron are available for your use. There is free WiFi available in the house and you can even borrow a laptop if you want to plan your next dayís activities or check your emails during your stay with us.
You can arrive by public transport very easily in Lewes. The train station is just a 10 minute flat walk from the house and has fast connections to Brighton and London.
The number 28 bus is also great and comes from Brighton and goes to Tunbridge Wells.
You can arrive by bike and we have a big shed with padlock for keeping you bicycle safe.
Arriving on foot is very easy as the Southover district of Lewes is very close to the Kingston Ridge that is part of the South Downs Way; so not far to walk.
We have a private parking space if youíre arriving by car.
Responsible tourism: Bed and Breakfast in Lewes, South Downs, England
The environment in this area is lovely what more can you say...
Our house was built in 1926. It is amongst a group of Edwardian houses in an ancient district of Lewes. It is a brick end of terrace house built in a half timbered gestured gables. A Local rumour tells that we are in the grounds of an old manor house and that this area we live in was the old vegetable patch. This makes sense as the ground is nice and firm with good quality soil.
We have renovated the house and also added in an extension; obviously being careful to keep in the original style of the building. We were lucky enough to have bought a house that had never been done up but had been looked after very well. We sourced the materials for our renovation locally. The timber for the folding doors that lead to the garden was sourced from a local joiner/carpenter and he also made the wood in the extension and replaced our windows into beautiful timber. There is also a beautiful wall that runs round the bottom of our garden; we had this restored by a local gentleman that knows a lot about flint. We had a brand new roof put in, but made sure to use all the old tiles.
We get some nice wildlife into our garden and itís really nice to sit at the dining table by the folding doors and watch it. We put out bird feed that attracts lots of birds from the area. There are some nice smart little sparrows that visit from the river thatís just 200 yards away. There has also been some rare Reed Bunting out there as well.
Our neighbours have an apple tree that we are welcome to use which is nice. I often make apple and ginger compote. I have been known to make apple and cider bread as well.
We make sure to recycle and compost as everybody does. We have a wood burner in the kitchen/dining room; itís really nice to come down in winter to a warm fire. Itís also a comforting thought to know that weíre helping to pay for people to look after the woodland and for people to do the coppicing. The wood gets looked after, people get jobs and we get a warm house.
Being in Lewes means it is really easy for people to arrive and get around by using public transport. Weíre a 10 minute walk from the train station that will take you to Brighton, London, Seaford and places in between. Weíre also right by the number 28 bus route that goes between Brighton and Tunbridge Wells quite regularly. We have a big padlocked shed for people arriving by bike and weíre not far from the South Downs Way in Kingston if people are arriving by foot.
Lewes has a nice community and Iím a busy member of the local choir. We often have street parties in this area and if there are other events going on I get involved.
There are some great places to visit in the area and Iím more than happy to suggest places to eat and drink. Youíre spoilt for choice of pubs in Lewes; I would say head to the Swan for some good pub grub; The Kings Head is a really good gastro pub, is jolly nice, very welcoming and has some fantastic locally sourced pub food; The Elephant and Castle is good for an Ďellie burgerí . There are also some great flea markets and antique shops that are nice to look around. I generally send people off to School Hill.
Lewes Castle and Anne of Cleaves House are great places to go whilst staying in Lewes. Anne of Cleaves House is just around the corner from the B&B and itís good to visit them both in the same day so that you can get a cheaper dual ticket deal! Another great thing to do is get the train or bus down the coast and spend the day hopping on and off the bus along the coast. You can get off at lots of different places; stop for walks along the beach or up to the cliffs and into the towns. Weíre also a great location for visiting the opera at Glyndebourne and the Charleston trail.
From Lewes town there are some incredible views of the South Downs. From St Anneís Church there is a great view of Mount Caburn. Weíre about 4 miles from Southease, where you can join the South Downs Way. Itís pretty open downland and grazing land so you can move around with ease. We recommend the walk to Glynde; up to Chapel Hill and over the golf course, down into Glynde for a drink and back again. There are lots of other walks too and weíve got lots of maps for people to have a look at. Lewes is a really interesting town for its architecture as there are buildings from many different time periods. 400-500 years ago there werenít bricks around so they used the materials that they had which was timber and flint. When the fashion conscious Georgians came along and couldnít get hold of bricks they used mathematical tilesí from the outside they look like bricks but they are hung on a timber frame like tiles. When the railway came along bricks became available and people built their houses out of them. If you walk along to The Priory and look at the bottom of the walls you can see that lots of them have big stones at the base. These are stones that were stolen from The Priory as stone and flint wasnít the easiest to the build with. Lewes is a really good example of how people make use of the resources that they have and if you walk around the town and keep your eyes open you can spot some really interesting things. I have book that people can borrow to point things out whilst walking around. The first proper test of democracy happened at The Battle of Lewes in 1264. The barons to King were led by Simon De Monfort and went into battle as the King was bound to consult them as the rules lay down in the Magna Karta decreed. The barons were better warriors and were craftier that Prince Edward and his troops. They gained the high ground on the Downs overlooking Lewes before making their move. The battle of democracy was won by the barons; the king retreated and so had to consult them. We love living in such historic surroundings and feel our knowledge of our area can enhance our guests' visit to the South Downs National Park.