Location:Lewes, East Sussex, South Downs National ParkSee map here
Description of Lewes bed and breakfast, Sussex, England
We are a small and friendly bed and breakfast in the heart of Lewes, in the South Downs National Park. Lewes is a great town for experiencing music, art, great food, beautiful architecture and interesting history. Only a 15 minute walk from the South Downs Way and with safe storage for bikes we're a perfect stop off for walkers and cyclists. Lewes has great connections to the coast and other parts of the Downs; there are regular buses and trains only a 10 minute walk from the house.
We offer a range of breakfasts to suit your requirements; our home made cereal is a lovely and delicious healthy option or a classic full English is always on offer. Our pretty garden attracts the birds and the butterflies for you to admire as you enjoy a cup of tea on the terrace.
The South Downs National Park has lots of attractions on offer both in Lewes and slightly further afield. Anne of Cleaves House, Lewes Castle and Lewes Priory are on your doorstep. You can jump on the bus to the coast and see the Seven Sisters Country Park. There are various National Trust properties Charleston Farmhouse and Glyndebourne not that far either.
Rooms, food and facilities
We have one double room with a private shower room. There is also a single room that can be let out to a member of the same party should you require it.
Rooms all have TV/DVD player & free WiFi. We can make your fresh tea and coffee when you require it and there is off street parking.
We have a wide breakfast menu and can cater well for vegetarians.
By Foot & Bicycle: Weíre a 15 minute walk from the South Downs Way. We have safe storage for bikes.
By Train: Arrive at Lewes train station directly from London, Brighton & Gatwick. From Lewes train station it is a 15 minute walk down hill.
By Bus: The number 28 goes regularly between Brighton and Tunbridge Wells.
By Car: From London take the M23 then A23, then A27 and A277 to Lewes. From Brighton or Eastbourne, take the A27.
Responsible tourism: Lewes bed and breakfast, Sussex, England
To be environmentally friendly we do a variety of things. We recycle everything that we can, compost all of our veg and have 7 water butts in the garden. We collect the water from the roof and use it for the garden and the pond. Weíve recently had our walls and loft insulated to keep the heat in. To save water we have an energy efficient washing machine and suggest that we only change towels every other day and have dual flush lavatories.
We have a garden with a terrace where guests can enjoy breakfast. Our garden attracts wildlife such as squirrels, foxes, birds, butterflies and bees. We put out bird feed for the birds and we have also planted berry growing bushes for them to eat as well. We have lots of flowers such as Buddleia to encourage butterflies and bees. There is also a pond in our garden with Carp and a Coy Carp in it.
We have a vegetable patch in the garden in which Eric grows a variety of beans, peas, sprouts, courgettes and spinach. Eric also makes all of our bread from organic whole ground flour, home-made marmalade and muesli which goes down a treat for breakfast.
We live in a detached cottage style, brick and tile house. It was built when the road was developed in the 1920ís. Itís thought that a gentleman called Mr Baxter who owned a printing works built it along with the other houses on the road. We still have 3 of the original stained glass windows that are about 78 years old now; one on the landing; a tiny one in the front door and one in the hall.
We really believe in supporting our local community and we would recommend visiting a wide variety of eateries in the town. We use a local butcher and local farm to supply some of our meat and our eggs. There are such a lot of places to go and itís nice that as businesses we all support each other. There are plenty of little shops in the town and itís a really great place to just wander around. Thereís a theatre, 2 swimming pools, a football club a guitar maker and some jewellery makers amongst other.
I am currently a trustee of Anne of Cleaves House which is a registered charity. We raise money for the preservation and restoration of the house and we also are committed to educating about the house and its time period. Iím also a member of the Sussex Archaeological Society and I have a book of information that guests can look at to tell you about the archaeology around this area in times past.
People often come to visit interesting and beautiful attractions in the area; Charleston Farmhouse, Anne of Cleaves House, Lewes Castle, Glyndebourne and various National Trust properties.
Lewes has some great culture of its own; there are music nights going on all over the place. Eric and I used to run a jazz club and there are some great folk clubs that take place in The Royal Oak and The Elephant and Castle. There are lots of outlets for experiencing local art; the Sussex Grange, some little art galleries and jewellery makers.
From the house guests have spectacular views of the South Downs National Park. Lewes is one of the four market towns in the National Park, nestled into the eastern chalk Downs. Our house has views across Malling Down nature reserve to the east with its lovely and huge chalk hills. It is mostly downland and there are glimpses of the river below. In the other direction you can see across the weald to Heathfield and Crowborough. There are lots of walks to do in the area and you can pick up a map published by the council to guide you on your way. Lewes priory is an interesting archaeological site. William de Warenne and his wife Gundrada were buried in the chapter house of Lewes Priory. When the railway came through the Priory in the 1840ís they came across the cists containing their bodies. Money was raised to build a chapel where they would store their cists from then onwards. This chapel that was built is part of Southover Church, in the Southover district of Lewes. The cists are still there and you can go and see them in the church. The remains of the Priory are really nicely laid out were saved from development. Itís really nice to walk around and there information boards that show how the different parts would have fitted into the Priory.