Location:Piddinghoe, East Sussex, South Downs National ParkSee map here
More info:Our single room is £55 and is only available to a member of the same party as the twin.
Description of Piddinghoe bed and breakfast, South Downs, England
We welcome you to stay in our 13th century cottage just yards away from the River Ouse and surrounded by the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park. Walks along the river can take you through the country to Lewes or down to the sea. With one twin and one single room available, B&B guests have a private staircase, landing and bathroom. Enjoy your breakfast in the traditional cottage garden where you’ll more than likely be in the company of rabbits, birds and butterflies.
With good access to Lewes and Newhaven there are plenty of places to eat and drink as you make your way exploring the area. The hours walk to Lewes along the river will take you through Southease and Rodmell, where you can stop on the way, have something to eat and look at the beautiful churches. At Lewes there is a great selection of places to dine and drink.
There are lots of places of interest to visit on your days exploring. Lewes is home to Anne of Cleaves House and Lewes Castle. Charleston Farmhouse and The Monks House are worth a visit and have an interesting history surrounding the Bloomsbury group. The Glyndebourne Opera is on during the summer and you can hop on the bus to Brighton.
Rooms, food and facilities
We have one twin and one single room. The single room is only available if being used by a member of the same party as the twin.
There is a separate staircase, landing and bathroom for B&B guests. The rooms have televisions and tea and coffee making facilities.
The closest train station is Newhaven Town. From there you can take the 123 bus to the bottom of our road.
Responsible tourism: Piddinghoe bed and breakfast, South Downs, England
We live in an old building that is originally 13th century and was for the parish to live in; it used to be two cottages that have now been knocked into one. The building is made from brick as it’s been added to over the centuries; there are 17th and 18th century add ons. Since we moved in we haven’t really done much work on it as it’s a beautiful old house and we want it to stay that way. There are quite a lot of the original beams and one of the original window frames that would have been an open window with no glass in those days, and there is an original inglenook fireplace in the lounge which is lovely.
I’m quite a keen gardener and have a large enough garden to play with. I have quite a traditional cottage garden that is very herbaceous, with hollyhocks, foxgloves and delphiniums. Between these flowers I sprinkle wild flower seeds that grow up in between them; love in the mist, cornflowers and poppies, which are designed for butterflies and bees. We also get a lot of birds coming into the garden and we feed them in the winter months when they need some help; we’re more careful when they have chicks as some of the bird food might choke them. We have a large sculpture of a dragonfly that my husband made and birds like to nest behind its head; last year we had two families of Blue Tits sharing the sculpture.
We get a lot of rabbits coming in to the garden who munch through some of the garden plants. I have a vegetable patch which has to be caged over to stop everything from getting eaten. I grow all my own vegetables, and in the summer I grow strawberries too.
We live in an old listed house so trying to save on heating can be difficult. The loft is built with medieval timbers and was designed for a certain amount of air circulation. We do have central heating, but when possible we just use the log burner in the lounge. We buy our logs from a people we know so we know the wood will be re-grown.
The area is quite well connected in terms of local transport. The 123 bus comes to our road once an hour in the week, and there is a Saturday bus as well. There are more buses that go between Brighton and Newhaven which are only a 10-15 minute walk down the river. The nearest train station is Newhaven, but from London it is easier to go to Lewes. People can arrive here walking; we are about 5 miles from the South Downs Way. We also have safe storage for bikes if people are cycling or choose to bring their bikes with them.
We’ve lived here for about 2 years and it’s the nicest, most caring community ever. The village hall has various things going on such as film nights, yoga and Pilates classes. You can join in with as much or as little as you like; I join in with most of it. I am a member of The Friends of Saint John’s Church where we have events and fundraisers to raise money. We do various things, such as concerts in the church, putting on little plays and having open gardens.
On the edge of the woods there is a communal compost heap for the village. There is one pile that is used to turn waste into compost and a separate pile for a communal bonfire. People put old twigs and bits of wood on it and when it gets to a certain size it is burnt. The compost went to really good use in creating some of the allotments that are in the village for people who didn’t have a space before.
Once a month a group of us villagers meet up to give the village a tidy up; we clear areas that have been overgrown and maintain the plants that we have.
I source my food as locally as possible and grow my own vegetables. My husband normally picks up the sausages and bacon from the Friday market in Lewes after work, and I get my eggs locally too.
For places to eat nearby there is the Abergavenney Arms in Rodmell which is really good and within walking distance in the day. I’d really recommend heading to Lewes as it has the best selection of places to eat and drink. You could walk or cycle there through Southease and Rodmell, along the river; it only takes about an hour by foot.
There are some really nice places of interest to visit in the area. Charleston Farmhouse and the Monks House are quite popular for history surrounding the Bloomsbury group. There are some nice gardens to visit, and in Lewes you can visit Anne of Cleaves House, Lewes Castle and the priory ruins. The Seven Sisters Country Park isn’t far and is lovely for cycling and walking.
We are only a few yards away from the River Ouse and you can see the Downs all around us. The view is lovely; the river in the foreground, followed by fields and the hills going up behind on both sides into the distance.
There are lots of different walks you can go on in the area; towards Harping Hill there are small circular walks if you want to get out into the landscape. There is a very old wood with open access over by Harping Hill as well.
The area has some quite important churches that you can visit. Some people like to walk along the river and stop off and look around the beautiful churches on the way. There is one at Rodmell, one at Southease and St John’s here in Piddinghoe, which is a 12th century church. I have access to a key, and have in the past had people knocking at my door as they want to have a look around.
The name Piddinghoe is a Saxon name meaning spur of the land (either hill or jutting into water) belonging to Pydda’s people. It was traditionally pronounced "Pidd’noo", and was remembered by the rhyme: “English fight, Frenchmen too; We don’t we live in Piddinghoe”. It’s a nice little saying and representation of the village.
Because we are on the river here is some interesting history about smuggling along this route. Piddinghoe also used to have a great industry of clay working; the original kiln still exists and is now part of someone's house. I have some books about the area if people want to find out some history about where they are staying.