East Sussex bed and breakfast, England

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Responsible tourism: East Sussex bed and breakfast, England

Environment

The farm has several separate habitats amongst the meadows, mature trees, hedgerows and lake, all of which require management to maintain as wide a diversity of both wildlife and plant life. The meadows have not had artificial fertilisers for over 15 years and through careful grazing management, gradually we are seeing a return of natural meadow flowers and butterflies and orchids. The spring fed lake with origins going back to 16c iron industry, provides a habitat for a wide range of healthy coarse fish which is managed through restricted access, weed and tree clearance and natural control of stock levels. Bats, swallows and dragon flies all use the lake as a hunting ground, as does the king fisher who lives in the banks along the river, which is a tributary of the Cuckmere. The hedgerows which define the ancient field closures, are cut every two years allowing the hedges to provide winter food for the birds and mammals (which include us!)

All food grown in our vegetable garden and orchard is watered with spring & rain water stored in an underground tank near the vegetable garden. Our environmental beliefs and self sufficiency have followed simple permaculture and ecological principals providing us with a land based life style . We use eco-friendly cleaning and washing products and minimise our carbon footprint by composting waste, reducing energy consumption and re-cycling, even ash from the wood-burner is used as a pottery glaze!

Community

Our aim is to source all food locally be it from Hank, who runs the local farm shop, and grazes his animals on the farm, or fresh fish caught from local boats launched from the beach at Eastbourne, which sometimes we buy on our return bike rides. Regular supporters of our two local pubs which are both within walking distance, and who are always pleased to greet our guests . We are regular shoppers at our local farmers market where we buy local cheeses, breads and game, and are often tempted by other produce not on the shopping list.

As hosts for WWOOFS (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) we share our lifestyle, knowledge and food with them, and they help us manage the farm and gardens while enjoying Sussex and improving their language skills while at the same time.

Landscape

Positioned centrally between the hills of the South Downs, the sea, the flat Pevensey Salt Marshes,the wooded High Weald and the heathland of Ashdown forest we have a unique contrast of landscapes . Using the bikes we provide, The 'Cuckoo Trail' provides us with safe cycling on a disused railway track to link in with these varied landscapes and rural villages.
Over the years we have developed a wealth of local historical knowledge especially about the old Wealden iron industry signs of which are still to be seen on our local walks; the river which worked the local hammer forge runs through our fields and the huge earth worked dam can still be seen on a walk across neighbouring fields. We often find interesting glass or stone bottles in the river or 'worked' flints in nearby fields,and a 25 kilo cannon ball when digging a new veg patch! . We have a fantastic variety of visiting birds, butterflies and wildlife around the farm including the kingfisher, nightingale, owls, purple hairstreak butterflies, roe deer ,badgers & foxes. Bird watching from the bed has been enjoyed by many of our guests over the years!.

Reviews of East Sussex bed and breakfast, England

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The bike tour that Mark took us on. He pinpointed and told many interesting things and showed several very nice places, which we would never have found by ourselves (or with the lonely planet). Moreover, the view from the room was very beautiful, we had our own private garden and the breakfast was delicious

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


This is the perfect place to relax and to experience the England countryside

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, Mark and Sue are very much involved in the environment and use as many organic products as possible. Also for the breakfast, we received fresh organic fruits from their own garden

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Lovely guests, superb location.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If you're looking for peaceful location, view on a lake, nice people. Go to this B&B.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes. Guest are very involved in environmental conditions.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent.

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