Description of South Downs luxury B&B near Alfriston, England
A short hop from the South Downs’ Way and other various trails leading deep into the countryside or to the coast and beaches around Seaford (Cuckmere Haven and Beachy Head). Very popular among walkers and cyclists but also an ideal place to simply relax in a large garden and breathe in the fresh country air.
Numerous places of cultural interest are local too. Country houses such as the Alfriston Clergy House (the first property purchased by the National Trust), Charleston House, Batemans (Rudyard Kipling’s house); Castles (Lewes & Herstmonseux Castle) and the moated, medieval Michelham Priory. Also the atmospheric town of Battle is nearby. For children Drusillas Zoo and Hello Kitty amusements. An hours drive from Sissinghurst, Great Dixter and Chartwell.
Rooms, food and facilities
5 Bedrooms available all designed with luxury and comfort in mind, high quality cotton sheets. All have modern facilities (TV/en-suite etc) tastefully merged with period settings. Babies and children very welcome . Guest lounge.
Heselwood Suite – six foot double room , bath shower & WC, views over Cuckmere Valley Cuckmere Suite – six foot double bed or Twin room, bath shower & WC views over Cuckmere Valley Rathfinney Suite – five foot double room, shower & WC, overlooking fields and farmland Garden room- five foot double bed, shower & WC, French windows leading to our garden Litlington room - quadruple , triple or six foot double and single with walkin shower
High quality breakfast made to order using locally sourced produce.
The B and B is perfect for cyclists too. We offer drying facilities and secure indoor parking area. We can even organize transport for luggage to be waiting at your next destination in the Downs
Approximately half a mile south of Alfriston village take the turn up to the Seaford Road signposted ‘Youth hostel’. We are a few hundred yards up the road on the left towards Alfriston.
Coming from Lewes or Polegate take the A27. At the roundabout take the exit marked Alfriston and Drusillas Park. Continue on this road through Alfriston village, past Clergy House and Deans Place Hotel. Continue on the road south towards Seaford for a few hundred metres.
The driveway to the house (signposted) is located after the 40mph sign on the right hand side of the road. If you reach the Youth Hostel on the left hand side of the Seaford Road you have gone too far.
Responsible tourism: South Downs luxury B&B near Alfriston, England
We manage our gardens to welcome as much flora and fauna as possible. We restock the bird-feeders through the year to create a safe haven for myriad migrant birdlife. We have woodpeckers visiting three times a week, and today there were a couple of house-martins and the unmistakable chaffinches with their reddish breasts and blue-grey cap. Guests have seen badgers and wild rabbits. And in the adjacent field are four grazing horses all adding to the tranquility. From anyone of the five seating areas outside guests can muse over our gardens and surrounding meadows. Each season brings an array of new colours – January is an abundance of snowdrops; Spring brings bright daffodils (though last week’s frost killed about a third of them); right now (April) we are starting to see the first of the beautiful blue-bells which are whitish to begin with but soon merge into blues; and summer brings blossom to the shrubbery giving colour all around us. At the beginning of the week the Chestnut tree was bare and now is almost full. It really is special just watching natural take hold and how literally everything in a natural environment is constantly changing and reacting to light and temperature. As a city resident for most of my life this garden keeps me enthralled on a daily basis.
We are a gentle 6 minute stroll into the village and although we are wonderfully removed from any noise and traffic, we are always participating in community life and encourage our guests to do likewise. We are predicting quite an increase of tourism to the local area, largely because of our neighbours at Rathfinny Farm are in the embryonic states of becoming the UK’s largest vineyard. Presently, they are planting a thousands vines a day and intend on having wine available within two years and sparkling wine a further three years down the line. It’s very, very exciting for the region (and tourists). Also, another neighbour and friend in Lullington has set up an artisan brewery and he now serving some tremendous home-brews. We will happily point you in the direction of having a proper taste of the South Downs.
For a small village guests we will happy with the fine selection of restaurants and pubs. I should mention the Tudor Restaurant as we went there last week and it was superb. My steak was literally the hottest food I have ever ordered in a restaurant (not spicy hot, but cooked hot). So often in restaurants food is tepid, this was notably hot. All round the quality of service, food and value for money is excellent.
We are perfectly located to explore the South Downs. In Alfriston the South Downs Way splits, one route heading to west to Eastbourne the other taking the path south over the Cuckmere Valley to the coast. There are also smaller trails, one favourite being back to Charleston Farm (meeting place of artists, writers and intellectuals known as the famous Bloomsbury Group) where an exhibition of some extraordinary contemporary artist is invariably on show. In fact, with so many routes to embrace we find many visitors wish they knew beforehand as they wish they had booked for three or four nights and not just the one. Instead of trying to cover a wide expanse of the South Downs many walkers don’t realize that they can experience multiple terrains in this eastern corner. For instance, the two routes mentioned before (to Eastbourne and over the Cuckmere Valley respectively) are massively different. Whereas the trail to Eastbourne ventures up to higher ground giving walkers incredible far-reaching views over tens of miles of rolling Chalk hills, the route to Seaford is flat and sheltered by the Friston Forest to East. This means you will be negotiating dense woodlands, not wistfully looking out over Southern England.
I should also mention that Riverdale is perfect for cyclists too. We offer drying facilities and secure indoor parking area. We can even organize transport for luggage to be waiting at your next destination in the Downs and make pack lunches.