East Chiltington B&B, nr Lewes, South Downs, England

Description of East Chiltington B&B, nr Lewes, South Downs, England

Neville and Sharon welcome you to their cottage in the village of East Chiltington, just a short walk from the South Downs National Park. The village is perfectly located for those walking the South Downs Way as it's only a short walk away and there are several good pubs to enjoy local food.

The delightful town of Lewes is just 4 miles away and there's plenty to see here - Lewes Castle, Anne of Cleves House, lots of contemporary art galleries, antique shops and great eateries. Nearby are several National Trust properties as well as Charleston Farmhouse (home of the Bloomsbury Group), Glyndebourne and the Bluebell Railway.

Rooms, food and facilities

There is one double room with television, tea and coffee making facilities, and one single room that also has tea and coffee making facilities. There is a private bathroom with bath and shower.

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How to find us

Arrive by foot, as the South Downs Way is only a 20-minute walk away.

We're also very close to some popular cycle tracks.

From Lewes take the A275 north towards East Grinstead. After about 3 miles at Cooksbridge there is a level crossing. About 100 yards before this level crossing turn left at the signpost to East Chiltington. About a mile and a half up the lane there is a railway bridge and Willow Cottage is on the left just round the bend after the bridge. The building is painted cream with a five bar gate.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: East Chiltington B&B, nr Lewes, South Downs, England


Our house was built in the early 1900s probably as a farm worker's cottage. We have done some work on the building, mainly turning an outbuilding into an artist's studio but keeping it to its original style. We used local builders for the work and they did a great job.

We have 1½ acres of garden, which attracts a lot of wildlife. We get rabbits hopping through the garden and have added a large pond to attract more wildlife. Bird boxes and feeders attract lots of birds to our garden - nuthatches, woodpeckers, blue tits, goldfinches and long-tailed tits amongst others.

We have some wild areas that we have left to grow with nettles and other plants to encourage wildlife and have planted a small orchard.

We try to be environmentally friendly by recycling, and have three large compost heaps in the garden and water butts to collect water to re-use.


We like to support the local shops and the local pubs and we are happy to recommend places to visit depending on what you might be looking for. We often use Offham Farm Shop, which we’d recommend and there’s also a farmers' market in Lewes on the first Saturday of the month. There is a good pub called the Blacksmith's Arms in Offham, which specialises in fish. Chailey has the Horns Lodge which does good pub grub. There is also a well-known gastro pub in East Chiltington called The Jolly Sportsmen for a special occasion meal.

In the local area there is a great deal of things for visitors to do. Glyndebourne is only 25 minutes away. Charleston Farmhouse where some of the Bloomsbury Group lived is also within a half's hour drive together with Berwick Church with its wall paintings by the Bloomsbury Group. There are also various National Trust properties in the area and the South Downs Way is only a 20-minute walk and, of course, the historical town of Lewes just down the road.

Lewes is a lovely town and has lots of contemporary art galleries, cafes and interesting shops as well as the Castle. Lewes is also the host of the famous Lewes bonfire night, which attracts thousands of people to the area.


Our cottage is only a 20-minute walk to the South Downs. A pleasant walk down the lane and you’re at the foot of the Downs. It’s mainly downland and there are some sheep and cattle grazing in various parts. We’re happy to recommend walks around the area as well. If you walk up Wickham Lane from our cottage and cut across 3 fields there are great views of the Downs and you’ll cross the pretty Bevern Stream that flows into the River Ouse.

There are some interesting sites nearby too. Black Cap on the South Downs can be seen from a distance and there is also a beacon that was put up for the millennium and is lit on special occasions. The Battle of Lewes took part in 1264 and Lewes has some great history; there is going to be an anniversary in 2014 to celebrate. Locally, there is a lovely 13th century church in East Chiltington.

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