South Downs holiday thatched cottage, England

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South Downs holiday thatched cottage, England

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Environment

Michael and Kitty were prime movers in setting up the Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Historical Society. The society supports the preservation of historic structures, holds events and organizes walks and talks relating to the history, geography, archeology and culture of the area.
In 2004 Michael and Kitty helped organise a major community event to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the village being granted its Market Charter.

Michael was invited by East Sussex County Council and Transport 2000 in 2001
to chair a five year project to encourage sustainable tourism in the eastern part of the Sussex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Called "Tourism Without Traffic" the project had three goals: 1. To create an alternative transport network to the car. 2. To reduce the impact of traffic and create a more alternative environment for walking and cycling. 3. To promote the green tourism agenda.

Today Michael and Kitty are still involved in encouraging their guests to use the very reasonable train and bus network locally. Danny Cottage is ideally situated for walking and cycling holidays.

Danny Cottage is home to badgers, foxes and rabbits and is surrounded by fields of cows, sheep and horses.

Our guests are given full details about local recycling and are encouraged to respect the countryside.

Signs are placed by each washbasin reminding guests that water is precious.

The guests have full control of the heating system but we set it on a programme of twice a day. Logs for the wood burner come from a sustainable source.

Brochures in the cottage and the website have information about local buses and trains, especially those dedicated to tourists. Berwick Station is the nearest train station and Michael and Kitty are happy to collect guest when given plenty of notice www.southernrailway.com. The local community bus runs a regular schedule throughout the valley stopping in Alfriston. There are also buses connecting with the village outside of the village.

Community

Michael and Kitty are proud of all that is on offer in their local community (especially to visitors) - recreation, services, and amenities. Alfriston, the medieval village 10 minutes away, has always been a village that welcomes visitors. Michael and Kitty encourage guests to use the local privately owned grocers, restaurants, shops and services.

All of the shop keepers know Danny Cottage and give a special welcome to the guests. The Village Store and Post Office stocks all the goods, dry and fresh, that are needed for a stay. Each day three local artisan bakers deliver fresh baked bread and the cheese counter offers more than six unique local Sussex cheeses.

The local walks suggested by Michael and Kitty all take in a pub, restaurant, shop or site of special interest along the way:

It takes only a leisurely 15 minutes to amble across the fields to Alfriston for your daily paper and freshly baked bread. In under an hour you can walk to your choice of the six pubs nearby for a delicious lunch or supper, five of them serving our famous local Harvey's Ale from Lewes's Brewery. In two or three hours you can ascend to the top of the Downs and stand in awe, taking in the incredible views to the English Channel or inland across the wooded Weald of Sussex.

A favourite walk leads from the cottage along The South Downs Way to Firle, a tranquil village where it seems time has stood still, with an imposing stately home still lived in by the Squire and his family. The real reason for this fabulous walk is to have a memorable lunch at the village pub, The Ram, which of course serves Harvey's beer!

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