East is East and West is West, as the county’s famous poet, Kipling, said. East Sussex has many delights, from the majestic coastline of mighty chalk and sandstone cliffs, to the fecund, womanly curves of naked downland; from the seething, life-rich flatlands of Pevensey Levels, to the sandy scrub acres of the Ashdown Forest; from the man-made delights of tiny, flint villages and elegant seaside squares, to the shyest places of the deep, wooded Weald.
We have listed below a small selection of local attractions that may be of interest to visitors to our hotel. If you would like to find out more about what is going on in the areas of Eastbourne or Brighton, please visit the website www.visitsussex.org
Great Dixter was the family home of gardener Christopher Lloyd and is now an historic house, garden, centre of education and a place of pilgrimage for horticulturalist's from across the world.
This 18th century landscaped garden was designed by Capability Brown with dramatic shows of daffodils and bluebells in the Spring, rhododendrons and azaleas in early Summer, and stunning colours from many rare trees and shrubs in the Autumn. The 265 acre South Park offers stunning views.
Set in the High Weald with splendid views, the garden is a series of experimental designs with spectacular planting and beauty all year. The house, transformed into a gothic mansion in the 20's, burnt down shortly after, leaving romantic ruins. The remaining rooms are unexpectedly charming and the ancient woods beyond the garden offer wonderful walks.
Herstmonceux Castle, Gardens and Grounds
Herstmonceux is renowned for its magnificent moated castle, set in 600 acres of beautiful parkland and superb Elizabethan gardens. These themed gardens work you towards woodland trails where you can enjoy walks in the carefully managed flora and fauna of the estate.
Charleston Farm House
Charleston was the home and country meeting place for the writers, painters and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group. The interior was painted by the artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, and together with their collection forms a unique example of their decorative style. The house is open to visitors.
Surrounded by the wooded landscape of the Sussex Weald, this 17th century house with its mullioned windows and oak beams provided a much needed sanctuary to the world famous writer Rudyard Kipling. The rooms remain much as he left them with oriental rugs and artefacts reflecting his strong association with the East.
Set in the heart of 1066 country with spiral staircases, battlements and a portcullis, this 14th century moated castle is the real thing. Its impressive gate house is a rare example of its kind and the interior ruins survive to give an impression of castle life.
Sissinghurst Castle was once a splendid mansion built for Sir Richard Baker in the mid-16th century. The moated Tudor house, set high on a ridge above the Vale of Kent, was one of the first buildings in England to be constructed of brick. It also boasts a white garden and rose garden that are well worth a visit in late June and July.
Brighton Royal Pavilion
Built for the Prince Regent, later King George IV, the Royal Pavilion is remarkable for its exotic oriental appearance both inside and out. It is also home to some of the finest collections and examples of chinoiserie in Britain. It remains unequalled in its colossal ambition and glorious sense of joie de vivre.
A stunning Tudor mansion, hidden away in the Sussex countryside where the Cuckmere River winds between the South Downs and the Pevensey Levels. It also boasts England's longest water filled moat which dates back to 1229.
Victorian seaside town with the most fabulous frontage of the South Coast. With fabulous views of the Seven Sisters, great shopping arcade and also the famous Devonshire Park tennis tournament.
The Bluebell Railway
The volunteer-run Bluebell Line was the UK's first preserved standard gauge passenger railway, re-opening part of the Lewes to East Grinstead line of the old London Brighton & South Coast Railway in 1960. Since then it has developed into one of the largest tourist attractions in Sussex, yet it still remains true to its objectives of the preservation for posterity of a country branch line, its steam locomotives, coaches and goods stock, signalling systems, stations and operating practices.
This is the National Trust's most visited place and is the country estate of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew. The varied landscape is of international significance for its beautiful botanic gardens and tree collections, and is famous for having conserved seeds from 10% of the world's plant species.
Pashley Manor Gardens
Pashley Manor is a quintessential English garden located on the Sussex and Kent border in the heart of South East England's garden country. Pashley offers a sumptuous blend of romantic landscaping, imaginative plantings and fine old trees, fountains, springs and large ponds.
Created during the early 1990's the beautiful gardens at Merriments have quickly developed into a stunningly beautiful 4 acres of densely planted borders where the plants grown in the nursery can be seen in a garden context with a truly remarkable depth of imagination.
Cycling around Sussex
To find out more about cycling around Sussex and guided rides and events, visit East Sussex Countryside Cycling.
East Sussex is a welcome haven for walkers in the busy south-east of England, with over two thirds of the County covered by the High Weald and Sussex Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is also a wealth of picturesque villages, country houses and parkland hidden within its rolling landscape, waiting to be discovered. Please come and enjoy the unique splendours of our beautify East Sussex countryside.
For our more "energetic" guests there are a number of outstanding circular walks in southern East Sussex which are part of the Paths to Prosperity project. We have a number of these brochures here at the hotel for you to take away with you, however if you click on the links below, there are a small selection for you to decide from.
Pevensey Castle Walk
With a history stretching back over 16 centuries, Pevensey Castle chronicles more graphically than any other fortress the story of Britain's south coast defences.
Beginning in the 4th century as one of the last and strongest of the Roman 'Saxon Shore' forts - two-thirds of whose towered walls still stand - it was the landing place of William the Conqueror's army in 1066.
Summer Hill Walk
The Cuckoo Trail follows the route of the old Cuckoo Line railway that used to link Heathfield with Tunbridge Wells and the coast. Look out for some reminders of the railway on this section, as there are a number of items of old railway furniture that can still be seen. This section of the Cuckoo Trail also has a number of points at which a rest can be enjoyed, with several benches and a picnic site.
Hellingly village is very attractive with the church on the mound providing the best views from all angles. Hellingly Church is built on the only remaining, undamaged ciric in Sussex. A ciric is a circular Celtic burial ground, raised to keep the dead dry. The Hellingly ciric, although once round, is now oval as the church acquired more land in the 12th century.