Holiday cottage, Ditchling, East Sussex
A brilliant place to stay just north of Brighton
"We have stayed here before and were determined to return. Chris and Eileen are the most delightful hosts and always welcome you as old friends. The property could not be better and is equipped to the highest standard in every room. It is a real home from home set in the most wonderful location. Choose to stay here and you will not be disappointed"
Lovely cottage with excellent attention to detail
"Stayed here with my wife for one week in March 2017. We have stayed in many holiday cottages previously and this was easily one of the best. It was clean and spacious, with lots of room for our walking kit, and a big enough extending table to accommodate our board games (these two things are our holiday cottage checklist essentials!) It really felt that the owners have very carefully considered the experience of being a guest here. We found everything we needed in the kitchen to self-cater all week, and there were lots of little luxuries we haven't seen in a holiday cottage before like a heated bathroom mirror and lockable safe. The wifi worked well and we were also able to run our netflix account through the TV with no problems. The house is just off the South Downs way so well placed for walking, etc, and we were lucky to have good weather to do this. Chris & Eileen were great hosts, with the right mixture of friendly curiosity but completely respectful of privacy. Thank you very much for a lovely stay. "
Just what we needed!
"Fabulous modern cottage, so luxurious, spotless and very spacious for two. Every little detail had been thought of for our comfort, even milk and 'posh' butter in the fridge. The house was soothing to return to after days out sightseeing in the immediate area, and although there are many facilities to use and enjoy at 'home' such as the large garden, huge TV etc we were drawn most of all to walk on the hills nearby, which we did morning and afternoon with a quick lunch back at the cottage in between. Now and then we popped into Brighton for shopping and to see our son who lives there. This cottage's position is really convenient for the South Downs Way, less than five minutes drive away. The views are breathtaking. Overall we were very grateful to the hosts for their discreet presence (their house is next door should you need anything) and for making it such a peaceful and refreshing place to stay.Thank you!"
October trip to Ditchling
"We had a fantastic week in Sussex with a very very pleasant contact to the landlords. They gave us beautiful advices to eat, to walk, to make sightseeing etc. The Cottage is really great and full appointed with love. We have missed nothing in the kitchen and felt very comfortable. The garden is amazing and we will come back when the spring is showing his nature... Thanks a lot to Chris and Eileen (and Andrea and Aaron and and and)"
Beacon Cottage is so aptly named since it sits right at the foot of Ditchling Beacon one of the best known vantage points on the South Downs. This fabulous cottage is in the grounds of the owners’ home and within 0.5 miles of the picturesque village of Ditchling, one of the many springline villages that lie beneath the northern slopes of the Downs.
The cottage is presented to an exceptional standard and is particularly bright, spacious and certainly very comfortable. You’ll find the corner sofa particularly inviting following a day’s walking or cycling on the South Downs. In addition to the spacious downstairs living room there is a modern fully fitted kitchen and an excellent modern shower room. The double bedroom is upstairs and enjoys wonderful views from the roof windows directly to Ditchling Beacon. It really is some outlook. The cottage is full of local information and many books for guests to peruse.
There is a beautiful and private rear garden that the owners’ are happy for their guests to enjoy with outdoor seating to both the front and rear of the cottage.
We are sorry but the cottage is not suitable for babies or small infants.
The small and picturesque village of Ditchling with its pubs and individual village shops lies at the foot of the South Downs. Its heart forms a crossroads which links with other nearby villages such as Keymer and Westmeston that also nestle at the foot of the Downs. Ditchling has remained unspoilt over the centuries and has many examples of period Tudor buildings. Wings Place is a fine Tudor building across the road from St Margarets church, once known as "Anne of Cleves House". The house looks particularly imposing when viewed from the church with the backdrop of the Downs immediately behind. It makes for a good photograph. The village has kept the period tradition well and tea rooms and the village deli fit so perfectly into these traditional village surroundings.
Ditchling Beacon is a short but testing climb from the cottage should you choose to walk it or even cycle up! At 248 metres (814 feet) it is the third highest point along the South Downs and offers fantastic views both along the Downs and north across the Sussex Weald. The South Downs Way passes through the Beacon giving you the opportunity to walk both east and west along this national trail virtually from your doorstep.
Head south over Ditchling Beacon and the Downs gradually slope away towards Brighton. It is a vibrant city with much to offer. It is lively and bustling with a lot of culture and many say it is quite unique. One of its most famous landmarks is the Royal Pavilion the spectacular seaside palace of the Prince Regent, (George IV) and the Regency heritage of this period is much in evidence in the city. You can read about the palace on our Places to visit pages for East Sussex.
Seven miles east, Lewes is the county town of East Sussex. Its castle overlooks the town and is open to visitors, as is the Barbican Museum opposite. In such an historic town there is much to see. Lewes is famous for its bonfire celebrations and each year these are attended by thousands of visitors. Visiting on the first Saturday of the month is recommended when a thriving Farmers' Market takes place with lots of delicious fare on offer.
Glyndebourne the world famous and world class opera house is a further three miles east from Lewes. Glyndebourne restarted and reinvigorated country house opera in England and today it offers unique presentations in the Sussex countryside attracting world leading performers. We provide a link into Glyndebourne under our “What’s On in Sussex” heading should you want more information.
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