Holiday cottage, Keymer, West Sussex
Short December break
"A very comfortable, and well appointed holiday cottage, located near the lovey South Downs and within striking distance of Brighton and other Sussex jewels such as Lewis and Rye. A thoughtful welcome pack was provided on arrival and some festive decoration displayed as our stay was between Christmas and the New Year. No complaints at all."
Walking the South Downs way
"Very difficult exit onto the road ,bushes being cut back would help ! Other than that it is a lovely homely place to stay , nice log burner in lounge made relaxing after our days walk on the South Downs really comfortable ,there was everything we needed and more ,sunny back garden really private and great to sit in early evenings when we got home ! Well done Beth and Jeremy xx"
Fantastic week in Swallowfield Cottage
"The cottage itself was exemplary - spotless; well-equipped and comfortable. The welcome basket was a lovely touch and the shortbread was delicious! It is a great base for all the local attractions including myriad National Trust properties and Brighton itself. We were very sad to have to leave as we enjoyed staying there so much."
Lovely cottage and location
"lovely cottage and location. Well stocked, and clean cottage. Owners friendly and helpful. Sofas were a little uncomfortable when relaxing in the evenings. All in all a great holiday."
Offering easy access to the South Downs Way, a delightful drive east along the foot of the Downs towards the historic town of Lewes, and a short hop over the Downs via Ditchling Beacon to Brighton, Swallowfield Cottage you could argue enjoys the best of settings. On the edge of Keymer village and next to the owners' home this detached cottage offers comfortable, bright and secluded accommodation for up to four guests.
The feature kitchen and living space here look out onto the rear garden and with double doors onto the patio make for an inviting space at any time of year but in particular on long summer days. The living room to the front offers that extra space maybe somewhere to relax and enjoy the mix of books left for your enjoyment. Upstairs there are two bedrooms. The double room looks south with fine views to the Downs. The twin room at the front with its dual aspect has rural views to the north. Downstairs there is a bathroom fitted with a shower bath. There is a fitted shower attachment above the bath.
Keymer sits at the foot of the South Downs between the villages of Ditchling and Hassocks. The small and picturesque village of Ditchling is less than one mile to the east. Its heart forms a crossroads. 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 reason for this title is due to the house and its estates supposedly being given as part of the divorce settlement by King Henry VIII to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves although it is doubtful whether she ever stayed there. The house looks particularly imposing when viewed from the church with the backdrop of the downs immediately behind making a striking photograph. The village has kept the period tradition well and tea rooms such as Dolly’s Pantry and Chesterton’s the village deli fit so perfectly into these traditional village surroundings.
Ditchling Beacon is just to the south of the village. 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.
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 from under our “What’s On” heading should you want more information.
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