Holiday cottage, Ditchling, East Sussex
Best of the Best
"This was our second visit to The Old Surgery and I know it won't be our last. As long as we have good health to repeat our holiday in 2019 we would certainly make The Old Surgery our place to stay on the last stage of our journey. It is the best place to unwind without a vehicle before returning to NZ. Took rental car back to Brighton from Hassocks. A lovely walk from The Old Surgery. Enjoyed 7 days of walks in South Downs and total bliss of the accommodation and summer house in the garden. Jenny and Nigel were like old friends. Really good to see them again. Great hosts. Nothing too much trouble. Looking forward to more of Sussex and The Old Surgery. "
A real gem in Ditchling
"Thoroughly enjoyed our 6 day stay at The Old Surgery. We were 2 of a group of 30 walking club members from Norfolk for our first trip to the Sussex area. The weather was variable but we walked an average of 10 miles a day in different areas of the South Downs. Our accommodation was in an ideal location for this purpose. The property itself is finished to a very high standard and we particularly liked the comfort of the bed. Jenny is the perfect host and we would certainly stay there again if we ever revisit the area. Two good eating pubs within 100 yards- a real bonus not having to drive at night. "
Perfect Property for 2 in the heart of Ditchling
"This is a great property for two in the heart of Ditchling which offers all the amenities you could want. We have stayed there twice and plan to visit again. There is a 5' Bed with great en suite shower room, kitchen with all mod cons including a washer/dryer and a small freezer in the cellar downstairs. No parking on the property but space relatively close by. Not suitable for anyone disabled as there are stairs from the front door (street level) up to the converted surgery on the first floor. There is a back entrance from a side pathway into the bedroom but the pathway can be slippery. The owners are extremely helpful and accommodating and live in the property next door, which shares the side pathway. The property is right in the centre of the High Street and there are lovely walks round the village although the traffic can be heavy at times."
Comfortable, cosy, well designed apartment in a delightful village.
"We had a brilliant week in this excellent property . From the moment we arrived and met Jenny and Nigel it felt like 'home'. They couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful The apartment is well equipped and perfect for two people. The additional cloakroom is a bonus. Our only regret was not to going into the delightful garden more- long walking days, and the lure of watching Wimbledon with an aperitif when we got back were too much! We really enjoyed getting to know Ditchling, and found the museum particularly interesting. Although we'd been a bit worried about parking, using a combination of the road outside and the village car park worked well. The only downside is the amount of traffic which uses the village which makes crossing the road near the property difficult at times"
Perfect Spot for exploring the Sights of Sussex
"The Property: - Modern, spacious and fitted with absolutely everything you could need for a holiday - dishwasher, washing machine, induction hob, full size oven, microwave, complete cutlery and crockery, sandwich boxes,...... - Highlights: Beautiful interior decoration without being cluttered, 2 Toilets(!), spacious shower cabinet, underfloor heating The Hosts: - friendly, informative and open without being the slightest intrusive The Location - Ditchling looks like a movie-set come true....like a foreigner imagines the english countryside - Just a short drive away from Brighton - in the midst of all the major sightseeing spots like Nymans Garden, Sheffield Park, Arundel, ..... - an unexpected for us: great walking routes! "
"A very friendly welcome the accomodationvery good and kitchen very modern. Would recommend it to anybody.. Terry Newland "
A very comfortable stay and excellent hospitality from the owners
"Our stay at the Old Surgery was perfect. The cottage was extremely comfortable, clean and well equiped. The location was ideal for communting to the local towns and villages, also for sight seeing around the beautiful old village of Ditchling. There are excellent pubs, cafes and shops very close to the cottage. We wished the weather had been better because the garden is delightful. The owners were extremely helpful and friendly and would not hesitate to return."
Excellent property. Highly recommended.
"Excellent accommodation. Very well equiped. Comfortable bed and excellent shower. Close to 2 good local pubs. Excellent location for walking the South Downs. Very friendly and helpful owners although not at all intrusive. Were concerned parking might be an issue but always managed to find a spot close to apartment. Could hear a little bit of traffic noise if windows open but not a major problem for sleeping as bedroom is at the back of the property."
Great location and lots of character
"Lovely spot in Ditchling - good restaurants and pubs nearby. Jenny was lovely and the apartment was very well stocked. Perfect for our short stay. Thanks!"
What a Find!
"What a find! Twas peace of mind. The key was turned and up the stairs the most delightful room. Then more to come as kitchen showed under the sky light every amenity, as yet no moon. Amazingly, large space to come with heavenly bed no aches and pains next morn. And even further, ensuite, exquisite in design. Oh what bliss, give thanks for all, and even summer house and lawn. To our beautiful host Jenny and husband Nigel both very busy bees, but still had time to chat and welcome us Mike and Me. Thank you, thank you and Poppy too. Also surrounding area with South Downs walks are beautiful. "
It was superb!
"Fantastic everything there! The house, the comfort, the location, the hosts! This really is a holidayhome that we recommend to everyone! We'll love to come back here and play golf at one of the beautiful courses in the nearby area!"
Yes this was once the doctor's surgery that has been beautifully transformed to offer exceptional and spacious accommodation for two and it's in the heart of Ditchling village.
For those looking to enjoy the benefits of village life, with the village pub, a deli, the newsagent and tea rooms all within a few metres of your doorstep, but with the splendour of the South Downs and Ditchling Beacon less than 0.5 miles away, then you could not choose a better setting.
Set next to the owners' home, guests have access to the owners' garden offering them a lovely private cottage garden area to relax. Please be aware the owner does have a friendly dog. The Old Surgery is on the one level with a spacious reception area and a comprehensive kitchen set neatly at the end. Next to the kitchen is a cloakroom and beyond the kitchen is a double bedroom fitted with a king sized bed. Off the bedroom is a shower room with a large rectangular shower cubicle. The building is heated throughout by under floor heating.
Although the Old Surgery is on the one level it is accessed from the street by a flight of stairs once you enter the front door, so for anyone who has difficulty with steps this accommodation might not be entirely suitable.
Ditchling is at the foot of the South Downs, its heart forms a crossroads which is where you will find The Old Surgery. The crossroads link to other nearby villages of Keymer and Westmeston similarly located along the foot of the scarp slopes 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 Margaret's 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 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 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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