East Sussex – An easy weekend away
24 April 2018
East Sussex – an easy car journey from London so ideal for a weekend break as well as a longer holiday – is a land of stately homes and castles, swathes of breezy chalk cliffs overlooking the English Channel, pretty rivers, picturesque villages and countless links to our glorious past. Among the many historic landmarks to be found within the boundaries of East Sussex is the famous battlefield where William, Duke of Normandy defeated Harold and his Saxon army to become William the Conqueror of England.
East Sussex boasts a wealth of towns that are perfect for exploring on foot and make great destinations whatever the season. Brighton’s best-known and grandest feature is surely the Royal Pavilion, created as the seaside palace of the Prince Regent – later George IV. Often referred to as ‘London by the Sea,’ Brighton’s Regency terraces and graceful crescents certainly add the appeal of a city stroll as well as being a superb base for a coastal holiday close to London.
The South Downs is probably the county’s most famous feature – ‘vast, smooth, shaven, serene,’ as the writer Virginia Woolf described them. Woolf lived at Rodmell, near the delightful old town of Lewes. In terms of country walking, a glance at the map reveals a multitude of walks – short, medium and long. The South Downs Way follows hill paths and cliff-top tracks all the way from Winchester to Eastbourne. There are also bracing cycle rides through the High Weald, along the South Downs Way and via coastal routes between Worthing and Rye.
Book a cosy room at one of these very special pubs with rooms and explore the beautiful and unspoilt county of East Sussex.
The Bell Inn, Ticehurst, East Sussex, TN5 7AS
Be wowed by the eclectic décor, the quirky bedrooms and the hearty seasonal food at this 16th-century bolthole in a thriving Sussex village – book one of the amazing garden lodges.
The Bull, Ditchling, East Sussex, BN6 8TA
Real food, craft ales, candlelit bars and boutique-style rooms await at this cracking inn beneath the South Downs Way.
The Dorset Arms, Hartfield, East Sussex, TN7 4BD
Estate owned treasure deep in the Ashdown Forest, worth finding for traditional charm, menus brimming with estate produce, and gorgeous rooms in the refurbished old school house.
The George in Rye, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7JT
Stylish bolthole in the heart of Rye with a classic bar, an informal Grill serving local seasonal food and fab rooms that ooze detail touches.
The Griffin Inn, Fletching, East Sussex, TN22 3SS
Legendary village inn – renowned for its inventive menus, stylish bedrooms and stunning views from the gorgeous garden.
The Ram Inn, Firle, East Sussex, BN8 6NS
Great for walking, this rustic-chic pub in a feudal South Downs village has smart rooms, daily menus and a cool vibe.
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