Pelham Hall is the oldest house on the High Street in the village of Burwash, picture-perfect and perched on a ridge overlooking the rolling hills of the Sussex weald, nestled between the North and South downs. Not only is the High Street a conservation area, but the surrounding landscape has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. No wonder one of England’s most poetic writers, Rudyard Kipling, called Burwash home (his house, Bateman’s – now a National Trust property – is just a few doors down from us).
We moved here from London in 2012 because we fell in love with Burwash, but it wasn’t till we arrived and began to explore, did we discover to our delight that our pocket of East Sussex is filled with an amazing richness: National Trust properties, world-famous gardens, important historic monuments dating from the Norman Conquest and earlier, Michelin starred restaurants and fab gastro pubs, gorgeous country walks in all directions, and still more! Here are a few high lights.
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Rudyard Kipling’s Jacobean home , where he wrote the Just So stories. It’s now a National Trust property with daily tours, weekly events and talks, gardens, a working mill and stunning views across the Weald.
A great national trust property with a Victorian house built in 1837, the ruins of a medieval castle and moat, and celebrated gardens featuring spectacular displays of rhododendrons, azaleas and kalmia in May and June .
The romantic ruins of a moated castle built in the 14th century. Book a hot-air balloon trip and take in the views from on high.
Built by William to commemorate his victory in 1066; now in ruins (thanks’ to Henry VIII and the dissolution) but still fascinating, and set in a charming market town with a bi-monthly auction. You can also walk through the field where William and his men actually fought!
Home and bohemian hang out for the writers, painters and thinkers of the Bloomsbury group. The interior was painted by the artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell.
A quintessential English garden with a sumptuous blend of romantic landscaping, imaginative plantings and fine old trees, fountains, springs and large ponds. The gardens are open from April to September.
A world-famous garden in the ruin of a 16th c. manor house, once home to Bloomsbury Group luminary Vita Sackville-West, who created the garden in the 1930’s.
The most beautiful example of a cottage garden in East Sussex, complete with topiary, long herbaceous borders, and a wild flower meadow.
The delightful garden and cookery school run by writer and TV presenter Sarah Raven. She hosts a plethora of popular courses throughout the year, as well as open days, if you simply want to peruse her gorgeous garden.
One of our more refined, French-style local restaurants, just 15 minutes away; perfect for a special occasion.
An authentic Greek taverna with mouth-watering dishes in the nearby town of Heathfield. An absolute gem.
Tasty gastro pub set in a hip hotel in the charming little village of Ticehurst.
A traditional pub with classic fare in the picturesque village of Mayfield.
Antiquing & shopping
A gorgeous Medieval town with cobbled streets, antiques shops, and beautifully preserved Medieval, Tudor, and Georgian houses. No wonder Henry James made his home here, at Lamb House, where he wrote the Wings of the Dove.
A lovely market town with a castle on a hill, great antique arcades and yummy restaurants.
A beautiful Georgian spa town, home to the famous Pantiles, a covered colonnaded walkway lined with shops. A perfect day out.
The world famous Glyndebourne Festival presents six productions each year in a 1,200-seat opera house built in 1994.
De La Warr Pavilion
This modernist masterpiece, set in the seaside town of Bexhill, is home to some of the best music, dance and art shows in the southeast.
A modern collection of British artists set in a cool, contemporary building in the heart of Hastings Old Town. The delicious cafe with outside terrace overlooks the sea.