South Downs Way House
Nr Lewes, East Sussex | Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 3 | Parking: Yes | Pet friendly: No | Wi-Fi: Yes
From £375 per night (2-7 night minimum stay)
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South Downs Way House manages to marry typically industrial features – super high ceilings, polished concrete flooring, wide open internal spaces and slim profile glazing – with those more at home in a country cottage, such as the simple shaker kitchen with Everhot range. The end result is utterly harmonious; this is a unique and beautiful space, testament to months of careful planning and a meticulous conversion.
But what may strike you first is this property’s jaw-dropping setting. Perfectly placed between Lewes and Brighton, South Downs Way House looks directly out onto the rolling South Downs – in fact the South Downs Way runs just moments from the door (hence the name!). It offers peace and tranquillity.
Inside the rooms are luxurious but understated; king sized beds are dressed with organic cotton bedding, underfloor heating keeps your feet cosy on cooler days, and plump grey sofas are accessorised with cosy cushions and the softest sheepskin. The owners have chosen to use independent local shops to furnish the space, which makes it feel even more individual. The kitchen is well equipped and makes it easy to cater for the groups of 6-8 that can share this home in comfort. Outside, the seating area and large garden make the most of those stunning views, and of the fresh, South Downs country air.
The accommodation measures a superb 145 square metres and the ground floor features south-facing picture windows with views of the South Downs
Kitchen: Open plan, hand-built kitchen with granite surfaces, Everhot cooker, instant hot water tap, Bosch appliances and DeLonghi coffee machine
Living/Dining Room: Open plan. There is a large country dining table for up to 10. Extra large L-shaped sofa, cosy loveseat (2 person), sheepskin rugs.
Bedroom 1: Kingsize bed with Hypnos mattress, organic cotton sheets and hypoallergenic wool duvets and pillows.
Bathroom 1 (ensuite) Wet room, walk-in power shower.
Bedroom 2: Kingsize bed with Hypnos mattress, organic cotton sheets and hypoallergenic wool duvets and pillows.
Bathroom 2: Large bath, power shower.
Bedroom 3: (mezzanine level) Twin beds with Hypnos mattresses, organic cotton sheets and hypoallergenic wool duvets and pillows
Bathroom 3: (mezzanine level ) power shower, WC
Mezzanine: large double sofa bed (best suited to teenagers or adults as this area is open to the dining area below. Children would hear adults chatting in the evening…) and 2 large sheepskin covered armchairs, smart TV.
Boot Room: with utility sink and washing machine
Large balcony: Overlooking the garden and rolling hills
Private courtyard: With seating area and BBQ (Spring 2020)
Check in day: Longer bookings normally start on a Friday. If this doesn’t fit with your plans, let us know and we will always try to accommodate you if we have availability
Accessibility: South Downs Way House has been specially designed for wheelchair access. There is a fully-accessible double bedroom with wet room on the ground floor. The large open-plan living/dining room and kitchen is spacious enough for wheelchair use. Please note the third bedroom and balcony on the mezzanine area are only accessed via stairs.
Noise: We are in a rural setting whilst conveniently close to the A27. As well as the sounds of nature, guests may notice the faint sound of trains rumbling past. When you are in the garden, and the wind is in a certain direction, the occasional noise of traffic can be detected. Nevertheless, guests tells us they find South Downs Way House very relaxing and perfect for ‘getting away from it all’.
Parking: Off road parking for up to 4 cars.
Children: Children of all age are welcome and a stairgate, cot and highchair can be provided with prior notice.
Dogs: Dogs are not permitted at the property.
Smoking: This is strictly a no smoking property. Use of candles indoors is not permitted.
Things to do
For many the South Downs Way will be the most important appeal of this wonderful property. There can’t be many such stylish places to stay, so close to this 100 mile-long trail through stunning Sussex scenery. There is even storage for your walking or cycling gear.
Nearby Lewes is a great place to explore, with its thriving cultural scene. It offers medieval streets, the remains of a Norman castle, contemporary art galleries, and is home to a huge number of independent shops, cafes, and restaurants. Only slightly further afield, Brighton is no less bohemian but altogether more colourful and vibrant. The seafront is always busy, and dominated by the iconic Brighton Pier.
If you’re travelling with children, they may enjoy a visit to Drusillas Park, the Sealife Centre in Brighton, or a trip back in time along the Bluebell steam railway. The National Trust properties of Sissinghurst and the Monk’s House (which Virginia Woolf called home) are both within an hour. Opera buffs will be delighted to know that Glyndebourne Opera House is just 4 miles away. Many of Sussex’s beautiful beaches are within easy reach, too – so if you tire of the rolling countryside (if that’s possible….) a walk by the sea or play on the beach is an option, too.
Food & Drink
If you want to make the most of South Downs Way House’s well-equipped kitchen, by cooking and eating at home, then there are plenty of places to pick up the best of Sussex produce. Start with the Lewes Food Market which takes place every Friday, and offers a great range of local foods to try, from baked goods, artisan breads, eggs, free range meat and locally roasted coffee. There is also the even more convenient Park Farm Shop, just a mile away.
Lewes has a whole host of places to eat and drink, from tapas at the Limetree Kitchen to the utterly unique Pestle and Mortar – which combines noodle bar and Asian food shop, with tea room and café.
Of course a stay in the Sussex countryside wouldn’t be complete without at least one trip to a good local country pub! A 30 to 40 minute walk along the South Downs Way brings you to the Juggs at Kingston; a haven for walkers, beautiful outside in the summer, and family and dog friendly too. Or try the rustic, 200 year-old Lewes Arms, or the equally characterful and even older Blackboys Inn (14th Century), near Uckfield.
From the moment we arrived having wound our way up the country lane from the main road, we felt in an oasis of calm – our greeting from the team and the space itself were both so warm and welcoming we couldn’t help but feel instantly at home.
The space itself is nothing short of luxurious making it an amazingly comfortable place to stay whilst providing inspiration and nourishment for the soul – the light at pretty much any time of the day is just wonderful and being quite literally surrounded by the awesome beauty of the South Downs with its incredible undulating landscape, we couldn’t wait to get out and just be amongst nature. The walking opportunities right from the doorstep must be up there with some of the best in the country.
We came home feeling reenergised and all have special memories of sitting around the table looking out at the beautiful view, playing games, going on walks and visiting the gorgeous little town of Lewes which is just up the road. We are already planning our next stay!