It's so easy to get here and yet it can feel like you're miles from anywhere ... a Sussex spring break is the perfect way to get away from the city and breath in some fresh country air or take a bracing walk on the South Downs or on the south coast beaches.
Need somewhere to stay? Try our
bed and breakfast
page for accommodation in the village of Ditchling; this page also suggests guest houses in other Downland towns and villages, including the old market town of Lewes. Need directions to Ditchling?
If you'd like to rent your own cottage in this part of the Sussex South Downs, then check out our
If you're feeling a little hardier, then you may like to consider
camping in Sussex.
Or ... would you like to stay in a pub or hotel? Try some of the following ideas:
The Bull, Ditchling
Set at the foot of the South Down, the Bull has been welcoming travellers and locals for more than 500 years. Retaining its rustic charm, the gastropub and hotel has been given a modern, stylish twist.
Four, large, individually-themed rooms, all en-suite, have been luxuriously designed with huge beds, crisp Egyptian cotton and walk in rain-showers. The South Downs Way is minutes away, the historic, picturesque village of Ditchling is home to the Eric Gill museum.
Just five minutes from the train station (by taxi), 15 minutes from Brighton. Plumpton racecourse is up the road and Glyndebourne is a little beyond Lewes.
The Bull is the ideal location to base yourself for your Sussex Spring break.
The White Horse, Ditchling
Recently taken over by a local Ditchling resident, the White Horse is gradually being updated and transformed into a beautiful old village pub. The new menus are outstandingly good. A restaurant is now open as well as Bed and Breakfast guest rooms (from £65 for a double room).
New glass doors now make the interior light and airy and open onto the terrace with wonderful views to the South Downs. Ditchling residents are thrilled to have another great pub in the village again. When we last ate there on Mothering Sunday, it was very busy indeed - we should have booked earlier! We finally managed to book a table for 4.30pm, but the food was freshly cooked, incredibly generous and delicious.
Their website is currently under construction, and I will provide a link once it's up and running. In the meantime, contact them on: 01273 842006
Check out this short film on Sussex in the springtime:
Located in the heart of Lewes, East Sussex, The Shelleys combines the history and traditions of an original 16th century coaching inn with high standards of service and cuisine for the 21st century.
The informal atmosphere of this country house hotel is the perfect ambiance in which to enjoy your Sussex Spring Break. Set in the midst of the bustling county town of Lewes, this hotel is well located for access to the other towns and villages of the Sussex South Downs.