Hotels in East Sussex
Buxted Park Hotel Ashdown Forest, East Sussex
Buxted Park is a luxury hotel set in 312 acres of private grounds and parkland, which includes three large lakes, a deer park and a walled garden. Conveniently located near the Ashdown Forest and the famous Winnie the Pooh bridge, Buxted Park is a four star hotel offering 44 luxury bedrooms, a 2 Rosette restaurant and fantastic large airy lounges.
There is plenty to see and do in East Sussex. This county has it all, a selection of top visitors attractions as well as castles, and nearby seaside town Brighton.
Things to do around East Sussex
Visit the childhood home of Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn. 2009 marks the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII accession to the throne so there has never been a better time to visit. This historic castle and award winning gardens provide plenty to do for adults and children alike.
Explore Kew’s stunning country estate. Walk 300 breathtaking acres, admire exotic plant collections, visit two nature reserves, see rare and endangered trees.
Nestling between the South Downs & the sea on the stunning south coast, Brighton offers everything from Regency heritage to beachfront cool. While away your day wandering through ‘The Lanes’ and visiting the treasure trove of shops, dine in one of the contemporary restaurants and have a brisk walk along the seafront.
Things to do in the Ashdown Forest
Ashdown Forest organises orienteering weekends, model plane flying and informative walks. The area was the landscape which inspired A.A Milne's Winnie the Pooh stories and its not hard, walking across the heath with the sun lighting up the golden grasses, yellow gorse and green oaks to imagine why.
The small village of Hartfield nearby is home to the Gallipot Pub, a 16th century Inn with excellent Sunday Roast including a delicious vegetarian nut roast and selection of veggie quiches and salads. The pub itself has a great back garden over-looking fields upon fields of fat white bullocks and gentle hills. There's the Winnie the Pooh shop and tea room next door.
The volunteer run Bluebell Line was the UK's first preserved standard gauge passenger railway, re-opening part of the Lewes to East Grinstead line of the old London Brighton & South Coast Railway in 1960. Since then it has developed into one of the largest tourist attractions in Sussex, yet it still remains true to its objectives of the preservation for posterity of a country branch line, its steam locomotives, coaches and goods stock, signalling systems, stations and operating practices.
Groombridge Place Gardens and Enchanted Forest
A visit to Groombridge Place will give you an unforgettable day whether you come as garden enthusiasts to explore and enjoy the sights and scents of the 17th century formal walled garden; or with your family to discover the secret, quirky and mysterious gardens of the ancient forest where children’s imagination will run wild.
Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum
Set in a beautiful Sussex estate, Bentley is a unique place, offering a wonderful variety of things to do. Where else could you find a beautifully furnished Palladian mansion with gardens to match. A woodland where you can wander amongst a collection of prehistoric reconstruction buildings. A wildfowl reserve and a motor museum with a superb collection of Vintage and Classic cars. Bentley also has a range of resident craft workers, a children’s adventure play area and miniature steam railway.