Walk of the Month at Buxted Park Hotel, East Sussex
Read more about our Hotel grounds and its natural surroundings. We have plotted a fantastic walking route around the Hotel, perfect to view the wildlife and sites of special scientific interest around Buxted Park.
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About Buxted Park Hotel
This 300 acre Estate is privately owned by Buxted Park Hotel part of the Hand Picked Hotels Group. The building and parklands are Grade II listed in the English Heritage Register.
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Much of the land is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its acid grassland, parkland trees and rare invertebrates (beetles and flies). Buxted Park Hotel is working closely with Natural England to preserve this important acid grassland habitat. This work includes bracken control and felling of self sown trees and saplings. Grazing is important as it prevents the acid grassland from being overgrown with bracken and scrub, allowing wildflowers to flourish. It is important that these areas are not trampled on and that grazing animals are not scared by dogs.
A large Yew ‘Taxus Baccata’ reported to be 2000 years old sits in the churchyard. A Hungarian Oak ‘Quercus Frainetto’ stands by the lake which is reported to be the largest specimen in the British Isles.
Buxted Park contains a herd of about 50 fallow deer known as ‘Dama Dama’, which can be seen during quiet times grazing the sward. Sheep graze in the fields to the west of the drive and supply the hotel’s kitchens with lamb. Barn owls can also be seen gliding quietly over the park in early evenings. Fishing is let to the Isfield and District Angling Club who maintain the two lakes close to the river with stocks of bream, carp, rudd and roach. Temporary day fishing licences are available for hotel guests from reception, together with rods, subject to availability.