A Sussex House | Self-catering in Sussex | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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A Sussex House - Self-catering in Sussex

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Broomham Lane, Lewes, BN8 6JQ, Sussex
England, United Kingdom

Gilly Smith

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+44 (0)7930 400805(mobile)

An impressive modernist pavilion drenched in light, a great green escape to the peace of the countryside for families or groups of friends

The front of this new eco-house is as clean-lined as can be – a pure white rectangle punctuated by windows. Step through the front door, and prepare to be amazed. The back wall is almost all glass – meaning light floods into the bedrooms upstairs and the immense, open, white-walled living area below. Underfloor heating keeps this space warm and Persian rugs on the wooden floor enhance the snugness. Food journalist Gilly’s love of cooking is reflected in the well designed kitchen - hoorah, a double stove - and the long dining table is big enough for everyone to feast, if they’re not too distracted by the views over meadow and woodland. The squashy sofas and armchairs at either end are ideal for a postprandial snooze, or you can fling open the bifold doors and relax on the sundeck. Upstairs, four neat, square white bedrooms open out onto a balcony stretching the length of the house, each with its own gleaming bathroom, travertine-clad. Two further bedrooms on the ground floor follow the same pattern. You’ve got nine tranquil acres all to yourself, but if that palls the village pub and shop are a ten-minute walk away.

Wheelchair access
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible.
Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Grounds for guests to explore.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant within 3 miles

Shop within 3 miles

Pub within 3 miles

Relaxation areas

Breakfast available

Breakfast included



Spa on site

Bar on site

Free parking on site

Free parking nearby

Paid parking nearby

Local points of interest from Gilly Smith:

Local points of interest from
Gilly Smith:

  • East Sussex is a fertile stomping ground for literary types; The Bloomsbury Set’s rural retreat, Charleston is a 10 minute drive, and its writers’ festival in May is not to be missed. Picasso holidayed with Lee Miller at nearby Farley Farmhouse..
  • Brighton, with its various charms, is 25 minutes’ drive down the road, or leave your car at Glynde and take the train. Lewes has more trains per hour, and is more fun than sleepy old Glynde
  • Gus Christie has already created a bit of an international stir at his pad up the road, Glyndebourne.
  • If you’re into horse riding, we’ll introduce you to Jackie Russell who looks after all oursplashingequestrian guests. Whatever your level, she’ll see you right. You can even spend the day looking after her ponies if you’re 11 and a girl.
  • Whether you’re after beach or river swimming, Sussex is all a bit lost in time. This is where kids and dogs swim alongside each other, and where life is but a dream. Try Tide Mills for a sea swim.
  • Barcombe Mills is like something out of an Enid Blyton series with the odd cow coming along to sniff what you’ve got in your hamper. If you can be bothered, follow the river to The Anchor Inn, Barcombe where you can get fine food and ales as well as a boat
Points of interest

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  • 1 House for 11
Price:(i) £3500 per week

Booking info:

Minimum stay: 2 nights. Short breaks available.


Pubs/restaurants 10-minute walk.




Broomham Lane, Lewes, BN8 6JQ, Sussex

Self-catering A Sussex House (self-catering)
House ~ 5 doubles (3 en suite), 1 single; 1 shared bathroom
Price: (i) £ 3500 to £ 3500 per week

Gilly Smith

Visit website

+44 (0)7930 400805(mobile)