The Bell

Ticehurst, Sussex
+44 (0)1580 200234
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£145 - £325
per night

In the heart of the East Sussex countryside, a fun community inn, with rustic-historic bedrooms, scrumptious food, and a great welcome for dogs


11 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£145 - £325 per night

The Experience

The rambling 16th-century Bell Inn, its unassuming façade hiding an atmospheric interior, is quirky and charming in every way. Logs in the inglenook, big wonky beams,  Harvey’s on tap, and dog treats by the bar. Equally wonderful is the dining room (red walls, flickering candles) and the cosy ‘snug’: sink into sofas by the log fire.

Bedrooms – unique, unusual, and extremely comfortable – are designed to make you smile. Some are above the pub and the rest out the back, in a secluded courtyard garden with tables under the trees, a fire pit and a barbecue. Take your pick of four stunning lodges, including a Love Nest with its own rooftop terrace. As for the food, head chef Mark’s Wednesday five-course tasting menu paired with wines showcases his skill, while family Sunday lunches draw a loyal crowd.

Blow the cobwebs away on Beachy Head, taste the wines at Chapel Down, let the dogs run wild on Camber Sands.

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We think you'll love

  • The highly original cosy-rustic, quirky bedrooms and the four "fairytale lodges in a garden of whimsy"
  • Chilling out in the parasol'd courtyard garden replete with a Barbecue Feasting Menu
  • The sheer joie de vivre of this community pub, with its cabaret and comedy nights, its music and creativity
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You should know

  • The rooms at the front overlook the street – expect some traffic noise
  • Not all the rooms above the inn have baths, though all have showers
  • The Bell is a popular wedding venue – the garden area by the lodges can get busy


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from £145
1 Annexe for 2
From £185
1 Suite for 2
From £215
3 Lodges for 2
From £245
3 Doubles
From £145
3 Doubles
From £165


Special offer: Treat yourself to a delicious dinner in The Pub with £30 per adult, per day towards your bill in March and April. Rate includes your night's stay, dinner allowance, and a hearty breakfast. Ts&Cs apply

Booking information

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Other details
Extra sofa bed available in lodges & suite to sleep up to 4 guests in total.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Breakfast included. Lunch & dinner à la carte.


Be wowed by the eclectic décor, the quirky bedrooms and the seasonal menus at this 16th-century bolthole in a thriving Sussex village – book one of the amazing garden lodges. Famous Sissinghurst Castle Gardens is worth the short drive, as are the colourful gardens surrounding historic Great Dixter, or visit Ticehurst's stunning Pashley Manor Gardens, noted for its tulip and rose festivals.

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The neighbourhood

The pub is on the High Street – browse the pretty shops and galleries. Great gardens abound on the Kent/Sussex border, starting with romantic Pashley Manor a few doors down. Christopher Lloyd's glorious Great Dixter gardens are 12 miles; the moated, medieval Scotney Castle, with amazing views, is five. Foodies – head for the Weald Smokery at Flimwell, and the Kiln Café.

Local points of interest from Daniel Courtney

  • Ticehurst is a sleepy little village, with a fascinating 12th Century Church, and a handful of independent shops, galleries, and cafes.
  • We are surrounded by plenty of National Trust properties all within a 20 minute drive - Scotney Castle and Gardens, Bodiam Castle, Sissinghurst House and Gardens, Bateman's House.
  • Less than a mile away is Pashley Manor House and Gardens - the epitome of an English Country Garden with 11 acres of borders, vistas and 1,000s of stunning plants.
  • Bewl Water is just a 5 minute drive away - Discover incredible landscapes, native wildlife, and woodland adventures at the largest reservoir in the South East. You can hire bikes, or walk the 13 miles around the perimeter of the resevior.
  • The old fort town of Rye is around a 30 minute drive away, full of bustling shops, cafes and the beautiful harbour.