The Jointure Studios

Ditchling, Sussex
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)1273 841244
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Escape to your own snug bolthole above a beautiful hall. Creative village community, tasty breakfast delivered, come and go as you please


1 room


Rooms sleep 2

The Experience

Your apartment is above a lovely big gallery/hall – with a piano and a wood-burning stove. The building was once the workshop of artist Sir Frank Brangwyn and is in the heart of a thriving village with an arty heritage. Shirley uses the hall as an exhibition space sometimes and you can wander down the road to the award-winning Museum of Art + Craft, and visit the many craft makers, jewellers and artists who work in the village.

Find a quiet, comfy bedroom with garden views and a cosy sitting room with a kitchen area. Shirley leaves you homemade cakes, chocolates and breakfast things, and each morning brings over a tray of fruits, yogurt, local artisan bread and eggs for you to cook how you wish.  Order the papers, borrow books and maps, sip your coffee and plan your day out.

The South Downs National Park is your stomping ground; Brighton, Lewes and Glyndebourne are all close by. Return to rustle up supper, or stroll down the road to one of the friendly pubs.

The Jointure Studios - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • The independence and privacy of the apartment
  • Having breakfast when you want, in your pyjamas if you fancy
  • The picturesque village with its artistic history
The Jointure Studios - Gallery

You should know

  • You reach Shirley's garden through the main house


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

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pubs/restaurants 1-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £140
Singles £125-£140.
1 Twin/double
From £140


We had a lovely, relaxing stay in Shirley’s beautiful home. Being a bed & breakfast, but within the self contained flat gave us privacy, but with the huge benefit of superb, beautifully presented breakfasts, including imaginative fresh fruit salads (even in Nov) & a different homemade cake every day of our stay! The flat is part of a fascinating historic building, elegantly decorated with some beautiful pieces of art which underline its artistic history, and Ditchling is a short distance from some excellent walking routes. We would highly recommend it.

Bob & Jacqui, Near Cambridge

We can highly recommend The Jointure Studio after spending 2 nights there. It’s ideally located for trips to Brighton and South Downs walks. . The accommodation was perfect, stylish and spotless. Shirley has a fantastic host and we were made to feel so welcome and at home. The breakfast tray was lovely and we cannot praise it highly enough.Ditching is in a great location and we are looking to a return visit.

Sheelagh, London

A warm welcome awaits you at Jointure Studios. Shirley is a perfect host, providing the right amount of hospitality, whilst allowing privacy in your own space. Delicious home made bread and cake and fresh fruit for breakfast daily. A relaxing and enjoyable stay in a unique property.

Barbara, BLANDFORD FORUM, Dorset.

The Jointure Studios is exactly the kind of B&B we love with an additional small sitting area/kitchenette providing tired walkers with the flexibility to eat-in after a long day rambling over the picturesque South Downs. Athough The Jointure Studios is on the main road through Ditchling village the accomodation overlooks the immaculately tendered garden and is peaceful. Breakfast is plentiful and slightly different every day. Shirley was incredibly helpful in giving tips on where to go and what to do. All in all, a very comfortable place to stay in a beautiful part of the UK.

Suzanne, London

What a delightful place to stay, couldn't recommend it highly enough. Shirley was delightful to deal with throughout the booking process and very welcoming and accommodating once we arrived. The accommodation is great, everything you need and more. Lovely central spot. Highly recommended.

Kim, Halesworth Suffolk

We love staying at the Jointure Studios. Shirley is the best host, providing a seriously scrummy breakfast tray each morning. The self-contained flat is a delight. Gorgeously decorated and furnished and well equipped. The bed is a huge and comfortable 6’ (or can be twins). And all is squeaky clean with social distancing no problem at all. Ditchling is in a lovely part of the world - fabulous houses and gardens to visit, interesting towns and villages, great walking, good places to eat and lovely countryside. What’s not to love?

Gill, Bristol

Beautiful place to stay. A tranquil gem! So many little touches to make it feel special. Gorgeous garden & delicious breakfast.

Charlotte, Brighton

Lovely place to stay in a great location. Having a small sitting room and kitchen is a bonus. A warm welcome from the hosts and some useful tips on local walks. Overall a great weekend getaway.

Dominic, London

We had a fantastic couple of nights at The Jointure Studio. We arrived later than we had hoped however this was no problem for our lovely host Shirley. The apartment was very clean and had beautiful white bed linen and a huge double bed with great views over the garden. The breakfast was marvellous and as the studio has its own small living room and kitchen we could eat in there at our leisure. The fresh flowers were a lovely touch and I would not hesitate recommending this to anyone. We thought that it was great value for money- if you need somewhere to stay in Ditchling - stay here!

Julia, Edgbaston, Birmingham

A very comfortable, clean , characterful and welcoming place . two nice pubs to eat in 3 minutes walk away in a small and lovely vIllage. Couldn’t be easier. Shirley made us feel at home and breakfasts are excellent. Thank you.

Sally and Fid, Fleet

Jointure Studios is divine! Everything you could possibly desire is here. Gloriously comfortable beds and bedding, beautifully thought out interior design, lovely view over the garden and delightfully presented copious breakfasts. It was a wonderful break for two friends looking to escape for a couple of days. Thank you so much Shirley and Kevin.

Sarah, Canterbury

Shirley has really thought about, and continues to think about, what makes a B&B special and that ensures that this happens. The freedom of the fresh part of the breakfast arriving outside the door is lovely and unusual. The stylish decor makes the rooms a pleasure to be in and the views of the garden are lovely. You are also welcome to stroll or sit in the garden if you want to. The bed is a massive 6-foot wide with a lovely, floaty duvet and plump pillows. It might be difficult to get out of!

Alison, Sawday's inspector

A beautiful house and a warm welcome. Everything was excellent for our two night stay here. Shirley welcomed us to her lovely house in the middle of the delightful village of Ditchling. Our studio apartment was quiet, comfortable and well equipped. Breakfast was fruit, yogurt, eggs and bread provided on a tray for us to use as we wished. The nearest pub, The Bull, served excellent and imaginative food. There is lots to see and do in the surrounding area.

John, Hope Valley

What a privilege to stay in such a beautiful place. The self contained space suited me perfectly, having the breakfasts left for me. Thoughtfully and beautifully decorated rooms, lovely breakfasts and a great location to use as a base for walking on the South Downs and exploring Lewes. Highly recommended

Heather, London

A lovely self-contained apartment with a fascinating history. A huge comfy bed. A delicious breakfast with freshly made bread and cakes. Breakfast in bed - what a treat! Shirley was so welcoming with information about the area and lending walking maps. Ditchling is a lovely village, we ate in the Bull, the White Horse and the Green Wellie cafe and they all come highly recommended. A great place to escape from reality and re-charge.

Rebecca, London

This self contained apartment has everything you need. Comfortable beds, modern bathroom, a small kitchen if you want to eat in (though the local pubs are excellent) and nice views over the rear garden. Tea & coffee as well as fresh milk (plus healthy cereal) are all supplied and there is even a Cookie jar! The breakfasts, left outside the door each morning, are superb. Fresh fruit salad, eggs to scramble or boil, fresh bread or croissants and fruit juice. Sets you up perfectly for walking the nearby South Downs Way. Shirley is an excellent host, friendly & informative. A lovely place!

Andrew, ‘Twixt Oakham & Stamford’

Such a beautiful place to stay. The decoration is lovely. Breakfast delivered to our door was unbelievable (fresh bread, fruit and yogurt, organic eggs). We didn't want to leave. Shirley is charming and welcoming. We would definitely recommend to a friend.

Pamela, St Albans

This is a really special place. We loved the idea of a breakfast tray left at the door so we could have breakfast in our pyjamas in our own time. It wasn't any old breakfast tray either as each day the fruit salad, bread and cakes were different. Having a little kitchen area, lovely bathroom and seating area were perfect too. We will definitely re-visit as we left feeling so rested.

Daniel, London

The self-contained accommodation comprises two comfortable twin beds in a light, quiet bedroom on the garden side; a 'day room' with good kitchenette facilities and two easy chairs; and a well-equipped, modern bathroom. The accommodation is pleasantly, modestly and sensibly decorated and furnished.. Breakfast is brought to the door by Shirley, to augment the 'dry goods' already in the kitchenette, and is superb: fresh fruits and juice, cakes, bread, eggs if you want them, and even the newspaper. Shirley is a most thoughtful and hospitable hostess, and her prices are extremely reasonable

Rupert, London

Comfortable well appointed flat in a lovely part of the country with good places to eat and drink within easy walking distance. Shirley was an excellent hostess and a mine of local information. Fantastic idea having delicious breakfast items and fresh cake delivered to your door! Would definitely recommend!

Sue, Barnet

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The neighbourhood

Ditchling is a lovely old village within the South Downs National Park - close to Brighton and Lewes (eight miles), and easily reached by road or rail. It’s a stroll to two pubs, The Bull and the White Horse, as well as three cafes and a deli.

Local points of interest from Shirley Crowther

  • We are ideally placed for the many Spring and Summer Festivals in the area: The Brighton Festival and Art Trails, Charleston Literary Festival, Glyndebourne and a little further away, Chichester Festival Theatre.
  • This is a beautiful area and ideal for walking and cycling: we are in the South Downs National Park with miles of open country yet within easy reach of Brighton and links to London and Gatwick. Cycles can be hired locally.
  • Ditchling is a quintessential English village: historic buildings, village green, duck pond - plus a fascinating Museum of Art+Craft, numerous cafes and two excellent foodie pubs.
  • There are a number of sporting events closeby: Plumpton Races, Hickstead Equestrian Showground and the London to Brighton cycle ride goes right past the door! Slightly further afield is the stunning racecourse at Goodwood.
  • Lewes is 15 minutes away: an historic town with hilltop castle, weekly food markets, independent shops and many antique emporiums to explore.
  • What else? Sussex has many beautiful gardens and historic homes. Brighton's Pavilion, Museum, and other seaside attractions are a short drive away. For the more sporting guests, there are numerous and varied golf courses.


Shirley Crowther

Shirley Crowther moved to Ditchling from London in 1999 and lives in the main house with her partner Kevin, two cats and a lively Labrador. She's a very welcoming host who loves the area and sharing its pleasures with guests - the fantastic countryside, the many festivals, the local pubs, and most of all the friendly, creative and lively community. Shirley is well-travelled and ran an art gallery for many years; her home is full of contemporary paintings and ceramics collected from the talented artists she's worked with.