The Old Scullery

Cross in Hand, Sussex
+44 (0)1435 661423

Eco-friendly wing of a peaceful country house near Glyndebourne. Perfect retreat - come and go as you please, great walks and pubs nearby


2 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

The Experience

This Art and Crafts house, built for the Rolls Royce family in 1940, sits in two acres with woodland to wander and views over Possingworth Park and the South Downs. The guest annexe has a comfy living space and a kitchenette – find two glossy bedrooms, original art collected by the owners on their travels, books to browse, games – and cake and biscuits.

Geri is keen on eco-living and food is responsibly and sustainably sourced. She lives in the main house and, operating social distancing at the moment, leaves you breakfast cereals in the little kitchenette (microwave, kettle and BBQ outside but no oven) and leaves fresh French pastries, fruit and eggs in a hamper every day. If you’re off to Glyndebourne or a day’s hiking she can make up a hamper or packed lunch too.

Lewes is a short drive, for castle, museums and independent shops, and there are many wonderful gardens to visit within 15-30 minutes: Bateman’s, Pashley Manor, Sissinghurst.

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We think you'll love

  • The airy, contemporary bedrooms and sink-into beds
  • Sitting out in the peaceful garden - the only sound will be birdsong
  • Geri's delicious breakfast and picnic hampers
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You should know

  • The bedroom downstairs has an en suite shower; the larger upstairs room an en suite bath with a shower over
  • The kitchenette has a microwave only for cooking


  • Swimming pool
  • 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
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • 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 3pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. 2 nights on weekdays. 2 nights at weekends. 3 nights in high season. Children over 2 welcome.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Packed lunch, £15 per person. Pub 1 mile.


Nightly price
from £180
Weekly price
from £980
Damage deposit
1 House for 4
From £1802 beds3 bedrooms


Thanks to Geri for making this the perfect location for our short break, particularly at this time, and for her care and attention to detail. The accommodation is first class - v comfy beds, a touch of luxury in the bath/shower rooms, the Wedgewood crockery, everything thought of fitted cleverly into the wee kitchenette, and the pretty, private garden. We ordered breakfast hampers a couple of mornings - they were wonderful! We felt very safe with all Covid precautions taken very seriously. And such a lovely part of England - our first time. Loads to explore safely - would love to return!

Angela, Edinburgh

The first thing that you notice is the wonderful scent, this delightful annex smells divine. Then it's the art; original, amusing, diverting. Then it's the decor and furnishing, stylish and imaginative with some wonderful touches. And the beds, well the beds are to-die-for. Like sleeping in a perfectly laundered cloud. Geri is fun and attentive and you will leave feeling relaxed and restored. Highly recommend.

Karen, Marlborough

A beautifully decorated, quiet, calm and relaxing place to stay. Sumptuous beds and gorgeous bathrooms. Geri is an experienced host and is very welcoming, keen to make her guests happy. The view from the upstairs room is wonderful.

Alison, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

Walkers and cyclists will love this beautiful area of East Sussex, in the AONB of High Weald, with the South Downs (20-minute drive), the Cuckoo Trail cycle way, which goes down to the sea, and many footpaths. There are restaurants in Heathfield, two miles away. Tunbridge Wells and Lewes are within 20 minutes; Eastbourne and Brighton 35-45; the nearest beach is 20 minutes' drive; Glyndebourne 15.

Local points of interest from Geri Carden

  • The house is set in a dark skies area within private parkland. Wander the beautiful country lanes or eat in cosy country pubs
  • We are a short distance from elegant Royal Tunbridge Wells and Brighton, where you can shop till you drop and explore their beautiful parks and historic places.
  • Fantastic cycling routes on offer. The Cuckoo trail cycle path starts a short distance away. Or take a guided cycling tour of Brighton in all its cosmopolitan glory. Or cycle the South Down Way with its view of both sea and country.
  • The South Downs Way and National Park are close by and offer challenging treks as well as beautiful country walks, including the stunning Beachy Head.
  • Take a class in-house in making your own home cleaning products using essential oils.
  • Soak in the culture at the Glyndebourne Music Festival or enjoy the music around East Sussex during the Rye Jazz Festival


Geri Carden

Geri and Kevin are well-travelled and lived in Japan for many years, bringing up two children. They’ve collected art from around the world, much of which decorates The Old Scullery. They love entertaining and treat their guests as though they are friends coming to stay. Geri loves beautiful houses, decorating and making places unique, and is passionate about sustainability and local sourcing.