Sussex Castles, Villages, Gardens

March 3, 2013 | By More
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The Sussex Castles of Bodiam, Herstmonceux, and Pevensey . The villages of Alfriston and East Dean. The gardens and great houses of Great Dixter and Michelham Priory.

The history and picturesqueness of East Sussex seems to merge beautifully  in its array of castles, villages and gardens, all of which are easily reachable from Eastbourne and Gyves House bed and breakfast.

Some highlights…

Bodiam Castle in East Sussex is one of Britain’s most famous castles, dating from 1385, this beautiful mediaeval moated castle has had a relatively untroubled existence which shows in its perfectly preserved walls.

Herstmonceux Castle is similarly moated, surrounded by parkland it has an Elizabethan walled garden and according to legend – one or two ghosts! Adjacent to the castle is the Observatory Science Centre (formerly the Greenwich Observatory) with its green copper domes and historic telescopes from which the universe was studied. The exhibitions bring to life the 300 year history of one of the most famous scientific institutions in the world (All just 25 minutes by car from Gyves House bed and breakfast).

Pevensey Castle established as a Roman fort to deal with Saxon invaders but a few centuries later another invader, William of Normandy, landed nearby and turned it into Pevensey Castle by building upon the old Roman walls. We all know what happened next… 1066 and all that! (easy to access by bus or by car,  just 10 minutes drive from  Gyves House guesthouse)

Nearby Alfriston is one of the most popular villages to visit in Sussex and with its narrow streets,quaint cottages and green in front of St Andrew’s church, it’s no surprise. Alfriston Clergy House is a fabulous 14th century timber framed thatched house and was the first building to be owned by The National Trust. There are cafés, traditional pubs and restaurants to enjoy including the George, Smugglers Inn and Badger’s Tea House.

East Dean is a quintessentially English sight, with a beautiful green on which stands the lovely Tiger Inn, serving ale from its own Beachy Head Brewery. Such a lovely spot, Arthur Conan Doyle even arranged for his fictional hero Sherlock Holmes to retire there! (Get here on a short bus or car ride from Gyves House bed and breakfast or walk up over the fields from Birling Gap).

Great Dixter House and Gardens is a historic house, a garden, a centre of education and a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world. The house, built around 1440, is a wonderful experience and  the gardens fabulous.

Michelham Priory , dating back to the 13th century, this historic house is surrounded by England’s longest water filled moat. There are seven acres of grounds and gardens to explore including the moat walk, kitchen garden, mediaeval medicinal garden , water garden, working water mill, sculpture trail, playground and iron age roundhouses.(Upper Dicker, near Hailsham. Just 20 minutes drive from Gyves House bed and breakfast)

Book a stay at Gyves House – call us on 01323 721709 or book online.

Here’s a video taste of Alfriston


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