We are situated in the village of Beddingham, just outside the historic county town of Lewes, in the heart of the South Downs National Park. Part of our farm adjoining the site of the hut is SSSI (Sites of Special Scientific Interest), being chalk downland, which naturally hosts a huge variety of native flora and fauna. We as farmers work closely with Natural England and the South Downs National Park to maximise the species found here. In particular we have large numbers of cowslips in spring, orchids in summer and skylarks all year round.
We have a strong link with Hunter Gather Cook – a foraging and cooking school based locally which specialises in wild food, outdoor living and self-sufficiency. For more information visit: Hunter Gather Cook
Our part of Sussex is particularly synonymous with a number of well known & respected artists. 4 miles to the East of us is Charleston Farmhouse (in fact where we have our dairy herd), the infamous rural retreat of the Bloomsbury Group. Other notable artists who have captured the local area include Virginia Woolf (who lived at Asheham just 1/2 mile away, before she moved to Monks House), Eric Ravilious, Eric Slater and Rudyard Kipling. We provide plenty of books in the hut in case any guests are interested in learning more.
The world-famous opera house Glyndebourne is just 3 miles away, hosting its’ festival from May – August. For more information visit: Glyndebourne
Lewes offers plenty for visitors to see and do, famous for its castle, antiques shops and of course Harveys brewery (and lots of pubs!).
There are many famous gardens open to the public nearby to see including: Sheffield Park, Nymans, Borde Hill and Wakehurst Place.
For walkers there is lots to interest you, starting with the South Downs Way, running from Eastbourne to Winchester via Beachy Head, Ditchling, Devils Dyke, Arundel, Petersfield to name a few places. Cuckmere Haven is very close, offering fantastic views of the Seven Sisters from its beach. We can suggest routes to suit all types of walkers or cyclists.