What kind of break are you after? A few days camping with the kids? A romantic weekend with long walks, lazy pub lunches and a cosy B&B to come home to? Or your very own country cottage, with the beautiful South Downs right outside your door?
There are some wonderful places offering B&B in Ditchling and the immediate surrounds, some offering walks from the door, others right in the heart of the village.
A lovely, self-contained first floor flat in the oldest part of this historical building in the centre of the village. The Jointure Studios dates back to Tudor times and in 1920 was adapted into artist workshops by Sir Frank Brangwyn. Having converted the building into an unusual home in 2000, Shirley is now delighted to welcome guests and share her knowledge and love of the area.
11 South Street, Ditchling BN6 8UQ, 01273 841244
Right in the heart of the village, the White Horse is as popular with locals as it is with visitors, and makes a great base for a weekend in and around Ditchling. There are seven comfortable bedrooms, all with views either to the Downs or the village church, St Margaret’s, which dates back to the 12th century. Cyclists and walkers are welcome, and there’s plenty of hearty pub food and local ales after a long day out on the Downs.
A beautiful, wooded campsite with camping pitches dotted between the trees in private woodland glades, each with its own firepit. If you’re looking for something a little more quirky, opt for the Holiday Bus or Holicopter, or stay in one of the extraordinary treehouses.
Streat Lane, Streat, Nr Ditchling, 01273 890 035
Also known as Chicken Heaven, the Mac’s Farm is – at heart – a family run and owned Organic Free Range egg farm. But it’s also much more; for a month every summer it’s possible to camp at the farm, either in one of the eight spacious bell tents, or in your own. Every pitch has its own fire pit, the Mac’s Shack serves up locally-produced food and drink and the kids will love Deano’s Snake Shake, where they can meet all sorts of rescued reptiles, amphibians and creepy crawlies!
Dumbrells Court Road, Ditchling, 01273 845189
If you’re after something super-rural, the gorgeous new Dairy is a converted barn surrounded by open fields, and with spectacular views of the South Downs. Dating back to the 1600’s, the barn has been lovingly restored by owners Jinks and Steve, who live in the adjoining house and are on hand to welcome you with fresh eggs and flowers, and tips on the local area. An ideal retreat for two, Ditchling Village is around fifteen minutes’ walk.
Streat, Nr Ditchling, 01273 890771
Tucked away on a rural lane at the foot of the Downs, around fifteen minutes walk from the centre of the village, Tovey Lodge is a charming 4* self-catering cottage, set in three acres of beautiful tranquil gardens. The one-bedroom cottage has sofa-beds in the lounge, making it ideal for a couple, or young family. Dogs are welcome.
Underhill Lane, 01273 256156 / 07711 446625
The White Horse
Situated across from the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, The White Horse offers a wonderful place to eat, sleep and drink whilst overlooking the beautiful South Downs.
16 West Street, Ditchling BN6 8TS
Tel: 01273 842006
Bed and breakfast accommodation in this superbly modernised cottage with its oak floors and beams, located in a peaceful lane a few minutes walk from the centre of the village. Jane Skelton can tell you everything you might want to know about the artistic heritage of Ditchling and if you feel like spending a few hours doing pottery in her workshop at nearby Streat, this can be arranged.
9 The Dymocks, Ditchling BN6 8SU
Tel: 01273 844679
The Hidden Hut in the Woods
A magical retreat built by Ralph and the team at The Handmade House, a must for those who like glam camping at its best. Set in a hazel grove, the hut is entirely recycled, has beautiful stained glass windows, log burner and even its own mini bar.
Little Beams Cottage
Little Beams is a beautiful grade 2 listed cottage in the heart of Ditchling at the foot of South Downs National Park. A Rayburn and wood burner add to the charm.
Secluded and quiet home with lovely views of the South Downs. Our home is five minutes walk from the centre of the ancient village of Ditchling (five miles north of the seaside city of Brighton); it’s a detached house, completely off the road and up a narrow track, so it’s extremely quiet.
24 Beacon Road, Ditchling BN6 8UL
Tel: 01273 843200
This modern and bright studio flat, located above a working workshop, comfortably accommodates two people with a double bed, cosy lounge area, well equipped kitchen and spacious shower room. Ideally situated close to the centre of the village of Ditchling within the South Downs National Park.