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
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, 01273 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ditching has not been slow to embrace the Airbnb trend, and there is a wide choice of places to stay, from B&B rooms to ecopods and cabins surrounded by countryside.