B&B's in and about Chiltington Laneby C L Scribbler - June 7,
Even before you saw this web site you may already have
been thinking - what a charming and delightful place Chiltington Lane is. How
can I spend more time looking around the area if I don't live nearby or know
someone who does?
Well - you don't have to compromise by staying as
far away as Lewes or even in other delightful places in Greater East
Chiltington or the pretty areas hugging Underhill Lane - which - if you don't
know it - is the road running along the foot of the South Downs in the National
Park here between Clayton and Cooksbridge.
The good news - if you are
thinking about a staying visit to Chiltington Lane - is that even though
cottages, houses and mansions are few and far between hereabouts I've managed
to find four of my neighbours who offer B&B accomodation.
that's hardly a directory of webscale proportions (but we are looking for
something that's more like a human scale on this web site).
brevity - it took me many years to compile this list.
partly due to the fact that people who live somewhere are usually the worst
people to ask about where you can stay (unless they have done some sampling
themselves as part of their original house hunting) and the other reason the
extent of B&B hospitality in the lane took me so long to notice is that
you don't see any obvious signs as you walk up and down the lane advertising
the availability of such services.
I guess that's where the internet
comes in useful. But in this particular case this list started with me learning
from first hand conversations and the details - such as web links etc - came
later when I started work on the ChiltingtonLane.com web site.
From the orientation point of view this list starts from
the Cooksbridge / Lewes end of the lane and assumes that you alread know where
the lane itself is by having followed (or disregarded) the advice in my
navigational blog -
inexactly is Chiltington Lane?
The order of the B&B's in the
list below is as you find them along the lane assuming you're heading in
the Plumpton direction (with the Downs to be seen on your left).
when you view this page and when I last checked the details some or all of the
properties described in earlier versions of my list below may no longer B&B's.
In most such cases the link here goes to a historic archive of their
respective websites along with an indication that it's a historic entry - for
example "circa 2016".
chapel-farm.com Where is it?
If you can see the 3 way
signpost (Cooksbridge 1, East Chiltington 1¾, Chailey 2) at the Eastern
approach to Chiltington Lane then drop down the slope for about 50 yards
towards the railway bridge but turn left before you reach it.
private track to Chapel Farm begins there.
If one is being pedantic
the address of Chapel Farm is Wickham Lane (rather than Chiltington Lane) but
as Chapel Farm 's drive is a rolling stone's rattle from the end of
Chiltington Lane I've included it in this list.
Where is it?
If you walk or drive too
fast then you'll almost certainly shoot past Willow Cottage as I have done many
times. It seems to blend with the lane so you almost don't realise it's there.
But it is.
And where it is - is at the very beginning of
Chiltington Lane - on the left hand side as you enter the lane with the Downs
on your left.
I'm saying this
left hand down a bit
stuff because many drivers I talk to on their mobile phones seem to have no
idea of their East or West by the time they've arrived somewhere which is not
quite here. And the sun is sometimes hidden by clouds. And that old woodsman
technique which involves parking your car and finding the moss on the bark of
an old tree is wrong on many trees which I could show you.
some drivers who get their left and right hand directions get mixed up too.
from Willow Cottage
Where is it?
As you progress along
Chiltington Lane (with the Downs on your left and maybe a passing train on the
left too) you'll start thinking - how peaceful and characterful this lane is -
with every cottage and house looking different.
The road stays about
level for a few hundred yards and then you'll see a country style little red
post box on your left.
The track seems to widen here as the verge is
well worn at this point. Because it's where the postman has to park (to make
space for any passing traffic) and it's also where residents drive alongside the
box so they can pop their letters in without actually having to get out of
the car and get their shopping shoes muddy.
Almost immediatel after
the post box the lane drops away ahead of you. But at about the same time
on your left you'll see a steep ramp going upwards with a red 5 MPH sign to the
Whatever you do - if you're driving - don't go up
that road. It is not for you. (Although it can be the start of many interesting
The distracting contrast between up and down at almost exactly
the same time is immediately followed by an - "Ah isn't that lovely"
on your left.
And this is the point where you have arrived at this
By the time you've got to this part of a web
page I have to assume that either you have been paying serious attention - or
else maybe you've just scrolled down the page quickly - in which case I may have
to make sure we're still on the right track.
So... regarding - Where
If you have already passed all the other B&Bs I've
mentioned above then this is the last one.
It is actually at the end of
Chiltington Lane and is on the left.
But it doesn't look like the end
of the lane as you're driving - because the road continues and turns sharply
to the right just after you pass Bowling Green (an attractive clapper boarded
house) on your left.
You only clue to the fact that you are leaving
Chiltington Lane and weaving into its continuation (Highbridge Lane) is the
sign on your right which says Chiltington Lane. (The very same sign which is at
the top of this page.) So you could say - that this is the start of the lane
(which it is)
You won't see much of Bowling Green's garden from the
road because it's behind a hedge. But the porperty itself is in a large many
acres plot which is on a bridleway to the South Downs.
Studio - Bowling Green
you've now reached the end of the B&B page
please take care not to fall
off That's it from me on the subject of B&B's for now.
things you might be interested in...
above from the scribble
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