A Sussex House

Lewes, Sussex

An impressive modernist pavilion drenched in light, a great green escape to the peace of the countryside for families or groups of friends


11 beds


6 bedrooms


Sleeps 11


The front of this new eco-house is as clean-lined as can be – a pure white rectangle punctuated by windows. Step through the front door, and prepare to be amazed. The back wall is almost all glass – meaning light floods into the bedrooms upstairs and the immense, open, white-walled living area below. Underfloor heating keeps this space warm and Persian rugs on the wooden floor enhance the snugness. Food journalist Gilly’s love of cooking is reflected in the well designed kitchen – hoorah, a double stove – and the long dining table is big enough for everyone to feast, if they’re not too distracted by the views over meadow and woodland. The squashy sofas and armchairs at either end are ideal for a postprandial snooze, or you can fling open the bifold doors and relax on the sundeck. Upstairs, four neat, square white bedrooms open out onto a balcony stretching the length of the house, each with its own gleaming bathroom, travertine-clad. Two further bedrooms on the ground floor follow the same pattern. You’ve got nine tranquil acres all to yourself, but if that palls the village pub and shop are a ten-minute walk away.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • Credit cards
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. Short breaks available.
Pubs/restaurants 10-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £600
Weekly price
from £3500
1 House for 11
From £60011 beds6 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Gilly Smith

  • East Sussex is a fertile stomping ground for literary types; The Bloomsbury Set’s rural retreat, Charleston is a 10 minute drive, and its writers’ festival in May is not to be missed. Picasso holidayed with Lee Miller at nearby Farley Farmhouse..
  • Brighton, with its various charms, is 25 minutes’ drive down the road, or leave your car at Glynde and take the train. Lewes has more trains per hour, and is more fun than sleepy old Glynde
  • Gus Christie has already created a bit of an international stir at his pad up the road, Glyndebourne.
  • If you’re into horse riding, we’ll introduce you to Jackie Russell who looks after all oursplashingequestrian guests. Whatever your level, she’ll see you right. You can even spend the day looking after her ponies if you’re 11 and a girl.
  • Whether you’re after beach or river swimming, Sussex is all a bit lost in time. This is where kids and dogs swim alongside each other, and where life is but a dream. Try Tide Mills for a sea swim.
  • Barcombe Mills is like something out of an Enid Blyton series with the odd cow coming along to sniff what you’ve got in your hamper. If you can be bothered, follow the river to The Anchor Inn, Barcombe where you can get fine food and ales as well as a boat