Hawthbush Guidebook

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Hawthbush Guidebook

VILLAGES & ESTATES
The Ram Inn has been at the heart of the vibrant farming community of Firle for over five hundred years. The rambling old brick and flint building has three main rooms, each with its own open fire lit every day between October and April. Whilst our splendid flint-walled garden is perfect for a peaceful summer supping under the greengage trees.
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The Ram Inn
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The Ram Inn has been at the heart of the vibrant farming community of Firle for over five hundred years. The rambling old brick and flint building has three main rooms, each with its own open fire lit every day between October and April. Whilst our splendid flint-walled garden is perfect for a peaceful summer supping under the greengage trees.
Glynde Place is situated at the top of the village of Glynde and has commanding views over the Weald and Sussex Downs. The house was built in 1569 by William and Anne Morley, to replace the previous existing family home, from local flint, chalk and Caen stone.
Glynde Place
Glynde Place is situated at the top of the village of Glynde and has commanding views over the Weald and Sussex Downs. The house was built in 1569 by William and Anne Morley, to replace the previous existing family home, from local flint, chalk and Caen stone.
LOCAL PUBS
Hawthbush Farm is within walking distance of the Six Bells (30 min) - a lively unpretentious village local run well by hard-working hands-on landlord; small linked bars with interesting bric-a-brac, local pictures and posters, old furniture, cushioned window seats and log fires.
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The Six Bells Chiddingly
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Hawthbush Farm is within walking distance of the Six Bells (30 min) - a lively unpretentious village local run well by hard-working hands-on landlord; small linked bars with interesting bric-a-brac, local pictures and posters, old furniture, cushioned window seats and log fires.
Hawthbush Farm is within 10 walking distance of The Gun - a 15th century pub simply oozing charm and atmosphere situated in the heart of the Sussex countryside directly on the Wealden Way, one of the most beautiful walks in East Sussex. The Gun has an extensive landscaped garden with wooden climbing frames and swings, ideal for children. Famous for its home made traditional pies, seasonal game, and continental specialties.
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The Gun Inn
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Hawthbush Farm is within 10 walking distance of The Gun - a 15th century pub simply oozing charm and atmosphere situated in the heart of the Sussex countryside directly on the Wealden Way, one of the most beautiful walks in East Sussex. The Gun has an extensive landscaped garden with wooden climbing frames and swings, ideal for children. Famous for its home made traditional pies, seasonal game, and continental specialties.
A country pub with its own organic farm. Local, ethical and sustainably sourced produce. Family and dog friendly.
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Sussex Ox
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A country pub with its own organic farm. Local, ethical and sustainably sourced produce. Family and dog friendly.
ARTS & CULTURE
Also within walking distance is Farleys House and Gallery with its stunning sculpture garden (open every Sunday April–October). The former home of Surrealist photographer Lee Miller, it is a must-see and by glorious happenstance is next to our lovely village shop and café. Why not come down for the annual Surrealist Picnic on the August Bank Holiday weekend or the Surrealist cookery courses?
Farley Farmhouse
Also within walking distance is Farleys House and Gallery with its stunning sculpture garden (open every Sunday April–October). The former home of Surrealist photographer Lee Miller, it is a must-see and by glorious happenstance is next to our lovely village shop and café. Why not come down for the annual Surrealist Picnic on the August Bank Holiday weekend or the Surrealist cookery courses?
May heralds Charleston Festival, a celebration of books, ideas and creativity at the home of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, key members of the Bloomsbury group.
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Charleston Trust
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May heralds Charleston Festival, a celebration of books, ideas and creativity at the home of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, key members of the Bloomsbury group.
Collecting and exhibiting contemporary art for almost 100 years, Towner Eastbourne sits where the coast and the South Downs meet. This award-winning gallery sits in the Eastbourne’s cultural centre, the Devonshire Quarter. Founded in 1923 as a result of a bequest by Alderman John Chisholm Towner to create ‘an art gallery for the people’, Towner is a free and welcoming community space providing places for study and relaxation including a Sensory Room, a new Collection Library and a cinema screening a regular programme of films including new releases, documentaries, classics, family film and more.
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Towner Art Gallery
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Collecting and exhibiting contemporary art for almost 100 years, Towner Eastbourne sits where the coast and the South Downs meet. This award-winning gallery sits in the Eastbourne’s cultural centre, the Devonshire Quarter. Founded in 1923 as a result of a bequest by Alderman John Chisholm Towner to create ‘an art gallery for the people’, Towner is a free and welcoming community space providing places for study and relaxation including a Sensory Room, a new Collection Library and a cinema screening a regular programme of films including new releases, documentaries, classics, family film and more.
A pioneering centre for the arts where everyone can experience contemporary exhibitions, events and entertainment in an iconic Modernist building. By the sea, on England’s south coast.
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De La Warr Pavilion
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A pioneering centre for the arts where everyone can experience contemporary exhibitions, events and entertainment in an iconic Modernist building. By the sea, on England’s south coast.
Situated among the net huts of Hastings Stade (Saxon for ‘landing place’), the gallery looks out over Europe’s largest beach-launched fishing fleet.
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Hastings Contemporary
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Situated among the net huts of Hastings Stade (Saxon for ‘landing place’), the gallery looks out over Europe’s largest beach-launched fishing fleet.
Discover a world-leading opera house in the heart of the Sussex countryside.
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Glyndebourne
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Discover a world-leading opera house in the heart of the Sussex countryside.
VINEYARDS
Rathfinny was established in 2010 by husband and wife (Mark Driver, ex-Hedge Fund Manager and Sarah Driver, a former City solicitor). Their aim being to produce some of the world’s finest sparkling wines and elevate the reputation of Sussex Sparkling to compete with Champagne.
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Rathfinny Wine Estate - Tasting Room & Cellar Door
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Rathfinny was established in 2010 by husband and wife (Mark Driver, ex-Hedge Fund Manager and Sarah Driver, a former City solicitor). Their aim being to produce some of the world’s finest sparkling wines and elevate the reputation of Sussex Sparkling to compete with Champagne.
The vineyard was originally established in 1986 and experienced many years of successful, high-quality wine production, providing award-winning wines across the country.
Hidden Spring Vineyard
The vineyard was originally established in 1986 and experienced many years of successful, high-quality wine production, providing award-winning wines across the country.
CINEMA
A fantastic local independent 3-screen cinema with café restaurant, bar and gardens. Shows latest releases as well as independent and art house films, world cinema and documentaries.
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Depot
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A fantastic local independent 3-screen cinema with café restaurant, bar and gardens. Shows latest releases as well as independent and art house films, world cinema and documentaries.
FAMILY
62 acres of chestnut coppice with stands of beech, scots pine, douglas, cedar and giant sequoia, workshop, kitchen garden, and cafe-hatch.
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Wilderness Wood
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62 acres of chestnut coppice with stands of beech, scots pine, douglas, cedar and giant sequoia, workshop, kitchen garden, and cafe-hatch.
Living life more adventurously, having fun, spending time with friends and family, and getting in touch with the amazing natural environment.
Branching Out Adventures
Living life more adventurously, having fun, spending time with friends and family, and getting in touch with the amazing natural environment.
A small 10-acre zoo near to Alfriston, in East Sussex, UK. Its exhibits are targeted towards children between 2 and 10 years old.
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Drusillas Park
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A small 10-acre zoo near to Alfriston, in East Sussex, UK. Its exhibits are targeted towards children between 2 and 10 years old.
Herstmonceux Castle is a brick-built castle, dating from the 15th century and sits at the mouth of a small valley facing south over the Pevensey Levels to the sea.
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Herstmonceux Castle
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Herstmonceux Castle is a brick-built castle, dating from the 15th century and sits at the mouth of a small valley facing south over the Pevensey Levels to the sea.
Spectacular hands-on science & discovery among the domes and telescopes of a world famous astronomical observatory.
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The Observatory Science Centre
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Spectacular hands-on science & discovery among the domes and telescopes of a world famous astronomical observatory.
Blackberry Farm is set in 18 acres of the Sussex countryside in a village called Whitesmith. This family run farm is open all year-round and home to lots of animals that love meeting new people!
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Blackberry Farm Park
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Blackberry Farm is set in 18 acres of the Sussex countryside in a village called Whitesmith. This family run farm is open all year-round and home to lots of animals that love meeting new people!
Nestling at the foot of Firle Beacon on the South Downs in Sussex, Middle Farm is a 625 acre working family farm.
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Middle Farm
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Nestling at the foot of Firle Beacon on the South Downs in Sussex, Middle Farm is a 625 acre working family farm.
Paddle in Pirate's Cove, bounce around on the Jumping Pillows, go rowing on the Lake or leap into Froggies the massive Indoor Soft Play Area.
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Knockhatch Adventure Park
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Paddle in Pirate's Cove, bounce around on the Jumping Pillows, go rowing on the Lake or leap into Froggies the massive Indoor Soft Play Area.
Norman's Bay is a remote beach between Eastbourne and Hastings in East Sussex. The beach is predominantly shingle, with shallow sand flats exposed at low water. At very low tide there is a large expanse of sand.
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Normans Bay
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Norman's Bay is a remote beach between Eastbourne and Hastings in East Sussex. The beach is predominantly shingle, with shallow sand flats exposed at low water. At very low tide there is a large expanse of sand.
GARDENS
Bateman's is a 17th-century house located in Burwash, East Sussex, England. It was the home of Rudyard Kipling from 1902 until his death in 1936.
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Bateman's
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Bateman's is a 17th-century house located in Burwash, East Sussex, England. It was the home of Rudyard Kipling from 1902 until his death in 1936.
Wakehurst, previously known as Wakehurst Place, is a house and botanic gardens in West Sussex, England, owned by the National Trust but used and managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
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Wakehurst
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Wakehurst, previously known as Wakehurst Place, is a house and botanic gardens in West Sussex, England, owned by the National Trust but used and managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
This East Sussex garden is not open every day, but you can visit (pre-booking only) on the open days that are listed on their website.
Perch Hill Farm
This East Sussex garden is not open every day, but you can visit (pre-booking only) on the open days that are listed on their website.