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Pelham Hall B&BBurwash, Sussex, England
This high street 14th century hall house B&B is in the very English village of Burwash – home to Just So stories writer Rudyard Kipling, steeped in history and surrounded by National Trust properties and world famous gardens in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A perfectly English mix brought to you by Matthew and Chris.
Pelham Hall B&B is the oldest house on the high street, a conservation area itself. Perched on a ridge overlooking the rolling hills of the Sussex Weald between the North and South Downs, Burwash is a charming village with gastro pubs, Michelin starred restaurants nearby and the setting for many idealic country walks.
Within an hour of London Bridge Station, Etchingham (the nearest train station) is just seven minutes’ drive away. If you head down by car, it’s a straight run down the A21 from London – with plenty of parking by the house.
About The Owners
Spellbound by the area, Matthew and partner Chris moved down from London in 2012. They have spent the last year and half renovating and designing Pelham Hall to create something ‘truly unique, desirable and worthy of sharing’. Their vision being a luxe, stylish retreat combining the comfortable, homey vibe you get staying with good friends; the wow-factor of high-end designer digs; the modern facilities and attentive service of a boutique hotel; the quirky, historic feel of a Tudor house; and the joy of being in one of the loveliest spots in England. Ambitious but successful!
• Matthew has taken time to choose bespoke pieces of furniture and design that make Pelham Hall unique – all sitting comfortably in this very historic hall manor.
• It is so easily reached and found – and so picture perfect when you get there – that Pelham Hall is the perfect antidote to city life if you want to hop on a train and just get out of town.
• Having the option to enjoy breakfast on your own private terrace (swathed in Egyptian towelling gowns of course...) is a treat – as is breakfast itself, delicious.
• Supping at The Bell, a fabulously funky pub just a few miles down the road is a great gastro end to the day.
• There are three double rooms – each with an eclectic and original style. The luxury ‘Labrador’ suite offers a private sitting room and cocktail ‘nook’ with nibbles and tipples; while the Bantam room boasts a kingsized bed and Phoenix has double doors opening onto your own private ground floor terrace with ensuite bath and shower.
• All rooms have integrated TV and DVD systems and iPod alarm clocks (which hopefully you won’t need) and tea services.
• If you opt for Phoenix you can enjoy a private breakfast on your private ground floor terrace overlooking the garden. Or otherwise the breakfast terrace on the first floor offers sweeping views of the Sussex Weald while you tuck into a seasonal range of vegetarian, meat-lover, sweet and savoury options.
• With Rudyard Kipling’s Jacobean manor just a few doors down and an English tea shop opposite, this really is somewhere to soak up and enjoy everything English. From Charleston House to Dixtor and Sissinghurst gardens, you can explore, enjoy and discover amid the gentle rolling Sussex countryside.
Deena Gornick: March 2015
We were recommended this gem and so did not see it on Furtherafield, our favorite website. We enquired if they were there, because we thought Pelham Hall should be. It is a wonderfully stylish, immaculately clean, tasteful, homey getaway. We stayed in the Labrador Room and loved having our own private entrance. Breakfast is delicious as are all of Matthew's foodie suggestions for restaurants. We converted our civil partnership to marriage the day we arrived and Matthew made us feel special. We are planning our next stay. So will you.
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