There are so many superb places to visit near to Mayfield.

Lower Crabb is just half a mile south of the village. Easily located on the 267 between Mayfield and Five Ashes village. Also convenient for coastal visits to Brighton(35 minutes by car), Eastbourne and Hastings.

Lewes with its fabulous antique shops is only 11 miles away.

Scotney Castle

For guests who love exploring beautiful places, Lower Crabb is perfectly positioned to visit some seriously stunning National Trust properties – and the best part is they’re all within easy reach.

Starting with Bateman’s, the home of none other than Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book. The gardens are incredible too – perfect for picnics surrounded by blooming flowers.

While you’re in the area, take some time to discover the enchanting Scotney Castle. Nestled in a picturesque valley, this National Trust property boasts a romantic, ruined medieval castle surrounded by breathtaking gardens.

Or, if you fancy a grand castle experience, Bodiam Castle is spot on! It’s got the moat, the towers, the whole medieval package. Explore the ruins and pretend you’re a knight (or a damsel!) for a day.

Expand your horticultural horizons by visiting the iconic Great Dixter House & Gardens. Known for its bold and vibrant planting style, Great Dixter was the home of the celebrated gardener and writer Christopher Lloyd.

There’s so much history and beauty packed into this little corner of Sussex, you could spend days exploring. The tough part will be deciding where to start!

Bluebell Railway

Experience the magic of vintage steam trains and the picturesque Sussex countryside on the Bluebell Railway. This heritage line offers a delightful journey through time, with beautifully restored locomotives and carriages whisking you away to a bygone era.

As the whistle blows and the train departs, watch the rolling hills, quaint villages, and lush forests of the High Weald unfold from your window.

The Bluebell Railway offers more than just a scenic ride. Special events throughout the year include dining experiences, 1940s weekends, and even the chance to meet beloved characters like Thomas the Tank Engine. For enthusiasts, there are opportunities to learn about engine restoration or try your hand at footplate duties (driving a steam train!).

Step into the pages of a storybook in the charming village of Mayfield. With its winding lanes, quaint shops, and historical treasures, this East Sussex gem feels like a world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

You’ll love the picturesque High Street, its pavements raised like a stage set. Admire the half-timbered houses, peek into antique shops, and maybe treat yourself to a delicious cream tea in a cozy café.

History buffs, you’re in for a treat! Seek out the remains of Mayfield Palace, once a grand residence of Archbishops of Canterbury. Imagine the feasts and intrigues that unfolded within its walls. Speaking of archbishops, legend has it St. Dunstan himself, a skilled blacksmith, had a rather fiery encounter with the devil in Mayfield.

Venture into the stunning 14th-century St. Dunstan’s Church, with its beautiful stained glass windows and peaceful atmosphere. Explore the surrounding churchyard and admire the ancient yew trees.

Mayfield isn’t just about the past. Enjoy the friendly village atmosphere, browse local crafts and produce at the market, or catch a live music performance at one of the welcoming pubs.

Nestled amongst the rolling hills of the South Downs lies a treasure trove of history, beauty, and quintessential English charm – Firle Place and the village of Firle.

Firle Place has stood proudly for over 500 years, bearing witness to centuries of English history. Begin your visit with a stroll through the elegant manor house, admiring its magnificent collection of paintings, porcelain, and fine furnishings. Each room tells a story of the Gage family who have called Firle Place home for generations. Wander through the manicured gardens, bursting with color and fragrance, soaking in the tranquil atmosphere and timeless beauty of this historic estate.

Firle Village

After exploring the grand house, venture into the picturesque village of Firle. Admire the quaint flint cottages lining the streets, their thatched roofs evoking a sense of timeless charm. Visit the Ram Inn, a traditional Sussex pub serving delicious local fare and warming ales.

Whether you’re a history buff, art lover, or simply seeking a peaceful escape, a visit to Firle Place and Firle Village promises a delightful and quintessentially English experience. It’s a place where time seems to slow, and the simple pleasures of rural life offer a soothing balm for the soul.