Castles, Gardens and Houses, the 1066 coastline, cities London and Brighton

3 UNESCO world heritage sites... all within 1 ½ hours of Flying Horse Cottage
  • Great Dixter (drive time 45 minutes) perhaps the most exciting garden in the south east, the gardens were created by Christopher Lloyd and now are the inspiration of Fergus Garrett.
  • Sissinghurst (36 minutes drive) now owned by National Trust the grand gardens were once home to Vita Sackville-West who created the garden.
  • Wakehurst Place (drive time 34 minutes) an offshoot of Kew Gardens with stunning woodland.
  • Chartwell (33 minutes drive) the home of Sir Winston Churchill and a National Trust property.
  • Penshurst Place (16 minutes drive) with a medieval Baron’s Hall and formal gardens
  • Scotney Castle (19 minutes drive) country house with extensive Victorian rock gardens. 14th Century moated castle.
  • Visit Pevensey where William the Conqueror first set foot on English soil and explore the ramparts of Pevensey Castle, originally built in Roman times.
  • The Seven Sisters Country Park is the stretch of coast between Eastbourne (51 minutes drive) and Seaford and including Beachy Head, it is a great walk with views out across the Channel
  • Hastings Old Town (drive time 57 minutes) is still an active fish market with fishing boats operating off the beach so a good place to buy your fish for supper. The town itself is worth exploring and there is a Funicular ride up the cliffs where you can visit the Norman castle perched in a commanding position over the town and sea. There are smugglers caves. From here is the start of one of the best cliff top walks in the south of England, a stretch with no roads and you can lose yourself in the woods and downland.
  • Camber Sands (drive time 1 hour 4 minutes) is one of the best beaches in southern England. It is a very large sandy beach approached through sand dunes. Gets busy in the summer holidays.
  • London (50 minutes by train), needs no introduction from us, but while staying in the countryside it is easy to take day trips to explore the sites of London. There are two UNESCO world heritage sites:-
  • Tower of London is only a 15 minute walk from London Bridge Station and the Palace of Westminster
  • Westminster Abbey is a 15 minute walk from Charing Cross station.
  • Other attractions include The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square and the shopping of Covent Garden which are all within five minutes walk from Charing Cross, as are most of London’s West End theatres. Other areas of London are easily accessed by tube and bus.
  • Brighton (50 minutes drive) has many attractions with its piers, Georgian crescents and Regency Pavilion, racecourse and shopping. An option is to take the bus from the bus stop a few minutes walk from the cottage. Brighton is a lively town with good restaurants and the famous “Lanes” for browsing in the shops.
  • The walled city of Canterbury (1 hour and 14 minutes drive) a UNESCO world heritage site with arguably the finest English Cathedral, the home of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the site of the murder of Thomas Becket.
  • Greenwich (56 minutes drive) is another UNESCO world heritage site including the National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory.
  • Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, (1 hour 34 minutes drive) these fabulous gardens house one of the world’s best collection or plants. Kew also runs Wakehurst Place, a wonderful woodland garden, which is only a 34 minute drive.