It’s a tradition that the French have long enjoyed. Visit Paris in August and you’ll find that many of the locals have decamped to the countryside or beach for the whole month. Local shops and restaurants pull down their blinds, and council officials issue notices telling people where they might just be able to find a fresh-baked baguette.
In the UK, few of us can afford to take month-long stretches away from work, but that doesn’t mean city dwellers are any less keen to escape the noise and the pollution of busy streets in summer.
If you’re looking to unwind for a few days, Deans Place Hotel is the perfect destination. Set on the outskirts of Alfriston – one of England’s prettiest villages – it’s just 65 miles south of London and easily accessible by rail or road.
Clean air, clean beaches
Throw open your hotel window and instead of fumes, you can savour the delicate fragrances of the Sussex countryside in summer. Our gardens are beautifully landscaped, and the fields beyond are criss-crossed with footpaths. Whether you prefer a leisurely amble or an ambitious hike on the South Downs Way, our guests return feeling rejuvenated and ready for dinner in our award-winning restaurant.
East Sussex is blessed with some excellent beaches, too. The coveted ‘Blue Flag’, which tells the public that a beach is clean and safe with great facilities, has this year been awarded to Brighton Central, Hove Lawns, and Marina St Leonards. Each of these three beaches is within easy reach of Alfriston if you fancy a day trip to the seaside.
If you’re tired of the usual chain stores, Alfriston and the surrounding towns and villages have plenty to offer discerning shoppers. Indulgent jewellery, original art, antiquarian books, stylish clothes and local wines are just some of the products you might want to browse (and buy!).
Take a Bloomsbury Tour
Visiting a rural area doesn’t have to mean leaving all vestiges of culture behind. East Sussex has many literary connections, and is particularly famous for its links with the Bloomsbury Group, the circle of writers and artists that included Virginia Woolf, her sister Vanessa Bell, E.M. Forster, and John Maynard Keynes.
Although originally based in London, the group regularly met in their various Sussex homes. Charleston Farmhouse, just a few miles from Alfriston, was the home of Vanessa and Duncan Bell, and is now open to the public. Charleston hosts prominent literary festivals in May and September, featuring famous authors from around the world.
Virginia and Leonard Woolf lived at Monk’s House near Rodmell, and this pretty seventeenth century cottage is now a National Trust property and open to the public.
Book your stay today!
We hope you’ll agree that a stay at Deans Place Hotel offers all the ingredients you need for a relaxing break away from the stresses of city living.
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