As a nation, our travel preferences are changing. The traditional two-week beach holiday is being sidelined in favour of a series of shorter breaks, with a rise in popularity of walking holidays.

The 2018 travel report by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) showed that 72% of people took a UK break over a 12-month period, with Britons holidaying at home spending a record £7.9 billion in 2017.

Here at Deans Place, we’re happy to be on trend as the perfect destination for a UK short break, with plenty of wonderful walking country right on our doorstep.

In fact, spring and early summer is a fantastic time for a short break in Sussex, with the countryside looking spectacularly lush and the hedgerows alive with wildflowers and nesting birds. Throughout May you can also take advantage of our brilliant ‘Spring into Summer’ offer, giving you a fourth night free when you book a three-night break, including a two-course dinner and breakfast per person.

Interested? To tempt you further, here are a few of the highlights you can expect along the way when you book a short break at Deans Place Hotel . . .

Bluebells galore

May is a magical time when bluebells burst into colour in the many ancient woodlands around Alfriston. Follow the public footpaths that criss-cross our corner of East Sussex, and you can’t fail to spot a host of wild flowers and plants including bluebells, wild garlic and red campion.

For a really memorable bluebell experience – and to support charities into the bargain – the Arlington Bluebell Walk is a must-visit attraction at Polegate, just six miles from Alfriston.

The South Downs Way

This 100-mile route runs from Eastbourne to Winchester, and it passes right through Alfriston. Pick up the bridleway section of the trail, climb the ridgeway, and you’ll be able to look down on the Long Man of Wilmington, a 235 feet high figure that has baffled historians and archaeologists for decades. The jury is out on the Long Man’s exact origins: whether Anglo-Saxon or 18th century, it’s an impressive landmark that’s well worth seeking out.

Head for heights

For stunning clifftop views Beachy Head is hard to beat. The famous 530 feet high beauty spot is the tallest chalk sea cliff in the UK – and it’s also on the South Downs Way. Beachy Head has featured in many films and TV shows, including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. A word of warning: the cliffs can suffer dramatic falls, so it’s important never to get too close to the edge.

Seven Sisters circular walk

For an eight-mile walk with superb coastal and woodland scenery, try the Seven Sisters and Friston Forest Circular Walk. It takes in Birling Gap, the Seven Sisters cliffs and Friston Forest – find the exact route on the National Trail’s website here.

Delectable food

Walking is undoubtedly good for the appetite, so whether you’ve enjoyed a gentle stroll or a rigorous ramble, our chefs will create a first-rate dining experience to round off your day. We’re proud to hold two AA Rosettes for culinary excellence, with imaginative menus that incorporate the best of traditional and modern cuisine.

Whether your favourite meal is breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner, there’s sure to be a dish to suit your tastes. Click here for details of our sample menus.