Do stay here for:
-Peace and quiet in a rural setting.
-A real sense of history in the property.
-Quirkiness - a pet 12yo ram called Clarence and Harry the breakfast dog.
Don't stay here if you are looking for:
-Attention to detail and cleanliness.
-You want to feel like a valued guest.
- A good breakfast.
This is a working farm and there is no doubt that is the priority. The B&B side is extra income and not an end in itself. It really needs some investment into the B&B business, with some upgrade to furnishings and equipment and a very thorough clean. Breakfasts were disappointing: make your own tea/coffee, two slices of standard loaf bread per person and a poor "full English".
Clearly other reviewers seem to have had different experiences from our own - perhaps the welcome depends how busy Sally is with other duties. But it shouldn't, and certainly not at the price charged.
If you are prepared to overlook the deficiencies, one could be charmed by the place. So I have given it an "average" score on that basis, although the individual ratings do not really merit it.
A word of advice about arrival: approach from Winchelsea, in daylight preferably.
If you want to eat locally, the New Inn in Winchelsea is very good.
- Also Known As:
- Wickham Manor Farm Winchelsea, East Sussex
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wickham Manor is an historic property built in the16th century and now owned by the National Trust. It is the home of the Palmer family and the centre of their 750 acre organic farm, which surrounds the picturesque town of Winchelsea - the smallest town in England. Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Wickham Manor offers comfortable oak beamed bedrooms [refurbished to a high standard in 2007] some ensuite or with private bathrooms, with spectacular views across the countryside and out to sea. In the morning, a traditional full English breakfast awaits featuring fresh, local produce. The sitting room with woodburner is the perfect place to sit and relax after a long day exploring the many places of interest nearby. In the summer months find a corner in the tranquil gardens and watch the sun go down.Pets welcome by prior arrangement. ... more less