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Tovey Lodge
Ranked #1 of 4 Ditchling B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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“Home from home comfort”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

A real home from home stay. Very welcoming hosts, comfortable accommodation and a hearty breakfast! Ideally located very close to Brighton and Lewes. Two very nice pubs serving delicious meals in Ditchling, 5 mins by car from the lodge. An excellent swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sauna!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Telford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

This a truly delightful B &B, wonderfully welcoming and accommodation to a very high standard! Roy and Dianne are very welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. We would recommend the maple suite, worth the little extra and make sure you make use of the hot tub and pool! Lovely!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed December 9, 2012

I have booked this place thru another website. In no moment the website describe Tovey Lodge as a bed and breakfast. One day before arrival the owner calls me to ask if it would be possible to check in 2 hours later as they are a B&B and not a hotel. I was quite surprised and went back to the website where they said they could do nothing as the Hotel description would be up to the owners and not themselves, although they are the ones taking your money out! After reading reviews in this sites I realised that the place would not suit us for that night, and I felt mislead and lied to for a price of £165!!! The website Booking.com omits that this is a B&B therefore misleading clients and omitting full information. This is a breach of OFT and TSS and many other agencies. I emailed the owner and explained to him I would have loved to stay there another time, but not for this occasion as I felt lied to. I did not stay there. Sent complaints against both to former agencies as advertising should not mislead anyone. The owner was quiet rude and said I would not be welcomed there! After reading many other reviews I realised that most of them talk about his rudeness and lack of customer service or his wife. Wondering how many of you actually would go back? Anyways, unfortunately event learnt my lesson in searching before reading in one site. Will never use booking.com again, as person in there agreed that anyone can describe a 5* and be a horrible place, although B.com will not refund you or take the customer’s side even for an investigation. Therefore that is rough trading.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 27, 2012

My Boyfriend and I booked Tovey Lodge for a peaceful, romantic getaway. The hosts are charming, helpful and friendly. Our room was very tasteful, the bed extremely comfortable and the bath and shower luxurious.

The spa completed our trip, with swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna. The Jacuzzi especially with built in speakers and lights.

15 mins away from Brighton allowed us an excellent night out.

We slept like babies and then were cooked a top class breakfast.

Thank you, we will be visiting again.

Room Tip: All the rooms were beautiful, any of them would be great!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed November 27, 2012

After looking for places to spend a romantic weekend with my partner, this place really stood out. Tucked away in the countryside, Brighton being close by and also allowing us to bring our dog, it seemed perfect online. The owners were extremely friendly and welcoming. Our rooms were clean and to a very high standard. We really enjoyed the use of their facilities such has the sauna, indoor swimming pool, hot tub and the guest lounge was ideal for relaxing and playing various board games. I would rate this B&B five stars in every department from the cleanliness, friendliness, facilities and breakfast. The only thing that could have been improved was the weather!

Thank you so much for making our stay so comfortable.

Room Tip: Go for one of the upstairs rooms (suites), they might be a little more expensive but worth it!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

Me and my husband went to Tovey Lodge from Friday 23rd Nov to Sun 25th Nov. we went there as a relaxing weekend away for my 22nd birthday.
We couldn't arrive til late as my husband was working til 4pm, but we called the owners the day before to let them know and they kindly gave us some directions to help find the lodge in the dark. These were extremely helpful as the postcode using a sat nav takes you to a slightly different place nearby. The lodge was easily found with the instructions given. It is located just off a long country road however it is so close to the nearby village (1mile away) and Brighton (8miles away).
We were shown around the place so we knew where the lounge was, dining area, bedroom, pool, sauna and my favourite the hot tub! Everything was so beautiful and well presented.
We stayed in the birch suite which was amazing. A wonderful clean room with a gorgeous bathroom. It had a big drench shower and a deep bath with a sink each to use.
We couldn't see out our huge window when we arrived as it was so dark but when morning came and we looked out it was so beautiful. Surrounded by trees and high hills it was breathtaking.
The room facilities were fab. We had a fridge, kettle, wide range of different tea bags and fresh coffee granuals. Some chocolate snacks and biscuits were also provided along with sparkling and still water.
Breakfast was served in the morning which was very tasty. Roy cooked it and provided a full English to how you wanted it. With the bacon and sausages provided from a local butcher it was authentic and tasty. He even made his own homemade toast which was delicious. Cereals and fruit and muesli were all on offer along with a lighter breakfast treat of scrambled egg mixed with salmon on toast.
Overall out stay was exceptional. We loved it and wish to return again. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a 5 star getaway! We got our great deal on last minute .com.

  • Stayed November 2012
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed November 20, 2012

Me and my girlfriend went to Tovey lodge for my birthday for 2 nights. Roy was very friendly on arrival. The room was lovely and big. We stayed in the oak suite which was worth the price. We used the pool and hot tub each day which was very nice and modern. The location was a 40 minute walk to hassock train station to get the train into Brighton but then realised we could of drove and parked at station (know for next time) but Country lanes were nice to walk down. The area was lovely and quiet and lovely views of hills and country! Both Roy and Diane were very helpful with anything we had to ask. Breakfast was very nice and have several options. We would Definetly return to Tovey lodge and its the best B&B we have ever stayed in. You can't beat it! Thanks Roy and Diane.

  • Stayed November 2012
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Property: Tovey Lodge
Address: Underhill Lane, Ditchling BN6 8XE, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Ditchling
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Ditchling
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Tovey Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
5 star B&B - family country house in 3 acres in South Downs National Park. ... more   less 
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