This charming B&B in the heart of East Sussex well deserves its recent listing in Alistair Sawday. The main guest room is substantial, comfortable, and with a number of views over the garden and small lake. Simon, Vicky and their talented children are very welcoming hosts, and happy to give gentle steers as to local sites and nearby pubs and restaurants.
The house is within striking distance of many family days out as well as Seven Sisters and Sussex coast. As well as some coastal walking, we enjoyed visits to Bodiam Castle (a real castle as children understand it), Bateman's (latterly the home of Rudyard Kipling), and the gardens of Great Dixter (enchanting even to a toddler).
Thimbles was particularly good with young children not only because Vicky is happy to make children's tea, and you can have a home-cooked grown-ups' supper once the children have gone to bed, but also because they loved the garden and the morning ritual of feeding the goats and chickens with Simon or Vicky.
I have no doubt we shall return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thimbles is a large family home set in 6 acres. We have an orchard where our rare breed chickens live, a substantial collection of roses , a large lake with an island. You can fish or go out for a row in our boat. We have a beautiful kitchen garden and numerous herbaceous borders.Our special breakfasts include home made bread, home dry cured and oak smoked bacon (from our own rare breed pigs), hand made sausages and our own free range eggs. Come and taste and experience "the good life".! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thimbles East Sussex/Heathfield, England