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Bell Inn Ticehurst
Ranked #1 of 2 Ticehurst B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
England, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Style (over substance?)”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Stayed a Saturday night in June. Pub area really nice and the food and drink was good. The room was very quirky (which we expected, having looked at their website). Shabby chic in a good way. The bathroom was excellent - huge bath. No nets at the windows so you have to have the curtains drawn in the bathroom, which is a bit of an oversight. What was also an oversight was the fire alarm unit which was on the ceiling by the bed. This had an annoying green light which woke us up a couple of times. The breakfast was served at a communal long table with a bench seat (that some less nimble people would struggle with) either side. I did love the reclaimed furniture and quirky antiques etc, and all in all it was a decent night en route to a family gathering on the coast.

Room Tip: "Benefit of the doubt" is on the street side but has an excellent bath for relaxing in.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Philippa K, Public Relations Manager at Bell Inn Ticehurst, responded to this review, July 5, 2013
Thank you taking the time to post a review and glad that, on the whole, you enjoyed your stay. We’re sorry that you were disturbed by the fire alarm unit but they are an essential item in the room. We do hope it won’t stop you returning.
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Crowborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

We stayed at the bell on our wedding night. In the run up to our stay our booking was tricky- we had 3 different people to talk to, and once prices were agreed via email we then had an email saying prices were going to raise. We argued this and finally got our agreed price for the 5 rooms we booked for us and family and friends.

We stayed in the bridal suite which was nice- the door opens into a lounge, there's a nice claw tooted bath in the bathroom and a small staircase leading to the bedroom.Lots of quirky decorations including a dentists chair had us in giggles but they made the room really unique. The bed was comfy, the bath was hot and the sleep quality was good.

Breakfast was tasty and served in a great room but the waitress was a bit stressed and rushed. She had the cheek of asking my hubby to collect the morning papers for her and he'd get a cuppa for his trouble. They ran out of juice and milk very quickly and it took a long time to be replenished.

On check out we were charged a higher price than what was agreed - my family and friends had already paid it so I made sure they got their money back after arguing this. The lady did refund us but it took a long time to get it done. It just made our supposed to be perfect stay a bit stressful. I'd booked over a year in advance and had regular contact so I wasn't sure why things got so confused.

If you have lots of money and fancy a quirky stay in Sussex then I'd recommend this place but I do think it's very over priced. We might come back for a special occasion as we did enjoy the quirky decor and the food was good.

Room Tip: Men- check out the loos in the breakfast room- very quirky ;)
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Philippa K, Public Relations Manager at Bell Inn Ticehurst, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review The Bell. We are glad that you enjoyed the bridal suite and found the breakfast to be tasty but we have taken on board your comments about service.

We were concerned to hear about the booking process and confusion over pricing and apologise for this less than seamless service. Please contact the General Manager, Jhonnie De Oliveira on 01580 200 234 if you would like to discuss the matter further.
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Reigate
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

We first visited The Bell, midweek, in January and were very disappointed. However, the manager (who wasn't on duty on the night) listened to our concerns and invited us back to give The Bell another try. And I am so glad we did!
Our experience this time could not have been more different. They have clearly worked through any teething troubles and everything was perfect - from a warm and welcoming check in, through a fabulous dinner, to a fresh and fun breakfast.
We are now so enamoured by The Bell that we have booked the whole place for my husband's 40th. Thank you Jhonnie and team!

Room Tip: We have stayed in The Moon Wild (with a gorgeous copper bath) and Smiles of Memories (plump comfy be...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Philippa K, Public Relations Manager at Bell Inn Ticehurst, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Thank you for your review. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay and dinner, and look forward to welcoming you back for your husband’s 40th!
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Stayed for one night in the 'Smile of Memories' room. The pub is nice, the food is great - we ate dinner on saturday night and thoroughly enjoyed the meal. The service in the pub at dinnertime was also very good, the staff were really attentive. Breakfast was also really tasty.
I would recommend this place, but I wouldn't recommend staying in the 'Smile of Memories' room. The room itself is spacious and nice with quirky little touches, and a lovely little balcony. However the shower completely flooded the bathroom. We had to use up all the towels to soak up all the water which wasn't very pleasant. When I told the staff the next morning they didn't really apologise which was disappointed, instead they thanked me for clearing it up. It clearly has been a problem before as someone said 'Another flood in Smiles?'. They really need to get it fixed as that did put a damper on the stay! If that hadn't have happened, I would have rated it much higher. Also, not sure if this was just our room, but there was a lot of noise coming from the kitchen/downstairs after 11pm when the staff were clearing away.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Philippa K, Manager at Bell Inn Ticehurst, responded to this review, May 31, 2013
Thank you very much for the thoughtful feedback on your stay at The bell. We are delighted that you enjoyed the dinner and found the staff to be very attentive.

However, we were very sorry to hear that your room The Smile of Memories fell short of your expectations. We are currently reviewing all the bedrooms and the issue with the shower will be immediately addressed. As the pub is a fifteenth century coaching inn unfortunately noise does travel between the floors. However, the kitchen staff have been reminded to consider guests in the rooms above.

Your feedback is extremely valuable in making sure that our guests experience the highest standards of customer care.
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

My Fiancé & I chose The Bell to accommodate our friends and family for our Wedding Weekend, Friday 17th-Sunday 19th May 2013.
We loved the setting, the wacky luxury of the interiors and the proximity to our wedding venue.

Organising our stay was easy and very efficiently managed by Lottie, who was always only an email away. Some of our guests arrived before us & were able to check in with ease & in the rooms allocated to them. The bar is welcoming & full of unusual features, many of which became talking points during our stay, the men's toilets in particular.

Our group all ate a 'last supper' at the stable table, the room is a wonderful space & it was great to have everyone together around one table in a private setting.
The food was fantastic, everyone enjoyed their choices, my rare steak was cooked perfectly & the triple cooked chips were a hit with all who ordered them. Similarly there was a really good choice of breakfast options hot and cold, the cooked breakfast, eggs Florentine & eggs benedict proved the most popular with our group.

The rooms were all found to be clean and comfortable, many of our guests commented on how well they slept here. The staff were all friendly, enthusiastic and helpful, special mentions to Stuart for ensuring my Maid of Honour & I had breakfast brought to our room on the morning of the Wedding. And to Harry, who dealt with Best Man Rabs jibes very well & could not do enough for us. The staff all worked very hard to make our weekend smooth and anxiety free, to which we are extremely grateful.

The Bell is a very special place, beautiful rooms, delicious food and fantastic people.
Jason & I are already looking forward to coming back for a visit on our first wedding anniversary.
The Bell was a perfect choice for accommodation during our wedding weekend, I would not hesitate in recommending this venue to anyone. Thank you Bell team!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

Found by chance via Secret Escapes my wife and i had a lovely overnight break.The highlight was the excellent massage with Shelly the therapist in our room,pure bliss and very relaxing.The food was delicious too.The unique style of the rooms was well considered and bed super comfy.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

What a find! The Bell Inn is an amazing place to stay and eat. Found by chance when it came up on Secret Escapes but am so glad we booked. Our room was lovely - the silver birch tree, the deep copper bath, the tiles around the wash basin. So quirky! The offer we took advantage of included a 40 minute spa treatment each. We selected a massage and this was done in our room by the therapist. So relaxing and a perfect way to celebrate our anniversary. We had also booked a table for dinner and were so glad as it was really busy! The food was superb and not overpriced. The staff were attentive without being intrusive and very polite. Such a refreshing change. After a wonderful sleep in the room - named the Benefit of the Doubt, we enjoyed a filling breakfast served in the Stable. All guests share a long table down the middle of the old stables. A good mix of cereals, fresh fruit, yoghurt, sweet pastries, bread (to make your own toast) as well as a choice of hot breakfast dishes. We both enjoyed our stay immensely and would recommend this country venue to anyone who enjoys to stay in places that are unique. Certainly a break to remember (for all the right reasons)!

Room Tip: Benefit of the Doubt faces the High Street but was not noisy. Only a short flight of stairs to get...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Bell Inn Ticehurst
Address: High Street, Ticehurst TN5 7AS, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Ticehurst
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Ticehurst
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Bell Inn Ticehurst 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bell is a truly quirky hotel and pub in the heart of the village of Ticehurst, East Sussex. Bedrooms in the main building are warm and comfortable, some featuring a copper roll top bath. There are four lodges built around a fire pit in the garden and include the extraordinary Love Nest. The restaurant serves modern British prepared from local and seasonal ingredients, whilst locals gather in the pub for local real ales and a roaring fire in winter. Weddings and celebrations a bit of a speciality. ... more   less 
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