Sunday, June 24, 2018

Eastbourne, Beachy Head and Alfriston

On our last day in Sussex, Tuesday 29th May, we decided to go to the seaside. It was a dull, misty day but we did enjoy wandering along the pier at Eastbourne.

 There was a very glitzy tearoom on the pier so we enjoyed some tea and scones there.
We then drove to Beachy Head to see the 7 sisters and enjoyed lunch at Birling Gap. 

 We headed further along the coast and drove through Seaford and then to the lovely village of Alfriston. There we went into the clergy house, a National trust property (one of the first bought by the NT). It has been a home, first to a farmer, and then to the clergy for hundreds of years.

We then headed back to the cottage to pack up. We had to be up at about 4am to drive to Ashford and to catch the Eurostar to Brussells.

Lindfield and Standen House

On our cruise we met a lovely couple, Heather and John. It turned out they lived not far from where we were staying and they invited us to visit. We went on Monday, 28th May. It was a perfect summer day with the temperature getting up to 28 degrees. We enjoyed a delicious lunch of yummy cheese, bread and pate (John even made the most delicious haddock pate!). We also enjoyed wandering  around their lovely village. I loved the house too which is filled with wonderful collections!

They had also lived for a while in Pakistan and the women there make these wonderful embroidered bags as part of their dowries.

In the afternoon we visited a National trust house nearby called Standen House. It is an Arts and Crafts house built in 1894. There were some lovely examples of William Morris furnishings too.

We then headed home and across the road to the pub for dinner.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Tunbridge Wells, Chiddingstone and Hever Castle

We left the ship on Sunday, 26th May. There was a bit of waiting around till we were ready to set off to Crowborough, where we were staying in a cottage. On the way we stopped at Arundel and had lunch, wandered around the town and looked at the castle.

We then went to the cottage and settled in. On Sunday we drove into Tunbridge Wells. Here we visited the Pantiles, which is a lovely Georgian Collonade. Morning tea was pretty good too.

 Our next stop was Chiddingstone, which is a National Trust Village. It was just lovely. The church was full of flowers as there had been a wedding the day before. We also enjoyed a delicious lunch here.

In the afternoon we arrived at Hever Castle. Gorgeous gardens and so much history. This castle is over 500 years old and was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn.