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Make a self catering villa or holiday rental in Lewes, East Sussex your home away from home

The medieval town of Lewes lies on a tributary of the River Ouse which meanders through the scenic South Downs to Newhaven. The town dates back to the 11th century and earlier. The Normans built a fine flint castle and the ruins still dominate the town today. The steep cobbled streets are known as “twittens” and 15th century cottages appear unchanged. They are a favourite setting for historic dramas and films. A vacation home in Lewes is the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding countryside, the coastal resort of Brighton and the many historic castles in this lovely area.

Things to Do in Lewes, East Sussex

Shopping

Lewes and the small towns in the area of East Sussex are perfect for shopping. In particular the town has a fine selection of speciality shops along with many art galleries and craft shops.

Antique Hunting

Lewes is one of the major centres in Britain for antiques. It has three auction houses and many charming shops to browse for treasure. The Old Needlemakers in the 19th century candle and needle factory now houses a collection of antique shops and a café.

Following History

The area around Lewes is rich in historic sites. The 1066 Battle of Hastings site is particularly interesting and there is now an Abbey marking the site of Harold’s death. The battlefield has an award-winning exhibition depicting the Norman conquest of England and the changes it brought about.

Places to Visit Near Lewes, East Sussex Anne of Cleves House Museum

One of the most interesting attractions is the Anne of Cleves House, given to Anne as part of her divorce settlement from Henry VIII. It now houses a collection of exhibits from the Elizabethan era along with the Wealdon Ironwork Gallery.

Charleston

Charleston was the former home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and now contains a wonderful collection of their artwork along with paintings by Picasso, Derain and Renoir.

Herstmonceux Castle

This 15th century moated castle is one of the most impressive castles in England. Set in beautiful landscaped parkland it has superb Elizabethan walled gardens with a lily pond and folly. The castle was built on the site of Roman remains as a country home for the Fiennes family rather than as a defensive fortress.

Weather in Lewes, East Sussex

The East Sussex coast enjoys mild winters with temperatures rarely dropping below freezing. The summers are pleasantly warm, reaching 72°F (22°C). The area has moderate rainfall, heaviest in the winter months.

Getting to Lewes, East Sussex

Your Lewes vacation rental is just 21 miles from London Gatwick Airport. London City Airport is 44 miles away and London Heathrow is 46 miles from Lewes. The area is very easy to drive to, lying just south of the M25 along the M23/A23.

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                                                                                            Stunning property in great location

                                                                                            5 of 5
                                                                                            The property was perfect for our needs, as two couples we had plenty of room and weren't constantly under each others feet. The two bathrooms are very handy when getting ready for a night out! The location was lovely, quiet and beautiful, with plentiful shops and restaurants and a supermarket in 5 minutes walking distance. It was particularly pleasant to sit by the water in the mornings, and watch the comings and goings on the marina. It is just a 5 minute drive to Brighton centre, which cost about £8 by taxi. Would highly recommend.
                                                                                            • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2016
                                                                                            • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                            Good sized apartment in a nice location

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                                                                                            Good sized apartment in a nice location with lovely views of the harbour. Lots of amenities nearby and a nice easy walk into the centre of Brighton. Some of the fittings in the bathroom and kitchen are a bit tired but generally a nice and comfortable apartment. Good to have a parking space and Robert was friendly and helpful when he met us to show us round. I would definitely stay here again.
                                                                                            • Review Submitted: 08-Jun-2016
                                                                                            • Date of Stay: Jun 2016

                                                                                            Beautifully presented modern and cozy

                                                                                            5 of 5
                                                                                            The photographs of the property do not do it justice. It has been renovated to a high standard. The wet room and huge shower were a real bonus! The garden is pretty and we were able to take in the evening sunshine with a glass of wine in the evenings. The location is beautiful, positioned in a country lane alongside fields. A leisurely walk into Ditchling takes you to some lovely pubs and cafes. We were lucky with the weather and enjoyed beautiful walks into Hassocks and around Ditchling. Neil and Ally were generous hosts and Neil even dropped us to the train station so we could take the short journey into Brighton. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the property and will definitely return
                                                                                            • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2016
                                                                                            • Date of Stay: May 2016