Mark grew up on the farm which has been in the family for 60 years. Diversifying from the bed and breakfast he now takes pleasure in professionally leading bicycle rides and walks and further exploring the local area. He has a long standing interest in both local and natural history, as well as gardening, farming, cooking, foraging and preserve making; there is always plenty to discuss when out on walks or rides. Sue has run the B&B for ten years and is a ceramic tutor and artist who works from her studio in the old Sussex Barn. Having both travelled the world they returned knowing how much Sussex has to offer and look forward to having the opportunity of sharing the very best of Sussex with their guests.
Positioned centrally between the the wooded High Weald and heaths of Ashdown Forest and the South Downs, Pevensey Marshes and sea, the acommodation is a great base from which to explore contrasting landscapes. Using the bikes provided, the 'Cuckoo Trail' provides safe cycling on a disused railway track that links these varied landscapes and rural villages.
Over the years Mark and Sue have developed a wealth of local historical knowledge especially about the old Wealden iron industry - signs of which are still to be seen on the local walks they offer; the river which worked the local hammer forge runs through their fields and the huge earth worked dam can still be seen on a walk across neighbouring fields. They often find interesting glass or stone bottles in the river or 'worked' flints in nearby fields, and a 25 kilo cannon ball when digging a new veg patch! They have a fantastic variety of visiting birds, butterflies and wildlife around the farm including the kingfisher, nightingale, owls, purple hairstreak butterflies, roe deer, badgers & foxes. Bird watching from the bed has been enjoyed by many previous guests over the years!
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