Thimbles B&B has been opened by the current owners of an 1850s groundskeepers cottage, which has been extended over the years into a large, quirky and interesting house. The gardens are a delight: with a large lake, huge oak trees, bluebells and a stunning rose garden that you can enjoy from a fishing boat on the lake, a look-out tower or a relaxing hammock!
The gardens, however, do much more than just look beautiful: they make the cottage self-sufficient in many foods. The owners’ kitchen garden provides fruits and vegetables, and chutneys and jams, whilst bee hives generate the most delicious honey. Chickens provide eggs for the hearty breakfast, but the piece-de-resistance is the rear-breed pigs that are home-smoked and home-made into tasty bacon and sausages.
To work up a breakfast appetite, there are lots of walking opportunities nearby; including the “Two Memorials” walk starting in nearby Old Heathfield. Also, the B&B is just two miles from the Cuckoo Trail – a 14-mile off-road cycle route between Heathfield and Polegate along the route of a railway line closed by Dr Beeching in 1965.
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