Cleavers Lyng 16th Century Country House Tel: 01323 833644

Visitor Attractions

There's lots to do and see.

An ideal base for exploring 1066 country, Cleavers Lyng is set in a unique area of the Sussex Weald, offering something for every one to enjoy - and explore.

Inspire the historian in you with a trip to All Saints Church and Herstmonceux Castle, just a two minute stroll away. Or perhaps your inner artist would prefer a visit to close-by Charleston Farm House - home of the Bloomsbury set which included Virgina Woolf. If a little rambling takes your fancy, there's a host of scenic country walks in the area, including Seven Sisters and Beachy Head.

That's not to mention the surrounding picturesque villages, local vineyards, golf courses, horse-riding yards and fashionable shopping districts close by, including Brighton, Tunbridge Wells and Eastbourne.

Herstmonceux Castle

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Herstmonceux is renowned for its magnificent moated castle, set in beautiful parkland and stunning gardens. Built originally as a country home in the mid 15th century, Herstmonceux Castle embodies the history of Medieval England and the romance of Renaissance Europe. Just a hop skip and a jump from Cleavers Lyng, it's well worth a visit.

Herstmonceux Science Centre

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Once home to the Royal Greenwich Observatory, the domes now house a science centre - a fun day out for the whole.

Windmill Hill Windmill

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Recently restored, although not open every day. A list of open days can be found on their web site.

Kent and East Sussex Railway

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The Kent & East Sussex Railway is the country's finest example of a rural light railway. The line gently winds its way from Tenterden - "The Jewel of The Weald" -through the unspoilt countryside of the Rother Valley, and terminates in the shadow of the magnificent National Trust castle at Bodiam.

Batemans

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The home of Rudyard Kipling from 1902–1936, the interior of this beautiful Jacobean house reflects the author’s strong associations with the East. Oriental rugs and artefacts are on display, and most of the rooms – including the book-lined study – are just as Kipling left them. You can even see his 1928 Phantom 1 Rolls-Royce.

The Royal Pavillion

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Built in the early 19th Century as a seaside retreat for the then Prince Regent, who later became King George IV, to say this palace is opulent would be an understatement. Truly magnificent and a must-see if you are planning a trip to Brighton.

Seven Sisters Country Park

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The Country Park is named after the famous Seven Sisters that form part of the chalk cliffs on the Sussex Heritage Coast – one of Britain's finest coastlines and an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Michelham Priory

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Boasting England’s longest medieval water-filled moat, Michelham Priory’s "Island of History" reflects its nearly 800 year existence. The house dates back to 1229 when the Priory was founded, and was lived in by Augustinian canons until the Dissolution in 1537. Fantastic grounds, interesting physic gardens and a working water mill where you can buy freshly milled flour.

1066 Battle Abbey & Battlefield

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Enjoy the new audio tour of the 100-acre battlefield during the Battle of Hastings, stand on the very spot where King Harold was slain, and explore the ruins of the abbey, built by William the Conqueror to commemorate the thousands who died.

Drusillas Zoo

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A fun family day out!

Arlington Reservoir

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If you like nature and walking, don’t miss Arlington Reservoir. Choose from several nature trails and see if you can spot some of the 173 species of birds known to visit. If fishing takes your fancy, Arlington reservoir offers some of the best Trout in East Sussex.

Glyndebourne Opera House

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World famous Glyndebourne Opera House set amidst beautiful gardens – a must for opera lovers. Take a look at their website for a programme of events.

Glynde Place

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Glynde Place sits at the top of the village – a beautiful Elizabethan manor house with far-reaching views across the Weald. It’s open to the public throughout the summer.

Long Man of Wilmington

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The Long Man of Wilmington, mysterious guardian of the South Downs, has baffled archaeologists and historians for hundreds of years… Discover more...

Great Dixter House & Gardens

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Great Dixter – birthplace, home and passion of gardening writer the late Christopher Lloyd – was built circa 1450 and boasts one of the largest surviving timber-framed halls in the country. Of particular note is the antique furniture and needlework collection. Sir Edwin Lutyens was employed to restore the house and gardens in 1910 which can now be enjoyed by members of the public.

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Bodium Castle

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A fairytale medieval castle and one of the most famous in Britain. Bodium Castle was built in anticipation of a French Invasion in 1385 and is one of the finest examples of old English architecture.

Hever Castle & Gardens

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The childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII and mother of Elizabeth I.

Leeds Castle

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Leeds Castle is about a one hour drive from Cleavers Lyng, but is by far one of the most beautiful and interesting castles to visit. Explore 900 years of the castle’s history; an eclectic mix of period architecture, sumptuous interiors and family treasures. And for those that love birds, there’s also an internationally renowned Aviary with an endangered breeding programme.

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

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Simply beautiful. The celebrated gardens of an Elizabethan mansion, designed by writer Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson can be viewed all the year round. Discover romantic little compartments filled with colourful floral displays, enjoy a scenic walk by the lake and explore the surrounding woodland.

Scotney Castle

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Victorian country house set in one of England's most romantic gardens and surrounded by beautiful woodland.

Lewes Castle

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From the high towers of Lewes Castle, visitors can see both the town and the distant views of downs, river and forest.

Anne of Cleves House

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Anne of Cleves House is a 15th century timber-framed Wealden hall-house that formed part of Anne's divorce settlement from Henry VIII in 1541.

Camber Sands

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Camber Sands is situated to the east of the county. It is a popular sandy beach, with picturesque dunes and interesting wildlife.

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Smugglers Wheel restaurant, Boreham Street

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Lamb Inn, Wartling

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The Brewers Arms

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The Sundial

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Marrie Harriers, Cowbeach

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Horse and Groom, Rushlake Green

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  • Cleavers Lyng
  • Church Road,
  • Herstmonceux,
  • East Sussex
  • BN27 1QJ