Information for Guests at Butlers Farmhouse

We are Peter and Irene Willson from Butlers Farmhouse and 
we have been in business as a B&B since June 2009.

We visited many B&Bs in both the UK and the US before we decided to start our own and so far its been very successful! 
Irene is a very keen gardener and has opened the Garden every year for the Yellow Book (National Garden Scheme) for the last 10 years.

The garden has been featured both in Sussex Life and Amateur Gardening magazines in 2009, with Amateur Gardening doing a special feature on Irene's poison Garden, an idea taken from Alnwick Castle gardens in Northumberland.
We have three very special double rooms that have been designed to appeal to the luxury end of the market and we have built up a reputation of providing very extensive and delicious breakfasts.
We have a system that enables guests to choose exactly what they want for breakfast, not everybody wants the full English! A lot of our foreign guest really appreciate that.

We are very lucky to have Herstmonceux village on our doorstep as there are 2 pubs (The Brewer's Arms and the Woolpack) which both serve food, together with a top rated gourmet restaurant (The Sundial) an Indian restaurant and a bistro, our guests can also find good pubs at Cowbeech and Boreham Street nearby. There is also a full range of Italian, Chinese, pubs and coffee and tea shops in the town of Hailsham only 3 miles away.

Irene is a gardener running a gardening business and I am a full time musician - pianist and organist running a band and an a cappella choir.

There is masses to do in the area Herstmonceux Castle the home of the Royal Observatory for many years with a fascinating science centre, Charleston Farmhouse (the Bloomsbury Set) together with Virginia Woolfs house, Glyndebourne Opera House (we get many guests who go to the operas there!).

Farley Farm, the home of the artist Roland Penrose and Photographer Lee Miller (great friend of Picasso who visited this part of Sussex in 1950).

The delightful village of Alfriston is nearby with the first building the National Trust ever owned - The Alfriston Clergy House.

Michelham Priory is also a favourite with our guests as are the great gardens at Sissinghurst and Great Dixter.

There is a superb view of the South Downs - which is great walking and cycling country - and on a clear day the Long Man of Wilmington can be seen from our house and garden.

Half an hour away is the seaside town of Eastbourne with 3 theatres often giving pre-London West End shows. Hastings and Battle with all the 1066 connections are again only half an hour away. The delightful De la Warr Pavilion in Bexhill,(20 minutes away) is also worth a visit as it has been recently restored to its former 1930s Art Deco splendour, has a large theatre and is an international art exhibition centre in its own right.
Butlers Farmhouse was also the home of a film star called Peggy Cummings who lived here in the 50s and 60s and we still occasionally get fan mail for her!

Google earth has sent a vehicle down our lane last summer and its worth having a look at that  to give you an idea of the property.
Please phone 01323 833770 or email me at

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