Short Stay Lewes

Welcome to SHORTSTAYLEWES – your one-stop website for finding the perfect accommodation in and around Lewes.

If you are looking for a luxury bed and breakfast or fabulous self-catering accommodation, you can find out immediately who has availability here by browsing in the town or village sections.

We are a new group of independent owners offering select individual accommodation with all the home comforts, including excellent locally sourced breakfasts. Each property has been inspected and offers the highest standards.

As small businesses, we appreciate you booking direct and next month we will have a group booking button where, at a glance, you will see who has availability.

Our aim is to make your trip to this beautiful area special and memorable. Whether you are looking for somewhere to stay for a weekend sightseeing, rambling along the South Downs or for enjoying all that East Sussex has to offer, SHORTSTAYLEWES properties offer a perfect base.

Lewes Castle, Glyndebourne Opera, Charleston, The Seven Sisters and Cuckmere Valley in the South Downs National Park are all on our doorstep, as are many beautiful local gardens and National Trust properties, such as Nymans and Sheffield Park. Brighton is just 15 minutes by train or car. Lewes to London Victoria is just over an hour or 25 minutes to Gatwick Airport by train.

BOOK NOW: check our availability by using the BOOK NOW button for each property in the Lewes or Village tabs.

A warm welcome awaits you from the new group!

Lewes Village bed and breakfasts include: White Lodge B&B Cooksbridge, Little Norlington Barn B&B Ringmer and Beechwood B&B Halland

Lewes Town bed and breakfasts include: Berkeley House B&B, no11 B&B, Murrells B&B, The Corner House B&B, Aleberry B&B

Beechwood and Glyndebourne

So, another wonderful opera season draws to a close at Glyndebourne and we at Beechwood are very pleased to continue our association in providing luxury accommodation for the many opera visitors. We always aim to offer relaxation, unrivalled quality and care both in the lead up to guests attendance at Glyndebourne and their return to Beechwood. The season runs from the end of May through to August Bank Holiday with a range of popular and slightly more obscure operas alternating throughout each week. It’s always a joy to see our guests leaving for Glyndebourne dressed in all their finery with gentlemen in black tie and tuxedos and ladies in evening gowns. Bearing in mind the current weather situation in East Sussex (scorching unbroken sunshine) the prospect of enjoying a sumptuous picnic during the interval must be very desirable and for those enjoying the Glyndebourne restaurants, they can always be guaranteed amazing service and food. Many stay for 2 nights and enjoy a filling, beautifully presented breakfast before attending the opera. Most are overcome by the combination of food on offer both with us and Glyndebourne and opt for just a light breakfast on the morning after! It’s such a shame that June was such a wet month as it makes attending Glyndebourne very difficult but it didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of our guests at the time.

Of course, in the not too distant future is the touring Glyndebourne season. This begins at Glyndebourne on Friday 14th October with 13 dates ending on 3rd November and then moving to Milton Keynes, Canterbury, Norwich, Woking and ending on 10th December in Plymouth. The tour performances will be Don Giovanni, Madame Butterfly and Saul and although the occasions are less glamorous (normal day suits are acceptable) and tickets are generally cheaper, the performances themselves are certainly on a par with the summer season.

Naturally we are available to offer our usual quality accommodation for people wanting to bask in such culture at Glyndebourne. So hurry – book your tickets and book your accommodation at Beechwood to get the best of both worlds!DSC_0516

Beechwood and Airbourne

So, Summer has reached a plateau of warmth, sunshine and many local activities to occupy everyone, no matter what their interests. The annual feature for East Sussex during this weekend is the Eastbourne Airshow, which attracts thousands from all over the country. We are blessed (unusually) this year with amazing weather and perfect conditions for the ultimate in aircraft displays, from Spitfires and Lancaster Bombers, wing-walkers, parachutists, helicopters and of course, the highlight as always is the jaw-dropping speed, precision and agility of the world-renowned Red Arrows. On the ground, there are stalls, demonstrations, the opportunity to chat with experienced pilots and technicians and events for all ages all along the promenade. There is such a buzz of activity and lot to take in.

Here at Beechwood, we witness many of the aircraft heading to and from Eastbourne overhead and the whole event is timed with military precision. It’s a joy to look up to such a clear blue sky and to see so many aeroplanes of varying sizes and speeds pass by.

Of course, with Airbourne attracting so many people, accommodation is in great demand. The majority of hotels and bed and breakfasts in Eastbourne and the surrounding areas have been booked out for weeks so the message for future years is simple. Book your accommodation at the earliest convenience to avoid disappointment and certainly don’t leave it to chance.


Beechwood for the Olympics

Here, at Beechwood, we are getting excited about the forthcoming 2016 Rio Olympics. Can it really be 4 years since London? Where does the time go? Those 4 years have been very busy and productive. There has been the repeated updating of our bedrooms and we continually look to make improvements in every aspect of the hospitality business that concerns us. We go out of our way to ensure that all guests, new and repeat, are given the gold medal treatment and we can safely say that all are more than satisfied, with the majority looking forward to returning for another Olympic-style podium reception!

Of course, during a stay here at Beechwood, guests can guarantee a breakfast with our five Olympic rings containing a Full English of Olympian proportions, a gold medal for finishing our marathon baked eggs, a sprint to the finish with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, the cycling endurance tested with the two wheels that are served as Eggs Benedict or the grace and delicacy of our gymnastic Yoghurt Parfait. You can even keep up to date with the Olympic progress as you enjoy breakfast from our conservatory overlooking our well-tended and extensive garden.

Naturally, all Olympic athletes require perfect comfort both during and between competition and here we try to create the perfect ambience where everyone can enjoy a peaceful night on beds designed to give the maximum comfort. Even Mo Farah would struggle to get up in the morning!

So come on all you Team GB athletes, do your best and make Britain proud!

Glyndebourne and Beechwood B &B

Beechwood B and B is just a ten minute drive to the Opera House Glyndebourne.

Taken from Glyndebourne web site.

Glyndebourne all began with a love story in 1934 when founder John Christie met soprano Audrey Mildmay. Glyndebourne is now one of the finest and most celebrated opera houses in the world and delivers performances to some 150,000 people across a summer Festival and the autumn Tour.
What to expect from the Festival
Surrounded by the rolling hills of the South Downs, you get the chance to explore the beautiful gardens and White Cube at Glyndebourne, a temporary art gallery, before you go into our 1,200-seat indoor auditorium.

The interval lasts 90 minutes, giving you plenty of time to take in those stunning views again over a picnic and a glass of bubbly, or to enjoy a spot of dinner at one of our onsite restaurants and visit the Glyndebourne Shop.

There is no dress code but people do like to dress up for the Festival – a tradition that started as a mark of respect to the performers.

Beechwood receives certificate of Excellence

Beechwood has received a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor for the FIFTH year running (2016).


This is where the people have spoken, the guests that stay with us and enjoy their time at Beechwood B and B. We encourage guests to leave a review as its genuine and honest. I know before we book anywhere we always check it out on TripAdvisor first.


“You could not dream of better”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Even before I arrived I was given a much appreciated experience of Carol’s care for her guests. Having to take a break from driving due to migraine, I sent a text concerning my new eta, and the kindness in the response actually took me by surprise! While staying at Beechwood in my all too short break (to go to Glyndebourne ), I really did forget I was a paying client and truly felt like a much cared for friend. Every little detail, from slippers, hair drier, superb choice of teas, little torch by the bed, super telly, and much more, had been thought of. Carol was there to welcome me at arrival and made me a pot of tea even though I had the most magnificent tea tray in my room. She was there again to welcome me back from the opera and sounded genuinely interested to hear how I had enjoyed it. My bed was something else! I have never, in all my travels, been in such a wonderfully comfortable, perfectly soft yet supporting, superb bed! It was amazing. The only thing that got me out was Ceri’s wonderful breakfast, and what a choice on the menu! Then there was my bathroom. Wow! This was palatial! It even had a panoramic view of the splendid grounds (garden is a mealy mouthed word for the land behind the house). Again, everything was there, beyond my expectations, and the towels.. Phew, you could suffocate in them! Best I’ve ever experienced. I can’t believe that even the showers in the Savoy could be better than the one I had at Beechwood.
Beechwood is ideally set to reach all the lovely places in Sussex. There is a good affordable restaurant in walking distance.
But the magic ingredient is the real care and genuine concern for her guests’ comfort and happiness that Carol and Ceri give. There is nothing intrusive or too concerned about it. It is something you can’t buy and cannot fake. Carol is far too good for the small minded backbiting and bug hunting of “4 in a Bed”. Her sincere concern to give the best possible care to everyone under her roof is what sets Carol in a league of her own. A stay at Beechwood is simply wonderful.

Room Tip: I think they are all good
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Green Features: As far as I could see the B and B has an above average attitude to environmental matters.
Stayed May 2016, travelled solo
5 of 5 stars
5 of 5 stars
Sleep Quality


5 of 5 starsReviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile
We had an amazingly well equipped room – everything you could think of in the bedroom and bathroom. Very quiet and peaceful room (Ruby) and had a great nights sleep. Ceri and Carol were very friendly and gave us a great recommendation for dinner. ( The Cock )
Breakfast was superb with an amazing choice.

Stayed May 2016, travelled as a couple
Helpful? Thank Judy H
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Lewes can be reached in 10 mins from Beechwood B and B

http://www.beechwoodbandb is just a 10 minute drive from this Historic Town Lewes.

Lewes is well known for its independent shops, they are spread out throughout the town from the flat up the hill to the crown court. People also visit Lewes for its array of Antique shops which are mainly at the bottom of the town. Lewes really does bring a distinct experience that can be combined with a visit to the castle, Anne Cleves House and the beautiful Lewes Priory. Coffee shops galore, quaint cafes and of course Bills.

A day in the life of running a B & B

Guests always say to me when they are leaving “We have had a fantastic stay with you, so you go and relax now we have all gone.”

Our morning starts at 6am with the breakfast preparation. Every day this includes setting up the buffet breakfast before we even think about the cooked ones to follow.

All of our guests choose from a comprehensive menu. We use local produce and are proud of our breakfasts.We cook, serve tea and coffee to our guests and at the same time we chat, we laugh and sometimes we even cry with them. Then we clear up the breakfast room and wash up.  Guests pay us – oh yes!!!!

We run upstairs to start stripping beds, emptying bins, washing cups and saucers and replenishing stock of teabags etc. We clean the bathrooms – my aim is to clean the shower like a mirror gleaming, then I’m happy. Hoover through, fresh towels ,dressing gowns and head downstairs to a mountain of washing.

Washing, ironing and theres no time for coffee. Then the phone goes (usually when I’m as far away from it as I could possibly be!) with people wanting to make reservations, checking availability for their stay to visit the South East or someone from India calling trying to sell me something (grrr!). The postman often knocks with deliveries of key bits for the B and B.We check the time – OMG! its gone mid day and we need to shower! It’ll need to be very quick showers before the next guests check in. We greet them, show them to their rooms and make tea and coffee for them in the garden and of course engage in conversation because we want every guest to feel at home. The time is marching on and we still haven’t finished the washing, not to mention started the ironing! Oh, oh, one of us is going to have to go to do the food shopping whilst the other waits for imminent guests. It wouldn’t do to run out of a particular cereal or milk or bread for breakfast! There are emails to check with frequency (it might be the National Lottery telling us that we’ve won the jackpot! Or another reservation to update our diary) and a blog to keep up to date with!   And so our daily cycle of events goes around and around and around (and we still need to do the ironing!)


We forgot about lunch – it’s another late one but still tastes good and it’s nice to sit quietly for a short while with a nice salad and a drink! Phew! Deep breath! Relax!

It’s time to take care of the large garden now! This must be kept in pristine condition as many of our guests enjoy either sitting, overlooking the garden or walking through it to study the range of plants! Our three dogs usually keep them company…….

Ah yes, our three beloved dogs – they love the guests (as long as they make a fuss of them!) and of course they want and need to be walked and fed…….

Its now dinner time for us and the chance to sit together and enjoy a peaceful few moments.

This is usually followed by planning the next day, checking peoples choices for breakfast and prep again. Carol can’t miss either Emmerdale or Coronation Street and who can begrudge her a few pleasures in life and the chance to RELAX.  Then our guests come home so we greet them all and find out how there evening has been.  Aah this could mean only one thing……… BED  and  zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

So you can see for yourselves that running a B&B (and trying to maintain a standard) is hard work  but very rewarding. We get to share a large part of our lives (even allowing for Ceri’s own work) and get to meet many interesting, enjoyable guests who are happy to see us in return and grateful for the chance of staying at Beechwood with us.