Beat the Winter blues!

January, traditionally, is a bleak month with people feeling post-Christmas blues, feeling the financial pinch, and often having to deal with typical winter weather! Yes even as I type this it’s snowing outside after an afternoon deluge of heavy rain and the forecast of icy conditions to welcome the drive to work tomorrow! Admit it – it’s why we love Great Britain and guarantees us a daily topic of conversation with anyone prepared to listen, whether wittingly or unwittingly!

Of course, there are always positives to most given situations and here are Beechwood, we always try to look on the bright side (even in gloomy weather!) So, with a roaring log fire to snuggle in front of, and with our beloved cockapoo, Teddy, to provide extra warmth and comfort, life is very cosy!

We always try to provide the maximum in comfort for all of our guests, all year round, from the warmth of our welcome to the home comforts that guests can enjoy. Whether in their bedrooms or downstairs in the conservatory breakfast room or our inviting lounge with enveloping sofas, every guest can escape the depressing winter blues, enabling total relaxation. What better way to enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee in January? You can also assume that visiting local attractions at this time of year will be a lot quieter than during the Spring and Summer months and many are open.

So, give us a call or check us our online and can promise you a stay that will live with you forever.first snow (33)Beechwood (86)

Christmas and New Year at Beechwood

Aah, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” famously crooned the late great Andy Williams. At Beechwood we luxuriate in the warm feelings emitted from tinsel, Christmas decorations, Christmas carols, mulled wine, mince pies and the joys of Christmas shopping!

Naturally, Christmas brings unbridled festive happiness here and we go to great lengths to adorn our B&B in such a way that visitors can’t help but get in the spirit. We take such care to decorate as perfectly as we possibly can and in the process get limitless personal satisfaction and enjoyment from the fruits of our labour. Christmas brings with it the sounds of presents being wrapped and the anticipation of seeing the smiles when loved ones unwrap them on Christmas morning. With Christmas Day being Carol’s birthday we take great care to make sure that her personal day of celebration doesn’t get lost in the usual festive melee so we make sure that she gets separate gifts for Christmas and birthday, wrapped in perfectly identifiable paper, with separate cakes for each occasion. This all brings even more of a festive spirit to Beechwood, to be surrounded by family and all wanting to bring the best the day has to offer.

Of course with Beechwood being centrally located for many tourist attractions and all within easy road access, there are countless festive activities taking place. Why not stay with us and enjoy the glorious warm glow of a Sussex Christmas? The abundance of National Trust venues in the area all place great emphasis upon Christmas celebrations and all are decorated to the highest standard, as you’d expect. Well worth a visit is Wakehurst Place near Ardingley. This fantastic National Trust property is home to a stunning house and vast woodland walks and gardens. At Christmas it also houses the largest Christmas tree in Sussex and it’s worth visiting at this time of year just to sample a Christmas spectacle in all its glory! There are numerous Christmas carol gatherings and performances organised at these National Trust venues and also in the local towns of Uckfield and Lewes. These certainly help get people in the mood for Christmas and there’s a festive buzz wherever you go. There’s a joyous wonder and a real sense of harmony when people join together to sing carols and add to that the spectacular surroundings of a National Trust venue. How could anyone fail to be inspired at Christmas?

Once Christmas has passed in a blur, often brought on by the usual excesses, we all look forward to seeing in the New Year. Resolutions and the anticipation of a fresh start usually dominate the mindset of many (once the hangovers have cleared, of course!). There’s the excitement of shaping the next year and the effect our efforts will potentially have upon us and our loved ones. We see in the New Year at The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne where Ceri works as a musician (in great demand over the period!) and Carol wouldn’t miss it for the world! New Year’s Eve tends to be regarded as the party occasion of the year, so if you are attending a party here in East Sussex, you could relieve some of the stress that comes with travelling to a party by booking to stay with us. Go on, pamper yourselves in to 2017!

Well, there’s only one way to sign off at this time of year and that is to wish everyone a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!

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Another accolade for Beechwood B&B at Halland

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Great reviews have helped Beechwood Bed and Breakfast at Halland win a coveted VisitEngland ROSE Award in recognition of the service they offer guests.

VisitEngland singled out some of the Beechwood reviews when announcing the award. It said there were numerous examples of the “exceptional hospitality” offered by Carol Hyland and Ceri Stenner who run the B&B.

Two of those reviews read:

“This was the most beautifully and tenderly I have ever felt cared for in a B&B or hotel. I really did forget I was there as a booked-in guest and felt like a friend who had been invited.”

“We had a lift from Ceri to the opera at Glyndebourne, and he collected us later. We shall certainly return to be pampered by Carol and Ceri in the future.”

VisitEngland says the ROSE award is designed to showcase establishments that provide the warmest of welcomes. There are 100 recipients, all Visit-England-assessed accommodation providers where the owners, managers and staff “really know how to delight their customers, irrespective of their star rating, style or type of accommodation”.

Carol and Ceri, who already have the top 5* Gold Award from Visit England in recognition of “exceptional quality within a property’s star rating or for outperforming a star rating” and the organisation’s Breakfast Award, were delighted with the latest accolade.

They said they enjoy looking after their guests and their aim is to provide everything they might wish for, from dressing gowns and slippers, to hair-dryers and mini-fridges, and a huge choice of food on the breakfast menu including a cooked breakfast, in addition to a warm welcome on arrival over a cup of tea or coffee and cake or biscuits.

They enjoy going out and about within Sussex themselves and so are able to recommend places to see, and pubs and restaurants to eat in.

Carol said: “Before the kids went to university there were always friends of friends in the house and it was always busy. Running the house as a B&B has brought it back to life. We are happiest when we have guests.”

When the guests are out and Ceri is at work Carol can usually be found with a paintbrush in her hand and the couple are constantly redecorating and refurbishing.

“We know the standard we have to maintain,” said Carol. She added that she has a nursing background and enjoys caring for the guests while Ceri is a musician and so their Glyndebourne visitors enjoy spending time with him.

• Contact details for Beechwood Bed and Breakfast can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Accommodation or Bed & Breakfast.

Another accolade for Beechwood B&B at Halland

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Great reviews have helped Beechwood Bed and Breakfast at Halland win a coveted VisitEngland ROSE Award in recognition of the service they offer guests.

VisitEngland singled out some of the Beechwood reviews when announcing the award. It said there were numerous examples of the “exceptional hospitality” offered by Carol Hyland and Ceri Stenner who run the B&B.

Two of those reviews read:

“This was the most beautifully and tenderly I have ever felt cared for in a B&B or hotel. I really did forget I was there as a booked-in guest and felt like a friend who had been invited.”

“We had a lift from Ceri to the opera at Glyndebourne, and he collected us later. We shall certainly return to be pampered by Carol and Ceri in the future.”

VisitEngland says the ROSE award is designed to showcase establishments that provide the warmest of welcomes. There are 100 recipients, all Visit-England-assessed accommodation providers where the owners, managers and staff “really know how to delight their customers, irrespective of their star rating, style or type of accommodation”.

Carol and Ceri, who already have the top 5* Gold Award from Visit England in recognition of “exceptional quality within a property’s star rating or for outperforming a star rating” and the organisation’s Breakfast Award, were delighted with the latest accolade.

They said they enjoy looking after their guests and their aim is to provide everything they might wish for, from dressing gowns and slippers, to hair-dryers and mini-fridges, and a huge choice of food on the breakfast menu including a cooked breakfast, in addition to a warm welcome on arrival over a cup of tea or coffee and cake or biscuits.

They enjoy going out and about within Sussex themselves and so are able to recommend places to see, and pubs and restaurants to eat in.

Carol said: “Before the kids went to university there were always friends of friends in the house and it was always busy. Running the house as a B&B has brought it back to life. We are happiest when we have guests.”

When the guests are out and Ceri is at work Carol can usually be found with a paintbrush in her hand and the couple are constantly redecorating and refurbishing.

“We know the standard we have to maintain,” said Carol. She added that she has a nursing background and enjoys caring for the guests while Ceri is a musician and so their Glyndebourne visitors enjoy spending time with him.

• Contact details for Beechwood Bed and Breakfast can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Accommodation or Bed & Breakfast.

NT Sheffield Park and Beechwood B & B.

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You may have already noted that staying with us at Beechwood B&B is the perfect central base for visiting the many National Trust gardens and houses in East Sussex. They vary in size and most include walks of many degrees of distance and difficulty. Alternatively, you could just stroll leisurely and meander, or sit peacefully, taking in their individual scenic beauty.

Sheffield Park Gardens, just 20 minutes drive from Beechwood, is a must-see at this time of year. It is an array of spectacular autumn colours, with 3 large interconnected lakes to wander around and to enjoy the breathtaking reflections of colour from the changing leaves. Enjoy the many ducks thriving in the lakes or at the lakesides in the pleasant autumnal sunshine and wonder at the interesting tree formations, with so many ancient trunks forming unique shapes. Naturally, Sheffield Park Gardens is a photographers delight especially in the sunshine but can be enjoyed in any weather. You would most certainly regret not having a camera to hand when you visit. It is worth noting, however, that during Spring and Autumn, the visitor numbers at Sheffield Park increase dramatically and so, with car parking space at a premium, be prepared to queue, particularly on a weekend or during the school half-terms.

There are several walks across fields where you can breathe in the country air and witness the amazing scenery, after which there is a relaxing tea room setting to replenish your energy with a hearty cooked or cold lunch and cakes with a selection of hot and cold drinks. As with most National Trust properties, Sheffield Park Gardens has its own shop, selling an array of history and cookbooks, local produce, games, clothing and many other items, with lots having a local link. Within the compound of Sheffield Park Gardens is a vineyard and walled garden, with almost a secret garden feel.

By exploring all of these sections of Sheffield Park, a whole day could quite easily pass and it would be a day you would remember forever. We, at Beechwood, never tire of visiting during the prime seasons of Spring and Autumn, so by staying with us, we are very happy to advise on any aspect of Sheffield Park.

October means Pumpkins and Halloween.

Today I visited Sharnfolds in Hailsham  from  www.beechwoodbandb.co.uk  approx 15 minute drive img_5269 head towards Eastbourne but turn off at Hailsham and follow THE B2104 to the farm. http://www.sharnfoldfarm.co.uk.Its a fab farm shop, with its own butchers, PYO fruit, coffee shop,kids adventure playground, tractor rides and much more.Half term fun for the children and Adults alike.

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Tickets out of The newspaper for todays performance at Glyndebourne £12.50 a ticket and prosseco.

Don Giovanni: Glyndebourne Tour Mozart’s irresistible dark comedy. Our guests are so excited to see todays performance of Don Giovanni . Check in started at 2pm today at http://www.beechwoodbandb.c.uk. we…

Source: Tickets out of The newspaper for todays performance at Glyndebourne £12.50 a ticket and prosseco.

Tickets out of The newspaper for todays performance at Glyndebourne £12.50 a ticket and prosseco.

Don Giovanni: Glyndebourne Tour
Mozart’s irresistible dark comedy.

Our guests are so excited to see todays performance of Don Giovanni . Check in started at 2pm today at http://www.beechwoodbandb.c.uk. we are approx a nine minute drive from Glyndebourne so are perfectly located. We also have many National Trusts close by too. The sun is shining on the stunning gardens of Glyndebourne.

Todays performance has a more casual dress .

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img_4619The name ‘Don Juan’ has become a synonym for ‘womaniser’ the world over, through the legendary 14th-century nobleman’s endless incarnations on stage and in film, literature and visual art. But in Mozart’s Don Giovanni we meet the Don on a very unusual day: a day of foiled sexual conquests, a day of murder, his last day on earth.

Not many comic operas begin with a coldblooded murder and end with the hero’s consignment to hell – but Don Giovanni swings restlessly between comedy and tragedy to startling effect.

Mozart’s irresistible music follows suit, its famous highlights ranging from Don Giovanni’s sparkling Champagne aria to the seductive duet Là ci darem la mano. Jonathan Kent’s sleek and suspenseful production, last seen on the Tour in 2010, captures this duality brilliantly.Guests

classical and opera reviews
Don Giovanni @ Glyndebourne Tour, Lewes
15 October 2016
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by Melanie Eskenazi | first published: 16 Oct 2016 in reviews

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Louise Alder & Duncan Rock(Photo: Tristram Kenton)
Louise Alder & Duncan Rock
(Photo: Tristram Kenton)
The 2016 Glyndebourne tour, featuring Don Giovanni and a ‘first’ for the company, a new production of Madama Butterfly, also includes Behind the Curtain which goes ‘behind the scenes’ of Mozart’s opera to see how a work is brought to life. Jonathan Kent’s 2010 production is an ideal vehicle for this, since it is ‘traditional’ without being stuffy and up to the minute without feeling any need to do anything daft such as having Anna gagging for sex with the Don or bringing in squaddies with AK47s to scale the building during Giovanni’s shenanigans.

Duncan Rock’s Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia for the 2013 Glyndebourne Tour, and his Demetrius for this year’s Festival Midsummer Night’s Dream both promised much, and his Giovanni did not disappoint. His voice is on the light side for the part, but that did not prevent him from giving a lusty account of the ‘champagne’ aria, and he used it to very fine effect in the ‘serenade,’ as beautifully sung as you’ll hear anywhere. Why that did not get any applause is a mystery – perhaps the audience was too busy wondering what on earth snow was doing falling copiously onto the streets of Seville.

Rock’s partnership with Louise Alder’s feisty, exceptionally well sung Zerlina yielded a performance of ‘Là ci darem la mano’ which approached very near perfection. His sparring with Brandon Cedel’s at times effortfully acted Leporello was perhaps less successful, although Cedel’s is clearly a voice to listen out for. Anthony Gregory was a weedy Ottavio in terms of characterization, although his very sweet, light voice would have been good to hear in ‘Il mio tesoro,’ unfortunately lost here in favour of the rather tedious duet between Leporello and Zerlina.

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Duncan Rock & Anna Maria Labin(Photo: Tristram Kenton)
Duncan Rock & Anna Maria Labin
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The Polish soprano Magdalena Molendowska has sung small roles for Glyndebourne but Elvira marks her house debut in a major role; this recipient of the 2013 GSMD Gold Medal has one of the most secure, creamy voices we’ve heard in this part, and her big arias were as exciting as they should be. Anna Maria Labin’s Anna made a more subdued impression, first night nerves possibly affecting a few notes – and did she have to be so murkily lit? Nevertheless, she sang beautifully in the ensembles and rebuffed poor old Ottavio with persuasive phrasing.

It won’t be long before Božidar Smiljanić graduates to Leporello from his lovable, fluently sung Masetto, and the Glyndebourne debutant Andrii Goniukov was a finely sonorous Commendatore. Ashok Gupta’s witty Fortepiano continuo, embellished with Jonathan Tunnell’s ‘cello, provided constant delight. As ever, Jeremy Bines obtained confident singing from the chorus even when the members of it were impersonating what seemed to be employees of an organization which might be called ‘rent an orgy.’

Pablo Gozález directed the Tour Orchestra with considerable élan, producing playing which would not sound amiss from many more experienced orchestras. Jonathan Kent’s rather sombre production, chiefly notable for its clever revolving ‘box’ which opens to reveal scenes which go from compressed evocations of de Chirico colonnades to sloping graveyards, has been faithfully revived by Lloyd Wood. Paul Brown’s design still looks beautiful, if a little too dark at times, and the ‘difficult’ scenes such as the Commendatore’s graveyard appearance and Giovanni’s descent into hell, are excitingly done.

There are five more performances at Glyndebourne, after which the production moves on to Milton Keynes, Canterbury, Norwich, Woking and Plymouth.
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Beechwood B and B Lewes

 

Long-standing Beechwood Bed and Breakfast in Halland has been a draw for guests for 10 years. And no wonder. With its central location, making it easy to find, the luxurious homely accommodation and the extensive, beautifully maintained gardens, it fits the bill for anyone visiting Lewes, Brighton Eastbourne, Royal Tunbridge Wells and East Sussex in general.

Owner Carol Hyland, who has lived in the property for 22 years, has not only a wealth of experience but thrives on the interaction with guests. ‘We love welcoming a broad variety of guests here, of all ages and nationalities,’ she says, and points out that her nursing background gives her a natural affinity with caring and catering for people’s needs.

Beechwood’s room set up means it can accommodate up to eight guests. The three permanently bookable rooms feature two king-sized bedrooms with accompanying bathrooms and another twin-bedded room with en-suite. However, there is also a single room and another king-sized room to let in conjunction with one of the permanently bookable rooms. Named after gems – Emerald, Sapphire, Aquamarine and Gold – Carol’s rooms are warmly decorated and provide all sorts of comforts, from dressing gowns and blackout blinds to fridges and ceiling fans. Add to that her comfortable beds and a comprehensive breakfast menu, which is all cooked to order, and guests are in for a treat.

In summer Beechwood is busy with visitors attending Glyndebourne Opera, which is only a few miles down the road. ‘We understand guests often need to check in earlier than the stated 3pm time for events like this and weddings, so we do our best to accommodate that,’ explains Carol.

All in all, there is always a warm and friendly welcome waiting at Beechwood, which is a convenient base for a host of National Trust properties, such as Monk’s House, Charleston, Nymans, Sheffield Park, Bateman’s, Wakehurst Place and Petworth House, as well as the beautiful South Downs National Park and the popular Cuckmere Valley. The Bluebell Railway, Brighton Pavilion and Drusillas Park are other attractions close by.

So if you need accommodation, visit the group’s website, http://www.shortstaylewes.com, where you will find a range of wonderful accommodation and a warm welcome. The following bed and breakfasts can be found in and around Lewes and are part of the new group of quality-approved bed and breakfasts for the Lewes area: Beechwood B&B, Halland; Little Norlington Barn B&B, Ringmer; White Lodge B&B, Cooksbridge; The Corner House B&B, Lewes; Murrells B&B, Lewes; Aleberry B&B, Lewes; Berkeley House B&B, Lewes; no11 B&B, Lewes.