The Flying Scotsman

 

Yes folks! You’ve heard right! The Flying Scotsman, the world renowned steam train is in East Sussex for the Easter period! It’s stationed at the amazing Bluebell Railway from April 13th-April 19th.

What could be more perfect than staying with us at Beechwood B&B, where you’ll find 5 Star Gold attention to detail in every room coupled with a sumptuous and extensive breakfast menu. From Beechwood, the Bluebell Railway is just a 20 minutes drive maximum. It’s an independent steam train extravaganza, run entirely by volunteers and catering for families of all description and size as well as sole visitors with a keen interest in steam trains. They have a comprehensive collection of Victorian steam trains, offering dining facilities and numerous events throughout the year. They run services from Sheffield Park station to East Grinstead via Horsted Keynes and Kingscote stations. Hosted Keynes has been used in numerous period dramas such as Downton Abbey and The Railway Children because of the authenticity. You can feel free to wander around the stations and observe the pristine condition of the trains, even watching the local volunteers working on them! Why not get off at East Grinstead and stroll around the historic town, enjoying the selection of places to eat, drink and shop before stepping back on to the train for the return journey. It’s a wonderful way to spend an easter weekend day, especially with the very fortunate good weather of late!

The icing on the cake has to be the opportunity to see the iconic Flying Scotsman. Please find below the official itinerary of the Flying Scotsman at The Bluebell Railway:

Come and see everything we have to offer, watch Flying Scotsman at close quarters, and enjoy unlimited travel all day on our own trains for £25. Beat the queues and book ahead. Children aged 3-15 years half price.

How to get here

Driving: park your car at Horsted Keynes (RH17 7BB)
Come by train to East Grinstead (open to those intending to travel only)
Bus service from Haywards Heath: catch the specially arranged Compass Service 22
Limited parking may also be available at Sheffield Park, where car parking is mainly intended for those holding tickets to ride behind Flying Scotsman
If you just want to look at the passing trains, admission to our stations at Sheffield Park, Horsted Keynes and Kingscote will be available on the day at £10 per station. Stay as long as you like.

Additional attractions include visit of the miniature ‘Typhoon’ from the RH&DR to recreate the iconic 1927 photo of the two locomotives together.

Food, drink and picnic areas are available. Visit our Museum and Loco Sheds at Sheffield Park.

Dates

April 13th-19th

It’s too good an opportunity to miss and you could enhance your visit by staying with us at Beechwood B&B, taking any stress out of your journey.

Happy Easter!

Beechwood and East Sussex in April

It’s always a welcome sight, after the long dark Winter, to see fields full of daffodils and the trees beginning to shows signs of new growth. Yes, Spring is with us and with it brings a multitude of events here in East Sussex. Naturally, Beechwood  Bed and Breakfast is the ideal location from which to explore this amazing season in East Sussex. In fact, we actively encourage our guests to get out (weather permitting of course!) and witness the local joys on offer during Spring.

The lush rolling green hills of the South Downs are perfect for long meandering walks with many landmarks to see on route. You could visit the Long Man of Wilmington, a gigantic chalk figure cut into the hills between Historic  Lewes and Eastbourne and believed to date from 1710. Enjoy a country lunch and a thirst quenching pint at the aptly named Long Man or the Giant’s Rest.

Whilst on the A27, heading from Lewes to Polegate, why not stop at Middle Farm where you will find a hive of activity at this time of year. Yes, it’s lambing time! As any farmer knows, this is time of sleepless nights but overwhelming satisfaction as nature brings wooly little bundles into the world. Lambing at Middle Farm is overseen by Pam and Terry Wigmore, who both bring many years of experience from their past and long-running successful venture at Seven Sisters Sheep Farm. You can feed the new lambs, a task that brings a smile to anyone’s face, whether young or old.

Whilst on the farm theme, from April 8th until 14th May, why not enjoy the great East Sussex outdoors with a walk through the bluebells? Arlington Bluebell Walk and Farm Trail, near Eastbourne, offers seven walks across 3 neighbouring farms and of varying length and difficulty through an abundance of bluebell and white anemone covered woodlands. The sea of blue is one of our favourite natural sights and is a photographic heaven. The walks are so peaceful and give you the chance to lose yourselves in thought, whether solo or in groups. One of the walks, stretching over 2/3 of a mile is also suitable for wheelchairs. If you arrive at Parkwood Farm, along the trail, between 3pm and 5pm, sample the milking of the dairy herd from the comfort of the viewing gallery, or maybe stroll around the variety of sheep, lambs, goats and pigs in enclosed pens before enjoying a welcome cup of tea or coffee with a delicious home-baked cake.

Naturally, we at Beechwood love to hear the tales of your day. After a full day in the great outdoors, taking in the sights, sounds and fresh farm East Sussex air, Beechwood Bed and Breakfast is the perfect base to relax in a luxurious room and to enjoy a sumptuous breakfast the following morning. Go on, give us a call before Spring morphs into Summer!DSC_0390IMG_4046 (2).jpg

Beechwood new TripAdvisor review.

“Superb”
Reviewed yesterday NEW
Stayed for 4 nights in the emerald room on business. The room was fantastic with an incredibly comfy bed which is just what I needed after a long days work. A luxurious bathroom with fresh slippers and dressing gown certainly helped me relax too. The hosts were incredibly friendly and welcoming and accommodated to my every need. Breakfast in the morning was outstanding with fresh fruit, tea and coffee and an abundance of cereals to choose from. However I chose from a list of different cooked breakfasts including a delicious full english, scrambled eggs on toast, smoked salmon, poached eggs, all of which were cooked to perfection.
Would recommend this lovely B&B to anyone whether staying for leisure or business

Stayed February 2017, travelled on business
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Beechwood B and B and walking/cycling in East Sussex.

Beechwood B and B is ideally located for The South Downs National Park where you can walk or cycle.  southdownsnationalpark. There are pubs at both ends of the downs so you can quench your thirst before and after the walk. The views are fantastic  – overlooking the sea. At Birling gap you can walk or cycle right to the bottom of the cliff’s edge and  admire the scenery  or take photographs.https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/birling-gap-and-the-seven-sisters.

At our B and B we would make sure you left with a good hearty breakfast too fuel you for your walk – porridge or full English or other choices from our extensive menu.

We also have ordnance maps showing part of the South Downs National Park and the South Downs Way, and  books of walks in the South East.

You can join the walk over the downs at Lewes or Firle village, this walk is for people who are looking to walk most of the day, you have views over Newhaven and Brighton. Dogs are also welcome but must be kept on a lead as not to disturb the sheep grazing.

Walking the dog. Walking off lunch. Walking the 100 miles of the South Downs Way. Whatever your reasons for stepping foot on the South Downs, there’s a route that’s right for you. In fact there are more routes here than in any other National Park in the UK – 3,300km of footpaths, bridleways and byways in total.

Old railway lines have been converted to trails such at the Centurion Way or Meon Valley Trail. Food routes connect country pubs and afternoon tea rooms. And the Serpents Way winds for 64 miles through the gorse and heather-rich Wealden Greensand.

Enjoy a weekend walking  from Beechwood between Polegate  and Lewes, spending the night in the village of halland, and you’ll encounter the full range of riches that make the Downs unique – Saxon burial mounds; the Long Man of Wilmington carved into the hillside; the unspoilt and undeveloped Cuckmere estuary; one of the oldest cricket grounds in the world; the smallest church in England; and the home of Bloomsbury writer Virginia Woolf.

Woolf was one of many writers who loved to walk on the South Downs, where the sense of space and ever-changing views brought her both inspiration and solace. Other local writers are the inspiration for other literary trails.

 

 

Beechwood B and B (what’s On) 2017

Here we are already  at the end of January. The house has been redecorated and we are set to go once again.  At Beechwood  we have two large king sized rooms and one twin bedded room and a family room. All guests get to enjoy breakfast in our conservatory overlooking the beautiful gardens. Ceri and I pride ourselves on making sure you have an excellent stay. We have a couple of pubs 500 meters away where you can enjoy dinner.

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Glyndebourne is an opera house in East Sussex, just one hour from London, which has been the venue for the annual Glyndebourne Festival since 1934. … Join us for a guided tour of the theatre and discover more about the fascinating history of this world-class opera house.  Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 5UU.

We also have the Love Supreme festival      https://www.lovesupremefestival.com which again is just a 10 minute drive away. Very popular jazz weekend.

Many National trusts  are on our doorstep with beautiful gardens, walks and castles galore.

There is a FREE antiques valuation roadshow by tv’s Clive Attwell  from ITV and BBc television. Fri 10th of February he will be in Eastbourne 10am-1pm. Clive Attwell has a very successful antiques warehouse on the High Street in  Hastings old town.

We also have Historic Lewes which boasts many antique shops, selling furniture and treasures galore. People fly in from all parts of the world to visit these unusual shops .

Valentines day is also getting closer , why not book yourself a room at Beechwood B and B, where you can enjoy a stay in one of our beautiful rooms. We can also arrange flowers , balloons, champagne  to be delivered for your loved one.

people  who are walking the South Downs are welcome to stay at Beechwood, at the end of a tiring but fun walk come and relax in our beautiful rooms . The South Downs National park is about a 30 minute drive away. It’s beautiful for walking, cycling or just enjoying a pub meal.

 

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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.