Another accolade for Beechwood B&B at Halland


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.


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  approx 15 minute drive img_5269 head towards Eastbourne but turn off at Hailsham and follow THE B2104 to the farm. 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.


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 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 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 .

The Historic town of Lewes is 6 miles away.DSC_0517

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

by Melanie Eskenazi | first published: 16 Oct 2016 in reviews


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.


Duncan Rock & Anna Maria Labin(Photo: Tristram Kenton)
Duncan Rock & Anna Maria Labin
(Photo: Tristram Kenton)
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.

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,, 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.

This weekend Touring Glyndebourne

img_4619 Glyndebourne  and  Beechwoodbandb. We are just a ten minute drive to Glyndebourne the Opera. This weekend commences the start of their tour 2016. Touring is different to the summer performances as we are now in autumn, so you don’t go to picnic  its all about the performance. You can still enjoy champagne in the bar prior to the performance starting.

The Glyndebourne Tour returns in autumn 2016 to deliver world-class opera on stage and on screen to venues across the country including Glyndebourne, Milton Keynes, Canterbury, Norwich, Woking, and Plymouth.

On stage are two of the world’s most beloved operas – Madama Butterfly and Don Giovanni – and a special event by BBC broadcaster Paul Rissmann. On screen is Handel’s Saul, filmed live in Festival 2015.

Tour 2016 dates
14 October-4 November
Glyndebourne We have two double rooms and one twin bedded room available for the tour, the cost is £120 a night including breakfast, from our extensive menu. Beechwood is in one acre of gardens set back from the road,the Autumnal colours are just starting to show- due to the long summer months we have had confusing all of our trees and plants.

Beechwood B & B in East Sussex

cropped-img_7216.jpgDSC_0838Beechwood B and B is in the small village of Halland, just four miles outside Uckfield and 6 from Historic Lewes.   in East Sussex

Halland is a village in East Sussex near to Heathfield, Horam, Maresfield, Piltdown and Uckfield.

On this website for Halland, East Sussex, you can search for great places to stay as well as local dining establishments. This site also has links to attractions, activities, events and many other notable goings on in Halland.

This East Sussex site also provides information on how to get to Halland. If you are thinking about travelling to Halland, East Sussex by public transport, the nearest railway station is Uckfield Railway Station. and the nearest airports are Shoreham Airport, London Gatwick Airport (South Terminal), London Gatwick Airport (North Terminal) and Redhill Aerodrome. We are also ideally located for a host of local venues, including:

East Sussex National Golf Club
The East Sussex National Golf Resort & Spa is a prime example of architecture and the environment in perfect harmony.

Glyndebourne Opera House
World famous opera house. Festival runs from mid May to late August and there are previews of their touring season in the autumn.
Useful Info: We can arrange for private transfers to and from Glyndebourne, see here for more information.

Amex Stadium
The home of the Brighton & Hove Albion Football team. If you are going to a match or other event at the stadium, then the we are an ideal base for your trip.

Plumpton Racecourse
Plumpton Racecourse is one of the leading small Jumps racecourses, with 16 race-meetings each year including a popular Ladies Day, Easter Family Festival and Friday Party Night Evening Race-meeting.

The All England Jumping Course at Hickstead is an equestrian sport centre

Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum
Set in a beautiful Sussex estate, Bentley is a unique place, offering a wonderful variety of things to do.

National Trust sites
The Trust cares for a diverse range of more than 40 places in the South East, ranging from historic houses such as Knole, Chartwell and Petworth House to glorious gardens like Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Nymans Garden and Sheffield Park Garden.
There is plenty of countryside to explore too including Box Hill, the South Downs and the White Cliffs of Dover.

Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters
Beachy Head, with its dramatic white cliffs and gently undulating downs, is an area of outstanding natural beauty and tranquillity which belies its proximity to the busy south eastern towns of England.

Drusilla’s Park
A small zoo at Alfriston, with animals in naturalistic settings and other attractions for children.

South Downs
The South Downs is situated in the South East of Engand and is comprised of two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs); East Hampshire AONB and Sussex Downs AONB.

Pooh Corner
This beautiful part of the south east of England was the inspiration and home of the Winnie-the-Pooh Stories by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard.

Middle Farm
Nestling at the foot of Firle Beacon on the South Downs in Sussex, Middle Farm is a 625 acre working family farm. They offer a warm country welcome, with something for every member of the family to enjoy.

Trading Boundaries
Trading Boundaries offers an enticing and eclectic mix of furniture and lifestyle products from all over the world.
The shop is filled with an ever changing collection of wonderful finds beautiful and often one-off pieces simply unavailable anywhere else in the UK a veritable Aladdins cave where you will always find something new and exciting for you and your home.

Bluebell Railway
Steaming through the heart of the Sussex Weald. The railway is operated by volunteers of the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society

Lewes Castle
The castle stands at the highest point of Lewes, on an artificial mound constructed with chalk blocks. It was originally called Bray Castle

Anne of Cleves House
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.
Historical Interest
Battle Abbey
Royal Pavilion Brighton
Michelam Priory


Sheffield park gardens
Wakehurst place
Nymans Gardens
Borde Hill Gardens


Knockhatch adventure park
Blackberry farm
Ashdown Llama Park
Drusillas Park Eastbourne
Paradise Park Newhaven

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