BatemansBateman’s is a 17th-century house located in Burwash, East Sussex, England. Author Rudyard Kipling lived in Bateman’s from 1902 to his death in 1936

Beechwood Bed and Breakfast is close to many National Trusts one being Batemans. Just North of Beechwood B and B a 35 minute drive and you will arrive in the beautiful countryside of Burnish where you will find Batemans. Rudyard Kipling could see beyond the shabby farmhouse that Bateman’s had become: its history never ceased to inspire him throughout the 34 years he lived here.
‘Behold us,’ he wrote in November 1902, ‘lawful owners of a grey stone, lichened house – A.D.1634 over the door – beamed, panelled, with old oak staircase and all untouched and unfaked.’

Bateman’s after the Kiplings

After Kipling’s death in 1936 Bateman’s passed to his wife Carrie. Following her death in 1939 the house and 330 acres of land were given to us as a memorial to her husband.
The restoration of the mill

The mill was subject to a major restoration programme between 1969 and 1975 as it had fallen into a sad state of repair. The generator was still there but the turbine casing was split due to it being allowed to freeze-up in the late 1920s. At that time an oil-engine driven generator was installed near the battery house to give house lighting until the mains supply came in the early 1930s.

The Royal Engineers rebuilt the turbine-generator and a team of volunteers tended to repairs on the fabric of the mill and her machinery, including replacing the water wheel.The ground floor had disappeared and the roof was broken and leaking. Some of the brickwork was rotten and the weatherboarding of the outside walls needed replacement. Woodworm and beetle had attacked the machinery and the framwork. The site was overgrown and the waterways choked.

The mill continued to grind quite happily until last year when the the axle tree started to emit some unfamiliar and worrying noises, so it was decided that after 40 years of service a new one was needed. Fund raising for £150,000 was started for this major project which will include improvements to the mill’s water supply so that milling can take place more frequently.

In August 2016 the old axle tree was removed and a new one has been created by Ian Clark Restorations. It is hoped that the new parts will be put back early in 2017.


Glyndebourne 2017 starts tomorrow:: availability for each production:

Hipermestra – best availability at weekends in May and June

La traviata – best availability in August

Hamlet – best availability on 13 June and 27 June

Ariadne auf Naxos – best availability in July

Don Pasquale – best availability in late July and late August

La clemenza di Tito – best availability on 11 and 13 August

Large parties and group bookings:
Tuesday 27 June Hamlet
Friday 7 July Ariadne auf Naxos
Friday 14 July Ariadne auf Naxos
Sunday 23 July Ariadne auf Naxos
Thursday 17 August Don Pasquale
Friday 18 August La traviata
Friday 25 August La traviata

Saturday 27 May Hipermestra
Sunday 18 June Hipermestra
Saturday 24 June Hamlet
Sunday 2 July Hipermestra
Sunday 9 July Ariadne auf Naxos
Sunday 16 July Ariadne auf Naxos
Sunday 23 July Ariadne auf Naxos
Sunday 13 August La clemenza di Tito
Sunday 20 August Don Pasquale

Consecutive nights with good availability

29–30 June Hipermestra and Hamlet
7–8 July Ariadne auf Naxos and Hipermestra
27–28 July Ariadne auf Naxos and Don Pasquale
14–15 August Don Pasquale and La traviata
17–18 August Don Pasquale and La traviata
25–26 August La traviata and La clemenza di TitoGlyndebourne 2017

Luxury Boutique B and B in East Sussex. 10 mins drive to Glyndebourne.


Luxury Boutique B and B……


Beechwood is a typical Sussex style B and B set in one acre garden. We are 10 minutes from Glyndebourne and the South Downs National Park. Royal Tunbridge Wells, Lewes, Eastbourne and Brighton are all near by. East Sussex and Kent have a large number of wonderful historical sites to visit.

Here at Beechwood we love “the good life”. You would experience this if you stay and enjoy a full English breakfast which use our own hand picked sausages (using the meat from rare breed pigs), and our butchers bacon. Truly delicious! We also try to make our own bread, use eggs from our friends hens, and we source our own honey. In essence, if we can grow it and make it, we do!

Breakfast is in our beautiful conservatory surrounded by a large garden .Bedrooms are tastefully decorated with Individual feature walls. We provide slippers ,dressing gowns and all the luxuries you would expect from a five star hotel.


Photos of the garden and house can be seen on our web site

Beechwood wins awards from Visit England. 5* Gold and Breakfast Award 2017

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headerwhite.png  A mystery guest booked in this year who happened to be an undercover Inspector. Visit England  come to  Inspect us at Beechwood every year to establish if we have continued our very high standards that we have maintained for 11 years of trading as a B and B.

Well today I received my report and we are still 5* Gold, plus still Receiving an accolade for our breakfasts.

Ceri and I work very hard maintaining standard at Beechwood and I hope it shows through the passion we have for the business.

Please see recent review on TripAdvisor.

“The perfect b&b”
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile
My husband and I recently stayed at Beechwood whilst visiting East Sussex for the first time. I have to say that we picked the most amazingly luxurious accommodation. It was by far the best place we’ve ever stayed in. We stayed in the Sapphire Room (all rooms are named after gemstones and it’s easy to see why,) which has the most inviting private shower room just across the landing. The room itself is furnished with the greatest attention to detail with everything anyone could wish for in a top class b&b. Carol and Ceri even dressing gowns and slippers to add to the overall comfort and the room is incredibly tastefully decorated. The shower was the most luxurious power shower and Des, my husband, didn’t want to get out. I especially liked the classy toiletries provided. The bed was sumptuous and obviously of the highest quality and we both, unusually for us when travelling had the perfect nights sleep. We were very warmly welcomed with a lovely pot of tea and biscuits upon arrival and Carol and Ceri are especially good at making you feel so welcome. They engage fully with all of the guests, showing great interest in what we do and where we live. They were also very knowledgable about East Sussex and the places we would be interested in visiting. The advise they gave was spot on, to the point of helping us avoid roadworks. Breakfast was delicious and cooked to perfection. There is a comprehensive menu to choose from the night before and when you state your preferred breakfast time, you can guarantee that it will be freshly cooked for you. I chose eggs benedict and Des had smoked salmon with scrambled eggs. The poached eggs were perfect and Carol and Ceri even passed on their cooking tips, there is everything set out at breakfast and the range of cereals, jams, fruits etc is astonishing. Breakfast is served in the conservatory, overlooking their beautiful garden, which they said they tend to. You can watch the birds pecking at the seed and nutholders and their lovely friendly dogs wander around and don’t make a all we do can will definitely be returning for more of the 5 star treatment. Beechwood deserves all of the many awards that they’ve received and Carol and Ceri work incredibly hard to make sure that everyone gets a 5 star stay.

Stayed April 2017, travelled as a couple

Glyndebourne Season starts May 2017. If you are still looking for accommodation try


Its May and that means one thing in East Sussex the Glyndebourne season is almost upon us.

Festival 2017
20 May-27 August 2017
Join us this summer for Festival 2017 and experience the world premiere of a Glyndebourne commission, two brand new productions and the welcome return of three Glyndebourne classics.

Upcoming events in this season
Francesco Cavalli
Festival 2017
20 May–8 July
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Giuseppe Verdi
La traviata
Festival 2017
21 May–27 August
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Brett Dean
Festival 2017
11 June–6 July
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Richard Strauss
Ariadne auf Naxos
Festival 2017
25 June–27 July
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Gaetano Donizetti
Don Pasquale
Festival 2017
13 July–23 August
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
La clemenza di Tito
Festival 2017
26 July–26 August
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2017: other highlights
Tour 2017
Brett Dean’s new Hamlet transfers from Festival 2017
Annabel Arden’s 2016 production of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia
Nicholas Hytner’s popular 2006 production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte

In autumn 2017, after three weeks of performances at Glyndebourne, the Tour will visit Canterbury, Norwich, Milton Keynes, Woking and Plymouth.

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Education work
We continue to celebrate over 30 years of education work in 2017, with a programme to support and nurture talented young singers and anyone interested in learning more about opera.

Highlights include:

Glyndebourne Academy, a talent development project for young singers
A major singing project with SoundCity involving secondary schools from across Brighton and Hove
Tour 2017 Performances for Schools offering schools subsidised tickets to see a full-length, fully staged opera
Glyndebourne’s Young Composer-in-Residence, Lewis Murphy, will premiere his first main-stage youth opera performed by members of Glyndebourne Youth Opera aged 9-19