Eastbourne Aegon International Tennis 2017


It wouldn’t be Summer in East Sussex without the international tennis tournament at The Devonshire Park in Eastbourne. This major sporting event is sponsored by Aegon and takes place from June 23rd – July 1st 2017. The tournament features numerous big names from the world of male and female tennis, such as Johanna Konta, Caroline Wozniacki, Richard Gasket, Feliciano Lopez and Kyle Edmund. It promises to be a hard-fought and exhilarating tournament and of course, sets the stage perfectly for the prestigious Wimbledon tournament to follow.

Naturally, accommodation is at a premium in Eastbourne during this tournament period so why not take the stress out of your visit by staying here at Beechwood and enjoy our luxurious rooms and breakfast facilities. Eastbourne is just 30 minutes from us and you’d be guaranteed a parking place on our large drive ( something that might be troublesome in Eastbourne!)


Love Supreme and Beechwood B and B 2017.

https://www.lovesupremefestival.com      The summer months in East Sussex herald numerous big events to note in your calendars. One of the biggest and most attractive is the Love Supreme Jazz and Blues Festival. This takes place during the last weekend of June or the first weekend of July, depending upon how the calendar falls for that particular year and is always held at Glynde Place, a stunning backdrop with an Elizabethan country manor built in 1569 and set in acres of glorious countryside. The main attractions this year include George Benson, The Jacksons and Gregory Porter who all play on the main stage. There are also smaller venues situated around the park with plenty of up-and-coming jazz and blues acts mixed in with many established performers. It promises to be an unforgettable experience growing on from past years and fingers crossed, the weather is usually kind. You could treat yourself to the food stalls available and even use the well-being tent for some relaxation and pampering! We still have limited availability for the Friday and Sunday nights, so why not finish off the weekend by staying at our luxurious Beechwood Bed and Breakfast.

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::


http://www.glyndebourne.com/ticketsDSC_0516Best 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 www.beechwoodbandb.co.uk

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 sound.in 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 www.beechwoodbandb.co.uk


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

Heaven Farm 20 mins from Beechwood bed and Breakfast.

We decided to visit Heaven Farm on the weekend to see the Bluebells. The farm was built in a grand design in the 1830’s at the height of the great depression lasting over 30 years and now has almost an unique picture of farming. They have a museum nature trail, and shops to visit, you can even get married here now if you wish.

We went on the nature trail through the wonderful woods and fields past lakes into further woodland. This is great for families to let the children run freely and explore.

The Bluebells and the anemones were amazing blue and white under the tress glistening with the sun shining through the trees. Streams meandering through the woods just stunning.

You can have lunch here splendid menu to choose from and sit outside on the raised patio overlooking the shops that sell local produce, ice-cream drinks etc.


Weddings made in Heaven, the most important day of your life in the most perfect settings are held by the lily pond. weddingsinheaven@btconnect.com.

The stable tea rooms serve wonderful cakes and coffees.


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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.


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