Activities

This part of Sussex has some great walks. There are several walks with outstanding views starting from here at Butlers Farmhouse South Downs National Park Authority Information on Britain's latest national park. This can be viewed directly from Butlers Farmhouse. The South Downs is one of Britain's loveliest areas of countryside with many outstanding views and walks. Seven Sisters Country Park Quite a few of our guests walk the famous Seven Sisters, with views over Beachy Head and Eastbourne. Cycles can be hired on a daily basis affording great access to this remarkable country park. Herstmonceux Castle Our local castle that is now the home of the Queens University of Ontario, Canada. It has a amazing garden to visit and lots of history to discover. There is also the Science Centre based on the Royal Greenwich Observatory telescopes dating from the time when Herstmonceux Castle was the Royal Observatory from just after the war to about 1990. Michelham Priory The legendary local historic priory with another breathtaking local garden, within easy reach of Butlers Farmhouse. Many 2nd World War artifacts are on view in the house. Farley Farmhouse The home of the artist Roland Penrose and the wartime photographer Lee Miller. They were friends of Picasso who visited here in 1950. The farmhouse has some excellent pictures by Penrose and astonishing wartime photographs by Lee Miller. Lee started out as a fashion model in New York and then decided to move to the other side of the camera to produce some iconic photographs of the 2nd World War. Charleston Farmhouse The country home of the Bloomsbury Group. Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell lived here and were friends of Virginia Wolf, who lived down the road at Rodmell nearby. Also well worth visiting is Berwick church for its superb internal decorations painted by the Bloomsbury Group artists with 2nd world war themes. Glyndebourne The world famous opera house in the countryside has a fantastic Summer season of opera of all types and Butlers Farmhouse is the ideal place to stay.