Where to Eat, Places to Visit and Things to Do

There are plenty of things to do and see in and around Crowborough and the surrounding area, and the following is a far from exhaustive list (though not to be taken as a seal of approval!) of things you might care to do during a stay at Hill Cottage to make your time here more enjoyable.

Bearing in mind that you may not have transport, here are some essential taxi numbers. Cabs can be hard to find at peak times, so you are advised to book well in advance if you can, but be aware too that rates do vary between firms and rise sharply late at night!

Taxis        
         
D&J Taxis  01892 664544   Ashdown Cars 01892 655604
Rotherfield Cars 01892 852871      Crowborough Cabs 01892 665522
Arrow Taxis 01892 664039    Corby Cabs  01892 653618

 

Pubs and  Restaurants
         
The Wheatsheaf   01892 663756     The Rajpoot  01892 654631
The Boars Head 01892 652412    Mother India 01892 660066
The Huntsman (Eridge)  01892 864258   Jades Palace  01892 655075
The Middle House (Mayfield) 01435 872416   Golden Thai  01892 669415

All the above pubs serve food as well as drink, and menus and pricing policy varies quite a bit. The Wheatsheaf and The Boars Head frequently feature live music.

Cinemas                                                                  

Picture House (Uckfield)   01825 764909            
Odeon (Tunbridge Wells)  0871 2244007 

Other Activities

Hill Cottage is on the edge of the beautiful Ashdown Forest, not only that, but in the surrounding area there are many other wonderful places of interest to visit, so here are a few ideas:

Country walks and the Ashdown Forest

The Ashdown Forest is gorgeous walking country with great views to the South Downs, lovely heathland, open sheep grazing, tumbledown stone mills and streams, ancient iron workings, and numerous lovely wealden villages such as Rotherfield, Mayfield and Hartfield, which is the centre of Winnie the Pooh country. Consider a trip to the Llama Park at Wych Cross, the kids will love it!

It’s just a short walk to Crowborough Country Park and nature reserve just up the road from Hill Cottage, with several hectares of woodland, maintained paths, ponds and streams, a picnic area, and handy information boards describing the wildlife you might encounter.

 

Ashdown Forest
Seven Sisters

The Coast

The South Downs National Park includes the chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters, Cuckmere Haven, the lovely neighbouring villages of Alfriston and Littlington, and Drusillas children’s zoo. At Beachy Head see the lighthouse and get a free view of the Eastbourne Air Show every August, while on the other side of town is the ancient Norman castle at Pevensey. Visit the Lanes in busy Brighton or pop along to Hastings, the home of Britain’s largest beach based fishing fleet, a cliffside funicular railway and the historic ‘Old Town’.

Inland Towns and London

Drive or take the bus to the towns of Royal Tunbridge Wells, with its wonderful Georgian architecture and the historic Pantiles, and Lewes, the ancient and fascinating County Town of Sussex on the banks of the River Ouse, wallowing in the aromas of Harveys Brewery, and scene of the most spectacular series of firework displays every 5th November. Also of course, we are just a few minutes walk from the mainline rail station with a regular service to London, just an hour away.


Tunbridge Wells Pantiles
Crowborough Golf Course
Golf & Leisure

There is top class sport, with first class cricket at Hove (Sussex CCC), championship football at the Amex Stadium (Brighton AFC), and horse racing at Lingfield and Plumpton. If you fancy a round of golf there are at least 20 courses within 15 miles, including East Sussex National near Uckfield, Royal Ashdown at Forest Row (an Open championship qualifying course), and Crowborough Beacon just up the road from Hill Cottage, with much less demanding but attractive 9 hole courses at the Boars Head, and Rotherfield. If you’ve got any energy left there is Crow borough’s Goldsmiths Leisure Centre, with squash, badminton, swimming pool, sauna and of course a fully equipped gym


 
The National Trust

There are numerous National Trust sites within comfortable travelling distance, try  Scotney Castle at Lamberhurst, with the most brilliant spring displays of azaleas and rhododendrons, Batemans at Burwash, the home of Rudyard Kipling, Chartwell near Sevenoaks, the home of Sir Winston Churchill, Sheffield Park (not forgetting the nearby Bluebell Railway), and Sissinghurst in Kent.

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