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