South Downs

The idyllic villages of East Dean & Friston are the gateway to The South Downs National Park, adjacent to Beachy Head, Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters.

Gateway to the South Downs

Gateway to the South Downs

East Dean and Friston provide a fabulous base for walkers, cyclists and holidaymakers seeking a relaxed location set in beautiful countryside.  The nearest beach is at Birling Gap, just one mile away, while Eastbourne town centre is just a couple of miles drive.

The area provides some of the finest cliffs in Southern England, where the sea has cut into the white chalk, leaving gaps in the tall cliffs.  This seven mile formation of cliffs and gaps is known as the “Seven Sisters” and is interlaced with fine walking trails, including the famous South Downs Way, stretching from Beachy Head and some 80 miles west to Winchester.

If your feet need a bit of a break, why not explore the wealth of quintessentially English villages (and their cafes) in the glorious South Downs, such as nearby Alfriston and Jevington.

Holiday rentals in the South Downs

Do you already own accommodation in East Dean and Friston or elsewhere in the South Downs? Or perhaps thinking about buying a second-home in the area?

We’d be delighted to have an informal discussion with you, either before you buy a property, with advice on locations or specific properties and on the best way to decorate and furnish it, or when you simply need help to let it.

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What have East Dean & Friston got to offer?

Steeped in history, with strong Saxon and Norman influences, the flint church and cricket green, with its regular open-air market, offer quintessentially English treats.  There is a great pub on the green which people visit from miles around – The Tiger Inn serves up tasty lunches and evening meals.  Or if you feel like something more exotic, there’s also the fabulous Thai Terre restaurant on the green.

East Dean has a small selection of village shops, including a post office, hairdresser, grocery store, delicatessen and an award-winning butcher, as well as a doctor’s surgery.  There is a weekly farmer’s market every Wednesday.  For more details on this lovely village, visit the East Dean and Friston community website.

Places to stay in the South Downs

We can provide you with the finest places to stay in the South Downs, including houses with swimming pools, dog-friendly country cottages and picturesque Little Friston Lodge, with some of the finest views you can experience in East Sussex.

East Dean and Friston is also an excellent base for trips to Brighton.  This buzzing nearby town is an easy drive (around 30 minutes) or there is a direct bus between Eastbourne and Brighton, running as often as every 10 minutes.

Let us know what you are looking for and we can provide our recommendations on South Downs accommodation.

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