Jevington and Folkington
The area around Eastbourne in East Sussex is blessed with idyllic scenery, with picturesque villages such as Jevington and Folkington nestling in folds of the South Downs.
Think welcoming country pubs such as the Eight Bells in the heart of Jevington and medieval churches, surrounded by rolling hills and the most wonderful views.
The countryside provides the perfect backdrop for a walking holiday or to simply escape city life, breathe fresh air and blow the cobwebs away.
Folkington, recorded in the Doomsday book, is a delightful hamlet just a mile off the main road into Eastbourne, but feels from another world, comprising simply of a manor house, a few other dwellings and the The Church of St Peter ad Vincula – a classic example of a Sussex Downland church, built entirely of thick ?int walls and unspoilt by restoration.
Jevington lies between Polegate and Friston and provides a greater range of services with pubs, cafes and shops, but is founded upon the historic church which dates back to around 900AD and provided refuge from maruading Vikings.
The area was well known for smuggling with Jevington Jigg, a reknown smuggler, storing contraband in the cellar of The Rectory after it was unloaded at nearby Birling Gap, at the foot of Beachy Head.
During the Second World War Winston Churchill visited Jevington as part of final demonstrations of the Churchill tank above the village in 1940.
Any trip to Jevington and Folkington should also take in The Long Man of Wilmington, the mysterious guardian of the South Downs, who has baffled archaeologists and historians for hundreds of years after being discovered in 1710.
Holiday Homes in Jevington and Folkington
The South Downs Way actually runs through Jevington village whilst Folkington lies just off the national trail in the South Downs National Park.
Jevington lies just three miles from Polegate and five miles from Eastbourne (Folkington is around two and four miles respectively) and both these stations provide direct trains to London Victoria and London Bridge, as well as Gatwick Airport (less than an hour), Ashford International, Brighton and Lewes, and an easy drive to Dover, Newhaven and Folkestone ports making it very accessible.
The villages provide easy access to Eastbourne, with its iconic pier, several theatres, serious shopping at the Arndale Centre and glorious promenade.
Families will enjoy nearby Drusillas, arguably the finest small zoo in the UK, and those with small children should also head for the hay barn at Middle Farm, for fun in the hay stacks and fab cake in the cafe. More mature guests might want to take in the wine tours at Rathfinny vineyard near Alfriston.
You also have many historic attractions nearby, such as Pevensey Bay just a few miles away, where William the Conqueror landed to change the course of English history in 1066, and castles galore, including Bodiam which is within a 30-minute drive.
Sovereign Harbour is well worth exploring (just15 minutes away by car), with its selection of sleek powerboats alongsize characterful fishing vessels.
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