Willingdon and Jevington

The area around Eastbourne in East Sussex is blessed with idyllic scenery, with picturesque villages such as Willingdon and Jevington, 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 or cycling holiday or to simply escape city life, breathe fresh air and blow the cobwebs away.

Willingdon was the base for the local village of the same name in George Orwell’s Animal Farm whilst Jevington lies between Polegate and Friston. Both providea a range of services with pubs, cafes and shops. Jevington 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 Willingdon 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 Willingdon and Jevington

The South Downs Way actually runs through Jevington village whilst Willingdon lies right at the foot of the South Downs National Park.

Jevington lies just three miles from Polegate and five miles from Eastbourne (Willingdon is around one and two 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 Beacon entertainment complex and glorious promenade.

Families will enjoy nearby Drusillas Zoo, 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.

We can offer a wonderfully located South Downs Holiday Cottage for charm and atmosphere in Willingdon – hunker down by the fire with the occasional stroll to the welcoming local pubs in the village or set off for the hills!

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Sovereign Harbour is well worth exploring (just 10 minutes away by car), with its captivating mix of sleek powerboats alongsize characterful fishing vessels.

Do you already own accommodation in Jevington, Alfriston or Willingdon? 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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Where to stay in Willingdon & Jevington