SHORTSTAYLEWES - news from our Lewes bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation 


A great location in Lewes, charm, elegance, seclusion and a friendly welcome is what you can expect at Grade II listed Berkeley House. ‘Everything’s on our doorstep,’ says owner Amanda Deadman, about the beautiful Regency building, which is seconds from the High Street. ‘Yet Berkeley House is an oasis of calm.’

Unusually, the townhouse has two outside spaces. One is a pretty sheltered courtyard lined by ancient flint walls, which gets the sun all day but offers shady spots too. ‘I’ve often had guests enjoying an evening glass of wine under the awning – even in the winter!’ There is also a sun terrace off the second floor. ‘We’ve got lots of flowers and greenery up there to make it welcoming and comfortable, while guests can keep an eye on the comings and goings on the High Street.’

Berkeley House’s four individually styled rooms are spread over three floors. ‘You’ve got to like stairs – we have got several flights of them for guests to enjoy,’ jokes Amanda. There is a cosy apartment, like a small suite, with a king-size bedroom, private sitting room, shower room and small kitchen. On the first floor is the Green Room, a large superking/twin bedroom with private shower room across the hallway, then on the second floor are two en-suite rooms – Blue and Yellow. The Blue Room offers a doulble bed and the Yellow is a superking/twin. Apart from the comfortable British Hynos beds and crisp Egyptian cotton linen, this Lewes bed and breakfast is known for ‘the best showers’ and ‘the delicious homemade fruit, yoghurt and granola pots’, according to guests’ feedback. Apparently, Amanda can be bribed for the secret ingredient that makes the breakfast pots taste so good!

Amanda has been running the bed and breakfast for three years, having bought the house from the previous long-term bed and breakfast hosts. ‘We upgraded the entire house before we opened so that the accommodation now offers all the things the discerning traveller would expect from, say, a boutique hotel, although we are just a humble bed and breakfast. We had no intention of running a B&B. We got talked into it by the previous owners and are delighted we did,’ she says.

‘I’ve met wonderful interesting people from all over the world, who’ve come to Lewes for a huge variety of reasons. They may be visiting Glyndebourne, the auction houses, working locally, visiting friends and family, attending weddings, catching up with the Bloomsbury set at National Trust properties Charleston and Monks House, walking the South Downs Way, visiting local gardens, the shops and farmers’ markets or simply just exploring a new place. Nearly everyone is bowled over by what the town has to offer – it’s a bit of a secret gem, I think – and it’s wonderful to be able to recommend places to go and things to do. There’s a regular comment when people leave and it’s, ‘We’ll have to come back again – there’s still so much we’ve got to see!’

With the friendly and hospitable welcome at Berkeley House, guests are bound to want to return. No wonder Amanda’s bed and breakfast is the number one hotel on TripAdvisor.

So if you need accommodation, visit the group’s website, www.shortstaylewes.com, where you will find a range of wonderful accommodation and a warm welcome. The following bed and breakfasts can be found in and around Lewes and are part of the new group of quality-approved bed and breakfasts for the Lewes area: Beechwood B&B, Halland; Little Norlington Barn B&B, Ringmer; White Lodge B&B, Cooksbridge; The Corner House B&B, Lewes; Murrells B&B, Lewes; Aleberry B&B, Lewes; Berkeley House B&B, Lewes; no11 B&B, Lewes.


Luxury bed and breakfast White Lodge Lewes already has a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor, even though it opened only at the end of February last year. The contemporary villa-style property, a few miles north of Lewes, is owned and run by Ann and Martin and offers three large and luxurious bedrooms, all with super-modern en-suite shower rooms.

When Ann and Martin bought White Lodge, the 1965 architect-designed building, was in disrepair. The couple spent a year renovating the property and now enjoy sharing it with their guests.

‘Martin and I worked for other people all our lives and wanted the challenge of setting up our own business and bringing the house back up to standard,’ explains Ann. ‘In my previous life I travelled a lot with 44 world markets to look after. This is a great way to continue meeting people from around the globe. The difference is now they come to me.’

White Lodge, situated on a rural lane with 10 acres of woodland garden, has gained a reputation for its home cooking, whether it be the sourdough bread, delicious brownies or breakfast cooked on the Aga. Ann and Martin amaze guests with their wide selection of breakfast options – there’s definitely something to please everyone.

What does Ann recommend guests come to stay for right now? ‘Glyndebourne for the Tour and National Trust properties Sheffield Park and Nymans for the autumn displays. Seven Sisters is always worth a visit, as is Brighton – right now to see the new British Airways i360.’

And what do they find most satisfying about running a bed and breakfast, here in East Sussex? ‘The joy of seeing people come back – some guests are now like old friends.’

What next for White Lodge? 'We are delighted to have joined a brand new group of fabulous independent bed and breakfasts for the Lewes area that will allow guests to book directly online for the first time. The group is called

Short Stay Lewes and it's been fun meeting new people and getting the business up and running for the benefit of Lewes and our guests'

So if you need accommodation, visit the group’s website, www.shortstaylewes.com, where you will find a range of wonderful accommodation and a warm welcome. The following bed and breakfasts can be found in and around Lewes and are part of the new group of quality-approved bed and breakfasts for the Lewes area: Beechwood B&B, Halland; Little Norlington Barn B&B, Ringmer; White Lodge B&B, Cooksbridge; The Corner House B&B, Lewes; Murrells B&B, Lewes; Aleberry B&B, Lewes; Berkeley House B&B, Lewes; no11 B&B, Lewes.

Welcome to SHORTSTAYLEWES – your one-stop website for finding the perfect accommodation in and around Lewes.

If you are looking for a luxury bed and breakfast or fabulous self-catering accommodation, you can find out immediately who has availability here by browsing in the town or village sections.

We are a new group of independent owners offering select individual accommodation with all the home comforts, including excellent locally sourced breakfasts. Each property has been inspected and offers the highest standards.

As small businesses, we appreciate you booking direct and next month we will have a group booking button where, at a glance, you will see who has availability.

Our aim is to make your trip to this beautiful area special and memorable. Whether you are looking for somewhere to stay for a weekend sightseeing, rambling along the South Downs or for enjoying all that East Sussex has to offer, SHORTSTAYLEWES properties offer a perfect base.

Lewes Castle, Glyndebourne Opera, Charleston, The Seven Sisters and Cuckmere Valley in the South Downs National Park are all on our doorstep, as are many beautiful local gardens and National Trust properties, such as Nymans and Sheffield Park. Brighton is just 15 minutes by train or car. Lewes to London Victoria is just over an hour or 25 minutes to Gatwick Airport by train.

BOOK NOW: check our availability by using the BOOK NOW button for each property in the Lewes or Village tabs.

A warm welcome awaits you from the new group!

Lewes Village bed and breakfasts include: White Lodge B&B Cooksbridge, Little Norlington Barn B&B Ringmer and Beechwood B&B Halland

Lewes Town bed and breakfasts include: Berkeley House B&B, no11 B&B, Murrells B&B, The Corner House B&B, Aleberry B&B

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