Haven in the heart of Lewes
Kay Andrew has been running Aleberry, her bed and breakfast in the Cliffe area of Lewes, for 10 years. It’s peaceful here in spite of being right in town.
The house has two bedrooms on the first floor, which are called The Malt Room and The Barley Room – a nod to the fact that Aleberry is just a stone’s throw from Harveys Brewery.
‘I moved here because of the convenience,’ says Kay. ‘I’m very central in Lewes, which is great for guests as it means that they can get anywhere. There’s a good bus and train service – you can even get a train to Ashford International from Lewes and Gatwick is only about half an hour away. I also have a parking space in front of the house, which is rare in town.’
Kay’s place is family focussed. There is a king/twin room and a single room with a single hideaway bed and she also has a carry cot, so it’s a perfect fit for a couple with two children and a baby. A child gate and the offer of babysitting for a small charge add to the attraction for families. Equally, it’s a good set up for four rambling friends needing a stop-off, explains Kay. Also on the same floor, is a shared large light bathroom. For families who want to relax at the house in the evening, Kay offers a Family Package with use of her sitting room on the ground floor.
Breakfast is a ‘no frills’ affair, says Kay, which keeps the nightly room rate down. ‘Lots of people only have breakfast because it’s there, so guests can save a bit as I do just cereal and toast.’ However, she will happily do the full English for those who want to really set themselves up for the day, for which she charges £5.
There is plenty to do a short walk from Aleberry’s doorstop, including a visit to Lewes Castle or Anne of Cleves House. Charleston, Monk’s House and Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum are just a couple of the places to visit a short drive away.