Secret hideaways to visit in and around East Sussex

Wind down country lanes, cross majestic cliffs and uncover chocolate-box cottages in and around East Sussex. A literary haven on the South Downs pens the story of great writers, whilst a Wealden yeoman's house hides an exquisite collection. Every time you seek out tucked-away treasures, you help us open new places to discover.

The house seen from the garden in the summer at Monk's House, East Sussex.

Monk's House 

Cross the Sussex countryside to the literary haven of Virginia Woolf and husband Leonard. Tip toe across the kitchen flagstones and duck into the chocolate-box rooms of this idyllic weather-boarded cottage. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 28 March, 1pm to 5pm.

view of Batemans Mill East Sussex

Park Mill at Bateman's 

The wooden-clad Park Mill has inspired fairy tales and mischief in the heart of the Sussex countryside for centuries. Author Rudyard Kipling wove it into his stories, and recent conservation work has ensured it will be there to inspire many more for years to come. Open daily, 10am to 5pm.

Enjoy a summer's day at Stoneacre, a hidden gem in Kent


A half-timbered yeoman's house emerges out of the Kentish countryside. Exquisite seventeenth century collections hide inside, along with a perfectly preserved great hall. Explore the gardens or tuck into tea and cake in the library. Visit on Saturdays, 11am to 5.30pm, from 17 March.