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. Literary havens in Rye and Lewes pen 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 cobblestones and duck into the chocolate-box rooms of this idyllic weather-boarded cottage. Open Wednesday to Sunday from April, 1pm to 5pm.

Wander down cobbled streets to reach Lamb House

Lamb House 

Walk up to this red brick-fronted house and turn the handle on its unassuming black door. Inside, get lost in literary tales as both Henry James and E. F. Benson once called it home. The Campsis on the garden wall still climbs as it did in James’ time. Come in on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11am 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.

Kites flying at South Foreland Lighthouse

South Foreland Lighthouse 

The stoic white tower stands as it has done for centuries, ready to warn weary mariners of shifting sands and tides. South Foreland is the world's first lighthouse to display an electric light. Discover the intricate Victorian clockwork that shone lifesaving illuminations across the storm seas. Doors open Friday to Monday, 11am to 5.30pm.