Secret hideaways to visit in and around East Sussex

Wind down country lanes, cross majestic cliffs, wander through historic woods and uncover chocolate-box cottages in and around East Sussex. A literary haven on the South Downs and a working mill pen the story of great writers. 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. Discover a garden packed full of summer colour bursting from borders and pots set against the backdrop of an idyllic weather-boarded cottage. Open Wednesday to Sunday from the end of March, 1pm to 5pm.

The front door at Lamb House

Lamb House 

Over on the Kent border, tucked down a cobbled street in the town of Rye, is Lamb House. Once the home of Henry James and E. F. Benson, this is a place that has been a fictional setting for a number of well-known novels. Grab a book and settle down for a while in the walled garden of this literary haven.

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.

Alfriston clergy house vegetable garden in summer

Alfriston Clergy House 

Alfriston Clergy House, the first property ever bought by the newly formed National Trust, sits tucked away on the edge of the green in the pretty downland village of Alfriston. Its historic hall house and delightful cottage garden are the perfect place to while away a couple of hours.

Sheffield Park Walk Wood

Discover the history and tranquility of Walk Wood

Walk Wood is a hidden gem at Sheffield Park, perfect for a peaceful stroll among the historic trees and abundance of wildlife. Take a walk to the far side of the garden and discover it for yourself.

Spending time at Saddlescombe Farm helped feel stronger and more confident

Saddlescombe Farm and Newtimber Hill

A hidden hamlet nestled in the downs