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Victorian townhouse in the heart of historic Lewes, close to the Norman Castle.



Updated: 09-Dec-2016
House in Lewes, Sussex, England - Quiet location 7 minutes walk from the Railway Station and close to the Bus Station.

A charming, recently refurbished and very comfortable and stylish terraced artisan's cottage in the heart of Lewes with a pretty south-east facing garden. A large public open air swimming pool is at the bottom of the road with a country walk along the banks of the River Ouse next to it. Good cafes, shops, pubs and restaurants and the many antique shops and bric-a-brac shops are all within walking distance as well as several superb antiquarian bookshops. Glyndebourne Opera House is 3 miles away, and Brighton, 7 miles. The Railway station is 7 minutes walk from the house with trains direct to London Victoria in 1 hour 5 minutes. Trains also run to Ashford, and therefore the Eurostar, giving a very useful connection to mainland Europe. Regular buses go to Brighton and Tunbridge Wells. Lewes is also at the heart of Virginia Woolf territory, and a good base from which to visit Charlston and Rodmel nearby, and Kipling's home, Batemans is not far away. There are many other magnificent country houses and historic buildings within a close radius of the town.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I have inherited my lovely house in Lewes and enjoyed very much turning it into a welcoming family home. I am delighted to share it with considerate people who will appreciate being in an old house in the centre of beautiful Lewes and the South Downs National Park.

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15 Reviews

based on 15 holidaymaker reviews


A beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in his lovely homely and very well presented house. It was spacious and well equipped. Lots of nice touches that made it a welcoming, clean and pleasant place to stay, both the owner and housekeeper were very helpful.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A lovely terraced town house

  • 5 of 5

This house has been very tastefully updated, with lots of interesting features. Very close to centre of Lewes, but also quick and easy to get out of the town. You need to pay attention to the parking situation, but we were able to park 2 cars outside the property overnight, when needed. The kitchen is a lovely sunny room, leading to the garden.

Our only difficulty was the Internet.....a slow signal which irritated phone addict teenagers! And a little warning about the glass door from the sitting room to the kitchen, which is up 2 steps.....and if closed, might not be seen, as it was for me!

I would recommend this lovely family home to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so pleased you enjoyed your stay in my house - and Lewes itself. I will add a warning about the glass door on my info for future visitors. The Internet issue has been addressed as best as it can be with a new faster hub from BT.
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Great week in super house in Lewes

  • 4 of 5

We have just spent a week in a lovely house! Décor is a delightful eclectic mix of old and new.

We had planned to stay the weekend for a family wedding but very sensibly opted to stay the week!

We were a party of 6 plus baby granddaughter and we found that there was ample room for all of us in the sitting area and around the dining table. As the grandparents we made use of the ensuite ( excellent shower) and the children and partners shared the family bathroom. Downstairs toilet very useful!

Lewes is a fascinating town, with castle, lots of independent shops and the open air lido - The Pells. Brighton is just a 15 minute train journey away. Lovely walks on The Downs and interesting places ( National trust and other)

The one-way system takes a bit of getting used to and take care when parking ( a mixture or resident permits and pay and display).

Jane the housekeeper was very helpful and the house was clean and tidy.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed my house and made the most of all the wonderful places in Lewes and the area. Thank you very much for your kind words.
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Lovely Comfortable Holiday Home

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a lovely few days in Carolyn's house. It was very clean and well equipped and had everything we needed for our short stay. It is a lovely, comfortable home, and bigger than I was expecting. It is also in an ideal location...not far from the station and town centre. And the area itself is so beautiful...We hope to be able to come again next year. There was also excellent communication with Carolyn and her housekeeper throughout.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming townhouse in Lewes

  • 5 of 5

This is a really lovely well equipped home from home. Five of us went for the weekend, we found it very spacious, the accommodation was very well equipped and comfortable. We would all definitely stay here again. Great location for Lewes and surrounding areas.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautifully presented and ideally located house.

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing weekend in this lovely home. The house was very accurately described, if anything it surpassed our expectations. It is very well maintained and loved.

The kitchen was very well equipped and the bathrooms were very clean and modern with lots of nice towels provided.

The children were very excited by the basement playroom/study space and also by the pretty garden.

We loved the paintings, soft furnishings and antique furniture which made the house feel very homely and personal.

The weather when we stayed was amazing all weekend so we took advantage of the amazing Pells outdoor swimming pool which is literally 4 mins walk away, set in a small pretty park. The house is also very close to all the shops and restaurants.

I would certainly recommend this house to friends and we would love to come and stay again.

The owner was very helpful before we stayed as was the housekeeper.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. I'm delighted you enjoyed my house and lovely Lewes.
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From the Owner

Lewes is a fascinating town with a wealth of interesting shops, beautiful buildings and a variety of delightful places to eat and drink. The house is easy walking distance from everywhere; just below the Castle, and 6 minute's walk from the mainline station with a journey time of only an hour into London and 15 minutes to Brighton. By contrast, the Pells open air swimming pool and a country walk along the river are at the bottom of the road. It's close to good food shops and supermarkets with a lovely cafe just round the corner.

Activity and Interests


Brighton and Hove with their large pebble beaches are 7 miles away and Seaford close by.


Gatwick Airport accessible from Lewes by direct train (35 minutes). Channel port of Newhaven 20 minutes by car. Direct trains between Lewes and Ashford Eurostar connection.

With excellent train and bus links, and the situation of the house placed right in the town centre, cars are not necessary for a good visit to Lewes.


Brighton 7 miles with the famous Pavillion and annual cultural Festival and Regency period Theatre Royal. Glyndebourne Opera House, 3 miles (regular shuttle bus from Lewes throughout the season). Charleston and Rodmel houses close by.

Further Details:

Lewes is well known for its' antique and bric-a-brac shops, all within walking distance of the house. Also several wonderful antiquarian bookshops. Waitrose and Tesco supermarkets, huge range of excellent pubs and restaurants. Good food at the Lewes Arms (3 minutes) and the vegetarian Pleasant Cafe (1 minute)

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 3
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
House reserved for 1 week after initial booking until deposit of 30% of full fee is received. After receipt of booking fee, house is fully reserved. Final payment to be paid 2 weeks before start of visit.
Cancellations: Full refund up to 8 weeks before reservation. Between 8 and 2 weeks prior to reservation, 50% refund. 2 weeks prior to reservation, no refund.
Refundable damages deposit required from all tenants of £250, payable with final payment.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day Friday. Weekends Friday to Monday. Midweek stay minimum 3 nights. Arrival after 3.30pm, departure by 10.30am

Notes on prices:
Minimum 3 nights.

A deposit of 30% is payable immediately following confirmation of the request and the reservation will be held for 1 week while awaiting receipt into the bank account. Final payment plus damages deposit must be paid 2 weeks before the arrival date.
The damages deposit is refunded the week after departure when the house has been cleaned and checked.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

The house is quiet and comfortable with a charming south-east facing back garden. It is also a very unusual house as it has a 'flying freehold'. This means that, while from the front it looks like a classic 'two up and two down' artisan's terraced cottage, in fact the back part of the house next door is incorporated into the house making its' appearance very deceptive. Upstairs there is a good-sized third bedroom with en suite shower and lavatory, which is in fact at the back of the next-door property, and downstairs, the large walk-in larder and the downstairs loo are also technically part of next door too - in fact the inside loo is actually in the garden next door! The ground floor is open plan with a large kitchen-breakfast room and a folding glass wall onto the sunny garden.

Property Type

  • house


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • town


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • En suite bathroom to bedroom 3 with shower, basin and wc. Large family bathroom with bath, shower overhead, basin and wc. Downstairs cloakroom with basin and wc.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: 2 Double beds and Twin beds. Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, Bedroom 2 with twin beds, Bedroom 3 with double bed


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Notes on accommodation: The house is NOT suitable for the disabled or very small but mobile unsupervised children. The staircase is narrow and steep and there is a step up to the front door and into the kichen. The stairs to the basement are steep with uneven steps. No pets Linen and towels are allocated per visit. If more is used without discussion, a charge of £25 will be deducted from the deposit to cover extra costs. Outside: Pretty southeast facing garden with large terrace. Table and 6 chairs. Portable barbecue. Utility Room: Large walk-in larder. Iron and ironing board, clothes dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: House cleaned before and after occupation. All linen and towels provided. Extra cleaning and linen changed during a visit for a small extra charge. Meals for the freezer and local organic vegetables can be supplied. Other: Study/playroom/office in the semi-basement with comfortable seating with a small work station and good wifi reception. Note: low headroom and uneven brick stairs. Owner cannot take responsibility for visitors' usage of this room.

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