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

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet


About the property

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, as well as the Norman castle within a 3 minute's walk from the house.

Property Manager
Carolyn Walford
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Carolyn Walford

I have inherited my lovely house in Lewes and very much enjoyed 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.

Carolyn Walford purchased this house in 2014

Why Carolyn Walford chose Lewes

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 7 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.

What makes this house unique

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Lewes in Lewes District

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Do not exceed the allocation of towels - 1 large, 1 small per person Do not rearrange the furniture Leave the house tidy
  • Put all rubbish in black binbags and into the dustbin in the shed, and used towels in the bath
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • 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
  • 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
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
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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Victorian townhouse in the heart of historic Lewes, close to the Norman Castle.
average rating of 4.7 based on 20 reviews

A memorable few days in lovely Lewes

  • 5 of 5

Dear Carolyn

Thank you for letting us stay in your lovely house in Lewes. We had a wonderful few days exploring the area and visiting some National Trust properties. We found your property very comfortable and clean and well fitted out. We were able to sit outside in your pretty Garden and kept your plants watered. I would certainly recommend this property.

Alice Taylor.

  • Review Submitted: 17-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A wonderful few days

  • 5 of 5

The house was very warm and comfortable. Furnishings were interesting--the whole place really felt like a home with books, plants and lots of utensils and cooking equipment. The beds were very comfortable indeed with good quality linen.

The Kitchen and bathrooms have been updated. The kitchen was very nice to be in with the garden outlook, the dresser with bright plates and ornaments. We could sit 4 adults and 2 small children at the kitchen table although we could have used the dining room table. Great storeroom/larder.

The housekeeper was very helpful and she had put some Christmassy things up--a garland on the front door and a decoration on the mantlepiece plus little gingerbread Father Christmasses in a stocking on each child's bed.

We blocked off the door to the basement as the children are small but it looked cosy down there.

There is a lovely fireplace --we would have loved to light the fire as it was cold frosty weather--although we were warm--a fire would have made the atmosphere even better!

The location was wonderful--so near the Castle and High Street. Parking is a bit of a problem--finding a space and paying the daily rate in the neighbouring roads.

It is a beautiful house in an excellent location. Thank you Carolyn.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I’m so pleased that you found my house a friendly home from home and you are welcome to return any time. I’m sorry you had parking issues. I suspect your problems were partly due to the run up to Christmas when Lewes is hectic. Normally there is plenty of parking and by the Pells is less than £2 per 24 hours. Thank you so much for your very kind review.
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Lovely place and staff with a couple of issues i’m sure they’ll sort out

  • 3 of 5

Great location for the centre of Lewes. Cozy cottage feel and great staff. We had couple of issues and had to leave early but we were compensated and i’m sure Carolyn is going to tackle them and make the place lovely again.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Spotless, wonderfully located and very welcoming

  • 5 of 5

This property was a lifesaver for us when our boiler broke. It provided a very welcome temporary base for visiting family while our own home was being sorted out. It is wonderfully located within walking distance of everything offered by Lewes. Very clean and well furnished.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lovely family home

  • 5 of 5

This is a comfortable well equipped house that felt immediately like home. Centrally located for all that Lewes has to offer.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: 29-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
21 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Elephant and Castle
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Car: not necessary

Lewes has a wealth of beautiful book shops, antique and bric a brac shops and markets and also a magnificent Norman Castle 200 metres from the house.

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 & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.