Bell Cottage

East Sussex

4 Guests

2 Bedrooms

1 Bathroom

A charming and cosy two-bedroom holiday cottage set in the picture-perfect village of Alfriston, East Sussex. A pet-friendly home for all the family.

  • Classic Victorian Cottage
  • Two dogs welcome
  • Chocolate box village setting
  • Fantastic walking area


A few steps from the medieval village square in the centre of Alfriston, Bell Cottage is an attractive terraced home sympathetically styled using contemporary furnishings and stripped floorboards.

Its cosy sitting room is decorated in warm tones, with an ornamental fireplace and old brick hearth, comfortable seating and time-worn antique wooden furniture setting a calm ambience. There is a Smart TV (no aerial) and a selection of books to enjoy while you put your feet up after a day walking the South Downs Way, accessible just a few moments from the door. The kitchen-dining room features a full range of modern self-catering conveniences, and is centred around the breakfast bar and traditional farmhouse table.

Upstairs, the first floor presents a large master bedroom with a king size bed, the west-facing windows catching the afternoon sun and overlooking the street below. The second bedroom offers a double bed, wardrobe and a gorgeous little writing desk. Both beds are draped in hypoallergenic wool duvets and quality linen for a snug and comfortable slumber. The family bathroom is also upstairs, with a shower over the bath. A practical layout for a short break to East Sussex, or a longer rental between house moves and short-term work placements in the area.

Outside, the pretty cottage garden is fully enclosed to keep the kids and pup safe and secure. From the rear gate you can take the twitten straight to the centre of Alfriston, a path back in time. A short stroll further brings you onto the South Downs Way, the River Cuckmere and the village tye where the magnificent 14th Century church proudly stands.

Bell Cottage offers ideal accommodation if you are looking for a traditional holiday cottage in Alfriston, or a short term let near Lewes, Newhaven or Eastbourne. See the ‘House info’ section for more information about this dog-friendly vacation rental for families, near Lewes, Eastbourne and Seaford, East Sussex.

House info

Property features

  • Pets welcome (2 well-behaved dogs)
  • Television Smart TV (no aerial)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Selection of books
  • Bath
  • Shower
  • Garden/outside space (enclosed)
  • Study/workspace
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine (washer/dryer)
  • Tumble dryer (washer/dryer)
  • Family friendly
  • Cot (please bring bedding)
  • Highchair
  • Private parking (1 space)
  • Short lets/long stays possible
  • Linen & towels

Useful information and house rules

  • Pets: A maximum of 2 well-behaved dogs are allowed, at a cost of £25 each per week or part week.
  • Please contact us if you are interested in a stay of over 28 nights (a short-term let).
  • Accessibility: There are 5 steps (15cm) with handrail to the front door and a step (10cm) over the front door threshold. One step (10cm) from kitchen into the rear garden. Standard staircase (with banister and standard height risers) to the bedrooms and bathroom (with shower over bath) on the first floor. Other internal floors are even and level, with no internal steps. This is intended as a guide only and accuracy is not guaranteed, please contact us if you need more info. Measurements are approx.
  • Kitchen facilities: single electric fan oven, 4 plate induction hob, fridge-freezer, slimline dishwasher, microwave, kettle, toaster, cafetière. Washer-dryer in outhouse.
  • Iron, ironing board, clothes airer, 1 hairdryer provided.
  • Two infants up to age 2 are welcome in addition to the total guest capacity of this property. 1 travel cot (please bring bedding) and 1 highchair are available on advance request.
  • One free allocated parking space is included in the nearby car park (100m/1min walk). Further free on-street parking is available 500m away, along with a free short-stay car park 100m away and a long-stay car park 100m away (£7 per day). Apart from the allocated space, all are subject to availability but we would normally expect you to be able to find space in one of these locations. Information is correct as of January 2023.
  • The house is in the heart of the village, meaning that there may be a little road noise from the master bedroom at busy times. However, the bedroom window gives a great view of the medieval high street.
  • Photos credit James Ratchford.
  • Gas Central Heating.
  • Wi-Fi.



Local area

The beautifully preserved old English village of Alfriston was noted in the Domesday Book in 1086. Strolling along the ancient streets, edged with charming crooked buildings, is a romantic step into a bygone era. Surrounded by the South Downs, visitors can enjoy the famous Alfriston Parish Church of St Andrew (known as the Cathedral of the South Downs), the award-winning independent bookshop Much Ado Books, and Alfriston Clergy House – the very first building bought by the National Trust – which offers delightful gardens and lovely views. The village hosts events throughout the year including the Alfriston Festival, music festival and farmers markets. A local shop is 200m away, with larger supermarkets at Seaford, Lewes and Eastbourne. There is a wonderful choice of pubs, cafes and quaint tea rooms with plenty of variety of drinks and meals to enjoy during your stay.

The South Downs Way passes right through Alfriston, offering a myriad of walks and cycle paths to explore. The Downs meets the sea at this eastern end of the National Park and it really is a most picturesque area, in particular the contrasting landscapes of the rolling downlands and open views at Cuckmere Haven, and the chalk cliffs of Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters. The chalk grasslands of the Crowlink walk make for a wonderfully romantic route to access the cliff tops. The River Cuckmere also passes right by the village and is just a short walk from the house. For watersports lovers there is a wide range of activities including paddleboarding that can be enjoyed, all the way down from the village to the sea along the beautiful meandering river valley. Equipment hire can be booked at the centres in Exceat.

Close by are Charleston Farmhouse and gardens, the award-winning Drusillas Zoo and Park a mile away, Glyndebourne Opera, Firle Place, Pevensey Castle, the pebble beaches at Seaford, the Long Man of Wilmington, and Airbourne and international tennis at Eastbourne. Lewes is also only 10 miles away, steeped in history and heritage with a thriving cultural scene including the Lewes Bonfire celebrations in early November. A stay in this traditional holiday cottage during November and December will get you in the mood for a Dickensian Christmas.



Lovely short stay.

We thoroughly enjoyed our four night stay at Bell Cottage. Beautifully decorated, owner has been really generous in quality of furnishings and equipment provided. Recommended!

4.7 out of 5
  • Cleanliness 5
  • Service and Staff 5
  • Comfort 5
  • Condition 5
  • Location 4
  • Value For Money 4

Cosy cottage for a winter weekend

We had a lovely weekend in this beautiful cottage, right in the centre of Alfriston. Well equipped and very comfortable, and nicely decorated for Christmas too! Great instructions for where to unload and park as well.

5 out of 5
  • Cleanliness 5
  • Service and Staff 5
  • Comfort 5
  • Condition 5
  • Location 5
  • Value For Money 5

A charming cottage in a great location

Bell cottage was a great place to stay in Alfriston, right in the centre of the village. It had a little garden at the back which was private. It was tastefully furnished and the bathroom was modern and the shower worked well. It was nice to come in and have a little welcome basket of bread, butter, coffee and some milk in the fridge. It was the perfect place for a holiday, we loved it.

4.8 out of 5
  • Cleanliness 5
  • Service and Staff 5
  • Comfort 5
  • Condition 5
  • Location 5
  • Value For Money 4


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