Our accommodation is only available to students attending one of John Lloyd's courses
Sara Jane & John offer you a very warm welcome to Bankside Farm
A traditional 18th century flint cobbled cottage situated in the heart of Sussex
Visitors to our pretty family home are made to feel welcome from the moment they walk through the door (complimentary tea and home made cake are served on arrival). The kitchen with its warming aga, is where breakfast is prepared (using organic, locally sourced produce when available). Guests may choose from a full English, Continental or American breakfast, served in the breakfast room, which has a traditional inglenook fireplace with a log burner for those chilly winter mornings.
We offer high quality bed and breakfast with one double bedded room with en-suite shower and bath. You will enjoy privacy and comfort as we provide a guests’ breakfast room plus a separate guests’ sitting room/study with TV – for you to read and relax (or work!) if you so wish.
Bankside Farm is a charming, cosy, Grade II listed property, dating from the medieval period although the current farmhouse was rebuilt in the early 18th century. The flint cobbled cottage is tile hung with a pretty inglenook fireplace, low ceilings and a typically steep staircase to the bedrooms.
When John and Sara Jane bought the property every part of it was in of a need of much care and attention. In 2015, the farmhouse was completely modernised and extended, carefully keeping the character and original features of the cottage whilst bringing the lifestyle right up into the 21st century.
The 16 acres of pasture and agricultural barn are home to our menagerie of chickens, ducks, dogs, horses and, of course, a working farm cat.
Situated on the northern edge of Ditchling Common, Bankside Farm is set back a short way and well screened from the main road. The charming village of Ditchling is only a short drive away. Nearby towns of Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill are on the mainline to London and the vibrant city of Brighton is 20 minutes by car.
You will hear owls at night and occasionally a woodpecker. Deer, foxes and rabbits are regularly sighted in the garden and fields. A footpath runs immediately in front of the cottage giving access to lovely walks around the Ditchling Common and neighbouring farmland, and for those wishing to take a more serious hike access to the South Downs Way is a very short drive away
We look forward to your visit
Sara Jane & John Lloyd