The East Sussex village of Burwash is surrounded by the green hills, ancient ruins and gardens of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This small, rural community lies on the banks of the River Dudwell. It was once the home of the writer Rudyard Kipling, who lived in Bateman’s, a 17th century country house which is now managed by the National Trust and a must-see on self-catering holidays in Burwash. The house itself is a fine example of Jacobean architecture, while its grounds cover 33 acres with gardens, a millpond and a working mill. Take a wander from your holiday cottage in Burwash and you will discover one of the most picturesque villages in East Sussex. The entire high street is a Conservation Area with graceful historic homes lined with immaculately presented lawns.

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Graceful St Bartholomew’s Church stands in the centre of the village, where School Hill meets the High Street. Nearby, the post office has a small grocery selling a range of essentials for visitors who need to stock up for self-catering holidays in Burwash. On the opposite side of the road, the Bear Inn is a welcoming pub with a reputation for serving an outstanding carvery. Its large garden is a wonderful spot for a pint of Sussex ale, with far-reaching views across the Wealds. The Rose and Crown is another charming Tudor-era pub serving delicious food, prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Burwash also has a village hall, a petrol station, a school, and a tennis club.

The unspoiled countryside around Burwash is crisscrossed by footpaths, where walkers can enjoy peace, solitude, and breathtaking views across the Wealds, toward the south coast. Routes to the neighbouring villages of Brightling, Burwash Common and Burwash Weald are all highly recommended. East of Burwash, Robertsbridge is another idyllic village, on the banks of the River Rother. Try Judges Bakery for lunch, and The Ostrich for a pint or evening meal.