As a former country girl, I still like to get out of the city every now and then, so when asked what I wanted to do on my birthday, I chose a trip to Alfriston, a pretty little village nestled in the Sussex countryside next to the River Cuckmere.
Alfriston is exactly what you might imagine a quintessential English village to look like, albeit slightly heavy on the gift shops and tea rooms – gotta feed the tourists! There are narrow streets, a pretty church and a village green (complete with a cricket playing family). There were even villagers in the church!
First up for us was a visit to the Clergy House, the first house saved by the National Trust 120 years ago. The timber framed house is 650 years old and was very nearly knocked down by the church. At £5.70 per person, it’s quite cheap on the National Trust scale, but it’s small. Don’t expect a stately home, but there’s a cottage to explore and a garden with a few sections to it. Their website mentions that you can bring a picnic or enjoy an ice cream from the shop in the gardens, which would be a nice thing to do in the summer.
Since we weren’t organised enough for a picnic, and were too chilly for ice cream, we decided to head off and see where all the cream teas were at. Answer: everywhere. We stopped in at Moonraker, which had a lovely view of the green, church and Clergy House. The cream tea was pretty big, but they make you choose between cream and butter for your scones, which seemed a bit mean.
After having a little look round the rest of the village, we headed off to Middle Farm, located on the A27. We did take a picture of the cows here, but er, one was doing a wee, so we won’t share that with you. You can pay to have a look around the farm, which was a popular option with families, but there’s also a restaurant, cider shop and farm shop to enjoy even if you don’t fancy the entrance fee.
Also in the area…
Aside from the places we visited, there are some other nice spots nearby which you might be interested in.
Have you ever been tempted to explore the English countryside?