South Downs National Park
From rolling hills to bustling market towns, the South Downs National Park’s landscapes cover 1,600km2 of breathtaking views and hidden gems. A rich tapestry of wildlife, landscapes, tranquillity and visitor attractions, weave together a story of people and place in harmony.
Discover the white cliffs of Seven Sisters, rolling farmland, ancient woodland and lowland heaths or enjoy our ‘picture perfect’ villages, traditional country pubs or flourishing vineyards. Let the South Downs National Park subtly seduce you.
Alfriston is surrounded by the Wealden South Downs and the South Downs Way passes through the centre of this historical village.
Around the village, visitors can enjoy our famous church (The Cathedral of the South Downs), clergy house along with galleries, cafes, pubs and boutiques offering a wide range of gifts, from unusual chocolates to music memorabilia.
Alfriston hosts many events throughout the year. The most successful being The Alfriston Festival, held over the late August Bank Holiday weekend, Farmers Market, New Year Pantomime and lots more.
Over Christmas, Alfriston is alive with bands, family entertainment and late night shopping, especially during the Dickensian Christmas Evening giving the village an extra festive feel.
A trip to Alfriston makes for a relaxing break to explore the historic heritage of the village as well as the surrounding countryside. Stroll along the Cuckmere river or into the nearby South Downs for the chance to enjoy the slower pace of life that seems to be infectious around this area.
Charleston - the Bloomsbury home of art and ideas
You can easily spend half a day exploring Charleston's intensely decorated interiors and glorious Gardens. Light lunch, refreshments and afternoon tea are served in the Cafe and Bloomsbury-inspired gifts are available in the Shop. Wednesday - Saturday enjoy a one hour guided tour with an experienced Charleston guide or explore by timed entry at your own pace on a Sunday or Bank Holiday Monday. Open Wednes
What is Glyndebourne?
Glyndebourne is an opera house in the Sussex countryside. It is home to:
The annual Glyndebourne Festival
A widely respected education programme
A library of audio-visual recordings of Festival productions, many now available on CD and DVD
In the world of opera, Glyndebourne is unique. It is recognised globally as one of the great opera houses. Its productions travel worldwide, are performed live in other opera houses and screened in cinemas from New York to Tokyo.
Yet it remains a very English institution. The opera house stands next to the country home of John Christie, who founded it in 1934. Now run by his grandson Gus, it is still very much a family concern. Its Festival audiences arrive from far and wide and an extended interval gives them time for an evening meal. Many choose to picnic in the garden. Some sprawl on rugs, others bring tables, candlesticks and ice buckets. Almost all wear evening dress.
Michelham Priory and Gardens
England’s longest medieval water filled moat surrounds the site which dates back to 1229.
Explore Michelham’s fascinating 800 year history, from its foundation by Augustinian canons, through the destruction caused by the dissolution of the monasteries in Tudor times and into its later life as a country house. This picturesque island offers a great day out for the family.
The Tudor mansion includes:
- Interactive Victorian kitchen
– WWII evacuee bedroom
– Tudor kitchen
– Prior’s room
– 7 acres of grounds with kitchen garden, physic and medieval herb garden
– working watermill and forge
– interactive medieval gallery in the 14th century gatehouse
– replica Bronze Age roundhouse
– children’s play area
– trails, dressing up and hands-on activities throughout the house
– café and gift shop
– regular events throughout the year (visit our ‘events’ page for details)
Download a Michelham Priory Leaflet here.
1066 Battle Abbey
Stand on the spot where 950 years ago, England’s future was fought in the decisive Battle of 1066. Follow in the footsteps of King Harold and William the Conqueror and uncover the stories vividly brought to life. This year see the new special exhibition, climb to see the stunning new rooftop views, and explore the impressive new sculpture trail. Inspire your imagination, start planning your attack on the country’s most famous battlefield and abbey ruins, and experience the atmosphere for yourself.
Tower art gallery
Towner is an award-winning contemporary art gallery and museum for South East England.
We present major exhibitions of UK and international contemporary art – and as a museum, we also have a renowned collection of art from across the ages. Learning and participation are at the heart of what we do.
We pride ourselves on providing an outstanding visitor experience – our staff are always happy to talk with you!
Sussex Downs College - Park College and EVoC
Sussex Downs College is the largest further education college in East Sussex, providing education and training from foundation to degree level. The college educates almost half of the county's young people and over 8,000 adults each year at campuses in Lewes, Eastbourne and Newhaven, and in the workplace. Sussex Downs College is the principle provider of work based further education and apprenticeships in these areas.
Royal Eastbourne Golf Club - Eastbourne
Founded in 1887 The Royal is a traditional members club situated in the lee of the South Downs. Comprising 27 holes of challenging golf, we cater for all levels of handicap. Both the Devonshire & Hartington Courses are maintained to the very highest of standards. Built on chalk we seldom see the courses closed. In recent years our friendly clubhouse has been substantially modernised. Our PGA Professional, Alan Harrison keeps a wide range of stock at competitive prices, in his Pro Shop, so whether you are after a particular piece of equipment or prizes a visit is highly recommended.
- Daily House Keeping
- Linen And Towels Provided
- Cots Available
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Pet Friendly Room
- Bicycle Storage
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
- Parking Off-site
- Vegan Options Available
- Golfcourse (within 2 Miles)
- Walking Holidays
- Beach Nearby
- Well Behaved Dogs Welcome
Covid 19 Hotel Policy
We are open for business as usual and look forward to welcoming you to our hotel.
We can assure guests and visitors that we have taken various extra precautions in line with the WHO and Government guidelines and implemented procedures, including:
- placing anti-bacterial hand sanitizer and extra tissues in communal areas.
- increased cleaning regime in public areas, bedrooms, bathrooms and behind the
- additional staff training and awareness of recommended procedures to follow in current
- extra cleaning and decontamination procedures will be implemented, in line with WHO/NHS/Government guidance for environmental cleaning (following a suspected or actual case of COVID-19).
This information is valid until further notice and may be updated (2020).
All children are welcome.
All children under 2 years stay free in cribs/cots provided by The Cherry Tree.
All children under 12 can stay in an extra bed in the booked room at the rate of £15 per night.
There is 1 extra child bed possible per room only.
A non-refundable deposit for the first nights stay may be taken on booking. Changes and cancellations to bookings are subject to the terms and conditions at time of booking; by default any booking can be changed 7 days before the arrival date/time, without charge unless otherwise stated. Thereafter the total value of the booking may be charged if changes/cancellations are made or in the case of a no show.
Non refundable booking charges can be taken from time of booking.
Damage to the property will be charged.
Lost keys are charged at £30.
We welcome dogs subject to approval by the management at The Cherry Tree.
Please note the following terms and conditions for your dogs stay at The Cherry Tree:
Pets are not allowed to be left in the guest room when the guest leaves the hotel even if in a proper pet crate or carrier.
Maximum pets per room are 2 pets.
Allowed pets are limited to dogs only.
Dogs are permitted in all areas within the guest house, including the breakfast room.
Damages caused by any pet to the guest room, its furnishings, or any other part of the hotel are the sole responsibility of the pet owner and there will be an additional fee charged based on the specific damage.
Guest rooms are subject to damage inspection at anytime and upon check-out.
The Cherry Tree owners reserve the right to refuse any dog with uncontrolled/aggressive behavior for the well-being of all our guests and staff.
Group Booking Policy
Where a booking is for 4 or more rooms at The Cherry Tree the following conditions apply:
A non refundable deposit of at least 10% is required at time of booking to secure the rooms.
Confirmation will be required 28 days prior to arrival a secured by a payment taking the non refundable deposit to at least 50% of the total.
The balance is due on arrival.