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Alfriston

Alfriston is a beautiful village set in the South Downs National Park and is a perfect holiday destination.

A short walk from The Dene is the Old Clergy House, which is a the first property bought by the National Trust (in 1896 for £10!). The beautiful village church, known as "the Cathedral of the South Downs," reflects the history of Alfriston and the fact that it was a Market Town, granted a Royal Charter in 1406. The market cross is still in the village square.

Alfriston has many fantastic shops which include Much Ado Books (Best UK Independent Bookshop 2008); Diana Kelly Interiors who has helped us with design in The Dene; Emmett and White Antiques and Interiors, and the Village Stores which has a lovely deli counter and all your food and drink needs to name a few. If you are thinking of eating out, there are many places in Alfriston including Badgers Tea House (the best light lunches, cakes and cream teas); Wingrove House Restaurant (excellent modern brasserie); The Smugglers Inne, The George pub (since 1397); and just out of the village there is the fabulous Rathfinny Estate.

There are many attractions near Alfriston, including walks along the South Downs Way; Drusillas — the great childrens' zoo; The English Wine Centre; Cuckmere Haven; and Birling Gap where you can enjoy a trip to the beach and view the amazing white cliffs of Sussex. The Long Man of Wilmington is nearby, and Lullington Church (the smallest church in England) is a twenty-minute walk from Alfriston. Berwick Church has beautiful murals by the Bloomsbury group of artists, and Glyndebourne opera is 15 minutes’ drive away.