Accommodation – Where to Stay
We recommend you start your accommodation search in Lewes by talking to the friendly people at Lewes Tourist Information Office, contact detatils below:
Tourist Information Centre
187 High Street
Tel: 01273 483448
Monday to Friday: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Saturday: 9:30am – 4:00pm
Sundays and Bank Holidays: 10:00am – 2:00pm
They also run a Lewes tourist information portal – see HERE
You will find that there are plenty of Air BnB offerings in and around Lewes and TripAdvisor offers reviews and recommendations on local hotels and restaurants.
There is a YHA hostel in the Downs just outside Lewes (and also ones at both nearby Brighton and Eastbourne) but the tend to be well booked in the summer months. See HERE
Lewes is not a large town and anywhere central will be no more than 5/10 minutes walk from both the train station and the Linklater Pavilion where the poetry takes place.
Interactive location map for Lewes town centre HERE
The basic but lovely option:
Most of the team as well as many of the visiting poets are staying at the Sustainability Centre which is on the Downs a few miles from Steep and Petersfield. Camping is £12 a night here, with good facilities and a wonderful sense of being well away from the madding crowd (except us of course). There are also Yurts and Tepees and Hostel rooms for hire. We will give lifts to and from here and Petersfield and Steep as appropriate. They also have space for camper vans (but not caravans) HOWEVER, this place gets booked up fast. So if you want to use it, and it’s certainly the best camping option you will find locally, go here now: http://www.sustainability-centre.org/stay-with-us.html
The no slumming it for me, thank you, option:
Langrish House is a very nice and well appointed country house hotel not far from East Meon and five minutes drive from Petersfield. It’s not cheap, but when you book if you mention you are with the South Downs Poetry Festival they will give you £15 a night
discount. Again, it would be wise to book up quickly. www.langrishhouse.co.uk
The what you expect is what you get nothing unexpected option:
The Premier Inn is easy to find (essentially where the A272 crosses the A3) and is a 10 minute walk from both Steep and Petersfield. You can even walk to The Harrow at Steep from here (and believe me, you should). Book here http://bit.ly/1Nvk97G
There are a smatter of country cottages to rent, inns with rooms and small hotels in the area. We suggest you check TripAdvisor – http://bit.ly/1SeoJt9
If you have a car or are cycling, you should certainly consider the following:
The Cricketers in Steep http://bit.ly/1WyATCn
The Hampshire Hog between Clanfield and Petersfield http://www.thehampshirehog.co.uk/
The Five Bells in Buriton http://fivebells-buriton.co.uk/
And if you have transport and the Sustainability Centre fills up or is a little too basic for you try these great “eco-glamping” places:-
Adhurst Yurts and Glamping does what it says on the tin and is also walking distance from the Harrow at Steep. http://www.adhurst.co.uk/
Meon Spring Fishery is further away, but seriously rural and very quiet. They have both yurts and huts to rent. http://glamping.meonsprings.com/yurts.html
LEWES – has lots of direct trains from Brighton (15 minutes) and some from London Victoria (just over an hour). Last Saturday night train to Brighton is at 12.08am and direct to Victoria is 10.40pm. Plenty of time for post-poetry carousing if you feel that way inclined.
PETERSFIELD – 3 trains an hour stop here most of the day on the Waterloo to Portsmouth main line. Last train to London (an hour daytime, 90 minutes late at night) is at 10.57pm and to Portsmouth (30 minutes) at a sleepy-eyed 12.30am. You can commute! It’s around 2 miles from Petersfield station to Steep and a short stroll to the other venues in Petersfield.