The Pilstyes is situated in the north end of Lindfield in an enviable position close to all the village amenities. The name The Pilstyes means Pond in a field. The house next to ours is called Roaches after the fish in the pond and the house on the corner of the street is called Spongs which means corner of a field. These names were given to the houses hundreds of years ago probably to houses standing here before the present ones and any trace of its fish, pond and field have long gone.
The Lindfield Historic Society Project Group has recently collated the deeds we have (which date back to 1575) and the deeds for many houses in the village, translating them into modern English and sifting through much information and we should be happy to share the information we have about our house with you if you are at all interested.
Lindfield village is a conservation area and the picturesque High Street of Lindfield is well known for its variety of period houses and cottages. The High Street has brick pavements and grass verges (covered with crocus and daffodils in spring) on both sides interspersed with our lovely lime trees, which have been recently pollarded. The village amenities include an excellent selection of independent shops, an historic church, a village pond with swans and ducks and a large common. Promenading up and down the High Street is a pleasurable occupation especially on a warm summer’s afternoon followed by tea in one of the tea rooms.
Even more pleasurable is a early evening stroll followed by a pint in one of the pubs. There are 5 pubs within easy walking distance with three cooking lunches and suppers. The shops include butcher, chemists, supermarket, newsagents, bakers, greengrocers, bookshop, violin maker, shoe shop, dress shops, toy shops, pretty present shops, art galleries, florists etc.
The Stand Up Inn – Thai restaurant and good local ales
The Red Lion – good pub food
The Witch Inn – British cuisine
A family owned business in the nearby village Horsted Keynes. From locally sourced cow, sheep and goat milk, their talented cheese makers craft a range of multi award winning artisan, some organic, cheeses. Cheese making courses are also run at the dairy. Why not stay at the Pilstyes and learn how to make cheese? Courses include cheese tasting, a Dairy Tour and your finished cheeses to take home.