pilstyes - bed and breakfast, lindfield near haywards heath

Welcome to Pilstyes

Pilstyes is a beautiful cottage located in the historic village of Lindfield near Haywards Heath, West Sussex. We offer spacious Bed and Breakfast accommodation – double and twin bedded rooms with off-street secure parking.

We let one double bedded room with an ensuite shower room and one twin bedded room with ensuite bathroom on a bed and breakfast basis in the main house. We let the cottage as a self-catering holiday home although if it is available we do let the Elizabethan 4-poster bed room on a bed and breakfast basis too.

Pilstyes Cottage is normally let as self catering accommodation and includes a sitting/dining room, small kitchen, 4-poster bedroom and bathroom on the first floor and a twin bedded room on the second floor.

Breakfast is served in our sunny kitchen. There is plenty of choice, eg. fresh fruit salad followed by smoked salmon or traditionally cooked breakfast.

Lindfield boasts good pubs, superb bistro and a Thai restaurant. There are lots of boutique shops too, all within easy walking distance.

Pilstyes is close to many attractions and beautiful surrounding countryside in West Sussex and also within easy access of Gatwick, London, Burgess Hill and Brighton. It is also convenient for the local villages Hassocks, Hurstpierpoint, Cuckfield, Balcombe, Ansty, Horsted Keynes, Ardingly, Hickstead, Chailey, Newick, Scaynes Hill, Warninglid, Wivelsfield and Ditchling.


Pilstyes is a Grade II listed village house believed to have been built around 1575. It is arranged as a main house with an attached cottage, although from the front of the house it appears to be one house.

The name The Pilstyes means Pond in a field. The house next door 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.

Roy and Carol Pontifex moved here in 1998 and have painstakingly taken off layers of paint, removed hardboard and wallpaper from lovely mellow beams and revealed all its 16th century splendour. Pilstyes has painted brick walls on a tall sandstone plinth, partly tile hung with a roof of mellow Sussex clay tiles and Horsham stone slab slates. It combines many period features such as exposed wall and ceiling oak timbers and leaded light windows to the front elevation. In the winter there is always a fire in the sitting room hearth and in the summer the garden is a delight as you will see from the photos.

Roy and Carol are pleased to welcome you to their home and enjoy the pleasure of having people stay be it for one night or for longer. They are always happy to receive guests and nothing is too much trouble, either booking restaurant reservations, reviving weary travellers on arrival with a cup of tea and biscuits or a glass of wine.

“It is the quintessential English cottage that everyone dreams about”.


Bed and breakfast

Double bedded room with en suite shower room in the main house:
£95-£110 per night depending on length of stay and time of year. Deduct £5 per night for single occupancy.

Self Catering in the Cottage

Please contact us for details.

The prices quoted are for 7 days, usually Saturday to Saturday

The cottage is let weekly or for long weekends out of high season. However, as many flights in and out of Gatwick are mid-week we can usually accommodate guests requirements.

Linen and towels are included.


The Pilstyes,
106 and 108 High Street, LINDFIELD,
Haywards Heath, West Sussex  RH16 2HS,
England, UK

Telephone No: 00 44 (0)1444 484101

  • Gatwick Airport – 25 minutes drive (15 miles).
  • London City Centre (London Bridge or London Victoria – 45 minutes by train from Haywards Heath. There is also a bus which runs from Lindfield to Haywards Heath, so it is not necessary to have a car here.)
  • Brighton and the South coast – 30 minutes drive.
  • Glyndebourne – 30 minutes.
  • The Pilstyes is situated on the right hand side of the High Street in Lindfield going north past the Bent Arms, it is the third house after the Brushes Lane turning and before you reach the Church. It does not have a B&B sign outside.
  • From Haywards Heath take the B2028 to Lindfield passing the pond on your left continue up the High Street as above.
  • From Gatwick Airport travel south on the B2028, Turners Hill, Ardingly to Lindfield. After passing the church on your left The Pilstyes is about 500 yards further along on the left before Brushes Lane and the Bent Arms.

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