The Pilstyes is situated in the north end of Lindfield in an enviable position close to all the village amenities. 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 offer a wide choice of services: a butcher, chemists, supermarket, newsagents, bakery, greengrocers, bookshop, violin maker, shoe shop, dress shops, toy shops, pretty present shops, art galleries and 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.
Pilstyes is the ideal base for a number of days out in Sussex and beyond.
Many Sussex gardens are within easy reach
Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath
Heaselands, Haywards Heath
High Beeches Gardens, Handcross
National Trust Nymans Gardens, Handcross
Wakehurst Place, Ardingly
National Trust Sissinghurst (1 hour’s drive)
You are also close to:
Ardingly Activity Centre – watersports
Ashdown Forest – home of Winnie the Pooh
Bolney Wine Estate
Bolney Wine Estate is a local award-winning vineyard, keen to share their enthusiasm for English Wine. The estate offers a number of different tours on which you get taken into one of the vineyards, view the state of the art winery and sample a selection of Bolney wines. And if you are feeling really indulgent, why not treat yourself to a tour that includes a scrumptious afternoon tea or a charcuterie-style lunch?
Jeremy’s Restaurant and Cafe Elvira at Borde Hill Garden
If you enjoy walking, there are many short country walks around the village. Click here for details of walks in Lindfield and other local villages.
This is a 42 mile long distance footpath which broadly follows the River Ouse from its source near Lower Beeding to the sea at Seaford Bay. It is a popular walk through the heart of the Sussex countryside, a route that takes it through Slaugham, Handcross, Staplefield, Lindfield, Newick, Isfield, Barcombe Mills, Hamsey, Lewes, Rodmell, Southease, Piddinghoe and Newhaven. The Pilstyes in Lindfield is very conveniently placed for an overnight stop and also has copies of the route for sale.
See also Village Life which lists local businesses to visit including eating out.