Pekes is an early Tudor tile-hung manor house (c.1470), garden and park with a self-contained Edwardian Wing and four separate houses surrounding it at a little distance; it has been in our family since 1908. The Manor House retains many of its original features including its 16th century kitchen, its Tudor beams and ornate Elizabethan fireplace etc, and though everything has been modernised over the years it has kept its old charm and welcome. Surrounding it are lawns and gardens (including an old walled garden which grows fruit, vegetables and chickens), and around it lie miles of almost unchanged East Sussex countryside of small farms and lovely old woods. It still feels like a home, and we love welcoming people to it.
Pekes, near the village of Chiddingly on the edge of the Sussex Weald, is just inland from the South Downs National Park. The sea at beautiful Cuckmere Haven and historic Pevensey beach is only 12 miles away, the historic town of Lewes is 9 miles, and Brighton and Eastbourne are a little further off. There are many beautiful local places to walk or cycle along, and many historic houses and interesting locations including Battle and the memories of 1066.
Pekes was purchased by Terence Bourke in 1908 and he considerably restored and added to the old place. His daughter Jasmine and granddaughter Eva continued this process, and now Pekes and its houses are warm and comfortable homes from home for anyone wanting an outstanding place to visit locally, to rest and recuperate, or to have an amazing Wedding reception or a Reunion or a Party. We have lots of on-site facilities, including our indoor heated swimming pool, our Jacuzzi and Saunas, our hard surface tennis court, and our own walled garden. Above all, it’s in its own estate up a long private drive well away from the road, is very quiet, and is in the middle of beautiful farming land and countryside.
With Eva’s passing in 2022, Pekes is looked after by other members of the same family and we still like to feel that Pekes is ‘Distinctly Different’, and we hope that you will come and find out why.
Due to COVID, we unfortunately weren’t able to stay. But wanted to review as the host was so kind and helpful with getting my money refunded. Was so impressed and... read more
October 17, 2020
Our family of seven, two adults, three children and two grandmas, stayed in the Oast House for a week. The house was immaculately clean with large living areas, well equipped... read more
August 8, 2020
My daughter and her friends spent 4 days in Pekes Last house and they said they will forever remember this place. The hot tub outside in the greenhouse is a... read more
July 11, 2020
What a gem.
We held a birthday party weekend for our mum and her friends in The Manor House and also hired The Wing and the Gate house.... read more
March 2, 2020