Pekes is an early Tudor tile-hung manor house (c.1470), garden and park with a self-contained Edwardian Wing and 4 separate houses surrounding it at a little distance; it has been my family’s home 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 is still my home, and I 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 my grandfather in 1908 and he considerably restored and added to the old place. My parents and I have 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.
I like to feel that Pekes IS ‘Distinctly Different’, and I hope that you will come and find out why.
We celebrated a joint 70th birthday by hiring Pekes Manor, the attached Wing and the adjacent Tudor House for three generations of 8 adults and 8 children from 1 to... read more
My husband and I are both celebrating our 70th birthdays this summer. Last year I asked my daughter what she thought about the idea of us all going away as... read more
My brother and I stayed in the Edwardian Wing of this house, together with our four respective young children, aged 4-7. Although it was mid-February and very lousy weather, we... read more