About Pekes

Pekes is an early Tudor tile-hung manor house (c.1470), garden and park with a self-contained Edwardian Wing and two 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.

The Family

  • star rating  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

    Karl M
    October 17, 2020

    star rating  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

    star rating  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

    Elisa M
    July 11, 2020

    star rating  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
  • star rating  I stayed here with 11 friends for a hen do and we had a wonderful time.

    The house is beautiful and has everything you could ever need. We... read more

    February 6, 2020

    star rating  So me being me, I asked for a split venue holiday and Pekes Manor were happy to oblige. 3 days in one of the properties, Gate House and 3 days... read more

    Ben C
    October 30, 2019

    star rating  We hired the whole of the estate for our wedding in July. From the moment we booked until we left Kildare and his team were so helpful and kind. Our... read more

    August 10, 2019

    star rating  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

    July 31, 2019
  • star rating  We had a group booking in three of the properties at Pekes to celebrate my 60th birthday. The whole experience was great, with all the houses kept warn and... read more

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    January 2, 2019

    star rating  A fabulous collection of unique cottages with all the amenities one could ask for. I especially like the custom furniture in the round rooms of the Oast house. The main... read more

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    August 9, 2018

    star rating  A fabulous collection of unique cottages with all the amenities one could ask for. I especially like the custom furniture in the round rooms of the Oast house. The main... read more

    August 9, 2018

    star rating  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

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    June 6, 2018

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