“Whimsical well-priced 3-room B&B in beautifully restored medieval servants' quarters set in a pretty village”
Walk in off the High Street into an Entrance Hall of exposed beams and antique furniture. This is the oldest part of the property, and comprises about a third of the original longhouse - formerly the servants' quarters. Ahead is the inglenook library room and honesty bar, upstairs, above a bespoke mural, live Matthew and Chris, and their friendly dog, Carlito.
There are just 3 theatrical bedrooms at Pelham Hall. All are named after an animal found in the room. So beamed Bantam, the smallest, has a vintage cockerel on its own pedestal. Next door is Labrador, with interconnecting double doors to Bantam so they can be taken as a 2-bedroom suite if desired. Labrador also features a collection of wall-mounted Georgian and Victorian plates, a separate private sitting room with mini-bar overlooking the garden, and its own entrance from the cobbled alleyway below. These 2 rooms face the road so have double glazing on the windows.
Christened for the gilt wall sconces, Phoenix, where we stayed, is in the newest section at the back and has its own private patio area in the garden accessed by French doors. We found the bed supremely comfortable. Super linen, proper big pillows and so quiet! We slept like babies.
Bathrooms are a delight: up to the minute with chunky tiles and drench showers. Bantam has a cute ensuite shower, Labrador's is beach hut inspired in colour and design. Phoenix is the only one with a tub and shower; we helped ourselves to the bubble bath kept in a cut glass decanter.
All rooms have an antique tea set with fresh cookies, bathrobes and slippers, water in a crystal carafe bedside, and complimentary toiletries by Eco-Boutique. Both Labrador and Phoenix can be made up as twin rooms.
Breakfast is taken in the characterful dining room on the first floor complete with sloping floors and ancient beams. A delectable small buffet of yoghurt, home-made fruit compote and granola is to one side; choose your main dish from a simple menu. We opted for Matthew's signature Eggy Delight (oven-baked eggs with tomato and chorizo) and the super fluffy American pancakes - all served on gorgeous antique hand-painted porcelain along with tea, coffee, orange or apple juice. In summer, you can breakfast on the patio overlooking the garden with long views across the Sussex Weald.
A nice touch in all rooms is the provision of tea and coffee (and biscuits on dainty Victorian plates), which assist in the making-yourself-at-home vibe. There's also a classy honesty bar in the inglenook and library room, and if you're here on a Friday or Saturday night there are drinks and nibbles provided.
For other meals you'll need to eat out. Luckily there's a Michelin-starred restaurant, The Curlew, just 15 minutes drive away. We chose the very tasty fare at convivial The Bell in nearby Ticehurst village. For a traditional pub seek out Middle House in Mayfield. In the village of Burwash itself, the Bear Inn does straightforward pub grub.
This isn't a suitable place for small children to stay in - too many precious vintage pieces, no facilities for them and it is set up for couples - so only kids over 10 are permitted. There are no extra beds available.
Teens (over 12)
A family with older children would need to take both Labrador and Bantam rooms, which have an interconnecting door. Labrador has its own entrance, and can be configured as a twin.