February, is the month of giving, sharing, and receiving love all thanks to Valentine’s Day. Historically, a day when romantic couples showered their better halves with gifts as tokens of appreciation. Today, whilst the traditional romantic undertones remain, many people choose to focus their appreciation towards friends and family during one of the loveliest months of the year! With only a few weeks left of romantic February, we have come up with a list of seven romantic spots in East Sussex that you can enjoy with loved ones, friends and family.
It doesn’t come more romantic than the medieval citadel of Rye! Boasting one of the most Instagrammable streets in England, Mermaid Street is full of quintessential English charm and fairy-tale-like views. Steeped in history, locals will tell you how the smugglers still haunt the streets and buildings! On the high street, you will find an array of independent shops offering unique gifts. If that’s not enough, you can visit Lamb house, home of the writer’s Henry James and E. F. Benson or take a stroll around Rye Harbour (SSSI).
Nothing screams romance more than art and flowers. Based in Firle, near Lewes, Charleston is the modernist home and studio of the painters Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. Take a glimpse into the art and lives of these artists, basking in their creativity as you explore the house. Enjoy the tranquil living gardens filled with sculptures and stunning floral arrangements. Don’t forget to pack a picnic and find a nice, secluded spot for lunch.
Batemans is an old, beautiful sandstone house. Located in the village of Burwash, it is surrounded by picturesque rolling Sussex countryside. Besides stunning scenery, Batemans was once home to Rudyard Kipling who fell in love with the house at first sight! What better way to soak up the romance of his era? Visit the house, estate and gardens and fall in love with it all, like the Kiplings.
You can’t help romancing British pubs with a history that dates back over 1,500 years. Then there are the cosy log fires in the winter and gardens basking in the sunshine in the summer. Throw in a mouth-watering menu you get a certain je ne sais quoi and a recipe for romance! East Sussex has numerous beautiful pubs nestled in the stunning countryside and quaint little villages of the county.
Wine and romance go hand in hand from pairing a candlelit dinner to toasting at weddings. What could be more romantic than visiting the place it all begins? Strolling through a stunning plantation of grape-bearing vines surrounded by green hills and blue skies? East Sussex is surprisingly home to a large number of Vineyards. Most offer guided tours through the estates and tastings sessions to tantalise your taste buds. You might want to pick a bottle up on your way home too?
Mount Caburn is located near the village of Glynde. It is an iron-age hill fort on an isolated peak of the South Downs. It offers unspoilt panoramic scenery for miles! For those feeling extra adventurous, it’s a popular spot for paragliders, who can often be seen from below catching the thermals.
Sunsets on the Beach
East Sussex is blessed with about 21 beautiful beaches. From sandy to shingle, from bustling cosmopolitan to quiet and rustic. There’s a beach that suits everyone! If there is something that should be on everyone’s bucket list, it should be to sit and watch the Sunset. There’s something about watching the last rays of light dipping below the horizon that make us sit and ponder our lives and loves!
We hope you are enjoying February so, are you planning any romantic activities? Have you visited any of our Seven romantic spots in East Sussex? Let us know!