Around & About

Bunts Barn Retreat is located in 1066 Country which is a major tourist area with lots of opportunities. From coast to countryside, seaside to historic towns and villages, there are many things to do in Hastings and 1066 Country, including excellent days out and places to see.

Arts & Crafts, Sewing, Knitting and Quilting Retailers

The Pumpkin Patch 10a St Mary’s Walk Hailsham East Sussex BN27 1AF web
​The Patchwork Cat 3 Newhaven Square, Newhaven, BN9 9QS web
Owl and Sewing Cat 5-6 Grand Hotel Buildings Compton Street Eastbourne East Sussex BN214EJ web
Elephant in my Handbag Old Highgate House Rye Road Hawkhurst TN18 4EY web
Little Sew & Sew 11b Bexhill Road St. Leonards-on-Sea East Sussex TN38 0AH web
Penny Royal Rye 22 High Street Rye East Sussex. TN31 7JF web
Thimble-inas 4 Russell Street Hastings East Sussex TN34 1QU web

Pubs / Restaurants

There are some lovely country pub restaurants with lots of character within easy reach.
Try the nearest to our Retreat.
The Lamb Inn in Wartling –
The Red Lion in Hooe – 
The Lamb Inn in Pevensey –
The Bull’s Head in Boreham Street – 
The Cooden Beach Hotel​ in Cooden Beach Little Common –
For Indian
Raipur in Pevensey –
For mainly lunches
The Custom Cafe Barnhorn Road between Bexhill and Pevensey –
Hope Cottage Farm Shop in Hooe TN33 9EL no website
For more restaurant or pub options options please talk to Julie or Michael

Local Walks

There are public rights of way nearby, the nearest starts around 100 yards from our gate and takes you down to Wallers Haven, a really lovely river. We can show you a detailed map. A short drive takes you to Cooden Beach, take in the refreshing air whilst walking on the beach towards Bexhill or Pevensey Bay. Sussex Tourism – There are many activities and places of interest, here is a link to assist you.

1066 Overview

On the coast visit the unspoilt sand dunes of Camber or visit the quirky lively resort of Hastings.
For free things to do in Hastings, why not experience the beauty of the countryside by taking a walk through Combe Valley or Hastings Country Park via woods and ancient forests; be inspired by exotic planting and old-fashioned roses in the glorious gardens of Great Dixter and Pashley Manor.
Look out for wildlife and birds in the natural nature reserves of Rye Harbour.
For the more active there are adrenaline sports, cycling and boat trips. Visit where history began at the site of the Battle of Hastings and the imposing castles of Bodiam and Herstmonceux.
Go to the historic homes of famous writers including Rudyard Kipling and Lamb House.
1066 Country has been a magnet for artists over many years, and the arts play a major part in the area with several small galleries and artist’s studios.
Go for a bike ride along coastal cycle path which starts in Hastings Old Town behind the net shops right the way along the beach to Bexhill providing a safe alternative to the road.
Start your ride with a visit to the Jerwood Gallery and end with the De La Warr Pavilion. Ride the West Hill Cliff Railway up to the Smugglers Adventure in St Clements Caves and afterwards have a game of crazy golf on the UK’s biggest adventure golf complex, home to the annual World Crazy Golf Championships! Or take the steepest cliff railway in the UK up to the East Hill or the 197 steps for views over the Old Town and Channel. Battle Abbey and Battle site are well worth a visit with some fascinating history.
1066 Country is not short of ideas for fascinating days out that are sure to delight every member of the family.


Eastbourne is bursting with so many things to see and do. There are plenty of attractions and fun things to do for all ages. From watching pro-skaters stunts and tricks at Eastbourne Extreme to exploring the area’s history, discover 1066 castles, museums and art galleries, relax and enjoy the views of Beachy Head or parks and gardens, sample the local produce from the vineyards and farmers markets, enjoy fun filled trips to the seaside or South Downs National Park, spend the day shopping, then soak up the local atmosphere in one of our many restaurants, wine bars or traditional pubs. One of Eastbourne’s greatest assets is its beautiful coastline surrounded by breathtaking countryside. Eastbourne’ natural delights are right on your doorstep. Eastbourne has award winning beaches, attractions and activities, from beach huts to BBQ’s.

Herstmonceux Castle

Experience the peace and tranquillity of this 15th century moated castle set among carefully maintained Elizabethan gardens and parkland.

The Royal Observatory at Herstmonceux

It is now a Grade II* listed monument. Along side the historic telescopes there are over 100 interactive hands-on exhibits and exhibitions in the Observatory Science Centre.

Things to Do in Sussex

With 150 kilometres of coastline and acres of countryside, there are thousands of things to do in a visit to Sussex, whether you’re a thrill-seeker, a shopaholic, a nature lover or a foodie – and since you’re never more than an hour from London, the capital’s delights can play a part in your stay here. East Sussex offers real diversity in its many attractions, here are ​a selection:

​Herstmonceux – The Medieval Castle, its Gardens and Science Centre

Pevensey’s Norman castle, parts of which date back to Roman times​

National Trust properties such as Bodiam Castle and Batemans, the home of Rudyard Kipling
Battle – Battle Abbey and of course the world-famous heritage site of the Battle of Hastings in 1066
​Hastings – home to Europe’s largest beach-based fishing fleet, clifftop walks in the Country Park, White Rock Theatre, the beaches, Britain’s steepest funicular railway, Old Town with its antique shops and restaurants​
De La Warr Pavilion – magnificently restored Modernist icon on the seafront in Bexhill-on-Sea which now houses contemporary art exhibitions and regular live performances and events
Hailsham – Michelham Priory and the town’s market + a lovely Fabric shop Pumpkin Patch.
Brighton – The Royal Pavilion, fabulous restaurants and nightlife, Brighton Pier and boutique shopping in the North Lanes