We have a pretty awesome collection and over time I expect it to change, develop, we’ll lose some and gain some and it will be an ever-evolving family that I’ll ultimately always be proud to handpick and showcase. One venue that’s been with us since we launched in 2013 is The Bell in Ticehurst and last month I hit the road to see it all for myself.
Read my thoughts and scroll to see the Special Offer that’s currently available for this East Sussex gem.
It always amazes me how stunning the Sussex countryside is and how, just five minutes outside of Brighton, I’m surrounded by meadows and fresh air. For us, The Bell is just an hours drive down the road and I almost feel ashamed to admit that this was our first trip out.
Ticehurst is a small but perfectly formed village with a fabulous church just a minutes walk from the venue. The Bell is instantly recognisable and the sixteenth century exterior has a fairly normal (but well kept) village pub vibe, but it’s the large glass coaching doors and a hint of pink neon that give you a clue that this is no ordinary local.
The Bell in Ticehurst is a gorgeous historic coaching inn and when you step inside, the laid back friendly village atmosphere is like a warm hug. With a discreet reception area to the side of the bar you’d be forgiven for thinking this is a pub-with-rooms set up, but folks there’s so much more to the accommodation on offer.
We were booked into The Love Nest, situated in the enchanting gardens along with three other lodges. Each of the eleven rooms (The Love Nest, three lodges and seven bedrooms) have a story, some even have their own tree!
Anyway back to The Love Nest; in short we loved it.
On approach The Love Nest actually looks like a nest, as if a giant bird has crafted it’s extra-large home on top of the lodge. This is the perfect room for the night of your wedding as the theme is based around being in the blissful clouds of cuckoo land!
Inside it has the feeling of a super luxe yurt. What I mean by this is that the room is round in appearance with a skylight directly above the bed. Wooden floors and walls cocoon you and there’s even a wood burning stove for those chilly nights. But, you soon realise this isn’t glamping… A copper bath, urban subway-tiled wet room, super squishy mattress and a wall mounted flatscreen tv add a certain sinful comfort.
As if that wasn’t enough, The Love Nest also has it’s own secret roof terrace overlooking the landscaped gardens. With egg-shaped chairs and private decking, this is the perfect aprés-dinner spot for a snuggle and a nightcap.
The other lodges within the gardens are designed with a nod to the Oast House. Each one has it’s own unique style and private outside decking area with open fires. They also have little grass hats which I thought were super cute and allow them to blend into the surroundings perfectly.
After settling into our room, I met up with Zoe, Deputy General Manager of The Bell in Ticehurst. Zoe very kindly gave me a grand tour of the venue. We started with the other bedrooms housed within the inn. My favourite was Room 7 (aka Hush of the Trees) as I could instantly imagine this as the bridal prep room. With enough space for your girls and beautiful natural light for getting ready it was pretty spectacular. Plus it was one of the rooms with a tree!
From the bedrooms we moved onto the incredible event spaces – starting with The Snug. A book adorned room with leather sofa, Zoe told me this was one of the most used rooms within the venue. Brides usually meet with the celebrant or registrar prior to the wedding here. Then a little later into the celebrations, it becomes the perfect escape for a quiet drink and natter.
Upstairs is The Big Room; red and golden walls, chandeliers and a wooden floor create quite the space. The stunning windows add a flood of natural light and the whole space just feels big! Hence the name I presume *ahem*
Everywhere you look in this venue there are curiosities – stacked books from floor to ceiling, old maps full of adventure, mismatched chandeliers, a snug full of stories and the odd bit of taxidermy. Alice in Wonderland would feel right at home!
I must mention the food, we were treated to dinner and it was simply scrummy. We are instantly sold when we see a list of local producers and the fare certainly matched it’s ethos. We of course had to share the Lighthouse Bakery breads with rapeseed oil & balsamic, then I sampled the Smoked Hastings prawns with aioli followed by Calf’s liver & bacon and mashed potato. Just to make sure I wasn’t going to starve anytime soon, I also managed to fit in a delicious brownie with honeycomb.
To end, I’d like to extend a thank you to Dale Weeks Photography for providing these ace images of The Bell in Ticehurst. Oh and just to keep the thread going, Dale and his beautiful wife chose this venue for their own wedding celebrations. So that’s a pretty awesome seal of approval in my books.
This fabulous old coaching inn is the perfect place to celebrate life, love and happiness. You and your guests will delight in the quirkiness of this historic pub – it is a treasure trove of goodies and basically just very, very cool.
‘We do’… want you to celebrate love, life and happiness with The Bell in Ticehurst. If you’re looking for a winter wedding with roaring log fires and a dash of quirk, take advantage of their special offer for dates during January, February and March 2017 – Venue hire 50% discount.
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