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Reviews - Bell In Ticehurst
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The Bell has recently been lovingly developed to the tune of 2 million pounds. The owners have taken great care and pride in preserving the original features and authenticity of the premises whilst also applying their own unique blend of style and innovation. Ranging from the charmingly odd to the outright unconventional, the decor is awash with inventive touches and enduring imagery. With such a staunch sense of identity, and an equally impressive commitment to customer service, it’s no wonder that the Bell has already garnered an impressive reputation as a venue for hosting celebrations. From weddings and anniversaries to birthday parties and good old-fashioned knees-ups, such a sublime environment lends itself perfectly to the cultivation of unforgettable moments and cherished memories. The spacious ‘Assembly Room’ has one large table for 30 people or alternatively a big dance-floor for 100. The ‘Stable’, originally built as a carriage room, is perfect for smaller more intimate affairs. A grand table sits in the pit where the carriages would have been drawn into, offering an inviting retreat for up to 22 people.
All of the 7 en-suite bedrooms are individually designed and styled, each with a different story to tell. What is consistent is that they are all immaculately furnished and well-appointed with a range of contemporary luxuries and creature comforts, including a 32” Apple TV, complimentary Wi-Fi access and a handmade Somnus mattress. But what truly makes them special, is that every room also has a silver birch tree, a testimony to the unique character of this extraordinary hotel.
The staff at the Bell take their food very seriously and are dedicated to providing the best in locally sourced produce. They wholeheartedly believe in supporting the community and utilising fresh, natural ingredients from conscientious suppliers that share their commitment to quality and excellence. The cuisine mirrors the character of the hotel, offering traditional English meals with a unique twist. The Restaurant and Bar, with its extensive cellar and selection of fine ales, prides itself on being able to match the right drink to the right moment, whether accompanying a meal or just enjoying a relaxing evening with friends. The Bell is an integral part of the local community, providing a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and a great place to meet, chat and escape. They also offer a range of entertainment programmes and events including ale appreciation nights and live music.
The Bell is situated in the quaint village of Ticehurst in East Sussex. The Hotel offers free on-site parking and is only a half an hour’s drive from Royal Tunbridge Wells along the A21 or alternatively 75 minutes from London. For those travelling by rail, there are several minor stations in the vicinity the closest is in Wadhurst, just over a 10 minute taxi ride away. The nearest major station is in Tunbridge Wells, which offers excellent transport links to principal destinations across the UK. Gatwick international Airport is a little over an hour’s drive away.
The village of Ticehurst is nestled in the midst of the glorious East Sussex countryside, a scenic swirl of fertile fields and dense woodland. Half an hour’s walk from the hotel is Pashley Manor Gardens, offering a sumptuous blend of romantic landscaping, imaginative plantings and fine old trees, fountains, springs and large ponds. Many eras of English history are reflected here, typifying the tradition of the English Country House and its garden. Further afield is Bedgebury National Pinetum, the leading outdoor visitor attraction in the South East. Whether it is horse riding, mountain biking, exciting children’s play areas or simply soaking up the tranquil beauty of the Pinetum, there is truly something here for everyone to enjoy. The nearby Bewl Water, a picturesque stretch of open water, offers an extensive selection of exciting activities for all ages and interests. Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, its inspiring location is host to a huge variety of wildlife and is one of the region’s most popular destinations for walkers and ramblers. For those seeking more challenging pursuits, there is ample opportunity for windsurfing, sailing, cycling and rock climbing. Bateman’s, a 17th century Jacobean country house and former home to the poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling, is just under a 15 minute drive from the hotel. Here guests can soak up the atmosphere in Kipling’s book-lined study or enjoy the serenity of the Formal Garden. The delightful grounds run down to the small River Dudwell, where visitors can watch the watermill grind flour most Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.
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