deep in the English countryside…a glorious Sussex retreat near the sea

tilton house

While searching for a country retreat for myself (yoga, Pilates, detox, etc.), I stumbled across this gem located in the middle of a national park in East Sussex. It was once the home of British economist, John Maynard Keynes. Tilton House has magnificent views across the Sussex Downs to the sea.

Virginia Woolf lived nearby as well as the painters Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant.

Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to stay at the handsome Georgian country house where eminent economist John Maynard Keynes once lived with his exotic Russian ballerina wife Lydia Lopokova? Okay, you might not be able to dance naked on the lawn under the moonlight like Lopokova did, but you can still sling a hammock up in the garden to soak in the spectacular South Downs views (“there’s no better air for work than here,” Keynes proclaimed), or curl up by the wood-burning stove in the library where Keynes wrote Economic Consequences of Peace. Or take a five-minute stroll along the lane to nearby Charleston Farmhouse, a walk that Keynes, a key figure in the bohemian Bloomsbury Group, would have done hundreds of times. At weekends Tilton House offers courses and workshops – yoga and Pilates retreats (with lessons held in a purpose-built yurt), writing courses, reading weekends, song-writing workshops and the like – while during the week and in most holidays it offers B&B. The four B&B rooms (all with private bathrooms, one en suite) are decorated simply yet elegantly, and all come with idyllic views that will have you reaching for your walking boots (or yoga mat) as soon as you wake up and draw the curtains.

Here are more photos and the programs below, most of them yoga, that Tilton House offers. Below that is a link to an English blogger who describes a weekend spent at Tilton House.