South Downs holiday cottage






There are three windmills in the environs of Hassocks. Two are up on the top of the South Downs above the hamlet of Clayton, which also boasts an anglo-saxon church, St John the Baptist, famous for its remarkable and unique 12th century wall murals. The Clayton Windmills locally are called Jack and Jill. Jack is a tower mill now in private ownership, but Jill Windmill is a post mill, fully restored and open to the public most Sundays between May and September.


Within Keymer itself, Oldland Mill is a restored post mill usually open to the public on the first Sunday of each month between April and October, but visitors are also welcome on Thursday mornings throughout the year when volunteers are at work on the mill.

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Keymer and Hassocks

Less than two minutes from the cottage are both the local 16th century pub, The Greyhound, and the local parish church of St Cosmas and St Damian, founded in Saxon times, and rebuilt in 1866. Keymer has its own small parade of local shops.


An easy ten minute walk takes you to the centre of Hassocks, a bustling village centre with a large selection of shops, cafes, banks, chemists, three pubs and post office. There are plenty of facilities including a library, dentist, health centre and a sports centre within the village, and Adastra Park: a large public park with village hall, parish office, public toilets, children's play area and teenagers' skateboard park. Butcher's Wood is a woodland in the village close to the train station, owned by the Woodland Trust and fully open to the public. There is also a village market held on the fourth Saturday of every month in the centre of the village.



To the west of Hassocks lie a string of attractive villages along the foot of the South Downs. Most have pubs serving food and offer access via footpaths and bridleways up onto the Downs and northwards across the Weald.


Sussex Wildlife Trust's Woods Mill Nature Reserve in Henfield is open to the public daily free of charge.



Hassocks Community Cycle Hire is located next to the train station. Here you can hire bikes to go exploring the Downs and local area, or get your own bike serviced if necessary.


If golf takes your fancy there are two clubs very close by: Hassocks Golf Club, and Pyecombe Golf Club. Singing Hills Golf Course in Albourne and Mid Sussex Golf Club in Ditchling are also both easily accessible.


Horse riding on the Downs can be arranged through 3 Greys Riding School. Horse shows and events are held regularly at Hickstead Showground, Plumpton Racecourse and Brighton Racecourse.

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