‘Idyllic’ village with the ‘best scones in Sussex’ named one of the most scenic in the UK

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Independent travel magazine The World and Then Some has named the most scenic towns around the capital. With beautiful cottages, plenty of nature and things to do, one village in East Sussex was singled out.

Alfriston has historic architecture, old pubs and a picturesque church.

Located on the banks of the Cuckmere River, Alfriston is the perfect base for holidaymakers who want to explore the South Downs National Park.

From Alfriston, Britons can walk along the South Downs Way and get beautiful views of the Seven Sisters.

Once holidaymakers have had enough of the cliffs and sea views, the village also offers a range of attractions.

The village’s 14th century church, St Andrew’s, is known as “the Cathedral of the South Downs” and is located on the Tye, the village green.

On Tripadvisor, Darnoc said: “One can imagine walking to church on a Sunday. The setting is idyllic. A very protestant interior with some excellent stained glass.”

And Rosie W wrote: “Fantastic stained glass, both contemporary and old. Interesting and quirky. Unusual bell ringing and in beautiful surroundings.”

Alfriston Clergy House is a very special house.

This was the first property ever bought by the National Trust, and it only cost a tenner back in 1896.

With a low thatched roof and timber-framed walls, the Clergy House is not to be missed when in Alfriston.

On Tripadvisor, user tradesman121 said: “The National Trust at its very best!

“A marvellous journey into the past history of architecture and construction inventiveness!

“Who’d have thought the floor of the main hall could be made of milk and chalk, for example?

“Complemented by magnificent gardens and set in against a background of outstanding natural beauty. Well worth an hour or two of anyone’s time to pay a visit!”

And Malcom D said: “This ancient house is more than just another old place to visit – it is where the collective consciousness of our stunning national heritage became real.

“A sad ruin, of rotted straw and timbers, destined to be lost in the dim memory of history, became a beacon of our past and what the new N.T was to become.”

For Britons in need of sustenance, the Singing Kettle Tea House is a Tripadvisor’s Traveller’s Choice tea room with “the best scones” in the county, according to reports.

On Tripadvisor, GrJones said: “Wow, such a small place, but with the most delicious food and drink.

“Also herb scones and cream cheese, mouth wateringly good.

“Alfriston has a collection of lovely shops and tea rooms, and this one is a pure delight.”

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