Gayles is situated off the A259, mid-way between Eastbourne and Seaford and just a mile from the picturesque village of East Dean. Being an hour and a half from central London and just over half an hour from Brighton, whether driving or taking public transport, it is easy to find and access is excellent.
FROM THE WEST
One and a quarter miles past the Seven Sisters Country Park entrance/car park going towards Eastbourne on the A259 the second steep climb levels out. The entrance to New Barn Cottage Exceat is on the right and there are two ‘get back in lane’ white arrows on the road as you approach a sharp bend. Just around that there is a cement bus top on either side of the road. The turning for Gayles is on the right in a small lay-by. Go through the gate and down the cement drive to the first barn on your left. Turn left as you reach it where you’ll see a slatted wood building on your left. Go through the gap between it and the brick building and park in the grass paddock (there is hard standing beneath the grass).
FROM THE EAST
One third of a mile past Friston Church and pond heading towards Seaford on the A259, at the far end of a long, slow curve in the road there is a slippery road warning sign and then a cement request bus stop on either side of the road. Turn left into the lay-by there, go through the gate and down the concrete drive. Turn left as you the first barn, and left again where you’ll see a slatted wood building on your left. Go through the gap between it and the brick building and park in the grass paddock (there is hard standing beneath the grass).
Eastbourne offers the most accessible railway station as it has direct links with London Victoria, Gatwick, Ashford International, Brighton and, of course, many other places. The National Rail Enquiries website offers travel information and a booking facility — National Rail Enquiries.
At Eastbourne come out of the station at the entrance diagonally across to the left of the platforms (at about 11 o'clock), go directly over into Gildredge Road (with the crossroads to your left). Walk up Gildredge Road on the right hand side to the G1 shelter. You want any No.12 bus (or No.13 if you would like the scenic route), their destination will usually be Brighton and they come about every twenty minutes
The bus company is Brighton & Hove Buses — Gayles Farm is about half-way down on the drop-down panel on the ‘Live Services’.
For a taxi, there is a rank at Eastbourne Station, take the exit opposite the train platforms and it is immediately outside. There is another rank across the road near the far side of the roundabout. There are several companies you can use if you wish to book in advance, these are a few but no doubt a web search will bring up others:
Eastbourne & Country Taxis — 01323 720720
Call-a-Cab — 01323 746746
Sussex Cars — 01323 726726
Ask the driver for Gayles, most of them know it but if they look blank tell them it is the request stop a third of a mile beyond Friston, at the top of the hill and about a mile-and-a-half before Exceat. The bus journey takes about 15-20 minutes — when you pass a small church and pond on the left at the top of a tree-lined hill, Gayles is the next stop.
Once at Gayles, pedestrians are welcome to either walk down the drive or to take the footpath running parallel to it – go through the small gate on the left just after the large wooden gate at the entrance – the path is clear and quite level and it is more sheltered if the weather is inclement. Please note that you cannot see the buildings from the top of the drive.
When you come to Gayles you are welcome guests sharing our family home; we respect that you are investing in yourself and we hope that you will have a fulfilling and enjoyable time here.
With this in mind, we ask that you also respect the space, participate fully in the activities and are mindful of the others in your group. Our retreats look to allowing you time and space to reconnect with yourself and the world around you in a warm, supportive and extraordinarily beautiful environment.