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The Best Care Homes in East Sussex


These days, choosing a care home is harder than ever and with such a wide array of amazing homes on offer, each with its own unique package of facilities, activities, nearby attractions, and care services, we don’t blame you for finding it hard to decide! In this article we look at the care homes East Sussex has on its roster.

Situated in the south of England, East Sussex is home to sweeping coastlines, endless green countryside, including the South Downs National Park and High Weald, as well as historic towns and coastal cities like Lewes and Brighton. East Sussex is bordered by neighbouring counties Kent, Surrey, and West Sussex, giving the county plenty in the way of activities and entertainment; from visiting the iconic Victorian seaside homes in Hastings to wandering the cobbled streets of Rye.

Where there’s a range of attractions to enjoy in East Sussex, so too are there a range of different care homes in Eastbourne, Hastings and Brighton to choose from. The cost of care homes in East Sussex can vary depending on the exact area, but the average fees for the county come in at around £1,200. So, if you’re looking for a care home in this historic and picturesque county, we’ve compiled a list of the UK’s best care homes in East Sussex. For more ideas, check out our full list of care homes in East Sussex here.

  1. Earlsfield Court
  2. Hastings Court
  3. Whitegates
  4. Bowes House
  5. Maycroft Manor
  6. Abbots Wood Manor

Earlsfield Court (Cinnamon Care)


Lottie’s Verdict: Best for trips to nearby amenities

The first care home on our list is Earlsfield Court, a relatively new luxury seaside care home in Bexhill-on-Sea. Part of the Cinnamon Care Collection, Earlsfield Court offers residential, dementia and respite care in idyllic surroundings right by the sea. The home is near a main road, with Eastbourne, Hastings and Bexhill within easy reach.

The care team, headed up by manager Krystyna Bosko, regularly schedule interesting trips to local amenities nearby, such as the Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion. Back at the home, residents can relax in the 72 spacious en-suite bedrooms or cosy lounges, as well as visiting the café-bar, cinema and peaceful gardens. Over in the dining areas you’ll find expertly-crafted menus with delicious dishes that are always nutritionally balanced and prepared fresh using the best ingredients, tailored to the dietary requirements of each individual.

With a top score of 10 from carehome.co.uk, seaside life at Earlsfield Court looks like a dream come true.

Residencies From: £1,300 per week

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Hastings Court (Oakland Care)


Lottie’s Verdict: Best for personalised care plans

Hastings Court is a purpose-built care home offering residential, nursing, memory and respite care in a cosy setting. With an impressive score of 9.9 from carehome.co.uk and a rating of Good from the Care Quality Commission, Hastings Court is surely one of the best care homes Hastings has in its arsenal.

Manager Georgina Gamble is in charge of the care team at Hastings Court, who, in addition to providing an exceptional level of care, are experts in putting together bespoke care plans for each resident. There are 80 individual private rooms at Hastings Court, all with en suite bathrooms and the home is well-located for public transport to nearby shops and amenities. Residents are often taken on trips to local attractions, including markets, historical houses, garden centres, theatres and bingo halls

To encourage residents to be more adventurous in later life, there are plenty of hobbies and a wide range of lifestyle activities available at Hastings Court to suit every individual. Facilities are kept extremely clean and tidy and include a bar and bistro, hair and beauty salon, a full-screen cinema room, multiple day lounges and a courtyard garden, perfect for relaxing in good weather.

Residencies From: £1,250 per week

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Whitegates (Greensleeves Care)


Lottie’s Verdict: Best for green surroundings

Whitegates is a purpose-built care home situated in a secluded location in Westfield near Hastings and provides the very best in residential care for elderly people from nearby towns like Westfield, Sedlescombe, Battle and Hastings. The care team is led by manager Clint Farmer and are on-hand round the clock to provide specially tailored care for the needs of every individual.

Boasting over five acres of rolling green countryside, residents can enjoy total peace in a perfect pastoral setting for some well-deserved relaxation. There are 21 bedrooms in a range of different styles and room types, as well as a dining room, main lounge and hairdresser. Whitegates is well-located for public transport links to nearby areas, such as the local shops in Westfield and the home has its own on-site car park.

With a well-deserved Good rating from the Care Quality Commission and a carehome.co.uk score of 9.7, it’s no wonder that Whitegates is highly recommended by residents, friends, and family alike.

Residencies From: £1,322 per week

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Bowes House (Care UK)


Lottie’s Verdict: Best for spacious bedrooms

Of all the types of care home on our list, Bowes House in Hailsham has the most interesting design, bringing together a unique blend of Victorian brewery and modern build. The home prides itself on providing a wide range of both short-term and long-term care services, from short respite stays to full-time nursing and residential care. The care team are also highly experienced in delivering care for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Bowes House promises care seekers a vibrant life and there’s never a dull moment with the numerous charity events, fundraisers and support group meetings at the home, which residents are encouraged to attend to voice their thoughts and opinions. The home is on a main road and is well-located to nearby shops and pubs by car or public transport.

The home has 90 bedrooms, its own café, hair salon and a cinema, as well as outdoor patios, courtyard and garden. Residents’ rooms all have their own lounge and dining room area, an en-suite wet room, flat-screen television, easily adjustable bed and 24-hour call system, in addition to phone and internet – a true life in luxury.

Residencies From: £1,373 per week

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Maycroft Manor (Hallmark Care Homes)


Lottie’s Verdict: Best for luxury facilities

Our next East Sussex care home is Maycroft Manor in sunny Brighton. With an expert team led by manager Ian Cole, Maycroft Manor provides flexible, relationship-centered care, including nursing, residential and dementia care. The home was awarded a Care Quality Commission rating of Good, as well as a high score of 9.5 from carehome.co.uk.

The 99 sumptuous bedrooms are all fully furnished with en-suite bathrooms, whilst the ground floor rooms have direct access to private patios; ideal for a day’s relaxation in good weather. There are even specialist bedrooms that have been specifically designed for residents with dementia and feature a monitoring system to protect residents’ wellbeing. Maycroft Manor was designed from the ground up to facilitate the home’s special relationship-centred care, to empower residents to live an active and fulfilled life.

Facilities on-site include a café, shop, cinema and dreamy rooftop gardens and residents can also enjoy off-site trips to the nearby shops and seaside towns.

Residencies From: £1,600 per week

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Abbots Wood Manor (Hamberley Care Homes)


Lottie’s Verdict: Best for home activities

The final destination on our list is Abbots Wood Manor. Part of the Hamberley Care Homes group, Abbots Wood in Hailsham, East Sussex, provides a high standard of residential, dementia and nursing care, as well as short breaks, all set in luxury surroundings. Inside this stunning care home there are bright and spacious en-suite bedrooms in variety of colours and themes, wellbeing and beauty salon, nail bar, on-site café serving up coffees and tasty homemade cakes, deluxe cinema and a range of communal spaces to catch up with family and friends, or spend some time relaxing. Happiness and harmony are at the heart of life at Abbots Wood Manor and the special Wellbeing & Lifestyle Coach is always on hand to keep residents entertained.

As Abbots Wood Manor is in a quiet residential area, surroundings are peaceful, with facilities including landscaped gardens, a beauty salon with hair and nail treatments, and large bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. However, don’t get us wrong – there’s still plenty of fun to be had at Abbots Wood Manor, including regular events and outings to the nearby local amenities, exercise classes, and bingo and music sessions. Abbots Wood Manor also benefits from great transport links by road and rail and is within a short distance of Hailsham town centre.

Residencies From: £1,250 per week

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