Situated in the small town of Horley just northeast of the Gatwick Airport, Jordans Guest House is a quaint old farmhouse inn which dates to the early 1500s.
The owner, Wendy Steel, gave us a tour of the charming inn upon our arrival, with suggestions for dining places in nearby Horley, which is a short 20 minute walk to town.
Each of the three guest rooms are tastefully appointed with oversized double or twin beds, television, with coffeemaker for making either coffee or tea.
The main entrance and kitchen are the oldest sections of the house (circa 1500), given the lower ceiling and open hall architecture of oak beams and jowl posts, with later sections added onto the house over the years. In those days, people were obviously shorter than they are today. The vertical timber bay posts give an authentic medieval appeal, which provide support to the corners and walls. This type of open hall oak beam architecture was used by yeoman farmers, with one end of the house used for sleeping and living areas and the other for servants to prepare and store foods. Other sections added to the house are dated to 1650, with recent additions made to add extra bedrooms.
A large living room area near the entrance is perfect for reclining in front of an inglenook fireplace. There is a backyard area for bird watching or relaxing.
In early maps of the Horley area, the house is noted as being near the east side of a shared community area that was used for growing food and cattle grazing called Horley Common. A few farms are in operation nearby today. Although we did not have time to try, The Old Six Bells pub on Church Lane was recommended to us for an evening meal, with a church next to it dating to 1304.
A traditional English or Continental Breakfast is served beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Rates range from $92 to $120 (£50 to £65 GBP) a night for a guest room, depending on being either a Double/Twin or Triple bed (rates are subject to change without notice). All rooms are nonsmoking.
We would like to thank the Jordan Guest House B&B for assisting with our feature.
Getting There:The train from London to Horley takes about 30 minutes. From the Horley Station in town, it is a short 15 minute walk, although if you have luggage, suggest taking a taxi. The Gatwick Airport is a short five minute taxi cab away.
Dial up access is available at the Inn.
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Jordans is conveniently located just northeast of the Gatwick Airport, which takes about five minutes via taxi. Many guests choose to leave their vehicles at Jordans as they travel, as the airport is a short five minute taxi cab drive from the B&B.