Boship (Lions) Farm Hotel

Located in the beautiful countryside of East Sussex

Due to the current recruitment crisis we are very sorry that the following restricted services will be offered.

Our opening hours are 3pm Wednesday till 3pm Sunday in July.
From the 1st August we will be open 7 days a week.

Our restaurant will be closed for evening meals Sundays, Mondays & Tuesdays.

We are not currently offering lunches.

Breakfast will be served :-

Monday to Friday 7.30am – 9.30am

(Monday & Tuesday will be continental breakfast only)

Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays 8am-10am

Our swimming pool is currently closed

We apologise in advance and thank you for your understanding.

We will of course reopen these services fully as soon as we are able.

Please check back before your stay.  

For any further information please contact reception on

Food & Beverage
Gift Vouchers
Events | Weddings
Picture of the Boship Hotel Lower Dicker, Hailsham Sussex - Lions Group


The Hotel is an original 1690’s country house that now boasts 45 en suite bedrooms with 4 function rooms available to hire for up to 200 guests.

The Boship Lions Farm Hotel would make the perfect venue for a family retreat, romantic break or a picturesque Wedding.

All the staff at the Hotel are completely committed to caring for our guests and ensuring you really enjoy your stay.

Enjoy a game of tennis in our full sized tennis court a dip in our outdoors heated pool or simply unwind by the lake on our pier and take in the scenic views.

Located 9 miles away from Eastbourne, the Hotel is just 10 minutes’ drive from Hailsham’s high street, Herstmonceux Castle and Science Centre and Knockhatch children’s adventure park as well as Drusillas Zoo.

Food & Beverage

The Tudor Bar is located on the ground floor in the main building of the Hotel, you will be impressed with the original decor and the preservation of the original open log fire, which is lit on a daily basis during those Winter months.

We have a good selection of wines available, draught beer and a wide range of spirits; we offer a relaxed and intimate atmosphere for those unforgettable nights.

Our Cromwell restaurant will reopen on Friday 1st April 2022, with our Sunday Lunches restarting on Sunday 3rd April 2022,

Dinner is starts from 6.30pm with last order at 8.45pm

Sunday lunch is served from 12.00pm till 2.30pm, every Sunday. (Pre booking is strongly recommended to save on disappointment.

To book, simply contact the Hotel on 01323 844826 and our Reception team will be able to take your reservation


The Boship Lions Farm Hotel currently has recently completed a refurbishment programme of 16 bedrooms and these are available now. Please ask for our Premier Room rates when booking, as pictured below.

To reserve yours, then call our Reception Team on 01323 844826 or email

All 45 bedrooms have en suite facilities and feature a flat screen TV, direct dial telephone, towels and hospitality tray, upon request we can provide irons and ironing boards as well as hairdryers. Some rooms do have a walk in shower, if this is required, please advise when making your reservation. With regret, we are unable to accommodate dogs, other than guide dogs by prior arrangement.

The Hotel has Wi-Fi in all bedrooms and public areas and is free of charge to our residents.

Are you a corporate traveller or looking to accommodate guests for your Wedding party? With corporate rates and large booking rates available – we can certainly help.

The Hotel can offer an early check in (subject to availability) please contact the Hotel directly to arrange this.

Get in contact with our Sales Team via 01323 844826 or email;

All prices are subject to change without prior notice.

Gift Vouchers

We also sell Gift Vouchers for the Hotel, if you are looking to buy something for your friends and family!

Traditional Afternoon Tea

Inclusive of; Selection of Homemade Sandwiches, Selection of Homemade Scones with Clotted Cream and Jam, Selection of Cakes served with Tea or Coffee.

Why not upgrade to a Sparkling Afternoon Tea.

All Afternoon Teas must be pre booked in advance, should you require any dietary requirements, please inform our Reception Team when making the reservation.

Sunday Lunch

Served every Sunday from Midday till 2.30pm

You can also purchase vouchers for our newly refurbished bedrooms,

To book yours – simply pop into the Hotel, email; or telephone 01323 844826 and our Reception Team will be able to help you.


The Hotel has 3 function rooms available – The Sussex Room, Willow Room and Oak Room. Whether you are looking for a private room to conduct interviews to a formal dinner and dance we can certainly accommodate your party.

Sussex Room, located on the ground floor at the front of the Hotel with disabled access available. This room is our most popular room and caters for networking events, private dinners, meetings for up to 30 people and is a licensed room for Weddings ceremonies.

Willow Room, located on the first floor of our function suite, this room has its own toilet facilities. This room is suitable to hold a function that will last all day and we can accommodate an area for a luncheon buffet and tea/ coffee station.

Oak Room, located on the ground floor of our function suite with disabled access into the room. This is our largest function room at the Hotel, holding up to 200 people (120 for a dinner and 200 for an informal party) and is also a licensed room for Weddings. The Oak room is a self-contained room with its own bar, toilet facilities including disabled.


Weddings at the Boship Lions Farm Hotel are continually becoming known for their detailed and dedicated service, delectable dishes and picturesque grounds. With 3 function rooms, capacity to fit up to 130 guests for a ceremony, 120 guests for a seated Wedding Breakfast and 200 guests for an evening reception we are able to cater for larger Weddings as well as smaller, more intimate family Weddings.

We work with Frenchies (based in Hailsham) for all your Wedding Décor needs and offer special rates when booking your Wedding at the Hotel. These are outlined in our Wedding Brochure, if you complete the form below.




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Following our recent event held in the Sussex Room, we would like to thank the team at the Boship Hotel for all their help before and during the event. The room was just right and set up as requested in time for our arrival, equipment was supplied and set up as agreed and the refreshments were served on time. We will definitely be using this venue again for future events.
Elaine & Gina Sammarco, Cruise Specialists
6th March 2017 - Boship Lions Farm Hotel
Hi Francesca, John and I just wanted to say how impressed we were with the service we received at my Aunts Wake last Thursday. The food was delicious, there was a continuous supply of coffee, tea and juice and all the Staff were very courteous. A fitting end to what was a sad day for the close family. Thank you all so much.
John and Rosie Bishop
19th January 2017 - Boship Lions Farm Hotel
We got married here last month and it was totally beautiful, I was treated like a princess by all the staff but especially Craig and Francesca, they made our whole day perfect and I honestly couldn't say there was a moment when they weren't there, me and my husband would not hesitate to go back we would do it in a heartbeat, so thank you for making our wedding day all the more special, the food was amazing no fault there at all and the rooms were beautiful are stay was really comfortable thank you again for being completely accommodating and perfect.
Vicki & Hamed
20th February 2016 - Boship Lions Farm Hotel
Thank you so much you were amazing and we couldn't have done it without you. We'll leave you some reviews. Thank you again xxx
Sarah & Daniel
14th August 2016 - Boship Lions Farm Hotel
We both had such an amazing day! The day went so fast but we enjoyed every moment! Beautiful venue and a lot of stunning photo opportunities. We are over the moon with all our photos from our wedding day at the Boship Lions Farm Hotel. Many thanks.
Sara & Ricky
16th September 2016 - Boship Lions Farm Hotel
The Boship hotel was a fabulous setting for our wedding day. The staff and events coordinator were brilliant. All our guests were waited on hand and foot and honestly, nothing was too much trouble. The support we received before, after and during our event was fantastic. Thank you to each and every one of you for making our day truly beautiful.
Katie & Steve
17th September 2016 - Boship Lions Farm Hotel
Our wedding was a dream come true and we couldn't have done it without the hard work from the team at Boship Lions Hotel.  Our day was amazing with no problems and all fun! The food was delicious and the hospitality was warm and welcoming. We cannot thank Francesca and the rest of the team enough for all their hard work on the day and in all the months before. Thank you doesn't even begin to say how grateful we are xx
Lauren & Aaron
14th October 2016 - Boship Lions Farm Hotel
Further to my telephone conversation to you today, on behalf of the Eastbourne and Birling Gap Coastguard Rescue Teams we wanted to say a massive thanks to you for letting us have the ballroom and to all the hotel staff for making our Christmas Party so enjoyable.
Eastbourne and Birling Gap Coastguard Rescue Teams
Saturday 3rd December 2016 - Mansion Lions Hotel
Hi Fran, just to say we had a lovely stay at the Albany, our room was very nice, clean and warm, the food was good and so much of it!  and the staff, from reception, dining and housekeeping were so friendly and helpful. Thank you and look forward to returning in February.
A Delighted Guest
November 2016 - Albany Lions Hotel
For the past eight years, I have organised a successful and growing playworkers conference in Eastbourne, initially I used the Lions Group for accommodation, for the last three years we have hosted the whole conference at the Albany Lions Hotel and the Mansion Lions Hotel.
I cannot recommend the hotel enough – all the staff ensure our conference runs smoothly and without problems, I am sure  if there was a problem it would be  dealt with quickly and efficiently. I want to give particular praise to Fran who works very closely with our team to make sure all requirements are met.
Meynell Walter
March 2016 – The Mansion Lions Hotel and The Albany Lions Hotel