Dudwell St Mary Care Home in Burwash, East Sussex

Dudwell St Mary is a well-respected care home housed in the stunning setting of a former convent, with a calm and welcoming atmosphere. Its position overlooking the scenic Dudwell Valley is complemented by its well-tended and extensive grounds. With its picturesque gardens, the home is conveniently located on the outskirts of Burwash in East Sussex just 2 miles from Etchingham and 15 miles from Tunbridge Wells.

We provide high quality 24-hour nursing and residential care and skilled support for frail older people and for people living with dementia, including planned and emergency respite breaks.

We had a major refurbishment at the home in 2016. The appearance of the home was carefully designed with the people we care for in mind. Our bright new reception area is the perfect spot for socialising or taking part in one of our many daily activities. Our beautiful new dining room is a wonderful place to enjoy a three-course home-made lunch and our new bedrooms are comfortable and tastefully decorated. Why not take a look at our virtual tour to see our brand new look?

Our dedicated team of highly qualified, attentive and experienced staff create a welcoming atmosphere full of smiles and laughter, which is enjoyed by the people we support, their families, relatives and visitors. Our focus is on making a difference in the lives of those for whom we care, supporting family and friends to ensure that moving from familiar surroundings to Dudwell St Mary is a smooth transition.

Our staff work as a team and are passionate about our quality of care, our facilities and the whole environment. Our dedication can be seen in the quality of our cooking, hospitality and of our social activities, matched to individual preferences.

Guests are always welcome to visit Dudwell St Mary to experience for themselves the warmth of our home and its staff. We think you will find that we are ideally suited to meet your needs. Why not arrange a visit to see for yourself - and meet our General Manager, Happiness, who lives up to her name!

Life at Dudwell St Mary Care Home

Care, activities, facilities and food are all major focuses at our home. It is important that each of these services are tailored to the individual needs and preferences of residents, which is why we employ a wonderful team of professionals who can deliver support using a warm and person-centred approach.

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Dudwell St Mary Care Home in Burwash

Sam Kirwan

Senior General Manager

Hi, my name is Sam, and I am the Senior General Manager here at Dudwell St Mary. Welcome to our website!

I started to work in the care industry in 1998; I worked for an organisation called Southdown Housing and supported people with learning disabilities in their own homes – one-to-one – due to the nature of their complex needs. During this time I also supported a woman with mental health needs and became interested in this area, as I would accompany her when attending a day centre once a week. I volunteered to do group work in the day centre and then, when a vacancy became available, I applied for the position and was successful.

I also worked at Brighton Family Service – a family substance misuse rehabilitation unit for parents and children – from 2002 to 2008.

I developed an interest in training and development and I worked for an organisation called Revolutions Training, whom I had completed my NVQ Level 4 and Registered Manager Award qualification with. I worked with them until 2009 when I took the opportunity to become self-employed, and spent the first six months of this managing a day service for people with learning disabilities.

Following this, I then worked freelance as a trainer and an assessor for qualifications in Health and Social Care. I was also the main trainer in dementia qualifications level II and III for a number of organisations across Sussex.

I have also received a Humanitarian Award from the Suffolk Police Constabulary for saving a man’s life in 2013 by administering CPR when he had had a heart attack whilst driving – he lived because of this action. As a result, my partner and I made the front page of the Ipswich Star newspaper for our bravery.

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Our care

We provide high quality 24-hour nursing and residential care and skilled support for frail older people and for people living with dementia, including planned and emergency respite breaks.

Types of care

Nursing Care

Nursing care is for people who need a qualified nursing care team available to them 24 hours a day.

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Residential Care

Our residential care is ideal for frail older people that would benefit from additional care and support, but without the need for specialist nursing or dementia care.

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Dementia Care

Our highly skilled team of dementia experts work hard to ensure the highest quality of care, based on the latest research.

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Respite Care & Short Breaks

Whether you care for a relative or are in need of care yourself, taking a break from your usual routine can do the world of good.

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  • Wi-fi available
  • En-suite rooms
  • Pet-friendly
  • Step-free access


  • Activity room
  • Flexible mealtimes
  • Internet access/wifi
  • Laundry


  • Disabled bathroom
  • Disabled WC/facilities
  • Disabled parking
  • Disability awareness/equality training


  • Double rooms
  • Electric profiling bed
  • En-suite toilet
  • En-suite toilet plus bath/shower
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New care enquiry phone lines are open 8am - 8pm

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Etchingham Road Burwash TN19 7BE Get directions