Dudwell St Mary Care Home

Etchingham Road, Burwash, TN19 7BE  Map View

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. We provide high quality nursing and residential care for elderly people and for people living with dementia, including planned and emergency respite breaks. 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, and visitors.

Dementia Care

The home's specialist Memory Lane Community utilises a careful blend of skills and techniques developed by leading experts in the field of dementia care, incorporating person-centred design in its use of colour and cues to help individuals navigate through the home, whilst thoughtful interior design features, such us adapted crockery and tableware assists with reminiscence. Communities are broken up into separate units with a family feel so people can feel safe and comfortable. Care is focused on independence, dignity and choice, with a person-centred approach. Staffing levels reflect the needs of residents, and people living with dementia are offered a range of activities to help preserve life skills, support interactions and retain a sense of purpose and selfhood.

Our focus is on making a difference to the lives of those we care for, supporting family and friends to ensure that moving from familiar surroundings to our home is a smooth transition. Staff work as a team and are passionate about our quality of care, facilities and the overall environment. Our dedication can be seen in the quality of our cooking, hospitality and of our social activities, which are matched to individual preferences.

The home is located on the outskirts of Burwash in East Sussex, just 2 miles from Etchingham and 15 miles from Tunbridge Wells. We welcome visitors at any time, so why not come and see Dudwell St Mary for yourself.

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Types of 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.

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Nursing care

Residential care

Dementia care

Respite / Short stay

Enriching the lives of people living with dementia

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A-Z Directory of Demential Care

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  • Wi-fi available
  • En-suite rooms
  • Step-free access
  • Hairdressing salon


  • Activity classes
  • Activity room
  • Bar/café
  • Day trips


  • 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

Our Team

The dedicated and experienced team are passionate about providing quality care to each individual living at the home.

Laurence Thurlow

General Manager

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

Caring has been part of my life for more than 40 years, so perhaps it was inevitable that I’d be drawn toward a managerial role in an actual care home.

My career started as a nurse in the NHS, before I moved on to become a military nurse with the RAF. Looking back, I didn’t really have a master plan, although my sister was a nurse and it is from her I must have got the initial idea. I became qualified in 1981 – male nurses were a rare breed back then, but I’ve loved the journey and haven’t looked back!

The past 10 years have seen me working in healthcare management, so when I was told about the General Manager position at Dudwell St Mary, I jumped at the opportunity to join this fantastic home.

I’m very proud to be an ambassador for Barchester and for Dudwell St Mary, and to be a guide for our residents, their families and the staffing team. I sometimes feel like I work in a home full of grandparents, and although it’s a well-worn phrase, I feel it’s true here – we’re like and extended family.

Although I’ve only been in this role since March 2021, I feel passionately that if we’re not moving forwards, we’re going backwards. So I hope I can help create the building blocks of achievement that will continue to make Dudwell St Mary Care Home a happier, stronger home for many years to come.

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Our staff are like family

Our staff are like family

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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.

Food & Nutrition

Food and nutrition

Our fantastic catering team are always on hand to prepare tasty and nutritious food with fresh, seasonal produce that is cooked to the highest of standards.

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Activities & Events


Our varied activities programme reflects the dedication of our skilled staff, who bring a certain uniqueness to the home, which can’t be found anywhere else.

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Care & Facilities

Care and Facilities

Our home is equipped with a number of facilities and features that serve to enhance the lives of those we support.

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Dudwell St Mary Care Home

CQC Overall rating


28 September 2018

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