Sherlock Holmes Retirement Cottage – East Dean, England - Atlas Obscura

Sherlock Holmes Retirement Cottage

East Dean, England

In this quiet village, a blue plaque marks the spot where the famous fictional detective retired.  


The exact location of where Sherlock Holmes retired is of course merely speculative, but the few details that do exist point to this spot in East Dean near Beachy Head.

Literary detectives have often highlighted several clues that point to this location as the possible destination. In His Last Bow, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle mentions that Holmes retired to a small farm on the Downs five miles from Eastbourne where he was “living the life of a hermit” among his bees and books. Located along South Downs Way, is the tiny village of East Dean. It is located just far enough from the winds of the sea that beekeeping is possible. Doyle also grew up not far from East Dean and is believed to have visited the village. 

This building, part of the Gilbert Estate, contains a blue plaque staking its claim as the final home of the famous literary character.  

Occasionally, fans of Doyle’s famous series will hold walks along a small portion of South Downs Way to enjoy the scenery, as well as the house. There are many charming sights to enjoy throughout the village and its only a mile from the beach at Birling Gap. If you need a break from walking, right across from the cottage is the Tiger Inn. 

Although it may not be as famous as 221B Baker Street when visitors take in this peaceful location, they’ll understand why it’s the quintessential place to retire. 

Know Before You Go

This house may not have an exact address but don't fret. It's directly across from the Tiger Inn. There is plenty of signage along the roads that make the Tiger Inn easy to find, then just walk across the green. While you are in the area, be sure to visit the Seven Sister Cliffs and Beachy Head. 

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