Sustainable glamping in cute miniature cottages on a working East Sussex Farm
'Idyllic' doesn't do this East Sussex hideaway justice. Nestled within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Swallowtail Hill is a landscape like no other with six special places to stay. The farm’s forty acres of wildflower meadow and woodland are run purely for conservation and offer guests a complete getaway from the pace of modern life. In a world increasingly full of ‘content’, Swallowtail Hill is about finding contentment and connection – the things that really matter. Their portfolio of places includes a completely off-grid cottage for those looking for absolute peace, a matching pair of cabins perfect for families wanting space, a woodland retreat, and two new luxury spaces complete with wood-fired hot tubs.
The whimsical Meadow keeper’s Cottage is straight out of the Brothers Grimm and masterfully crafted using locally sourced timber. Once featured on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, Meadow Keeper’s Cottage is a ‘gingerbread cottage’ of so many children’s story books, it can sleep a family of four and sits in perfect pond-side seclusion between two wildflower meadows.
There are two cosy timber cabins, too, complete with wood-burning stove, kitchenette and firepit for some bonfire grilling under the stars, along with a luxurious romantic roundhouse in the woods for two, complete with its own hot tub, and another woodland retreat (the aptly named Woodcutter’s Cottage) tucked away in a dell at the end of The Dean Wood. This eight-acre chestnut and oak coppiced woodland is surrounded by hornbeam, holly, hazel, oak and chestnut hedges and makes up the magical centre-piece of the farm.
If you prefer your glamping as luxurious as it can get, Swallow Tail Hill's final abode – The Long View – is the best choice; a gorgeous timber hut on wheels that enjoys seclusion at the end of an eight-acre meadow. Perfect for couples or young families, it has a wood fired hot tub and wonderful views, stretching off over the folding landscape. You can't see as far as Bodiam, Rye or the south coast, but they're all eminently reachable from the site.
Beckley, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Sarah B ?.Joined in January 2014
From the host
Our landscape is truly unique and the tranquillity of a break here is something guests comment on time and time again.
Three of our spaces are completely off grid – Wood and Penfold Cabins and Meadow Keeper’s Cottage. They each sleep up to four and have a small indoor kitchen with gas hob and a wood burning stove for chilly evenings. The cabins each have an outdoor gas fired shower, Meadow Keeper’s has an outdoor wood fired shower. Each has an outdoor compost loo. Accommodation is lit using rechargeable lanterns, supplied daily.
Woodcutter’s Cottage can sleep a family of four. It has a kitchenette with hot and cold running water, gas hob and wood burning stove. There’s electric light, a small fridge and charging points. Just next door is your very own washhouse – a small cabin with gas fired shower, basin and modern compost loo.
Long View is the ultimate in glamping luxury. One end of this beautiful wood cabin is fully glazed and opens out onto a wildflower meadow. The handmade kingsize bed faces the window so guests can wake up with the sun or watch the stars at bedtime. The well-equipped kitchen and dining space has a microwave, gas hob, fridge and wood burner, and the cosy seating area can convert to bunk beds for small children if required. There’s an ensuite loo and shower room. Outside is a private dining deck and wood fired hot tub.
The Roundhouse is equally luxurious and designed with couples in mind. It has a kingsize bed facing a huge picture window framing the changing view of the woodland outside. It has a well equipped kitchen and the dining space has a microwave, gas hob, fridge and wood burner. The loo and shower is ensuite. Outside is a private dining deck and hot tub.
All of our accommodation spaces have firepits and we provide all the equipment you need for campfire cooking and BBQ’ing.
Just five miles north lies the historic medieval port town of Rye. Its quaint cobbled streets are aligned with many famous buildings including Ypres Tower (01797 226728) and Lamb House, one-time home of author Henry James. If you've not had your fill of picture-postcard castles, Sissinghurst (01580 710700) and Bodiam are both but a short drive away. Further afield, be sure to visit charming Winchelsea, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve (01797 227784) and the sweeping beach at Camber Sands. Further along the coast lies Hastings Old Town – home of the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe. The iconic black net huts make for a great holiday snap. On a beautiful summer's day, there are fewer settings lovelier than the gorgeous gardens of Great Dixter (01797 252878) – former home to one of the country's finest gardeners, Christopher Lloyd.
Food and drink
Swallowtail Hill has its own Glampsite Chef available to provide a range of catering options, from campfire suppers, picnics and teas through to special meals and group catering. They also have a range of BBQ boxes and breakfast hampers available and a small tuck shop on site. The nearest pub in Beckley is the popular village boozer The Rose & Crown (01797 252161). For a wealth of charming drink and dinner options head to Rye; The Globe Inn Marsh (01797 225220) and The Ship Inn (01797 229 256) are two favourites, or for a special meal try The Tuscan (01797 223 269). For some of the south coast's legendary seafood, The Beach Bistro at The Gallivant Hotel (01797 225 057) takes some topping, not least for the views of Camber Sands' iconic dunes.