With staycations all the rage this summer, I’ve been fortunate enough to sleep in shepherd huts, secrets meadows and a restored sleeper carriage, but our opportunity to escape the everyday at Swallowtail Hill proved a real treat for my partner and I. We decided on a two night stay for our introductory visit to Sussex in South East England and honestly we couldn’t have landed in a more enchanting spot.
Located close to the charming medieval town of Rye in what is affectionately known as 1066 country, Swallowtail Hill is nestled in 40 acres of idyllic rural countryside, where Sarah and Christopher conserve their farmland, with glamping options available for those in need of a quiet escape. Though it is within easy reach of local amenities, it also provides a separate haven with privacy from the outside world.
To get to our accommodation we were led down a narrow country path to our own section of private woodland, where the promise of our cosy cabin awaited us, complete with an outdoor dining area, decking, chairs and a fire pit beneath the overhanging canopy. Next door you’ll also find the bathroom space with sink, shower and compost loo.
Venture inside Woodcutter’s Cottage and immediately it feels like an embracing hug, with its rustic timber beams off-set by the bright and cosy décor. The kitchen area is complete with a fridge, hob and grill for all your self-catered needs and the surprisingly spacious living/dining nook offers ample room for eating, drinking and general relaxing in merriment. Using clever design the space is ideal for couples, but the seating area can also double up as two narrow single beds for a family of four.
Owners Sarah and Christopher are keen to ensure everything they do on the farm helps to reduce our climate footprint and encourage sustainability, preserving a landscape that is now rarely seen. They encourage visitors to savour the peace and tranquillity whilst hitting the pause button on their typically busy lives, wishing those who stay to soak up their surroundings and enjoy the escape. I can only speak for myself but we certainly did just that and would highly recommend a stay to others.