Swallowtail Hill

Tel: 01797 260890

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Introduction

Swallowtail Hill is a forty acre farm situated in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  It is six miles from Rye, and just on the edges of the village of Beckley.  The farm is run purely for conservation and also offers four glamping units for a stylish, eco, off-grid holiday.  Each glamping unit sleeps up to four people and has access to a compost loo and an outside shower.

We welcome everyone at Swallowtail Hill and will always do our very best to accommodate everyone but we do need to point out that our landscape isn’t the easiest for those with special access needs.

We look forward to welcoming you.  If you have any queries or require any assistance please call 01797 260 890 or email info@swallowtailhill.com

 

Pre-Arrival

Directions for reaching us via car or public transport can be found under the ‘contact us’ section of our website.

 

Car Parking and Arrival

If you arrive by car please pull in on the left hand side by the Swallowtail Hill sign and come and knock on the farmhouse door.  We’ll then come out and show you where to park.

Parking is our barnyard area which is just beyond the farmhouse up a short but steep entrance and behind two five-bar gates.

We will open the gates for you and show you where to park.  Once you’re checked in if you choose to go out and about please open and close the gates behind you as required.

The barnyard parking area is hardstand and is floodlit with movement sensed lights.

Welcome

There is no reception area.  We will welcome you in the barnyard and will load your luggage into our motorised buggy and will drive you to your glamping unit explaining the lay of the land as we go.

We will point out our farm shop and wood store where you will be able to purchase drinks and snacks and along with supplies of firewood,  You can also refresh your supplies of rechargeable lanterns and ice packs for your cooler box at the shop.

The ground on the farm is uneven and if there has been rain there will be mud so you are advised to have wellies and waterproof jackets at the ready.

 

Glamping Units

We have four glamping units sited around the farm.

The Meadow Keeper’s Cottage is located between our two wildflower meadows and is an 8 minute walk from the barnyard.  It is a cottage –on-wheels that sleeps up to four people.  The ‘cottage’ is 22 by 8 feet and is accessed from a wooden deck by a short step ladder with a handrail. The front door is a stable type door. Inside it is one open place space with:

  • a galley kitchen, featuring a sink (drainage only) and a two ring gas hob

  • There is a centrally placed wood burning stove

  • At one end there is a small (4 foot) double bed

  • At the other end there is a dining table with a bench seating area either side.  The dining table folds down at night so that the two benches can be converted into single bunks.

  • The walls are painted cream

  • Tiling behind the wood burning stove and the kitchen area is multi-coloured

  • All bedding and towels are non-allergenic and cotton

  • The cottage is off-grid – there is no electricity.  Rechargeable lanterns are provided

  • Mains water is provided via a tap outside the cottage, a jerry can is provided for bringing a water supply into the cottage

  • There is no telephone fitted and there is limited mobile phone signal strength

The Woodcutter’s Cottage is located at the end of Dean Wood and is an 8 minute walk from the barnyard.  It is a cottage –on-wheels that sleeps up to four people.  The ‘cottage’ is 22 by 8 feet and is accessed from a wooden deck by a short step ladder with a handrail.  The front door is a stable type door.  Inside it is one open place space with:

  • A galley kitchen, featuring a sink (drainage only) and a two ring gas hob

  • There is a wood burning stove to the right of the front door

  • At one end there is a small (4 foot) double bed

  • At the other end there is a dining table with a bench seating area either side.  The two benches can be converted into single bunks.

  • The walls are painted cream

  • Tiling behind the wood burning stove and the kitchen area is cream

  • All bedding and towels are non-allergenic and cotton

  • The cottage is off-grid – there is no electricity.  Rechargeable lanterns are provided

  • Mains water is provided via a tap outside the cottage, a jerry can is provided for bringing a water supply into the cottage

  • There is no telephone fitted and there is limited mobile phone signal strength

The Cabins are located in a fenced off area at the bottom of a field called The Beckley Bowl.  Each cabin is a timber structure on a raised timber deck that sleeps up to four people.  Each cabin occupies 25 square metres. Entrance is via a stable type door.  Inside the cabin is one open space with:

  • A galley kitchen area with a two ring gas hob

  • A wood burning stove

  • Centrally –  a standard double bed

  • Either side of the double bed – two day beds that can be converted to single beds as required

  • Cream painted walls

  • Cream tiling behind the wood burning stove and the kitchen area

  • Non-allergenic and cotton bedding and towels

  • No electricity (off-grid).  Rechargeable lanterns are provided

  • Mains water provided via a tap outside the cabin, a jerry can is provided for bringing a water supply into the cabin

  • No telephone fitted and there is limited mobile phone signal strength

 

Compost Loos

The Meadow Keeper’s Cottage has its own ‘Thunderbox’ compost loo about 30 metres from the cottage on the other side of the pond.  It is accessed via a wooden bridge.  The compost loo has three wooden steps and a handrail leading to its door.

The Woodcutter’s Cottage has its own ‘Thunderbox’ compost loo about 20 metres from the cottage on the other side of the pond.  It is accessed via a wooden bridge.  The compost loo has three wooden steps and a handrail leading to its door.

The Cabins have two ‘Thunderbox’ compost loos in an adjacent field known as Bankside.  They are about 100 metres walk from the cabins. Each compost loo has three wooden steps and a handrail leading to its door.

Outdoor Showers

The Meadow Keeper’s Cottage has its own outdoor wood fired shower / sink unit five metres from the cottage.  It has a wooden decking walkway leading to the shower door. The shower cubicle itself is timber.  There are no handrails or supports.  There is no lighting.  We will teach you how to heat your own hot water using the wood burning stove.  The basin is a standard size and drains into the reedbed below.  The shower drains via a trench arch into the reedbed behind the shower unit.

The Woodcutter’s Cottage has its own outdoor wood fired shower / sink unit five metres from the cottage.  It has a wooden decking walkway leading to the shower door. The shower cubicle itself is timber.  There are no handrails or supports.  There is no lighting.  We will teach you how to heat your own hot water using the wood burning stove.  The basin is standard size and tips on a hinge to drain onto the gravel below. The shower drains via a trench arch into the ditch some distance behind the shower unit.

The Cabins have their own outdoor gas fired shower in an adjacent field from the cottage about 100 metres’ walk from the cabins.  It has a wooden decking walkway leading to the shower door. The shower cubicle itself is timber.  There are no handrails or supports.  There is no lighting.  We will teach you how to start the shower to heat your own hot water.

 

The Farm / Footpaths / Fields / Wood

Our 40 acre farm is run purely for conservation – nature takes priority here so you won’t find a network of concrete paths and ramps. All of our footpaths are grassland which means they are uneven and there can be mud. The landscape is also very hilly. We do have a set of mobile ramps that can be used to help where needed and we have a wheelchair that can be borrowed if needed.

The farm is open for guests to roam – we ask that you don’t enter fields where there are sheep and that you don’t trespass on other adjacent land. A map is provided in your welcome pack so you can see where our farm boundaries lie.  We ask that you leave farm gates as you find them.

Contact Information

Address:        Swallowtail Hill Farm, Hobbs Lane, Beckley, East Sussex, TN31 6TT

Telephone:    01797 260890

Email:            info@swallowtailhill.com

Website:        www.swallowtailhill.com

Grid Ref:       TQ 86494 24955

Hours of Operation:  Office open 9am to 6pm, on call 24 hours for guests on site

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