There’s plenty to do in and around Swallowtail Hill.
Close to home – we’re happy to organise a day’s fishing for those who are experienced – in fact we’ve the perfect spot just next door. There’s a vineyard at the end of our lane too – and our neighbours are more than happy to host a private tour with a spot of wine tasting – just let us know.
We have good contacts at several local riding stables that we can put you in touch with if you fancy a hack through the countryside.
There’s a local steam railway running trains from the market town of Tenterden to Bodiam Castle – this is very popular family day out as they often host special events – plenty of young campers have retired to their tents at night very happy indeed at having met the ‘real’ Thomas the Tank Engine. If you prefer a more sedate form of transport you can take a steam boat ride on the river Rother, or hire a row boat and go on your own journey.
We are surrounded by some beautiful beaches – there’s Camber Sands – where you’ll find the Kite Surfing Centre and if you head west you’ll find Rye Nature Reserve which boasts a variety of habitats and a wealth of wildlife. Further along the coast is the beautiful village of Winchelsea built on the bones of a medieval town, with a lovely beach and a fabulous view of Rye Bay.
If castles are your thing – you can take your pick around here! Bodiam Castle is very close by and offers a wonderful range of family activities during the school holidays and at weekends. There are castles at Camber, Rye and Pevensey too – each worth a visit. If your tastes are more horticulturally inclined then Great Dixter is just around the corner from our farm and Sissinghurst is close by too.
And if all that sounds too energetic then how about a wander around Hastings old town which you may recognise as the setting for ‘Foyle’s War’? If a spot of retail therapy is more your style then Rye has a gorgeous selection of antique shops perfect for mooching about in.
And whether it’s a lazy pub lunch, a full cream tea, or a slap-up dinner – there are plenty of places we can recommend for good grub!