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While we aren't a conventional farm by any means, you will no doubt meet some of our animals during your stay.

Our animal family is very important to us. There are the sheep who graze the grassland and meadows helping to reseed them each year and encouraging diversity of species of wildflower and insect life; Peter, Dinky, Rose, Ivy and Frank.

We have two donkeys – George and Buttons who live a charmed life in a huge field and are endlessly curious about the day-to-day life on the farm.

Then there’s the playful pygmy goats – Frodo and Pippin; our wonderful pig Sue and some bantams to add to the mix too! And last but not least we have two boisterous bouncy Boxer dogs – Tilly and Mungo.

But the wild animals of the farm are super important too - you'll see all sorts of small mammals if you're patient, quiet and look closely enough - voles, weasels, stoats, rabbits, field mice. Then there are foxes and badgers, and a spectacular variety of feathered friends - from buzzards to barn owls and depending on the time of year you visit you may see our swallows or even hear the cuckoo.


Of course you’re welcome to wander around the farm and explore the landscape around you. If you’re keen walkers (or simply want to head for the village pub) we can provide you with maps and point you in the right direction! 


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From time to time we have additional activities on offer – keep an eye on our news page to see what else might be going on.


Woodland Fun

There's a nature trail around the farm for those of you interested in discovering more about the conservation work we do. Just pick up a guide from our honesty shop and take yourself off on an adventure.


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Nature Walks

You can hire a pond dipping kit or a mini beast hunting kit if you're keen for more outdoor adventures.There are also always a range of spotter sheets and outdoor activity suggestions in our shop for our young visitors to discover.

What Our Guests Say

I am in love with this place! This place is perfection! Wonderful hosts too. Can't wait to come back for more adventures. A slice of heaven in the world - it will always be a special place for us both.

Sam & MJ

Perfect, idyllic, lovely and special times together.

Sheena and Lenny

The best pork pie we've ever eaten! We couldn't eat it all on our picnic (you don't underfeed do you!), so we're taking the rest home with us - delicious. Thank you.

Amanda & Michael

Wow – the Meadow Keeper’s Cottage is a work of genius. A beautiful, peaceful, setting and a most relaxing of places to stay. We loved every minute of it. Will definitely be back in the future.

Em & Dom

Brilliant weekend in Woodcutter’s Cottage. Very peaceful and left feeling purified, living in London as we do. Showered in sleet the first morning and frost the next, but the shower was toasty and invigorating.

Joe & Zoe Sharpe

The kids have loved the freedom here, the experiences, not to mention feeding the animals. Thank you for sharing this with us.

The Toppers

The most amazing weekend, so magical! Sarah & Christopher are the pefect hosts and couldn't have made our time here more special. Had our own private dinner in the Hill Top Tent watching the sun go down and my boyfriend proposed! Will never forget our stay here!

Dom & Matt

What a find! Exactly what we needed for a few days. Time together, no business, no children and time with a book. Sarah and Christopher thank you for your great hospitality. Rye – thank you for the great shops. Lunch at the George was fab. The experience has been fantastic and I’d like to think we’ll see you again one day.

Mary & Nick

We had a wonderful few days staying in the cottage, playing games and toasting marshmallows and running in the sand dune of Camber Sands - thank you.

The Whitings

Very much enjoyed our stay and also the boat trip to Bodiam; the science observatory at Herstmonceaux; and the rare breeds centre as well as fish & chips on the beach at Winchelsea. Many thanks!

Katie & Co.

Thank you for such a wonderful stay in your beautiful Meadow Keeper's Cottage. It's just the sweetest hideaway with some amazing touches. The area is stunning we visited Rye, Bodiam Castle and had a great meal at The Ferry Inn. A very special way to spend our first wedding anniversary.

Cathy & James

What a way to celebrate a 70th birthday, back to nature with most of the family. We had glorious weather too. Thank yoy for a great weekend!

Tish & John

Thank you for the beautiful setting and the most perfect wedding day. What a beautiful place to wake up as Mr & Mrs. We first fell in love with Swallowtail Hill two years ago - we'll definitely be back. Magical!

Hannah & Lee

Loved our time with you – thank you so much! Really relaxing just being here and got super lucky with the weather. Cooked an extravaganza on the campfire on two occasions, loved feeding the gorgeous animals, and waking up with the dawn to foxes, bird song, squirrels and sheep. Beautifully snug. Thank you so much.

Marie-Louise, Becca & Suko

A unique experience for a great escape away from the stresses and strains for modern city life and mod cons. Thank you!

Nadia & Claire

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