First it was cold, then it was wet, then it was cold and wet. Twenty years ago I’d have rolled my eyes at this version of myself, the version who endlessly talks about the weather. My qualifications for weather scrutiny are first and foremost that I’m British – it’s genetic isn’t it? Second to that is that I live on a farm, and third that I run a glamping business. All of these things conspire to make me possibly the last person on everyone’s dinner party invite list - unless of course you want to hear my latest musings on the best welly boots to withstand UK winters on waterlogged clay soil – No? Thought not!Read More
Some of you like to explore the area while you're here so here's a roundup of our favourite things to do on a winter weekend to inspire you!Read More
I feel like I run on adrenaline most days, and without a day without power earlier this week followed by a day without water - we certainly know what it feels like to live off the beaten track.Read More
This time of year is full of ritual - some traditional, some just peculiar to our own homes and families, but all of them observed, enjoyed or treasured in some way that is meaningful to us.Read More
If you’d like to gift something a little more sustainable and special this Christmas a Swallowtail Hill gift voucher might just be the perfect gift option for a loved one!Read More
Other snippets of news for you - I’ve decided to turn a section of the vegetable patch into a cutting garden and have been busy planting up masses of bulbs in one of the beds so hopefully we’ll have a colourful display of tulips come the spring.Read More
With thoughts turning to Christmas and gift giving, this month we thought we'd feature Simply Rye. It’s hands down our most favourite emporiumRead More
‘Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la! If you’re wondering how to spend Christmas in a different way this year, then a trip to Swallowtail Hill might be just what you’re looking for. Three of our special places stay open throughout the year and Christmas and New Year in a cabin might be the experience you didn’t know you needed!
Christmas in Rye is our spirited festive weekend which we locals champion but we also love to share with visitors who can’t resist a bit of olde worlde charm combined with gorgeous shops and an artistic vibe.Read More
I love the landscape at this time of year. The farm is a warm glow of golds and reds and coppers in the autumn sunlight. The hedgerow fruited early this year but there are still plenty of haws and rosehips for the birds to enjoy even though the damsons and blackberries are long gone. Apples are in abundance in our orchard and we spent the weekend harvesting and storing them for the winter ahead.Read More
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 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.
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