We so often see children arrive for their holidays glued to devices, horrified to discover that there’s no tv in their cabin – but when they leave, smiling and joyful having spent time getting muddy, building dens, following animal footprints and collecting leaves and sticks – then we know we’re doing something right.Read More
The Globe shares many of the values we hold dear at Swallowtail Hill. First – all of their food is locally sourced. They champion local producers, ensuring that all of the food they cook is humanely reared and traceable ‘down to the boat, farm, field or flock’.Read More
This time of year is when many of us start planning holidays, so it felt pretty timely for us to talk about green tourism, given that’s the sector Swallowtail Hill sits in.Read More
At this time of year our feathered friends could do with a helping hand. Many of us already have bird feeders in our gardens or on our patios, window sills or balconies. But if you don’t already have one – here’s an easy peasy way to make your own.Read More
Is it any wonder many of us feel the January blues when we’re surrounded by messages telling us to dive into the new year full of vim and vigour and reinvent ourselves, as though our existing selves just aren’t good enough?Read More
At the moment we have 20 ewes grazing the Poor Field, last month they had a ram in with them for mating – or tupping as it’s known. Ewes are only in season once a year and tupping usually begins in November and means lambs will be born 145 days after pregnancy occurs – just in time for springRead More
I bet you didn’t know what we have a perfectly bijoux venue in town where you can enjoy live music, comedy and entertainment? It really is Rye’s best kept secret – but we’re telling you because we share all the best local places with our favourite people!Read More
The menu changes regularly, good coffee and wine is a given and it’s the friendliest little place with a gorgeous interior.Read More
The animals are experts in seeking out a warm spot to enjoy the afternoon sunshine – the donkeys in particular like hanging out in the greenhouse – they aren’t daft, they use it as their own private solarium!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