With the countdown to the Easter Holidays underway we thought we’d do a little profile on our three off-grid properties that hibernate all winter and then reopen their doors for you in spring. If you’ve not stayed with us before it’ll give you a flavour of what they’re all about. We’ve still some availability left in April so here’s the S’Lowdown.
Want a short break with extended family, or your best friends? Then the twin cabins are the best choice for you. Wood and Penfold cabins are in the centre of the farm in a pretty paddock and the perfect shared area for a small group to socialise and eat together. The cabins are totally off grid – so there’s no power at all – we give you lanterns to light your accommodation and there are cooler boxes for your food. Each cabin can sleep four – there’s one double bed and two seating areas that convert to singles at night. These cabins are ideal if you have a little one still in a cot – as there is plenty of floor space inside. The woodburner inside will keep you toasty and there’s a gas hob and grill so you can make breakfast in the comfort of your own accommodation. Outside and tucked behind each cabin you have your own compost loo and gas powered shower. The central shared outdoor kitchen has hot and cold running water, a food prep and storage area, and a gas oven. There’s a shared, covered dining deck too – so you can all eat together. The paddock is flat and fenced with lots of room for little ones to run around and play games. Each cabin has a firepit for campfires and outdoor cooking and we supply all the equipment needed.
If sharing a space isn’t your cup of tea but you’re still looking for an off-grid adventure then Meadow Keeper’s Cottage is another space to consider, it sits between our two wildflower meadows next to a pond (fenced) and can sleep up to a family of four – there’s one small double bed and two seating benches that convert to slightly narrow singles night – perfect for young children. Again there’s no electricity and we provide lanterns and a cooler box, It has a gas hob and grill inside, along with a woodburning stove so you’ll keep nice and snug. Outside is a covered dining deck, a washing up station with hot and cold running water and your gas powered shower. A short walk away is your compost loo.
One of the things most commented on by our guests is how well equipped all of our accommodation is. It’s our view that if you’re going on holiday you don’t want to have to pack half your kitchen and bring it with you – this might be glamping but we want you to have everything you need to self cater easily.
Of course the really special thing about Swallowtail Hill is the landscape – you won’t find another place quite like us. We’re a 40 acre private nature reserve and everything we do here is about conservation – if you holiday with us you’re treading lightly on the planet as you do so.
There’s plenty more info and photos about all six of our special places to stay on the website, so why not have a browse and discover more!
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