We wanted to create somewhere truly luxurious, somewhere guests could stay year round and enjoy our landscape. It took us two years to bring the idea to life but here she is at last, a gorgeous retreat designed to be the ultimate space to relax in.
The Long View sits in a meadow known as The Eight Acres - because, you guessed, it's eight acres! It's actually the youngest of our wildflower meadows and we've brought it right to your door. The fully glazed end not only gives our guests a beautiful south facing 'Long View' but the bifold doors open to bring the outside in.
A Kingsize bed faces the view so you can lie in bed and watch the sunrise. The headboard of the bed forms a clever room partition. Behind it is a living space with table and chairs that stow when not in use and there's a fully equipped but perfectly compact kitchen area. For couples staying - there's a cosy corner to sit and read, but for families this sofa space becomes bunkbeds*. There's a wood burning stove to keep you toasty when the weather is chilly. The shower and loo is ensuite.
Outside there's a covered dining deck and a Kadai firebowl for you to cook outside or simply enjoy a campfire.
* Please note the top bunk is only suitable for children up to ten years old.
The kitchen area has a sink with hot and cold running water.
There's a mini fridge, two ring gas hob and a microwave.
A woodburning stove will keep you warm.
It has an ensuite shower, basin and flushing loo.
All linens and towels are provided.
Please note - there's limited power, so you can charge your phone but no hairdryers allowed!
Our breaks are self-catering. We provide tea, coffee, sugar, milk and cereal and kitchen condiments. Guests can order Breakfast Boxes and BBQ boxes before they arrive to make self-catering easier.
All our grocery boxes contain locally sourced produce, organic where possible. We have our own Glampsite Chef who offers a campsite catering service for our guests – meals delivered ready for reheating on your campfire.
Orders must be placed 24 hours’ in advance. Picnic lunches, afternoon teas, and special suppers are also available to pre-order. And if that doesn’t suit we aren’t too far from the local shop.View our catering options
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 experiece for a great escape away from the stresses and strains for modern city life and mod cons. Thank you!
Nadia & Claire
We look forward to welcoming you to Swallowtail Hill. If you'd like to chat about your stay then do get in touch, or you can find out more and make a booking using the links below.