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We hope that you'll have already found out much of what you need to know about staying at Swallowtail Hill...

...but if you can't find the answer to a question here's a little list of things we often get asked.  

If you still can't find the info you need - then get in touch using our contact form, or call us on 01797 260 890.

Things We're Often Asked

What's the nearest train station?

Rye is the nearest train station - six miles away. It's not on a direct line from London. Trains from London run into Ashford International and then there is a connecting train to Rye.

Is there car parking on site?

Yes, guests park in our barnyard area and we transport you and your luggage to your accommodation. We collect you and return you to your car when you check-out. Farm vehicles are the only vehicles allowed on site.  

Where can I charge my phone?

We are off-grid which means there is no electricity in any of our accommodation. There are power points in our honesty shop which guests may use to charge their phones but you leave your phone at your own risk.

Do you accept dogs / pets?

No I'm afraid not.  We have a strict no dogs/ pets policy. While we're dog lovers, we are also a working farm with livestock, and experience has taught us that it's just not worth the risk no matter how well behaved the dog.

Is your site wheelchair accessible?

We welcome everyone at Swallowtail Hill and will always do our very best to accommodate all but we do need to point out that our landscape isn’t the easiest for those with special access needs.

There are no concrete/tarmac paths, there are steps up to all of our accommodation spaces and steps up to our compost loos.

Three of our cabins are at the foot of a very steep hill and the fourth is in a wood. Our conservation work here requires that the environment is left as natural as possible, this requires the loos/accommodation spaces to be mobile which necessarily means they are raised from the ground and on wheels / chassis / skids - so access could be difficult for those with additional mobility needs.

Is there room for a family of five in any accommodation?

The cottages-on-wheels can only accommodate a maximum of two adults and two children. The two cabins (Wood & Penfold) have floor space for a fifth person or infant to be accommodated - either with an inflatable mattress on the floor, or a travel cot.

Please ask before you book.

Are your pillows feather?

No - all our bedding is hypoallergenic.

Do your cabins and cottages-on-wheels have smoke/carbon monoxide alarms?

Yes, all of our accommodation has both smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Each is also equipped with a fire extinguisher and a fire blanket.

Are the ponds on the farm fenced off?

No, not all of them. The ponds which are closest to accommodation spaces are fenced, but others you may discover and enjoy as you walk around the farm are left open and the landscape unspoiled. We provide a map of the farm so you can see where the ponds are. Please ensure your children are supervised. 

How close are the cabins and the cottages-on-wheels?

Please take a look at our farm map. You'll see that the two cabins are in a shared paddock centrally located on our farm, each of the cottages-on-wheels sits alone and about five minutes' walk from the cabins, and about eight minutes' walk from the barnyard where you leave your car.

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 experiece 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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