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Your break at Swallowtail Hill can be as active as you choose – there’s lots to enjoy in the area.

Rye is our closest town, one of the famous Cinque Ports, it is now two miles inland and is a walled citadel with cobbled streets. There are plenty of quirky shops and eateries – perfect for an afternoon of mooching about. You can hire bikes from Rye and pedal down to Winchelsea or take yourself off for a day at Camber Sands.

The Kent & East Sussex steam railway runs from market town of Tenterden to Bodiam Castle and is a very popular family outing. Across the year it holds themed days and events with on-train specials including cream teas, fish and chip suppers, Easter egg trails, Fright Night at Halloween, and the annual 1940s weekend of wartime nostalgia. 

Bodiam Boating Station at Newenden offers lovely river boat cruises to Rye and Bodiam Castle aboard the M.V. Dannie Lea. You can also hire row boats, kayaks, canoes and SUP boards for a fun afternoon on the water.

Hastings is half an hour’s drive from the farm, and the old town – which you might recognise as the setting for Foyles War - is worth exploring. There are antique shops and vintage stores worth rummaging in and plenty of bars and restaurants including Porters Wine Bar – famous for its live music. The award winning Jerwood Gallery is located right next to the historic fishing beach in the old town and is home to a collection of 20th and 21st Century British art.

 




 

Giddy Up!

Want a riding lesson or a hack through the countryside? Maybe even a picnic ride for a hen weekend? We recommend Grove Farm Riding School.

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Grove Farm:

...is located in the village of Iden, around 15 minutes' drive from the farm.

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Green Fingers?

If you’re horticulturally inclined then Great Dixter is just around the corner from our farm, and Sissinghurst is less than half an hour away.  The romantic English landscaping of Pashley Manor, and The Walled Nursery with its 13 Victorian Glasshouses are close by.

Festival Fun

Throughout the year there are local festivals well worth a visit.
 
The Jack in the Green Festival in Hastings across the May Day bank holiday is something you won’t have seen anywhere else. Described as 'the celebration of Morris dancing and traditional merriment, centering on the symbolic figure of Jack in the Green and culminating in a wild costumed parade - one of the most bizarre in Britain', it’s certainly a family day out like no other.
 
Rye Jazz runs an impressive programme of gigs and concerts in the town throughout the year with events taking place in the atmospheric venue of St Mary’s Church.
 
Rye Arts Festival runs for two weeks in September and offers a diverse range of events and exhibitions.
 
Hastings Old Town Carnival Week (July/August) is a week of exciting events including walking tours, treasure trails, art shows, pram racing, live music and street parties and culminates with a Grand Carnival Procession. It’s been running since 1968 and is hugely popular.

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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