The wild beauty of camping combined with full creature comforts and rustic-chic interiors
Part cabin, part modern magic, this cosy retreat sits upon a countryside farm and is secluded away in green woodlands, with views down to a lovely little pond, which reflects the sunlight and attracts birds and dragonflies. We whiled away our time here so happily, with lazy mornings on the terrace playing board games and drinking coffee, followed by long walks through the fields, then star-gazing around the fire pit as we BBQd. It was a perfect place to slow right down and recharge.
Architect Will (who grew up on the farm) has cleverly transformed his former childhood playroom into a chic bolthole with a fresh white palette and Scandi aesthetic. There are sheepskins draped over wooden chairs, gorgeous vintage pieces, ceramic crockery and organic toiletries. The little kitchenette is particularly cool, handcrafted, with a fridge of local goodies for your breakfast. But the real highlight is the glass-walled bathroom, which feels like a dive into nature itself.
Getting here: drive or train to Battle then taxi (10 mins).
The new bathroom extension was built using recycled/upcycled materials from the farm, and is well insulated with LED lighting. All on-site produce is from the farm/local.
- There’s a beautiful old farm shop and cafe up the track, where you can pre-order picnic and BBQ packs. We kept things simple and grabbed some local cheeses, dips, crackers and rosé, then hurried back to the cabin for a sunset picnic to watch the colour slowly drain from the sky.
- Country strolls lead out from the front door, and you can walk to the atmospheric Battle Abbey through the 1066 battlefields.
- There are some great pubs in the area. Recommended is Lamb Inn Wartling, a 16thC coaching inn run by a BBC antiques expert. The interiors are fabulous, as is the food. Book ahead.
- Spend a day in Rye (cobbled streets, brilliant independents). Climb the tower for an amazing panorama of the area. Or go to Hastings, for the pretty old town and colourful fishing huts.
- The coast is a 20-minute drive away (Bexhill, Hastings), though the owners recommend driving that bit further to Camber Sands, an enormous golden stretch with a neighbouring nature reserve.
- The farm offers some great workshops (book in advance), including baking, gardening, pottery, horse riding and flower arranging.