Meadow keeper's Cottage | Sussex | Canopy & Stars

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Meadow keeper's Cottage - Sussex

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Swallowtail Hill

Suitable for children of all ages

Not suitable for pets

Kids are more than welcome at Swallowtail Hill, but pets cannot be accommodated

A crooked country cottage on wheels at Swallowtail Hill Farm... Feed the animals their breakfast, or just laze in the meadow and get up late

Meadow Keeper’s cottage is a one-off. Hand-built by a local joiner and craftsman, with timber sourced from local woods, the only way to describe it is ‘a higgledy piggeldy cottage on wheels’. It’s a roomy four person space done out with the same care and attention as the Swallowtail Hill Farm bell tents, with a double bed, two singles that double up as benches, a dining table between them, an indoor cooking area with sink, a small wardrobe and, for chilly evenings, a log burner.

Open the stable doors, and go down the steps to your own fire pit and outdoor dining area. Just to the side is your own Heath Robinson looking (but extremely effective) log fired shower, and opposite is a tranquil wildlife pond with a small row boat for you to enjoy. The Cottage sits between two wildflower meadows, and is invisible from anywhere else on the farm.

Our guests say...

Wonderful! A real escape. A beautiful location & wonderful cottage.



We had a lovely stay at Meadow Keepers Cottage after the madness of getting married. It was wonderful to get away from emails and calls, having no service at the cabin! Cooking on the bonfire was relaxing and we were ready for bed as soon as the owl began to hoot at dusk. We spent a lot of time in Rye which was 10 minutes away, rummaging in antique shops and having tea and cake. We also visited camber sands and collected shells on the beach and took a trip to Bodiam Castle which was great. we didn't want to leave the peace and quiet and come home.



Pretty place and lovely hosts. The weather (poured with rain for the whole stay) made it interesting... but the fires kept us cosy!



We had a lovely weekend at Swallowtail Hill Farm. The Meadow's Keeper Cottage is beautiful and very cosy. We also had fun feeding animals. All the food we ordered was very fresh and very tasty.



We absolutely loved this place - the peace and tranquillity you can find no where else. The kids loved the rowing boat on the pond and the adults enjoyed leaving the hustle and bustle behind and just enjoying the meadows and open space. The accommodation was fantastic - rustic charm and comfortable and cosy. We loved the fire pit to cook on and the shower; even the compost loo was manageable! Sarah was very friendly and cheerful - she clearly and rightly so is very proud of her farm and what it stands for - and the food was great. All in all a fantastic break and would love to come back again....



This stay was part of a series of surprises for my husbands 40th birthday. We arrived at the farm where we were met by Sarah, the owner. After explaining a few practicalities she drove us and our luggage down the hill on a winding track through fields and woodland into the valley where in the distance we suddently spotted the most magical looking little cottage nestled in the middle of the most beautiful meadows. My husband was over the moon with excitement as was I. Meadow Keepers Cottage is cute and practical. Everything we needed was there. On my husbands birthday I had arranged for Sarah to set up a surprise picnic on top of a nearby hill overlooking the surrounding area where we were joined by family members . It was magical, the food was homemade and very tasty and the setting was perfect. Later that evening after we returned fr a meal in nearby Rye Sarah and team had again prepared the hill top area for us with a fire pit, laterns, candles, torches, wine, cheese, nibbles and blankets to keep us warm. The stargazing was a perfect end to a wonderful day and an unforgettable stay at Swallowtail Hill/Meadow keepers Cottage.



Had a lovely 2 night stay. Great secluded spot by the pond. Cottage full of character. Didn't bother leaving as we were so relaxed!



Oh my goodness! What a truly beautiful place - total relaxation and seclusion. The cottage was so cute and very comfortable. I even managed to 'sail' myself around the little pond a few times much to my friends amusement. I'd rather nobody else ever stayed there is it could be all mine but that would be selfish! Absolutely recommend Meadow Keeper's Cottage to anyone with a love of the outdoors, quirky and beautiful things.



"The most idylic location which looks beautiful even in the cold! The children loved being outdoors and away from the concrete jungle of where they live. Remote yet not completely isolated so we didn't feel we couldn't get in touch with someone. The owners of the farm are by far the most fantastic hosts I've met, Sarah made my children feel welcome and they enjoyed their time with her and feeding the rescue animals"



"We had an amazing stay. This place allowed us to enjoy all the wonderful things about camping and none of the horrible things. A proper roof and beds, gas hob in case of rain but still the fun of an outdoor fire and cooking. Our kids loved feeding the animals with Sarah. An honesty shop for logs and foods supplies was much appreciated."



"We very much enjoyed our stay. From the first moment the Meadowkeeper's Cottage offered us a peaceful and tranquil environment in the middle of fields and woodland. Totally off grid, we were able to rest up over the weekend"



"We loved our stay at the Meadowkeepers Cottage at Swallowtail Hill Farm. The cottage was picture perfect and had everything we could wish for, room for our two lively boys to run about, a small idyllic lake with a little boat, daily feeding of the animals and completely secluded and relaxing allowing us a much needed rest and some quality family time without the distractions of modern life. The children loved it, and while they both enjoyed days at the beach and local attractions such as Bodiam Castle and the steam train, they were always thrilled to 'come home' to the 'wendy house' or the 'squash and a squeeze cottage' as my littlest called it. And for us exhausted adults, what could be more romantic than sitting by a roaring campfire on a beautiful summers evening, holding hands and looking at the stars. Our hosts were efficient, friendly and keen to ensure that our stay was as pleasant as possible. Swallowtail Hill is beautiful and we would definitely consider returning. We are keen to convince the rest of the family to join us in sharing the experience in the cabins."



"Enjoyed our  stay very much indeed.  Lovely and quiet.  Could see the stars extremely well.  Didn't see anybody whilst staying apart from hosts at beginning and end of stay.  Comfortable accommodation with enough facilities.  Loved it and would go again."



"Beautiful place. Very child friendly would go again!"



"We had a wonderful stay; we were looking for perfect isolation and we got it. Christopher and Sarah were on hand and made sure we were properly set up and knew how to use the facilities. We could have happily stayed for much longer."



"We loved it. The hosts were really kind and helpful. The cottage was magical and the kids loved feeding the animals."



"We had a wonderful time, the farm was beautiful, and Sarah and Christopher were really friendly and made us feel very welcome. I loved to see the wildflower meadows, ponds and woods and all of us loved the seclusion that Meadow Keepers Cottage gave us. We had lots of fun and will definitely go back."



"It exceeded our expectations. Sarah and Christopher were welcoming offering a great balance of support and privacy. The cottage and facilities were perfect and we couldn't have had a better time."



"We had such an amazing time. Sarah couldn't have been more welcoming or accommodating and really made our stay truly wonderful. The children declared it their 'best holiday EVER'; being able to help feed the animals in the morning and being allowed to run wild, make campfires and play in what they called the 'Squash and Squeeze' house (Meadow Keepers Cottage) really blew the winter cobwebs away. Don't get me wrong...the weather was freezing but there was so much fun stuff to do and to be able to crawl into a warm, comfortable bed after a long day and a few glasses of red by the fire (me, not the kids!) the weather was simply irrelevant! Great places nearby to visit too when a change of scenery was needed. Fantastic!"



"Utterly brilliant! Back to basics but in the most glampingly fantastic way! Meadowkeepers Cottage was imaginative and cosy, wonderfully inspiring break! Best: cosy cottage, setting, hosts and location. Worst: coming home."



"It was amazing,Sarah and Christopher were fantastic hosts. They were extremely friendly and were great with my 5 year old daughter and let her join in with feeding the animals and the meadow keepers cottage was fabulously quirky."



"Our stay was amazing, we can't wait to return for another weekend.  The owners were really friendly and helpful. The cabin was beautiful and contained everything we needed.  The compost loo & wood-burning stove made our stay really comfortable.  We would have been happy to move in permanently!"



"Had a fantastic time at Swallowtail Hill Farm, our children loved the Meadow keeper's Cottage with its pond, log fired shower and compost toilet - all new experiences for them.  The opportunity for our 3 year old to become a junior farmer and help out at animal feeding times was brilliant, he thoroughly enjoyed this."


Peter and Khiera

" Sarah and Christopher were absolutely lovely. My son Jack enjoyed feeding the animals but most of all riding in the back of the pick up! (I joined him on the trip back up the lane and also, like a 42 year old child, loved that bit too!)   The Meadowkeeper's Cottage was idyllic! Really, like something out of a fairy tale...we loved using the boat on the pond and lighting and cooking on the fire. The hot water system was a simple genius of physics which I think should be included in the National Curriculum! Wonderful! Just like living in a scene from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang....    A wonderful stay. We will return!"



"We all had a thoroughly brilliant time and the kids were very very sad to leave. The cottage was just perfect in an idyllic location and the kids loved feeding the animals. We also really appreciated the hospitality of Sarah and Christopher, it really made a big difference to our weekend."



"Absolutely loved the place. We both want to go back and had one the best holidays we have ever been on. Loved the animals and the eco-friendliness of the whole farm. We are telling all our friends about it."


Tim & Hannah

"We had a very magical stay at The Meadowkeepers Cottage at Swallowtail Hill. Sarah was ultra helpful before we arrived and we were left to our own devices once we had settled in or could pop up to the farmhouse at anytime if we needed to. The Cottage is well appointed and the outdoor shower is lovely to use listening to the birds singing nearby and the wind through the rushes. We had a torrential downpour on the Saturday night and even that didn't dampen our spirits! It was absolutely perfect and made all the more so because we got engaged on the Friday night in front of the Campfire!"



"The setting was beautiful and so peaceful. We felt away from everyone and everything completely. The care and attention put into building the cottage was first class. It was beautiful. I loved heating the water ourselves and really respected their eco-friendly approach. Sarah and Chris were such friendly hosts and so great with the children who loved feeding the animals - especially the great big pigs, with apples picked from trees in their orchard. We never go back to the same place - but are making a complete exception with this place. It's going to be our secret escape (although, thinking about it, we've already told loads of people)!"



"My daughter and I absolutely loved it. From the moment we arrived at Rye station we were met by Christopher, he had to do two journeys as we missed the connection at Ashford, but they didn't mind the slightest. As soon as we arrived, my daughter went straight to feeding the animals. We were then taken to the cottage which was in the most idyllic setting. It was well equipped and furnished. I was taught how to light the campfire and the woodburning eco water heater. The surprise element was the beautiful pond with the little row boat. Not only was it a relaxing trip but also an educational one, we learnt so much about what they're trying to achieve on their eco friendly farm. The Broadbents were friendly and welcoming and we've already planned our next visit."



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