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Essentials

The important stuff

  • Check in is between 4pm-6pm. Please ring with your expected arrival time. There will be nobody on site after 6pm, but if you need to arrive later, a special late check in can be arranged for a fee of £15.
  • Check out is at 10am
  • Bring wellies or other outdoorsy shoes!
  • This is a working farm with livestock, dogs etc around
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • 1 double, 2 camp beds

Extra space available

Space for 1 baby no charge.

Kids & Pets

Children are very welcome at Glottenham. We’re sorry, due to livestock/other dogs this place isn’t suitable for pets.

Cooking

  • Campfire tripod and grill firepit in private outdoor kitchen area
  • A starter supply of wood is provided, more can be purchased from Emma on site
  • Gas stove
  • Coolbox
  • Washing up bowl and full Aquaroll water container

Washing

  • Outdoor shower with Ecotemp boiler - hot, but open to the sky! Shared with other spaces.
  • Compost loo, shared with other spaces

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • 1 double bed, 2 sturdy camp beds with sheepskins, all linen provided.
  • Wood burning stove for heating
  • Solar lanterns and rechargable LED lighting

Entertainment

  • Books 
  • Join the rest and help out on the farm!
  • Woodland & bushcraft courses (see ‘Things to do’)

Activities

At Glottenham

Help on the farm is always appreciated – join the keen WWOOFers and Care Farm guests (therapeutic farming) in lending a hand. There are always dogs to be walked...

Rainy days

Relax in the reception yurt with a cup of coffee, read the books on the shelves, meet and socialise with other guests; alternatively there is a small cinema not far away where you can drink wine!

Places to visit

Hastings

The local medieval village of Robertsbridge

Bodiam Castle

Batemans, home of Rudyard Kipling

Historic town of Battle, site of Battle of Hastings, Battle Abbey

Hastings Old Town lots of independent shops, bars and restaurants

Local award-winning vineyards

Outdoors & Active

Footpaths running through the farm link walks in farm and woodland, from Robertsbridge to Mountfield, and up to Darwel resevoir.

Bewl Water and watersports

Bedgebury Pinetum and Bedgebury Forest, with Go Ape! Tarzan swings and zip wires and cycling

Horseriding at Beauport Park

Lots and lots of National Trust woodland

Festivals & events

Jack-in-the-Green, Hastings

Look out for the annual Jack-in-the-Green in Hastings on the first weekend in May - a weekend of welcoming the summer, with folk music, dancing and of course the pagan symbol of Jack-in-the-Green himself touring the town. 

Hastings Pirate Day in July is great fun and hugely popular - head down with your best eyepatch and cutlass! Not sure? Check out last year's festival here. 

Click here for details of other local festivals throughout the year. 

There are plenty of events listed here too: "Tweed and Tea" cycle rides, shrimping on the coast, and live music and theatre... 

Courses & classes

By arrangement, Emma and /or Rob can fix you up with the following:

Woodland craft / survival skills.

Herbal medicine walks and talks

Wild foraging and cooking

Seasonal cooking

Massage and other therapies

Painting/art courses

Food & Drink

At Glottenham

Hampers (breakfast or picnic) and farm-produced meat (lamb or beef) can be arranged on request, as well as local sausages, bacon, game, chicken, eggs if the chickens have been laying, veg from the garden, home made cakes, bread, deli items, milk, etc can all be arranged. A pizza oven is currently being constructed - look out for pizza night! Cider made in the local village, and wine from nearby organic vineyards.

All firewood/gas is included, and locally produced charcoal (made by friends in the village) can be purchased.

Pubs & restaurants

Within walkable distance

The George, Robertsbridge

Salehurst Halt, Robertsbridge

Seven Stars, Robertsbridge (local brewery pub!)

Award winning Judges Bakery tea rooms newly opened in the village

Nearby and well worth a visit

The Curlew restaurant, Bodiam, East Sussex

The Greathouse Hawkhurst

The Pilgrims Rest, Battle

The White Dog Inn

Nobles Restaurant

The town of Battle has Simply Italian, coffee shops, takeaways, pubs and cafes. Further afield, there are many fine restaurants and fish straight from the boats down in Hastings old town or Rye.

Meet your hosts

Glottenham Farm

Glottenham is 160 acre family working farm set in the High Weald area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is a mixed farm, with around 20 acres of woodland, plus arable and grazing for sheep and Sussex beef cattle. There are a handful of chickens, plus a mischevous Indian Runner duck that resists rehoming and just keeps coming back...

The farm lies on a hill between two valleys, with streams on each side. The local ironwork research group has identified the site of an ancient bloomery site in Glottenham stream, probably dating from Roman times, and the woodland was probably planted by the Romans as it is predominantly hornbeam, which makes the best charcoal for this purpose. It is a very historical landscape, with ancient sunken roads dating from pre-medieval times, and archaeological finds from prehistory. At the highest point is the site of Glottenham Castle, a scheduled monument. The medieval castle itself was removed in the 16th century, but most of the camps lie within the archaeological area surrounding the castle, where the medieval boundary ditches and banks are still in evidence, as well as platforms which were again used for charcoal making or ironworking. Rob and Emma are creating a wetland area, restoring another ancient feature of the farm – huge dams border the upper wetland field, which date back at least 600 years, and created lakes for game and fish for previous occupants.

By the 19th century Glottenham was famous for its hop growing, and at this time it was owned by the family of Barbara Leigh Smith Boudichon, a leading light in the women’s rights movement, artist and educationalist and cousin of Florence Nightingale. This bohemian family had connections with the pre-raphaelies, and Christina Rossetti stayed at Glottenham and wrote poetically of her stay, “the greenness and flowers to refresh our London eyes, and a small population of beasts and birds around us.”

Initially the farm continued the tradition of growing hops, and even used the oast house for drying. Sadly the demise of the hop industry left Glottenham, like many other farms, in decline, and this coincided with the retirement of Robert’s parents. Emma and Rob were offered the chance to take over the management a couple of years ago, and after thinking about which direction to take, felt that they wanted to become involved in the HLS scheme, and to run educational courses for schools. They obviously love the farm and appreciate its environment, and feel that it would be a great place for people to be able to get away from the bustle and stresses of everyday life.

The farm has recently gone into the Higher Level Stewardship scheme and some of the woodland is under a forestry commission woodland management plan. From early autumn through to late spring, an educational access program which offers free outdoor learning to local groups and schools, as well as several different Care Farming projects, which offer therapeutic farming and countryside opportunities for vulnerable children and adults. There's a large family veg plot, and a pheasant shoot is run during the winter (so you may meet the young ones) with all pheasant going to local restaurants or being sold privately. The gamekeeper also supplies other game, such as duck and venison.

Old maps show the historical boundaries of the farm have remained the same to the present day, meaning it retains an unusual, unspoilt natural beauty.

Your hosts

Robert previously ran the hop production at the farm, but retrained in IT as a temporary measure when that industry collapsed. He is particularly interested in increasing the wildlife biodiversity on the farm, and manages the agricultural side of the HLS scheme. He is also keen to get more involved in the woodland management – a plan which is finally coming to fruition with the forestry commission. In addition he has been training in many bushcraft and woodland skills to enable him to pass these on during our educational visits.

Emma is a qualified medical herbalist, and also designs and manufactures children’s clothes, cloth nappies and hand dyed yarns. She is responsible for running the educational access, the care farming and the campsite, as well as farm administration. She has undertaken farm and care leader qualifications, and is working towards achieving forest school and outdoor education leader certification too.

They have two children – Jasmine, 12, who’s driving ambition is to have a pony, and Jack, 6, who is director of mud and sticks. Watching how they can keep themselves happy for hours in the woods is one of the driving forces behind their decision to give more children the freedom to roam, discover, and learn within the countryside.

Wildlife & the environment

The farm is within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and has recently been taken into DEFRAs Higher Level Stewardship scheme. The wetland area is home to at risk species of wading birds, such as snipe and lapwing, and will hopefully soon be attracting grey partridge and tree sparrows. There are also turtle doves and woodland bees. The woods are ancient, semi-natural woodland, mainly hornbeam, as well as newer plantation woods of mixed deciduous species. All the woodland is under a forestry commission woodland management plan. The High Weald Woodland archaeology unit has identified many interesting features within the landscape, and a British Museum archaeologist worked with Glottenham both last year and this to discover more about its heritage, to uncover many finds, and to help create some educational tools and facilities.

Getting there

Glottenham Farm, Bishops Lane, Robertsbridge, Sussex, TN32 5EB

By train

The nearest station is Robertsbridge, approx. 2 miles away. Pick ups may be possible by arrangement at a cost of £10 each way.

By car

NB: Sat nav will take you to the lane, but it gets complicated after that!
 

From London

Take the A21 from M25, heading south to Hastings. At HURST GREEN carry on through the village and down the hill. Cross the roundabout (don’t turn into Robertsbridge village) and continue approx 1 mile up the hill. Take first turning on right, signposted to Robertsbridge, then first left into Heathfield Gardens.

Follow the road through the houses and, before you go under the railway bridge, there is a lane to the left, signposted to Glottenham Nursing Home (we may well have a Glottenham Farm sign soon!) Carry on up the farm lane for a mile, and go up the hill at the end.

You will pass an oast house on your left, and the road splits into 3. Take the right hand fork and continue straight up and past the large farm barn. Continue along the farm track and parking/reception will be marked after approx 500 yards.

Once you have checked in you can park nearer to your space if you don't mind taking your car along the farm track.

Booking Terms

Canopy & Stars low price promise
 
Book with us in confidence knowing you won’t find that place cheaper elsewhere. All of the prices we display are set and matched by our Owners. (In this world of foreign currency, we do have to say 'subject to exchange rates' for some of our European places.)

What does ‘from price’ mean?
 
Our ‘from price’ is based on a four night stay in low season and designed to help you to compare different prices across our collection. Some of our Owners vary their nightly rates and check in days throughout the year, so it may differ from the rate quoted below the calendar. It is quite common (although by no means universal) for places to charge a little more in peak season or for shorter stays, to cover changeover costs. Consider booking longer stays during the cooler months if you’re looking for the lowest nightly rates.

Agency Terms & Conditions

Except where otherwise specified, we Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd Company No 09088366 of Merchants House, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RW act only as an Agent in respect of all bookings we take and/or make on your behalf. Sawday’s Canopy & Stars is part of the Alastair Sawday’s Group of Companies. We accept no liability in relation to any contract you enter into or for any services or arrangements you purchase (“Booking(s)”) or for the acts or omissions of any supplier(s) or other person(s) or party(ies) connected with any Booking. For all Bookings, your contract will be with the supplier of the Booking in question, and in most cases this will be the owner of the property you’ll be staying at (“Owner(s)”). When making your Booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the Owner of the Booking. Your Booking with us is subject to these Agency Terms & Conditions and any specific booking conditions of the relevant Owner(s) you contract with. The Owner’s booking conditions may limit and/or exclude the Owner’s liability to you.

You may decide to make more than one Booking with us at the same time. The price charged in total for more than one Booking will always equal the prices charged separately for each individual Booking. All Bookings are available to be purchased separately at the same price as they are when more than one Booking is made. This means that any multiple Bookings do not constitute a package as defined in the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

By making a booking, you agree that:-

  1. you have read these Agency Terms & Conditions and agree to be bound by them;
  2. you consent to our use of your information in accordance with our Privacy Policy;

and

  1. you are over 18 years of age and where there may be age restrictions in place, you declare that you and all members of your party are of the appropriate age.

 

The Canopy & Stars online booking system enables Guests to make Bookings 24 hours a day. A Booking is confirmed on receipt of a 25% non-refundable deposit for all Bookings with check in dates of more than 10 weeks away. For all Bookings that have a check in date of less than 10 weeks before check in, payment for the Booking will be required in full and the entire Booking will be non-refundable. The Canopy & Stars telephone booking line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. When using the online enquiry form, for those Properties without online booking, please allow 24 working hours for us to contact you by telephone to confirm the Booking. If we are unable to reach you by phone we will attempt to contact you by email. We will contact you during Canopy & Stars working hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm). Online or email enquiries will be dealt with in the order they are received, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee reservation of your selected dates until the receipt of suitable payment. Therefore, if possible, we do recommend that you book on the Canopy & Stars website using the online booking system.

 

1. Booking and payments

 

1.1 In order to confirm your chosen Booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit as required by the Owner of the Booking in question (or full payment if booking within 10 weeks of the date of your check-in).

 

1.2 Your Booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the Owner will exist when we receive payment of the deposit and send you a booking confirmation on the Owner’s behalf. This booking confirmation will normally be sent out within 24 hours in the case of email and seven working days in the case of post, and will contain the details of your Booking and of payments made and due. If you have not received your booking confirmation within the specified time, please notify us as soon as possible by email (bookings@canopyandstars.co.uk). Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to us immediately. As we act only as booking Agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us.

 

1.3 We're sorry for any inconvenience, but payments can only be made by credit and debit cards. A 2% surcharge will be applied to credit cards. We do not accept American Express, cheques or cash.

 

1.4 Where a deposit has been paid, full balance payment will be due 10 weeks in advance of your check in date and a reminder will be sent to you two weeks prior to this date, where applicable, by email. We automatically take the balance payment using the same card as used to make the deposit payment. It is your reponsibility to advise us if we should use a different card and to contact us by telephone (0117 204 7830) to arrange for alternative payment method. If the balance payment does not successfully go through as there is a problem with your card, such as it expiring, then we will contact you to try and take alternative payment. If we have been unable to take payment after two weeks of the balance due date, then with regret, we will notify the Owner who may cancel your Booking.

 

1.5 Except where otherwise advised or stated in the booking conditions of the Owner concerned, all monies you pay to us for a Booking will be held on behalf of the Owner(s) concerned.

 

1.6 Credit Card payments are processed via Alastair Sawday’s Publishing Co. Ltd who provide merchants services facilities to Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd.

 

2. Cancellation and Amendment by You

 

2.1 Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us by email (bookings@canopyandstars.co.uk) and will be considered and responded to within one working day of receipt. You are also advised to confirm all changes to our Customer Services Department by calling 0117 204 7830. Please ensure that you have received written confirmation of any changes to your Booking prior to travel. Whilst we will always try to help, we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met.

 

2.2 Amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the booking conditions of the Owner of your Arrangements. The Owner may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their booking conditions (which may be as much as 100% of the cost of the Arrangements and will normally increase closer to the date of departure). The Owner may charge cancellation or amendment charges in accordance with its own booking conditions, however for the sake of convenience only, we have outlined the Owner’s charges at clause 2.3 and 2.4 below. Please note that these are the Owner’s own cancellation and amendments charges, not Canopy & Stars’, and therefore the Owner may vary their charges as they wish, without notice to us. The correct charges will be notified to you at the time of your cancellation or amendments.  

 

2.3 Owner’s General Cancellation Charges:

2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.

 

2.3.2 All monies paid for a holiday (deposit and balance) are non-refundable within 10 weeks before check in date.

 

2.3.3 Cancellation of any holiday after it has been paid in full and at a date 10 weeks or more in advance of your check in date, will result in forfeiture of your deposit (or an amount equivalent where one was not paid as the holiday was paid in full) and the balance being returned to you. 

 

2.3.4  Cancellation insurance is available but will be a third party arrangement and not involve Canopy & Stars or the Owner in any way.

 

2.4 Owner’s General Amendment Charges:

2.4.1 Alterations to your Booking can only be made more than 10 weeks prior to the check in date, after which time alterations will be treated as cancellation. All alterations are subject to availability and may incur a £30 adminstration fee.

 

2.4.2 Differences in the total amount payable resulting from alterations will be refunded to you in the case of a decrease in price and paid by you in the case of increases in price.

 

Special note: Generally Owners will charge the above cancellation and amendment charges, however we must stress that these are a guide only and charges may differ from those shown here depending on the Owner. The exact charges will be notified to you by the Owner at the time of cancellation and/or can be found in the Owner’s own booking conditions which are available from the Owner on request.

 

3. Changes and Cancellations by the Owner

We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the Owner needs to make a significant change to your confirmed Arrangements or to cancel them. We will also liaise between you and the Owner in relation to any alternative Booking offered by the Owner but we will have no further liability to you.

 

4. Complaints

Because the contract for your Booking is between you and the Owner, any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. In the event that you have any complaint about your stay, please notify the Owner as soon as possible. If you don’t follow this procedure there will be less opportunity for the Owner to investigate and resolve your complaint and so make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Delays may also mean that amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced. Whether or not your complaint is dealt with satisfactorily, please also contact us as we appreciate all feedback. It’s important to us and the Owner to know that you’ve enjoyed your stay or if anything could have been improved.

 

5. Pricing

Canopy & Stars reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time on behalf of the Owner. We also reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices.Special note: changes and errors sometimes occur.

 

6. Information & Accuracy

The information and prices shown on this website are varied from time to time and may change between the time you first view a property and make a Booking. You should check that all the details are as you expect prior to making a Booking. It is always possible that, despite our best efforts, some of the properties (including the features and extras available) may be incorrectly described and/or priced. If we discover this is the case after you have made a Booking, we reserve the right to contact you with details of the correct information and/or pricing and will give you the option to:

(1) proceed with the Booking based on the correct information and/or pricing, which may require the payment of an additional amount by you;

OR

(2) subject to availability, change your booking dates to dates when the pricing can be honoured ad so no additional charge to you. In the event that a lower price can be offered for alternative dates then the difference would be refunded;

OR

(3) cancel the Booking. If we do not receive your instructions within 5 days of contacting you, we reserve the right to cancel your Booking without liability to you.

 

7. Our Responsibility for your Booking

Your contract is with the Owner and its booking conditions apply. As Agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the Booking. Our responsibilities are limited to making the Booking in accordance with your instructions and acting properly in accordance with our legal duties as an Agent. We accept no responsibility for any information about the Booking that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your Booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the Booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.

 

8. Pets

Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.

 

9. VAT

Many of the Owners of properties in the Canopy & Stars portfolio are not registered for VAT in which case no tax is payable. Where VAT is payable, the tax is included in the advertised holiday rental price.

 

10. Visa, passport and health requirements.

Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.

 

11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.

 

12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.

 

13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.

 

14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.

 

15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 

 

16. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions have been drafted in accordance with and are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any and all disputes arising out of these Agency Terms & Conditions.

 

17. Discrepancies

In case of a discrepancy between these Agency Terms & Conditions and any other Canopy & Stars literature, these Agency Terms & Conditions shall prevail.

 

18. Validity clause

In the event that a court finds that a condition in these Agency Terms & Conditions is illegal or void, the illegal or void provision will be severed from the remainder of the Agency Terms & Conditions, which will continue to be valid and have full force and effect.