Top-notch spacious yurts that are more like country cottages, situated on a family farm in a lovely part of Sussex.
Inspired by a spot of impromptu glamping in California Stephanie Wakeham-Dawson and her husband returned to their family farm in Sussex determined to bring the Californian dream to the south of England, and finally they have made it happen, with two double-decker top-notch luxury yurts now open for business on their small arable estate. This is no ordinary glamping experience. The Wakeham-Dawsons claim their yurts – designed and created in Seattle in the shadow of Mount Rainier – are often used as full-time residences back in the US, and we can believe it: they have a tall design and full-size french doors so you don't need to stoop, huge picture windows that give great views and lots of natural light, and a lattice, rafters and even a staircase made of Douglas Fir, leading to a clear dome to the sky – perfect for viewing the stars at night. Their unique construction ensures that you are cool during the summer but always warm in the night, whatever the time of year. The yurts can comfortably sleep five people, in a ground-floor bedroom with superking Hypnos bed and a galleried first-floor bedroom with three single Hypnos mattresses (or a double and a single); and they will add a travel cot on request. They also provide towels, duvets and all bed linens, and dishes, cutlery and crockery. There is a proper bathroom with flushing toilet and shower and plenty of hot water including complementary toiletries, an integrated kitchen with washer/drier, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, oven and hob with extractor, toaster and kettle. There is a separate sitting room with comfy custom-made sofas, a dining table and chairs for six, and everything else you could possible need to make you feel right at home – electric heaters and a flame-effect fire, a Freeview TV and DVD player, a CD player and a selection of DVDs, books & board games for rainy days. When the sun shines, there is outside furniture and a fire pit and barbecue. The farm itself enjoys a great location in the heart of East Sussex, with plenty of birds and wildlife around, and plenty of good walks into the surrounding countryside using local pubs as targets – for example to East Hoathly Village two miles away, or, in the other direction, to Waldron Village with its church, pub and village store. There is also a park with a children's playground and the village cricket team venture out on Sundays – in short all the making of a rural idyll in the heart of this beautiful part of Sussex.
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2 luxury yurts, with a third on the way.
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Each yurt costs £650–£850 a week, depending on the time of year; weekends or 4-day midweek breaks £490–£640.
- Getting Away from it All
Graywood Farm is just off the A22 between Uckfield and Eastbourne. Take the turning to East Hoathly from the roundabout, and in the village turn left onto Hollow Lane, shortly after taking a right fork onto Graywood Rd; follow this for a while until you reach Graywood Lane; turn left and you soon come to the farm. By train, Uckfield, about five miles away, has a train station which has a regular service to London Bridge in just over an hour. There are regular bus services from Uckfield, and from Brighton and Eastbourne, that run past the site.
Available from the end of May until the first week of November.