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Graywood Canvas Cottages

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Graywood Canvas Cottages, Graywood Farm, Graywood Lane, Graywood, East Hoathly, East Sussex BN8 6QT

Luxury yurt holidays on a small Sussex family farm.

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 here it is – two luxury double-decker 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 at 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, shower, plenty of hot water and 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 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 and board games for rainy days. There's also outside furniture, a fire pit and barbecue – while each yurt has its own hot tub!

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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The Owner Says

Graywood Farm is a small, family run, working farm. Over the last decade we have farmed Charolais cattle and Southdown sheep. Currently we have sheep grazing across the land. As with many farms now, we also have diversified with several small businesses being based onsite.

It is highly likely that there will be sheep in field a short way from the yurts and you may be able to see them from your window.

Our favourite spot

Glampers – yes. Dogs – no. 

The local area

East Hoathly village is 3km away and has a shop and post office, a hairdressers, a café and a pair of decent pubs. There is a park with a children's playground and the village cricket team can be found playing there on a Sunday afternoon. Further afield, Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum (01825 840573) is a multi-faceted family attraction, just 10 minutes away by car, while Sheffield Park, north of Uckfield, is a magnificent National Trust garden, from where steam trains run to East Grinstead on the Bluebell Railway (01825 720800). If it's raining, you might consider a trip to the Jacobean mansion of Rudyard Kipling, Bateman's, in nearby Burwash.

Best local places to eat and drink

The family's own Offham Farm Shop (01273 478265) does great meat for BBQs. The local pub is The KIng's Head (01825 840238) in East Hoathly. This historic CAMRA-approved watering hole (dating back to 1648) boasts a fine selection of ales (courtesy of the brewery next door) and a decent menu of pub grub favourites. The Star Inn at Waldron (01435 812495) is another antiquated gem of a pub with a beautiful beer garden to boot. Not to be confused, The Star Inn (01435 863570) in Old Heathfield is well worth a visit too, as is The Black Duck (01435 830636) in Warbelton. 

Why stay with us?

Both yurts have a bedroom with a super-king-sized bed downstairs and a mezzanine bedroom upstairs accommodating up to 3 people. Travel cots on request. Towels and bed-linen provided. Each yurt kitchen includes toaster, kettle, oven, hob, microwave, washer/dryer, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, plus all pots, crockery and cutlery. Yurt living spaces include a dining table that seats up to 6, electric heaters and flame-effect fire, a TV with DVD player and selection of DVDs, games and books for rainy days – and a hot tub at each yurt for sunny ones! Proper bathrooms with underfloor heating, shower and flushing loo in each yurt. Firepit and BBQ outside.

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