East Sussex yurt glamping near Rye, UK

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Responsible tourism: East Sussex yurt glamping near Rye, UK

Environment

The yurt is constructed from three Ash trees sustainably sourced from nearby Glyndebourne Forest and was made by a local carpenter. Heat is provided primarily by a woodburning stove. Electricity is supplied by solar panels during the day. Our site is home to a variety of wildlife including badgers, rabbits (lots!), occasional foxes and sloe worms all of which we encourage by leaving various areas completely wild. We feed the birds and there is abundant birdlife giving a glorious dawn chorus each morning - less mellifluous but still stunning in flight are the resident Screech (Barn) Owls. We have a 'vegan-organic' (no fish, blood and bone or other animal remains from slaughter houses!) vegetable plot and orchard some of whose ingredients find their way into the optional breakfast. The comfrey fertiliser we use is foraged from the wild as is a not insignificant amount of the food we eat. Recycling bins are provided on site.

Community

Our village pub, the Red Lion is a vital part of our community and only survives from the custom it receives. We encourage all our guests to eat at the pub and everyone receives directions for the lovely 10 minute walk through open fields to get there. Everyone seems to love it! Another great food pub, the Rainbow Trout, is a 15 minute walk away. The local village shop is within walking distance and once a week on Fridays there is a Farmer's market in the Village Hall. Guests from all over the world are assured a warm welcome, possibly in their own language, by Yurtmaster Phil Colley who on his extensive travels has mastered Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Tibetan, French, German and a little Turkish and Urdu! We are generally always on hand to provide local advice and information. We also have a small information room with OS maps and leaflets on local attractions.

Landscape

From the moment you arrive at the site you will be enchanted by the stunning surroundings and truly secluded location in Brede. Down a little lane with a traditional wooden gate at the end - glampers can expect a lovely small site from which you can ramble straight out into the neighbouring woodland and countryside.

Brede is a stunning village nestled in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just 8 miles north of Hastings and 4 miles west of Rye. The Brede Valley is a stretch of beautiful countryside near Rye, where the Romney and Walland marshland extents westward past Winchelsea, between two steep ridges of the rolling High Weald. The area is wonderfully tranquil and the landscape is rich in history and diverse with wildlife. Throughout the valley is an endless network of pathways and lanes, calling out to be explored by foot.

Close by to the campsite is Brede High Woods a place full of history and some incredible and rare wildlife. It is a beauty spot for photographers and visitors who will leave inspired by the 647 acres of landscape. Brede village is a fantastic place for stargazing, thanks to the villages enlightened view on light pollution (no street lights!) you can appreciate the natural illumination of the night sky. Also within close proximity to Brede is the Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux Castle, a brilliant day out for the whole family. Wine tasting and tours can be found at the family run Carr Taylor Vineyard, just down the road. Plus just ten minutes from the site is the Giants of Brede exhibition- a collection of Victorian and Edwardian steam pumping engines. The show is on every 1st Saturday of the month 10-4 and is free.

Reviews of East Sussex yurt glamping near Rye, UK

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Yurt was great

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?




3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


A lovely moment: after a delicious breakfast of toasted slices of sour-dough
bread baked by the campsite hosts, we were sitting quietly in the cosy yurt,
listening to the rain. The wood-burner was on and the children were drawing. The yurt is a wonderfully serene space and there is an enclosed area outside it, with a table and benches.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Go for it!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. We had 2 very good meals at local pubs, visited Rye for day, Camber Sands on another day and went to the Medieval Festival at Herstmonceux Castle.

Recycling is carefully done at the campsite.


4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Perfect.

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Being in the peace and quiet and the wood burner on the yurt.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


It really is in the middle of nowhere so if you want to go further afield you do need a car.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes the owners were both lovely and very friendly. The local was a very nice pub.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


3 stars.

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