Rated 5.0 out of 5
***Any day - Min 2 nights stay***
This glorious expanse of glamping bliss is an exclusive site for two in the stunning East Sussex countryside. This magnificent private site contains two gorgeous huts - one for sleeping and one for living - set in its own enclosed orchard with flowers, fruit, and wildlife in abundance. The gated gardens are a perfect place to let your dog off the leash or simply sit back and enjoy the spectacular countryside setting.
The Challoners offers a stylish take on a grassroots glamping with all the indulgences of a luxury hotel - it doesn't get much better than this. The two shepherd's huts provide a glorious mix of rustic chic and luxury living. Hot showers, luxury linens, underfloor heating and a roll top bath are just some of the lavish touches that owners Jim and Bev have considerately bestowed upon The Challoners.
Tucked away in a historic corner of southern England, this idyllic location is the perfect place to spend some quality time with your beau. Explore the 50 acres of ancient woodland or wander through the 350 acres of surrounding farmland - this really is a stunning countryside escape, away from the stresses and strains of modern day living.
Check-in - 3pm / Check -out - 10am
The Challoners is surrounded by 14th-century farmhouses, thatched cottages, pastoral farming land and fruit trees. The winding country roads leading to the accommodation allow you to unwind before you've even arrived. The nearby town of Robertsbridge, 17 miles south of Royal Tunbridge Wells and only 1 hour and 20 minutes from Charring Cross by train, is located within High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is one of the largest gypsum mines in the UK nearby, extracting gypsum from the blueish grey mudstones of the Purbeck Beds.
For history buffs, The Challoners is the perfect base to explore historic Battle, 5 miles to the south. This was the site of the Battle of Hastings in 1066, where the Duke of Normandy defeated King Harold II and dramatically changed the course of British history. Hastings, 11 miles to the south of The Challoners, was the site of many invasions, most notably by the Normans, and is now a popular seaside destination.
For the literary fans, The Challoners is around 30 miles south of Ashdown Forest, AA Milne's 100 Acre Wood in which Winnie The Pooh and his friends lived.
Closer to the property, there's a beautiful country walk from The Challoners into Robertsbridge itself, which you could end at the historic The George pub, an 18th-century fine dining restaurant.
The beautiful oak sleeping hut suits its rural environs perfectly, but this is where the shepherd's tradition ends. Inside, a luxurious double bed dominates the roomy sleeping space, surrounded by bedside tables, lamps, mirrors, and candles. The slate flooring covers underfloor heating, while an electric heater, disguised as an antique fireplace, which keeps the space lovely and snug on cooler evenings.
At the far side of the hut, behind hand-crafted wooden doors, sits a bathroom fit for royalty. A flushing toilet and hot water basin are overshadowed by the gorgeous roll top bath, which is perfect for an indulgent soak after a day's walking the lush environs. What's striking about this accommodation is the clever mix of decadent decoration and practical touches - from stained glass panels and candelabras to charge points and 4G availability. We don't think 14th-century shepherds lived in such luxury!
The living hut is a spacious and glorious addition with everything you need for a comfortable stay away from home. The kitchen has a sink with hot and cold water, and under counter fridge, a small oven with hob and microwave, as well as a large variety of crockery, cutlery and cooking apparatus. A kitchen table creates a lovely eating space, while the corner seating area can be used to cuddle up in the evenings or as the perfect spot for an afternoon nap. Underfloor heating keeps the cabin toasty, and stained-glass windows allow for plenty of light in this beautiful space. The cabin also has a bathroom at its far end, with a hot shower, flushing toilet and wash basin.
Outside, The Challoners sits inside its own enclosed space, with a lockable gate to ensure privacy. An old apple tree sits in one corner, shading the chickens in the coop next door from the midday sun. Flower beds bursting with perennial blooms guide you around to your accommodation, opening out onto a lawned area, complete with stone seating area and its own fire pit. This is the perfect spot to stay cosy while you stargaze with your sweetheart. Or sit on the decking outside the cabin, on bespoke garden furniture, gazing out at the countryside with a glass of something bubbly.
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