Plant-based food B&B in the South Downs Nat. Park for 2+1; experience macrobiotic food and cooking with the host.
Hut Therapy is a plant-based food B&B with bespoke accommodation re-purposed from a disused Sussex barn. It is located in East Chiltington, near Lewes, in the beautiful countryside of the South Downs National Park, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a haven for walkers and cyclists. Guests can experience cooking a macrobiotic breakfast with the host, an accredited holistic cook and advisor, and learn about the principles of macrobiotics and holistic cooking. Or, simply enjoy excellent, natural plant-based breakfasts (included in the price) and optional evening meals - available either on half-board basis (please message host) or with notice at the accommodation (see below). Please message host if you would like an evening meal on arrival.
Description of Accommodation
Located in the corner of the owner's garden, 20m from the main house, the therapy hut accommodates 2 adults + 1 small child (on roll up futon on wood floor). It comprises a double cabin bed, en-suite shower/wc and a small seating/kitchen area. Constructed from the timbers of an old, de-commissioned Sussex barn, the emphasis inside the cabin is on natural materials. The cabin bed mattress is a cotton filled futon and there is a choice of wool filled & feather duvets with 100% cotton bedding. The accommodation is equipped with a fridge, kettle and toaster, together with plates, cutlery, mugs, glasses and kitchen utensils to prepare cold meals and picnics. There are complimentary herbal teas, ground grain coffee, non-dairy milk & natural sweetener. There is shared use of the garden.
Food & Experiences at Hut Therapy
Included in the price, is a healthy, plant-based whole food or macrobiotic quality breakfast cooked by the owner (who is on hand to answer questions) & served in the conservatory of the main house, garden or cabin. There is a choice of 2 or 3 course macrobiotic quality plant based evening meals priced at £16 or £21, respectively if taken optionally, and POA for half-board (2 course evening meals). Food is tailor-made for guests and for special diets, including animal-free, gluten-free, refined sugar free and low fat diets. The focus is on plant-based foods free from de-natured food products.
Hut Therapy is a good base for making the transition from vegetarian or flexitarian to a vegan diet and for furthering understanding of health and holistic principles. However, everyone is welcome to stay and enjoy the surrounding countryside and Hut Therapy’s delicious breakfasts and food. The owner embraces slow, mindful cooking, so if having one or a few meals during your stay, please let the host know at least 24 hours in advance so she can offer you a wide range of food options.
On request at breakfast, are also cow’s milk & butter, sheep and goat yoghurt; fish is an optional extra at meal times (£2 pp). Within walking distance too, are two excellent gastro pubs - The Jolly Sportsman, East Chiltington & Half Moon, Plumpton (both offering vegetarian & vegan options) & many more in the surrounding area.
Experience ginger compress - deeply relaxing and restorative during colder months, or shiatsu, aromatherapeutic & facial massage using Neal's Yard products given by visiting therapists - please book in advance of your stay.
About the Area
East Chiltington lies in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty traversing the south of England, and known for its nationally rare chalk downland & associated ecology, and protected as a National Park. Directly outside the Hut, there is a large network of public foot & bridle paths along which visitors can immerse themselves in the countryside; walks, maps & directions are provided at the accommodation. Cycling, horse-riding, paragliding and hot air ballooning are also on offer in the vicinity.
The city of Brighton, famous for its Royal Pavilion, pebble beach & pier, restaurant & cultural scene, is 13 miles away. Also, there are spectacular coastal walks at the Seven Sisters Country Park/Heritage Coastline (also popular for bird watching & canoeing) - 18 miles away. Both Brighton & the Heritage Coastline are accessible by train (Plumpton via Lewes to Brighton; Plumpton to Eastbourne or via Lewes to Seaford for Heritage coastline) fom the Hut, as well as Charleston House & Berwick Church associated with Virginia Woolf/Bloomsbury Circle (Plumpton via Lewes to Berwick). Glyndebourne Opera House, the Bluebell Railway & many NT properties are also located in the area.
Getting Here - Public Transport
London Victoria is one hour distant by train & after alighting at Plumpton Station there is a scenic, cross-country 20-minute walk to the Hut (instructions provided). The Southern Train’s London Victoria/Ore/Hastings via Gatwick Airport service runs hourly and there are more trains during morning & evening rush hour.
If you’re carrying heavy luggage, we also suggest the Thames Link service from St Pancras International (also alight at the City of London & Gatwick Airport) to Burgess Hill, & catching a cab from there .
Cabs are also found at Lewes station (stay on the Southern Trains service after Plumpton), 4 miles away. Please note there are no taxis from Plumpton.
If travelling from the Continent, the Newhaven-Dieppe Ferry service is 13 miles away.
Free parking at the property.
Pricing & Planning your Visit
B&B prices for double occupancy are from £75-£85 per night plus a one off £40 cleaning fee.
WiFi available in the garden and main house but reception limited in the Hut.
Maximum 2 adults. A child can be added if under 12 on a roll up futon mattress, if no dog at the same time. No charge for babies/infants using own travel cot/ sharing cabin bed.
Dog owners, please check suitability with host before booking. £2 a night charge for 1 dog.
Minimum 4 night stay. Click Check Availability to see prices and book / message host.
Enquire regarding single person discount.
Price given includes breakfast.
Ask for half board or evening meals as an extra cost. If taking evening meals, there is a choice of a late breakfast/brunch (at no extra charge) or an earlier smaller breakfast with picnic or snacks for takeaway at lunch (from £5.50).
Please advise the host of your dietary needs including food allergies, intolerances and food preferences in advance of your stay; also if you would like an evening meal on arrival.
Hut Therapy is committed to a 5 step enhanced cleaning protocol developed in partnership with experts for our COVID-19 times: thorough cleaning, sanitising high-touch surfaces, using approved eco-friendly products, wearing mask & gloves during cleaning, and washing towels & linen at high temperatures. There are eco-friendly sanitising hand wash and cleaning products available for use by guests in the Hut.
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