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Hut Therapy

East Chiltington, Near Lewes, East Sussex, England
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B&B in a recycled wooden cabin for 2+1 in the South Downs Nat. Park, where the focus is on vegetarian, macrobiotic + whole foods. Learn about food.

Plant-based food B&B in bespoke cabin in the South Downs Nat. Park for 2+1;  focus is on natural & balanced whole foods; experience cooking macrobiotic food.

 

Introduction

Hut Therapy is a plant-based food B&B with bespoke therapeutic accommodation in a recycled wood cabin; it is located in the beautiful countryside of the South Downs National Park, in East Chiltington, near Lewes. Guests can learn about natural & balanced holistic cookery and experience cooking a macrobiotic breakfast with the host, an accredited holistic cook and health advisor.  

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).  It comprises a double cabin bed, en-suite WC/shower, and a small seating area.  Constructed from the timbers of an old, de-commissioned Sussex barn, the emphasis 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 complimentary herbal teas, grain coffee, non-dairy milk & natural sweetener. There is shared use of the garden.

Food & Holistic Health at Hut Therapy

Included in the price, is a healthy, plant-based whole food breakfast cooked by the owner (who is on hand to answer questions) & served in the conservatory of the main house, garden or cabin.  Macrobiotic quality whole food picnics & evening meals are available by arrangement; food is tailor-made for special diets, including animal-free, gluten-free, refined sugar free and low fat diets, emphasising natural, healthy vegan whole foods and avoiding de-natured food products. Hut Therapy is a good base for furthering understanding of health and holistic principles, or making the transition from meat-eating or animal products to a plant-based diet.   However, everyone is welcome to share and enjoy Hut Therapy’s excellent food and the surrounding countryside; 2 & 3 course meals are priced at £15 & £20 respectively.  There are also 2 excellent gastro pubs in walking distance - The Jolly Sportsman, East Chiltington & Half Moon, Plumpton (and which both offer vegetarian & vegan options) & many more in the surrounding area.  Ginger compress, acupuncture, shiatsu, aromatherapeutic & facial massage using Neal's Yard products are also available on site - 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 to Eastbourne or via Lewes to Seaford; via Lewes to Brighton) from the Hut, as well as Charleston House & Berwick Church associated with Virginia Woolf/Bloomsbury Circle (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 outside morning & evening rush hour (when there are more trains).   If you are carrying a lot of luggage, we also suggest the Thames Link service from St Pancras International (which also stops in 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.  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 £55 p.n. for weekend stays in low season. During high season B&B is £75 p.n & £10 p.n. less for weekday stays if single occupancy.   Additional child/todler/baby supplement for roll-up futon, weening foods (e.g. rice porridge) etc.   No single night stays.  WiFi available in the garden & owners’ home; reception limited in the Hut.  Dog owners, please check suitability with host before booking.  Friendly dog on site.

Room Types

Double Ensuite
Triple

Nearest Airport/s

London Gatwick