ÖÖD Cabin at the Secret Vineyard
Herstmonceaux, East Sussex | Sleeps 2 | Bedrooms 1 | Parking: Yes | Pet friendly: No | Wi-Fi: Yes
Min £295 – £350 per night | Minimum stay 2 nights
The Cabin is equipped with air conditioning and heating, and has electric black out blinds – so you won’t be woken by the sunrise!
The hosts (and owners of The Secret Vineyard) are able to arrange massages, treatments or (weather dependent) private yoga classes for guests out on the deck.
Beautiful toiletries made in nearby Romney Marsh, local snacks, tea & coffee, as well as wine & beer (additional charge) are all provided. Premium yoga mats & a paddleboard are available.
The lake is occasionally used by the owners for swimming in the summer or by a neighbouring Shepherd’s Hut that is also available at the Vineyard – but only at set times. Other than that you will have the lake and surrounds all to yourself, except for the sheep, alpacas, and Zac the horse who you might hear from his stable next door! It’s a deeply peaceful and relaxing spot, with abundant wildlife and clear, starry skies.
Things to do
This area around The Secret Vineyard is 1066 country, so there is a wealth of interesting historical sites to visit, including Herstmonceux Castle, beautiful Michelham Priory with its magnificent gardens, and the restored Stone Cross Windmill. If you’d like to see more of the beautiful Sussex night skies, the nearby Observatory Science Centre (once home to the Royal Greenwich Observatory) is a beautiful Grade II listed building that houses historic telescopes and runs tours and shows.
There are some wonderful walks and cycle trails; the 16 mile Cuckoo Trail follows a disused railway line, so makes for easy cycling, and links Eastbourne to Heathfield. There is a cuckoo hidden in each of the pieces of art that you can spot along the way!
Hastings is watched over by more castle ruins, and has a lively three mile seafront, pier, the famous funicular railway that takes visitors up the steep cliffs to the Hastings Country Park, and a Shipwreck Museum and Aquarium.
Food & Drink
For a traditional Sussex pub experience, try the family-run Brewers Arms, which serves good pub food (including a fairly extensive burger menu) with occasional Spanish influences, alongside some local cask ales. The Sundial offers fine dining in the French style, including a wonderful 8-course degustation menu, perfect for celebrating a special occasion, as well as a more modest daily offer.
Geo’s Coffee House, also in Herstmonceux, serves wonderful coffee roasted locally in Horsham, alongside pastries & cakes. To sample more of the area’s delicious wines, don’t miss Henners Vineyard; enjoy a tasting selection of their wines, and cheese and charcuterie boards to go with them, on the terrace overlooking the Pevensey Levels.
Helen & Vicky’s place was lovely and peaceful.
Beautiful star gazing at night.
Extremely friendly and responsive hosts when needed.
Great little pub within walking distance.
Really enjoyed our stay at the OOD house that I booked for one night for my husbands 40th birthday.
Beautiful surroundings, so peaceful and quiet! The house itself was spotless and we particularly enjoyed the hot tub, shower and seeing the animals when we woke up!
Walked into the village for some dinner & drinks at the local pub. Would love to return. Helen and Vicky were great hosts, good communication and friendly. Thank you for having us.
Beautiful place to stay x everything was easy and communication was great. Cannot fault this place just wish we had a longer stay
Had a simply amazing stay. Such a beautiful spot, the hot tub was already warm and spent a lot of time between there and the beautiful swimming lake- the sun can out for the following morning and the pond looked incredible . We had some morning guests in the resident sheep and alpacas! Incredible experience and we will be back. Excellent hosts with great communication. Thank you
Magical experience – what a find! Great place to spend the anniversary!
From the beautifully mirrored walls, hot tub, serene lake, wildlife to cosy interior and an amazing shower!
Sundial restaurant and Romeo & Juliet restautant highly recommended (went twice both times for pasta machiaronni!)
Amazing host, prompt replies, proactive and kind! We will be back for sure x Thanks
Spent a lovely evening and morning at the house. Vicky kindly had the hot tub ready for us on arrival, even though it was lashing down with rain. But both felt very snug inside whilst it rained. Beautiful being so close to nature.
Beautiful and unique stay, set in a private and rural setting.
A great place to relax, while watching all the wildlife.
Definitely worth taking a fresh water swim followed by a hot tub.
And Helen was a great host, helpful with everything.