Entire Bed & Breakfast

Therapeutic garden hut with macrobiotic quality plant-based meals

3 Guests
1 Bedroom
1 Bed
1 Bath
Vegan Kitchen

About this space

There is one accommodation – a hut which sits in the corner of the garden of our modest home. The Hut accommodates 2 adults + 1 child; is a space to unwind for a few days (2 night minimum stay) & enjoy good food, or is for longer stays - a supported living space for those on their own food journeys or recovering from illness. Food is prepared by the owner, a Macrobiotic Association UK accredited cook & health adviser, or guests explore & share whole food cooking in the kitchen with her (see below - your kitchen). B&B included in prices for short stays with packed lunches & evening meals also available at additional charge (see below - your kitchen); special diets are catered for naturally and organically (90-95%). Inside the Hut, there is a double cabin bed with en suite shower/WC facilities and a futon mattress which rolls out on to the wood floor and stows away during the day, suitable for a child. Situated in East Chiltington at the foot of the Downs, the area is frequented by walkers, cyclists, horse-riders and is a hamlet with a very nice pub/eaterie (Jolly Sportsman), 11th century church and a population of less than 200 households. It is a short drive to the Seven Sisters National Heritage Coastline, & Brighton, just one hour by train from London Victoria or Clapham Junction or St Pancras International & 20 minutes by car to Newhaven Ferry Port.

The space

The Hut has been set up as a therapeutic space with the intention of helping people on their own food journeys. The feel in side the therapy hut is something akin to a large railway carriage, but it has a real earthy & grounding feel - very conducive to a good night's sleep. We have selected natural materials wherever possible but without compromising on comfort. The cabin bed mattress is a thick futon made of cotton wadding and there is a choice of lambs wool & duck feather duvets. The hut itself is constructed from wood salvaged from an agricultural barn & there are many recycled fittings and fixtures. The Hut is equipped with everything you need to prepare a cold snack including a fridge, knives & chopping board, plates, cutlery, wine glasses, etc.  There is also a toaster and electric kettle.  Our food ethos does not endorse the use of microwaves so you will not find one in the hut! There are complementary herbal teas, grain coffee, non-dairy milk & a grain sweetener.

The WC/shower room is equipped with a selection of towels, flannels, bathrobes, slippers, small hair dryer, natural soaps, hair shampoo & conditioner.  There is also a washing machine and use of rotary dryer in the garden. There is a clothes dryer inside the house for wet days.

The Hut is very well insulated. A simple electric convector heater quickly warms the Hut on cold days and has a timer, so can be set before venturing out of bed in the morning. On winter nights, 2 duvets on the bed and a curtains which draw round means you are warm & cosy in bed.

When it is wet we suggest you leave your boots & shoes outside the front door where there is a shelter.  Bikes can also be left here.

Guest access: The Hut is your own private space. You have access to all outside areas, conservatory & dinning room & kitchen inside the house. There is shiatsu, aromatherapy & facial massage and acupuncture available by appointment. External health treatments e.g. ginger compress are also available. This is a rural area so there is limited internet service (depending on your provider); there is good WiFi access in the owner's house & on the deck & is available in some (but not all) parts of the Hut.

The kitchen

The emphasis is on natural, seasonal whole food, food without preservatives, additives and other processed foods - a welcome antidote to modern, fast-pace, instant living. Food is cooked by owner or guests can share whole food cooking in the kitchen with her (£0-£5 for hands on cooking + cost of meal, £10-£15 for tuition + cost of meal) or simply enjoy a macrobiotic breakfast, whole food lunch/tiffin box or plant-based evening meal cooked for them. Some animal food & products are available for non vegan guests who want something closer to what they have at home - butter, milk & yoghurt are available at breakfast, and, fish at other meals - but essentially the emphasis is on organic, plant-based foods. The cost of a snack (e.g. soup with sourdough) is from £7.00 and a 2 or 3 course meal is £15-£17.50 & £20-£25 respectively. Macrobiotic breakfast comprising miso soup, steamed vegetables & pickles & porridge is included in the cost of accommodation for short stays of 2-7 nights; other plant-based vegan/vegetarian options are available at breakfast e.g. pancakes or gf pancakes served with , home-made processed sugar free & gf granola & rice milk, fresh fruit, sour dough whole wheat bread or fermented buckwheat bread served with nut & seed spreads, sauerkraut or sugar free jams, scrambled tofu on whole wheat sourdough & fermented buckwheat bread. We cater for gluten free, sugar free, lactose free & other diets naturally but please advise your dietary requirements, including gluten free, at the time of booking. Please also let me know if you would like an evening meal or snack prepared for you on the day of your arrival. The food & lifestyle here is slow and mindful, so we appreciate you asking well in advance .

Other things to note

One well behaved dog is welcome here. We have our own furry friend a labrador collie cross. Females on heat please be aware our dog is all male. We ask you to feed and water your dog outside the Hut where there is shelter and dispose of all dog food tins and other dog paraphernalia in the bins at the front of the property. There is a hose in the garden for cleaning muddy dogs - please bring your own towels for drying your pet.

The space

Accommodates: 3

Bathrooms: 1 Bath

Bedrooms: 1

Check In: Flexible check in time

Property type: Bed & Breakfast

Room Type: Entire Place

The Kitchen

Kitchen Type: Vegan


Type not specified: 1


Laundry – washer

Free parking on premises



Wifi / Internet


Food processor


Large salad bowls

Essentials (towels, sheets, soap, toilet paper and pillows)

House Rules

Companion animals allowed

No smoking

No smoking. No smoking inside the Hut, house or outside communal areas. No candles or other naked flames in the Hut - insurance stricture.

Additional Services

Meal Preparation

Cooking Classes

Nutrition Counseling

Wellness Coaching

Massage Therapy


Guests can share whole food & macrobiotic cooking in the kitchen with the owner (£0-£5 for hands on cooking + cost of meal, £10-£15 for tuition + cost of meal). External health treatments e.g. ginger compress (£20.00), shiatsu, aromatherapy & facial massage, & acupuncture also available locally and at Hut Therapy (up to £40 for massage of 1.5 hours; up to £50 for acupuncture).



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund minus service fees back.


2 nights minimum stay


Hosted by Gilly

United Kingdom . Joined in November 2015

Hi my name is Gilly. Thanks for connecting with me. I came to whole food living purely by chance and many years ago, beginning with the practise of macrobiotics to turn around a hyperactive thyroid & Graves Disease naturally with food. My starting point was rich food, a chaotic lifestyle and an emotionally charged life.  Macrobiotic principles supplied the missing pieces to help me find, respect and love for myself and to build a whole life. I was driven by a curious mind, a desire for self-development and a more peaceful existence.  My capacity for self-reliance, learned from an early age, and ability to ask questions of myself were all important and my eventual recovery was unexpected by doctors, family and friends. I spread the word now, teaching and helping others how to create better health naturally from my small rural retreat, Hut Therapy, near Lewes in East Sussex, UK.

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The Therapy Hut is located at the foot of the South Downs, in the rural hamlet & parish of East Chiltington, in the South Downs National Park.  East Chiltington is an agricultural community of about 180 households.  Agricultural labourers used to live in the group of houses known as School Cottages during the 1930s/40s with a primary school situated nearby in Novington Lane.  In the hamlet, there is a 15th century church and the Jolly Sportsman, a restaurant and public house offering quality yet informal country dinning.  These are both a few minutes walk from the Hut, down Chapel Lane.  The H...
The Therapy Hut is located at the foot of the South Downs, in the rural hamlet & parish of East Chiltington, in the South Downs National Park.  East Chiltington is an agricultural community of about 180 households.  Agricultural labourers used to live in the group of houses known as School Cottages during the 1930s/40s with a primary school situated nearby in Novington Lane.  In the hamlet, there is a 15th century church and the Jolly Sportsman, a restaurant and public house offering quality yet informal country dinning.  These are both a few minutes walk from the Hut, down Chapel Lane.  The Hut is located 4m from Lewes and 12m from Brighton and the Coast.
Favorite places: The walk from East Chiltington to Ditchling (where you can hire bikes & there is an award winning pub called the Bull who brew their own); the walk from East Chiltington to the Half Moon pub (directions in the Hut) where you can climb Plumpton bostal to the top of the Downs (not for the faint hearted); the hustle and bustle that is Brighton: famous for its restaurants including the renowned Terre a Terre & many other vegan & vegetarian restaurants, the Brighton Pavilion, Brighton Beach, the North Lanes (for independent shops). The Heritage Seven Sisters Coastline - the walk from Cuckmere Haven to East Dene (Tiger Inn pub), Birling Gap. The Ship Inn on the River Ouse at Barcombe where you can hire a canoe; Ditchling Beacon for glorious walks along the South Downs Way; exploring the vineyards and artists & artisans homes in Ditchling - great during open house weeks (see Brighton Festival); also Ditchling museum where you can see the work of local artist Eric Gill; Firle ( a gloriously traditional Sussex village, The Ram Inn, Firle Beacon on top of the Downs/the world); Glynde & Glyndebourne Opera House (world renowned); Charleston: home of Bloomsbury Set. National Trust properties: Standen, Batemans and others; para-gliding & horse-riding possible on the South Downs; Depot cinema & the Con Club for local entertainment in Lewes; quiet, gentle beach walks at Seaford; If you want to travel a little further: glorious gardens of West Dene, Downland & Weald Open Air Museum, West Wittering beach, London. Please ask Gilly for other suggestions.
Getting around: If you are coming by train and leaving the car behind, the principle attraction is the South Downs National Park.  For serious & casual walkers, horse riders & cyclists there is a large network of footpaths & bridal paths at our door.  The South Downs Way National Trail, a long distance route traversing the length of South Downs escarpment, is just over a mile away by foot.   From the Hut, a typical walk might take you along an ancient Roman track with  spectacular views of the Downs, via the pretty hamlets of Street & Westmeston, to the village of Ditchling - home of artists & craftsmen, tea rooms & award winning museum & pub.  You will find details of walks around the parishes of East Chiltington & Plumpton at There is a box filled with walks & maps, and other tourist information in the Hut.
Also, in the Hut are walking directions to the Half Moon pub in Plumpton, a favourite for quality, locally sourced food & drink. Here you can also scale the South Downs along the Plumpton Bostal.   Walking and cycling directions to Hut Therapy from Plumpton station, our nearest point of access by train are provided below. The nearest bus route is located at Plumpton Racecourse & served by the 166 & 167 Village Hopper (Compass Travel) about a 20 minute walk away.
The nearest town is Lewes, 4 miles by foot along the South Downs Way, and has a castle, auction rooms & antique emporia, interesting shops & pubs, and many possibilities for light lunches & afternoon teas. It has been home to Harvey’s independent brewery since 1790 and the Lewes Bonfire Societies' firework spectacle on Guy Fawkes Day on November 5th, a tradition dating back to the 16th century.
There is access to Brighton, its universities, beach and pier, many restaurants, cultural & nightlife by train from Plumpton via Lewes. The Seven Sisters Coastline including Birling Gap & Beachy Head, Glyndebourne Opera House, Charleston Farmhouse, many National Trust properties including Standen Arts & Crafts House at East Grinstead & Rudyard Kipling's home Bateman's at Burwash, & other areas of natural beauty - Ashdown Forest & the Kent Weald - all make interesting trips out by car.  Further afield, there are the historical attractions & towns of Battle, Rye & the Downland & Weald Museum near Chichester.  
London is an hour by train from Plumpton railway station, & Gatwick Airport is 25 minutes also by direct train and Newhaven Ferry Port is 20 minutes by car.
Directions by train from London & Gatwick Airport:  
Southern Trains operates a regular train service between London Victoria & Plumpton Station and this train also stops en route at Gatwick Airport (London Victoria to Ore).  You can also board the train at Clapham Junction if you are travelling from South West London.   East Chiltington lies 20-25 minutes by foot (across fields) form Plumpton Station (directions by foot & cycle below). Alternatively, you can stay on the Ore train & get off at Lewes , or take the Thames Link train to Brighton from London St Pancras International to Burgess Hill Station and you will find a taxi to East Chiltington outside the stations. The cost of a taxi is between £16-£20.
Directions from Plumpton station to 2 School Cottages by foot:
About 20-25 minutes across country. On leaving the station, cross the road and take the track through the wooden gate to the left of the bus stop.  Continue straight along the track, & with the railway line to your right, passing the cricket nets & recreational field until reaching a bend in the track.  Here leave the track and take the path on the right which takes you through a small wood, known locally as Percy’s Patch.  (You have missed the path if you arrive at the tennis courts).   Cross the stile at the end of the track into a sheep field.  Carry straight ahead keeping the wire fencing & railway track to your right until coming to a pedestrian railway crossing.  Carefully cross the double stile and railway track to arrive in another field.  You are standing at the junction of 3 paths - 2 of the paths lead round the edge of the field in either direction. Take the grass track directly in front of you which traverses the field (which is a big field).  As you get about half way across you can see that the grassy path leads to a large gap in the hedge. You might also notice you are walking towards a line of willow trees especially if you are visiting at the time of year when the trees are in leaf. Go through the gap in the hedge, and continue on the same path to a gap in the trees ahead which takes you into the wood.  This path can get muddy outside the summer months so hopefully if you are visiting outside summer you have suitable footwear on! Keep to this path turning left when you can go no further, and then immediately right (around a tree) to lead you across a bridge & into another field.  Walk straight ahead, and then in a diagonal towards a group of young trees, These form an orchard which is owned, maintained and planted by East Chiltington community.  At the orchard, bear slightly right so keeping the fruit trees to your left & walk towards the gate.  Chapel Lane & the Jolly Sportsman pub lie beyond the gate.  At the gate, turn left on to Chapel Lane.  2 School Cottages is at the end of the lane on the left hand side.  The entrance to the house is opposite the telephone box (with East Chiltington etched in glass).  There is a gravelled area where we park our cars, beyond which lies our front garden and the house.
Directions from Plumpton station to 2 School Cottages by bike: 
The most direct route is to cut through to Novington Lane on the bridleway known as North Barnes Lane - by the (now defunct) Winning Post pub in Plumpton.  Turn right at the bottom of the bridleway into Novington Lane and right again by the sign to East Chiltington Church to take you to Chapel Lane, East Chiltington.  We are the first gate on the right.
Directions by car:  
From London - M25/M23/A23 sign posted Gatwick Airport/Brighton.  Leave A23 at Haywards Heath & follow A272 (direction Uckfield) to Fox Hill roundabout. Leave A272 here and proceed along Fox Hill.  Turn left at Green Road to Wivelsfield Green and then right to Plumpton Green at South Road and then left at the roundabout at Wivelsfield Primary School. Turn right at the bottom of this road and carry straight on to Novington Lane & East Chiltington.  Take the right turn into Chapel Lane sign posted East Chiltington Church & the Jolly Sportsman pub. The house is situated at the corners of Novington Lane & Chapel Lane.  Our entrance is through the gate just as you turn into Chapel Lane (on the right hand side), opposite the telephone box (now a community library).  Click here for a link to the AA routeplanner.  
There is off-road parking in front of the house, on the gravel.  There is also a covered area for bikes outside the cabin.

Gilly's property is located in East Chiltington, England, GB

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