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 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 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.
Bathrooms: 1 Bath
Check In: Flexible check in time
Property type: Bed & Breakfast
Room Type: Entire Place
Kitchen Type: Vegan
Type not specified: 1
Laundry – washer
Free parking on premises
Wifi / Internet
Large salad bowls
Essentials (towels, sheets, soap, toilet paper and pillows)
No smoking. No smoking inside the Hut, house or outside communal areas. No candles or other naked flames in the Hut - insurance stricture.
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).
2 nights minimum stay
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.
Gilly's property is located in East Chiltington, England, GB
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