I know what you’re thinking. You’re imaging yourself sitting on that deck, sipping an ice-cool glass of rose, the water gently rippling below, while your freshly caught fish barbecues to perfection.
If like me you’ve got the itch for a holiday but need to ease yourself into the world of other people and out of your lockdown bubble slowly, you’ll want to know where this magical secluded sanctuary is so you can promptly check in indefinitely…
This otherworldly cosy cabin looks far too good to be true, set at the foot of the South Downs National Park just a few miles from Brighton between the chocolate-box villages of Clayton and Ditchling, nestled in woodland and overlooking its own private four-acre fishing lake. Warning: once you’re settled in here, you might never want to leave.
Adding to the adventure is the fact it’s unaccessible by car. Instead, Paul, your host, meets you in the car park at the top of the lane leading to cabin, and give you and your luggage a lift on his quad bike.
Inside, there’s a spacious lounge complete comfy sofa and arm chairs, as well as board games and books to keep you entertained if you want to unplug. If you prefer staying connected, there’s WiFi, Bluetooth and Dab Radio. Let’s not overlook the well-equipped kitchen complete with a big country-stye dining table to spread out on and those all-important Nespresso and ice machines. Upstairs there’s an epic bedroom complete with eight-foot double bed and roll top bath.
Outside there’s a hot shower, fire pit, barbecue and rowing boat, kayak, raft and paddle board to use “at your own risk”. Your hosts can organise hampers of local ingredients to be delivered to your cabin before you arrive. And did I mention you can bring your pets? I think that just about covers everything.
OK, so here comes the price… You’re looking at £320/night so it’s not cheap, but it can sleep up to four people. Complete your post-lockdown English Summer with a stay at the Ditchling Cabin now. Check prices and availability here or here.