East Sussex cabin B&B, South Downs, England

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Responsible tourism: East Sussex cabin B&B, South Downs, England

Environment

Macrobiotics can be described as a path, a way of life, a philosophy, or an approach to life. We recognize the vital importance of wholesome nourishment through quality natural food and cooking; unpolluted air, clean flowing water and flourishing trees.

Macrobiotics has helped people take a healthy authentic path in life. It has been a subtle yet dynamic inspiration for over 40 years in England, the USA and across the world. People from many cultures have committed their lives to creating the natural foods movement, natural agriculture, natural fabrics and futons. Founding Schools of Shiatsu, Feng Shui, Natural Cooking, Healing: and consciously working toward a vision of helping to create a Peaceful World.

Macrobiotics embraces the traditional wisdom and intuitive common sense of East and West. Its core principles guide us to a more ecological and sustainable life, of freedom, justice and responsibility, and which in turn encourage us to live harmoniously with good relationships and the best possible health for our mind, body, spirit and environment.

The food we eat is the most powerful form of nourishment we take into our body, every day from the moment of our conception to death. Food makes our blood and so it provides one of the building blocks for our physical body, our mind, mood and emotions. Food affects how we feel, think, develop and respond to everything around us. Not only is the food itself important, but also how it is grown and harvested, transported, stored, contained, wrapped, cooked and eaten is also vital. How we dispose of the waste, create compost and care for the land; this whole amazing cycle is the basis of all economies and life on Earth throughout the world. It follows that organic, locally grown, natural agriculture and land management is the most abundant, economically sustainable and healthy way to grow food.

Community

East Chiltington is a small rural parish and home to about 180 families. Many homes are scattered along quiet, single track lanes, but School Cottages are situated immediately behind Hollycroft, in the centre of the parish, one of 2 clusters of housing. Here there is an open space where the community comes together & children play. There is an annual summer fayre held here, & in 2012, for the first year, East Chiltington hosted a soap box derby followed by a community ceilidh. Hollycroft is on Chapel Lane which leads past the Jolly Sportsman to the beautiful 13th Century church. Although too small for a parish hall, school or shops (the nearest are in Plumpton), East Chiltington, nevertheless, is a cohesive & thriving community. There are many families who have lived here & worked the land for many generations. School Cottages were built in the 1930s originally to house agricultural labourers. Most land is still in agricultural use and my family, like many people in the parish, work locally. There is a local parish magazine, shop & business forum in Plumpton which both promote businesses & social activities in Plumpton & East Chiltington. We are relative new comers to the area (of 3 years standing) and in common with others who leave the urban sprawl for the rural life, were attracted to the area's outstanding beauty & vibrant community.

In my specific roles as whole foods cook & educator & health advisor, I support local therapists/yoga practitioners & organic vegetable growers in the immediate area, & in Forest Row where there are established several community bio-dynamic farms as well as a macrobiotic retail outlet. I run on a voluntary basis a community whole foods buying group serving East Chiltington & Plumpton.

Landscape

We support a local initiative produced by the Plumpton Village Action Footpaths Team who has published 16 varied, circular walks, supported by wild life notes, and which traverse the parishes of Plumpton & East Chiltington. These leaflets are available to guests in their accommodation and are also available to down load on line at www.plumptonvap.co.uk. There is also a larger resources box in the house with OS maps, local walks, attractions etc within the local area also available on request. A local voluntary Monday Group repairing stiles and footbridges & clears footpaths and bridleways across Plumpton, East Chiltington, Ditchling and surrounding area welcomes your help: please email in advance to footpaths@plumptonvap.co.uk. Nearer to home, we are establishing herbaceous borders in a garden which we inherited as two large green lawns. We cultivate our garden organically, and are producing our own compost to this end, and it is much loved by the owners. We go to the beach to collect seaweed, annually, which we add to our raised beds (for growing vegetables) & our compost heap, to return minerals to the soil in the same way our ancestors did before us farming the land. In 2006, 15 acres of land were purchased by local residents on behalf of the community to promote, for the benefit of the public, the conservation, protection and improvement of the land.

Reviews of East Sussex cabin B&B, South Downs, England

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The warm and welcoming hosts with their absolutely beautiful and peaceful retreat they have created are the most memorable for me. Not to mention the absolutely delicious macrobotic food. And of course Ozzy the dog - he made my morning with his very excitable welcome and incredible football skills!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If you get a chance and are interested Gilly is extremely knowledgable with her macrobiotic cooking and we were lucky enough to receive a 3 course dinner and it was so interesting to hear about it that I have decided to look further into it. Also the space they have created is so very tranquil and eco minded you will feel so relaxed just being there.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The hut where you will stay is completely enviornmentally thought out.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


One of the best weekend escapes I have been to. I felt so relaxed and was also a great opportunity to learn about something I am very interested in. I just wished we could have stayed longer!

Reviewed on 09 Sep 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We loved the quirky, cosy wood cabin and the warm welcome we received from the owners.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make the most of the owner's wonderful macrobiotic cooking!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent.

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