We are a non smoking family based in a small town in the South east of England, close to Brighton, Lewes, Hastings and Eastbourne and 1 hour train ride from London. If you visit in the summer, the days are longer and warmer, so you can get more out of your stay;
We work from home and so are around most of the time. We are vegetarian but eat fish, so most meals are vegetarian; you will get three meals a day if required. We grow alot of salad and leafy vegetables in the summer, so its quite healthy staying with us. We also make our own jam using fruit from our garden; plus home made bread!! So plenty of home cooking.
In summer you may be asked to help with gardening, painting and decorating.
In winter you are more likely to be inside.
We treat you as part of the family so would appreciate it if you join in with the washing up/cooking as required.
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
We love having people to stay so will be happy to talk with you and practise your English...Also to speak French and a little Spanish if this will help you with your English...We give advice on where to go,(some places on how to get in free),local walks etc, what the local pubs & restaurants offer in terms of food, at what prices, to suit all budgets , maps & leaflets to lots of places of interest , walks and attractions. Our house is also large enough to offer solitude if wanted.
Painting + Decorating, Plumbing, Carpentry, Plastering. If you have anything interesting to offer do not hesitate to contact us.
Most of the tasks we want help with are inside. There are some tasks on the exterior of the house or in the garden too.
Stays are for 1 week or for 2 weeks. If you'd like to stay for one week or for two weeks (which is the maximum stay here) you will work 4 hours a day, for 5 days of the week.
English, French, and a little Spanish.
We have alot of experience hosting students as we had international students often staying when our children were young. We now live in a detached house with gardens, nearby roads are quiet. 1 Double room and 2 single subject to availablity.
There are many attractions to see in this beautiful part of Sussex, on the border with Kent, with the coast, including the gorgeous historic Rye & the many attractions of Hastings a 30 minute drive away, Seven Sisters, Birling Gap and the beautiful coastal scenery of the National Park of the South Downs is approx I hour away.
Local attractions such as Scotney Castle, Bewl Water & Bedgebury, a short drive away, as well as walks on the outskirts of the village. The area is popular for sailing, cycling, bird watching, fishing.
We are near to many historic places. Many nice walks in the local area; we live in an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty!) There are a fair number of picturesque stately homes/castles near us, including the world famous garden at Sissinghurst House and Garden, the iron merchant's house at Scotney Castle, Rudyard Kipling, who wrote the Jungle Book, lived in a nearby village and his house, Bateman's in Burwash is open to the public... Plus the iconic Bodiam Castle at Bodiam, Sussex. Its true to say that Sussex is one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. (Hence why Harry and Meghan chose it to be their special place.)
London is approximately 1 hour by train from Wadhurst station in the village.
Direct trains to London; the train station is within about 20 minutes walking distance (2 trains an hour).
You can borrow our bicycles.
You can also get buses to Brighton.
Sissinghurst garden & 30 minutes away is Winnie the Pooh's home Hartfield, aprox 40 minutes is Churchill's home Chartwell.
There are lots of classic homely British pubs, some within walking distance!
You can see glimpses of us in Bodiam castle and nearby village of Goudhurst on Soline's Teatime on U tube
Hope to see you in beautiful East Sussex soon.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two