Graywood Canvas Cottages

UK England South East England East Sussex Uckfield

These super-sized, double-decker yurts on a charming East Sussex farm take glamping to another level.

There are yurts and then there are Graywood Canvas Cottages. Set between the East Sussex High Weald and the South Downs National Park, this brand new glamping site near the charming village of East Hoathly takes yurt camping to another level – quite literally.

So taken with the mammoth luxury yurts she stayed in during an impromptu glamping excursion in Yosemite National Park over a decade over, hostess Stephanie envisioned these super-sized creations on her idyllic farm one day. And now, 15 years later, she’s sharing her slice of glamping West Coast style on the South Coast of England.

Proving the old adage true that our cousins over the pond really do make everything bigger, the three titular canvas cottages are spread over two floors –arguably the only mezzanine model yurts of their kind available to UK glampers. To call them yurts almost feels like a disservice, but these double-decker canvas cottages – crafted and imported direct from Seattle – boast full-size french doors and huge picture windows offering widescreen views that allow the light to pour in. The intricate lattice walls, rafters and a staircase made of douglas fir demonstrates the quality of the craftsmanship, while the stargazing crown means guests can enjoy a celestial show, safe in the snugness of their cosy abode.

With both a ground-floor bedroom with super-king Hypnos bed and a galleried first-floor bedroom with three single Hypnos mattresses (or a double and a single), the yurts can comfortably accommodate up to five guests. There is a separate sitting room with comfy custom-made sofas, a dining table and chairs for six, and everything else you could possibly need to make you feel right at home – electric heaters and a flame-effect fire, a television and DVD player and books and board games for rainy days.

An integrated kitchenette includes a microwave, oven and hob, a toaster and a kettle and there’s even appliances like a washer/drier, fridge/freezer and dishwasher should you need them. Towels, duvets, and all bed linens is provided along with cutlery and crockery. Facilities-wise, there’s a proper bathroom with flushing toilet, hot water shower, and underfloor heating, while thoughtful touches like complimentary toiletries add to the hassle-free nature of a stay here. And when the sun’s read the script, guests should make full use of the outside furniture beside the firepit and barbecue – oh, and did we mention each yurt boasts its own private hot tub too?

Despite the obvious luxuries onsite and the scenic setting, the wonder of Sussex and the south coast await. East Hoathly is a charming country village with a couple of cracking little pubs and post-pint walks to enjoy, while historic Rye, boho Brighton and the sprawling South Downs are all within easy reach. 

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The Owner Says

Graywood Farm is a small, family run, working farm. Over the last decade we have farmed Charolais cattle and Southdown sheep. Currently we have sheep grazing across the land. As with many farms now, we also have diversified with several small businesses being based onsite.

It is highly likely that there will be sheep in field a short way from the yurts and you may be able to see them from your window.

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Fantastic Stay

I booked 2 yurts for our family over Easter weekend and were not disappointed. We had the best time. We felt like we were overseas. The farm was tranquil and idyllic. The yurts were so well appointed it felt like a hotel in a field. The generosity of hosts Stephanie and Richard to provide a hamper, toiletries and even Easter surprises just made the stay even more special. I can not recommend it highly enough. We will be rebooking!
Apr 23, 2019 by Helen B


Booked 2 yurts for 2 families and stayed in Aug 18. The yurts are fabulous, everything that you need. An absolute gem. Glamping at its best, amazed at how big they felt. Loved our stay! Wonderful welcome by the hosts including a lovely welcome pack. Thank you.
Jan 2, 2019 by Nicola

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