Review: Our stay at Rossetti, Glottenham Castle

Room to run

Room to run

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Room to relax

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Room to explore

Rossetti, Glottenham Castle

Rossetti, Glottenham Castle

History’s all around you at Glottenham: the Romans made charcoal here, medieval Glottenham Castle slumbers under the mound, and Christina Rossetti enthused over “the greenness and flowers to refresh our London eyes, and a small population of beasts and birds around us” when she stayed. She’d be delighted with this pre-Raphaelite yurt, inspired by the aesthetic movement and decked with peacock feathers and oriental carpets in a spirit of Victorian eccentricity. There’s an antique double bed with hand-embroidered quilts, a day bed for some artistic reclining, or to sleep a third guest, and a woodburner for warmth.

Last weekend we spent 3 nights at Rossetti, a yurt at Glottenham Castle, Sussex. I took the children to a new festival called Forgotten Fields and following a weekend of camping at Camp Bestival the weekend previously I really didn't fancy more tent time. You can glamp at festivals, spending upwards of £500 on an empty tipi or large bell tent but have you ever thought about  glamping locally to a festival? It not only works out a cheaper option but also means that you have far less to pack to take, better facilities, far more comfort and a peaceful space to retreat to at the end of the day.

There's two elements to a stay at Rossetti, each on their own would be good but to have the combination of the two is a joy. 

Firstly, the yurt. This 16 foot yurt is nestled in woodland. Off the grid in terms you cook on a gas-stove, use compost loos and take a piping hot shower beneath the trees. A log burner keeps the yurt toasty warm on colder nights and the fire pit outside means you can stay outdoors well into the night if you wish. Kitty and Oz loved collecting sticks from the woodland to add to the fire pit and naturally toasting marshmallows was their reward.

The covered dining area outside is smashing and come equipped with large cool box, two ring gas stove, all the pots and pans, plates, cups and cutlery you could need. We loved the two tea light lanterns that hang in this area at night, it makes it cosy and ideal if you get back later in the day and want to cook.

The yurt was really comfortable. Carpeted and with a wood burner you won't get cold. A sack of logs and kindling bag await your arrival and food hampers can also be pre-arranged . The beds came with bug plump pillows and plenty of bedding. Two solar lanterns are also provided for night times.  Towels are also provided (one less thing to pack!)

The yurts darker coloured canvas means it doesn't get too light too early in the morning. The shade form the trees helps too and in the evening a lovely golden dappled light falls into the yurt (see bottom photo to the left).

I was able to get 3G mobile signal in certain areas. Do bear in mind that there's no electricity on the site so if charging your mobile is important be sure to pack a portable charger.

We loved the guinea fowl who seemed to appear each morning and 'hang out' by the car park area!

Secondly the space around the yurt. There's woodland to roam in, an ancient quarry with undulating dips that make playing great fun and a large meadow to run up and roll down, bordered by wildflowers and sunflowers. Kitty and Oz would disappear from sight into the meadow to pick blackberries and play football. Walking off chattering excitedly and returning full of smiles and tales of their adventures.

 Letting them play so  independently is good for both them and me. I enjoyed a few glasses of wine or two and savoured the peace of the woods whilst they played. It gave us all a much needed pause from each other. Although we all love each other sometimes at the end of a long, hot and busy day when everyone is tired we all just need to retreat to collect our thoughts, children and grown ups alike.  I honestly believe that a little time apart is just as important as time together and leads to happier people and holidays. Rossetti is set in the perfect place to do this. 

We met Emma, one of the hosts, and she was welcoming and full of handy local knowledge and only to happy help should you have a query. She explained that they can also run on request a number of activities such as: Woodland craft, survival skills, herbal medicine walks and talks, wild foraging and seasonal cooking. This is something that I would love to go back to with some like-minded blogging chums next year and do.

Rossetti is perfect for couples and families who want to enjoy peace and re-connect with nature. There's lots to do nearby, see here for details, and it makes a good base for exploring Sussex.

Relaxing, cup in shadows

Relaxing, cup in shadows

Sunflower

Sunflower