By Sarah Rippon
If you’re dreaming of a cosy cabin in the woods, you can’t get much better than this. Daisy Chain Cabin is hidden away in 33-acres of tranquil woodland you won’t want to leave.
Set in in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the cabin is the newest addition at Downash Wood Treehouses, a collection of six bespoke cabins and treehouses in Ticehurst, East Sussex.
Offering an upgrade on the traditional glamping experience, it’s all about getting back to nature here, with a few luxury extras added in. From a show-stopping bath big enough for two to an Ooni pizza oven, here’s what happened when The Boutique Handbook escaped London for two nights…
DAISY CHAIN CABIN REVIEW
Just an hour’s drive from London, in Ticehurst, East Sussex, this bespoke selection of six luxury cabins and treehouses are easy to get to, but you’ll need a car as it’s set in 33-acres of woodland accessed via a quiet country lane.
The seasonal change in weather called for a log burner-fuelled cabin escape and Daisy Chain Cabin at Downash Wood Treehouses delivered just that. Helpfully owners Stephen and Jane sent detailed welcome instructions prior to arrival, which were needed to locate the secluded entrance to the property.
After arriving through the private entrance, we parked by the outdoor fire pit and swing seat and took the tree-lined path by foot to the cabin, where the keys were ready to collect from the coded lock box. The feeling of peace and tranquillity on arrival was absolute bliss.
Complete with an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area, separate shower room and king-size bedroom with a bed you could spend days curled up in, the cabin itself is a good size for the maximum occupancy of two.
We loved the unique collaboration between vintage and modern design, which made the cabin a stylish space to cosy up in after a busy day exploring, especially with the log fire roaring, as we visited in November.
The show-stopping feature here is the fairy-lit terrace, which has a freestanding bath with space for two, double seat rocking chair, outdoor dining space and an Ooni pizza oven, all overlooking a dreamy private meadow perfect for alfresco dinners in warmer months.
FOOD AND DRINK
All the properties at Downash Wood Treehouses are self-catering, so the welcome basket of tea, local coffee, biscuits and milk were a nice touch to get us started. After dropping our bags off, we took a short 10-minute drive to Eggs to Apples, an artisan farm shop in nearby Ethchingham. There we picked up some local steaks, greens, charcuterie and cheese for dinner, along with pastries to go with our morning coffee.
With the Christmas gift shop in full swing, we also managed to grab some local foodie stocking fillers and a coffee from the café, which serves homemade cakes and light lunches.
Unfortunately, the weather was a bit of washout for the remainder of our two-night stay. However, this didn’t stop us enjoying our time. We lit the fire, cooked dinner and played chess until the early hours over a bottle of red wine or two.
From the cabin there are a number of walks to award-winning pubs, but due to the relentless rain we opted to drive the five minutes to The Bell in Ticehurst. A lovely gastro pub with a quirky interior, we tucked into the Venison Burger and hearty sausage and mash. Great service and a fab bottle of wine topped the experience.
Daisy Chain Cabin is the perfect romantic hideaway a stone’s throw from busy city life, ideal for cosy winter lock-ins and we’re sure summer retreats too.
Prices start from £170 a night
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