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Staycation 2021: Spend the night at this Sussex vineyard ‘Hobbit House’

Oastbrook Estate in Robertsbridge is home to this quirky cottage with hot tub overlooking the vines

Ever wanted to know what it’s like to stay in a real-life Hobbit House? Hidden away deep in the heart of the Rother Valley, nestled among grapevines on the Oastbrook Estate in Robertsbridge, East Sussex, is this cosy cottage fit for Frodo and friends.

Like something straight from a J.R.R.Tolkien novel, the teeny-tiny wooden hideaway is buried into a bank and features a grass roof and rounded doors and windows offering exquisite views across the valley.

A stay at the Hobbit House is a must for J.R.R. Tolkein fans

Inside the luxury accommodation there are two double bedrooms, each with king-size beds and en suite bathrooms, and a large open plan living area with heated floors, a modern built-in kitchen, quirky handcrafted wooden furniture and a wood-burning stove to cosy up around in evening.

Built by local craftsmen and from local materials, the house also features an outside hot tub providing the perfect place to sip a glass of Oastbrook Sparkling Rosé, whilst looking out over the vines.

The Hobbit House was built by local craftsmen

Oastbrook Estate, which was formerly a Guinness hop farm and is now run by America Brewer, has also recently released its second vintage Pinot Gris, which was one of only 15 wines to win a Gold Medal at the Independent English Wine Awards 2020.

As well as exploring the surrounding vineyards, which include some 20,000 vines growing different varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meurnier, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc, there are plenty of other things to do in the local area.

The hot tub overlooks the vines

The National Trust’s Bodiam Castle is just a small walk away and the pretty coastal towns of Rye and Winchelsea are within a short drive, as well as a number of other local vineyards, such as Charles Palmer and Oxney Estate.

The Oastbrook Estate Hobbit House has won a number of awards including UK’s Quirkiest Place to Stay at the eViivo Awards 2019 and TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice 2020 and is available to book for five nights stays costing from £998.

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