Lit­tle Bear

WEST SUS­SEX, ENG­LAND

Lonely Planet (UK) - - Cabin Retreats -

WHERE AM I HEAD­ING?

Amid the woods and mead­ows of the western Weald, Lit­tle Bear is a cabin com­fort­ably big enough for two, and far enough from city lights that its name­sake con­stel­la­tion should be a fa­mil­iar pres­ence on cloud­less nights. There is no drive-up road to the prop­erty, and guests use a wheel­bar­row to take their bags on the short wood­land walk from the near­est parking. The re­sult is a feel­ing of true seclu­sion that’s rare in Eng­land’s south­east.

WHAT WILL I FIND THERE?

Un­der the tin roof is an open-plan, wood-beamed space con­tain­ing a king-size bed, kitchen, sofa, gas wood­burner and a dining ta­ble for two built on an old sew­ing ma­chine trea­dle. The shower room is more bou­tique ho­tel than lum­ber­jack­stan­dard, and a lad­der leads up to a snug with furry bean­bags un­der the eaves. Just out­side is a cedar-wood hot-tub with over­hang­ing bam­boo for a Ja­panese touch, and wooden benches cir­cling a fire-pit (inset). Guests get a wel­come ham­per on ar­rival, con­tain­ing both es­sen­tials and lux­u­ries: milk, eggs, paté, prosecco and more.

WHAT’S OUT­SIDE?

The ex­act lo­ca­tion is kept a se­cret un­til book­ing is con­firmed, but the woods around are es­pe­cially fine for yomps in au­tumn and in blue­bell sea­son. (from £895 for a three-night week­end stay or four-night week­day stay; unique­home­s­tays.com)

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