Nothing But Local

Running a self-catering holiday home near Rye has its highs and lows. A huge high for me has been the new connections we've made in the local area. We have found some brilliant producers and service providers who are invaluable when offering a special experience for our guests. 

Take this week as an example of what we've been up to in between guests leaving and arriving. 

We have needed to stock up on welcome pack supplies, so popped in to Dengates Farm Stall near Rye to collect apple juices and jams, all made on David and Suzanne's smallholding. The myriad of home-grown squashes, pumpkins and other autumnal things make for a beautiful rustic display in the shop. A few squashes came back with us too.

Dengates Farm Stall near Rye

Another recent local find has been apple growers and cider makers, Hunts Sussex Cider. We visited the Hunt's farm in Sedlescombe today, to collect our order of Hairy Pig and Sussex CIder. Farmed in the traditional way with zero chemical input, these delicious natural-tasting ciders are a perfect accompaniment for writing a blog post....

Hunts Sussex Cider at Hare Farm, Rye

Behind the scenes when completing a changeover at the Oast are a fantastic team of cleaners. Recommended by local friends, we now have Suzy, Helen and Lyn, all living locally and all passionate about doing a great job. During one recent clean at the Oast, the Quality In Tourism assessor was making her annual inspection - she scored the house 10/10 for cleanliness and thought it "immaculate". 

Even since we first started out in 2011, we have been working with Cathy and her team at Home and Dry. She was just starting out then too, and ever since has provided an excellent laundry service. The Hastings team are really friendly, reliable and flexible, collecting and delivering to our needs. Vicky dropped off the latest batch of linen and towels to the farm today. 

Home and Dry laundry services at Hare Farm, Rye

We also dropped in to Float Press along the Brede Valley on Tuesday, to have first sight of the latest Hare Farm wall hanging hot off the press. A stunning, large woodcutting of the farm's landscape has been created by Becky and Gary. With the help of a handyman (local of course!), this wonderful piece of art will curve round one of the roundel's walls, and will be yet another result of making local connections and supporting local skills and produce. 

The most local of produce has to be the flowers, all grown in the gardens, hedgerows and woodland of Hare Farm. We owe a lot to local gardener Paula Gwynne for adding her expertise into maintaining a thriving garden. All year round, we manage to find a variety of flora and foliage from around us, and this week it has been sedums, hydrangeas, verbena, cosmos, fuschia, grasses, heather, roses and more. 

Hydrangeas at Hare Farm, Rye

So with some great local supplies and services, we have successfully laundered, cleaned and decorated the Oast, ready to welcome our half term guests who will be staying at Hare Farm from this evening. 

Flowers and welcome supplies at Hare Farm Oast, Rye

Now where's that cider? .....hic 

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Hare Farm Oast and Shepherd's Hut are two unique and beautiful self-catering holiday homes at Hare Farm, Brede, near Rye. Available for rent all year round, See more about the Oast here and the Shepherd's Hut there

Written by Joanna

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