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Self-isolation and Byre Cottages

What is it like to self-isolate in holiday cottages in West Sussex?

Recently after meeting with a good friend for a walk on the South Downs on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, I found myself nestled down in one of our self-catering holiday cottages on a working farm in West Sussex.

My friend had tested positive for the awful Covid-19 a few days after we had met so I packed a suitcase and settled into 3 Byre Cottages by myself. Self isolation definitely has its low points but staying in the charming cottage where there’s everything you need – a gorgeous view outside, a warm and cosy living room with a snug blanket and an extremely comfy king size bed is not all bad!

I made sure to stock some easy and dry food that could last the duration of my time in the cottage. The kitchen had everything I needed and I was lovely and warm. I made myself a warming porridge with fruit and peppermint tea in the morning to keep me going until lunch and then set myself up with my laptop at the dining table to continue with my work. This included many calls with my colleagues who were in the farmhouse continuing with work as normal. The Wi-Fi fared very well with my constant use of either Zoom, FaceTime, YouTube or Netflix, I had already re-started Peaky Blinders so I continued watching that and or or two rom-coms thrown into the mix as well – I don’t suppose that counts as work though?!

I took my favourite and new, Christmas self-care products with me so that I could have an indulgent evening looking after my skin and having a relaxing warm shower in the early evening. I decided to cleanse my face and use my eye masks so that I could still (try!) and look my best!

The first week of January is always a little sluggish as everyone settles into the working routine after the Christmas period and that sentiment was particularly accentuated as there was a national lockdown. My family came and chatted to me through the window and delivered food to me (which I definitely did not mind!). Somehow the food tasted extra special – maybe because I hadn’t made it or maybe it was the brief moment of sociability…

The cottage is settled at the bottom of the South Downs with easy access to the South Downs Way; tucked away in a quiet and picturesque corner of West Sussex. Of course, I couldn’t take advantage of the miles of public footpaths on the farm but I know, and love, them well. It was a great solution for me to self-isolate and it was an adventure to try out one of our own cottages – it was almost like being on holiday – except for the work bit!

I already know how fabulous the farm is in the summer with the beautiful setting, the swimming pool, table tennis and tennis court but now I know how perfect Byre Cottages are all year round (particularly long term lets in winter) and really great for summer escapes for couples and young families (or even with extended families in more than one cottage) with keen interests to explore the Sussex countryside and coast with a lovely, serene base to retreat to.

In conclusion, I’d be tempted to visit Byre Cottages again — the cottage was attractive, extremely comfortable and a tranquil place to reside or escape to for a holiday.

If you would like to find out more about our self-catering holiday cottages, Byre Cottages on Sullington Manor Farm, West Sussex, please find more details here or if you would like to get in touch with us, please click here.

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  • Barbara Meredith - June 20, 2021 reply

    Are dogs allowed to stay in the cottages?

    Gail Kittle - June 21, 2021 reply

    Hi Barbara, I’m afraid we don’t allow dogs in the holiday cottages. Lots of people tend to be happy to let their dogs stay at kennels or with friends whilst they’re here on holiday. Thanks, Gail

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