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10 of the best back-to-nature stays in England

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Plant yourself in the midst of glorious English countryside in our pick of rustic accommodation, including hostels, cosy cottages and glampsites

What was once a honey farm is now a honeypot for in the far east of the South Downs. The large one-bedroom cabin has smart modern interiors but plenty of rustic character (there’s a wood-burning stove, a partially timber-clad bathroom and original artwork on the walls; the owner is an artist and also runs painting holidays). It’s in a peaceful spot near Alfriston, close to a network of scenic walking routes and an easy cycle ride from the nearest beach. When you’ve finished exploring, sit on the terrace with a glass of Nutbourne’s Sussex Reserve, soaking up uninterrupted views of the Cuckmere valley’s flower-speckled chalk grasslands and the Long Man of Wilmington. For field-to-fork dining, the Sussex Ox pub is an amble away and serves beef, lamb and vegetables from its own organic farm.
Sleeps two from £170 for two nights, airbnb.co.uk

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