The Hobbit House at Oastbrook Estate in Sussex picks up the eviivo Quirkiest Place To Stay Award
A new addition to the ever growing and exciting offerings of vineyard-related tourism outlets is the Hobbit House at East Sussex vineyard Oastbrook Estate, which recently won an award at the eviivo Awards, held in October in London, and recognised as the very best of the UK’s independent accommodation across 8 categories.
Oastbrook’s surprisingly spacious Hobbit House in Robertsbridge, Sussex, sits in the midst of the vineyard and is complete with its own private garden and jacuzzi for guests.
The Judges said: “This magical property is decidedly the quirkiest of the bunch, with a theme related to an iconic story – yet it functions well as a cosy retreat for all the family. Guests marvel at the attention to detail at this whimsically designed property – raving in the reviews about the ‘hand forged keys’ and the attractiveness of the place. The judges especially liked the use of local wood throughout, the execution of the theme, and the plethora of activities for guests to enjoy.”
Oastbrook Estate, which neighbours Bodiham Castle in East Sussex is run by America Brewer. In 2013, after returning to England following seven years in Hong Kong, she and her partner Nick bought the estate, which was formerly a Guinness hop farm. America studied Viticulture & Winemaking at Plumpton College and has since planted 4.5 hectares of vineyards growing different varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. Her first release was Oastbrook’s 2014 Sparkling Rosé. Since then she has introduced the Hobbit hut and is also open from spring through to late autumn for vineyard tours which incorporates a tasting of the wines paired with local cheeses. From 2020 they will also be a venue for weddings.