TARZAN'S LODGE - AirBnB
This could be a genuine treehouse, with a tree growing through the (proposed) Airbnb, but at the moment, it is simply a support structure, bereft of floors or conveniences. This is while the tree regenerates, after a serious bark infection some years ago, forced drastic surgery. Though, the proposed use could be enjoyed on a temporary basis for up to 28 days a year, under permitted development rules. Except that any fittings that may not be a permitted development, after the expiry of 28 days, would have to be removed, until the following year. That is not impossible, but rather inconvenient, and an additional financial burden on the Museum, as the Trust strives for tentative listing, as a World Heritage Site.
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Assuming that the Trust/Museum attains accredited status in 2024, they will need to generate a reliable income to pay for the upkeep and further development of Herstmonceux Museum, aimed at Phases 3-4, preparing for and then re-installation of a National gas engine and control gear to original specification. This income will be necessary, even with, and as a top up to any contributions from other organizations. The Trust feel sure that the Sycamore, Holly and Scott's Pine trees will not mind. Being in a good cause. Though land at present not owned by the Trust. Hence, negotiations needed.
As with other monuments and registered heritage assets, the tried and trusted methods, and recognised means of producing such financial support, is for the local authority to grant consent for temporary uses, to help generate an income. Sums will also be necessary to help offset the forward maintenance and administrative functions, connected to the forward restoration process.
This may include temporary short-term, or holiday lets, such as AirBnB, that are known to be particularly good performers. This is sure to require imaginative use of the limited grounds, and other creative attractions, to still allow for public viewing of the exhibits, as attractions, to retain accredited status, etc. Children will need to be catered for, perhaps with climbing frames and adventure buildings, that can be taken down, reduced in size, or otherwise melded into the rural scene appropriately, in due course.
Upkeep of the buildings, is to include fireproofing the woodworks, treatment against wet and dry rot and roofing repairs. The installation of cooling devices and a sprinkler system may also feature as a preservation device, as global warming continues to heat the planet, to threaten timber buildings.
Suggested price from £100 per night.
EMINENTLY RECOVERABLE - An aerial view of Herstmonceux Museum in 2022, showing the public footpaths north of the generating buildings. Many of which are unregistered, but well trodden for over forty years, from our records.
Historic buildings need viable uses, for their owners/occupiers to be able to transcend, from rotting away, to trading to heritage grading.
EATING OUT LOCALLY
Herstmonceux is relatively well catered for, except the village does not benefit from a Chinese restaurant or takeaway, burger, pizza or subway fast food restaurant.
The nearest restaurant serving Chinese food is in Hailsham (and it is good) or Pevensey Bay. You'll have to go to Hailsham for a Burger King, Subway or pizza, and Polegate is the closest McDonalds.
If you like traditional pub grub, then you are in luck, you have a choice of three public houses that serve some very tasty meals. Herstmonceux also has a curry restaurant (and takeway), a fish and chip shop and a specialty restaurant if you like French cuisine - as follows:
Boreham House 5 stars Herstmonceux - Price from £126 per night
Cedar Lodge 4 stars Herstmonceux - Price from £269.50 per night
Chilsham Barn 4 stars Herstmonceux - Price from £249.50 per night
Cleavers Lyng 16th Century Country House 4 stars, Herstmonceux - Price from £80.75 per night
Eastwood Observatory - Chilsham Lane, Hailsham - Price from £2,797 per night
Brook Lodge, Cowbeech - £ Phone
It is a good idea to check current prices (up or down), these are about 12 months old.
Herstmonceux and surrounding areas, provides a relaxing country setting for hikers, students and tennis professionals. There are many attractions, such as the Castle, Observatory, Public Footpaths and trails for hikers.
Battle Abbey 1066 country is within easy driving range, Eastbourne and Hastings seaside resorts, Hastings boast the world's largest beach launched fishing fleet, and Beachy Head and Seaford Head (nature reserve) cliff-tops, joined by the Seven Sisters, provide stunning views and walks. The Pevensey Levels SSSI is a must for bird watching. There is also a Medieval Festival at Herstmonceux Castle every year. And then there is Alfriston, where King Alfred did not burn the cakes.
THERE IS LOTS TO SEE AND DO
Entrance from Lime Cross Field, along the public footpath, a right of way from the A217 east, or the A271, via the car park at the Cricket Pitch, just a little west of the village.
OTHER MUSEUM ATTRACTIONS
In addition to the archaeology in the structure of the extant generating building, together with original switches and other electrical apparatus (much of which was excavated on site) there are several innovative vehicles and vessels on permanent display at Herstmonceux Museum, including:
1. The fountain of youth, supplied from natural well water drawn on site
2. Adventure climbing frames for children (back to nature) Swiss Family Robinson
3. An Edwardian ice well, throwback to the days before refrigeration
4. A large underground condensation and water storage chamber
5. The world's smallest water basin, test tank for model boats
7. Three PV boat models, Navigator, SWATH & 2 cats + route map prior to Swiss PlanetSolar
9. AmphiMax, radio controlled (working) beach launching & recovery vehicle for SeaVax
12. The only working water well in Herstmonceux village
13. Solar panel, sun tracking system
14. Second World War, 'Anderson Inspired,' bomb proof shelter constructed by Major Charles de Roemer
18. A complete mummified squirrel, found when re-roofing the Museum June 2017
21. Three sewing machines, including an antique Singer and a Brother industrial.
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