Hoathly Hill is on the border of East and West Sussex, set in the beautiful High Weald, between the two villages of West Hoathly and Sharpthorne.
There are currently about 70 people of all ages living at Hoathly Hill. There are 27 living units and about 25 acres of land, with vegetable, fruit and herb gardens, a square lawn with formal beds, a playing field, allotments and community buildings used for a kindergarten, sculpture and pottery and community events. There are weekly community meetings, monthly work days, weekly Saturday cafes and celebration of the festivals of the year.
Hoathly Hill Community was founded over 40 years ago by a group of people with a vision for community living supportive of home life and initiative taking. Many were committed to the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian thinker who founded Steiner Waldorf schools, biodynamic agriculture, anthroposophical medicine and much more.
The community has a membership process, in which people interested in living at Hoathly Hill get to know community members and participate in community events. There are no restrictions on membership or selection criteria.
The main house, the outbuildings and the land were bought at auction in the 1970s and there was a joint mortgage until the 80s, when a ‘restructuring’ took place and most of the living units were sold as leases to individual leaseholders. The freeholder is Hoathly Hill Association Ltd, a housing association for all leaseholders.
Some of the units and most of the land is currently under the stewardship of Hoathly Hill Trust. Hoathly Hill Trust is a charitable organisation facilitating and supporting community, environmental educational projects, such as Hoathly Hill Sculpture Studio, Hoathly Hill Forest Garden, The Herb Garden, The Bee Garden, Hoathly Hill Community Supported Agriculture, Pericles Theatre Company and The Elderly Project. We also have a community biomass boiler for our heating and hot water, run by Hoathly Hill Renewable Energy.