Hoathly Hill Community

Chloe Anthony

RH19 4SJ

Year started
Rural on edge of village in Sussex
Number of over 18s
Number of under 18s
Ideological focus
Based on principles of Rudolf Steiner with strong interest in sustainability
Legal structure
company limited by guarantee
Open in principle to new members
Charge visitors
Work in Lieu

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.

community does not share income
community does not require capital from members
community has broadband internet access
community does not generates any of its own electricity
community does not use solar energy
community buildings not insulated to a high standard
community members use bicycles
community does not have an organised system for car sharing
community is accessible by public transport
community shares utilities
community has tool sharing system
community has organised systems for recycling
community does not have any kind of ecosewage system
community is involved in land management
community grows a lot of vegetables
no communal animals
regular communal meals
community does not have policy which restricts smoking
community buildings at least partly wheelchair accessible
community is not involved in campaigning

Hoathly Hill Community is currently looking for new members

Family home within Hoathly Hill Community for sale. It’s a detached four-bedroom house with 2 bathrooms. Contact Helena Ford directly on helenaford9@gmail.com

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Hoathly Hill Community is currently looking for volunteers

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