Hill Cottage has been owned and run by Maggie & Ted Hirst since 2006, but they have been involved in the hospitality industry since 1999 when they decided on a major career change and moved from Crowborough to take on their first pub in Tunbridge Wells. In 2002 they moved on again to the Rose & Crown in Burwash, this was a much bigger pub with a busy restaurant, but it had letting rooms too, and this was their first taste of running a bed & breakfast business.
In 2004 they returned to Crowborough to take over the Wheatsheaf, which is the traditional English pub right next door to Hill Cottage. Having transformed the Wheatsheaf into the very busy pub that it is today, they had the opportunity to purchase Hill Cottage, which had been in the same family for five generations and so this was the first time it had been sold in over 100 years. The cottage was badly in need of renovation, and much thought went into preserving the many period features, such as the beams, inglenook fireplace and stonework, whilst introducing those modern facilities so essential to a thriving bed & breakfast business.
In 2011 Maggie & Ted retired from the Wheatsheaf and moved full time into the newly extended Hill Cottage, and now that they are both able to devote all their energy to the bed & breakfast venture, Hill Cottage is busier than ever. Their philosophy is to treat their guests as they would like to be treated themselves, and to provide the same degree of comfort and thoughtfulness that they would wish to find when staying away - they very much look forward to extending a warm welcome to all their guests.