Stunning contemporary hideaway for 2, in the heart of South Downs National Park
Sleeps 2 + a child
It’s hard to decide which is the best eye candy at this cool little timber-clad barn. The incredible view that unfolds from the terrace, a patchwork of golden wheat fields and rolling green hills. Or the absolutely gorgeous interiors: deep designer sofas, blue-hued panelling, paintings by local artists, and a fabulous wicker-fan bedhead? Basically, there’s beauty in all directions. This is a brilliant place for a romantic escape; part of an idyllic 1,000-acre farm, with fabulous walks straight from the doorstep. You’ll see wild hares as you wander over the South Downs, hear skylarks singing in the summer. It’s hard to believe it’s less than an hour from the Big Smoke. Nearby Lewes has a buzzy creative scene and great restaurants, but we’d pick up seasonal produce from the local farm shop and make full use of the beautiful kitchen. After a long soak in the rolltop tub, naturally.
Drive here or train to Falmer then taxi (1.5 miles) or bus directly here from Brighton or Lewes; the farm has its own bus stop!
The owners aim to be as planet friendly and sustainable as possible to support all the beautiful nature around them. Linens and towels are made from organic cotton and they use eco-friendly products throughout. The welcome hamper is full of local produce and glass bottled milk, juice and local beer, and they highly encourage buying local (there’s an amazing farm shop up the road). They’ve planted fruit trees and a wildflower meadow to welcome birds and bees, and full recycling is in place.
- You’re in the middle of the South Downs National Park, an AONB. The owners can point you along a beautiful 3-mile walk to the village of Kingston where The Juggs pub does a great Sunday roast.
- Or head down to Devil’s Dyke to hike through a dramatic, glacial valley.
- Historic Lewes is 3 miles away, a medieval market town with ancient churches, a Norman castle and tiny twittens (a Sussex word for alleyway). You can bus in from the stop outside the farm, then have a lazy (wine-filled) lunch in The Swan – yummy food and a vinyl-only music policy.
- Drive to Seven Sisters for an iconic view of Sussex’s chalk white cliffs, and a blast of sea air as you walk.
- Hire bikes in Lewes and zip over to Brighton for fabulous shopping in the Laines, fish & chips on the pebbled beach, and the new i360 viewing tower.