Fabulous 3-bedroom eco barn, set right in South Downs National Park. Brand new!
This is a place to submerge yourselves in the sheer beauty of the South Downs, with its fields of wildflowers, ancient woodlands, and green hills that roll all the way down to chalky white cliffs on the south coast. Whether you like the odd amble or full-on days walking and cycling, all this is literally on your doorstep. And when you throw open the huge windows of this stunning barn conversion, you almost feel part of the natural landscape.
An eco conversion, this is the result of several years’ craftmanship, with a timber-clad exterior and flowing open-plan living spaces. The floor is polished concrete, the kitchen is top spec, yet it’s easy and comfortable too, a space to kick back with friends or bring the kids for a relaxed holiday. Lewes and Brighton are a quick hop by car but we’d spend our whole time here on foot or 2 wheels. Long circular routes, with a country pub for lunch, job done.
Getting here: drive or train to Lewes and taxi (10 mins)
This is a full salute to sustainability. An old barn was converted using local materials, and it is fully powered by thermal solar heating, backed up by an air source heat pump. Windows are triple glazed. The furniture was sourced locally, all produce supplied is local and eco (no single use plastics) and the Aga is electric. Our favourite touch is the beautiful rugs, made from recycled plastic bottles.
- Walk straight out onto the South Downs Way, a long-distance footpath that runs for 100 miles through breathtaking scenery.
- The owner’s recommends a walk to the very top of the Downs to enjoy the breathtaking 360 degree views, all the way down to the to the south coast. There are OS maps in the barn.
- Cycling’s a dream, too. Hire ebikes from Mr Cycles and have them delivered prior to your stay, or do day hires from Cycle Shack in Lewes.
- Pretty Lewes has a high street of independents selling local produce. There’s also a Friday farmers’ market (don’t miss the artisan bread stall) and a fine Norman Castle. On a rainy day visit The Depot, an arthouse cinema/cafe.
- Brighton needs no introduction, with its iconic pier and pebbled beach. Come for fish and chips and The Lanes, a maze of streets lined with brilliant little boutiques.
- Kids will love Sea Life Brighton, Drusilla’s Park (a small zoo and adventure play park) and zipwiring through beautiful woodland at Branching Out Adventures.
- For a meal out, try Limetree Kitchen in Lewes – fine dining, tapas style, and a ‘Gin Kitchen’ so you can create your dream G&T. Pub wise, the award-winning Jolly Sportsman is a 15-minute drive. Book ahead.