A beautifully crafted eco barn-for-2, tucked away in private woodland
Sleeps 2 + a baby
If you’re looking for somewhere to hole up or wind down, this gorgeous eco barn is perfection. It hides in woodland, part of the most beautiful, sprawling gardens of a manor house in East Sussex. The backdrop envelops the building in peace and dappled sunlight, while the front deck overlooks a natural pond; idyllic for morning coffee. Top-quality interiors breathe calm, thanks to a palette of greys, beautiful antique furniture and a triple set of French doors. Fresh flowers and local artwork add charm and quirk. There’s a double hammock strung between 2 trees, a rowboat for the pond, even a firepit under starry skies.
You’ll arrive to eggs from the owners’ chickens and apple juice home-pressed by the owners. They’ll encourage you to pick fruit and veg from their glorious kitchen gardens (kale! artichokes! asparagus!), and point you to the area’s best eateries, vineyards and country walks. Staying here feels like one enormous insider tip.
Getting here: drive, or train to Lewes or Uckfield then taxi (10 mins)
Sustainability is a core principle here. The Old Stable has state-of-the-art insulation, triple-glazed windows, solar heated water and photo-voltaic generated electricity topped up, when necessary, by a 100% renewable energy provider. Waste water is filtered through a reed-bed before ending up in the pond. The woodburner is fired by home-grown logs, and all appliances are A+++ rated. Linens are line-dried and cleaning products are eco-friendly.
- Wander the beautiful estate, admiring flowers and picking fruit and veg from the kitchen gardens to cook a truly organic meal. Active meditation at its best.
- Borrow the owners’ bikes and zip over to Lewes (5 miles). Its cobbled streets are great for a potter: you’ll discover quirky bric-a-brac stores and excellent independents.
- You’re close to the South Downs, its rolling chalk grasslands and unspoilt coastline a mecca for walkers and cyclists. We love the iconic white cliffs of the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head.
- The area is full of farm shops. Fill the fridge with local cheeses, meats, juices and honey, or eat out at The Ram Inn at Firle where the menu is entirely local.
- Buy English wine direct from a local producer – there are award-winning vineyards to visit, from the mighty Rathfinny and Ridgeview to quirky smaller producers.
- Walk in the footsteps of Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Set at Charleston Farmhouse, seek the landscapes that inspired painter Eric Ravilious, and visit Rudyard Kipling’s atmospheric home at Batemans. Glyndebourne is just over the hill.