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Luxury 5 star barn conversion in South Downs National Park, near Chichester

Bedrooms 2
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Parking


About the property

2 bedroom barn, private tennis court, sleeps 5

Rubens Barn is a beautiful 17th century flint barn with private tennis court situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty of the South Downs National Park. The barn has recently been renovated to create a stunning hideaway within Goodwood Estate, and is perfectly located for exploring the cultural and architectural treasures of Goodwood, and the historic Roman city of Chichester. Local attractions include sporting events at Goodwood, nearby golf courses, polo at Cowdray, fishing and sailing.

This two bedroom barn has been stylishly decorated, and perfect for 2-4 people. There is a well equipped kitchen / living room, satellite TV, DVD player, Wi-Fi internet, sofa-bed, and private garden with barbecue.

Welcome breakfast hamper and White Company toiletries included.

The barn is surrounded by farmland and forests of the majestic Goodwood Estate, and is ideal for hikers, cyclists, and nature lovers exploring this beautiful area.

Rubens Barn has been awarded a 5 star Gold award by Quality in Tourism (2009-16)

Local Attractions include:-

Goodwood Horse Racing (3 miles)

Goodwood Sculpture Park (3 miles)

Golf at Goodwood Country Club (3 miles)

Goodwood House (4 miles)

Goodwood Health Spa (4 miles)

Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit (4 miles)

Weald and Downland Open Air Museum (4 miles)

West Dean Gardens (4 miles)

Petworth House (7 miles)

Chichester Cathedral (8 miles)

Chichester Festival Theatre (8 miles)

Cineworld (8 miles)

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum (8 miles)

Arundel Castle (9 miles)

Chichester Harbour Water Tours (9 miles)

Fishbourne Roman Palace (10 miles)

Bosham Harbour and sailing club (12 miles)

Cowdray Park (12 miles)

Amberley Museum (14 miles)

Uppark House (14 miles)

Selsey beach (14 miles)

West Wittering beach (East Head National Trust) (15 miles)

Gun Wharf Quays Portsmouth (25 miles)

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (25 miles)

Portsmouth Spinnaker Tower (25 miles)

Brighton (30 miles)

Winchester (35 miles)

London (60 miles)

More Details

Rob and Rachel Hill
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
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Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
19 November, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks for a lovely week - our first time in the South Downs. Enjoyed lots of walks, Fishbourne Roman Palace, Weald & Downland Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyards and "War Horse" in Southampton. And the tennis - currently the score is one match all - will have to return for the decider! Thanks also for the breakfast!

(Guest book comment)
Feb 2014
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
London Gatwick / Heathrow
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Star and Garter, East Dean
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Portsmouth Harbour
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Goodwood Country Club
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
The Kennels, Goodwood
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
West Wittering
Car: recommended

Rubens Barn is located within the South Downs National Park, and close to the South Downs Way. The barn is surrounded by farmland owned by Goodwood Estate, and only a 10 minute car drive from Chichester.

Chichester is made for exploring - Chichester cathedral, Tudor Market Cross, Fishbourne Roman Palace, Chichester Festival Theatre, boutique shops, stylish restaurants, and coffee shops.

Local historic market towns include Petworth (Petworth House National Trust, and many antique shops), Midhurst (Polo at Cowdray), and Arundel Castle.

The beautiful sandy beaches at West Wittering famous for windsurfing, and Bosham harbour are nearby (25 minutes car drive).

Goodwood Estate with its festivals (Festival of Speed and Revival Meetings), horse racing (Glorious Goodwood), and the majestic Goodwood House is just 5 minutes drive away.

Local activities - Tennis, golf, motor racing, sailing, fishing, hot air balloon rides, and mountain boarding.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Chichester in Chichester District

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
  • Fluffy white bathrobes and towels included.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • King size en-suite bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Twin en-suite bedroom - 2 Single Bed
  • The ground floor bedroom has a luxury king size bed and two contemporary en-suite shower rooms. The first floor bedroom has two single beds and a romantic rolled top bath en-suite. There is a sofa bed in the living room.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
London is 60 miles from Rubens Barn, and Gatwick is about an hour's drive


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Luxury 5 star barn conversion in South Downs National Park, near Chichester
average rating of 4.6363635 based on 24 reviews

Rural relaxation

  • 4 of 5

A beautiful rural spot complete with tennis court. Complimentary breakfast pack was amazing and very welcome as no shops nearby. The barn has been beautifully converted. Lovely little garden to sit out in and admire the fields and cows nearby. So many wonderful pubs and walks around this area too

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful weekend

  • 5 of 5

The location of the cottage is stunning with the garden being a prime spot for wildlife spotting! Lots of nice walks in and around the area and great pubs too. Hosts were extremely kind and hospitable. Thanks for a lovely weekend.

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Incredibly peaceful

  • 4 of 5

A very nicely decorated cottage in an idyllic situation. Beautiful local villages, lovely clear air.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fallen in love with South Downs, and Rubens Barn

  • 5 of 5

We arrived super-stressed on a wet, dark, foggy November evening, having driven from Gatwick in a car that for us was on the wrong side of the road. No real idea where we were when we arrived, but the barn was warm and cosy with welcoming lights on... We tucked up with a bottle of wine, then fell into the comfortable double bed. Could not believe it the next morning when we opened the curtains to say hello to the sheep in the field next door, and the sun glinting on the autumn foliage of the trees.

Rubens Barn is exactly as you see it in the advert, tastefully furnished, and extremely comfortable. Lovely big warm showers (such a joy) and a bath as well if you wanted to relax into that. The welcome pack was very generous. We appreciated the thoughtful little touch of a torch to see us back down the lane from the pub.

The owners were helpful and welcoming, nothing was too much trouble. They had recommended we go to the Bonfire Night in East Dean, that was a real treat - a drink at the local pub, then warmed by the most perfect bonfire, followed by fireworks. Such a lovely tradition, and Sussex is the very best place to experience it!

We were here for a wedding in nearby Upwaltham Barns, a lovely setting for the event. As we explored, we just fell in love with the area, and were so pleased we had decided to rent the barn for a week to add a short holiday to the wedding trip - pity we had not decided to add a fortnight! Chichester is a lovely town, the nearby West Wittering beach provided a long, if bracing, winter walk, and we explored West Dean Gardens and the Petworth Estate, in between drinks and wonderful food at several local pubs.

For a holiday cottage, the layout is just lovely. We were there as a couple, but our son and girlfriend joined us for one night over the weekend. The room upstairs has two single beds, so not ideal for a couple, but a lovely bathroom with a large roll-top bath - girlfriend loved that. Not a huge amount of storage up there, and no hanging space - but for a short trip that is not an issue. The unusual part of Rubens Barn is that you enter through the master bedroom - you open the entrance door and are straight into the bedroom. Husband thought that rather odd... certainly makes you keep the bedroom tidy!

Do hope that we make it back one day.... If you are thinking of this for your holiday, don't hesitate, you will love it.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peace and tranquility in five star accommodation

  • 5 of 5

Our second stay in this fabulous converted barn. The owners have thought of every last detail to ensure maximum comfort and total relaxation. High quality bed linens and towels and extremely well equipped kitchen all in the most idyllic surroundings imaginable. You can go for long walks straight from the Barn and Chichester is only a 15 minute drive. Rob and Rachel went out of their way to make us feel incredibly welcome and were able to give us lots of advice on attractions in the area. I would definitely recommend staying here.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wishing we stayed longer!

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely few days at Ruebens Barn. Rachel and Rob were great! The provisions they supplied were by far the most generous of any other accommodation we've let! Our grandson had a great time using the tennis court and the 3 bathrooms made getting ready very easy with 5 of us in the let. Also have to recommend the Star and Garter in East Dean.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Having lived in West Sussex all our lives and raised our family in the Sussex Downs, Rachel & I understand just how beautiful the area is and the wealth of things to do and see within Chichester and the surrounding countryside. Ruben's Barn offers the ideal getaway, it's spacious, private and beautifully located in an area of outstanding natural beauty 8 miles from the centre of Chichester, 15 miles from beautiful sandy beaches at West Wittering, and surrounded by nearby local vineyards. We want to ensure that all our guests have a superb experience which is why we have paid particular attention to create a home away from home, self-catering accommodation. When we visit places around the world we understand how lovely it is to have a Welcome breakfast hamper and Rachel loves creating hers for our guests from local producers. Guests also comment on our facilities with use of our tennis court being a fantastic way to have fun and unwind. The barn is surrounded by farmland and forests hidden within The Goodwood Estate, and is just perfect for hikers, cyclists, and nature lovers exploring this beautiful area. Romantic and family holidays are precious and we understand this which is reflected in the fact that people want to come back and stay again and again at Ruben's Barn.
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Chichester, Sussex

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
29 Sep 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas / New Year
23 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
3 Jan 2018 - 8 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Spring
9 Feb 2018 - 18 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring / Summer
19 Mar 2018 - 14 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
16 Jul 2018 - 24 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £30

Our minimum stay is 2 nights and a supplement will apply.

Please enquire for a 2 night stay.

The price for a 2 night stay is £495

The price for a 3 night weekend stay / 4 night midweek stay is £575 (Spring / Autumn / Winter)

The price for a 3 night weekend stay / 4 night midweek stay is £750 (Summer)

Supplement for use of sofa bed is £25 per night

Rubens Barn accepts well behaved dogs - £30 per dog supplement

There may be a supplement for Christmas, New Year, Bank holidays, and Sporting event dates at Goodwood

3 night Xmas / New Year / Easter break £750
4 night Xmas / New Year / Easter break £850

Festival of Speed 2018 at Goodwood £1600 (4 night stay) and £2100 (7 night stay)

Revival Meeting 2018 at Goodwood £1600 (4 night stay) and £2100 (7 night stay)

Please email to confirm price and revised quote for short and long stays

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