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Rural peace meets 21st century comfort in a 500 year old converted stone barn - Old Stables



Updated: 17-Oct-2016
Two self contained holiday homes in one place for 2, 4 or 6 people altogether.

This is a quality conversion just finished in May 2015 to the highest standards. The original building is a Grade II Listed historic stables and many of the original features still remain. Modern oak beams blend with the old in the airy living room. A feature of the conversion is the glass wall in the converted glasshouse, now the kitchen/diner, overlooking the garden and the horse paddocks beyond.

The property is set in a beautiful peaceful rural location on Laybrook Farm (equestrian only) next to the farmhouse. This quality conversion is sympathetically designed to accentuate the historic features, but is designed for luxury and comfort. The full central heating, double glazing and deep insulation insures your stay will be warm and cosy whatever the weather. Set next to Laybrook Farmhouse (equestrian only) you are surrounded by green countryside.

The property has two self contained parts. Old Stables is the largest and the wide front door opens into the large living room, with two sofas and an armchair with views out to the garden and pond. The flat screen TV has a DVD player and there is a library of DVDs available to choose from. The kitchen/diner has a ceiling to floor old stand stone wall and is drenched in sunlight from the facing glass wall and doors; a great place to have a long slow brunch while looking out over the pond and stream to the horse paddocks beyond. The kitchen is fully equipped and includes cooker, fridge, microwave and washing machine as well as kettle, toaster and cafetiere. Old Stables has one large double bedroom with a 6 foot wide super king bed which can convert to twin singles. There is a bathroom which includes P shaped shower bath and heated towel rail.

Old Stables can easily accommodate four with the use of the sofa bed in the living room. (Please note the bathroom would then need to be shared). There is seating for four in the kitchen diner and a breakfast bar for two in the kitchen area. Free Wi-Fi is available and there is plenty of parking at the front of the cottage.

The Hayloft is accessed from the outside steps. There is a dining area, sofa and a large king size bed. The flat screen TV can be angled for viewing from the sofa or bed and has a DVD player also. There is a kitchen with oven, hob, microwave and fridge as well as kettle, toaster. The bathroom has a shower, basin and toilet as well as a heated towel rail and shaver socket. There is room for a cot in the Hayloft. As it is a studio it is suitable for shorter stays and the kitchen is suitable for light meals rather than cooking up a storm!

All linen and towels are provided in both properties as well as tea and coffee.

The large garden can be enjoyed by guests and is accessed from a gate from the private patio. There is a little bridge over the stream to a paddock which is a great place to play with the dog or let the children let off steam.

The Old Stables and Hayloft could be rented together for a larger family holiday.

The local pub is a 15 minute walk on the footpath and welcomes dogs in the garden. The South Downs are close by and provide the walker with miles of uninterrupted views right to the sea. Petworth House, a National Trust property with many beautiful works of art, is 30 minutes to the west. Parham House, an Elizabethan house near the South Downs is 15 minutes to the south. The nearest beach is just 10 miles away. London can be accessed by Billingshurst station just 5 miles away. The journey is just 1 hour into Victoria Station.

We welcome one well behaved dog to share your visit. Please understand that we have a few house rules as pets; clear up after your dog; keep your dog on a lead in the garden and grounds (there is a paddock available for off the lead games) and do not leave your dog alone in the property unless in a crate (we have one available if you need it). Thank you.

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Details for holiday barn Old Stables, 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

Newly finished barn conversion of historic property.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

I was born only 10 miles away and although I have travelled and lived around the world, I have come back home as I love it.

I have three grown up daughters, two of them live in Australia. My youngest daughter is a vet and lives from home.

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13 Reviews

based on 13 holidaymaker reviews


Lovely charming well equipped cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the old stables cottage, two adults and two children one aged 4 and one aged 18 months, we found the cottage clean comfortable and well equipped and plenty off room for us all without getting under each other's feet . Alison and her daughter were there on hand if needed but left you to get on with your holiday without interruption. I would highly recommend this cottage to anyone including friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely place

  • 5 of 5

Lovely well fitted cottage. Friendly and helpful owner. Nice to be around horses and two dogs. Easy access to A24. Not walking distance to any shops but easy drive.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your informative and positive comments. Best wishes.
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Fabulous rural stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time exploring the wonderful countryside, villages and towns. The Stables was spacious with a fabulous, bright and open kitchen & dining area. Alison was a great host and we would definitely recommend this.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very good condition and comfortable

  • 4 of 5

A most enjoyable stay for a relaxing break

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a relaxing stay.
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ideal relaxing countryside place to visit Sussex and even London

  • 5 of 5

We had a relaxing and peaceful 8 days stay in this high standard property which offers a lot of opportunities for visits, either leaving the car and enjoying hours of walks through the public footpaths or choosing an outing in London one hour away from the Bilingshurst station. To be warmly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you had a happy holiday here. You are right, Sussex is a great location if you want to explore countryside, castles, the beach and of course London which within easy reach.
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  • 5 of 5

Everything was fabulous - the stable, Alison, both dogs, horses, the location, pubs. You get the idea. Thanks.

Jerry and Roberta from Canada

  • Review Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Owner's Response: Thank you so much for that. You were fabulous too!
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From the Owner

When I first saw this farmhouse and buildings it felt as if time stood still here. I loved the garden, trees, pond and stream that had flowed past these old buildings for centuries. It is a haven for wildlife too and easy to pass the time just standing still.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : London Gatwick at 42 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : White Lion pub, Thakeham at 2.5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Newhaven at 54 Kilometres Nearest Golf : West Sussex Golf Club, West Chiltington at 6 Kilometres Nearest Train : Billingshurst at 9 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : M23 Bolney at 19 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : The Red Lion, Ashington at 4 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Worthing at 19 Kilometres Car: necessary

Close to the South Downs National Park there are miles of walking trails on the seashore, woodland and the open hills. There are two stately homes nearby; the Elizabethan Parham House and Petworth House. The RSPB has a nationally known wetlands reserve at Pulborough. Goodwood hosts horseracing as well as the famous vintage car rallies. Hickstead showground runs international showjumping and dressage competitions. The south coast is nearby with fun for children at Littlehampton and bathing at Climping. Just a few miles away is Fishers Farm Park an award winning country activity and play park.

There are beautiful towns and cities to visit too; Chichester with its stunning cathedral and coastline which is a mecca for sailing enthusiasts. Arundel with its own castle; Brighton with the fascinating Lanes with little shops and the Pier.


Rental rates

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2 Sep 2016 - 27 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
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28 Oct 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
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23 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
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4 Jan 2017 - 23 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
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25 Mar 2017 - 27 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
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28 May 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
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22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
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3 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25

Only one dog per stay unless by prior arrangement with owner. Dog on lead around the farm.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Updated: 17-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

Although in the country, we are not cut off. There are lots of attractions in the cities nearby too. So there is something for everybody.

Property Type

  • barn


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 42 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Tiled floor with P shaped shower bath, heated towel rail, basin with mirrored cupboard above, shaver socket, toilet


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Child Bed, 1 Cot, 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Bedroom contains 6 foot double super king sized bed which can convert to two twin singles. Sleeping for 2 more available on the sofa bed in the lounge. Wardrobe, chest of drawers, dressing table with mirror above.


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

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