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Comfortable Barn, Ashdown Forest, Fantastic Local Pub, Excellent For Walkers



Updated: 23-Oct-2016
Sleeps up to 4 beautiful rural location, stunning garden and close to an award winning traditional pub

The Barn is set in the landscaped gardens of the owners home nestling in a valley typical of the High Weald Area of Natural Outstanding Beauty and makes the perfect spot for a relaxing break.

Accommodation consists of an open plan kitchen/living/dining area, with views onto the garden. Extra guests could sleep on the large sofa bed if needed. The kitchen is fully equipped with a full size hob and oven, a washing machine and dishwasher. The bathroom is on the ground floor and has a powerful shower and heated towel rail in order your fresh towels are always warm and dry. Upstairs in the large galleried bedroom there is a comfortable king size bed with plenty of room for the z-bed or a cot (not provided) if required. Outside guests are welcome to use the garden, sit on the decked area and use the sun loungers. All linens and towels are included in the rental price.

Ideally located to visit many of the local attractions such as bluebell railway, Sheffield park gardens, groombridge place and of course all that Ashdown Forest has to offer including Pooh Bear. Plumpton & Lingfield racecourses are a short drive away as is the All England show Jumping Course at Hickstead. Brighton & London are within easy reach with excellent road/rail/bus links. Gatwick Airport is 25mins by car. Walkers, cyclists and horse riders are very welcome. Bring your horse on holiday too, the owners stables and grazing is just a mile away. Permits to ride on Ashdown Forest can be arranged for guests and your hosts have a detailed knowledge of the numerous local bridleways and footpaths.

Flexible arrival/departure times.

Secure alarmed garage storage for bikes/bicycles available, just ask when booking

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

The Barn is in the grounds of our family home, so we are always around to suggest days out and deal with any questions. My husband, I, and youngest daughter, have lived here for nearly ten years and love this friendly village and beautiful countryside. We have a collection of animals along with my husbands collection of motorbikes!

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12 Reviews

based on 12 holidaymaker reviews


Step Cottage Barn

  • 4 of 5

The Barn is a great place to stay, with lots of interesting places to visit in the area. We found the Barn to be roomy and very comfortable with the bonus of a wonderful country pub serving terrific food within walking distance. Helen and Andy made us feel very welcome and we're looking forward to a return visit hopefully next year.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect, exactly what we hoped for.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage and the hosts are perfect. It's in a lovely location, the nearby pub can't be ignored. We eat there two nights & the food was exceptional on both occasions.

The cottage is spotlessly clean and very well equipped. There were fresh eggs & milk in the fridge & tea & coffee in the cupboard.

The bathroom is very compact & I suggest that anyone with mobility issues may need to discuss with Helen before booking.

We had a wonderful couple of days there & would definitely stay again when in the area & would recommend without hesitation.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very nice place to stay

  • 5 of 5

The perfect location to visit London and the coast.It was very clean and well mantained.Helen , provided all information we needed.

We will certainly recommend this property to our friends and family...the dog and the cat were adorable.

The pub up the hill was also very good and beautyfull .

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely property

  • 5 of 5

Lovely clean property with everything you need + more. Owners were very pleasant. Would definitely consider going back if I stay in the area again.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic cottage and in excellent location within Ashdown forest

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was exactly as described in the listing and as expected.

Beautifully decorated inside and amazing garden outside.

It was clean, tidy and nicely furnished.

It included everything we needed, including milk and eggs in the fridge.

Helen was very helpful and responded all of our messages quickly.

The location was perfect for daily excursions in the High Weald area and relaxing afternoon walks in Ashdown forest.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

A delightful home away from home while visiting family in Brighton. Very welcoming hosts and a fully equiped and comfy base in a lovely part of England. Bus service to Brighton is excellent and plenty to do and see in the South Downs and beyond. We hope to return. Thank you Helen

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

This is a beautiful part of Sussex and a very friendly village. The Barn is located in our half acre of landscaped gardens. The area has lots of wildlife, watch the deer graze in the fields around you whilst you enjoy a drink. Whilst we are rural London and Brighton are very easy to reach making this the perfect spot to explore the south east of England.

Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

Bring your horse on holiday.

The owners stabling and grazing is a mile away. Permits can be arranged to ride on Ashdown Forest with it's miles of off road tracks. There are numerous local bridleways and the Southdowns National Park to explore.

Use The Barn as a base if you are competing at Ardingly, Crockstead, Golden Cross, Firle, Borde Hill Hickstead or Oldencraig all within a 30min drive.

There are local riding stables offering lesson/hacking on the Forest.

This area is a walkers paradise, footpaths from the front door and the whole of Ashdown Forest to explore.


London reached by train from Haywards Heath or East Grinstead main line stations within 60mins.

Gatwick 25 mins, Brighton 30mins, Dover 90mins, Lewes 20mins by car.

Whilst we are on a bus route (Metrobus 270) a car is recommended.


Haywards Heath 5miles, East Grinstead 5 miles.

Bluebell Railway 2 miles.

Sheffield Park 2 miles.

Further Details:

There is an excellent traditional local pub within a short walk. The Coach & Horses serves cask ales and award winning food. To be recommended.


Rental rates

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2 night minimum stay
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Booking Notes:
Rate of £80 per night is based on two guests, additional guests charged at £5 per night.
Please contact owner.
50% deposit required on booking, refunded in full if cancellation received one month before arrival. Payment in full required within a month of arrival.

Changeover Day:
Flexible on arrival/departure times and days.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 23-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

This area is perfect for walking, cycling and horse riding with lots of local attractions to visit, yet so close to Brighton and London

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


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


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Downstairs shower room with wc, hand basin and powerful shower and heated towel rail so your fresh towels are always warm and dry.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Open plan first floor bedroom with king size bed, plenty of room for a cot (not provided). Additional guests may sleep on comfortable (double) sofa bed downstairs in the living area.


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Outside: Set in landscaped gardens, private decked area available with seating. Off road secure parking. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels provided.

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