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Converted Elizabethan Threshing Barn w/Clear Views Of Sussex Countryside



Updated: 31-Mar-2016
Barn in Hartfield, Sussex, England - A Quiet, Idyllic Setting, With Country Walks On Its Doorstep And A Wealth Of English History Nearby

A beautiful Elizabethan threshing barn, surrounded by a watermill, mill pond, ancient bluebell woods, streams and pastures. The Barn is perfect for two couples,but many parties of 6 have stayed and had a wonderful time. There are three bathrooms, each has its own hot water tank…so plenty of hot water! The barn includes widescreen TV, WiFi, DVD player, satellite receiver and a music centre with iPod dock. For those seeking romance or just a quiet getaway with friends or family, or drawn by the desire to draw or paint the local landscape. the oak beamed, rustic Old, Elizabethan Miller’s Barn is the place to stay. Doors from the Lounge open on to a private patio/ sun terrace, which has tables and seating for alfresco eating and/or drinking. Some family heirlooms and collectables add to the homely atmosphere, which is all part of the family feeling for which this accommodation is renown. Children and pets are welcome

  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I live nearby the Old Barn with my partner and children. I grew up in the main house and went to school in the village.

I have always loved this area and have recently returned to live here once again.

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1 holidaymaker review

United Kingdom


  • 5 of 5

Wonderful old barn tucked away in an idyllic rural location.

Lovely touches from the owner. Flowers in bedrooms and kitchen. Milk in the fridge so we could make a cup of tea when we arrived especially beneficial when you arrive late in the day and have not got your bearing for he local amenities.

Facilities for pets including bowls, towels and biscuits.

Caring owner who keeps in touch with you to ensure that you are comfortable.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

This was the house in which I grew up and I have always loved the area and its rural ways. Our family still run businesses associated with the property and the forge is a working Farriers business run one of my brothers. It is a quiet and idyllic place and gave us all a great environment in which to have been privileged enough to have grown up in. My father still lives in the main house and all our children are now benefiting too from being able to enjoy the grounds which we all explored as children too.

Activity and Interests

Car: recommended


Pooh Corner Tea House -1 Mile.

Ashdown Forest -2 Miles.

Hever Castle -4 Miles.

Penshurst Place and Gardens -5 Miles.

Chiddingstone Castle -5 Miles.

Royal Tunbridge Wells –7 Miles.

Sheffield Park Gardens -12 Miles.

Knole House and Park -12 Miles.

Chartwell -12 Miles.

Lamberhurst Vineyard -17 Miles.

Bewl Water Boat cruises -17 Miles.

Nymans Gardens -18 Miles.

Ightham Mote -18 Miles.

Leeds Castle -28 Miles.

Sissinghurst Gardens -28 Miles.

Bodium Castle -35 Miles

Prices and Availability

Rental rates


  • Booking Notes:
    Payments are to be made in full through inter bank transfers All bookings are subject to an additional £100 insurance deposit. to cover any possible breakages, to be returned in the week following your stay. Cancellation more than 8 weeks prior to booking will see full refund minus admin fee of £50. Cancellation after that time would see refund, only if another booking could be made. If a booking can be made within the 8 weeks, a refund minus £100 would be payable.

    Cancellations must be made

    Changeover Day:
    Changeover days are Friday and Monday for short stays and Friday for week or longer stays. These are potentially flexible dependent upon availability. Stays are available from 3.30pm on day of arrival and to be vacated by 10am on day of departure.

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From the Owner

Apart from the unique nature of the building itself and the history that it enjoys. It is truly an idyllic setting in which to get away from it all. Whether you want a romantic stay in four poster beds, or want to express you artistic desires and draw or paint the numerous scenes that surround the barn and the grounds, this is a great place to fall back into a sense of our rural history. If you're the outdoors type there are walks and historic gardens within easy reach by car, golf courses and places for a good family day out. We are fortunate enough to be surrounded by a great historic legacy too in the buildings and castles that are still standing and open to the public. Information on all these and more are available both at the property and on our website.

Property Type

  • barn


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf pass optional
  • hunting
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Each en suite bathroom comes with a bath with shower attachment, a wc and basin, heated towel racks


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The Honeymooner's Hayloft has a double, four poster bed with en-suite facilities, The Dovesnest also has a double four poster bed and en suite facilities. Each has a fold away day bed which can be put up in the bedroom or downstairs in the lounge.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

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


  • Notes on accommodation: The age and nature of the building and its original rustic character, means that some of the doorways are lower than modern entrances. The barn has excellent structural architecture and is a tribute to the skilled building techniques of oak beamed structures, redolent of its period. The rooms have bespoke four poster beds, and wooden paneling throughout. The glass windows at the front and rear of the property allow excellent natural light to fill the rooms, as well as affording views of the surrounding landscape. This quiet, idyllic, unspoilt scene is the quintessential getaway from the modern, hectic pace of life and welcomes not only families and friends seeking a retreat, but also those of an artistic nature. The area and grounds are perfect for painters and artists seeking some wonderful locations to capture. The Mill was chosen by Christopher Hampton as the setting for his film, Carrington, a film about the Bloomsbury set, starring Emma Thompson and Jonathan Price. Outside: The grounds consist of a meadow to the rear of the accommodation, which can be viewed from the sun terrace/patio area to the rear of the property, there are well tended beds that border the patio. There are also a Calor Gas and a Charcoal Bar-B-Q which residents can use when the weather is conducive. Disposable Bar-B-Qs are also available from the Proprietors, price on application. There is a mill pond to the front of the property, a working forge and a collection of ducks, geese and chickens. the chicken's eggs are available for the guests to take and enjoy as part of their stay. There are walks that surround the property following ancient pathways through the Sussex countryside, as well as ancient bluebell woods. The original watermill lies adjacent to The Old Barn, and although it ceased to be a working mill in the late 1940s, it still retains some of the original features of the grindstones in its interior. Utility Room: Washing machine and cleaning facilities are based in the kitchen and in a cupboard containing, hoover, brush, mop and other cloths and materials for all basic cleaning jobs. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and linen are provided. They are changed at the end of each stay, unless a long stay has been booked when towels and linen are change each week. Other towels are available on request.

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