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Modern Barn In The Heart Of Sussex, Easy access to Lewes and Brighton

Bedrooms 2
Space 871 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Modern 2 bedroom well appointed cottage. Own garden, use of tennis court and direct access to walks.

Larch Cottage is a modern 2 bedroom recently re-built barn, with a lovely open living area, well-equipped kitchen, patio and garden area plus you will have use of the owner's tennis court.

The attractive private garden has its own gate straight onto Chailey Common, renowned for its heathland, wildlife, and the remains of WW1 training trenches.

Chailey is in the heart of Sussex, within easy reach of many local attractions (Lewes, South Downs, Bluebell Railway, Brighton, Ashdown Forest, Sheffield Park. and much more). There are lots of walks nearby and plenty of great pubs to enjoy! Several beaches are within a 45 minute drive.

The barn is well equipped, including underfloor heating, washer/drier, dishwasher, Smart TV and wi-fi. Artwork by local artists is displayed on the walls, and some of the works are available to buy.

It sleeps 4, ideal for two adults and two children, though there is space for a cot as well. There is one double room and one twin room.

Please note we are usually a FRIDAY changeover. Arrivals from 3.30 in the afternoons and departure at 10.30 in the morning.

The barn is down a private driveway off the A272. It is well set back from the road.

The free wifi is fine (for a rural area). The mobile signal is poor for some networks. If that is a problem, we can provide you with a land-line.

More Details

Member since: 2014
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Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2018

About Fiona

The cottage is owned by Fiona and Andrew Robson and is situated on their property, but in a secluded position. We have three children aged 22 - 27, who have all now (mostly) left home, and this is a new project for us. We built the barn in 2014, welcomed our first guests in 2015, and are enjoying receiving our many visitors who come from all over the world.

We also love to know a bit about our guests before the arrive. Please do tell us, for example, why you are visiting Sussex when you make your enquiry.

Fiona purchased this barn in 2014

Why Fiona chose Chailey

Excellent location for exploring Sussex

Your own gate straight onto Chailey Common

Modern, well-equipped, interior, with spacious living area

Lovely private patio and garden, overlooking wood

Use of tennis court

Use of table tennis table

What makes this barn unique

Use of tennis court

Easy access to walking, Brighton, London, Ashdown Forest, South Downs and much more.

Lovely private garden with decking.

Walking straight from garden

Use of indoor table tennis table


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Chailey in Mid Sussex District

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 871 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • One bathroom with good-sized shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has Queen size double bed Bedroom 2 has 2 twin beds, which can easily be moved together. Space in bedroom 1, or living area, for a cot.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
We have a NO SMOKING policy. The cottage is well set back from the road, but there can be some road noise in the garden. The bungalow is well sound-proofed, so can only hear slight noise occasionally from inside. You cannot see the road from the garden or the barn, which are surrounded by mature trees. There is a footpath running behind the garden. It is mostly blocked off by wild flower mound and holly, but the cottage is just visible through gate to nosy passers-by! We are required to point out that there is no protected exit from the bedrooms. Emergency exits are via the French windows, front door, or fully openable bedroom windows. Please see floor plan. Fire safety: cottage is on one floor, all electric, with no "naked flame", no gas, no oil, no wood-burner. There is a Hallway and porch for muddy boots, coats etc Please take care on the patio which can be slippery when wet or icy.


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Modern Barn In The Heart Of Sussex, Easy access to Lewes and Brighton
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 23 reviews

Excellent accomodation with a neat and tidy enclosed garden

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our stay which was helped by our welcome from Fiona and the thought she had put in to the items left in the accomodation eg cereals, milk, tea, coffee, bread etc as well as a delicious chocolate cake. The garden had direct access to Chailey Commons on which I enjoyed a lovely walk every morning. The property was ideally located for what we wanted to do which was visiting gardems, National Trust properties etc and we never travelled more than twenty miles from the property. A most enjoyable holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 15-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful woodland retreat

  • 4 of 5

Very comfortable accommodation nestled right in the woods. Lovely welcome from the owners who felt like old friends from the moment we met.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely new cottage in a peaceful area

  • 5 of 5

This is a new superb 2-bed cottage, with underfloor heating and a powerful shower room! We all had a lovely stay and the landlord was very helpful, providing a few basic items on arrival including a yummy cake for the kids. The cottage is near a Common, great for walks.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful - lovely barn

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed for three nights in late June and we had a lovely time. The barn is so comfortable, and we loved everything about it, including the linens! We attended Glyndebourne and Fiona was very helpful with taxi suggestions (Thank you Kelly of Chailey Cars!!). The barn is light and airy and the area is very peaceful, yet close to lot of attractions! Thank you Fiona and Andrew, for a great few days! Mary Anne and Michael Baumgartner, Boston, USA, and Zurich, Switzerland

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a week here with our two young children. This is one of the best equipped properties we have stayed in and in a lovely setting. The children enjoyed playing in the garden and on the tennis court and watching the squirrels and "Freddy" the Pheasant who came to visit in the garden.

Great location for visiting the coast and also other attractions inland (Ashdown Forest (Pooh Sticks bridge); Wilderness Forest, Herstmonceaux Science Park) and National trust properties.

Lovely chocolate cake and welcome pack of provisions left for us by Fiona and Andrew. Would highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Fabulous cottage. Amazing attention to detail, spotlessly clean and very comfortable. Very warm welcome much appreciated.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Gatwick, London
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
16 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Haywards Heath
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
16 Miles
Car: recommended

The main attractions:

Lewes (8 miles; 15 mins) Historic market town and castle. A must see!

Brighton (15 miles; 30 mins) Famous beach, pier, Brighton Pavilion, Aquarium, the Lanes..... A terrific day out!

South Downs (10 miles; 20 minutes). Fantastic walks, great views.

Ashdown Forest (8 miles; 20 minutes). Rolling countryside - and Pooh sticks

Sheffield Park (4 miles; 7 minutes). Spectacular gardens and lakes

Bluebell Railway (4 mules; 7 minutes). Steam trains - fun for all the family!

Fletching (6 miles; 10 minutes) Lovely village - two great pubs.

Wakehurst Place (7.5 miles; 13 minutes).

Shopping, restaurants and pubs::

Newick (5 mins) is the best place locally to pick up the basics - country baker, traditional butcher, chemist and convenience store (and three pubs within 100 yards).

Otherwise there are supermarkets in Haywards Heath (10 mins) .

The best restaurants are the local pubs, several of which have very high reputations - eg The Griffin at Fletching (under 10 mins). The local beer is Harveys - brewed in Lewes, and not to be missed!


In the Summer, there are children's tennis camps that can be booked at Ardingly (12 mins), and there is also sailing on the lake at Ardingly.

There is canoeing in the Summer on the river Ouse (and a great pub!) at Balcombe (10 mins away)

There are many golf courses within 30 minutes, for every standard.

.....and you have access to a tennis court on site


There are some great beaches and coastal walks within easy reach. As well as the famous Brighton beach, there is Beachy Head, Cuckmere Valley and Seven Sisters. All within a 30 minute drive.


Driving: about 1 hour 15 mins from London; 1 hour 45 mins from Dover

Train: Haywards Heath Station (Brighton/Gatwick/London line) 10 mins away. London 45 mins by train.

Gatwick Airport 30 mins (and easily reached by car or train)

Having a car is preferable but we are an easy taxi-ride from the station, and, with direct access on to Chailey Common, a bus stop 5 mins away and 3 pubs within a 45 min walk, a holiday here without a car is perfectly feasible.

We are on the Haywards Heath/Uckfield bus route, with connections to Lewes


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Chailey, West Sussex

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Spring 2 2018
24 Mar 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Autumn 2018
10 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter 2018
1 Nov 2018 - 28 Feb 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring 1 2019
1 Mar 2019 - 30 Mar 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Sping 2 2019
31 Mar 2019 - 29 Jun 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Summer 2019
1 Jul 2019 - 7 Sep 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
£200 deposit required to confirm booking.
Full payment 6 weeks before arrival.
Deposit will be returned within 2 weeks of departure, once inspected.

Changeover Day:
Normally Friday. Departure by 10.30am; Arrival between 3.30pm and 6.00p, or later by arrangement.

Notes on prices:
Prices also available for 2 or more nights, or for longer than one week. Please contact owner

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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