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



Updated: 07-Dec-2016
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
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

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.

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Speaks English, French

12 Reviews

based on 12 holidaymaker reviews


Certainly a retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We, a family of four with two small children, had a super stay here over half term. It's obvious that a huge amount of thought and care has been put into making this such a wonderful place to stay. We had a lovely time strolling about on the common and watching the squirrels in the garden!

We won't hesitate to recommend a stay to our friends and hope to come back again soon!

Thank you so much Fiona & Andrew.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful little barn

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay immensely. The barn had everything we needed plus a lovely home made chocolate cake and apple juice made by the owners! Fiona and Andrew were very welcoming and helpful but were very conscious of not invading our space. The barn was great for our 93 year old father as it was very mobility impaired friendly. The common just through the back gate was lovely and having wild ponies at the gate was such a thrill! Only wish the deer and cows hadn't been playing such a good game of hide and seek!! Would highly recommend this property and would happily return.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A very comfortable and well equipped house

  • 5 of 5

Fiona and Adrew gave us a very warm welcome

They left us some provisions in the kitchen and a lovely chocolate cake!

The house was very clean and very well maintained.

We had a very pleasant stay and can recommend it to relatives and friends

We would love to come again!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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This was a great Place

  • 5 of 5

We had a really good week here. It backs onto the common, meaning we had ponies peering over the back gate, and two different owls competing for attention. We were left with a great chocolate cake, and milk, butter, orange juice in the fridge. It was so kind and thoughtful, and the overall impression was of owners who really cared about the people they have to stay. We visited a variety of venues close by, and out to Rye and Southampton, too. At the end, we were invited to go to the orchard and pick some of the many apples that were ripe on the trees. I'd recommend this place to anyone who wants to visit Sussex. A lovely place.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful setting and accomodations

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved this place. We saw the ponies from Chailey Common in the morning just our past the backyard. The "Barn" is a beautiful moderrn cottage with all the amenities. We didn't have a vehicle, but had no problem getting taxis picking us up and dropping us off. We were visiting from Canada for a wedding in the area and we had our 20 something daughters with us. It was very spacious, clean, tasteful and welcoming. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great place to stay in the area. Besides the delicious cake waiting for us there were all the essentials there as well.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Best Cottage we have ever stayed in 😊

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely place and Fiona, and Andrew were very welcoming.

We really enjoyed our stay. All the extras were very charming, and the chocolate cake was amazing.

Would highly recommend 😊

Thank you. ...

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

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

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Gatwick, London at 15 Miles Nearest Barpub : Chailey at 2 Miles Nearest Ferry : Newhaven at 16 Miles Nearest Golf : Piltdown at 4 Miles Nearest Train : Haywards Heath at 5 Miles Nearest Motorway : M23 at 10 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Chailey at 2 Miles Nearest Beach : Newhaven at 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 and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
28 Oct 2016 - 9 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring 1
10 Mar 2017 - 6 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
7 Apr 2017 - 20 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Spring 2
22 Apr 2017 - 6 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2017
7 Jul 2017 - 7 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 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

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From the Owner

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

Property Type

  • barn


  • 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 ...


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


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • rural


  • 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


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • One bathroom with good-sized shower.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • 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.


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


  • Self-catering

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


  • 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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