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Lovely historic converted barn, 4 Star Gold Award Status, just 6 miles from Rye

Bedrooms 2
Separate WCs1
Space 1,722 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Rye, Sussex, England - A Peaceful Location, With Great Dixter & Rye nearby

Firkin Barn is a lovely old barn, set within the ancient walled garden of Morley Farm, an estate reaching back some 600 years. It has been carefully converted to retain its many historic features, and offers a high standard of comfort including quality linen, fluffy white towels, fresh flowers, wine and our own "very" free range eggs.

(Also within the garden are Hop Press Cottage and The Suite and these can be booked either alone (Hop Press Cottage as a self contained property) or together for larger families).

Morley Farm is just outside the historic village of Northiam with its picturesque village green and many ancient houses including the famous Great Dixter and gardens. The properties are set well back from the road and have plenty of parking. Both have use of a private gym with table tennis within the old barn. Guests can enjoy our lambs in springtime and maybe even feed a newborn tiny one. Firkin Barn has an abundance of character, exposed stone walls, exposed brickwork and it is heavily beamed. First floor rooms enjoy wonderful vaulted ceilings. There are two double bedrooms, (one with additional truckle single bed) and two bath/shower rooms (one ensuite). Downstairs there is a further cloakroom, a fully fitted and integrated kitchen and a light sunny living room with cosy log burner for cooler days. All are enhanced with carefully chosen furnishings and colourful rugs. Outside, within the walled garden, Firkin Barn has its own sunny yet well screened brick terrace, complete with barbecue and sun loungers in summer, making this an ideal property for breaks at any time of year.

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Brenda Haines
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
16 June, 2018

About Brenda Haines

Richard and Brenda Haines have been running holiday cottages for 20 years now, starting with Froglets Cottage in central Rye. Along with Joan, their longstanding family housekeeper, they personally look after them and are proud that all have achieved the coveted Gold Award from EnjoyBritain.

Richard grew up in Rye and there is little he does not know about the area, (many of his stories having become family myth or joke!) and since both he and Brenda, along with their children and grandchildren who also live close by know the area so well, they are a mine of local information to help guests enjoy their stay.

Richard and Brenda love their gardens and spend a lot of time tending the plants, many of which were planted way back in time and are quite unusual.

Nonetheless, it is a family home, with pets and grandchildren, sheep and baby lambs in the springtime, free ranging chickens in the field, and lots to be enjoyed.

Brenda Haines purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Brenda Haines chose Rye

Before purchasing historic Morley Farm, Brenda and Richard had lived in a 17th Century property just up the road in the village of Newenden, but with a growing family, a larger property soon became necessary! A property with a lot of character was essential to them and when ancient Morley Farm was offered for sale, there was no hesitation. The outlook was stunning, the gardens stocked with glorious shrubs and plants, the buildings simply oozed character and history, and there was also the exciting prospect of a long history awaiting discovery.

Having already enjoyed the Rye holiday cottages, Morley Farm also had the benefit of a small detached cottage which could soon be offered as a holiday cottage, and an ancient barn to convert, all within a lovely sunny walled garden.

What makes this cottage unique

Thirteen years on, all is finished, the buildings carefully restored to their original glory. Recorded history has shown that Morley Farm dates back some 600 years with further stone remains being dated as Norman in origin, and the whole has a wonderful happy family atmosphere. Before Richard and Brenda owned the property, the previous family owners had lived there for nearly 100 years, it is indeed a much loved home.

The gardens remain pretty, and are enjoyed by guests who come not only to sunbathe or enjoy a barbeque, but to visit nearby Great Dixter, in the village, with the late Christopher Lloyds beautiful gardens. There are often lines of newly purchased plants on one of the terraces!

Morley Farm is also ideally situated for visiting numerous other famous gardens nearby, along with the many historic National Trust properties that the 1066 area is so famous for. Children can enjoy being close to and even feeding the animals or collecting eggs that are still warm. Rye, with its many attractions is only 15 minutes away, offering a complete contrast, and the beaches at Camber or Winchelsea close by - in all a perfect place both to live and holiday!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Rye in Northiam

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1722 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Children are very welcome - we can provide a travel cot, booster seats or stair gate if required. However, we do not supply cot bedding
  • Guests agree to remove and hygienically place in bins any mess their pet may make in the gardens of the property
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , This is the en-suite, with wash basin, shower and WC
    Cloakroom - Toilet
    Family bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • En-suite shower room to bedroom 1 has WC, washbasin and shower. Family bathroom with WC, washbasin and bath with hand held shower attachment. Cloakroom with WC and washbasin
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , The trundle bed is stored under the double when not in use
  • Main Barn Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 in 2 Bedrooms Plus 2 extra guests - The Suite - an optional extra en-suite double bedoom with separate entrance, an extra cost of £30 nightly, £200 weekly, please ask for separate booking template Notes on bedrooms in the main barn: Bedroom 1 with double bed, Bedroom 2 with double bed and trundle single bed. A travel cot can also be supplied. The Suite is a separate double en-suite bedroom approached via its own separate staircase and let solely as extra sleeping accommodation for larger family groups. It is comfortably furnished with flat screen TV but there are no cooking facilities (save for kettle and tea making) and it will only ever be let as ancilliary accommodation for Firkin Barn or Hop Press cottage guests. It is never let as a unit in its own right, so there will never be a lack of privacy for holidaymakers. We find that grandparents enjoy holidaying with their family but can retire to their own peaceful unit!!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Note: This property is a characterful barn conversion with good ceiling heights, but there are some sloping ceilings. Children are very welcome and a travel cot, and booster seat can be supplied. Outside: The property opens on to a walled garden which in turn leads to our farm fields with sheep and chickens. Our new lambs can be enjoyed by guests (and even fed!) every springtime. Hop Press Cottage also opens onto the walled garden, but is screened with many tall shrubs and each property has its own terrace well away and screened from each other, allowing privacy. Firkin Barn has a "sun trap" brick terrace with table, chairs, bench and barbecue along with sun loungers in summer. Guests are welcome to use the owners gym at their own risk, and there is also a full sized table tennis table Utility Room: This is located in the entrance to the gym and has a Bosch washing machine and tumble drier. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Beds are fully made up, with linen included, along with fluffy white bath and hand towels. These are changed weekly by our housekeeper. Other: Guests have the use of the private gym, which also houses a full sized table tennis table, useful for the odd dull day. Reached through the walled garden, heavily beamed and full of character, children must be accompanied by an adult.


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Lovely historic converted barn, 4 Star Gold Award Status, just 6 miles from Rye
average rating of 4.878049 based on 41 reviews

Quaint little cottage, in a beautiful setting!

  • 5 of 5

Clean and comfortable cottage, lovely to sit in suntrapped courtyard! Games room a bonus.

Brenda was charming and friendly - attention to detail was brilliant.

We would have no problems in recommending it to friends and family and would love to return ourselves.

Loads to do in the local area, Hythe especially was a lovely find!

Thank you for a lovely, fun and relaxing weekend break.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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The most perfect self catering cottage

  • 5 of 5

Just wonderful...beautifully clean, wonderful location and very friendly owners and housekeeper...the best self catering accommodation we have ever stayed in.

  • Review Submitted: 31-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely property!

  • 5 of 5

What a great find...The property itself is beautiful, even better than the pictures! The setting is perfect and exceptionally quiet without feeling isolated as there are a few other properties close by. Brenda was a fantastic host, very helpful and accommodating. The location is ideal for exploring East Sussex...Well worth a visit, you won’t be disappointed!

  • Review Submitted: 13-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
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Amazing barn lovely area and would recommend this holiday let to anyone.

  • 5 of 5

The barn is beautifully rennovated and little touches provided were lovely. Welcome pack toiletries lively towels and clean facilities.

  • Review Submitted: 13-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
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Batteries fully charged

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous cottage . Fully equipped.

Particularly loved the log burner which was laid for us and we continued to use for cosy evenings.

Lovely mini hamper of all the essentials, tea, coffee, sugar, squash, hot chocolate just to get you started. Alongside a bottle of rose’ , the freshest eggs ever, a jug of milk and fresh flowers on the table . What a wonderful welcome .

  • Review Submitted: 17-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
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Absolutely stunning!

  • 5 of 5

The property had everything Brenda had thought of all the little touches - we were overwhelmed with how wonderful the property was. We would highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
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Camber Sands
World famous beaches and sand dunes - perfect for those long walks
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Hastings Country Park
Winchelsea Beach, Winchelsea, East Sussex TN36
Nearest Airport
57 Miles
London Gatwick
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Rose and Crown at the end of the road!
Nearest Ferry
47 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
White Dog or White Hart each about 2 miles
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Camber Sands (RYE)
Car: necessary


Firkin Barn is approximately 7 miles from the famous Camber Sands and Sand Dunes, also Rye Harbour Nature reserve, and approximately 9 miles from Winchelsea Beach


Firkin Barn is approximately a mile and a half from historic Northiam Village, with Great Dixter, the late Christopher Lloyds ancient hall house and famous gardens. Northiam has a village shop and also a popular bakery and coffee shop.

The village of Newenden with the White Hart Inn, and river Rother with boating and kayaking is about 3 miles (6 minutes by car) and Bodiam village with its waterfront inn, again on the river Rother and castle about 4 miles.

Rye is about 6 miles away.

Further Details:

Great Dixter House and Gardens are nearby in Northiam Village and are a must for guests who enjoy historic properties or gardens. From spring wild flower meadows to the famous herbaceous border, it is well worth a visit at any time of year.

The area is lucky to have thriving local inns in most of the nearby villages, many serving excellent bistro style meals. However, keen cooks will enjoy the well equipped kitchen and browsing the local produce at various farmers markets, Jempsons local superstore and of course the Rye fishermen, where you will be able to choose the freshest fish and seafood!


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £10

Booking Notes:
If you would like to book please complete the on-line booking form. We accept short breaks for most times of year, save for the peak school summer holidays and even then, there may be a short break available - our availability chart is always up to date! A deposit of half the amount due is payable on booking and the balance falls due four weeks before your stay. We accept payment by internet banking, and all major cards.

The Suite - If you would like to book this then please request and additional booking form template. This will immediately be emailed to you for completion. The charge of £30.00 is made nightly, weekly charges are £200.00 regardless of whether there are one or two guests and includes all fuels, linen etc as in the main barn.

Changeover Day:
Our preferred changeover day is Friday in peak periods, but for most of the year you can choose any day.

Notes on prices:
All prices include main fuels, linen, towels, welcome pack, fresh flowers, wine and our own free range eggs. A supply of logs is also included for the log burner, which is laid during winter months ready for you to light.
We offer short breaks out of main holiday times and charge from £225.00 for a two night break.
Please note that deposits are not refundable if you cancel within 30 days of your stay and we recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover this situation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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