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

People5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms3
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Cottage in Rye, Sussex, England - A Peaceful Location, With Great Dixter's Gardens Nearby And Ry

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 as self contained properties 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, 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.

More Details

Owner
Brenda Haines
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2017

About Brenda Haines

Richard and Brenda Haines have been running holiday cottages for 17 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 barn in 2003

Why Brenda Haines chose East Sussex

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 barn unique

Twelve 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!

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Northiam in Sussex

Property Type:
  • barn
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - 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
Bedrooms:
  • 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
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, Bedroom 2 with double bed and trundle single bed
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • 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:
Notes on accommodation: Note: This property is a characterful barn conversion and has some sloping ceilings. There are also two steps between the kitchen and living room. Children are welcome and a travel cot, stair gate and booster seat can be supplied. Outside: The property opens on to our walled garden which in turn leads to our farm fields where we keep 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 shrubs and each property has its own terrace well away and screened from each other, allowing privacy if required. Firkin Barn has a "sun trap" brick terrace with table, chairs and barbecue along with sun loungers in summer. Guests are welcome to use the owners gym by arrangement at their own risk, and there is also a full sized table tennis table Utility Room: A utility room across the courtyard houses two washing machines and two tumble driers for the use of guests and a further utility area in the games room has a further 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 owners 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.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(21 traveller reviews)

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5

Perfection in Rye

  • 5 of 5

Firkin Barn is an amazing conversion and a beautiful place to stay. My wife and I enjoyed not only the accommodations, but the area surrounding Morley Farm. The town of Rye is charming with a lot of historical sites to see, good food and markets.

A visit to The Great Dixler house and gardens is a must.

We are on a 6 month trip of the UK and are staying at vacation rentals exclusively. Firkin Barn ranks at the top of where we have stayed.

  • Review Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful area, accomodation immaculate and characterful

  • 5 of 5

We've had a wonderful relaxing stay. Accomodation immaculate and characterful. Perfect location with lovely views. Brenda very welcoming and helpful. Would definitely stay again. 😊😊😊

  • Review Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Very nice place

  • 5 of 5

Every effort made to make it a comfortable and attractive house. Nice gardens and despite being quite close to the owners house and another rental property managed to maintain sense of privacy. Enjoyed the table tennis.very good place to explore the local area.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review, Best regards Brenda
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5

A luxury converted barn

  • 5 of 5

This converted barn has been modernised to a very high standard. The lounge/dining room offers very comfortable accommodation for four people with a very well appointed kitchen adjoining the lounge. Both the front and back doors of the barn overlook very pretty mature gardens. Upstairs the two double bedrooms are spacious and tastefully furnished. There is an en-suite and a family bathroom. We took our dog with us and the location was within close proximity to the local towns and beaches We did not have any trouble in finding pet friendly cafes and restaurants. It ticked all the boxes for us.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A perfect holiday cottage

  • 5 of 5

The owners of this lovely barn have thought of everything to make the holiday a comfortable and relaxing experience.

The welcome pack of wine, flowers and eggs is very generous. There is bottled water in the bedrooms. The gym is great! There are even wet wipes to clean sweaty hands!! I have hardly every been to a property where there are enough loo rolls, dishwasher tablets and washing powder/conditioner to last the stay. The owners even supply soap and hair products in the bathrooms. In fact, the cottage offers more than most hotels!

Although we did not use the log burner as the barn retains heat and is very cosy with just the central heating, there was a good supply of wood, which again was included in the price.

I cannot fault this lovely holiday home, value for money is outstanding, comfort excellent and the owners perfect hosts, there if you need them but keeping a low profile. Thank you for everything, we loved it! J & R Bland

  • Review Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful converted barn.

  • 5 of 5

As soon as we opened the door we felt at home. Tastefully decorated, clean and tidy. Lovely log fire, makes for a cosy evening with a large glass of wine. Hospitality second to none. Quite country road. Good parking for car. Shame we couldn't stay longer.......

  • Review Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much - we hope to welcome you again soon!
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Location

Bodiam Castle
Rye

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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Early Summer
26 May 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
£330
for 3 nights
From
£110
£775
 
 
High Summer
21 Jul 2017 - 14 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£845
for 7 nights
£845
 
 
Early Autumn
15 Sep 2017 - 2 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
£228
for 2 nights
From
£114
From
£162
Fri,Sat
£795
 
 
Late Autumn
3 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
£216
for 2 nights
From
£108
From
£162
Fri,Sat
£725
 
 
Xmas
23 Dec 2017 - 29 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£895
for 7 nights
£895
 
 
New Year
30 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
2 night minimum stay
£254
for 2 nights
From
£127
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£300
for 3 nights
From
£100
£675
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £10

Booking Notes:
If you would like to book please email or call to check availability. We accept short breaks out of main school holiday periods. 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, or cheque and we accept all major cards.

Changeover Day:
Our preferred changeover day is Friday, but this can be varied by arrangement out of peak periods.

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 £300.00 for up to three weekend nights and £300.00 for four midweek nights, Monday through to Friday. Otherwise our prices are shown weekly.
Please note that deposits are not refundable unless we are able to rebook your dates. We recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover this situation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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