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

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


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

Brenda Haines
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
16 March, 2018

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 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 barn 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 barn in Rye in Northiam

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1722 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 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
  • 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
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • 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 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.


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Lovely historic converted barn, 4 Star Gold Award Status, just 6 milesfrom Rye
average rating of 4.875 based on 32 reviews

Lovely property, fantastic owner, a little haven in East Sussex

  • 5 of 5

We stayed over Xmas and New Year in Firkin Barn and we’re thrilled with the property from the moment we arrived, the directions to the property were easy to follow and the welcome when you walked through the front door was perfect. The barn had been very tastefully adorned with Xmas decorations making it feel much more a home rather than a base for our stay. Brenda was really helpful not that we needed to contact her apart from asking for the logs to be replenished for the log burner, at no extra cost as they make sure that, wherever possible, you have a sufficient supply even in the depths of winter! Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Berkhamsted, UK

Beautiful, cosy and comfortable

  • 4 of 5

We spent two nights at Firkin Barn; cleverly and sympathetically converted accommodation fitted out to the highest standard. It was a cold November weekend but the log burner kept us super cosy, and we enjoyed cooking meals in the well-appointed kitchen then curling up each evening. The bedrooms are both generously-sized, and it was great to have a separate bath and shower. Thanks to Brenda for being so welcoming and accommodating - we have a young baby and were thrilled that she was very welcome too, and that a travel cot and booster chair were readily available. In the main, the setting is blissfully rural and quiet, but we were disturbed on the Saturday night by loud music from a neighbouring barn, which blared from about 3-5am! I am sure this was an aberration, but it was a real shame - it woke our daughter and led to a very disrupted night.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely cottage, very clean and cosy

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay, very friendly hosts, everything was easy and the cottage is warm and cosy.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

lovely cottage, reasonable price and perfect for what we needed!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
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Excellent short break

  • 5 of 5

Wow what a stunning barn! We very much enjoyed our stay, lovely surroundings, easy to find and brilliant facilities. You can be in rye within about 15mins and the beach is only a little further. Very comfortable space and we felt right at home. Even took a walk to see the chickens and sheep in the surrounding farmland. The owners were around and available but not intrusive, made us feel very welcome. Just wish we could have stayed longer! Thanks Brenda

  • Review Submitted: 30-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
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Lovely spacious barn conversion, with all the amenities you would want.

  • 5 of 5

We booked Firkin Barn as a holiday with another couple and their little dog, so felt anxious that everything was going to be good, we shouldn't have worried - it was perfect. We were welcomed with fresh sweet peas in a vase on the table, bottle of chilled wine in the fridge and a spotlessly clean accommodation. Cosy feel to the lounge with a large log burner all set up with a good stock of logs should you need to light it. The beds were lovely and comfortable, plenty of space in the bedrooms, we didn't find the beds small as a previous review but you may if you are used to king size or larger. The blind had been repaired in the main bedroom. Our friends had the bedroom to the front of the barn, their bathroom being across the landing, this doesn't have a stand up shower, but they said it was fine. We made good use of the gym situated next to Firkin Barn, we played table tennis every night, and as we were the only ones staying within the various properties available, we were lucky to be able to play as long as we wanted - if anyone is staying in 'the suite' above the gym, then you can only play up to 6pm. Unfortunately we didn't get to meet Brenda, but her housekeeper made us very welcome. Beautiful part of the country, plenty to do and see, would definitely return in the future and recommend to anyone. Firkin great for two couples,or family. Didn't see other two properties but sure they would be the same great standard and good for bigger family parties to hire all three. Thank you Brenda for a lovely stay, perhaps see you when we next stay.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
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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
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 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.