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



Updated: 05-Dec-2016
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.

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Details for holiday barn Firkin Barn Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, 3 Bathrooms

Firkin Barn Cottage consists of the major part of the restored barn, with two double bedrooms, one also containing a single trundle bed. The main bedroom is spacious, being the entire width of the barn and contains one double bed, walk in wardrobe/dressing area and an ensuite shower room with shower, WC and washbasin. Bedroom 2 is also a light, sunny double bedroom with an additional trundle bed, full size but as it is in the double bedroom, probably more suitable for a child. A travel cot can be supplied on request, but please note that we do not supply cot bedding.

Downstairs, there is a large light living/dining room, with cosy log burner for cooler months, spacious light kitchen with all appliances and a cloakroom with WC and washbasin.

Firkin Barn Cottage has a sunny brick terrace with table and chairs for 5, and a barbeque and sun loungers in summer months, all situated within a lovely walled garden.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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.

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11 Reviews

based on 11 holidaymaker reviews


Immaculate property everything you need for a perfect holiday !

  • 5 of 5

Friendly helpful owners for whom nothing was too much trouble.Perfect location for exploring the East Sussex coast and countryside.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Barbara, Thank you so much for your kind review - we very much hope to see you all again sometime! Kind regards Brenda
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Fantastic holiday rental

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a fab holiday in a beautiful barn, every home comfort you could wish for. A real delight to stay in. We spent hours in the delightful garden - thank you Brenda and Richard for the sun loungers which we thoroughly enjoyed. The attention to detail inside and outside was second to none. A nice touch also was the fresh garden flowers, eggs, milk and wine on our arrival. Situated in lovely countryside with lots to do and see if you can bear to leave the garden and barn! A big thank you again from 4 very happy and chilled out guests. If I listed everything good about this holiday rental I would run out of space. Just gorgeous and very comfortable.

Debbie and Rob Neve and Carol and David Owens

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic property, very well appointed with extra little touches to make your stay extra special

  • 5 of 5

This is the best holiday cottage we have ever stayed in. Beautifully decorated and spotlessly clean. On arrival there were fresh flowers on the table, milk in the fridge and fresh eggs. Ideally situated for visiting Rye and at the owners recommendation we visited a local pub for a meal which served some of the best food we've ever had in a pub.

The owners were extremely helpful from the point of enquiry right through to during our stay. Would highly recommend a stay in Firkin Barn to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your very kind review - we hope to see you again sometime. Kind regards Brenda
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  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay at Firkin Barn. The property is exactly as described, and must be seen. We were greeted by the owners upon arrival who made us feel very welcome and assured us that should we need anything to call.

Apart from being very well maintained by the owners Mr and Mrs Haines, it really is home from home, with everything you need and more to make your stay most comfortable. Upon arrival there were flowers on the table, wine in the fridge, and tea, coffee and biscuits and milk awaiting you. As was a great log burner ready laid.

In both bedrooms there are the little touches, bottles of water and glasses, and cotton wool balls on dressing tables. Towels were in good order and provided in both bathrooms.

I would have no hesitation in recommending this property to friends and family, great location to town centre and nearby seaside, Camber Sands.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review. We hope to hear again from you sometime, With kind regards Brenda
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Beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in Rye. The cottage was beautiful and immaculately clean. Brenda was a fantastic host and couldn't have been more welcoming or helpful. We had a lovely weekend and would thoroughly recommend this cottage for a relaxing weekend break. Would love to come back next year.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful barn that was simply "home" for a week

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week at a fantastic place... The barn was perfect.. cosy clean and comfortable! We made use of the table tennis facilities even creating our own tournament (a lot of cheating involved ! ) ...great fun was had by all.With two dogs we were walking everyday enjoying the lovely weather :) all in all a great holiday ...thankyou

  • Review Submitted: Nov 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review, we do hope to hear from you again in the future. Kind regards Brenda
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Bodiam Castle

From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : London Gatwick at 57 Miles Nearest Barpub : Rose and Crown at the end of the road! at 1 Miles Nearest Ferry : Dover at 47 Miles Nearest Golf : Rye at 6 Miles Nearest Train : Rye at 6 Miles Nearest Motorway : A28 at 3 Miles Nearest Restaurant : White Dog or White Hart each about 2 miles at 2 Miles Nearest Beach : Camber Sands at 7 Miles 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 and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
5th November-22nd December
5 Nov 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Xmas week
23 Dec 2016 - 29 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
New Year week
30 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
7th Jan - 9th Feb
7 Jan 2017 - 9 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Feb Half term
10 Feb 2017 - 17 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Spring
18 Feb 2017 - 6 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
7 Apr 2017 - 20 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
21 Apr 2017 - 25 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Summer
26 May 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Summer
21 Jul 2017 - 14 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

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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From the Owner

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!

Property Type

  • barn


  • 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 ...


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • 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


  • 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


  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • 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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