Holiday Barn/Cottage, Horam, Nr. Heathfield, East Sussex, England - Peaceful Rural Location Within A Short Walk Of The Popular And Picturesque Cuckoo Trail
About Sophie Strevens
The owners moved from London to Dilnot Farm with their 13 month old son and dog 13 years ago. In the last 13 years they've been busy having renovated their own house, had two more children, bought another dog , rescued a cat, bred chickens, taken on horses and last but not least, renovated the Barn for Holiday Lettings (which in the past housed turkey's and cattle and more recently horses). Now you'll be pleased to hear it's been completed and all traces of livestock in the Barn are gone!
Sophie Strevens purchased this Barn in 2006
Why Sophie Strevens chose Heathfield
The owners fell immediately in love with the area. The setting is idyllic, not completely remote, but not overlooked either. The lovely small market town of Heathfield is up the road, there are excellent country pubs, wonderful walks on the Ashdown Forest & the South Downs and excellent shopping in Tunbridge Wells, Uckfield, Eastbourne, Brighton and Lewes. There are two nearby train stations to get to and from London for shopping or theatre and day trips from Dover to Calais to pick up the latest wine deals are a regular event! What isn't to love about all that?!
What makes this Barn unique
You can commute to London. You can go to Glyndebourne. You can shop in some of the most beautiful towns in the South East and you can easily get to Calais from Dover for a lovely day out. If you are looking for a restful holiday in a lovely location or wish to cycle or walk to the Coast on the Cuckoo Trail (5 min walk away) then our Barn is the place for you. If you wish to combine rest with shopping in some gorgeous Towns then this is the place for you. If you wish to rest and entertain your children then you have a variety of activity farms to go to in the area and the Coast, where you can swim and paddle, is within a 15 minute drive - all this is within easy access from our Barn.
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Beautiful Barn With A Great Outside Space
This is a great place to stay for a family holiday and the wonderful, secure outside space was a real bonus for our 8 year old to run around and play. There's so much to do in the local area this is an ideal base from which to explore.
Thank you so much for your lovely review. I’m so glad you had a super time in the Barn and enjoyed what it had to offer. We hope you will come back in the future for another stay. We’d be delighted to have you.
Lovely property in a relaxing rural setting
This was our second stay at this property. It is in a great location for exploring the local area and the south coast and there is plenty to do. The property is comfortable and peaceful and you feel relaxed straight away. There is everything you need for your stay and the finish of the furnishings, beds, bedding and towels is of good quality. It was very clean and well equipped. There are three bathrooms and the showers (which can make or break a stay) were excellent. Our dog loved the garden and there is easy access to the railway walk. The owners are very pleasant and easy to deal with and very helpful. I am sure we will return.
Thank you Nicola for your kind review. It was lovely to have you to stay at the barn again and we hope to see you again in the future.
If you’re looking for a place to stay in East Sussex then look no further than this Barn. It was very clean and the large private garden is a bonus for children or dogs and well placed for visiting local attractions (Ashdown Forest, the South Downs and beaches for long walks). The owners have obviously put a lot of effort to make sure guests are comfortable and have a home from home experience. Excellent range of pubs too in the area; The Black Duck in Warbleton and The Gun in Chiddingly are two we personally tried and tested a few times during our stay. Highly recommend a stay here. The bottle of Prosecco was also a lovely touch. Thank you Sophie.
The Barn was perfect for our stay. All the bedrooms were excellent and the beds very comfortable. The bathrooms had excellent showers and everywhere was spotless. We sat outside morning and evening which was very lucky for September. The garden was very private and peaceful. We could not fault the barn and would highly recommend it to everyone. A fantastic stay with friends in a lovely property.
High-spec barn in beautiful location
Dilnot barn was a complete treat. We stayed for a long weekend with friends (and three babies!) and enjoyed every minute.
Dilnot barn is finished to the highest standard and was impeccably clean upon our arrival (it was like we were the first guests to ever stay there). We were particularly impressed with the high-spec bathrooms, including brilliant showers. All three bedrooms were lovely and each a great size - we were the first of our party to arrive and struggled to choose which we'd like to use as they are all so nice. The open-plan living room/kitchen made the perfect space to hang out, cook and eat together. The barn is in a beautiful setting with a huge private garden surrounded by trees.
The owner, Sophie, was very helpful and responded really quickly to questions by email.
We will definitely make use of Dilnot barn again if we are back in the area.
Thank you Sophie!
We only stayed for two nights as we were attending a wedding locally but the barn was everything we could have asked for. Very clean and well furnished and the bottle of bubbly in the fridge was a very nice touch. Everything was spot on.
Special interest holidays:
A wide range of activities are available locally for children. Knockhatch Adventure Park (10 mins by car), Drusillas Park (15-20 mins by car and widely regarded as the best small Zoo in the country), Blackberry Farm (15 mins by car), Blackstock Farm (5 mins by car), Middle Farm (working Dairy farm at the foot of the South Downs (20 mins by car), Bentley Wildfowl & Motor museum, Ashdown Forest Llama Park, Bewl Water and Bedgebury Park are all popular attractions. Details of more can be provided.
Additionally there are a range of historic attractions locally, such as Bodium Castle, Herstmonceux Castle (10mins by car) Battle Abbey,
The Sussex Coast is within approximately 20 mins by car. Norman's Bay, Pevensey Bay and Seaford (Beachy Head) to name but a few are popular seaside destinations. Camber Sands is under 1 hour by car providing long stretches of beautiful golden sandy beaches.
Gatwick Airport is approximately 1 hour away by car.
Buxed train station (Southern) and Stonegate (Southeastern) are approximately 15 mins away by car. Both stations provide regular services to London (London Bridge, Waterloo East & Charing Cross)
The market town of Heathfield is approximately 7 mins away by car. The village of Horam is approximately 3 minutes away by car.
Well behaved dogs are permitted - an additional charge of £20 per week per dog will be applied plus a further damage deposit of £50.00. We ask that dogs do not go into any of the bedrooms, upstairs or on the furniture please.