About the property
- Cottage1722 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights
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.
- Response time:
- within a few days
- Calendar last updated:
- May 26, 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 Northiam
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!
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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!
Amazing barn lovely area and would recommend this holiday let to anyone.
The barn is beautifully rennovated and little touches provided were lovely. Welcome pack toiletries lively towels and clean facilities.
Batteries fully charged
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 .
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!
Lovely cottage and stay
We really enjoyed our stay at the cottage. It had everything we needed. Beautiful location and the surrounding area equally as nice. Thank you.
The property has been beautifully renovated but the owners have kept all the traditional features...
We loved our stay here. The owner Brenda introduced herself to us and offered us helpful advice on places to go in the area. We relaxed as soon as we entered the property....everything we could of asked for. The property is beautiful, the log burner in the lounge makes it so cosy and the children loved the table tennis barn. Firkin barn has been lovingly renovated and it's an ideal getaway. We loved it and hope to return !!
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.
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!
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
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.