Tucked away in a woodland near Lewes, the Tack Barn is a beautiful and sustainable one-bedroom waterside holiday cottage kitted out with contemporary crafts and art by local makers and artists.
With sustainability at its core, yet never compromising on comfort, the Tack Barn is packed with little luxuries, including: floor to ceiling windows that flood the spaces with light and offer views through the trees onto fields, a wood burner for chilly evenings (logs are suplied), a king-sized bed with line-dried crisp, organic cotton sheets, a kitchen equipped with everything a food-lover will need, a welcome basket of delicious home-grown and locally sourced essentials, and in the bathroom, organic cotton towels and candles. There is also excellent WiFi connection, should you need it.
Back to nature
Outside there is plenty more to enjoy: a wrap-around deck, outdoor dining shelter and hammock, a fire-pit for toasting marshmallows (and toes), owls hooting and nightingales singing in the trees – and a garden to lose yourself in.
- Total peace and quiet – apart from the owls in the trees and the fish jumping in the pond
- Snuggle up in front of the wood-burner on chilly evenings, or the fire-pit on balmy ones
- In the countryside, yet close to the South Downs, chalk coastline and Lewes
Things to do nearby
The hosts provide guests with a special ‘Insider’s Guide’ ahead of their stay, packed with tried and tested special places. They also recommend:
- The county town of Lewes is ten minutes away, with its historic high street, independent shops and cafes, Norman castle and Bonfire celebrations. Excellent hunting ground for antiques, flea markets & auction houses.
- The country homes & haunts of the Bloomsbury Group are on the doorstep, including Virginia Woolf’s home at Monk’s House, Charleston (the home of Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell), and Vita Sackville-West’s Sissinghurst is less than an hour away
- Tack Barn is at the foot of the South Downs National Park, near the iconic landscapes of the Seven Sisters cliffs, Beachy Head & Cuckmere Haven. Lots of unforgettable walks and beautiful Downland pubs to finish up in.
- The area has always been a haven for artists and writers; walk in the footsteps of artist Eric Ravilious and Eric Gill, visit Farley Farmhouse, home of Surrealist Roland Penrose & photographer Lee Miller, or Rudyard Kipling’s beloved Batemans.
- Stock up at the farmer’s markets, the award-winning local Sussex vineyards, historic Harvey’s Brewery and the Cider and Perry collection at Middle Farm.
- The world famous Glyndebourne Opera House is three miles away, with its summer festival and touring performances in the autumn. Members get priority for tickets, but the public booking opens online in early spring.
Good to know
- Sleeps two adults in one comfortable double room. A cot is available for under 1s.
- Minimum stays apply: three nights from Sept – May, one week from June – Aug and over Christmas – New Year
- Tack Barn is not accessible by public transport
- Not suitable for children over one year old
- No pets
- No smokers