Blue Door Barns

UK England East Sussex Lewes

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The perfect rural bolthole from which to explore the South Downs

If you're bewitched by Bloomsbury and fancy staying somewhere in Sussex to get your own creative juices flowing, then this might just be the place for you. The former home of Quentin Bell, these sixteenth-century barns – one of which was formerly his studio – have been converted to a series of stylish and thoughtfully furnished self-catering and B&B rooms and apartments. Of course, you may not give a fig for either the Bells or the Bloomsbury Set, in which case this is still the place very much for you, as a more comfortable, peaceful or beautifully appointed bolthole would be hard to find – either for a weekend or longer. There is a choice of two cosy barns for couples, and two others that can comfortably sleep four, all of which can be rented by the night or the week; the two larger barns also have kitchens and can be rented as self-catering accommodation instead. It would, however, be a shame to miss breakfast, a sumptuous affair that is worth the trip alone, after which you're perfectly poised to walk it off by yomping across the South Downs (the South Downs Way passes nearby), riding at one of the nearby stables (Blue Door Barns offer equestrian packages to both beginners and enthusiasts) or just chilling out and enjoying their range of massages and well-being treatments.  


Two-bed barns £110–£150, four-bed barns £150–£190. Weekly prices £670–£780 and £1200–£1350.

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Open all year.



Blue Door Barns, Beddingham Lewes East Sussex BN8 6JY

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Getting There

From London follow the A23 to just outside Brighton and take the A27 beyond Lewes, making a right at the Beddingham roundabout signed A26 (Newhaven/Seaford). Blue Door Barns is situated about half a mile down the A26 on the right hand side. Turn in directly opposite the Blue Door Barns sign, cross the large gravel carpark and enter through the open blue gate where you will find designated customer parking. 

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