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.  

The Owner Says

Nestled at the foot of the South Downs with direct access onto the South Downs Way, we are situated in a stunning, rural location - but minutes from the bustling market town of Lewes and also cosmopolitan city-by-the-sea Brighton. Blue Door Barns is a cluster of beautifully converted barns and stables around a magical courtyard garden, set within the grounds of our main country house. The private courtyard garden for guests has a bar, an outside fireplace and dining table and chairs under fairy lit pergola for 12.

Guests may also enjoy the main gardens and book new Gypsy Corner for the day - a gypsy caravan complete with outside kitchen and fire for those wishing for a truly al-fresco experience. 

The local area

Nearby attractions of note include Middle Farm, Drusillas, Sheffield Park, Ditchling Beacon, The Bluebell Railway, Monks House and Charleston Farmhouse.


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