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A rural estate set in stunning East Sussex countryside – luxe, rustic-chic and truly unique.

It’s not often we come across a property as special as Fair Oak Farm, or one that offers so much. Nestled on a private 12-acre country estate in Sussex in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the award-winning complex sleeps up to 36 guests across self-catering cottages and high-end glamping options. Owners Ian and Penny encourage sustainable tourism practices and they cater for all manner of occasions, be it an intimate wedding, a yoga and wellness retreat or a business away stay. The site has even been used as a filming location for the likes of BBC series Nightmare Pets SOS.

Fancy putting your feet up and letting someone else do the cooking? An in-house cook can be provided. Keen to play a game or watch a film? Head over to the table tennis table or the cinema barn. Ian and Penny have thought of everything – there’s a range of activities available exclusively for guests, ranging from wine tasting with a local producer and photography classes to trout fishing and beauty treatments.

The vast accommodation is spread around the plot, perfect for a group of friends or a family get together. The Grade-II listed Farmhouse is both rustic and super-stylish – it sleeps 10-12 and has three reception rooms, an open fire and a large well-maintained garden with firepit. The country-chic converted barns (sleeping 10-14) are spread across three buildings – choose the quirky Barn & Cow shed with its 3 bedrooms and bathrooms, or opt for the boutique one-bed Grain Store. And did we mention there’s one capacious communal space, a dining area large enough to house all 36 guests? Next up are the contemporary and comfortable glamping options: eco-lodges that sit in an ancient tree line, Shepherd’s Huts with log burners, and the Hay Barn overlooking a paddock. Each area has its own private parking and scenic views, there’s a BBQ for summer cookouts on balmy evenings, a children’s play area with trampoline and thatched wendy house and terraces with outdoor seating (the ideal spot to relax with a glass of some of that local vino). Animal lover? Be sure to watch out for the alpacas and peacocks that roam the place.

It’s hard to imagine wanting to leave this glorious spot, but for those keen to venture out there’s plenty to do, ranging from cycling in nearby Bedgebury Forest and rock climbing at Erige to strolling through the medieval village of Mayfield, just over 2 miles away, and visiting the likes of Drusillas Park Zoo or Scotney Castle – but soon enough you'll feel the pull back to Fair Oak.


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