Tack Barn

South East England East Sussex Lewes

  • From £140 a night
  • Sleeps 2
  • Barn

An eco-friendly hideaway for two in a fairytale Sussex setting near Lewes

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The Tack Barn is an environmentally-sound, self-catering bolthole for two that’s as firmly rooted in Sussex as the small woodland that surrounds it. It’s situated a few miles outside Lewes and the South Downs National Park, within easy reach of the villages and vineyards that you’ll want to visit while you’re here. Or perhaps you’ll be here for the opera at Glyndebourne, the art at Charleston Farmhouse or the literary history of Virginia Woolf’s former home. All are within 10 miles – but it’s not just what surrounds this spot that makes it 'Sussex central'. It’s what’s inside too. From the trug that’s left for you to collect garden veg to the mug you’ll drink your tea from, this place is as sustainably Sussex as self-catering can be.

The welcome pack sets that scene: owners Corina and Dominic put it together with eggs from their own chickens, produce from the garden and other local goodies. They’ll let you find it on your own and pop in to see you later. That way, you have the magic of arrival to yourselves as you make your way into your holiday home. It’s only once you step inside that you realise just how lovely the setting is. French doors from each room open to the trees and a pond. Corina helps make your stay run smoothly long before you arrive by providing a list of things to do and places to visit, giving you plenty of time to book a meal at The Ram in Firle or a tour of the Artelium Wine Estate.

Stays are a minimum of three nights, which gives you the chance to explore the area as well as time to appreciate what’s here. As the name suggests, the Tack Barn was once a place for horses, but aside from an exposed beam or two, there’s little to remind you of its former use. It’s a warm and comfortable place to stay that’s generously proportioned for a couple, perhaps with a baby too.

The main living space is open plan: kitchen, lounge and dining room combined, warmed by a log burner and opening onto a wrap-around deck with a covered dining area. The kitchenette, like the bathroom, is modern, and the decor (plain walls, thoughtful lighting and natural materials) is timeless but much of the furniture has history. It's a combination that works. The knives in the kitchen are sharp and the organic cotton sheets on the bed are fresh – just a couple of examples of the care that’s taken with guest experience, not to mention the Tack Barn’s outstanding eco credentials. The water is heated by solar energy, the drainage via a reed bed, and you can charge your electric car. The list goes on and on, so you can not only enjoy your holiday in Sussex but you can do so sustainably, too.

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Facilities

  • Fast Wi-Fi / FTTP
  • Freeview TV  / Chromecast / DVD Player
  • Level access into and throughout
  • Parking directly outside   
  • EV charging point
  • Oven / Induction hob / Dishwasher / Fridge-freezer / Washing machine    ​
  • No pets or smokers - sorry

Suitable For

Perfect for two, with room for a cot for a baby under 1 year

Nearby

A gentle 40 minute country walk to the village shop and local pub

Food & Drink

We like to share everything that we love about the area so we will provide you with a list of our 'Insider's Tips' ahead of your stay, with all our favourite places to eat, drink, shop, walk and visit.

Open

Available all year round

Pricing

From £140 a night; week-long stays from £950. Three-night minimum stay / Week-long minimum stay in summer

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The Owner Says

"The Tack Barn is our beautiful and sustainable holiday cottage in East Sussex - close to lovely Lewes, the South Downs National Park, Glyndebourne Opera House, Charleston Farmhouse, many wonderful gardens and the iconic cliffs of the Seven Sisters. It is tucked in its own woodland overlooking the pond and is kitted out with local products and art, making it a stylish and creative hideaway and a very special place to stay.

We both grew up in the area and are evangelical about our patch of East Sussex - you will discover it is a county of exceptional landscapes, art, music, gardens, food and wine."

Location

Contact Website  07973 655 804  Tack Barn, Upper Lodge, The Broyle, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 5AP

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Getting There

From the A22 between London and Eastbourne, at the roundabout in Halland, take the exit signposted to Ringmer (B2192). Follow this road for two miles. About a mile after passing through Shortgate, turn right up a gated track on the right signposted for Upper Lodge Farm. It's a 20 minute taxi ride from Lewes or Uckfield Train Station

Features

  • Accessible Facilities
  • Car-Charging Points
  • Dishwasher
  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Microwave
  • Open Fire
  • Parking
  • Wifi

Looking For...

  • Adults Only
  • Eco Retreat
  • Foodies
  • Historic
  • Rural Retreat
  • Walking
  • Waterside
  • Woodland

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Rated ★★★★★ over 9 reviews

★★★★★

Beautifully appointed with tranquil views

If you like peaceful seclusion with easy access to all the Sussex Weald, the Downs and the coast have to offer, then The Tack Barn is the place to choose. This eco-friendly property is beautifully appointed with tranquil views over a natural Sussex pond. A welcome basket awaits its visitors, but that must remain a surprise! The owner is not only helpful and happy to share a few tips with her guests, but also offers access to her extensive orchard and vegetable garden for fresh fruit and vegetables when in season. Enjoy!
May 7, 2024 by Judith and David
★★★★★

The barn is inspirational

Surprise treat for my husband’s birthday and the Tack Barn did not disappoint. Beautifully decorated with a lovely touch of spring flowers - loved the cowslips in the bathroom. Corina was very welcoming and enthusiastic and helpful. I don't feel I would have hesitated to ask for anything if there were a problem. The Ram at Fire was excellent after our walk along the Downs. Even when the weather turned yesterday it was a relief to return to the cosy barn and light the woodturner. Can also recommend The Flint Owl Bakery in Lewes, as well as the beautiful church in Berwick. The barn is inspirational in its decor and clean, organic interior. Thank you for a lovely experience, so much to see and do here - sorry to be leaving today.
Mar 19, 2024 by K and M Hoare
★★★★★

Wonderful place to stay – hope to return

What a wonderful place to stay. Amazing walks, loved Lewes - especially the Bloomsbury exhibition. Loved my visit to Charleston Farmhouse and the 'David Hockney - Love Life’ exhibition. That sums up our visit - love life! Hope to return.
Feb 27, 2024 by Claire
★★★★★

Would happily stay again

We had an enjoyable stay in Tack Barn which was set in peaceful, rural surroundings. Looking out onto woodland and a pond, it was easy to spend time in comfort watching the stormy clouds through the patio doors. The town of Lewes was only 10 minutes away and had plenty of great independent shops and cafes. We would happily stay there again.
Feb 21, 2024 by Kristina
★★★★★

Loved: such a restful place to stay

The Tack Barn is such a restful place to stay, with everything thought of and Corina is a wonderfully welcoming host. We particularly enjoyed sitting cosily in front of the log burner and watching the light outside fade. At another time of year, the outside table and decking in that woodland garden setting would be just perfect. We loved it.
Jan 6, 2024 by Claire
★★★★★

11/10!

Loved every second of our stay. Great local area with plenty of places to eat, shop and explore. The barn itself was very clean and bigger than I expected. Corina was a very welcoming host that had taken every step to ensure we had a well-stocked and comfortable stay.
Nov 1, 2023 by Dan
★★★★★

Calm, peaceful and very comfortable

Such a calm, peaceful and very comfortable place to stay. I particularly loved being able to throw the bedroom french windows to let the morning in. Corina and Dominic were very welcoming, lovely extra touches meant such a lot, beautiful fresh garden flowers in the house, welcome basket of goodies, picking veggies from the garden for dinner and being able to use the EV charger on site took away the angst of searching for chargers. Such a great base from which to explore the wonders of East Sussex. Hope we can return soon.
Oct 28, 2023 by Margaret & Derek
★★★★★

Very special place to stay

This is a very special place to stay. Not only is the Tack Barn very beautifully decorated with a well-appointed kitchen, and great library of local interests and history, but you are surrounded by all the things that make Sussex so special. Corina, the host, is an amazing resource for local food, art, and wonderful places of interest and natural beauty. I was welcomed with juice from their orchard, flowers from their garden, eggs from their hens, and other delights. I enjoyed eating meals in the covered outdoor space, watching the sun rise over the pond and gardens, and listening to the bird song from the hammock, hung in the little woodland out back. This stay was a delight for the senses.
Jul 31, 2023 by Jennie
★★★★★

Fabulous!

The Barn is fabulous and has everything you need for a comfortable stay, together with unexpected touches such as the great selection of books by the bed and in the bureau. Outside the deck provided the perfect spot for early morning yoga and welcoming the sun as it rose over the pond... We've lounged in the hammock under a canopy of leaves and watched the squirrels, we've climbed the tree-house and chatted to the donkeys, and eaten outside as often as we could. This break has enabled us to live in the moment for a while and reset. We feel a little more refreshed and ready to navigate life again!
Jul 12, 2023 by Helen

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