Mill Barn

North Chailey,
East Sussex

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bathroom

A luxury holiday cottage with wood burner on the edge of Chailey Common, perfect for a romantic rural retreat near Lewes, East Sussex.

  • Cosy cottage with log burner
  • Beautiful interior design
  • Surrounded by nature
  • Walks from the door


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Snugly tucked away in the heathland of Chailey Common, this cosy cottage for couples and solo holidays is but a 15-minute drive from the historic town of Lewes. Carefully crafted with love and immaculate attention to detail, Mill Barn is a warm and welcoming luxury home in North Chailey, East Sussex.

From the private walled garden fringed with flowers, this enchanting holiday cottage beckons you in with draped vines framing the doors and windows. In the calm, pale tones of the sitting room, deep sofas embrace you next to the cosy warmth of the wood stove. There is a Smart TV and DVD player to catch up on a favourite show, or pull a book from the shelf and lose yourself in a moment of me time.

The elegant country kitchen is fully equipped with an Everhot induction range cooker, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washer-dryer. A suitably English breakfast is well catered for with all the appropriate little touches including a coffee machine. Opposite the front door there is also a boot room with WC, a warm spot to tuck coats and footwear away on your return from a stroll across the common.

Graceful wrought iron spiral stairs lead you upstairs to the peaceful bedroom, featuring a king size bed, fitted wardrobes and views over the Common. Fall asleep in serenity, and wake up to birdsong. Beyond the reading corner nestled on the landing, the exquisite bathroom is a pleasure to behold. Wrap yourself in the bathrobes and slippers provided and rejuvenate under the huge walk-in rain shower. Or relax deep into the double end bath, and simply be.

With half an acre of its own woodland beyond its beautiful garden, be at one in this natural environment. As a special indulgence, private yoga lessons can also be arranged in the cottage, tranquil garden or woodland (please ask for details). For an anniversary, birthday, unhurried romantic break or just to escape the madding crowds, Mill Barn in North Chailey, East Sussex offers a restorative holiday treat and a truly unique home stay. A moment of time to be cherished.

House info

Property features

  • No pets
  • Real fire (wood stove)
  • Television (Smart TV)
  • DVD player
  • Wi-Fi
  • Selection of books (extensive), magazines & games
  • En-suite bedroom
  • Bath
  • Shower
  • Garden/outside space
  • BBQ
  • Fire pit
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine (washer-dryer)
  • Tumble dryer (washer-dryer)
  • Unsuitable for children over the age of 1
  • Cot (bedding provided)
  • Highchair
  • Private parking
  • Short lets/long stays possible
  • Linen & towels

Useful information and house rules

  • Please contact us if you are interested in a stay of over 21 nights (a short-term let).
  • Pets: not allowed (the owner may take an occasional request, in advance)
  • Accessibility: There is one step (15cm) to the front door threshold. Spiral staircase to the first floor. Other internal floors are level and even. This is intended as a guide only and accuracy is not guaranteed, please contact us if you need more info. Measurements are approx.
  • Kitchen: Electric Everhot range cooker with induction hobs (pots and pans provided) and double oven, slimline dishwasher, fridge, freezer, washer-dryer, double butler sink, microwave, toaster, kettle, 2 cafetieres & fresh coffee.
  • 1 babe in arms (max 1 year old and not walking) is welcome. 1 travel cot (bedding provided) and 1 highchair available on request.
  • The property has a spiral staircase to access the first floor and a wood burner which gets very hot, please bear this in mind if bringing an infant.
  • Please note candles are not permitted at Mill Barn.
  • Mill Barn is decorated for the Christmas season.
  • Bathrobes and slippers provided (please leave in the cottage on departure!).
  • Iron, ironing board, clothes airer and hairdryer provided.
  • Plenty of logs are provided for reasonable use of the wood stove during your stay. There is a small charge to replenish the logs.
  • Fully enclosed garden with table and chairs, fire pit and BBQ (on request). There is also half an acre of private woodland available for your use, adjacent to Mill Barn.
  • Private yoga lessons can be arranged in the cottage or its tranquil garden, please contact us for details.
  • There are 2 parking spaces available on the private drive next to the cottage.
  • This property has an alarm, however it will be turned off before your arrival. If you would like to set it whilst you are out during your stay, please contact us or the owner.
  • Gas central heating.
  • Wi-Fi.



Local area

Mill Barn has half an acre of private wooded area beyond its own garden, festooned with wildflowers in spring and summer. Sit out and enjoy lunch under the trees, or indulge in pure ‘Me’ time with some yoga in this idyllic natural environment. Just round the corner, the pretty Chailey Windmill is carefully maintained by its dedicated society. The cottage is sat right in the heart of Red House Common, part of the larger Chailey Common, and stretching over 180 hectares it is one of the largest in the south of England. It was designated a Local Nature Reserve in 1966, and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its heathland plants and diverse insect and bird communities. There are abundant walks across this beautiful heritage landscape, cattle and ponies grazing in the morning mist. This luxury accommodation is also ideally located within 5 miles of both the South Downs National Park and the High Weald AONB, making it a perfect setting for some long walks in the country.

North Chailey is a small village but offers a petrol station and local shop, or there is the fine Townings Farm Shop just up the road. Newick village is a couple of miles away and has a couple of nice pubs on the green, including The Bull and The Royal Oak. Sheffield Park Gardens, the Bluebell Railway, and the acclaimed Ridgeview and Bluebell Vineyards and 360 degree Brewery are all within a 10-minute drive. All are highly recommended to visit. Head to Lewes from Mill Barn in North Chailey to spend some time wandering the castle and pretty centre of this historic market town. Try the Needlemakers for laid back but excellent plant-based food. For those with a love of the arts you simply cannot miss the unique experience of Glyndebourne Opera, book (very) early as its season of operatic events sells out fast! Further afield, the vibrant city of Brighton proudly exudes its lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere.



Wonderful cottage

This beautiful cottage is outstanding in every way, each room has its own personality and warmth, from coming in the gate to the front door and beyond. Great for snuggling up by the fire after a long soak in the beautiful bathroom after a long walk or shopping.

5 out of 5
  • Cleanliness 5
  • Service and Staff 5
  • Comfort 5
  • Condition 5
  • Location 5
  • Value For Money 5

Lovely repeat stay

This was our second visit to this delightful cottage. Penny's attention to detail is second to none. Everything you could need is there. Warm, inviting, comfortable with an excellent welcome basket. A pleasure to stay here.

5 out of 5
  • Cleanliness 5
  • Service and Staff 5
  • Comfort 5
  • Condition 5
  • Location 5
  • Value For Money 5

second time visiting; hoping for a third

we never usually go back to a holiday venue, but this is the second time we've stayed at Mill Barn, and it's really becoming a peaceful home away from home. the place is fantastic, very well appointed throughout, wth a superb bathroom, nice kitchen, and very relaxing lounge area. owner Penny could not be more accommodating and helpful, and really makes you feel so welcome, both in person and with her welcome pack. it's pleasantly independent of any nearby buildings, and over the private garden wall is hundreds of hectares of forest for walks and exploration. and if you like pheasants, rabbits, or owls, the nearby woods have many. my only concern is leaving this review may help more people discover Mill Barn and limit our own chances of returning again! {:-)

5 out of 5
  • Cleanliness 5
  • Service and Staff 5
  • Comfort 5
  • Condition 5
  • Location 5
  • Value For Money 5


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