Folkington Barn at Old Rectory Cottage

Polegate, Sussex
+44 (0)7979 502510

A charming flint cottage in the South Downs National Park with a pretty garden to laze in and peaceful walks on the doorstep


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

The Experience

Pack walking boots to march up the track behind the barn and across the chalky hills. All you can hear are the birds from your colourful cottage garden, with two cane chairs in which to take your morning coffee. Suzanne leaves breakfast basics and a hamper to settle you in – supplement your wares with cider, local sausages and veg from Middle Farm shop (a five-minute drive).

You’re tucked into a quiet corner of Sussex with rolling meadows and the kiss-me-kwik coast to explore – Eastbourne is a 20-minute drive. Hop in the car to find bluebell woods, beaches and pub gardens. Take in the opera at nearby Glyndebourne.

Back at your little bolthole: settle into the plump sofa by the fire, cosy up on an Indian throw or snuggly sheepskin with a book from the shelf.

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We think you'll love

  • Dashing up the lane onto the Downs for glorious walks
  • Suzanne’s flair for Eastern décor
  • Being close to the coast and good places to eat
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You should know

  • It's not suitable for young children
  • The shower room is downstairs


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pubs/restaurants 4 miles.


Nightly price
from £86
Weekly price
from £600
Damage deposit
Extra bed/sofabed available £200 per person per week.
1 Barn for 2
From £861 bed1 bedroom


Quintessentially English and a perfect peaceful getaway. This property was everything we had hoped for. The gardens are gorgeous. The barn is very well maintained and balances old world charm with modern conveniences. Appliances, and heating were good quality. The host, her family and her amazing dogs made us feel very much at home.

Lloyd, Miami beach

We were looking for the perfect peaceful destination to celebrate our 50th Anniversary, and Suzanne provided the quintessential English Country Garden setting - not just a place to stay but an oasis of calm and beauty. The Barn is both historic and tastefully modern, with all the conveniences for our comfort - combined with Suzanne's personal and loving touches. Robin, Eloise and the dogs! made us feel like part of the family. Coming down the Folkington Road to our hideaway was relaxation itself. And all the marvellous restaurants,tea rooms and shopping tips were greatly appreciated.

John and darlene, Winnipeg canada

Lovely stay in the Barn with great living space and pretty cottage garden. Luckily weather was sunny and warm so we could benefit by having our breakfast outside using the very comfortable garden furniture. Suzanne is a great host and she recommended good places to visit and eat. Love the dogs too!

Ann, Wokingham

We spent a few days at Folkington Barn over a very windy weekend in March. The barn is comfortable and very well equipped for self-catering. The garden looked lovely too for the warmer months. It’s a very peaceful location with access to walks on the South Downs from the door with the coast and Seven Sisters just a short car ride away. Wifi was only really available in the bedroom but adequate for picking up emails and browsing. Suzanne is a great host and we enjoyed chatting to her.

Sue, Windsor

Folkington Barn offers lovely walks on your doorstep as well as historical places by car. Throughout, the Barn has been tastefully decorated by Suzanne who is a naturally attentive host and this ambiance creates a sense of calmness and relaxation. Suzanne has also ensured that it is well equipped for self catering. I have to add that her dogs are adorable too.

Mark, Portsmouth

Stayed here for a week. The barn is in an idyllic spot nestled in the South Downs. It is tasteful furnished and the owner added personal touches to make our stay relaxing and enjoyable We are very particular where we stay and can’t recommend this barn enough. We made use of our own private garden - sitting out for breakfast. Great location to explore EastSussex and many places of interest nearby. .

Dawn & andy, Newcastle

Have just returned from a weeks holiday at Folkington Barn. Idyll location nestled in the South Downs and at the heart of this peaceful village. The barn is very tastefully decorated and the owner has added many personal touches. The weather was still nice for this time of the year and we were able to utilise our private garden area to have breakfast outdoors. Situation is ideal for exploring the South Downs or alternatively visiting surrounding areas. My husband and I are very particular about places we stay and can highly recommend this accommodation. Hidden gem. Excellent host.

Dawn and andy, Newcastle upon tyne

Far from any 'madding crowd', not the sound of a car or of people to be heard - absolutely wonderful. This cottage is a real escape, comfortable and the owner very welcoming. Though not far from Sussex villages, restaurants and places of interest for sightseeing, sitting in the garden one could have been a thousand miles from anyone else. Our stay was far too short; there's no doubt we'll be in Folkington again. Tim and Christine

Tim and christine, Maidstone

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The neighbourhood

Folkington is a hamlet flanked by a medieval church and a 19th-century manor. The barn is tucked down a small lane that peters out into the hills – there’s no traffic. Good food can be found in a short drive: Alfriston (five miles) has good restaurants and a few pubs; the Ram Inn (eight miles) at West Firle offers food sourced from local producers; while The English Wine Centre in Berwick is a ramble away. There are many good places to eat in Lewes (12 miles) too. To stock up there are supermarkets in Polegate (a five-minute drive),

Local points of interest from Suzanne Shepherd

  • Footpaths from Folkington Barn lead to Weald Way and meander through the South Downs National Park . There are many beautiful walks to choose from with stunning vistas towards the Seven Sisters coastline and Beachy Head. A nature lovers paradise.
  • Charleston Farmhouse near Firle Village is the country home of the Bloomsbury group, festivals and special events are also held here.The home of Virginia Woolf ,Monks House, is a also close by in the village of Rodmell near Lewes.
  • At the heart of rural Sussex lies the county town of Lewes steeped in history with its castle ,medieval streets and Anne of Cleves town house ( fourth wife of King Henry V111) A market town with bookshops,boutiques antique centres,cafes and restaurants
  • Brighton is a 30 min drive, a popular seaside resort . The town is also known for its arts scene,shopping,festivals and nightlife. Eastbourne town and beach is a 15 min drive with many attractions.Birling Gap ,Beachy Head and Cuckmere Haven are nearby
  • Arlington Blubell walk in a 23 acre ancient oak wood is stunning in spring, a sea of white wood anemones make way for masses of fragrant bluebells . It is also home to Bluebell Farmhouse kitchen cookery school and a wonderful cafe ....excellent food !
  • Michelem Priory House and Gardens in Upper Dicker is a beautiful and peaceful historic building surrounded by a moat.With a history of hauntings it has been a popular venue for paranormal investigation .


Suzanne Shepherd

Suzanne and Robin used to run a B&B nearby but now live next door to the barn. Suzanne’s the hostess of the family, helped along with their two big rescue dogs who are happy to hang out with guests. In a previous life Suzanne owned a beauty business and worked as a teacher and a nurse, so her advice and recommendations are wide ranging.