Rubens Barn | Self-catering in Sussex | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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Rubens Barn - Self-catering in Sussex

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Droke Lane, East Dean, Sussex
England, United Kingdom

Rob & Rachel Hill

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+44 (0)1243 818187 (landline)

Small but beautifully formed, a peaceful retreat in an unspoilt woody corner of Sussex. Treats include croissants, wildlife, fresh flowers

Pheasant strut, shy deer bounce by – sure signs that you're immersed in the Goodwood Estate. This little flint barn is tucked into one of the most unspoilt woody corners of Sussex. Rush hour here, on a leafy lane, consists of the occasional tractor, car or combine. Renovated and decorated to the highest order – in duck-egg blue with hints of gold – this is one stylish retreat. Downstairs, a luxurious bedroom with a huge bed, silk throws, velvet cushions and a shower room with slate tiles, heated rails and fluffy bathrobes. In the living room, cream sofas, fresh flowers, a Shaker kitchen. Upstairs, a big twin bedroom, a roll top bath, soft lights and white towels. A welcome pack of fruit, ham, cheese, coffee and croissants is provided by the lovely owners who live in the main house – as are binoculars so you can spy on the wildlife! Sit out on the neat little patio through the French windows, enjoy a game of tennis, borrow the barbecue. Or set off for East Dean – it has two wonderful pubs. Sussex at its best, hidden well away yet never far from civilisation: historic Chichester is close by.

Wheelchair access
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible.
Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Bikes available
On the premises to hire or borrow.
Tennis court
On the premises.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant within 3 miles

Shop within 3 miles

Pub within 3 miles

Relaxation areas

Breakfast available

Breakfast included



Spa on site

Bar on site

Free parking on site

Free parking nearby

Paid parking nearby

Local points of interest from Rob & Rachel Hill:

Local points of interest from
Rob & Rachel Hill:

  • Rubens Barn is the ideal base for hikers, cyclists and nature lovers. The 'Star and Garter' pub is located along a small country lane 1 mile from the barn, and serves excellent food.
  • The Goodwood Health Club is nearby and perfect for a pampering treat. We can arrange temporary membership for guests.
  • Local activities - Tennis, golf, motor racing, sailing, fishing, hot air balloon rides, and wine tasting at local vineyards.
  • Entertainment - Chichester Festival Theatre shows. Festival of Speed and Revival meetings at Goodwood. Glorious Goodwood and regular horse race meetings (May-Oct).
  • Historic interest - Goodwood House, Arundel Castle, Roman city of Chichester, Weald and Downland museum, Portsmouth historic dockyard.
  • Beautiful sandy beaches at West Wittering, famous for windsurfing.
Points of interest

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  • 1 Barn for 4
Price:(i) £500 to£1200 per week

Special Offer: Christmas and New Year breaks available - 3 nights Xmas or New Year break £575 and 4 nights £650. Dogs welcome. Includes welcome breakfast hamper, White Company toiletries, private tennis court. Visit for availability

Booking info:

Minimum stay: 2 nights. Short breaks available.



Paw prints Bringing your dog
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Secure garden, surrounded by walks through forests and farmland. Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the South Downs National Park.

Dog treats:

Advice on walks and dog-friendly pubs nearby.

Dog fee:

Dogs £30 per dog per stay. Max. 2.

Bringing your dog

Droke Lane, East Dean, Sussex

Self-catering Rubens Barn (self-catering)
Barn ~ 1 double, 1 twin, sofabed.
Price: (i) £ 500 to £ 1200 per week

Rob & Rachel Hill

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+44 (0)1243 818187 (landline)