Rubens Barn

East Dean, Sussex
+44 (0)1243 818187
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£100 - £290
per night
£750 - £1500
per week

A peaceful retreat in an unspoilt woody corner of Sussex. Bring dogs and children for fabulous walking on the South Downs Way


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome

£100 - £290 per night

£750 - £1500 per week

The Experience

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 harvester.

A welcome pack of fruit, ham, cheese, coffee and croissants is provided by Rob and Rachel 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 (rackets and balls provided), borrow the barbecue. Children will love going up to the woods to make dens.

Walk two miles from the garden to join the South Downs Way, hire bikes and follow good on-road routes or go off-piste on a mountain bike. Rob and Rachel leave you maps and guides. Stock up at an excellent farm shop, walk to the pub for supper, wander back to watch the night sky when it’s clear – there’s very little light pollution here.

Rubens Barn - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • The walking routes nearby
  • Being so close to wildlife
  • Walking to the pub
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You should know

  • It's quiet here and very rural
  • You need a car for shopping or sightseeing


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • 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
  • Fire guard
  • 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


Nightly price
from £100
Weekly price
from £750
Damage deposit
1 Barn for 4
From £1003 beds2 bedrooms


Special offer: Perfect location, isolated & surrounded by beautiful countryside. Only 15 minutes from Chichester, 1.5 hours from London. Short & Long lets available. Dogs welcome. Includes welcome breakfast hamper.

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
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Other details
Minimum stay: 2 nights. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Advice on walks and dog-friendly pubs nearby.

Dogs £30 per dog per stay. Max. 2.

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


A delightful and sensitive barn conversation set amidst rolling hills. First rate amenities and thoughtful hosts. Walks straight from the door yet well located for beaches, gardens and places of interest including an excellent theatre and art gallery. Would return in a heartbeat.

Margaret, Leicester

The countryside here is quite stunning - gently rolling and very pretty. This is a safe and happy spot to bring children and your dog with woods to make dens in, a tennis court for safe play and some great walking paths to join. The coast isn't far either. Rob and Rachel are the kindest hosts.

Nicola, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

A 20-minute walk (off-road) will take you to East Dean and the Star and Garter pub. Stock up on organic meat, bread and cheeses at Goodwood Farm Shop and visit a good art collection at the House. Chichester and Dell Quay are a 20-minute drive and West Wittering is 14 miles for a day out at the beach.

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.


Rob & Rachel Hill

Rob and Rachel live just next door and are always on hand if you need any help - they'll also leave you alone if that's what you prefer! They are genuine and kind and very concerned to get things right for you - they love renting out their cottage.