The Dairy at Streat Place Barn

Ditchling, Sussex
+44 (0)1273 890771
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Romantic retreat in a smartly-converted Dairy with pretty garden and sweet shepherd's hut, views of South Downs


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

A sweetly renovated little brick and flint Dairy building which shares a rustic courtyard with the owners’ large barn – and its own dear little shepherd’s hut. Inside you’ll feel private and cosy, views are over the orchard and garden. Walk straight in to a roomy porch with oak boarding and the kitchen with its original brick floor, an old pine dresser with pretty china, pale blue cupboards and plenty of stuff for even the most demanding cook. The white-painted bathroom is off here, with painstakingly-restored terracotta floor tiles, a proper big white bath and a window. The open-plan sitting room has white walls with a dash of warming red, a white wooden painted floor, comfy sofa, lots of interesting books, an electric wood-burner and an antique chair. Sleep like a log in the squishiest bed with feather and down; your buttery yellow bedroom has one exposed flint wall and thick fabrics. Creative Jinks (who designs and makes jewellery and runs courses) leaves you fresh eggs, flowers, fruit and some basics, but you can walk along the footpath all the way to Ditchling. Breakfast in the east facing courtyard, spend evenings in your own garden with views over the South Downs or bunk down in the thoroughly authentic shepherd’s hut.


  • 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

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 3 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. 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


Nightly price
from £125
Weekly price
from £720
Extra bed/sofabed available £15-£90 per person per week.
1 Cottage for 2
From £1251 bed1 bedroom


The Dairy is a delight and the Shepherd's Hut was perfectly imperfect in every way. I slept in the Hut for a few nights and felt I was back in my grandparents' beach shack with a wonderful wood smell. I left the tiny shutters open at night, watching the moon rise whilst an owl hooted in a nearby hollow. Heavenly. The Dairy had vintage linen tablecloths, and an old world charm yet with everything that you need. Tucked in the lanes just behind the South Downs this is a perfect base for country walks, great pubs and stunning views from the top of the Downs. Everything is within walking distance.

Pippa, Briancon

An absolute gem! Wonderfully thoughtful touches from the lovely hosts and a beautifully appointed, incredibly comfortable place to stay. Best night's sleep in years! I will be rebooking just as soon as I can.

Bernadette, Binfield

We loved our stay at The Dairy. Beautiful, comfortable and relaxing cottage. Stunning setting, with a peaceful garden to enjoy fantastic views of the Downs. Lovely long walks, great cycling. Welcoming pubs, very pretty villages. Jinks and Steve have created a haven of natural beauty, we shall be back for more!

Kate, Taunton

We had a lovely stay with Jinks & Steve, the dairy is welcoming & homely very comfortable with all you need. Perfectly located for the South Downs & lots of good walks without cars, also only 20 min from the sea. You also have Suzys homemade jams & cakes at the gate. Jinks also gives you all the information you need for pubs, provisions & places to visit. We would highly recommend the dairy & would return.

Ron, Benfleet

A lovely stay in The Dairy. Very friendly and welcoming hosts, Jinks and Steve. A great base for walking in the South Downs and exploring the surrounding countryside.


Colorful, spacious, comfortable place to stay. We never met Jinks but did speak with her husband who enlightened us on the local birds - he identified one as a cuckoo bird, first time for us to hear a real one! Great location, very peaceful. We went for a stroll across the fields each evening. Had the best meal of our trip at the nearby Jolly Sportsman. Spent our days visiting numerous National Trust castles (we had passes) in the area. Please stay here.

Joy, Maryland

Paradise for humans and the dog. The dairy is beautiful, flint & brick, extremely cosy, luxurious but individual and not 'in your face' . We called it 'home', from the first day. Dog walks on the doorstep, in all directions. Hosts charming, helpful, available and discrete. Streat is a beautiful location, off the beaten track, with pretty flint church (next to the dairy); the only trouble is that, being so attractive, this part of Sussex has too many cars using even single lanes country tracks. Thanks for a marvellous stay.

Marie, Belleme

Absolutely amazing place. Beautifully restored,gorgeous linens, lots of lovely up cycled things. Area is lovely. The barn and courtyard idyllic. Steve and Jinks interesting, friendly warm. Couldn't rate it highly enough, just a shame it's five hundred miles from us!


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Jinks McGrath

  • Beautiful, unspoilt rural location within the South Downs National Park. Wonderful walking countryside surrounds us.
  • The Dairy is part of the curtilage of Streat Place Barn, built around 1600, and traditionally restored by us.
  • The historic, artisan town of Lewes is just 7 miles away and bustling city of Brighton is just 10 miles away.
  • The gastronomic delights of 'The Jolly Sportsman', the decadent escapism of 'Glyndebourne Opera', the stunning 'Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft' and the inspiring 'Charleston Farmhouse' are just a few of the places close to us.