The Dairy at Streat Place Barn

Ditchling, Sussex

Romantic retreat in a smartly-converted Dairy with pretty garden and sweet shepherd's hut, views of South Downs


2 places


Each sleep 2


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.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • 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 11am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights, 7 nights in high season. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.


Nightly price
from £60
Weekly price
from £320
Extra bed/sofabed available £70 per person per week. 13 December to 3 January: minimum stay 7 nights, £660.
1 Cottage for 2
From £1101 bedroom
1 Shepherd's hut for 2
From £601 bedroom


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 Brighton just 10 miles away.
  • The gastronomic delights of 'The Jolly Sportsman', the decadent escapism of 'Glyndebourne Opera', the stunning 'Ditchling Museum' and the inspiring 'Charleston Farmhouse' are just a few of the places close to us.