The Flint Barns

Alfriston, Sussex
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)1323 87 00 22
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£90 - £295
per night

Unwind here with wine tours, tastings, long walks, bird watching, cycling, or just chilling. Eat well, sleep peacefully, feel at home


10 rooms


Rooms sleep 1 – 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£90 - £295 per night

The Experience

This pioneering English vineyard sits in the glorious South Downs with views all the way to the sea. Arrive to a glass of wine or pot of tea; you can book a tour of the vineyard with wine tasting and lunch. Walk straight onto the South Downs Way from the door.

More poshtel than hostel, you’ll find lots of fresh en suite bedrooms.

Breakfast, lovingly cooked and local, is in the lofty dining room; the innovative dinner and Sunday lunch menus are a treat too – the chef is a keen forager. Settle in to a big communal sitting room made snug with wood-burner, books and games.

The Flint Barns - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • The peaceful setting and the chance to stay on an English vineyard
  • The delicious food and the wine tastings
  • Walking the South Downs Way and returning to the friendly Rathfinny team
The Flint Barns - Gallery

You should know

  • Bedrooms are small and the ground floor ones aren't as private
  • The restaurant is open for weekday lunch (closed Monday/Tuesday), Sunday lunch and dinner from Wednesday till Saturday night
  • No TV


  • Swimming pool
  • EV charger
  • 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
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • 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 £90
Singles £90.
4 Doubles
From £260
1 Single
From £90
5 Doubles
From £110


Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 11am
Other details
Pets by arrangement.
Christmas, New Year.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.

Treats, poo bags and advice on walks.

Dogs £12.50 per night. Max 2 per booking.

Direct access to South Downs Way, Friston Forest close by; beach walks.

Dinner, 2 courses, £30, 3 courses, £35. Pubs 3 miles.


What a fabulous place! From the minute you turn up into the drive you feel completely relaxed and in serenity. There are miles of rolling vineyards (which you can see from your bed!), and the barns themselves are so lovely. We loved sipping on the wine and gin whilst relaxing in the living room. Breakfasts are delicious too and it was great to have vegetarian options.

Ella, Bristol

From the moment we pulled onto the drive we were impressed! That continued when we arrived at The Flint Barns and were greeted with a perfectly chilled glass of their Cradle Valley white. The team were wonderfully welcoming. The rooms were really comfortable with lovely bathrooms, and with a superb view of the estate. There was a real sense of calm about the place. And breakfast in the morning was delicious. We will definitely return!

Ellen, Bristol

In the heart of the rolling East Sussex Downs and surrounded by vines, this is the perfect place to stay for walkers, especially those with a love of exceptional food and wine. The attractive converted barn is at the end of a long drive but less than 10 minutes by car from the historic Alfriston village. Comfortable beds with high quality linen promise a good night's sleep.

Fiona, Sawday's inspector

What an amazing place! Adrian made our whole stay very pleasurable and we will definitely stay again. Such a unique setting and excellent quality accommodation. Yummy breakfast and enjoyed sampling the wine from the estate. Perfect events venue also.


A great place for a B&B stop especially if you are walking the Downs and Adrian provides a map so you can't miss it when coming off the mains Downs pathway. Lovely location and such a well-appointed & furnished unique place to stay - even if the room, the smallest bunkbed room for 4, was definitely on the small size. The staff were great, full of advice and really friendly, but beware of other guests who may not be dog lovers and put a dampener on proceedings. The Rathfinny shop in Frictional also worth a visit - and book early for the vineyard tours. Definitely be back for the Sparkling wine.


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The neighbourhood

Rathfinny, an attractive converted barn, sits on a stunning south-facing slope in the South Downs of Sussex, just three miles from the sea. Its climate, chalk soils and aspect make it a perfect place to grow vines in a region that is already producing some of the best, award-winning English sparkling wines. The estate is at the end of a long drive but less than 10 minutes by car from the historic Alfriston village, where there are several good restaurants and pubs.

Local points of interest from Rathfinny Wine Estate

  • Tours and wine tastings are available every week, all year round. Learn about the history of the Rathfinny Wine Estate and see behind-the-scenes of our state of the art winery, followed by a Sussex wine tasting.
  • You don't have to travel far for excellent food and wine during your stay. Our Estate is home to two restaurants including the Michelin-recommended Tasting Room, cosy Flint Barns Dining Room and al-fresco wine bar, The Hut.
  • It’s a short walk up the valley to join the South Downs Way. A long distance footpath and bridleway running along the South Downs in southern England, and is one of 15 National Trails in England and Wales.
  • Cuckmere Valley is a haven for wildlife, from over-wintering wildfowl to colourful wild flowers. Cradle Valley is a wonderful example of the species-rich chalk grassland. This habitat attracts rare and colourful butterflies and plants in summer.
  • Alfriston village is consistently named one of the best and most prettiest villages in the UK. The quaint historic high street is home to independent shops, galleries and pubs and within walking distance of the Alfriston Clergy House & Garden.
  • We are very lucky to have so many places to visit. Seven Sisters Country Park, Charleston Farmhouse, Glyndebourne, Towner Gallery, Michelham Priory, Newhaven Fort and Lewes Castle are all within easy reach of the Flint Barns.


Rathfinny Wine Estate

Sarah and Mark Driver established Rathfinny Wine Estate in 2010. As a B Corp their vision is to produce some of the world’s best sparkling wine, and run the B&B, restaurants and cottage as sustainably as possible. The restaurant is powered by renewable energy, the wines are produced on site from grape to glass and they have a 100-year vineyard plan to ensure they continue to treat the environment with the utmost care.