The Flint Barns

Sussex
Bed & Breakfast


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

Bedroom

10 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 1 – 5

Children welcome
Pets welcome

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; there are regular wine nights with talks, and 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 – bring a bunch of friends; one sleeps five (two shower rooms) and those on the ground floor look over the enclosed garden or the driveway.

Breakfast, lovingly cooked and local, is at long tables in the lofty dining room; the innovative dinner and Sunday lunch menus are a treat too – the chef is a keen forager. Spill onto the courtyard for barbecues; 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
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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 on Friday and Saturday night
  • No TV

Essentials

  • 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
  • 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
  • Cot available

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Pets by arrangement.
Closed
Sunday-Tuesday except school & bank holidays, weekdays in October.
Property
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Dogs

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.

Meals
Packed lunch, £9.50. Dinner, 2 courses, £22.95, 3 courses, £29.95. Pubs 3 miles.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £85
Surcharges
Extra beds available, £50 per night. Dogs £12.50 per night, max 2.
1 Family room for 5
From £260
1 Single
From £85
1 Twin
From £130
3 Family rooms for 4
From £220
1 Family room for 3
From £200
3 Doubles
From £95

Accommodation

Reviews

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.

Claire

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.

Jo

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Location

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 Adrian Lamb

  • The “Rathfinny“ View. Just stop near the Estate office and you’ll see it, its breath taking.
  • 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.
  • There are some stunning walks in the area. We have printed walks on the notice board and also some good books on local walks in the lounge. You can hire or buy OS map 123 from us or feel free to ask one of the staff for their favourite walk
  • 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.
  • Frankie’s Beach Café on Seaford Beach. – fabulous for Coffee & Cake. In the summer, it also has the only sandpit on the Sussex coast, which can accommodate many excited children while you sample the coffee and take in the sea air.
  • 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.

Introducing

Adrian Lamb

Sarah and Mark Driver established Rathfinny Wine Estate in 2010. Their vision was to produce some of the world’s best sparkling wine. Over the past ten years, newly skilled in viticulture and inspired by visits to South African vineyards, their entrepreneurship has produced 225 acres of productive vines (380,000 bottles of sparkling wine in 2018), an outstanding restaurant and an award-winning B&B. Adrian (who manages the B&B), Abi and the Rathfinny team are welcoming and helpful.