The Hovel is the local name for a cattle barn which this beautifully renovated, spacious and light-filled barn used to be. Find lovely fabrics and a comfortable bed to sink into, a deep roll top bath with organic cotton towels to wrap up in and a big well-kitted out kitchen with all the basics and room for four at the table.
Nick and Lydia leave out a generous welcome hamper with locally-brewed beer, eggs, bread and fresh fruit and vegetables from the garden when there’s a glut. Drink coffee in the morning sun on the patio or barbecue there in the evening – Falmer (one mile) has a good farm shop to stock up in.
Catch the bus or pedal to Lewes for lots of great pubs and restaurants hidden down small alleys and the castle to explore. Walk uphill from the farm to join the beautiful South Downs Way, stretching from Winchester to Eastbourne through rolling countryside. On rainy days you’ll find books, Netflix and board games to play by the cosy wood-burner.