The Rathfinny Cottage

Alfriston, Sussex
+44 (0)1323 87 00 22
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£171 - £317
per night
£1200 - £1700
per week

Your own cottage on a wine estate in a very beautiful part of the South Downs, famed for world-class sparkling wines and good food


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£171 - £317 per night

£1200 - £1700 per week

The Experience

The living/dining room has a modern, uncluttered feel with a wood-burner, comfy chairs and plenty of books and games – it’s well thought-out inside with plenty of room for four. Both bedrooms are simply furnished and spacious, the master with a four-poster and doors onto a Juliet balcony with soaring views over the Downs; the other can be a twin or double.

The kitchen has plenty of prep space and all you need to whip up a feast, but if you want to spoil yourselves while you’re on holiday you can just nip next door for a delicious breakfast – smoked South Downs back bacon and a fried Burford Brown egg on sourdough toast, Loch Fyne smoked salmon, shakshuka, porridge with wildflower honey. The Flint Barns Dining room is open all year round and the locally-grown or sourced food is very good, not to mention their own Sussex Sparkling wines.

Join the South Downs Way from the door for wonderful walks.

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We think you'll love

  • Not having to cater for yourselves unless you want to. Choose from the Flint Barns restaurant next door or the fine dining Tasting Room a short walk away
  • Joining a vineyard tour and wine tasting to learn about the history of the estate and the different varieties of vines
  • The views – all the way down to the distant sea
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You should know

  • The Flint Barns are open for dinner Wednesday to Saturday, with Sunday lunches in the winter and spring months
  • If you want to cook for yourselves you need to bring all the basics you'll need. A welcome basket can be ordered in advance


  • 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


Nightly price
from £171
Weekly price
from £1200
Damage deposit
1 Cottage for 4
From £1713 beds2 bedrooms


Booking information

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Minimum stay: 3 nights. Stays of either 3, 4 or 7 nights available. For larger groups, extra rooms can be booked in the Flint Barns B&B next door.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.

Dogs welcome, £25 per dog per stay, max. 3. Walking routes from the door.

Breakfast £25. Lunch, 2-3 courses, £34.50-£45. Dinner, 2-3 courses, £35-£39.50. Evening tasting menu £80.


What more could one want for a peaceful visit in the heart of the South Downs and the Rathfinny vineyards. A delightfully situated cottage with everything you could need for an extremely comfortable stay: glorious views, wonderful walks, easily accessible locally sourced and expertly cooked food and wine to compete with the best in British cuisine.

Fiona, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

It's a grand spot for walkers but there is much else to do besides. Alfriston, a mile away, has hotels, pubs and cafés. The Cricketers Arms in Berwick and the Sussex Ox in Polegate (about three miles) both serve excellent food. It's seven miles to the Seven Sisters Country Park, 12 miles to Eastbourne and 19 miles to Brighton. Glyndebourne is 10 miles, and pretty Lewes with its interesting shops 12.

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.


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.