Wayside Byre at Marchants

Laughton, Sussex
Self-catering
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A bright and spacious restored byre with tall sliding doors facing west and overlooking the beautifully-tended garden

Bed

1 bed

Bedroom

1 bedroom

Sleeps

Sleeps 2

The Experience

Light floods in and the densely-beamed ceiling is high, so the feeling is one of space. An open-plan sitting room has plenty of comfy seating, a little desk for those who want to work (the Broadband is good and fast) and a TV, but the main draw is the wonderful garden view. On warm days slide open the doors and wander seamlessly from indoors to out – sunsets will be glorious.

The modern kitchen is equipped with everything for the enthusiastic cook.  Along with cupboard basics, you’ll enjoy a welcome basket of milk, butter, breakfast eggs, locally-baked bread, fruit juice and, when in season, fruit from the garden. Sleep peacefully in a bedroom with a hand-printed Indian bedspread, hooks for hanging clothes, bright bedside lights and super views; the powerful shower has natural light from a Velux and a warming towel rail.

Wander between deep borders of fine displays of grasses and perennials or through swathes of flower meadow, visit the renowned nursery and buy plants, discover other gardens to explore nearby or head off on one of the many footpaths for a walk.

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We think you'll love

  • Having the garden to yourselves early in the morning and on summer evenings
  • Buying plants! Irresistible according to Sarah Raven, and she should know
  • Exploring East Sussex, inland and the coast
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You should know

  • You may hear the road faintly at times
  • No children or dogs
  • No picking flowers or taking cuttings

Essentials

  • 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

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
3pm-6pm
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 5 nights.
Closed
Occasionally.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £135
Weekly price
from £945
1 Cottage for 2
From £1351 bed1 bedroom

Reviews

An early walk on the Devil’s Dyke circuit was deserted and peaceful. Middle Farm had all we needed in the way of provisions. Rathvinny Wine Estate and the Beanstalk Tea Gardens were off (and on) the very beaten track. National Trust properties Nyman’s Gardens, Sheffield Park and Woolbeding were visited. Marchants luxuriant gardens are of course, beautiful and teeming with butterflies, grasshoppers, birds and even a hedgehog. Not seen one of those for decades. Wayside Byre is a lovely base for exploring the area. Many thanks.

Lucille, London

Lucy and Graham have gone above and beyond in making our 51st Wedding Anniversary wonderful (don’t ask about the Covid plagued 50th). Beautiful garden and birdsong.

Hazel, Pontyclun

A garden-lovers delight. Not only are you in the heart of a glorious nursery and garden there are lots of others to explore nearby. Even if you're not into plants you won't fail to appreciate the beauty all around you and this lovely space to return to after a day out.

Nicola, Sawday's Inspector

We’ve had a wonderfully relaxed week at the Byre, enjoying the every-changing effects of light and shade in your garden. Many thanks for your hospitality and all best wishes.

Robert, London

We’ve had a wonderfully relaxed week at the Byre, enjoying the every-changing effects of light and shade in your garden. Many thanks for your hospitality and all best wishes.

Robert, London

Lucy and Graham have renovated Wayside Byre with the same creativity and care that they bring to their garden. We really enjoyed staying in such a beautiful and peaceful place, seeing the garden at different times of day with the changes of light and colour, and the distant view of the South Downs. Even in wet weather you can look out through the big windows and feel as though you’re still sitting in the garden.

Cornelius, London

Having seen the Wayside Byre take shape over the last 5 years or so, it was great to be able to finally stay here. It has been everything that we might have hoped. The accommodation is well designed and very comfortable. The next time we hope to take advantage of the wood-burner, which looks as if it would make the living space very cosy. It has been a terrific jumping off place for Glyndebourne and our favourite places in Sussex. Even the weather was kind when it mattered with a glorious evening for our picnic in the interval of Luisa Miller. Thank you both.

Jane, London

The Byre at Marchants is a most wonderful find. We have greatly enjoyed staying here and the opportunity to renew and extend our exploring of Sussex. It gave us the opportunity to visit the terrifically good John Nash exhibition at the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, and to hear Antonia Fraser talk about her latest book at Charleston. We discovered the walks round the Arlington Reservoir, the South Downs Way and Cuckmere Haven. Always one of the great delights has been returning to the Byre and seeing the abundance of colour, grasses and plants in the garden.

Sophie, London

The Byre at Marchants is a most wonderful find. We have greatly enjoyed staying here and the opportunity to renew and extend our exploring of Sussex. It gave us the opportunity to visit the terrifically good John Nash exhibition at the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, and to hear Antonia Fraser talk about her latest book at Charleston. We discovered the walks round the Arlington Reservoir, the South Downs Way and Cuckmere Haven. Always one of the great delights has been returning to the Byre and seeing the abundance of colour, grasses and plants in the garden.

Sophie, London

What a beautiful place to stay - a lovely byre and one of the most glorious gardens ever, far exceeding any of those we visited. We walked the Downs, visited stately homes and went to see Tristan & Isolde at Glyndebourne. As our first major cultural event since being at Glyndebourne on March 2019, it was truly memorable. Thank you so much for our stay.

Bernadette, Beaconsfield

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Location

The neighbourhood

The South Downs are a short car journey away so you can park and walk. Laughton is the nearest village - one mile - for a pub, and a shop which sells everything local. Charleston Farmhouse is four miles, Sissinghurst Castle and Great Dixter both an easy day out and Sussex Prairie Garden at Henfield is well worth a visit. Lewes is six miles for bigger shops and an excellent farmers' market on Fridays.

Local points of interest from Lucy Goffin & Graham Gough

  • The South Downs National Park, Cuckmere Haven and the magnificent Seven Sisters chalk cliffs are just a few miles away and offer stunning countryside walks and coastal pathways.
  • An opera house in the heart of Sussex: Glyndebourne is now one of the finest and most celebrated opera houses in the UK, delivering performances to some 150,000 people across a summer Festival and an autumn Tour.
  • Sussex boasts several excellent contemporary art galleries: the Towner (Eastbourne), Hastings Contemporary (Hastings), and the De La Warr Pavilion (Bexhill-on-Sea).
  • Marchants is just an hour or so away from several other renowned gardens in Sussex/Kent: Great Dixter, Sissinghurst Castle Garden (National Trust), Pashley Manor Gardens, and Sarah Raven's Perch Hill among others.
  • Visit Charleston Farmhouse and Monk's House for the Bloomsbury experience; the modernist home and studio of painters Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, and a place that brings people together to engage with art and ideas.
  • Enjoy some great eating experiences, from fish and chips at Maggie's in Hastings, to top class pubs The Griffin Inn (Fletching) and The Ram Inn (Firle); Alfriston by the banks of the Cuckmere find The Star, boasting its newly restored medieval character.

Introducing

Lucy Goffin & Graham Gough

Graham is the horticulturist. He's developed the nursery and garden over many years and with plenty of artistic support from Lucy who is a textile designer. Their passions are for grasses and herbaceous perennials, all propagated on site which you can see growing in the gardens and sold in the nursery. Lucy or Graham will meet you and leaves you lots of information about walks, eating out and other things to do.