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Rubens Barn


Excellent 5/5 Score from 12 reviews

"Ruben Barn is a perfect idyllic escape - perfect in every way" Joseph Fiennes

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Nestling in the South Downs National Park, this 17th century flint barn is the perfect retreat to relax and unwind in comfort and privacy. Providing exclusive and luxurious 5 star accommodation with private tennis court in an area of outstanding natural beauty, and 7 miles from historic Roman city of Chichester.

Perfectly located for exploring the cultural and architectural treasures of Goodwood Estate, and historic Chichester. Local attractions include sporting events at Goodwood, nearby golf courses, polo at Cowdray, fishing and sailing.

"Rubens Barn is the perfect idyllic escape - perfect in every way." Joseph Fiennes

(May 2009)

Size Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach West Wittering 20 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1.5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: London Gatwick 40 km, Nearest railway: Chichester 10 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, Private tennis court, BBQ
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Rubens Barn has recently been renovated to create a stunning hideaway within Goodwood Estate. This two-bedroom barn has been stylishly decorated and has a well equipped kitchen / living room with all the mod cons, satellite plasma TV, blue-ray DVD player and WiFi internet access.

The ground floor bedroom has a luxury king size bed and two contemporary en-suite shower rooms. The first floor bedroom has two single beds and a romantic rolled top bath en-suite. All rooms have glorious views of the countryside, watch the deer through the French doors of the open-plan kitchen / living room, or relax in your own private garden.

Decadently comfortable bedding, fluffy white bathrobes, and complimentary White Company toiletries enhance the luxury.

A deluxe continental breakfast, fine teas and coffee are all provided in the kitchen for you to enjoy at your convenience.

Further details outdoors

The barn is surrounded by footpaths passing through the forests and farmland of the majestic country estate of Goodwood House. Deer and pheasants are often seen outside the barn.

Perfectly located for exploring the cultural and architectural treasures of Goodwood Estate, and historic Chichester. Local attractions include sporting events at Goodwood, nearby golf courses, polo at Cowdray, fishing and sailing.

Further details

Welcome breakfast hamper provided.

Complimentary White Company toiletries.

Bed linen and towels included.

The South East England region

Chichester is situated in the county of West Sussex and is the perfect holiday destination. Easily accessible from all parts of the UK, with London, its airports and the south coast channel terminals, all within easy reach.

Discover Chichester with its laid-back mix of city, coast and countryside … cosmopolitan, adventurous and steeped in history! Come rain, hail or shine, you’ll always find something to do in Chichester with its Roman villas, art galleries, theatre, historic houses and parks.


Chichester is made for exploring. There’s history on every corner, from the Tudor Market Cross to the dominant Norman cathedral. There’s fun shopping, with designer label boutiques, stylish restaurants, organic cafés and gastro pubs – a haven for any ‘professional shopper’. See new drama and old favourites at the internationally acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre. Plus there’s an eclectic programme of music and arts at festivals and concerts throughout the district.

The South Downs countryside is just minutes away from Chichester. With plenty of outdoor activities on offer, from walking and horse riding to exploring cycle routes and hot air ballooning, you’ll never be lost for something to see and do. However if you prefer an amble around the shops, don’t miss the historic towns of Midhurst and Petworth and the photogenic village of Bosham. Stroll around the antique fairs, arts and craft centres and quirky market stalls and enjoy a frothy cappuccino in one of the many bustling pavement cafes.

Rubens Barn is located in the South Downs National Park and is the ideal base for hikers, cyclists and nature lovers, and only 10 minutes drive from Chichester. The Goodwood Health Spa is nearby and perfect for a pampering treat. The local pub is located 1 mile from the barn along a small country lane, and serves excellent food.

Local activities - Tennis, golf, motor racing, sailing, fishing, hot air balloon rides, and mountain boarding.

Entertainment - Chichester Festival Theatre. Festival of Speed and Revival meetings at Goodwood. Glorious Goodwood and regular horse race meetings.

Historic interest - Chichester Cathedral, Goodwood House, Arundel Castle, Roman city of Chichester, Weald and Downland museum, Portsmouth historic dockyard.

Beaches - Beautiful sandy beaches at West Wittering famous for windsurfing.

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Review 1-10 of 12

31 Jul 2014


"Nicely appointed property in a great location"

Lovely cottage that matches the description given.

The fenced garden meant that the dogs could roam free without any fear of them escaping.

Very nice welcome pack of quality Waitrose groceries which provided a more than adequate breakfast for two days.

Do eat at the Star & Garter in East Dean which we found to be a lovely pub. Suggest avoiding the Partridge.

12 Jul 2014


"Idyllic rural retreat"

Just returned from a weeks family holiday at Reubens Barn. The conversion has been carried out to a high standard. The breakfast hamper provided was superb and ideal with no shops locally. The cows wh… More

Thank you for your review and I am glad you had an enjoyable stay. The barn is perfectly located for exploring the surrounding beautiful countryside and the Roman City of Chichester.

The barn has been awarded 5 stars by VisitEngland and suitable for 4 adults. There is a large sofa-bed which can seat 3 adults in addition to an arm chair. There are 5 chairs around the kitchen table which can be used.

During the summer months guests often open the patio doors which leads onto the garden and enjoy the views of the surrounding Goodwood Estate.

15 Aug 2013


"Wonderful break in the South Downs"

Rubens Barn fully lives up to all the other reviews. We had a wonderful stay here and my children adored having the upstairs bedroom to themselves. The owner had also put a lot of thought into keeping… More

7 Jul 2013


"Great Place"

Immaculately clean and very comfortable. Excellent location. Wonderful host who provided us with a substantial continental breakfast.… More

19 Jun 2012


"A lovely bolthole in a beautiful setting"

We stayed at Rubens Barn for three nights. The first was as a couple for our wedding anniversary and the second two nights with our son. The great thing about this property is that it fit both requirements brilliantly. It is snug and romantic and yet robust enough to cope with an energetic 8 year old!
There is lovely attention to detail- the spec is really high and it was great to have bathrobes, nice toiletries and breakfast goodies.
Rob and Rachel, the owners, were friendly and helpful and the setting of the cottage is delightful. Great local pub, walks from the door, perfect peace and quiet- we couldn't have asked for more. Highly recommended.

7 Dec 2010


"Lovely rural escape"

Beautifully located cottage, with scenic walks starting from the doorstep and good pub food within walking distance.Very comfortable rooms and well decorated interior.Thank you for a restful stay.… More

9 Aug 2010


"Excellent West Sussex cottage"

My wife and I stayed here with our son aged one in July, despite not having great weather we did have a superb time. The cottage is very tastefully decorated and also exceptionally well equipped. Grea… More

4 Apr 2010


"Rubens Barn is an utter delight; 5 star romantic seclusion"

Rubens Barn is simply wonderful. A luxurious barn situated in the beautiful countryside of West Sussex. We had a tremendous stay on a Friday and Saturday night. The owners Rob and Rachel are incredibl… More

25 Mar 2010


"Relaxing & comfortable retreat in heart of beautiful Sussex countryside"

We've just returned from a very relaxing and enjoyable stay at Ruben's Barn. It's location is superb for those who want to get away for a long weekend to enjoy the great pubs, outdoors … More

10 Mar 2010


"Five star luxury in a country cottage"

A group of four friends stayed at Rubens Barn for three nights, but wished we had stayed longer. The cottage is beautifully furnished, modern and sylish, with all mod cons. Everything felt brand new, … More

Review 1-10 of 12

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