The Games Barn
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Bungalow | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
The Games Barn, rated a 3 - star home by Tourism in England, is situated in an extremely quiet location on a 30 acre working farm in the heart of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in East Sussex . The farm has a small number of animals including horses, sheep, pigs , chickens and ducks and includes a stream with weir and ponds. The peaceful setting is ideal for those wanting to get away from it all in the middle of the countryside, but is just 2km from pubs, restaurants, shops etc. The excellent beaches of the south coast are all easily accessible and Ashdown Forest with its wonderful walks and cycle tracks is just 10 minutes away.
The barn is also very suitable for family holidays with young children who can enjoy looking after the animals, collecting the eggs, feeding the pigs etc - all help gratefully received! Please note however that some areas of the farm are potentially unsafe for young unsupervised children.
The flexible accommodation makes it ideal for family reunions and we are very happy to provide extra bedding so you can invite different friends to stay with you at different times (up to a maximum of 8 on any night).
The barn has full mobility facilities including a wet room with sit down shower without a shower basin allowing full wheelchair access and hand rails etc for the toilet area and wash basin. There is level parking with a ramp up to the bungalow. The main doors (front and back) are double size patio doors which open fully. There is a slight threshold on these doors (approx 2 inches) but otherwise once in the barn everything is on one level with no steps. Please note the kitchen is a standard size and does not have low work tops for wheelchair users. However, we can provide a microwave oven, kettle etc at a low level on request. All power points in all rooms are approx 2 feet from the floor and the furniture is easily rearranged to accommodate specific special needs - please contact us for more information. An Access Statement containing more specific details including rooom sizes etc can be found at on our website at www.thegamesbarn.co.uk
There is ample secure parking space for cars for able bodied users in addition to the disabled space.
Baby sitting and cleaning are available at an extra charge but please note we will ensure the Barn is thoroughly cleaned prior to your arrival. Farm produce can be bought including eggs , pork and lamb. We butcher all the meat on site and have a 5-star food hygiene rating from the local authority
A maximum of 2 pets are welcome provided they are well behaved and house trained.
There is wi-fi throughout the Barn but please note that Broadband speed in this area is slow!
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Eastbourne 25 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Gatwick 50 km, Nearest railway: Crowborough 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||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
Barn converted in Summer of 2008
Floors are fully tiled so easy to clean but all rooms have rugs.
Both double bedrooms are king size ; the other 2 bedrooms are twin bedded but can be converted to doubles if required. We can arrange to remove furniture to accommodate wheelchair guests if appropriate
Both bathrooms are wet rooms; one has full disabled facilities including grab rails and a sit down shower (no shower basin)with wc but no bath in order to provide more space for disabled users; the other has a full size bath with shower and wc.
No smoking is allowed anywhere inside the barn
All rooms have electric heaters and the woodburner provides ample heating in the winter.
|Further details outdoors|
Decking area seating up to 8 people overlooking the farm grounds
Free access to all areas of farm provided children are supervised
Beautiful open countryside views
Private garden area directly outside the barn but please note that the area is not fully secure so children must be supervised and animals must be kept on a lead.
Security deposit of £150 cash required on arrival to cover breakages etc. Returned on day of departure.
Peaceful setting means no outdoor music can be played between 9pm and 10am. Visitors other than those staying overnight are welcome to come during the day by prior agreement with owners but no more than 12 people can be on the site and all visitors must arrive after 9am and leave before 9pm. No parties of any sort except by prior arrangement. No smoking anywhere in the property. There is a supplementary charge of £25 per pet per week/ short stay.
The South East England region
The South East of England has varied climate. The summers can be sunny with temperatures in the high 70s; the winters can be cold with temperatures below freezing. It can on occasions be quite windy and storms throughout the year are not uncommon. Please don't come here on holiday if you want to be guaranteed good weather! East Sussex is a wonderful location designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with many bridleways and footpaths . Ideal for walking, cycling and horse riding . There are many lovely small villages and local pubs.
Mayfield is a historic village in the heart of East Sussex. It holds 2 carnivals every year and has an excellent music festival every 2 years featuring many famous professional artists. It also has its own Rock festival every other year. The village is only 15km from Glyndebourne with its famous opera house. Other famous tourist attractions nearby include Ashdown Forest, Hastings, Tunbridge Wells, Lewes, the south coast including Eastbourne and Brighton. The Bluebell Railway is close by and there are a number of castles and country homes that can be visited. London, with all its attractions, is an hour away on the train. Many more details about things to do are on our website at www.thegamesbarn.co.uk
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16 May 2014
"Relaxing family holiday"
We had a relaxing family holiday here with the youngest being 5 and the oldest 60 plus. Everyone had a lovely time. We had our first cup of tea of the day outside on the decking watching the animals. … More
Thanks for this lovely review. We try to ensure that all our guests can help around the farm if they wish and your group certainly enjoyed the farm experience. We are equally pleased that others in the group were able simply to chill out in the peace and quiet. We hope to see you all again sometime.
15 Apr 2014
"Brilliant for all ages !!"
We spent a long weekend here - 6 adults, 2 small children and a dog! We had the most wonderful weekend, and the children (aged 6 and 2) enjoyed helping Madeleine and Fred with the animal feeding, coll… More
Thanks for this lovely review - and we are so glad you will be back next year! We understand the comment about the gate and will consider this improvement for the future.
29 Sep 2013
"Lovely setting, enjoyable stay, very nice hosts"
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Nice a spacious, clean, tidy & everything you needed. This is ideal for a family with a disabled person, as we have. There are 4 bedrooms and wet rooms, so a real joy t… More
Thank you so much for this lovely review. We are very glad that you found the facilities so good for your disabled daughter. We hope that your comments will encourage even more people with disabilities to stay here and , of course, we would be delighted to see you all again sometime.
4 Sep 2013
"Lovely area, quiet and such a friendly welcome"
A lovely place for a quiet, relaxed holiday. My husband and I and our 3 daughters loved the animals and farm environment and we were close enough to the historical sites and coast to visit the locali… More
Thanks for this - we are so glad you all had such a lovely time here and hope to see you all again sometime
9 Jul 2013
"warm English hospitality at countyside"
We enjoyed our week at The Games Barn, felt like coming home to friendly, open and interesting hosts in a spacious comfortable house.
The farm was an adventure for town peoples, like we are and it was calming to see the sheep and cows on the Meadows.
The farm had a good location to discover Kent and East Sussex.
Thanks. We are very glad that, having come all this way, you enjoyed your stay in England and we hope to see you all again sometime.
15 Apr 2013
"ANOTHER WONDERFULLY SPECIAL STAY..."
We were very lucky to stay at The Games Barn again over Easter. Just as before we found the farm a home from home - packed ALOT less toys for the children as you simply dont need much, what with all the games in the barn and a wonderful farm on your doorstep.
Madeleine again was an absolute star, our children had such a wonderful time - my 6 year old daughter fed and helped out with the feed morning and afternoon and was given little 'jobs' ( my youngest was poorly so sadly couldnt participate an awful lot ) Mummy and Daddy loved heloing out too!
This place has everything you need for a wonderful time. It's become a special place for us and our family and we cannot wait to return next year.
Thanks for this - we were delighted to see you all again and can't wait for you to come back.
7 Jan 2013
"A perfect home from home farm experience for all ages!"
We stayed here for the whole christmas week 2012 and had the most perfect time. Yes the weather was wet and miserable but this didnt matter at all - our 3 young girls and our parents all loved it equally and we are thrilled that we chose the games barn as the location for our first ever christmas away! The barn is so so well equipped with absolutely everything we needed and we instantly felt at home. My husband adored the log burning stove and was constantly making sure we were all warm and toasty. Madeleine and Fred could not have made us more welcome, in particular our girls, who were allowed to feed all the animals and collect the eggs every day. Such an experience eating them straight away for breakfast!
Mayfield is also lovely and we had a wonderful family lunch at the Rose and Crown pub on Christmas eve - we were looked after so well and the food was delicious. My parents also ate out at the Middle House Hotel which they said was fantastic too! We ordered farm produce while we we were at the games barn, a leg of pork for christmas dinner and sausages too and we can honestly say they were the best we have ever tasted!
Well done Fred and Madeleine, you are doing a fab job of creating somewhere relaxed and peaceful to stay that is perfect for all ages! We definitely want to return!
Thank you so much for this lovely review and we are very pleased that, despite the truly awful weather, you still managed to have a lovely holiday here. You are most welcome to return whenever you want to - we would love to see you all again .
16 Nov 2012
"Perfect getaway, children loved helping around the farm"
The barn is in a beautiful setting. The farm is home to some of the most charming animals we have ever met. My children (aged 9 and 11) truly enjoyed meeting up with Madeleine each morning and evening for feeding and learned so much about animal husbandry from her. Madeleine is a treasure who made the trip for my daughter whilst my son explored the nearby trails and woods. The cottage was comfortable and we all really enjoyed our stay.
Thanks so much for this review - your children are little treasures themselves and we are delighted they learnt so much from us. See you again soon we hope
31 Oct 2012
"A little piece of heaven."
Having returned for the 2nd time we were not disappointed by our visit. Once again Madeleine and Fred were on hand to ensure our stay went as smooth as possible. They seem to have the perfect knack of being available when needed and always with a smile.
On this trip to the games barn, as previously, it was very clean and tidy. The wood burner in the evening kept it lovely and warm and Fred was kind enough to provide plenty of wood for us and even show us how to light it.
We went with Madeleine to feed the animals morning and evening, they are extremely well cared for. The ducks making their own way from the pond down into their overnight shed in the evening and back up to the pond again in the morning was such a cute sight. The new additions to the farm, 2 female black cows, were absolutely gorgeous. We even gave them a brush each which was a first for us. They are such placid creatures. As always, Chuo the dog kept us entertained (or maybe it was the other way round) with his endless throw and fetch game. Collecting the eggs each day was a thrill, how many would we find upon opening the hatch? And it was lovely to see the chickens wandering around the farm freely during the day. We even had 1 visit us outside the gamesbarn which is something this particular chicken often does. The adult pigs were as large as ever and the 2 litters of piglets were cute and vocal. I was impressed to see that Fred is building concrete feeding platforms for the pigs to eat their food off so that they will no longer have to dig around in the mud. The sheep were blissfully unaware of our presence being left to graze peacfully in their fields. The animals have an idyllic life.
And it has to be said that the scenery is breathtaking and peaceful. It was bliss to stand on the decking in the morning and listen to the birds while taking in the lovely fresh air. I relaxed so much and truely didn't want to leave.
Finally. we went into Heathfield to buy fish and chips from a shop recommended by Madeleine and Fred. The price was very reasonable and the food was excellent quality. Mayfield is a lovely little village but we got there a little late on the Saturday and found some shops had closed at 1pm so we drove in the opposite direction and had a wander around Heathfield. Except I couldn't wait to get back to the farm, I could shop any other day back at home!!
We plan to return again next year and I can honestly say that I can't wait. To be able to unwind and feel so relaxed so quickly is testament to how lovely the games barn, the farm & it's animals and the surroundings are. And of course, the finishing touch is Madeleine's and Fred's welcome and care. I would highly recommend a visit especially if you need a much needed break away from things. To me it is a little piece of heaven.
Thank-you Madeleine, Fred and Chuo. See you next year. xx
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review - we thoroughly enjoyed your company and would love to see you again next year for your 3rd visit. We know how lucky we are to have our own little piece of heaven here and love sharing it with people such as yourselves - it makes all our hard work so worthwhile. Thanks so much once again.
9 Sep 2012
"Fantastic Farm Getaway!"
We stayed at The Games Barn withour Parents and our 2 and 6 year old. The Barn had every comfort you needed, I cant actually believe I packed things for the children to be occupied with as this Barn is packed with Videos, Games (for young and old) and books! However, we didnt really use any of this as we had the most fun exporing and really enjoying daily farm life. You wake up in the morning and look onto a field with your cuppa and watch Charlie the Horse and Summer the Pony grazing. Look a bit to the left you have piglets and a bit more left and you have sheep in the field next to you!
The decking area is great, you can hear the farm's stream trickling waters from your seat.. And if you're lucky Doris the Mummy pig will be having a little rest in her pen of which all can be seen from the Barn!
My daughters (age 2 and 6) were up every morning and also in the afternoon to help Madeleine feed all the animals. They thought this was amzing - getting so close to the animals and learning so much about them too (we did too!!) My eldest loved collecting the eggs and even the little one feeding the chickens and ducks in turn. It was such a delight to see.
There is so much to see at the Farm - from exploring the wildlife pond at the top field, going to see Homer the Daddy Pig ( and goodness me he is HUGE but so gorgeous ) who comes over when he can hear you talking and also the two little cows and some MORE sheep inc. Lambo of course. We had a lovely view of the sun going down also at the top field.
The farm also has ancient woodland to explore by the stream over the weir which we all had great fun seeing Doris have a little drink and also building a little den with fallen sticks.
The farm is situated about a 10 minute walk from Mayfield village, which is a lovley walk through the valley, fields and woodland ( with a great bridge to play The Three Billy Goats Gruff!) Mayfield itself is beautiful with beautiful buildings and you have your pick of some lovely pubs The Middle House being our favourite. You can even order Fred and Madeleine's Pork on the menu! Or you could just stock up while your at the barn as we did - delicious sausages for breakfast with same day fresh duck and hen eggs? Or some lamb for dinner? Yes Please!
We had glorious weather for our week at Cranesden farm and made use of the seaside and Ashdown Forest which are all nearby - it really is an excellent base for walks, cycling and sightseeing - the area is really beautiful....
Fred and Madeleine were so welcoming and were fantastic with our children everyday - we really did have the most special week and were very sad to leave Chewo the Sheep Dog, George and Geraldine and all the other little Ducks and Hens so the only thing to do was to book again for Easter and go back!!
If you are looking for a home from home with beautiful surroundings, great hosts and a real taste of farm life this is absolutely the place for you.....
Thanks so much for this great review. We always try to ensure that our guests can appreciate all aspects of the farm if they wish to, and in your case we clearly succeeded! We are greatly looking forward to seeing you again at Easter.
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