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.
2 Sep 2012
"Great location, Spacious accommodation - Suits families [--]; large groups"
We have just returned from a great week at the Games Barn. We had 6 children ranging from 2yrs to 13yrs. They all enjoyed feeding the animals, collecting eggs & running free in adjacent fields. The barn is in a peaceful location with friendly owners on hand if needed, but they were never intrusive.
There are lots of family attractions nearby & a day at the coast was within easy reach.
We would love to return one day. Thank you
Thanks for this review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay so much and we would love to see you here again in the future.
25 Aug 2012
"Perfect location for visiting old haunts and for relaxation"
Gold medal winning , peaceful & relaxing summer break with perfect weather
Nephews loved the video collection ( after I had explained the concept of videos ), the walks , feeding the pigs and playing with Chuo but would have liked some more sports equipment and better badminton raquets
Sister loved the space and peace to draw but would have liked the flies to disappear
Mother loved Bexhill and being able to sit in the sun outside ( the sunburn was unexpected) but would have appreciated a more comfortable chair in the lounge that she could have got in and out of
I loved the silent nights, the walks and local villages but would have liked a more comfortable bed and might come back next time on my own next time! I also should have taken care when coming out of the bathroom ( we were warned in the helpful guide book) as I slipped but was awarded a gold in falling by the judges.
Thanks for this review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay here. We do try and cater for all needs and we are sorry that this was not the case on this occasion. We can (and often have) supply a different, more upright, armchair and we will make this clear in the welcome pack. The badminton set was really intended for young children but has proved very popular with all ages this year so we will invest in some bigger and better bats next year. As far as the beds are concerned, it is very difficult to cater for all preferences. We get many people praising the beds for their comfort but are sorry they were not to your taste. We are glad that, despite these niggles, you would like to come back and we would love to see you again.