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, and of a very high standard. We were delighted to discover little extra touches everywhere; plentiful thick, fluffy towels and robes, White Company toiletries, delicious food and drinks in the kitchen, flowers in the bedroom, even a mobile phone to use during your stay. The cottage is bigger than it looks, and has three bathrooms, one of which has a beautiful, deep roll-top bath. Flat screen TV and Blu Ray player ensured that you didn't need to leave the cottage if you so wished.
When we did venture out however, the numerous walks starting right at the back door enabled you to walk up an appetite, which allowed us to fully appreciate the food at the local pub. I would definitely stay at Rubens Barn again and will heartily recommend to others.
Given my addiction for expensive hotels, I've found it difficult in the past to find a self-catering place that I like... but Rubens Barn combines the peace and independence you want from self-catering with the high standards you might expect in a luxury hotel.
The barn is tastefully decorated in white and duck-egg blue. A spacious king on the ground floor is serviced by two shower rooms and the twin room on the first floor has its own bathroom with rolltop bath. All three bathrooms have White Company toiletries and many many fluffy white towels (and lovely fluffy dressing gowns - phew). The open plan living area has a really good quality flat-screen TV with FreeSat. The kitchen is well-equipped too (including a dishwasher). The owners (who were friendly but not intrusive) seemed to have thought of everything... the kitchen was pre-stocked with milk, yoghurts, fruit, ham, cheese, bread, croissants, cereal etc., and free WiFi is provided along with a mobile phone for use during the stay.
The local area has great walks... well... according to the visitors' book. It was a bit cold for us but we did manage a few strolls along to the local village where the Star & Garter pub served a fantastic three course lunch menu with traditional favourites and some great fish specials.
I'd highly recommend this for a relaxing and romantic getaway. It's close enough to London for a long weekend but far enough away to be a proper escape. And next time we might even manage to get out for proper walk, a visit to the gym at Goodwood (the owners can arrange temporary membership) or a game of tennis on the private court...
I have visited the South Downs on many occasions and this is one of the best places i have stayed in recently. Idyllic location, beautiful views of the countryside with lots of local walks. Great pub only 10 minute walk along a small country lane. Spoilt for choice of things to do in the local area.
5 star luxury barn conversion with 2 bedrooms, living room / kitchen, really romantic bathroom. One of the most comfortable beds i have slept in. Friendly and welcoming owners who provided a deluxe breakfast hamper.
My girl friend was very excited that Joseph Fiennes had stayed at Rubens Barn recently.
We enjoyed the stay so much that we will be returning to Rubens Barn in the summer so we can use the private tennis court.