We had been really looking forward to visiting this place as it looked really nice on the website. However on arrival and after staying a night we were quite disappointed. The Little Lodge is advertised as accommodating four but to be honest it was quite tight with 2 of us. The bed is not a full sized double, there is no standing shower (or screen around the bath so water goes everywhere) and some of the doors are split doors which does show the small size. The rooms were nicely decorated, and it's in a relatively good location for visiting Sussex attractions, but we barely got any sleep. This was mainly because the lodge is on someone's driveway so there were cars going past in the night including one which stopped with full headlights on directly outside the bedroom window. There were also flashing lights directly opposite the window which were impossible to sleep through as the blind didn't block them out, and a loud extractor fan right next to the bedroom. When the people in the lodge next to us came back we could then hear everything in their lodge too. These felt more like designed outbuildings than luxury accommodation so for the expensive price it is just a bit disappointing. There is also no view - it was a hot day but the lodge is totally in shade because of the property opposite overlooking it, and from the living room all you can really see is the car park. There is also no privacy as all the lodges are very close together. The hosts when we booked it were very nice and helpful, but all in all this was not what we were expecting after looking at the website. Having breakfast as an expensive add-on is also not great given the standard of the accommodation. There were some tea and coffee sachets and a small amount of milk (not even a half pint) but no welcome bottle of wine of anything like that. All in all this just wasn't what it said on the website and sadly, we didn't feel it was worth the money.
A group of us stayed at Blue Door Barns in order to visit the Lewes firework parade.
We decided to make a weekend of it and the barns were the perfect place to spend it. With room for a large group of 11 or 12 of us, there was enough accomodation all of us split accross the 4 different buildings, which were all centered around a communal courtyard complete with BBQ, open fire, candles, and plenty of seating.
The two kitchens were well equipped and the showers powerful and warm, but the stand out aspect for me was how beautiful the place was. The owners clearly know what they are doing when it comes to internior design, the place was full of old character coupled with plenty of antiques, art, rugs, it was just lovely.
The owners were super friendly, helping us out in the lead up and during the stay, offering advice on local pubs and walks.
We all had a great time and would definitely stay here again.
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rented 3 cottages for small family reunion, 9 persons, incl. 4 children, charming environment, place itself is somewhat "run-down", definitely lacks maintenance, nice owners, but completely overpriced,
Wow what a lovely place to stay! Had the best birthday spending the night here and didn't want to go home, everything was perfect, the room was cosy and homely, and breakfast was delicious! The hosts Emma and Bryony were very friendly and nothing was too much of a hassle for them, we were looked after very well, I can't wait to return here!
Amber & Charlie
I stayed in two of the Blue Door Barn's excellent rooms over separate dates and found Emma & Briony excellent hosts, very welcoming and friendly and super helpful. Breakfast was excellent, local farm sourced and the whole area the Barns are on is very peaceful and rustic, a joy to visit. I can't fault the stay and it's an excellent location for both the Glyndebourne Opera, paragliding and general access to the Sussex downs. Highly recommended.