Mill Barn

North Chailey, Sussex
  • 2+1
  • 1

Beautiful country cottage, nestled on the edge of Chailey & Red House Common.

  • Cosy sitting room with log burner
  • Large bathroom with double-end bath and separate walk-in rain shower
  • Views and direct access onto Chailey & Red House Commons

About Mill Barn

This beautiful holiday cottage has been thoughtfully and lovingly renovated as a romantic, cosy retreat for couples and walkers looking to explore the area.

The property features a high end kitchen with Everhot electric range cooker, spacious but cosy sitting room with log burner, a gorgeous bedroom overlooking the Common, and luxury bathroom with double-end bath and walk-in rain shower. Your stay in this traditional, yet contemporary English holiday let will be relaxed, comfortable and enjoyable.

You can see the attention to detail lavished on every room, from the granite worktops in the kitchen, the hand woven rope-work on the spiral stairs, the pretty garden and comfortable king-size bed, to the deep sofas to sink into while the log burner roars away.

For walkers there is plenty to do on the doorstep; Chailey windmill is a Grade II listed Smock Mill just 50 metres away, and from Mill Barn you can walk straight onto Red House Common, part of Chailey Common Local Nature Reserve. The common is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its heathland plants, insects and birds. If you want to reward your walk with some refreshments, within an hour's stroll you can reach the Bull at Newick, The Sloop at Scaynes Hill and The Griffin Inn at Fletching. There is also an Indian restaurant at Newick if you feel like a night off from cooking.


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"Peaceful, elegant charm, resplendent with fresh flowers, fantastic location, England at her best, cosy wood burner, terribly difficult to leave! Thank you Penny, we had a really wonderful stay."

Paul and Helen - October 2018

"This is certainly one of the best cottages that we have stayed in and one to recommend. Thank you for the flowers and welcome treats. They were very much appreciated."

Jane and Jonathan Swynnerton, Staffs - October 2018

"Thanks Penny for making 'The Barn' so special. We enjoyed all the personal touches like fruit and flowers to say nothing of such a delightful, equisitely furnished cottage. It has been a great last week for us before we fly back to Vancouver Island. PS Thanks for the washing bowl!"

Tony and Monica Stuart - Oct 2018

"You have created a little bit of paradise at Mill Barn. A beautiful and calm space with everything you could need and those lovely extra treats. A place like this is rare to find. Thank you"

Isabel & Tim - August 2018

"What a beautiful cottage. We had a great time and will be returning."

Nick - July 2018

"What a lovely place to be! The garden is a small paradise and the cottage a wonderful home at high comfort and everything is well arranged. We loved the flowers in the house and the garden. Penny thank you for the wonderful welcome pack."

Anja & Claus - July 2018

"Thank you, Penny & Alan, for a wonderful stay at Mill Barn. Loved the extra luxuries so many thanks for the hamper goodies, wine etc. Such a natural, peaceful setting."

Judy & John - July 2018

"One of the loveliest places we've ever stayed. The cottage is gorgeous and so well appointed, everything is covered. To be able to walk from the front door and enjoy the views and wildlife of the common has been wonderful. To relax in the peace and beauty of the garden with the birds has been delightful. Thank you for a lovely stay."

Melanie & Simon - June 2018

"We have stayed in cottages the world over but Mill Barn is unique in its atmosphere of peace and tranquility. Never have we been greeted by so many vases of lovely fresh flowers and special treats to enjoy plus the rabbits, foxes, wild ponies and birds on the common - a joy for wildlife lovers."

Kate & Neil - May 2018

"Thank you for letting us share, if only briefly, your beautiful cottage. I don't think we have ever stayed in one so comfy and cosy. It was lovely to have been able to share a couple of days of summer."

Liz & Nigel - April 2018

"Thank you for a lovely stay in your cottage! You made us feel very welcome! You have a lot of attention for detail: beautiful flowers, welcome basket etc. This was a great week."

Stef & Cecilia - April 2018

"Can't wait to recommend Mill Barn - relaxing, beautiful and a little bit luxurious. Thank you so much for a lovely stay. Thanks for the welcome basket."

Sarah, Rebecca & James - March 2018

"Well, we'll agree with everyone else, for a start! Thank you - flowers, produce, proper drinking water in a glass bottle, all lovely and helped make this feel a place not only of calm but of hopefulness"

Quentin & Rachel

"Wow! What a week, every detail makes for a relaxing and memorable stay and have been thoroughly thought through."

Lorraine and Hilary - February 2018

"What a very special cottage. Thank you for the wonderful touches that made our stay here so special, warm and welcoming."

Vanessa & Richard - February 2018

"Once again Mill Barn has been an absolute delight. The high standards and personal touches have not been lost over time. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and the cottage has provided a break that neither of us knew we needed - Thank you"

Lydia and Marc - January 2018

"We can safely say this has been one of our best Christmases! the cottage, tree, fire etc etc. are just perfect for this time of year. It's an amazing place surrounded by wonderful countryside walks"

Lorna & Mitch- December 2017

"We loved it! We will definitely come back & recommend to friends. We particularly appreciated, the coffee machine, soft pillows, plenty of wood in the basket for the log burner, the amazing bath. The stylish homely and cosy decor, what a lovely house"

Beth and Mark - December 2017

"Perfect! That is the only word for the cottage. The care and attention to detail is evident everywhere you look and nothing is too much trouble for Penny. Thank you so much for this beautiful and peaceful space and for the warm welcome on arrival. Our stay was indeed relaxed, comfortable and enjoyable. We had some lovely walks on the common, a day in London, easily accessed by the train from Haywards Heath. A lovely afternoon exploring Lewes and don't miss a trip on the Bluebell Railway. We will be back!"

September 2017 - Harriet and Graham

"It is so rare to find something that exceeds expectation but Mill Barn has done just that. It is truly beautiful! Every detail has been carefully thought about, making you feel instantly welcome and at ease. As soon as we walked through the front door, we felt quite at home. Thank you! We have had a wonderful relaxing long weekend but now as we are leaving it has felt too short. We look forward to returning in the not too distant future."

August 2017 - Lydia and Marc

"What a fantastic week we have had! The cottage exceeded our expectations! What a fabulous base for our weeks holiday. Everything is of the highest spec and so beautiful. Hopefully you will see us again soon."

September 2017 - Izzy and Andy

"Such a beautiful cottage, so peaceful and relaxing. We have really enjoyed our stay here and would definitely come again. We want to move in! It is one of the best cottages we have stayed in, so cosy and welcoming. Thank you."

September 2017 - Nikki and Simon

"Wow! Where do I begin.... thank you very much for the flowers, wine and delicious thoughtful treats- they were all very much appreciated and enjoyed. This cottage is the most beautiful we have ever stayed in and as someone who isn't always easily impressed- Mill Barn has blown me away, it's perfect! The attention to detail, the contemporary yet cosy and the standard of finish is simply outstanding. Upon entering the cottage, you instantly feel welcome, relaxed and very impressed. Thank you so much for everything."

August 2017

"This is a very special holiday cottage, lovingly designed and appointed to the highest standard. Every need has been considered with beautiful plants and thoughtful welcome products! Very peaceful and the garden is delightful. Thank you, we will recommend you to our friends and family."

August 2017 - Joyce and Ross

"We have very much enjoyed staying in this beautiful cottage! We immediately felt at home and relaxed; a warm welcome with flowers on the table, herbs and fruit in the kitchen. Every detail was just right. So was the fine collection of books and magazines. We've had lovely walks in the area, especially the South Downs. We hope to come back one day!"

August 2017 - Paul and Yvonne

"We feel honoured to have been your first guests, it really is a gorgeous cottage and we have thoroughly enjoyed our short stay. You have done a wonderful job of restoring Mill Barn and we wish you every success with the new venture."

July 2017 - David and Louise

"You have created the perfect cottage for escapism and relaxation! The cottage is beautifully designed and has the perfect 'homely' feel. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay with you and our little girl is definitely going to miss your garden! Thank you so much. For visitors we recommend exploring Red House Common, Sheffield Park Gardens and don't forget to experience the Bluebell Railway!"

July 2017 - James, Kirsty and Hailey

What makes this area
So special...

Within easy reach by car you can explore the historic town of Lewes; Lindfield, Uckfield, Haywards Heath and Brighton are also close by for day trips, shopping and coastal activities. Glyndebourne Opera House is about 20 minutes away and the Bluebell Railway is just a 5 minute drive.

Property details

Mill Barn


Sleeps 2 +1 infant in 1 king-size bedroom, with 1 bathroom (+1 is for infants up to the age of 2 only, sleeping in a cot)
Parking: Driveway with space for 2 cars
Garden: Enclosed

Ground Floor

Sitting room: 2 x 2 seater sofas, coffee table, log burner, TV, DVD player, shelving with books, DVDs and games.

Kitchen: Electric Everhot range cooker with induction hobs (pots and pans provided) and double oven, double butler sink, granite worktops, coffee machine, microwave, kettle and toaster.

Dining area with table and chairs for 2-4 people.

Cloakroom: WC, washbasin.

First Floor

Spiral stairs from the ground floor lead to:

Landing with reading area and chair.

Master Bedroom (sleeps 2): King-size bed, built-in wardrobe and drawers.

Bathroom: Double bath, separate large walk-in shower with rain head, washbasin, WC.


Walled garden with lawn, flowerbeds and table and seating for 4. Fire pit/BBQ. Driveway for 2 cars.



Central Heating

What you need to know

1 cot and 1 highchair available on request

The property has a spiral staircase to access the first floor, please bear this in mind if bringing an infant

Please note candles are not permitted at Mill Barn

This property will be decorated with a tree for the Christmas period

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