Spilstead Barn

Sedlescombe, Sussex
  • 4
  • 2
  • Pet Friendly

Charming barn conversion with enclosed private garden. And with a little exploring, it reveals a stunning secret nearby.

  • Pretty converted barn with fully enclosed private garden
  • Access to private 22 acre estate and your own lake for picnics, swimming, boating and fishing
  • In the heart of 1066 country, close to Battle, Hastings and Rye

About Spilstead Barn

Originally built in 1896, Spilstead Barn has been converted in 2018 into a delightfully welcoming holiday cottage. Still used for livestock and farming today, the 22 acre estate sets the scene with stables greeting you opposite the front door.

You enter into the open plan living area, with a modern kitchen, shower room and the sitting and dining areas. You can see exposed glimpses of the original barn, with the beautifully restored beams cleverly separating the spaces. An extra touch of luxury has been added too, with new underfloor heating downstairs to keep your toes warm in colder months.

The stairs lead you onto a large landing with soft, deep pile carpets and a cosy reading corner. There are two bedrooms, one a twin with lovely oak furniture, and a master bedroom at the far end with king size bed and fabulous views over the estate. There is also a smart shared bathroom to unwind in after a day out visiting the local towns and natural beauty of 1066 country.

Outside you have a private, fully enclosed garden. With children and dogs welcomed, this is a perfect space for them to play while you relax on the decking and enjoy some shade and a book under the parasol. When you are ready to explore a little further, head out of the gate and the hidden gem of Spilstead Barn is reached by a glorious half mile walk. Stroll past the paddocks on a tree-lined avenue, along the old vineyard which meets the open fields, and you will find the beautiful, secluded private lake. With a picnic table and small rowing boat awaiting, you can dip your toes in the water, enjoy a spot of fishing or even take a leisurely swim around the island.


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"Such a comfortable hideaway in lush nature! Thanks to the lovely hosts."

April 2019

"We've had a wonderful stay! The cottage had everything we needed and our dog loved his walks to the lake. We will definitely recommend this beautiful place. Thank you!"

William, Marye, Rowan, Norah & Henk

"It is so lovely to be in this house where every little detail/provision is provided. We enjoyed the autumn sunshine and walks with our dog. What a peaceful break! Thank you!"

Mandy, Chris & Ted

"Wonderful location. Wonderful hosts. Wonderful stay. Fantastic local food. Thank you, Ronnie & Roger!"

Carol, Barney & Stephanie

"We have had a brilliant long weekend here and have loved exploring nearby. Ronnie & Roger are fantastic hosts and made us feel at home right from the off. We will be back! Thank you for a wonderful stay!"

Matt, Amelia & Poppy dog

"We have had a lovely week enjoying the beauty and the estate in early Autumn. Would love to come back. The barn is perfect! Thank you from all of us."

Sandra, Graham, Chris, Anna

"Had a lovely couple of days at the barn, fantastic countryside and nice and quiet and secluded. Very well equipped and furnished very tastefully! Very much enjoyed our time, for our first family holiday as a 3."

Hobbs Family

"Wonderful break. Loved nice touches, flowers, cake & wine etc. Beautiful walks & lake. Would come again."

Lorraine & Fran

"What a beautiful place. We've had such fun running around the estate, visiting the horses, watching the airplanes next door, enjoying the views and, in particular, rowing the boat on the lake."

The Rogers Family

"Roger and Ronni welcomed us and have been wonderful hosts. We have had a relaxing, restful week. The Barn is fabulous. The best thing is the luxury of opening the door and have direct access to the beautiful countryside."

Peter & Julie

"What a wonderful place. We will be taking home fabulous memories of the lake. Barn is lovely!"

Eileen and family

"The house has everything, all clean and top notch. We went for a row in the boat several times which was so relaxing. Hastings & Battle are good places to visit. Thank you so much"

Jeanette & Stuart

What makes this area
So special...

Sedlescombe is a small village in the heart of 1066 country, East Sussex. There is plenty to do on the doorstep; from wine tours at several local vineyards, a drink or meal at one of the local pubs (The Brickwall, Queens Head or Royal Oak), a round of golf, to a cheerful seaside day trip.. With historic Battle and Hastings within a short drive, it is impossible to ignore the dramatic landscape in which an iconic battle was fought. You can also explore Bodiam Castle 5 miles away, and a little further afield is the Cinque Ports town of Rye. Bewl Water is 10 miles away and offers various watersports, and the Bodiam Boating Station is 9 miles away which offers river cruises, kayak and boat hire for a relaxing day out.

Property details

Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
King: 1; Twin: 2
Zip and link beds: No
Parking: Private - space for 2 cars
Garden area: Enclosed private garden

Ground Floor

Open plan kitchen, sitting and dining room

Kitchen area: Single electric fan oven, 4 electric hobs, fridge with ice box, washing machine, coffee machine, kettle, toaster, microwave

Sitting room area: 2 seater sofa, 2 armchairs, flat screen Smart TV, coffee table

Dining area: Table and 4 chairs

Shower room: Thermostatically controlled shower in enclosure, washbasin, WC

First Floor

Master Bedroom (sleeps 2): King-size bed, hanging space, chest of drawers, TV, bedside tables with drawers, bedside lamps

Bedroom 2 (sleeps 2): Twin bed, hanging space, bedside tables with drawers, bedside lamps

Shared bathroom: Bath with hand held shower, washbasin, WC

Reading corner: Armchair, side table, small bookcase with a selection of books


Private garden: Small patio, lawned area, decking with table, 4 chairs and parasol, charcoal BBQ. Fully enclosed with secure picket fencing.

There is also access to the owners' private 22 acre estate and lake. The lake is approximately a 0.6 mile walk, although when the ground is dry it is accessible with a 2-wheel drive car. See 'Things You Need To Know' for more information.

What you need to know

1 cot (please bring bedding) and 1 highchair available

2 dogs permitted

Parking: 2 spaces available to the side of the barn

Fishing at the lake is permitted by prior arrangement, however please note that a rod licence is still required by law and all fish must be returned. Please refer to the government website for more information: https://www.gov.uk/fishing-licences

Swimming at the lake and use of the boat is also allowed with prior arrangement, and at your own risk. Please ensure children are supervised at all times

Spilstead Barn does not accept hens, stags, or weddings

Electric vehicle charging point is available for guests use.


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