Short stay: Barrow Hill Barns, near Petersfield, The South Downs, UK

It’s straightforward to see why these eight ultra-luxurious indifferent cottages are given 5 stars by Go to England. These brick and flint barn-style cottages quietly nestle in 10 peaceable acres on the coronary heart of the South Downs Nationwide Park.

Barrow Hill Barns are a part of the Premier Cottages assortment, the place a number of property homeowners combines to supply an all-inclusive service. Sometimes, of Premier Cottages, Barrow Hill Barns’ homeowners reside on web site. For over a century, the Luff household has labored a beef and arable farm. The farm is known as after Barrow Hill, a Bronze Age burial web site.

Every of the eight cottages takes its identify from one of many farm’s fields. Our spacious property, Pump Meadow, has three giant en-suite bedrooms. The massive lounge, with tall home windows and a glass door, seems to be out to dawn over the South Downs. Vintage furnishings coalesces with up to date. All through the property, water colors, celebrating native birdlife and the agricultural surroundings, construct a way of place. A patio, with furnishings and BBQ, is rigorously secluded to supply privateness.

The welcome

Proprietor Rob sends an e-mail previous to arrival with a code for the important thing field, giving company immediate entry to their chosen property. Every property has adjoining parking for 2 automobiles. The kitchen is properly geared up with milk and apple juice within the fridge, quite a few espresso pods by the coffeemaker, tablets for the dish-washer and washing-up liquid prepared for motion.

The rooms

Three en-suite bedrooms are geared up with super-king Hypnos beds that, on request, may also be configured as singles. Two ground-floor excessive ceilinged bedrooms have mild recent decor and underfloor heating. Timber doorways present a farmhouse really feel.

A sturdy wood staircase leads as much as a 3rd bed room on the primary flooring. Two built-in wardrobes present loads of hanging and cupboard space.

The loos

Every of the bedrooms has a light-tiled en-suite toilet. One downstairs toilet has a bathe while the opposite has each bathe and tub.

The upstairs toilet has a free-standing roll-top tub. All loos have beneficiant provision of Ren toiletries.

The services 

A light-weight sage kitchen is supremely well-equipped. Amongst the cabinets there’s a sluggish cooker. Assemble a casserole earlier than taking a leisurely nation stroll and return to a simmering meal. In addition to a hob and oven, there’s a microwave for extra instantaneous meals.

There are glasses for beer, pink wine, white wine and flutes for glowing wine. It is a kitchen for all times, not only a vacation keep. A separate utility room supplies a washer and ironing board.

A spacious lounge has two three-seater sofas and a 55-inch Good tv. For a break from self-catering the Seven Stars pub is inside strolling distance. 5 miles away, The Bat and Ball pub, a real museum of cricket, celebrates the beginnings of the fashionable sport.


For a break from self-catering the Seven Stars pub is inside strolling distance. 5 miles away, The Bat and Ball pub, a real museum of cricket, celebrates the beginnings of the fashionable sport.

This a part of Hampshire is broadly often known as Jane Austen nation and it’s only a brief drive to Jane Austen’s Home at Chawton. There in an age of male chauvinism, she furtively wrote her novels on a desk no greater than a tea tray. Extra historical past lies twenty miles south amongst the ships of Portsmouth’s historic docks.

Even nearer is Winchester, as soon as England’s capital. Wine aficionados will take pleasure in a two-hour tour at Hambledon Winery explaining the processes concerned in making English Glowing Wine earlier than having fun with a tasting.

Hinton Ampner is a chic Nationwide Belief property with Manor Home and 4 miles of parkland and woodland for rural walks. Uppark is one other splendid historic home. Beautifully situated on the South Downs ridge it provides views so far as the English Channel. Presently, the gardens are being restored to their authentic 18th century design.

Different good touches

Every cottage has a folder offering illustrated routes of a wide range of Ramsden Rambles. They start with a mild 1.5 mile leg-stretcher via to a 13 mile spherical trek to Hawkley Inn. These are dog-friendly properties.

Pump Meadow can host as much as three well-behaved pets. On the finish of a muddy stroll, a heat dog-wash is offered by reception.


Per week’s keep at Barrow Hill Barns’ Pump Meadow for six begins from £1045 and a 3 -night break from £737.

The very best bit

Not like most of the very giant vacation rental web sites, Premier Cottages doesn’t add a reserving payment to the worth of its holidays. This implies company can save 15% or extra by reserving with Premier as their costs are “all inclusive” with no hidden expenses, cleansing charges or service prices.

With Premier you e book straight with the cottage proprietor slightly than via a central reservations quantity and all properties have been inspected and rated 4* or 5* by the nationwide vacationer board.

The ultimate verdict

Up to date consolation in a fantastically designed barn-style cottage. Loads of area, indoors and outdoors, for households or associates to collect for a sociable get collectively on the coronary heart of certainly one of England’s most scenic Nationwide Parks. Though there are quite a few points of interest inside a brief drive, many company placed on their strolling boots to discover the attractive walks via meadows and valleys and onto native pubs.

Disclosure: Our keep was sponsored by Barrow Hill Barns and Premier Cottages.