Barnhorn Cabins

near Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex, United Kingdom
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Three spoiling log cabins (for 2-4), with hot tubs and views over the Sussex coast, for romantic weekends and family breaks alike

In recent years, the UK has seen an explosion of new glamping spaces; but few can rival these for luxury and location. Set in the grounds of a Georgian Manor, with views over green fields to the Sussex coastline, the setting is both privileged and scenic in equal measure. You can walk down to the sea at Normans Bay, or drive in half an hour to Beachy Head and the chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters, or to Bodiam or Herstmonceux Castles. The wooden cabins - just three of them, barrel-shaped and log-clad - are spacious inside, with a separate bedroom (kingsize bed), a shower bathroom and a living space with kitchenette and double sofabed. So you can come as a couple - the night skies and the tranquility are blissful - or bring the family if you don't mind a bit of a squeeze. Bring the dog too: it couldn't be better for four-legged friends.

Each cabin has a private deck with hot tub for sunset soaks al fresco, plus a chimenea and picnic table on the grass for lazy BBQs and snuggly star-gazing. This is a place to switch off, literally and figuratively: there's no WiFi or TV and, while there are plenty of creature comforts, the vibe is more hot chocolate and marshmallows than strawberries and cream (though you do get a bottle of Prosecco for hot tub tipples). So bring a book or a kite, your family or your beau, and cosy up on a secluded seaside break, luxe-glamping style.

Highs

  • Only 1.5 hours from London by car or train - a perfect distance for a weekend escape
  • Such a luxury having private grounds to roam, with sea views and fresh eggs from the adjacent farm
  • Very family- and dog-friendly
  • Loving touches include a mini glass milk bottle for teas and coffees, posh toiletries, and marshmallows for toasting
  • All the off-grid loveliness of camping - with none of the hassle!

Lows

  • The cabins are set quite close together - you'll definitely meet your neighbours
  • They're 5 mins' walk from the car park (wheelbarrows are available for your bags)
  • No WiFi or TVs; but there are DVD players for old-fashioned film time
  • You have to fire up the hot tub manually, with logs (supplied)
  • Note: arrivals are on Mon, Wed or Fri only

Best time to go

We think the cabins are at their best in sunny summer weather, when you can enjoy the outdoor spaces and the nearby beaches. If you come in school holidays, be prepared for families staying in the other cabins. Outside the holidays, it's mostly couples on a weekend break. Winter stays can also be very cosy, with central heating, wood-burning chimeneas and a private hot tub on your deck.

Great for...

Beach
Eco
Family
Great Outdoors
Romantic
  • Luxury Log Cabins
  • 3 cabins for 2-4
  • Self-catering
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
Room:

Rooms

Each of the three cabins has a cosy, arched and pine-faced interior with a double bedroom (kingsize bed), a separate small bathroom with shower and toilet, and a large living space with a kitchenette and a sofa that folds out into a double bed.

For a couple it's lovely and spacious; and it can also sleep a family of four assuming the kids don't mind sharing the sofabed. Bear in mind - especially if it's rainy - that the indoor dining table only seats two in comfort; and you'll probably want to fold up the sofabed each morning to free up the living room.

But it's all about outdoor living here. Each front deck has its own hot tub, with views over the rolling fields towards the sea: we can imagine spending every evening right here. On the grass nearby, you have a pub-style table for picnic lunches or simple BBQ suppers grilled on the chimenea - which also doubles up as a woodburning stove.

Features include:

  • Central heating
  • DVD player
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Hot tub
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries

Eating

The in-cabin kitchen corner is well thought out, with an oven, fridge, butler sink, kettle, toaster, tea and coffee, and enough pots and implements for cooked meals at the simpler end of the scale. You'll need to bring your own provisions, including condiments, oil and detergents; and don't expect a dishwasher (unless you can persuade your other half to be that!). The indoor fold-out table seats 2 in comfort; you could pull it out and squeeze 4 around it, but that would mean folding up the sofabed.

Much better is to eat outside, using the picnic table and chimenea-top BBQ; or head along to The Custom Cafe (2km W along the A259) for excellent brunches, or down to Cooden Beach (2km S) for slap-up dinners at the Brasserie on the Beach (within The Relais). There's also a Chinese takeaway, a chippie and a Tesco in Little Common, 1km from the cabins; and several other eateries and pubs within 10 mins' drive.

Features include:

  • Coffee / tea making
  • Fridge
  • Hob or stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Oven
  • Toaster
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Roam the grounds of the Georgian Manor and farm: there are grassy paths, fields for frisbee, free-range hens and distant sea views
  • Wander or drive down to the sand-shingle beach at Normans Bay (2km) for seaside walks, kite-flying and marshland birds
  • Or hike over Beachy Head and The Seven Sisters for spectacular rolling chalk cliffs which plunge down to foaming seas below
  • The gently undulating hills and valleys of the South Downs offer quintessentially pretty English countryside: the giant chalk Long Man of Wilmington gives the kids something fun to aim for
  • We also love the walk from the historic village of Alfriston to the artsy retreat of the Bloomsbury set at Charleston, which also hosts exhibitions and garden festivals
  • If you've never visited the immaculately preserved, moated castles of Bodiam and Herstmonceux, make time for at least one
  • The coastal town of Hastings, with its buzzing pier and crumbling castle, and the Benedictine Abbey of Battle (site of the 1066 battle) are both an easy drive away

Kids

This is a great off-grid escape for a family of 3-4, with safe gardens to roam, plus castles and beaches to explore nearby. We think it's best for children aged 4-12, and families bringing a dog. If coming with toddlers, you'd need to keep an eye on them around the deck edges. Teens, meanwhile, might struggle with the lack of WiFi. There are no cots available, but you can bring your own travel cot if needed.

An ideal set-up is to come with 2-3 families and take all 3 cabins, as they are set close to one another. If the others are occupied by couples, you'll want to keep your kids' noise levels in check.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Each cabin can sleep up to 4, using the pullout double sofabed in addition to the main double bedroom. It's worth noting that you won't have much free space in the living room, unless you fold the sofa back up each day.

Distances:

  • Shop: 4 mins (Little Common)
  • Supermarkets: 10-12 mins (Bexhill)
  • Medical clinic: 10 mins (Bexhill)
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Location

The Barnhorn Cabins are near the town of Bexhill on the Sussex coast. It's an hour's drive south off the M25/M26, and around 2 hours from London.

By Car:
Most guests come by car (if you need to hire one, see our tips). There's safe parking on the site, and wheelbarrows to help transport your bags to the cabin (5 mins' walk).

By Train:
The nearest railway station, Cooden Beach, on the Ashford-Hastings-Eastbourne line, is 5 mins' drive away. From there, you can book an Uber or (if you're energetic) cycle up the hill to the cabins (2km).

By Air:
London Gatwick (1 hour's drive) is the closest; otherwise try London Heathrow or London City.

Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • London Gatwick 70.0 km LGW

Other:

  • Beach 2.5 km
  • Shops 1.0 km
  • Restaurant 1.0 km

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