The Barn at Roundhurst

Lurgashall, Sussex, United Kingdom Book from Book from £128 per night

A small, tranquil hotel in a converted 17th-century barn, hidden on an organic farm in the South Downs National Park
Your GPS might struggle to find The Barn at Roundhurst - a rare boast for a place within an hour's drive of London - but it’s more than worth the navigational challenge. Set on a working 250-acre farm and surrounded by the rolling green hills of the South Downs National Park, this romantic little hotel will welcome you with a warm embrace and lashings of style.

Inside, the 17th-century barn certainly has the wow factor, with a lofty double-height ceiling, a curved staircase sweeping up to a glass mezzanine, and a sense of space and airiness that makes it feel like a luxuriously furnished church. Comfy sofas are arranged around a log-burning stove, embroidered cushions and throws add a layer of cosiness, and quirky original artwork is dotted around. There's a gorgeous dining area, where organic produce is served up for daily breakfasts. Converted outbuildings house the 6 lovely bedrooms, all with comfy beds, bathtubs and rustic décor that showcases their golden stone walls and ancient oak timbers. They overlook a plant-filled courtyard, with tiny private patios for an evening drink. Complementing it all is a relaxed and informal vibe, which makes unwinding easy, and leaving as difficult as locating the hotel in the first place.

Highs

  • A peaceful location on the stunning Sussex/Surrey border, with great walking, biking and horse riding nearby, and historic towns within day-tripping distance
  • Lots of in-room extras: coffee machines, homemade shortbread, fresh milk for your tea, even yoga mats for morning stretches
  • A lovely couples’ hideaway (there's no surcharge for breakfast in bed), and great for friends or small groups
  • Smiling staff go the extra mile to make your stay wonderful

Lows

  • You’ll need a car, as it’s a few miles from the nearest town (make sure you take the directions sent when you book through i-escape)
  • No other meals served and no restaurants within walking distance, so you'll have to drive to dinner
  • Bedrooms are fairly small and ours got very hot; the thermostats are tricky
  • Dodgy mobile phone reception (a blessing if you want to escape from it all!)

Best time to go

The Barn at Roundhurst is a great rural escape at any time of year. The South Downs National Park and nearby gardens are particularly lovely during spring and summer, but the log-burning stove and lovely lounge make the B&B a cosy retreat in the depths of winter, too.

Our top tips

Even if you’re not a walker, it would be a crime to stay here and not get out and about in the gorgeous South Downs, so grab a guidebook and map from the library and head off to explore.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
Honeymoon
  • Boutique B&B
  • 6
  • Breakfast only
  • 12+ year olds 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
  • Honesty bar
Room: Superior Room

Rooms

The 6 bedrooms are clustered around a sunny courtyard. There are 3 different categories, ranging from small Deluxes to larger Superiors and Executives; none are particularly big, but they’re well equipped and extremely comfortable.

All are decorated in a rustic-chic style, with muted natural hues on the walls, Avoca woollen throws on the beds and textured rugs on the wooden floors. Each has a couple of French antiques, plus original charcoal drawings of farm animals by artist Shelagh McNicholas (owner Moya’s sister) - you can buy prints at reception. Kingsize or twin beds covered in crisp Egyptian linen and goose-down duvets guarantee a good night’s sleep, and luxurious bathrooms come with bathtubs, excellent walk-in power showers and Gilchrist toiletries. You also get bathrobes, an iPod dock, and lovely, local drinks in your minibar.

All rooms have an armchair or 2 for relaxing in comfort, and outside all but one (a Superior Room) you'll find a little patio with a table and a couple of chairs - ideal for soaking up the morning sun with a cup of coffee, or relishing the perfect peace with a glass of wine in the evening.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • DVD player
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Ipod dock
  • Iron (on request)
  • Radio
  • Satellite TV
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi
  • Wine glasses and corkscrew
  • Yoga mat

Eating

Breakfasts are a hearty affair, with full English fry-ups (organic sausage and bacon from the farm), smoked salmon on toasted rye with onion cress, and homemade jam, croissants and pastries. There are healthier options, too, including fruit salad, juice, yoghurt and granola. Ingredients are sourced locally, some straight from the farm, including fresh eggs.

For all other meals you will have to eat out. And according to preference, the team can advise you on where to dine.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Organic produce
  • Picnics and afternoon tea on request
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • There are miles of footpaths leading out from the farm, and staff can recommend walking routes through the beautiful countryside of the South Downs National Park. You’ll get views of 3 counties (Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire) from Blackdown, the highest spot in the south of England
  • Cycling and hot-air ballooning can also be arranged locally
  • There’s great shopping in nearby historic towns. Guildford, Winchester and Petworth (the antiques centres of southern England) all offer rich pickings, and the lovely market towns of Midhurst and Haslemere are only a short drive away
  • For a flutter on the horses, head to Goodwood (half an hour’s drive), which also hosts motor-racing. There are more equestrian pursuits to be had at Cowdray Park, where polo players battle for the Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup in June and July
  • Brighton, with its famous Lanes, beach and pier, is only an hour away
  • Those with horticultural interests can visit beautiful gardens. Arundel Castle is close, and Ramster Garden is particularly lovely in spring and early summer. Petworth Park, Winkworth Arboretum and RHS Wisley are also within easy striking distance

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse racing
  • Horse riding
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Motor racing
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Shopping / markets

Kids

Children over 12 are welcome, and outdoorsy kids will enjoy seeing the farm animals and going hiking. Really, though, this is a place of relaxation for adults.

Best for:

Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

All rooms have bathtubs as well as walk-in showers, and can be set up with twin beds on request. The Executive Rooms can accommodate an extra bed.

Kids Activities on site:

  • Books and DVDs to borrow
  • Farm animals
  • Garden

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Cycling
  • Adventure playground at Queen Elizabeth Country Park (35 minutes’ drive)
  • Arundel Castle and Winkworth Arboretum (both 30 minutes’ drive)
  • Brighton Pier and beach (1 hour’s drive)

Distances:

  • Airport: 1 hour (London Gatwick)
  • Shop: 10 minutes (Haslemere)
Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 3 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
9/10
Food
10/10
Service
10/10
Value
10/10
Overall

The most comfortable bed I have had in a hotel! We would recommend eating at Lickfold Inn restaurant.

10/10,

We had a great stay at The Barn, the staff could not have been more helpful, and the setting was beautiful. Wonderful attention to detail and thoughtful touches.

10/10,

One of our favourites!

10/10,

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