Rubens Barn

East Dean, Sussex

Small but beautifully formed, a peaceful retreat in an unspoilt woody corner of Sussex. Treats include croissants, wildlife, fresh flowers


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


Pheasant strut, shy deer bounce by – sure signs that you’re immersed in the Goodwood Estate. This little flint barn is tucked into one of the most unspoilt woody corners of Sussex. Rush hour here, on a leafy lane, consists of the occasional tractor, car or combine. Renovated and decorated to the highest order – in duck-egg blue with hints of gold – this is one stylish retreat. Downstairs, a luxurious bedroom with a huge bed, silk throws, velvet cushions and a shower room with slate tiles, heated rails and fluffy bathrobes. In the living room, cream sofas, fresh flowers, a Shaker kitchen. Upstairs, a big twin bedroom, a roll top bath, soft lights and white towels. A welcome pack of fruit, ham, cheese, coffee and croissants is provided by the lovely owners who live in the main house – as are binoculars so you can spy on the wildlife! Sit out on the neat little patio through the French windows, enjoy a game of tennis, borrow the barbecue. Or set off for East Dean – it has two wonderful pubs. Sussex at its best, hidden well away yet never far from civilisation: historic Chichester is close by.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Special offer: Special Offers: 2 nights £480, 3 nights weekend stay from £575, 4 nights midweek from £575, 7 nights from £850. Dogs welcome. Includes welcome breakfast hamper, Visit for details

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Advice on walks and dog-friendly pubs nearby.

Dogs £30 per dog per stay. Max. 2.

Secure garden, surrounded by walks through forests and farmland. Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the South Downs National Park.


Nightly price
from £100
Weekly price
from £750
Damage deposit
1 Barn for 4
From £1003 beds2 bedrooms


The countryside here is quite stunning - gently rolling and very pretty. This is a safe and happy spot to bring children and your dog with woods to make dens in, a tennis court for safe play and some great walking paths to join. The coast isn't far either. Rob and Rachel are the kindest hosts.

Nicola, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Rob & Rachel Hill

  • Rubens Barn is the ideal base for hikers, cyclists and nature lovers. The 'Star and Garter' pub is located along a small country lane 1 mile from the barn, and serves excellent food.
  • The Goodwood Health Club is nearby and perfect for a pampering treat. We can arrange temporary membership for guests.
  • Local activities - Tennis, golf, motor racing, sailing, fishing, hot air balloon rides, and wine tasting at local vineyards.
  • Entertainment - Chichester Festival Theatre shows. Festival of Speed and Revival meetings at Goodwood. Glorious Goodwood and regular horse race meetings (May-Oct).
  • Historic interest - Goodwood House, Arundel Castle, Roman city of Chichester, Weald and Downland museum, Portsmouth historic dockyard.
  • Beautiful sandy beaches at West Wittering, famous for windsurfing.