What a wonderful place to stay. Amazing walks, loved Lewes - especially the Bloomsbury exhibition. Loved my visit to Charleston Farmhouse and the 'David Hockney - Love Life’ exhibition. That sums up our visit - love life! We hope to return.
Thank you for a great stay. We have enjoyed the Christmas atmosphere in the house... so beautifully and artfully done. The surroundings of the Tack Barn are sublime.
A second trip to the Tack Barn and just as lovely as the first. Had a fabulous time at the Glyndebourne Christmas Concerts, but what a treat to return to the lovely cosy barn with added beauty of decorations for Christmas. Such a peaceful relaxing place to stay.
This is a very special place to stay. Not only is the Tack Barn very beautifully decorated with a well-appointed kitchen, and great library of local interests and history, but you are surrounded by all the things that make Sussex so special. Corina, the host, is an amazing resource for local food, art, and wonderful places of interest and natural beauty. I was welcomed with juice from their orchard, flowers from their garden, eggs from their hens, and other delights. I enjoyed eating meals in the covered outdoor space, watching the sun rise over the pond and gardens, and listening to the bird song from the hammock, hung in the little woodland out back. This stay was a delight for the senses. - October 2023
The Barn is fabulous and has everything you need for a comfortable stay, together with unexpected touches such as the great selection of books by the bed and in the bureau. Outside the deck provided the perfect spot for early morning yoga and welcoming the sun as it rose over the pond...
We've lounged in the hammock under a canopy of leaves and watched the squirrels, we've climbed the tree-house and chatted to the donkeys, and eaten outside as often as we could.
This break has enabled us to live in the moment for a while and re-set. We feel a little more refreshed and ready to navigate life again! - August 2023
Such a calm, peaceful and very comfortable place to stay. I particularly loved being able to throw the bedroom french windows to let the morning in.
Corina and Dominic were very welcoming, lovely extra touches meant such a lot, beautiful fresh garden flowers in the house, welcome basket of goodies, picking veggies from the garden for dinner and being able to use the EV charger on site took away the angst of searching for chargers. Such a great base from which to explore the wonders of East Sussex. Hope we can return soon. - July 2023
Loved every second of our stay. Great local area with plenty of places to eat, shop and explore. The barn itself was very clean and bigger than I expected. Corina was a very welcoming host that had taken every step to ensure we had a well stocked and comfortable stay, 11/10! - March 2023
The Tack Barn is such a restful place to stay, with everything thought of and Corina is a wonderfully welcoming host. We particularly enjoyed sitting cosily in front of the log burner and watching the light outside fade. At another time of year, the outside table and decking in that woodland garden setting would be just perfect. We loved it. - March 2023
A gem of a find! Very comfortable holiday home almost hidden in the woods. Cosy, well equipped and stylish with a great location and most welcoming hosts October 2022
The Tack Barn at Upper Lodge is a wonderful conversion of the highest architectural and design standards, matched by its environmental and sustainable credentials. Positioned on the edge of the National Park it has easy access to the countryside of the South Downs and the Weald, and to its unique cultural and artistic heritage and the regions growing arts and crafts businesses. - August 2022
"What you see is what you get"....and more!
We had a very pleasant stay and Corina was so kind and helpful. The cottage and it's very special setting is very comfortable and cosy, well equipped with much stylish details. The welcome-hamper and the fresh flowers were a delicious bonus. The house is well kept and in a clean and tidy manner. Have never seen such a detailed and precise description to the house.
Don't miss to browse the area with it's cultural gems - Virginia Woolf at Monks' House and Charleston Farmhouse and garden - Bloomsbury Group
A stay here offers total relaxation on site or is an ideal base for exploring villages and houses associated with the 'Bloomsbury Set' and historic Lewes. Lovely artistic touches and attention to detail with information on hand if needed from our helpful hosts Corina and Dominic. We look forward to returning to enjoy the peaceful surroundings and discover more of the beautiful South Downs.
Sheila - March 2022
We had an amazing weekend stay for our anniversary. I chose to book this as a surprise for my husband as it looked perfect for a romantic staycation being only 45 minutes from home. Tack Barn did not disappoint!!! Check in was easy-peasy and everything we could possibly need had been catered for including a beautiful welcome hamper with local produce. Although close to home, we could have been anywhere nestled in the beautiful woodland overlooking the donkeys, horses and pond. Our days took us out to Lewes and a day trip on the Bluebell railway which I highly recommend. Our evenings were idyllic snuggled in front of the fire with a lovely glass of wine and we made use of the ample kitchen facilities and cooked up and romantic meal for two. We took our telescope too as the night skies were perfect for star gazing and no light pollution. Corina and Dominic have added some beautiful touches to the barn and I especially loved the local artwork, pottery and textiles. Every thought has gone into making this a truly perfect getaway. My only regret is not being able to stay longer.
Helen - February 2022
We had a wonderful fortnight's stay at the cosy Tack Barn with its rural setting and secluded forested area and fire pit straight off the rear deck. Corina is a charming hostess and actively encouraged us to help ourselves from the ample kitchen gardens and orchard. There were even chickens and piglets to feed! The surrounding Sussex countryside is the perfect mix of interesting walks, picturesque ancient villages and country pubs. We can't wait to come back.
Alex - August 2021
Tack Barn is indeed a special place to stay! We had such a lovely time there and would very much like to return next year. Tack Barn is beautifully furnished and the setting is idyllic. We loved the grounds with their beautiful flowers, the pond and the chickens. Fresh lettuce from the vegetable garden was a special treat. When we did venture further afield than the vegetable garden we found Tack Barn an ideal base for exploring East Sussex and Kent. On top of all this, our hosts, Corina and Dominic, were delightful and ever helpful. W & A - July 2021
The Tack Barn provides the perfect getaway experience: fabulous setting, beautifully designed interior, thoughtful hospitality. It was wonderful to be surrounded by nature (the pond/lake and gardens are gorgeous) and yet so close to Lewes and Brighton. Probably the best self-catering place we've stayed in the UK. Can't wait to return. Helen - June 2021
We have just had the most perfect week staying at this delightful property. It is rare to find somewhere for a holiday rental that has provided everything you could wish for and more, and this certainly does that. The barn itself is a joy, beautifully decorated and equipped with thoughtful additions throughout, such as the trug outside with a note inviting you to help yourself to vegetables from the owners (very lovely) garden.
The location is great, sitting in the beautiful grounds of the family home (but with plenty of privacy ) where you can also meet up with local artists in their studios or pigs, chickens and donkeys! We loved the area, lots of fabulous walks and places to visit, including Lewes and Brighton - we never ran out of things to do. Highly recommended. P & N - October 2020
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From the Sawday's website;
"You’ll feel peaceful and cosseted in this airy, light space with oak floors, plenty of interesting books (Bloomsbury Group novels, Kipling poetry, books about Charleston) and a big wood-burner to keep things cosy.
The living room/kitchen is open plan so nobody need feel lonely when cooking and there’s everything you need to get started; you’ll also find
a welcome basket with homemade apple juice and jam, fresh local bread, eggs from their own hens – and milk and butter in the fridge.
Big glass doors bring the surrounding woodland in but there’s much to explore and you can row on the natural pond, discover two great white cherry trees on the terrace near the house (spectacular in spring), visit the kitchen garden brimming with organic veg in season and stroll the orchard filled with apples, pears, quince, greengages and damsons. Wildlife abounds: hedgehogs, owls and many other birds to spot.
This area is renowned for its farmers’ markets and vineyards, you’re close to the South Downs for bracing or gentle walks and pretty Lewes is nearby. In summer you can light the fire pit and enjoy watching the sun go down by the pond."