It should be true that good design, especially in a home, comes from the heart. The Tack Barn says so. The creativity of work here is both generous and accessible, you can feel it. Blending the woods, the water, the quiet harmony of growing flowers, grazing animals and glass, print, steel and technology, has been done with warmth and wisdom. Spending just a brief time here has been a delight. Corina's welcome and her attention to practical details underpins the spirit of the place. Thank you.
Malcolm - February 2018
I've stayed at the Tack Barn perhaps a dozen times, for both work and pleasure. When I'm not there, I dream of it almost daily: the view across the small lake/large pond, the help-yourself vegetable garden in summer (arthichokes! kale! asparagus!); the wood burner and naked trees in winter. The hosts are charm personified and the location hard to beat. Close to Lewes and Glyndebourne, closer still to ancient forests. I'd say go as soon as you can, but leave some nights spare for me.
Amy - January 2018
Thank you for making such a beautiful and peaceful place to stay - the perfect honeymoon location and a real romantic escape after the busyness of the wedding. We loved eating outside and then cooking marshmallows on the fire! Our highlight was driving to Birling Gap to watch the sunrise with bacon butties. We will most certainly be coming back.
Naomi and Daniel - September 2017
I must admit I got a bit misty-eyed pulling out of the Tack Barn driveway as I wanted to stay there forever. This place is just magical (without being too clinical or perfect). We spent one of our best holidays ever here in East Sussex and Corina's place certainly added to our joy (we spotted an owl, a fox and lots of frolicking squirrels). The Tack Barn is located in some beautiful grounds and tastefully decorated. A true home from home. Corina is the perfect host, with lots of tips on what to do. She even invited us to take whatever we liked from their kitchen garden. Really lovely. We absolutely recommend this place!
Ellen and Sebastien - July 2017
We stayed for a long weekend during our visit to the area for the Lewes Bonfire Celebrations.
The barn was furnished beautifully, comfortable, clean, luxurious and cosy. We loved the wood burner, pond and garden area with the tree house and patio. During our stay we enjoyed a short stroll around the grounds to see the pigs and chickens. Corina was the perfect host and gave us some great tips on how to best enjoy the bonfire celebrations and recommended a few local spots to visit which we really enjoyed. Our little welcome hamper was a lovely touch with delicious local produce and even some sparklers. We loved our stay and would highly recommend it.
Cass and Andy - November 2016
I can not recommend this place highly enough. My wife and I stayed here for three nights and it was truly stunning. The Barn is very tastefully kitted out and has everything you need for a relaxing stay. The area itself is so peaceful and Corina made us feel extremely welcome. We can't wait to return already!
Jack and Emma - October 2016
We were completely taken aback at just how beautiful the barn / its surroundings/ its local community were. We couldn't have been happier with our stay... A true haven and escape. Corina kindly welcomed us with a selection of local necessities (which didn't last long!). Strolls through the grounds and endless picture frame worthy views from every angle were the highlight. The barn had everything you would need and was outstandingly clean.
A true home from home... It's a must!
Laura and Jamie - September 2016
A very elegant, peaceful place to unwind, with friendly hosts across the way in the main house who will ensure you get everything out of a visit. You are welcome to explore the gardens or take your drinks out on the jetty in the evening, and a relaxing hammock just beyond the dining deck. It’s difficult to imagine how you wouldn’t leave this wonderful, relaxing place de-stressed and recharged.
Kent and Sussex Life - Spring 2014
There are some gorgeous pieces of work from cushions to pepper pots dotted around the Tack Barn by the artists from the Studios and also local crafts people which give a lovely flow to the whole place, very special indeed. The barn has just one bedroom, ideal for those romantic weekends away, a sumptuous bed with en-suite and a fantastic view over the pond and Sussex countryside…. heaven!
Emma Herian - sewrecycled.blogspot.co.uk - February 2014
We couldn’t rate Corina and Dominic’s eco barn high enough. It gets 11 out of 10. A wonderful setting and beautiful stable conversion with lots of light and the triple glazed doors leading out to views of the woodland setting with a pond where the fish were rising each evening. Corina’s artistic tastes were very much in evidence resulting in a tasteful mix of mid century design and rural Sussex charm.
Pip - June 2016
Staying at the Tack Barn has been an absolute pleasure! The house is one-of-a-kind and Corina & Dominic have been lovely hosts: open to questions about the area, they gave us ideas for restaurants, walks or special things we could explore around the area. Located only 30 minutes from the sea, the Barn is ideally set for exploring the amazing landscape of East Sussex and the south coast. We spent a lovely time walking around the gardens and the surroundings. The house contains everything you need for a holiday and is a really special place to stay. We couldn't have been any happier with the beautifully decorated accommodation and the kind hosts. Have we mentioned that our hosts produce the most delicious apple juice?
Uwe and Christine - Christmas 2015
We're in love with Upper Lodge and the Tack Barn - even with inclement weather! Our serendipitous presence for Lewes' Bonfire Night added to a memorable few days. Longing for more...
Joe and Ruth - November 2015
The perfect place for a gorgeous stay! We had a fantastic 4 nights at Corina's barn and did not want to leave. It's beautifully designed and oh-so-cozy, it's such a pleasure to stay. All the fittings and appliances are shiny and new, and they balanced with locally designed pieces, so the barn has a lovely personal feel. We had a great time cooking and sitting by the fire, and picking veg from the garden. We were greeted with a basket of delicious local food which we grazed on during our stay - I'd recommend asking Corina for a breakfast basket and some delicious pies from the local butcher, you won't regret it!
Marie - December 2014
We had a fabulous time staying at the barn. Corina and Dominic were extremely welcoming and happy to help. The barn itself was exactly as in the pictures...a wonderful retreat in the country. A superb gateway to all that Lewes has to offer and and plethora of good pubs to boot - it was just what the doctor ordered.
Tony - October 2014
We came , we rowed , we relaxed and we even fed the pigs! The Tack Barn is an oasis of calm, overlooking a well stocked carp pond and appointed to the highest standard. We spent an amazing few days exploring the South Downs villages such as Alfriston as well as the lovely town of Lewes based on high recommendations from our wonderful host Corina who appeared and disappeared like magic when we needed her and invisible when we didn't. We whiled away the hours with a couple of glasses of wine benefiting from the well stocked fire basket and utilising the wonderful firepit as the sun went down and the late Summer skies afforded beautiful starry nights. A terrific retreat that we will endeavour to revisit and reminisce on a beautiful weekend away.
Teresa - September 2014