Glorious English Holidays

Birdsong Barn

Broad Oak & Brede - Rural Sussex

A unique experience on a private nature reserve - 350 acres of varied landscape just waiting to be discovered - don't forget your camera or your binoculars.
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi available
  • Private parking
  • 4.5 Stars
£935 - £1450 per week *

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Birdsong Barn is a truly unique property in a magical situation by a wildflower meadow on the edge of a stream.  It is situated in the Hamlet of Three Oaks and is set in 350 acres of varied landscape from woodlands to wetlands to wildflower meadows and the whole farm is available for walking, bird watching or just simply reconnecting with nature.

The owner will accompany you on a tour of the 350 acres of this private reserve either by walking or by vehicle where you will see close-up the herd of amazing Konik ponies that are used for conservation grazing.  At the right time of year there could be thousands of orchids in flower, you can walk through meadows alive with the sound of grasshoppers and crickets and to date over 35 species of butterfly, 110 species of bird, 22 species of dragonfly and more than 800 species of invertebrates have been recorded.  

Whether your interest is birds, butterflies, flowers or just the appreciation of nature, this is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the amazing dawn chorus, performed by the many species of birds that also enjoy spending time here.

The barn dates back to the 18th century and has been restored by local craftsmen to create a beautiful, spacious luxury holiday home.  This property comfortably sleeps 4 in two bedrooms situated on the first floor and there is an added bonus of a double sofa bed on the ground floor.  Nestling deep in the countryside and surrounded by woodland it is surprisingly only 5 miles from the coast and close to the historic towns of Rye, Battle and Hastings with its colourful and vibrant old town.

Shop:  1.5 miles   Pub: 1 mile    Coast: 5 miles 

Ground Floor:
The entrance is at the rear of the property, opening into an Open Plan Sitting Room/Dining Room and Kitchen Area
Entrance Hall has a stunning vaulted ceiling with oak beams and a bespoke oak staircase.  The central area is spacious and full of light with floor to ceiling windows  The oak flooring extends throughout the ground floor with many original, colourful Persian rugs (complimentary slippers are provided) with plenty of hanging space for coats and racks for shoes and boots
Sitting Room has a wood burning stove, two sofas (one a double sofa bed) and a matching armchair, occasional tables with TV and DVD and a home cinema system
Snug Area has a leather sofa with stunning views over the meadow
Dining Area has a country style dining table with four chairs and a bench, a dresser and doors to the terrace at the front of the property
Kitchen is modern and well equipped and is fully fitted with granite work tops, a ceramic tiled floor, a Rayburn cooker, Gorenje fridge/freezer, slim line dishwasher, washer/dryer and a microwave
Wet Room is fully tiled with a large shower head plus a separate hand-held shower, a heated floor, washbasin and w.c.  This room is suitable for guests with mobility requirements and a handrail is fitted by the w.c and a chair for use in the shower is available

Easy stairs with handrail and Persian rugs feature throughout the first floor...

First Floor:
All doorways upstairs are low beamed, including the en-suite
Bedroom 1 has oak flooring and a vaulted ceiling.  The curtain fabric brings the natural world inside and there is a king-size bed with matching bedside tables and Christian Wade lamps, an oak wardrobe, an antique oak coffer and a hand made driftwood mirror .  This leads into the fully tiled En-Suite Shower Room with driftwood effect tiles and under floor heating. There is a large corner shower, heated towel rail, washbasin with an illuminated mirror and w.c
Bedroom 2 also has oak flooring and a vaulted ceiling and again the natural world is cleverly reflected in the curtain fabric.  The king-size zip and link bed has been hand-built in oak and there are matching bedside tables with bespoke lamps, a chest of drawers, a hand-made drift-wood mirror, an antique oak coffer and pegs with hangers for clothes
Bathroom has under floor heating, porcelain tiles and a vaulted ceiling. It has a splendid roll-top bath with shower over plus a hand held shower, heated towel rail, washbasin with illuminated mirror and w.c

Garden:  There is a terraced area to the rear and front with outside seating and 350 acres of private nature reserve just waiting to be explored.  Maps of the farm with walks are provided at the property
Parking: There is ample private parking for 4 cars behind and to the side of the property
Heating: Central heating, and a wood burning stove (first basket of logs provided)
Notes: Please advise homeowner before your arrival if twin beds are required in bedroom 2. Price includes a full tour that lasts 4- 5 hours. There is a strong internet connection provided via Satellite at the barn for google searching or emailing.  Unfortunately, if used for excessive streaming, there will be a charge.

Additional Information:
Every day and every week new things happen...from Nightingales to stunning wildflower meadows, from hundreds of wildfowl to glow-worms, from the beautiful dawn chorus to fungi foraging.  Birdsong Barn's face book page will be regularly updated to illustrate all the differing aspects of Nature's Year.



  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi available
  • Private parking
  • 4.5 Stars
  • Bed linen included
  • Bath towels included
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Open fire/woodburner
  • Travel cot available
  • Equipped with a highchair
  • Equipped with a dishwasher
  • Equipped with a tumble dryer
  • Equipped with a washing machine
  • Nearest shop: 2 miles away
  • Nearest pub: 1 miles away
  • 5 miles from the coast



Lovely property,would love to visit againAmanda Bolton - 31st October 2018
Birdsong Barn is very special!!Mr Roelant Klaassen - 20th August 2018
Birdsong Barn is a really and truly heaven on earth! An excellent host; who showed us his nature at Great Maxfield full of enthusiasm. We loved it.Mrs Elisabeth Minke - 7th August 2018
It was a great time in Birdsong Barn. Thank you very much. The drive with you through your area was beautiful. Philip you are a great host!Sven, Alex, Gisela & Hans - 1st June 2018
Unsurpassable hospitality, a wonderful gesture for Jean's birthday, so very thoughtful. Your stewardship of this wonderful property can only be admired. We enjoyed all that the land offered & Birdsong Barn brilliant.Jean & Len - 24th May 2018
A well thought through property with an excellent standard of faculties and equipment. A lovely location for those who want to be off the beaten track. Highly recommended if you want a quiet location with the ability to walk straight out of the property for several miles. Good for bird watching. Mr Andrew Litchfield - 13th May 2018
A fantastic week during the merry month of May.Andrew, Robyn & Conrad - 11th May 2018
Birdsong Barn certainly lives up to its name! Thank you all. We have enjoyed a never to be forgotten experience - nature, peace and welcoming hospitality, not to forget your perfect home from home - so tastefully thought out. Thank you - we'll be back!Caroline, Cally & Ma Klein - 4th May 2018
Thanks for a lovely stay and your help and kindness with the storm!Taco, Leonie, Douwe & Stijn - 22nd October 2017
We've loved our time here - wish it could have been longer! A great welcome. The wild mushrooms were glorious! Thank you to Phil for the tour around the reserve - it was a privilege to see it with him. I caught the rare moth, such a thrill to see a Clifden, and it's great that I can contribute some moth records to this gorgeous site. We'll be back!Nets & Will - 17th September 2017
Birdsong Barn was a perfect retreat for our family, and a good base to explore the surrounding area (including Hastings and Rye). The host was very accommodating of all our needs, and gave us a tour of the nature reserve in which the barn is set. We were really impressed with the standard of the property, and found all furniture, equipment, fixtures and fittings to be of very high quality. It was a luxurious and comfortable space, and we really enjoyed our time there.Mrs Polly Brown - 13th September 2017
We have had a wonderful relaxing stay at Birdsong Barn. Thank you for the welcome pack, the tour and the amazing champagne! We enjoyed being so close to nature. Thanks for pointing out the rare moth. And we spotted a yellow wagtail outside the barn. A very special place. We'd love to come back. Polly, Nick & Clara - 10th September 2017
Thank you so much, I loved seeing all the animals!Beatrice - 25th August 2017
It is a beautiful house in a truly fantastic location. Mostly received by the owner and even brought some groceries home (cheese, butter, bread, wine, fruit, etc.) really super! A downside, it is stated that there is wifi in the house, however, this is No, more importantly there is no cell phone reception and there is no landline phone. Maybe Belvilla can customize this. - 24th August 2017
Amazing place immersed in nature. Phil was very welcoming and a great host. Will miss this place and have created some wonderful family memories.Adnan & Nazia - 18th August 2017
Owner's personal attention was exceptional . Having rented 25/30 times with Rural Retreats over the decades , the owner gives something extra via his wildlife knowledge and his " estate tour " .Mr Stephen Sheard - 7th August 2017
A truly stunning home-from-home. We enjoyed the idyllic peaceful setting, listening to the green woodpeckers, watching the birds of prey. Thank you for the friendly welcome & the brilliant informative guided walk. So much to see & learn.Sheard Family - 28th July 2017
Thank you Philip, for a memorable stay in your delightful Birdsong Barn and Nature Reserve. We loved the peace and quiet of this beautiful location and all the extra welcoming touches!Angie, Jonathan & Bina - 21st July 2017
Our host was very welcoming and provided an excellent range of food and drink in the welcome pack. He showed us round his nature reserve, identifying the flora and fauna. He checked everything was OK for us later in the week too. There are lots of National Trust and other historical sites to visit within a short drive, and lots of pubs with good food. For nature lovers the site itself is perfect, and there is another public nature reserve nearby at Rye Harbour.Mrs J Scanlon - 29th June 2017
We can only say what a pleasure it was to stay at a holiday house which was much more than it said on the tin.The house was amazing and the owners went much further than they needed,to make our stay a lovely one. We would have no hesitation but to book with your company or the same house at some time in the future. ThankyouMr Mervyn Collen - 27th March 2017
An amazing Barn, beautiful setting, we will definitely return. Phil is a great host! Wonderful experience. Enjoy!!!Mark Brewer & Victoria Erwins - 1st October 2016
Birdsong Barn was perfect for the type of quiet, peaceful family holiday that we wanted. The barn itself was beautiful and was set in a fantastic location. Highly recommended!Mr Karl Curtis - 30th August 2016
Phil & Maria thanks so much for a wonderful holiday. The cottage is wonderful, is in a beautiful location and gave us exactly the peaceful type of break that we needed. Fantastic experience all round - we will return!!The Curtis family - 20th August 2016
Thank you so much Philip & Maria. Birdsong Barn is a wonder, so beautiful, peaceful and welcoming. I have learnt so much from your tour of the reserve. We will be sure to return.Ms Wasling - 10th August 2016
Wonderful location. A credit to your dedication!Mr Wasling - 10th August 2016
I really enjoyed my holiday, particularly the barn owl, Konik ponies & Nobby & Big Ears!Mr B Caldon - 10th August 2016
Lovely 8 nights in the peace & oasis of this beautiful coiuntryside. A brilliant tour from Philip topped off with osprey sighting.Mr Caldon - 10th August 2016
Thanks for the maximal restfulness! Wonderful three (!) bathrooms - unique position - lots of beautiful moths - tame and wild horses - tasteful furniture and decor - lovely hosts Maria and Philip!The Dohme Family - 17th July 2016


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